Category: Public Safety

Fire breaks out at Buford Highway apartment complex

Two DeKalb County firefighters suffered minor injuries and were transported to a hospital Oct. 17 while fighting an apartment fire that caused thick clouds of smoke to billow over Buford Highway just north of North Druid Hills Road. Two residents experienced smoke inhalation and were treated on the scene. DeKalb Fire Rescue crews were dispatched at 1:30 p.m. to the Esquire Apartments in the 3100 block of Buford Highway and were met with “heavy smoke and flames,” said Capt. Dion Bentley. The fire was confined to one of the buildings in the complex. Six apartments in the complex were...

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New Buckhead fire station opening may be delayed

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s new Station 3 at Phipps Plaza mall is supposed to open this month, but may be delayed by a hang-up in the furnishings budget. The department is having “a little problem with money” being appropriated on time, Capt. Chris Jackson of Station 21 reported to NPU-B at its Oct. 2 meeting. He said the Station 3 firefighters might have to be temporarily housed at another station until the new firehouse is fully furnished. The Fire Rescue Department did not respond to questions. The original Station 3 was built within a Phipps Plaza parking garage...

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Buckhead police blotter, Sept. 7-20

The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead Sept. 7 through Sept. 20, was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Aggravated Assault 1300 block of Northside Drive — Sept. 10 2500 block of Piedmont Road — Sept. 11 600 block of Antone Street— Sept. 12 Burglary-Residence 2400 block of Cheshire Bridge Road — Sept. 7 700 block of Huff Road — Sept. 7 1000 block of Huff Road — Sept. 7 3400 block of Roxboro Road — Sept. 7 1900 block of Dellwood...

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Brookhaven Police blotter, Sept. 16-23

From Brookhaven Police reports dated Sept. 16 through Sept. 23. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website. Theft and Burglary 3300 block of Buford Highway — On Sept. 17, at night, an incident regarding theft by conversion was reported. Buford Highway/Clairmont Terrace — On Sept. 20, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting. Assault 3700 block of Buford Highway — On Sept. 16, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of family violence. 2900 block of Clairmont Road — On Sept. 16, at night, a man was arrested and accused...

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Dunwoody Police blotter, Sept. 16-23

From Dunwoody Police reports dated Sept. 16 through Sept. 23. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website. Larceny/Shoplifting/Theft 4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 16, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place — On Sept. 16, in the afternoon, a shoplifting incident was reported. 100 block of Perimeter Center West — On Sept. 16, in the evening two people were arrested and accused of theft. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Sept. 16, in the evening, a theft was reported. 4600 block of Peachtree...

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Sandy Springs Police blotter, Sept. 1-7

The following crime information is taken from the Sandy Springs Week in Review Report for the week ending Sept. 7. North District Crime: The unit reported four burglaries and nine entering autos. Two of the burglaries were believed to be committed by the same suspect. Six of the nine entering autos occurred in apartment complexes. South District Crime: The unit reported two residential burglaries and five entering autos. Both burglaries were in multi-unit housing complexes. Street Crimes Unit (SCU): The unit reported two felony arrests, four misdemeanor arrests, conducted 25 traffic stops, and issued 23 citations. The unit located...

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Man shot to death at Buckhead event facility

A man was shot to death at a Buckhead event facility in the early morning hours of Oct. 5, and police say he appears to have been a bystander to an “altercation.” No arrests have been made and the investigation continues, according to the Atlanta Police Department. Police say the unidentified victim was shot around 1:30 a.m. at the Level V event facility at 2010 Tula St. N.W., just off Bennett St. He was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital. “Preliminary information shows that the shooting was possibly the result of an altercation that started inside the club,” said...

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State subcommittee delays vote on creating Dunwoody EMS zone

A state subcommittee charged with evaluating DeKalb County’s emergency response system postponed Oct. 4 making any recommendation on establishing a new EMS zone in Dunwoody until after the first of the year. The postponement allows the county to continue to address concerns raised by city officials, including slow ambulance response times as well as the contract between the county and a private ambulance service provider. The subcommittee members did agree, however, that DeKalb County EMS has serious issues that need to be resolved and ordered two additional ambulances be stationed in Dunwoody as soon as possible to try to...

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School safety committee nears end of research

The state Senate’s school safety study committee held its next-to-final meeting at Chamblee Charter High School on Sept. 18 as it begins to wrap up its research. The study committee has met with teachers, students, parents and local first responders across the state. Its members include local Sens. John Albers, who chairs the committee, Kay Kirkpatrick and Fran Millar. Following the meeting, where the committee heard mostly from Gwinnett County community members, Millar said he expects recommendations to center around needing more funding for safety improvements. That may include allowing schools to use special purpose tax, or EPLOST, funds...

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Pedestrian killed on Buford Highway in Brookhaven

A pedestrian crossing Buford Highway was recently killed after being struck by a vehicle, according to Brookhaven Police and Georgia State Patrol reports. The incident occurred Sept. 14 at nearly 8 p.m. in the 3400 block of Buford Highway in Brookhaven and near the Papa John’s Pizza restaurant. The victim, Francisco Panameno, 36, of Duluth, was struck by a Marietta woman driving a silver Lexus. He died while being transported by ambulance to Grady Hospital, according to a Brookhaven Police report. Buford Highway is a state road and accidents and other incidents including pedestrian fatalities are investigated by the...

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Atlanta announces police pay increase

The city of Atlanta Oct. 1 announced a police pay increase and a plan to address the officers comparatively low salaries. A study of Atlanta Police Department pay completed in July found that its salaries lagged behind many departments of similar and surrounding cities. Police salaries were previously raised by 3.1 percent in the city’s 2018 budget, but the study determined that was not enough. The plan announced by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms seeks to bring Atlanta’s pay up to par in stages. By January 2019, the city will invest an additional $10 million for police pay, according to...

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Dunwoody, Brookhaven take different paths on EMS delivery

A DeKalb County public safety consultant’s statement that ambulance response times have no real consequence on a patient’s treatment and care has alarmed Dunwoody officials as they seek to create their own localized EMS zone to speed up arrival times. And while Brookhaven officials say they are also concerned about slow EMS response times in the city, they have decided to work with the county to put an EMS post on Buford Highway rather than support the creation of a new EMS zone. Brookhaven’s stance, announced by City Manager Christian Sigman at the Sept. 20 EMS Council subcommittee meeting,...

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