Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Buckhead kidnapping-robbery suspect may have committed Sandy Springs crime; police release sketch

The Atlanta Police Department has issued a sketch of a suspect in two Buckhead kidnappings and robberies who may also be responsible for a similar incident in Sandy Springs. Two women were kidnapped and robbed in Buckhead last month in separate crimes that may have been committed by the same suspect — a man who entered their vehicles, forced them to withdraw cash from a bank, and threatened their lives if they called police. The Sandy Springs Police Department is “investigating a kidnapping with a very similar m.o.,” said SSPD spokesperson Sgt. Salvador Ortega. “Our detectives are working with...

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Oct. 20 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 295 more diagnoses; 14-day trend rises

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 295 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Oct. 16 and Oct. 20 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 increased in both cities and in all but one of the ZIP codes. As of Oct. 20, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 13,215 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 12,955 on Oct. 16. Sandy Springs had 2,730 diagnoses, up from 2,695. Atlanta remained the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at...

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Fulton County Schools closes second high school due to positive COVID-19 tests

The Fulton County School System has announced that Cambridge High School in Milton will be closed Oct. 20-22 due to COVID-19 cases among staff or students, the second such closure since in-person classes resumed on Oct. 14.  Banneker High in College Park was closed Oct. 16 after at least three staff or students reported positive test results. FCS spokesperson Brian Noyes said after advice from the Fulton County Health Department, and because the school reached Level 2 on its closing matrix, school officials directed the school to be closed. The three days of the closure will be spent contact-tracing...

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Solidarity Sandy Springs Food Pantry founder to speak at ‘Woman of Distinction’ luncheon

The founder of a pandemic-relief food pantry will speak at an Oct. 28 Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce luncheon where the annual “Woman of Distinction” award-winner will be announced. Jennifer Barnes of Keller Williams Realty’s Barnes Young Team created the Solidarity Sandy Springs Food Pantry earlier this year. Initially it was housed in the restaurant Under the Cork Tree at 5600 Roswell Road, which is where the luncheon will be held. The food pantry is currently housed in a former Publix grocery store in the same shopping center, the Prado, at 5630 Roswell Road. The luncheon, run by...

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Construction on Spalding Drive/Chamblee-Dunwoody Road intersection to start by November

Construction for intersection changes Spalding Drive and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road are expected to start by November after the Dunwoody City Council approved a contract Oct. 12. The $1.27 million contract is with Construction 57 and is funded mostly by previous years’ Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax funds, according to a city memo. Construction is expected to be completed sometime next year. “The reason why this intersection was so important to us is because it was rated the most dangerous in the city in terms of accidents,” Councilmember Stacey Harris said in the Oct. 12 meeting. Left-turn lanes will be added to...

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Sandy Springs closes on $10.9M purchase of future Municipal Court and police headquarters

The city of Sandy Springs has closed on the office building property at 620 Morgan Falls Road in a $10.9 million purchase for the new home to the police department and Municipal Court, officials announced on Oct. 6. The city is in the process of developing a timeline for moving into the building. The next step is the design, said spokesperson Sharon Kraun, and a request for proposals will be issued to secure that service. The four-story, 109,000-square-foot building dates to 1990. It sits on a 12.3-acre property with parking for more than 750 vehicles. The building’s most recent...

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Breaking down Georgia’s health coverage plan after Medicaid waiver is granted

Federal health officials gave formal approval Oct. 15 to Gov. Brian Kemp’s request for a waiver to expand health coverage options for low-income Georgians. States have to seek federal permission for changes in certain healthcare programs, and Gov. Kemp submitted two proposals for federal waivers several months ago. The plan under the newly granted Medicaid waiver is called Pathways, and it would increase eligibility for uninsured single adults with incomes up to 100% of poverty, about $12,000 annually. There are strict eligibility rules, called  “qualifying activities,’’ where an individual must fulfill at least one. These include working at least...

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Oct. 16 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 202 more diagnoses; 14-day trend rises

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 202 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Oct. 13 and Oct. 16 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 increased in both cities and in all but one of the ZIP codes. As of Oct. 16, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 12,955 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 12,795 on Oct. 13. Sandy Springs had 2,695 diagnoses, up from 2,653. Atlanta remained the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at...

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Fulton County Schools closes a school for COVID-19 cases two days after in-person return

Two days after the Fulton County School System fully reopened for face-to-face instruction, one of its schools in College Park was shut down because of six positive COVID-19 cases. About 60% of FCS students returned to classrooms Oct. 14, with the rest sticking to remote learning, amid a return plan that drew some safety complaints from teachers, including at Sandy Springs’ Riverwood International Charter School. On Oct. 16, Benjamin Banneker High School in College Park announced a closure due to COVID-19 cases, with an expected reopening Oct. 19 after cleaning and disinfection. FCS reported its 105 other schools were...

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Sandy Springs officer receives minor injuries in patrol car accident

A Sandy Springs Police officer received minor injuries and his patrol car was heavily damaged in an Oct. 15 accident. The accident happened at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Abernathy and Johnson Ferry roads, said Sgt. Salvador Ortega, a spokesperson for the Sandy Springs Police Department. The officer was driving east on Abernathy when a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck turned left in front of the patrol car, according to Ortega. The officer had the green light and was not at fault, Ortega said. The pickup truck driver was cited for failure to yield, Ortega said. The officer...

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Gov. Kemp extends state COVID-19 restrictions through Halloween

Gov. Brian Kemp has extended COVID-19 restrictions for the State of Georgia through Oct. 31. The extension of his executive order makes no significant changes to previous orders, which requires social distancing; bans gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person; specific rules for restaurants, salons and other businesses; and requires sheltering in place for those in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile.  The public health emergency remains in place until Nov. 9. The governor’s executive orders are available to be...

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60% of students resume face-to-face instruction in Fulton County Schools

Approximately 60% of the students in the Fulton County School System were expected to be in classrooms starting Oct. 14 as face-to-face instruction resumed. The remaining students will stick with remote learning, the Fulton County Board of Education learned in its Oct. 13 work session. Superintendent Mike Looney said the latest COVID-19 diagnosis data he saw before giving face-to-face instruction the go-ahead showed the average incident rate was 94.5 cases per 100,000 residents. The threshold set for face-to-face instruction was 100 or fewer cases per 100,000 residents. Looney told the school board that a closure of all FCS facilities...

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