County by county news for Saturday


Georgia Department of Labor to recruit deputies

The Georgia Department of Labor will help the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department recruit a number of deputies 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at 465 Big Shanty Road, Marietta.

While no prior experience is necessary, applicants must be at least 18-years-old, and have a high school diploma or a GED.

They must also be U.S. citizens with a valid driver’s license.

Information: 770-528-6100.

Kenneth Musisi

Poll watcher training class to be held today

People interested in volunteering as a poll watcher on next month’s Election Day are invited to the Cobb County Democratic Committee’s poll watcher training class 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the IBEW Auditorium, 501 Pulliam St. S.W., Atlanta.

Information or to register: Nick Reynolds at 404-525-3559 or

Veronica Fields Johnson

Powder Springs Library hosts financial series

Three financial workshops will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Powder Springs Library, 4181 Atlanta St.

Topics will be Money Matters, Monday; Pay Yourself First, Tuesday and Financial Recovery, Wednesday.

Registration is required for these free Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Money Smart programs.

Information: or 770-439-3600.

Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Powder Springs adds planning, zoning member

A new member was added to the Powder Springs Planning and Zoning Commission Monday during the Powder Springs City Council meeting.

Kalia Watkins joins Stan Kaady, Johnnie Purify, Wanda McDaniel, Nancy Farmer, Doris Dawkins and Patrick Rascoe as commission members.

Their public hearings are held at 7:30 p.m. with remaining meetings for this year scheduled on Oct. 29, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17 in the Council Chambers, 4488 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs.

Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Grant used to spruce up Marietta school

More than 150 volunteers spruced up the grounds this month at Marietta City Schools’ Park Street Elementary School with a $10,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation.

Workers from Home Depot, Rainbow Post VFW 2861 and Ladies Auxiliary mulched playground areas, re-designed landscaping, planted flower beds at the front entry and painted a custom mural.

Tucker McQueen for the AJC

Cumberland Board of Directors to meet

The Cumberland Community Improvement District board of directors will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, 240 Interstate North Parkway.

Information: Melissa Crook at 770-859-2357.

Kenneth Musisi


Husband and wife convicted of tax scheme

A federal jury in Atlanta has convicted a husband and wife from Lawrenceville for a 10-year-long scheme in which they refused to pay taxes.

Stephen Paul Thomas, 46, and Patricia Denese Anderson, 51, were convicted on federal charges of conspiring to defraud the U.S. and making false claims upon the IRS. The couple, who jointly owned an outdoor yard furnishing store and general contracting business in Duluth, stopped filing federal tax returns in the 1990s, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. They are to be sentenced Jan. 3. Bill Rankin

Cops: Girl, 3, left alone while mom has job interview

A Gwinnett County mother, Reshea Danielle Alexander, 31, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct because she left her 3-year-old daughter home alone and went on a job i nterview. Hearing the cries for an hour, neighbors called 911.

Alexander was booked into the Gwinnett County jail around noon Tuesday and released at 9 p.m. after posting $1,300 bond. Alexis Stevens

Suspect found dead after SWAT standoff

A four-hour SWAT standoff in the 3500 block of Thompson Mill Road ended Friday when the suspected gunman shot himself to death, police said.

Police suspected a man involved in an aggravated assault in Braselton in which shots were fired was inside the home.

After unsuccessfully attempting to contact the suspect, the SWAT team sent a robot into the house shortly before 5 a.m. and found him dead. Mike Morris

St. John Neumann hosts open house

St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School, 791 Tom Smith Road in Lilburn is holding an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21. The Principal’s Welcome will be at 4 p.m. Parents can pick up applications and learn more about the school which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Information: Susan Paccasassi at 770-381-0557 or Kenneth Musisi

Two receive Victims Voice award

The 2012 Victims Voice award was presented Thursday during the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office annual Agency Support Group Breakfast to Theresa Bullock and Sandra Strickland.

Bullock and Strickland were honored for raising nearly $3 million for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence’s capital campaign to complete a state-of-the-art women and children’s shelter.

The Victim’s Voice award is presented to a person or organization that works to improve services to crime victims.

Andria Simmons

Sugar Hill constructing road to planned center

Sugar Hill will soon begin construction of a half-mile road from Ga. Highway 20 north to 90 acres earmarked for public-private enterprise, potentially Global Sport United’s marquee sports and retail center between Sugar Hill Golf Course and the Chattahoochee River. The road is scheduled to be completed before August, when the Georgia Department of Transportation is scheduled to be widening Highway 20 there. MICHAEL ALPERT FOR THE AJC


Domestic violence awareness plan launched

Members of the Fulton County Superior Court Clerk’s Office on Friday released scores of purple balloons into the air outside the courthouse to launch a domestic violence awareness initiative.

