Category: Public Safety

Sept. 18 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 159 more diagnoses; 14-day trend declines

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 159 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend declined in both cities, but varied among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 18, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 11,260 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 11,132 on Sept. 15. Sandy Springs had 2,319 diagnoses, up from 2,288. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 42.2% of the...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Sept. 25

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ashford-Dunwoody Road closures Sept. 23-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., closed between Hammond Drive and Lake Hearn Drive. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Sept. 23-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Sept. 18 and 24-25, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound and southbound ramps to I-285 westbound closed. Sept. 19 and...

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Brookhaven man stabbed while defending wife from home invader, police say

A Brookhaven man was stabbed in the face and stomach Sept. 17 while attempting to defend his wife from a home invader who entered the bathroom while she was showering, according to police. A suspect was later arrested after allegedly trying to break into another Brookhaven home. Authorities say the suspect is on parole for a 2015 crime where he also broke into a Brookhaven home and assaulted two women while armed with a knife. The victim received treatment for his injuries and was discharged from the hospital that same night and is expected to recover, according to the...

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Fallen trees, wires cause road closures across north Atlanta cities

Local cities saw road closures from flooding or fallen trees and wires Sept. 16 and 17 as Hurricane Sally made landfall at the Alabama-Florida border. No injuries were reported in Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. According to the National Weather Service, the Atlanta area saw 3 to 4 inches of rain over 24 hours starting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16. Flash flood warnings were issued around the metro area, and residents and businesses experienced power outages. In Dunwoody, a massive oak tree fell from the historic Cheek-Spruill House property Sept. 17, blocking the intersection of Mount Vernon and...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses surpass 1,300 cases

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes have surpassed 1,300 cases, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 1,315 as of the county’s Sept. 13 report, compared to 1,292 as of the last report on Sept. 8. As of Sept. 13, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 542 cases, which is up 11 cases since Sept. 8. Brookhaven’t main 30319 ZIP code had about 773, which is up 12 cases since Sept. 8. The county does not track...

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Atlanta mayor urges Census completion, discusses police morale and pandemic reopening

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a Sept. 16 press conference urged quick completion of U.S. Census forms, discussed police morale and a possible new police chief, and said special events permits might be allowed in October if COVID-19 cases trend downward. U.S. Census Bottoms encouraged residents to quickly complete the 2020 Census after President Donald Trump ordered early collection of the data – a move that has prompted a lawsuit from cities and civil rights groups. “The Trump administration shaved off an entire month of time,” Bottoms said in the virtual press conference. “The deadline was originally Oct....

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Bond deals create savings, funding for Sandy Springs Public Safety building and fire stations

Sandy Springs plans to use the savings it will gain from refinancing its City Springs bonds and a strong bond rating to raise another $60 million to buy land for its public safety building and fire stations and to renovate or construct those facilities. The City Council and the Sandy Springs Public Facilities Authority (PFA) — which are the same bodies under different legal names – on Sept. 15 approved issuance of the Series 2020 Refunding Revenue Bonds. The original bonds were issued in 2015 in connection with the City Center project. In a competitive bond sale, Wells Fargo...

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Sept. 15 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 186 more diagnoses; 14-day trend varies

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 186 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 11 and Sept. 15 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend varied, with the rate going slightly down in Atlanta, up in Sandy Springs, and varying among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 15, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 11,132 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 10,988 on Sept. 11. Sandy Springs had 2,288 diagnoses, up from 2,246. Atlanta remains the number one city in...

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Gov. Kemp extends pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30

Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the state pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30. The order, signed Sept. 15, extends such provisions as requiring social distancing; banning gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person; various specific rules for restaurants, salons and other businesses; mandatory requiring sheltering in place for those in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile. The order continues to allow local governments to mandate mask-wearing when COVID-19 cases are at a threshold of 100 per 100,000 people over a 14-day period. The order also allows some types of visitation to...

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Buckhead traffic stop for street racing leads to arrest of murder suspect, police say

A traffic stop for street racing in Buckhead has led to an arrest in a July 5 shooting on Auburn Avenue that left two people dead, according to the Atlanta Police Department. On Sept. 13 at approximately 10:17 p.m., officers from Buckhead’s Zone 2 precinct observed several reckless drivers in the area of 815 Sidney Marcus Boulevard, according to APD. That’s the Dump furniture store, whose parking lot is popular with street racers. Officers checked the insurance and registration status of several of the vehicles, according to APD, and noticed that one was registered to De’Andre Brown, 26, who...

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Sandy Springs Police officer injured in car collision; man charged with DUI, hit-and-run

A Roswell man is facing driving under the influence and hit-and-run charges in connection with a Sept. 12 collision with a Sandy Springs Police car that left the officer injured, according to the police department. According to SSPD, the collision happened around 5 a.m. on Ga. 400 southbound near Hammond Drive, where the police car was parked for a lane closure with a Traffic Unit officer inside. SSPD declined to identify the officer. The police car was struck by another vehicle, which left the scene, according to SSPD. Photos posted by SSPD on social media showed extensive damage to...

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Sept. 11 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 50 more diagnoses; 14-day trend varies

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 50 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 9 and Sept. 11 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend varied, with the rate going slightly down in Atlanta, up in Sandy Springs, and varying among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 11, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 10,988 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 10,947 on Sept. 9. Sandy Springs had 2,246 diagnoses, up from 2,237. Atlanta remains the number one city in...

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