J.D. Capelouto

Breaking News Reporter

J.D. writes breaking news stories for the AJC, focusing mostly on topics of crime, law, public safety and other miscellaneous news. He is a graduate of Boston University and has previously written for The Boston Globe, Boston.com and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He is also a former AJC intern.

Latest from J.D. Capelouto

Free DeKalb Women’s History Month event to celebrate nonviolence
 State and local figures will be honored at a Women’s History Month hosted by DeKalb County officials on Saturday. The program, titled “VOICES, A Free Women’s History Month Event,” will feature Robyn A. Crittenden as the guest speaker. Crittenden, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services...

Posted: 56 minutes ago

State and local figures will be honored at a Women’s History Month hosted by DeKalb County officials on Saturday. The program, titled “VOICES, A Free Women’s History Month Event,” will feature Robyn A. Crittenden as the guest speaker. Crittenden, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services...
Malnourished dog found tied to a tree, abandoned in the woods
 DeKalb police are looking for the owner of a malnourished dog that was left tied to a tree in the woods. Officers found the pup abandoned near the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center in Lithonia on March 10, the DeKalb County Police Department said in a statement Tuesday. Police said the dog was extremely thin. Anyone with information...

Posted: 21 hours ago

DeKalb police are looking for the owner of a malnourished dog that was left tied to a tree in the woods. Officers found the pup abandoned near the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center in Lithonia on March 10, the DeKalb County Police Department said in a statement Tuesday. Police said the dog was extremely thin. Anyone with information...
Another metro Atlanta city could vote on a property tax break
 Voters in Chamblee could vote this November on whether to approve an increased tax break for homeowners. A bill in the Georgia Legislature would put a referendum on the ballot that, if passed, would raise the Chamblee property tax homestead exemption from $30,000 to $50,000. Homestead exemptions apply to people who own the house they live...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Voters in Chamblee could vote this November on whether to approve an increased tax break for homeowners. A bill in the Georgia Legislature would put a referendum on the ballot that, if passed, would raise the Chamblee property tax homestead exemption from $30,000 to $50,000. Homestead exemptions apply to people who own the house they live...
After uproar over gas station plan, mayor vows to buy land, build park
 At a recent City Council meeting in Stonecrest, residents were up in arms about the plans for a gas station and convenience store in a wooded, residential area. But the mayor has an unconventional solution: He wants to buy the land and turn it into a park instead. Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said he made an agreement with the land owner for...

Posted: a day ago

At a recent City Council meeting in Stonecrest, residents were up in arms about the plans for a gas station and convenience store in a wooded, residential area. But the mayor has an unconventional solution: He wants to buy the land and turn it into a park instead. Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said he made an agreement with the land owner for...
Former GSU student sentenced to life for raping 3 women in parks
 A serial rapist who attended Georgia State University will spend the rest of his life in prison, officials announced Monday. Dominic Lawton, 33, sexually assaulted at least three women in DeKalb County in 2016, District Attorney Sherry Boston’s office said in a statement Monday. A jury convicted the Ocilla man of several charges...

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A serial rapist who attended Georgia State University will spend the rest of his life in prison, officials announced Monday. Dominic Lawton, 33, sexually assaulted at least three women in DeKalb County in 2016, District Attorney Sherry Boston’s office said in a statement Monday. A jury convicted the Ocilla man of several charges...
Traffic alert: Repairs will reduce busy DeKalb road to 1 lane
 DeKalb County plans to reduce part of a busy road down to one lane later this week to replace an aging water main. Drivers can expect delays in both directions on Glenwood Road in the area near Shoal Creek Park and Glenwood Hills Park from Wednesday morning to Saturday evening. Crews are planning to close down three lanes of Glenwood between...

Posted: a day ago

DeKalb County plans to reduce part of a busy road down to one lane later this week to replace an aging water main. Drivers can expect delays in both directions on Glenwood Road in the area near Shoal Creek Park and Glenwood Hills Park from Wednesday morning to Saturday evening. Crews are planning to close down three lanes of Glenwood between...
Limited on-site parking at Brookhaven spring festival this year
 Most people attending the free Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival next weekend will not be able to park at Blackburn Park, the city announced Monday. On-site parking will be limited to people who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a statement from the city. All other attendees will need to park at other locations...

Posted: a day ago

Most people attending the free Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival next weekend will not be able to park at Blackburn Park, the city announced Monday. On-site parking will be limited to people who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a statement from the city. All other attendees will need to park at other locations...
Would metro commuters ride a self-driving shuttle?
 A metro Atlanta community known for its industrial roots is on the cusp of becoming the first city in the state to embrace futuristic self-driving vehicles in the hopes of alleviating traffic congestion. The Chamblee City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would...

Posted: 2 days ago

A metro Atlanta community known for its industrial roots is on the cusp of becoming the first city in the state to embrace futuristic self-driving vehicles in the hopes of alleviating traffic congestion. The Chamblee City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would...
Lights, camera, street closures: Filming to shut down DeKalb roads
 Two North Decatur streets are scheduled to be shut down this weekend due to filming in the area.  Powell Lane, between Clairmont Road and Clairmont Circle, and Webster Drive, between North Decatur Road and Myrtle Lane, will be closed. The closures are scheduled to run from 4:30 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two North Decatur streets are scheduled to be shut down this weekend due to filming in the area.  Powell Lane, between Clairmont Road and Clairmont Circle, and Webster Drive, between North Decatur Road and Myrtle Lane, will be closed. The closures are scheduled to run from 4:30 a.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement...
Coffee shop on Emory’s campus fails health inspection
 A popular coffee shop and restaurant on Emory University’s campus failed its health inspection earlier this week. The Depot by Kaldi's Coffee, located on Eagle Row between residence halls and a set a train tracks, scored a 60 on its inspection Tuesday. According to the report from the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Environmental...

Posted: 4 days ago

A popular coffee shop and restaurant on Emory University’s campus failed its health inspection earlier this week. The Depot by Kaldi's Coffee, located on Eagle Row between residence halls and a set a train tracks, scored a 60 on its inspection Tuesday. According to the report from the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Environmental...
What would a self-driving shuttle in metro Atlanta look like?
 Shuttles without a driver behind the wheel could be rolling onto a busy DeKalb County corridor. At a meeting next Tuesday, Chamblee City Council is set to vote on a resolution to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would fund a set of self-driving shuttles. The city has looked into the possibility of autonomous...

Posted: 5 days ago

Shuttles without a driver behind the wheel could be rolling onto a busy DeKalb County corridor. At a meeting next Tuesday, Chamblee City Council is set to vote on a resolution to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would fund a set of self-driving shuttles. The city has looked into the possibility of autonomous...