Clerk Cathelene “Tina” Robinson reminded her employees that they are the first people domestic violence victims see when they enter the courthouse to seek protective orders to keep violent family members away. Tied to each balloon was an inspirational, hand-written message by office employees for domestic violence victims or people who know them, she said. Bill Rankin

Cherokee girl’s death under investigation

Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a 17-month-old girl at a home in the 300 block of Red Bird Way on Sunday.

The mother of the girl, Jaime Beck, 22, of Bartow County, told police she was at her boyfriend’s residence when she got up to get a glass of water and noticed the door to the basement was open. Beck’s daughter, Kaylee Rayne Johnson, lay motionless at the foot of the stairs. The toddler was hospitalized and placed on life support, however she died on Tuesday. Andria Simmons

Cherokee school to host 5K fundraiser

Oak Grove Elementary Fine Arts Academy in Cherokee County is hosting a “Run for the Arts!” fundraiser 7:30 a.m. today at Etowah High, 6565 Putnam Ford Road, Woodstock.

Pre-race day entry fees for the 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run are $25 for adults, $20 for students, and $12 for the kids one-mile race.

Information: Jeffry Scott

Possible rabid fox warning in Forsyth

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is warning of a possible rabid fox. A fox attacked a groundskeeper on the golf course of the Hampton subdivision early Tuesday, but the worker was able to fight it off. Late the same day, a fox bit two dogs near the subdivision clubhouse. Animal control officials are patrolling.Mark Woolsey

Holy Innocents Catholic Church hosts open house

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church will host a community celebration featuring artists and musicians, architects and craftspeople 2 p.m. Sunday at 805 Mount Vernon Highway NW,Sandy Springs.

The renovated facility boasts over 30,000 square feet that includes the Christ Chapel, event rooms and meeting space, and a gallery.

Information: Kenneth Musisi

Mayor hosts opening of Roswell sweet shop

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood will host a ribbon-cutting today for Sweet!, an ice cream and candy shop on the northern end of Canton Street in downtown Roswell.

The boutique candy shop features ice cream, bulk candy, chocolates and coffee.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Information: or 678-461-1223. Andria Simmons


Police find human remains in SW Atlanta

Police found human remains at an abandoned home in southwest Atlanta. Police were not able to identify the person found Thursday and would not say specifically where on the property the remains were found. The remains were sent to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office for evaluation. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. Marcus K. Garner

Forum on charter amendment on Sunday

The Atlanta Press Club will host a forum on the charter school amendment on the November ballot 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The forum will be broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Viewers can submit questions by email beforehand at, or by Twitter, at: #APCCharterTalk.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution education reporter Maureen Downey will take questions. Panelists include: Jan Jones, Georgia House of Representatives; Kelly McCutchen, Founder of Tech High Charter School;Alvin Wilbanks, CEO and Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools, and Valarie Wilson, President, Georgia School Board Association. Johnny Edwards

Atlanta Dream Tour

The Dreams Protected Tour is 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE.

The free event will feature Cedric the Entertainer, filmmaker Will Packer and Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter. AJ Calloway of Extra TV will moderate a discussion. Information: or 1-800-692-6326. Sandra Marshall Murray

Renovations keep fire station closed

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Fire Station 12, 1288 DeKalb Ave. NE, will be closed for an additional two weeks due to renovation delays.

Engine 12 will be temporarily relocated to AFRD Fire Station 13, 431 Flat Shoals Ave. SE; and Truck 12 will be temporarily relocated to AFRD Fire Station 18, 2007 Oakview Road SE. Kenneth Musisi


Scammer “Georgia Powers” sentenced to prison

The woman who defrauded senior citizens out of thousands of dollars under the alias “Georgia Powers” was sentenced Friday to 43 years in prison.

A DeKalb County jury earlier this month found Santee Roberts, 36, guilty of violating Georiga’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, identity fraud, financial transaction fraud and elder exploitation.

According to prosecutors, Roberts identified herself as a Georgia Power representative to 86 DeKalb residents, with a significant number being over 65 years old.

Mike Morris

Crawford Lewis legal expenses below former cap

The DeKalb County school system has spent nothing in more than three months defending former Superintendent Crawford Lewis against a lawsuit, records show.

