Category: Public Safety

Construction blasting to briefly close Brookhaven’s Peachtree Creek Greenway July 6

Blasting for construction of Brookhaven’s new public safety headquarters will close the adjacent Peachtree Creek Greenway trail on Monday, July 6, around 3 p.m., according to a city alert. The site is off Briarwood Road behind Buford Highway’s Northeast Plaza shopping center. The $15 million headquarters will house the Brookhaven Police Department and the city’s Municipal Court. Construction is expected to finish in...

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MARTA to distribute 2M masks to help prevent spread of COVID-19

MARTA has announced it will distribute up to 2 million free masks to help combat the spread of COVID-19 beginning Monday, July 6. The transit agency will deploy staff and volunteers to hand out the disposable masks at its rail stations and bus bays. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend masks be worn to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. “Since the onset of the pandemic, we have instituted safety precautions and new cleaning protocols in order to continue providing essential transit service while protecting our customers and employees,” said MARTA General Manager and...

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Police complaint reform is one idea in Dunwoody racial dialogue

Amid nationwide protests against police brutality, Mayor Lynn Deutsch has called for a “dialogue” in Dunwoody regarding racism. Already some residents are calling for better transparency in internal investigations of the local police department through such mechanisms as a citizens review board. “It’s really important to have that dialogue, but how you do it when you’re not in person makes an already complex conversation harder,” said Deutsch, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic making large, in-person gatherings unsafe. Deutsch gave a speech about her tentative plans to make Dunwoody more inclusive at a June 11 faith-based protest at Brook Run...

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July 1 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 346 more diagnoses; 14-day trend rises

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 346 new COVID-19 diagnoses between June 29 and July 1 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The 14-day trend was up over 100% in both cities and rose in all of the main local ZIP codes. As of July 1, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 3,331 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 3,043 on June 29. Sandy Springs had 728 diagnoses, up from 670. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 46.2% of the total, and Sandy Springs remained in...

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Patient killed as driver crashes into ER entrance at Buckhead’s Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

A patient at Buckhead’s Piedmont Atlanta Hospital was killed June 30 when a driver crashed through the emergence room entrance. Four others were injured in the collision at the emergency department entrance of the hospital at 1968 Peachtree Road, according to the Atlanta Police Department. According to APD, the incident occurred around 7:45 a.m. when Atlanta resident Mary Clayton, 75, arrived for an appointment in a Mercedes-Benz SUV, lost control, struck a vehicle, then veered into the emergency department entrance. The collision killed Kimberly Sharee Hill, 55, of Atlanta, according to APD. Hospital leadership and staff members immediately began...

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Atlanta to remain in current pandemic reopening phase; police budget hold could return

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says the city of Atlanta will remain in phase two of its five phase reopening plan as COVID-19 cases increase. Bottoms made the announcement during a July 2 conference call with the Atlanta City Council. “We’ll stay in phase two for the foreseeable future,”  she said, noting that over the last two weeks, 45% of new COVID-19 cases are in the city, with 51% of those cases and 86% of the deaths in the African American community. Bottoms said City Hall would remained closed and remote meetings in compliance with the state’s opening meetings act...

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Dunwoody Police lieutenant sent sexual messages but did not harass or coerce, chief’s report says

A former Dunwoody Police lieutenant indeed sent improper, sexually explicit messages to fellow officers and employees, but did not harass or coerce them, according to an investigative report issued by Chief Billy Grogan July 2. Grogan’s 146-page report is a response to complaints filed in April by former Officer Roger Halstead and current civilian transport officer Brian Bolden. Their wide-ranging allegations of harassment center on former Lt. Fidel Espinoza, who resigned as a result of the accusations. Another complaint, from former Officer Austin Handle, has not yet received a city response. “Although it is clear that Espinoza texted/Snapchatted explicit...

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Decatur man charged in 2018 murder of Kay Thomasson of Sandy Springs

A 24-year-old Decatur man was arrested by Sandy Springs Police detectives on July 2 and charged in the 2018 killing of Kay Thomasson. James Christopher Jones has been charged with murder; murder during the commission of a burglary; aggravated assault with intent to murder; burglary in the first degree; false imprisonment; and theft by taking motor vehicle. Police allege Jones killed the 71-year-old Thomasson in the early morning hours at her home on Old Woodbine Road in the Derby Hills neighborhood. She died from a stab wound after being beaten, bound and placed in a tub of water, according...

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Dunwoody resident to host unofficial July 4 car parade honoring police, veterans

An anonymous Dunwoody resident is hosting an unofficial Fourth of July car parade at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. The parade starts at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry roads and will end at the Dunwoody Police Department at 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, according to information from a flyer shared by the Dunwoody Police Department. It will honor police, first responders and veterans. Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars or turn on their blinkers and honk and wave as a thank you to police at the end, according to the flyer. “This will not be a...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses surpass 400

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes have surpassed 400 cases, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 411 as of the county’s July 1 report, as compared to 370 as of the previous report on June 28. As of July 1, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 164 cases, which is up 20 cases since the June 28 report. Brookhaven’t main 30319 ZIP code had about 247, which is up 21 cases since the June 28 report....

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GDOT to suspend construction lane closures during Independence Day weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending all construction-related lane closures on interstates throughout metro Atlanta during the Independence Day long weekend. The lane closure suspension will begin at noon on Thursday, July 2 and will continue through 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. During that time, there will be no lane closures for construction activities on interstate highways, and closures will be limited on state routes, according to a press release from GDOT. Some long-term lane closures will remain in place and construction crews may be working on emergency repairs or other projects. Those planning to be on...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses increase by 46 cases

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes are both increasing, though Brookhaven’s ZIP code has seen a higher rate, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 370 as of the county’s June 28 report, compared to 324 reported on June 24. Brookhaven’s main 30319 ZIP code had about 226 cases, up 33 cases since the June 24 report. As of June 28, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 144 cases, up 13 cases since the June 24 report....

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