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Another metro Atlanta city has banned e-scooters
 The city of Tucker has outlawed electric scooters, the two-wheeled devices that have become commonplace on Atlanta’s streets and sidewalks over the past year. The Tucker City Council voted 5-1 Monday night to ban “shareable powered mobility devices,” which includes e-scooters and shared electric bicycles. Tucker, located...

Posted: 6 days ago

The city of Tucker has outlawed electric scooters, the two-wheeled devices that have become commonplace on Atlanta’s streets and sidewalks over the past year. The Tucker City Council voted 5-1 Monday night to ban “shareable powered mobility devices,” which includes e-scooters and shared electric bicycles. Tucker, located...
Officer accused of on-duty rape had history of misconduct on the job
 An investigator revealed disturbing details Monday about an on-duty Lithonia police officer’s alleged rape of a woman last month, amid new revelations about his disciplinary record. Officer David Wilborn sat with his attorney in a DeKalb County courtroom and listened as a sergeant described how he allegedly raped the victim Sept. 26...

Posted: 7 days ago

An investigator revealed disturbing details Monday about an on-duty Lithonia police officer’s alleged rape of a woman last month, amid new revelations about his disciplinary record. Officer David Wilborn sat with his attorney in a DeKalb County courtroom and listened as a sergeant described how he allegedly raped the victim Sept. 26...
Water tower that overlooked Decatur for 80 years starts coming down
 Work crews on Monday began tearing down the water tank that towered over drivers going to or from Decatur for 84 years. The water tower, which had the city of Decatur’s logo on one side and “Destination DeKalb” on the other, has been out of service for 15 years. The county announced a year ago it planned to demolish...

Posted: 7 days ago

Work crews on Monday began tearing down the water tank that towered over drivers going to or from Decatur for 84 years. The water tower, which had the city of Decatur’s logo on one side and “Destination DeKalb” on the other, has been out of service for 15 years. The county announced a year ago it planned to demolish...
DeKalb investigating after diesel fuel found in creek
 Crews are investigating after diesel fuel was found in a DeKalb County creek, officials said Friday. The diesel was discovered in Wesley Branch tributary, which is near Rock Chapel Road and Hightower Trail in the Lithonia area, the county said in a statement. DeKalb County Fire Rescue’s hazmat team went to the location Thursday about...

Posted: 10 days ago

Crews are investigating after diesel fuel was found in a DeKalb County creek, officials said Friday. The diesel was discovered in Wesley Branch tributary, which is near Rock Chapel Road and Hightower Trail in the Lithonia area, the county said in a statement. DeKalb County Fire Rescue’s hazmat team went to the location Thursday about...
Early voting starts Monday across metro Atlanta
 Voters can cast early ballots starting Monday morning across metro Atlanta.  The offices up for grabs are largely municipal -- mayor and city council seats -- but residents in unincorporated areas of DeKalb will vote on a referendum to restructure the ethics board while Fulton voters will choose a new county commissioner. For more information...

Posted: 10 days ago

Voters can cast early ballots starting Monday morning across metro Atlanta.  The offices up for grabs are largely municipal -- mayor and city council seats -- but residents in unincorporated areas of DeKalb will vote on a referendum to restructure the ethics board while Fulton voters will choose a new county commissioner. For more information...
When bad weather hits, DeKalb city has new tool to judge road conditions
 With a chill in the air and the potential for winter weather on the horizon, a new road sensor device in Brookhaven will help officials better judge the condition of the area’s streets, the city announced this week. Brookhaven worked with the Georgia Department of Transportation to install the device. It’s the first GDOT-affiliated...

Posted: 10 days ago

With a chill in the air and the potential for winter weather on the horizon, a new road sensor device in Brookhaven will help officials better judge the condition of the area’s streets, the city announced this week. Brookhaven worked with the Georgia Department of Transportation to install the device. It’s the first GDOT-affiliated...
1 million people in DeKalb County? It’s possible by 2050, study says
 DeKalb County will be home to more than 1 million people by 2050 and see a rise in the percentage of Hispanic residents, according to projections released this week by the Atlanta Regional Commission. ARC predicts that over the next several decades, DeKalb’s population will grow by more than 277,000, from 735,000 in 2015 to just...