Last week, the school board removed a $100,000 cap on Lewis’ costs in the lawsuit by terminated construction program manager Heery/Mitchell.

This week, in response to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution open records request, school officials revealed $66,268 in expenses so far for Lewis in that case — the same amount that had been spent as of June 30, according to an earlier tally provided in response to a prior records request.

Ty Tagami

Child testifies at rape trial of martial arts instructor

A 10-year-old girl testified Thursday against the martial arts instructor charged with sexually assaulting her, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Adrian Spellen is on trial in DeKalb County Superior Court on two counts of rape and child molestation.

He is accused of attacking the girl, one of his students at Powerkicks Martial Arts, his taekwondo studio near Lithonia, between late May and early June of last year.

Spellen, who was arrested in June 2011, was initially released on a $100,000 bond, but his bond was revoked in April after prosecutors accused him of violating release conditions that he stay away from children younger than 16. Angel K. Brooks and Marcus K. Garner

Sen. Isakson headlines Dunwoody Chamber gala

The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce will host its first fall gala and member meeting 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Dunwoody Terraces South.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s keynote speech will address the impact on business from the November elections.

The chamber will also celebrate its accomplishments as Georgia’s leading business advocacy organizations this past year.

The annual meeting and introduction of new members of the board of directors will be at 5 p.m.

Information: Kenneth Musisi

Church to host Brookhaven candidate forum

Brookhaven United Methodist Church will host a candidate forum from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church, 1366 N. Druid Hills Rd., N.E. Candidates running for city council will be introduced and mayoral candidates will speak on issues of concern to them, followed by a discussion moderated by community resident Esther Graff-Radford.

Information: 404-455-3632. Veronica Fields Johnson


Eagles Landing boasts Teacher of the Yea

Barbara Rosolino, honors English and AP literature and composition teacher at Eagle’s Landing High, was named Teacher of the Year for Henry County Schools during the Harvest of Heroes ceremony Thursday night at the Performing Arts Center.

Rosolino was a finalist along with Tina McPherson (Stockbridge Elementary) and Sheila Thomas-Johnson (Henry County Middle School). A veteran of 34 years and a National Board certified teacher, Rosolino will now represent Henry County in the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition. Tammy Joyner

Council approves Peachtree City development

The City Council of Peachtree City voted 3-2 Thursday to annex property for a mixed-use development on Hwy. 74 South.

The 77-acre tract next to Meade Field was originally zoned for commercial use, but will now be used to build two office buildings and 90 single-family homes over the next four years. Jill Howard Church for AJC

“Creatures of the Night” to haunt Peachtree City

The Peachtree City Fire Department will feature “Creatures of the Night” at its annual Haunted House and Haunted Trail 7 to 11 p.m. today, Oct. 26 and 27 at Leach Station No. 81 on Paschall Road.

Admission is $10 for one night or $20 for a weekend pass. A House of Clues for younger children is open for $5. Proceeds benefit fire programs and the Optimist Club. Jill Howard Church for the AJC

Community forums address school changes

Fulton County schools is scheduling community meetings in south Fulton to discuss the proposed closing of three elementary schools in aging facilities – Oak Knoll, Harriet Tubman, and Mt. Olive – that will be replaced by two new schools, one at the former College Park Elementary School site, the second at a site yet to be determined.

The meetings will also ask for community input on redistricting of south Fulton middle and high schools to accommodate changes in population and school capacities. The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at Woodland Middle School, 2745 Stone Road, East Point, and at Banneker High School, 6015 Feldwood Road, College Park. They will be held in three rounds, each meeting with a specific purpose.

Round one: Oct. 29, Woodland Middle School; Oct. 30, Banneker High School.

Round two: Nov. 26, Woodland Middle School, and Nov. 27, Banneker High School.

Round three: Dec. 10, Woodland Middle School, and Dec. 11, Banneker High School. Jeffry Scott

Volunteers needed for Rum Creek cleanup

Clayton County Water authority is seeking volunteers to clean trash, debris and other pollutants from Rum Creek 10 a.m. to noon today.

This is a great community activity for scouts, youth groups, environmental and civic clubs and families.

The 2012 Rivers Alive Stream Cleanup will meet at M.D. Roberts Middle School, 1905 Walt Stephens Road in Jonesboro.

Wear outdoor clothing and waterproof boots.

Information: 770 961-2130 ext. 5972. Tammy Joyner