Archive for December, 2016

Kirkwood robbery victim fights back

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 30, 2016

A robbery victim fought back when she was attacked in Kirkwood, but the suspects got away with her phone. “On Dec. 28, at approximately 8:45 p.m.¬†officers responded to 1690 Wade Ave, in reference to a female who had been robbed at gunpoint,” the Atlanta Police Department said. “The victim stated she was walking through the […]

Warrant issued for Mead Road shooting suspect

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 30, 2016

Decatur Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a shooting that occurred at the intersection of Leyden Street and Mead Road on Dec. 28. Lt. Jennifer Ross said police obtained a warrant for 18-year-old Billy Lamont Parson, Jr., of Atlanta. Ross provided these photos of Parson: He is described as a black male, approximately […]

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis tries to remedy water bill complaints as his term ends

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 28, 2016

With days remaining in his term, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis moved to address a mess that has been brewing since he went to prison on public corruption charges. In a move announced on Dec. 28, Ellis said some customers with disputed bills will receive new ones in an attempt to resolve any lingering disputes. […]

(UPDATE) Decatur Police respond to shooting on Mead Road

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 28, 2016

A man has been shot in the groin after a dispute that occurred¬†at a Mead Road intersection, a Decatur Police spokesperson said. The incident occurred on Wednesday night, Dec. 28, at approximately 7:24 p.m. Lt. Jennifer Ross said it happened at the intersection of Mead Road and Leyden Street. “Officers arrived and located the victim, […]

Editor’s note: Decaturish is taking a ‘vacation’ this week

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 26, 2016

Readers, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend with your families and that your celebrations through the New Year will be safe and happy. Due to personal obligations, I will be taking some time off this week. It’s a vacation, though that’s not the best word for it because I’ll still be monitoring my […]

Community rallies to help family after sudden death of one year old

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 22, 2016

Asher Krop, a one-year-old boy from Decatur, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia on Dec. 11. He unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 18. Now members of the community are stepping up to help his grieving family. A donation fund has been set up to help with medical bills and funeral expenses. “The family is […]

Decatur becomes first city to be named ‘Speaker of the Year’

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 22, 2016

Decatur’s efforts to create a more diverse community have won the city a distinct and unique honor. The city has been named the 2016 Speaker of the Year by the Barkley Forum of Emory University for its Better Together Action Plan. “Since 1967, the Barkley Forum has recognized individuals or groups that exemplify outstanding and […]

Want water at a restaurant? You’ll have to ask

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 22, 2016

The days of restaurants serving customers water as soon as they sit at the table are gone for now. DeKalb County has instructed all restaurants to only serve water when customers request it due to the ongoing drought conditions. “The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management … recently sent approximately 5,000 notifications to food service […]

Artists painting MARTA mural overpass take a break, will finish this Spring

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 21, 2016

The artists behind a mural being painted on the MARTA overpass have decided to stop their work until April, the city of Decatur says. According to an announcement from the city, “The artists worked for a month through the middle of December and one side of the mural is just about finished along with the […]

Decatur Schools audit finds $30,000 misstatement, CSD cites calculation error

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 21, 2016

A calculation error led to a $30,000 misstatement detected by City Schools of Decatur’s most recent audit. The audit, for the fiscal year that ended June 30, says that auditors uncovered a discrepancy in reporting of the system’s food services payroll expenses. “Payroll expenditures and related liabilities earned prior to June 30, 2016 but not […]

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