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DeKalb County will be home to more than 1 million people by 2050 and see a rise in the percentage of Hispanic residents, according to projections released this week by the Atlanta Regional Commission. ARC predicts that over the next several decades, DeKalb’s population will grow by more than 277,000, from 735,000 in 2015 to just...
Should Georgia legalize it? Lower penalties for pot a growing movement
 A shot glass emblazoned with a marijuana leaf is up for sale. Jackpot prizes include pure hemp rolling paper. Nearby, groups of people enjoy drinks and dinner while chatting about why weed should be decriminalized and legalized in Georgia. Thaddeus Willis, a Gwinnett County resident and Air Force veteran, has heard about the push to lessen...

Posted: 11 days ago

A shot glass emblazoned with a marijuana leaf is up for sale. Jackpot prizes include pure hemp rolling paper. Nearby, groups of people enjoy drinks and dinner while chatting about why weed should be decriminalized and legalized in Georgia. Thaddeus Willis, a Gwinnett County resident and Air Force veteran, has heard about the push to lessen...
DeKalb County elections 2019: Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 14
 Early voting for this fall’s elections begins Monday in DeKalb County. Every registered voter in the county — in both cities and unincorporated areas — will be able to head to the polls, since there is a countywide referendum on the proposal to restructure the DeKalb ethics board. But in the county’s 12 cities...

Posted: 11 days ago

Early voting for this fall’s elections begins Monday in DeKalb County. Every registered voter in the county — in both cities and unincorporated areas — will be able to head to the polls, since there is a countywide referendum on the proposal to restructure the DeKalb ethics board. But in the county’s 12 cities...
Expo to highlight entertainment industry’s impact, opportunities in DeKalb
 An upcoming expo event will offer an up-close look at the entertainment industry in DeKalb County and provide resources for people looking to get involved. The DeKalb Entertainment Commission’s annual Entertainment Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. The commission picked an appropriate location for the event...

Posted: 11 days ago

An upcoming expo event will offer an up-close look at the entertainment industry in DeKalb County and provide resources for people looking to get involved. The DeKalb Entertainment Commission’s annual Entertainment Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. The commission picked an appropriate location for the event...
Charging dealers in overdose deaths is tricky but legal, experts say
 There may be some hurdles, but there is legal standing for the murder prosecution of a DeKalb County man who allegedly sold drugs to a 22-year-old who later fatally overdosed, local experts said. The case against Antoin Thornton, 28, is believed to be the first of its kind for DeKalb. Thornton allegedly sold heroin to Alexander Whitehead...

Posted: 11 days ago

There may be some hurdles, but there is legal standing for the murder prosecution of a DeKalb County man who allegedly sold drugs to a 22-year-old who later fatally overdosed, local experts said. The case against Antoin Thornton, 28, is believed to be the first of its kind for DeKalb. Thornton allegedly sold heroin to Alexander Whitehead...
Man pulls gun on Family Dollar clerk, takes cash, Brookhaven police say
 Brookhaven police are looking for a man who allegedly held a dollar store clerk at gunpoint and got away with cash earlier this week. The man entered the Family Dollar in the 3400 block of Clairmont Road on Monday, pulled a gun on the cashier and demanded money, according to a notice from Brookhaven police. He took cash from the register...

Posted: 12 days ago

Brookhaven police are looking for a man who allegedly held a dollar store clerk at gunpoint and got away with cash earlier this week. The man entered the Family Dollar in the 3400 block of Clairmont Road on Monday, pulled a gun on the cashier and demanded money, according to a notice from Brookhaven police. He took cash from the register...
Get free food in honor of Chick-fil-A’s 30th anniversary in DeKalb
 The Chick-fil-A in Tucker is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend with games, prizes and other tasty giveaways. Located at 4340 Hugh Howell Road, the fast food joint opened on Oct. 5, 1989. This Saturday, Oct. 12, the Chick-fil-A cows will be on hand from noon to 4 p.m. “to thank the community for their years of patronage...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Chick-fil-A in Tucker is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend with games, prizes and other tasty giveaways. Located at 4340 Hugh Howell Road, the fast food joint opened on Oct. 5, 1989. This Saturday, Oct. 12, the Chick-fil-A cows will be on hand from noon to 4 p.m. “to thank the community for their years of patronage...
How DeKalb residents can learn about voting rights, getting involved
 A DeKalb County commissioner is collaborating with state legislators for a series of town halls this week focused on voting rights. The meetings on Tuesday and Thursday, hosted by District 5 Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson  will include a presentation from DeKalb NAACP President Teresa Hardy, who will speak about the importance of...

