A state lawmaker sponsoring legislation for the proposed city of Tucker says he opposes the creation of a megacity in what is currently unincorporated DeKalb County. Currently, state lawmakers are considering the proposed cities of Briarcliff, Tucker and Lakeside in what is now unincorporated DeKalb County.
If you live in DeKalb County, you are likely to see more police and firefighters on the beat soon.
Hiring more public safety officers is part of the budget county commissioners approved unanimously Thursday, but that unanimous vote does not mean all commissioners are happy about the new spending plan.
The new budget provides money to hire 160 new police officers and 100 new firefighters.
The Georgia Senate approved a bill paving the way for the creation of the city of Lakeside. The proposed city currently sits in unincorporated DeKalb County.
Currently, the proposed city would border I- 85 on the west, Gwinnett County on the north, Chamblee-Tucker on the East and the Emory area in the South. Republican Senator Fran Millar spoke in favor of Lakeside.
“All I’m trying to do is give people a right to vote. This is a self-determination bill.”
“DeKalb County Needs Your Feedback,” reads the headline on inserts stuffed alongside county water bills this month.
The enclosed flier asks residents to offer ideas to include in DeKalb’s long-term strategic plan.
“God knows this is something that’s never been done in DeKalb County," says DeKalb interim CEO Lee May. “This is our way of establishing who we are as a county, understanding our assets, and really writing a plan that brings all that together.”
Attorneys for suspended DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis spent the last two days trying to get the corruption case against him thrown out of court.
Defense attorneys say charges against Ellis should be dropped because Ellis has not been afforded the rights of a peace officer. That includes the right to attend the grand jury proceedings that led to his indictment.
Several neighborhood groups in DeKalb County want to become cities. However, the chair of DeKalb’s legislative delegation is doubtful cityhood legislation will pass this year.
State Rep. Howard Mosby made the comments during a break from an open meeting between county residents and the DeKalb legislative delegation.
“I think that it is extremely complicated that I think us coming up with a great solution in the short time period between now and the end of legislative session will be difficult at best,” said Mosby.
DeKalb County’s Police Chief has just been promoted to an administrative job overseeing not only police but all public safety functions.
At least in the eyes of one county commissioner, an indication of Cedric Alexander’s performance in his new post will be how much money he can save.
In announcing Alexander’s promotion Thursday to Deputy Chief Operating Officer in charge of Public Safety, interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May said, “What we have here today is a unified front with the Board of Commissioners and the Office of the CEO in lockstep on this.”
Representatives from Fulton and DeKalb counties say they have run out of federal money to help people pay their winter heating bills.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – or LIHEAP -- is a federal program that’s run here by the Georgia Department of Human Services. It helps those who are over 65, homebound or who make below 60 percent of the median income (based on family size) pay for energy costs between November and March.
A DeKalb County Superior Court judge ruled Monday the city of Brookhaven can’t annex land which includes a prime office complex. The decision comes after Brookhaven’s city council has already approved the move.
Judge Tangela M. Barrie’s decision means DeKalb County voters will get the first say in the matter. Residents near the Century Center office complex will vote next Tuesday on whether they want the area to become part of the city of Chamblee.
Starting next year, DeKalb County’s 450 sanitation workers will have a new route to air their grievances, and they will have a union with them.
It’s not full union representation – no collective bargaining or legal ability to go on strike – but county commissioners are changing an ordinance to allow the workers to bring their grievances directly to Human
Some residents of metro Atlanta are being extra cautious as they head outdoors.
That's because wild boars are once again reported roaming around DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.
"If they're in a nice neighborhood that's plush and has nice yards and everything....that's where they're going to be able to eat and thrive," says David Neck, a wildlife control expert with the Atlanta-based Team Pest USA.
Neck says these animals are usually scared of humans and will maintain a distance unless they feel threatened.
"There's been times when both DeKalb County's ambulance provider as well as Grady Hospital's ambulance have both been dispatched to the same emergency. It's a waste of assets and resources," says Archibong.
A citizens group has been fighting for two years to keep a Walmart from being built in DeKalb County’s Suburban Plaza. With that battle now in court, Walmart’s Director of Communications spoke with WABE News.
Good Growth DeKalb’s court battle is technically against DeKalb County, but the goal is to stop developer Selig Enterprises from building the Walmart. The group says its survey last year indicated 75% of people who live nearby oppose the store.
The unsealed grand jury report that lead to the indictment of suspended DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis also questions the need for DeKalb county to have a CEO. DeKalb county residents are beginning to weigh in
A highly-anticipated special grand jury report looking into alleged corruption in DeKalb County has been unsealed. It implicates suspended CEO Burrell Ellis, who is preparing for trial. The report also calls for further investigation into several past and present county officials, as well as abolishing DeKalb's CEO form of government.
The report was actually completed in January. Since then, Ellis and his attorneys have fought to keep it from public view.
Authorities continue to investigate Tuesday’s school shooting at McNair Discover Learning Academy.
At an afternoon press conference, Police chief Cedric Alexander said he still doesn’t know why 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill allegedly held McNair staff members hostage and unloaded rounds with an AK-47.
“I think we can all make a reasonable assumption he came there to do some harm. He did come outside of that building. He did fire shots in the direction of officers.”
DeKalb police say they've arrested 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill Tuesday for allegedly firing shots from an AK-47 inside a DeKalb County elementary school. Authorities say Hill faces numerous charges.
No one was reportedly hurt, including the suspect, police, students, and faculty. However, parents are still concerned about some procedures.