Posts filed under "Crime and public safety"

Decatur Police respond to overturned vehicle near The Imperial restaurant

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 21, 2017

Decatur Police responded to the scene an overturned vehicle near The Imperial restaurant over the weekend that occurred when an SUV struck another SUV parked along the road. There were no injuries and the driver of the overturned vehicle was cited for a failure to maintain his lane and an expired tag. There’s no indication drugs […]

Report: President ‘considered’ using National Guard to arrest undocumented immigrants

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 17, 2017

This story has been updated.  The Associated Press is reporting that President Trump “considered” using up to 100,000 National Guard troops to arrest undocumented immigrants. The AP says it obtained a draft memo detailing the plan. “The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as […]

17-year-old accused of killing man near Coan Park

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 13, 2017

A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with killing a man near Coan Park. Atlanta Police said  Jeremy Hogens was arrested on Feb. 8  and charged with murder in the Feb. 4 incident. He had outstanding warrants in DeKalb and Cherokee counties, the Police Department said. The Atlanta Journal Constitution identified the victim as Sammy […]

Workers begin reconstruction of North McDonough Railroad crossing

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 10, 2017

The city of Decatur says that work has begun on a project to reconstruct the North McDonough Railroad crossing. The bigger project will involve updates to the crossings at Candler and McDonough Streets, an announcement from the city says. The work will include pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements, with “gentler slopes” on the north side […]

UPDATE: Immigration attorneys report ICE raids on Buford Highway

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 10, 2017

Immigration attorneys have confirmed social media reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted raids on Buford Highway on Feb. 9. The round ups of undocumented citizens are routine. But Sarah Owings, who chairs the Georgia-Alabama chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said ICE’s priorities have changed under President Trump. She said under President Obama, ICE […]

Decatur Schools crossing guard passes away

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 9, 2017

The Decatur Police Department reports that a school crossing guard, Maurice Johnson, passed away on Feb. 9. Johnson has been a crossing guard for seven years and the Police Department said he “was well known to the children of Winnona Park Elementary and Renfroe Middle schools as he helped them cross South Candler Street.” “Maurice […]

Decatur Police report an overall drop in crime, but robberies were up in 2016

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 7, 2017

The Decatur Police Department reports that crime in 2016 decreased 21 percent overall compared with 2015, but the data show a sharp increase in robberies. There were 26 robberies in 2016, a 117 percent increase over 2015. The Police Department received two reports of rape and one report of a murder. The department cleared – […]

District Attorney won’t prosecute former DeKalb County CEO after conviction reversed

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 6, 2017

Burrell Ellis, DeKalb County’s former CEO, will not be tried again on public corruption charges, the county’s new district attorney has determined. The Georgia Supreme Court reversed Ellis’ conviction last year, finding that evidence that could’ve supported Ellis’ claims that he didn’t routinely shakedown vendors was improperly excluded from trial. Ellis was convicted of extortion and […]

Attempted burglary in Avondale Estates ends with arrest

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 6, 2017

Avondale Estates Police arrested a burglary suspect on Feb. 6 thanks to an alert resident. According to the Police Department, officers responded to the call about an attempted burglary in the 3200 block of Wiltshire Drive around 1 p.m. The caller saw a man hanging around and manipulating the door handles on a neighbor’s home. […]

UPDATE: One person dies in shooting near Coan Park

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 4, 2017

This story has been updated.  Atlanta Police responded to shooting near Coan Park that left one person dead Saturday evening. According to Atlanta Police, one person was shot and killed Hosea L. Williams Drive Northeast and Woodbine Avenue Northeast. “That victim is deceased on scene from apparent gunshot wound,” an APD spokesperson. There is no suspect […]

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