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For ages 8 to 12, registration is open for the Doraville Youth Baseball League, including a free instructional clinic from 1-3 p.m. April 5, 7 and 9 at Honeysuckle Park, 3037 Pleasant Valley Drive, Doraville.

Opening day will be April 16 – also at Honeysuckle Park.

WANTED PERSON – Assault BOLO nnOn 2/25/22 @ 2229 hours, the male pictured ordered a Lyft ride-share. During his ride,…

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DeKalb voters, we want to hear from you! Please join one of our upcoming listening sessions with new DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Executive Director Keisha Smith.

To access virtual meetings, click this link: https://t.co/uq6wGu3IA6#dekalbvotes #vote pic.twitter.com/RBNEm8RCfV

— DeKalb County Votes (@DeKalbVotes) March 22, 2022 “},{“_id”:”MHTVDJKZ65HLVMG3XX5ZWX7XSU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613250},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A yet-to-be-hired deputy director will be more involved in day-to-day operations.”},{“_id”:”Z7PU2EYWNZGSBGOAMOZBHFKUAE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613251},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We’re not gonna throw the baby out with the bathwater,” said elections board chair Dele Lowman Smith. “But we’re open to revisiting all assumptions about how work should be done.””},{“_id”:”L54CDVKMCZAAXADDIHECFFFMUQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613252},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Lowman Smith praised the new director, saying she had “come in and done everything [the elections board] expected and hoped for, and then some.””},{“_id”:”DSOJIN6WHNCKPEUREDP546PLHE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613253},”type”:”text”,”content”:”There’s still plenty of work to be done.”},{“_id”:”F6EOA7KVSBG73HGYNFIWRKWZCU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613254},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Smith, many other elections officials across the state, and plenty of voters are still learning intricacies of last year’s controversial voting legislation. Party primaries — which kick off a busy 2022 cycle and figure to be the first high-turnout elections under the new state law — are just two months away.”},{“_id”:”AKIYX2P3FVEXVJ5272UESJFMEY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613255},”type”:”text”,”content”:”With that, the county’s hard-to-shake reputation for disfunction, and a genuine desire to hear from the public, DeKalb’s new elections director recently announced a series of virtual listening sessions.”},{“_id”:”5B3FU6GKAZAHFAENKB5QLSR6QU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613256},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The first event, which officials said will also seek to educate the public on voting legislation and its impacts, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. Additional sessions are slated for Monday evening and lunchtime Tuesday.”},{“_id”:”ACCL5RNPMVGNPNNAJAQZLMO5FQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613257},”type”:”text”,”content”:”All of the events will be available via Zoom and streamed on DeKalb County TV.”},{“_id”:”MAWPJGWO3BH5DLNHE7KPLZRAGE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613258},”type”:”text”,”content”:”For more information, visit DeKalbVotes.com.”},{“_id”:”A33JRQKZEBHF5DJBH2534WLONQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613259},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Ensuring the integrity of elections and rebuilding, or enhancing, the public’s trust,” Smith said. “That’s my objective here.””},{“_id”:”4TMIKHH36BCZVPPG5WRNTRFWCU”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”PPCJOEPRY5GZVHQHQL6QSKKJZY”},”type”:”divider”},{“_id”:”ZGKGUXHJCNGDFOJLXHHCJREGHU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647950971254},”type”:”text”,”content”:”DEKALB ELECTIONS LISTENING SESSIONS”},{“_id”:”PYLSFQB2NJBPJCHK4HXMZEOAWI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647950971255},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Keisha Smith, the new executive director for DeKalb County elections, is holding a series of virtual “listening sessions.” The meetings can be accessed on Zoom at https://dekalbcountyga.zoom.us/j/97184078303. Residents can also share comments or questions by emailing [email protected] Here is the schedule:”},{“_id”:”GGMNSDVOT5HLXP3QMPXX7JX5OY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613265},”type”:”text”,”content”:”March 26: 11 a.m.”},{“_id”:”MKZVUXZJJJE3NBLPM6TQ73UAII”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613266},”type”:”text”,”content”:”March 28: 6:30 p.m.”},{“_id”:”GLP3R6SITNCFTN6RDTZEFJAJOE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648047613267},”type”:”text”,”content”:”March 29: Noon.”},{“_id”:”2CKRDTFKP5D25AARRN65UAQARA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647950971259},”type”:”text”,”content”:”
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The city was considering using the property for a public safety center, a project that’s now under construction at a different location along the Peachtree Creek Greenway. In addition, the city was allegedly trying to leverage the same property to the DeKalb County School Board in a failed effort to keep Cross Keys High School in Brookhaven.”},{“_id”:”FBH7ON6RDZEBXCNDNBHHHLILWQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648041807514},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In 2018, the council voted against abandoning the road, voiding the developer’s deals to purchase the homeowner properties and prompting the lawsuit. Simon Bloom, Ardent’s attorney, previously called the sale tactic extortion. 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During his March 7 testimony, Ernst argued the ruling and punitive fines could affect how city officials pursue large development projects.”},{“_id”:”SROKGZFKXZANLFEZK46ZTJHBYA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648041807518},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I’m very concerned about how I and other elected officials across the state can function, how we can have conversations with anyone in the future,” he said. “I think it could be a chilling effect.””},{“_id”:”YXVCN42GLZCYVIGQXNNHNOTTNQ”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”OWBJFVGEUVBH5M5LF3YLKUELQU”},”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:”rnrn.grm3HeaderCell{background: none;}.grm3TableCell{text-align: center; padding-top: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px;}.grm3ChartlyTableHeader{background-color: #1368b2; color: white; text-align: center;}.grm3TableRow{ text-align: center; }.grm3ChartlyTableOddRow{ background-color: #f0f0f0 text-align: center; }rnrnWho pays the bill?rnrnThe City of Brookhaven, its mayor and city manager were ordered to pay fines totaling more than $6.6 million.rnrnrnrnSOURCE: Simon Bloom’s legal team”},{“_id”:”X2COJCGX35DD3KYXRSXCZ67OJI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1648041807520},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Bloom argued the mayor and city manager abused their positions of power and ignored multiple conflicts of interest, warranting the harsh ruling from the jury. 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And Thurmond has said the county is “facing a major crisis” if it doesn’t give the water system a similar amount of attention.”},{“_id”:”Y4SKJ6EOAFBCPKNMAMFG6WXR4Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647965645608},”type”:”text”,”content”:”To start addressing such repairs, DeKalb has already accepted one federal Water and Infrastructure Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan for $265 million. 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But after other commissioners and members of Thurmond’s administration pushed back on delaying the vote any longer, Davis Johnson made her own motion to move forward.”},{“_id”:”IRMQWEEMWZBBZHFYWAIWTXWVZI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647971976400},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Cochran-Johnson originally voted no, but later said she was confused about which motion was being discussed and had her vote changed.”},{“_id”:”KKL6K5ZV3RBWNIUBQG7Y2O4DL4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647971976401},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In terms of helping low-income residents with increasing bills, county COO Zach Williams said the item adopted Tuesday mandated “the establishment of a customer assistance program to defray the cost of service for income-eligible customers.” Few other details were provided, but Williams said the program would be in place before new rates start in August.”},{“_id”:”DF4KFOMR2RG75D3OR3I56O2XUU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647965645612},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The commission also approved Tuesday a separate program that would dedicate $5 million toward helping low-income families pay for plumbing and sewer repairs. Leaks and similar issues drive up residents’ bills but can also be expensive to rectify.”},{“_id”:”ER3FXEOVXNCABIK6GKPNORPYIY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647965645613},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Federal American Rescue Plan funds and other grant money will be used to pay for that program, which will be managed by the Nehemiah Project Community Development Corporation. Officials said the Nehemiah Project has worked on a similar initiative with the city of Atlanta.”},{“_id”:”SQLFZMY7Z5HOXDNGWQPPPFB7VA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647971976404},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Also on Tuesday, District 1 Commissioner Robert Patrick announced a new partnership with St. Vincent De Paul to help constituents with water bills. 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Today, our DKPD Police Athletic League was awarded the Attorney General’s Community Policing Award! After the celebration, Attorney General Merrick also got to see the PAL Career Development Program in action! pic.twitter.com/Of24sAquqI

