Category: Public Safety

DeKalb Schools teacher charged with child molestation at Perimeter Mall

Dunwoody Police have arrested a Tucker Middle School teacher and accused him of child molestation against a teenager at Perimeter Mall Aug. 4. Devin Lecorry Johnson, 28, of Mableton, was arrested Aug. 20. He is charged with child molestation, enticing a child and obstruction of officers, according to Dunwoody Police spokesperson Sgt. Robert Parsons. The school district has begun the process of firing Johnson from his teaching job as a result of his arrest, according to a written statement from the DeKalb County School District. According to Parsons, a teenager reported to police that a man approached him in...

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Police make another arrest at Buckhead ‘party mansion’

Atlanta Police say they arrested a security guard at a Buckhead “party mansion” Aug. 17 amid ongoing controversy and complaints about noise and commercial rentals in the residential neighborhood. Formerly owned by star musician Kenny Rogers, the mansion at 4499 Garmon Road drew the city’s attention last year for a string of massive parties, which ended late in the year with a $1,000 zoning violation fine imposed upon a woman who claimed to be the property’s new owner. However, parties resumed this summer and have again drawn the ire of officials, helping to spark Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and...

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DeKalb Schools employee investigated after attempted molestation is reported at Perimeter Mall

Dunwoody Police are investigating a DeKalb County School District employee for allegedly trying to molest a teenager at Perimeter Mall earlier this month, according to DCSD’s administration. Sgt. Robert Parsons of Dunwoody Police said Aug. 19 the department is looking into a possible suspect, but did not give further information. No arrest has been made, he said. DCSD said in a written statement that an employee informed the district the weekend of Aug. 16 that he was being investigated for criminal conduct at Perimeter Mall. “Throughout the weekend, DCSD Public Safety worked swiftly with the city of Dunwoody Police...

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Buckhead crime reports, July 18-Aug. 7

The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead July 18 through Aug. 7 was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records. Homicide 2100 block of Tula Street — July 12 Aggravated Assault 1800 block of Howell Mill Road — July 18 300 block of E. Paces Ferry Road — July 19 900 block of Canterbury Road — July 24 3100 block of Roswell Road — Aug. 4 Burglary-Residence 1900 block of Howell Mill Road — July 18 3400 block of Roxboro Road — July...

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Man cited for noise again at Buckhead mansion

For the second time this summer, a man has been cited for an alleged noise ordinance violation at a Buckhead “party mansion” that has drawn the city’s legal attention. Olutosin Oduwole, whom police have identified as the “owner” of the mansion at 4499 Garmon Road, was cited during an Aug. 15 party, according to the Atlanta Police Department. The mansion has been advertised on various websites for event and party rentals. While the mansion has drawn local noise complaints for parties, Oduwole said in a written message that during the latest citation, “There was no party here” and that...

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Dunwoody crime reports, July 28-Aug. 11

From Dunwoody Police reports through July 28 through Aug. 11. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website. Larceny/Shoplifting/Theft  200 block of Perimeter Center Parkway — On July 28, in the early morning, parts were stolen from a car. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 29, in the afternoon, a shoplifting incident was reported. 4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road — On July 29, in the evening, items were stolen from a car. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 29, in the evening, a shoplifting incident was reported. 4400 block of Chowning Way — On...

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Brookhaven Police crime reports, July 28-Aug. 11

From Brookhaven Police reports dated July 28 through Aug. 11. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website. Theft and Burglary 4100 block of D’Youville Trace — On July 28, in the evening, a theft by taking auto incident was reported. 3700 block of Buford Highway — On July 28, at night, a theft by taking auto incident was reported. 3700 block of Buford Highway — On July 29, in the early morning, items were reported stolen from a car. 1000 block of Pine Grove Avenue — On July 29, in the early morning, an entering auto attempt...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Aug. 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. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Aug. 19-23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Aug. 16-17, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Aug. 17-18, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., MARTA North Springs Station ramp to Ga. 400 northbound closed. Aug. 17-18 and 23-24, 9 p.m. to 9...

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Sandy Springs appears on another ‘safest cities’ list an expert calls useless

Sandy Springs has appeared on yet another “safest cities” website list, this time for purportedly “keeping children safe,” and a criminologist is once again saying the ranking is useless. SafeWise.com is one of two websites that get a lot of free press around the country for publishing “safest cities” lists, on which local cities frequently appear. Last year, Utah-based SafeWise acknowledged to the Reporter that its lists are made by staff members with no expertise in criminology or law enforcement as part of a marketing business that drives customers to security companies and Amazon.com. Josh Hinkle, an associate professor...

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Pedestrian hit crossing Roswell Road in Sandy Springs

A pedestrian was hit while crossing Roswell Road in Sandy Springs on Aug. 14, Sandy Springs Police said. According to Sandy Springs Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Sam Worsham, a 12-year-old was struck by a vehicle traveling south on the 7800 block of Roswell Road at 8:11 a.m. after darting into traffic. The juvenile was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. No other injury was reported at the scene and no charges are being brought against the driver, Worsham said. It is the third accident involving a pedestrian or bicyclist reported on Roswell Road...

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Brookhaven ends design contract for public safety HQ amid reports of firm’s closure

Brookhaven is ending its contract with a major architecture firm that suddenly closed and is being sued in another state for not completing contracted work, according to media reports. The city terminated its $800,000 contract with Atlanta-based Rosser International at the City Council’s Aug. 13 meeting. The city hired the firm in May 2018 to complete engineering and architectural designs for the city’s new public safety and municipal court headquarters to be built on the Peachtree Creek Greenway. City Manager Christian Sigman said the city received the construction drawings from Rosser it paid for and remains on track to...

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Sandy Springs resident charged with murder in alleged road rage incident

A Sandy Springs resident has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault following an alleged road rage incident in a local neighborhood and is being held at the Fulton County Jail. Sandy Springs Police say the incident happened July 30 at 326 River Valley Road. According to police, Atlanta resident Hamid Jahangard, 60, was hit by a vehicle on the sidewalk near that address, causing him to fall and strike his head. Jahangard was taken to Northside Hospital and died on Aug. 2 as a result of the injuries, police say. Police say the driver of the vehicle...

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