Posted: 14 days ago

A DeKalb County commissioner is collaborating with state legislators for a series of town halls this week focused on voting rights. The meetings on Tuesday and Thursday, hosted by District 5 Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson will include a presentation from DeKalb NAACP President Teresa Hardy, who will speak about the importance of...
21 Savage says young immigrants should become citizens, gets advocacy award 
 Atlanta rapper 21 Savage, detained this year after allegedly overstaying a visa in the United States, was honored by a national immigrants’ rights organization Thursday. The platinum-selling artist, whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, received the Courageous Luminaries Award from the National Immigration Law Center...

Posted: 14 days ago

Atlanta rapper 21 Savage, detained this year after allegedly overstaying a visa in the United States, was honored by a national immigrants’ rights organization Thursday. The platinum-selling artist, whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, received the Courageous Luminaries Award from the National Immigration Law Center...
‘I’m here to serve’: DeKalb introduces its first female police chief
 DeKalb County formally introduced its new police chief to members of the community on Monday, heralding a historic appointment. Mirtha V. Ramos will be the county’s first permanent female police chief when she begins the new position Nov. 4. She comes to DeKalb as a 22-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, where she is currently...

Posted: 14 days ago

DeKalb County formally introduced its new police chief to members of the community on Monday, heralding a historic appointment. Mirtha V. Ramos will be the county’s first permanent female police chief when she begins the new position Nov. 4. She comes to DeKalb as a 22-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, where she is currently...
Stonecrest plans $2.1M purchase of old Sears building for public safety complex
 The city of Stonecrest plans to buy an old Sears facility in a popular part of town and turn it into a public safety building. The City Council approved the $2.1 million purchase Thursday. It will acquire Sears’ former building at The Mall at Stonecrest and its old tire and battery center, totaling 157,000 square feet, the city said...

Posted: 15 days ago

The city of Stonecrest plans to buy an old Sears facility in a popular part of town and turn it into a public safety building. The City Council approved the $2.1 million purchase Thursday. It will acquire Sears’ former building at The Mall at Stonecrest and its old tire and battery center, totaling 157,000 square feet, the city said...
PHOTOS: Here’s what Emory’s newest medical building will look like
 Emory University on Friday ceremoniously broke ground on a musculoskeletal  facility in Brookhaven’s Executive Park, where officials hope to eventually build a $1 billion medical complex. The 180,000-square-foot building will be the university’s newest addition to the Executive Park area, which is already home to several Emory...

Posted: 17 days ago

Emory University on Friday ceremoniously broke ground on a musculoskeletal facility in Brookhaven’s Executive Park, where officials hope to eventually build a $1 billion medical complex. The 180,000-square-foot building will be the university’s newest addition to the Executive Park area, which is already home to several Emory...
Here’s how DeKalb residents can trash (almost) anything at the county landfill
 Bring your garbage, yard trimmings and old, bulky furniture. Broken appliances? They’re welcome too. DeKalb County is giving residents the chance to get rid of just about anything directly at the county landfill on Saturday, Oct. 19, during its third annual “Landfill Amnesty Day,” according to a statement from DeKalb&rsquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Bring your garbage, yard trimmings and old, bulky furniture. Broken appliances? They’re welcome too. DeKalb County is giving residents the chance to get rid of just about anything directly at the county landfill on Saturday, Oct. 19, during its third annual “Landfill Amnesty Day,” according to a statement from DeKalb&rsquo...
Cops looking for 2 men who allegedly broke into 15 cars in Brookhaven
 Police in Brookhaven are looking for two people who allegedly broke into more than a dozen cars over the course of Thursday evening. The two men stole items from 15 vehicles in the Ashford Park neighborhood, which is located between Peachtree and Clairmont roads, Brookhaven police said in a statement. One of the cars contained a gun. They...

Posted: 17 days ago

Police in Brookhaven are looking for two people who allegedly broke into more than a dozen cars over the course of Thursday evening. The two men stole items from 15 vehicles in the Ashford Park neighborhood, which is located between Peachtree and Clairmont roads, Brookhaven police said in a statement. One of the cars contained a gun. They...
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