Category: Public Safety

Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Feb. 1

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 ramp closures Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Jan. 24-26, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound and northbound ramps to I-285 eastbound closed. Jan. 27-29, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound...

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Sandy Springs seeks ‘emergency’ court order to remove billboards for fire station driveway

The city of Sandy Springs is attempting to speed up its court battle over three Roswell Road billboards, seeking an “emergency” court order to remove them for a temporary fire station driveway. The city said it filed the Fulton County Superior Court on Jan. 17, but first revealed the move in a Jan. 24 press release. An attorney and a spokesperson representing OutFront Media, the company that owns the billboards, did not immediately respond to comment requests. The billboards stand on a triangle of land bordered by Mount Vernon Highway and Roswell and Johnson Ferry roads, across from City...

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Firefighters extinguish another fire along I-85 in Buckhead

Firefighters extinguished a “trash fire” along I-85 in Buckhead on Jan. 23, according to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. The fire came less than a week after a similar fire in the area. The Jan. 23 fire happened under the Buford Spring Connector near Lakeshore Drive, according to the fire department’s social media. Much of the highway was closed while the blaze was extinguished. A similar fire on Jan. 17 was behind a nearby Goodwill store on Piedmont Road and involved “debris from a possible homeless encampment on fire,” the fire department said the time. Both recent fires were...

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GBI releases new details in Lenox Square police shooting of suspect

The Jan. 18 police shooting of a suspect at Buckhead’s Lenox Square mall, originally described by authorities as an armed robbery, is looking more complicated due to details released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI says the victim was charged with robbery, and according to media reports that authorities have not confirmed, a rapper says the man shot was a friend who was helping him recover a stolen chain. According to the GBI, which is investigating the Atlanta Police shooting, an officer confronted a man who was pointing a gun at another man in a parking deck...

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Officer shoots robbery suspect at Buckhead’s Lenox Square mall, police say

An officer shot and wounded a suspect who was in the midst of an armed robbery at Buckhead’s Lenox Square mall Jan. 18, according to the Atlanta Police Department. Police said in a written statement that the officer was “alerted” to an armed robbery around 8:15 p.m. in the parking deck of the mall at 3393 Peachtree Road. The officer found an unidentified male robbing a victim at gunpoint, then shot and wounded the suspect twice when he refused to drop the weapon, according to the statement. The robbery victim was unharmed, police said. The wounded suspect was taken...

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Man arrested on murder charge in Buckhead fatal stabbing

A man is in custody on a murder charge in a fatal stabbing in Buckhead Jan. 18. The Atlanta Police Department said that officers responded around 3:30 a.m. to 28 Irby Ave. for a call about a dispute involving several males. They say the victim, identified as Jermaine Stephenson, was stabbed and pronounced dead at Piedmont Hospital. Israel K. Whittle, 25, was arrested later that day on a murder warrant and was taken to the Fulton County Jail, according to...

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Wrong-way driver killed in Ga. 400 collision in Buckhead

A wrong-way driver was killed in a head-on collision on Ga. 400 in Buckhead Jan. 18, according to the Atlanta Police Department. Police said the unidentified male driver’s vehicle was traveling south in the northbound lanes of the highway at Sidney Marcus Boulevard when it hit another vehicle at around 5 a.m. The wrong-way driver was dead at the scene, according to police, while the driver of the vehicle he hit was taken to a hospital for injuries described as...

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Firefighters extinguish blaze behind Buckhead Goodwill store

Firefighters extinguished a blaze behind a Goodwill store in Buckhead on Jan. 17. Firefighters responding to the store at 2135 Piedmont Road reported “debris from a possible homeless encampment on fire,” according to Sgt. Cortez Stafford, a spokesperson for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. No injuries were reported and there was no determination of the fire’s cause, he said. The fire was near the spot where a 2017 blaze that collapsed part of I-85 over Piedmont Road. Authorities alleged, but never proved in court, that the notorious blaze was started by homeless people and spread to flammable materials stored...

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Police reveal one suspect in custody for Lenox Square shooting; another sought

One of two suspects in the robbery and shooting of a woman at Buckhead’s Lenox Square mall Dec. 21 is in custody, the Atlanta Police Department has revealed. The second suspect is still being sought. D’Vonte Dean, 24, was arrested Dec. 30, the police department said in a written statement. He is being held in the Fulton County Jail while facing charges of aggravated assault with intent to rob, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The victim, a Conyers resident who works at the 3393 Peachtree Road mall, told police...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Jan. 24

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. Ga. 400 ramp closures Jan. 22-25, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Jan. 23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Jan. 23-25, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound between Glenridge Connector and Hammond Drive, one left lane. Jan. 24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,...

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Brookhaven Police crime reports, Jan. 5-12

From Brookhaven Police reports dated Jan. 5 through Jan. 12. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website. Theft and Burglary 1400 block of Northeast Expressway — On Jan. 7, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of theft by receiving stolen property. 3400 block of Buford Highway — On Jan. 8, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 3300 block of Clairmont Road — On Jan. 9, in the afternoon, a theft was reported. Assault 3100 block of Inman Drive — On Jan. 9, at night, a man was arrested and...

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Buckhead crime reports, Dec. 19-Jan. 8

The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead Dec. 19 through Jan. 8, was provided by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Homicide 2500 block of Lenox Road — Dec. 31 Aggravated Assault 1800 block of Peachtree Street — Dec. 19 3200 block of Cains Hill Place — Dec. 21 700 block of Morosgo Drive — Dec. 26 600 block of Phipps Boulevard — Dec. 29 400 block of Northside Circle — Dec. 30 200 block of Pharr Road — Dec. 31 100 block of Rumson Road — Jan....

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