— DeKalb County Police Department (@DeKalbCountyPD) March 17, 2022 “},{“_id”:”E4AZMU6UPZDCHMB6AQETI3E6BM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647551350156},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gupta called Ricketts, Prather and Webber “the best of policing.” Garland called them “super highly” deserving of the honor.”},{“_id”:”6Z7VYU5NXRHLJGA7QILHA6DWNM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647551350157},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I want to underscore that these actions would’ve been tremendous during the best of times,” Garland said during the ceremony in a crowded conference room at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. “But they occurred those during a pandemic, and the fact they did is further evidence of their commitment to the community they serve.””},{“_id”:”7RYKKD77RRG4NP7PE7LEQL6ZNI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1647551350158},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The three DeKalb detectives — who, along with a supervisor, make up the entirety of the local PAL program — were recognized for a variety of efforts over the last few years. 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According to court documents, the hospital system paid $1.6 million an acre for Tullie Road and Tullie Circle, roads that surround the hospital development site.”},{“_id”:”BWM2IVMOHFBYVNEPMXXR4HMQ4I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646929617294},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The city’s ask for Bramblewood Drive was roughly the same, $1.5 million per acre. No official appraisal was conducted. During Ernst’s testimony last week, he argued that, “The appraisal is what the city says it is.””},{“_id”:”55QWZH5LKZFXJHJGUCG743QBY4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646929617295},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Bloom hammered that quote to the jury multiple times Monday as evidence the city was throwing its weight around, trying to force the developer to write a hasty check.”},{“_id”:”E3KN5742HBBMXDP5AKRPBPUW3I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646703368926},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“If they had an appraisal they couldn’t extort us for $3 million,” Bloom said.”},{“_id”:”3GKIDDTMO5BRRLXEUFSYHRWQRU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646931723109},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In 2018, the city denied a zoning request, voiding the developer’s deals for homeowner properties and prompting the lawsuit. Nothing has been done with the land since.”},{“_id”:”DZBTQP3YCBGRZK3B2AXWSYV6EE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646703368937},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s still ripe for redevelopment,” Terwilliger said.”},{“level”:3,”_id”:”RXTXBWMUIJDKNG6BAGC7HEYSOU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646929617297},”type”:”header”,”content”:”‘A wake-up call for Brookhaven’”},{“_id”:”ZNA7XRJ2YZD4NDLMXACAWCXHMU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646929617298},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Punitive damages aren’t common when real estate disputes spill into court.”},{“_id”:”KPGC4ID7QZHLHAQHHQBIP5LIMQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646931723113},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Rusi Patel, general counsel with the Georgia Municipal Association, said it’s tough to tell whether a specific ruling like this against elected officials has happened before, but he said it’s definitely rare.”},{“_id”:”GMUK6XAOYJDRXCLMXSZ2XBITYA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646919380317},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“None of us are aware of anything that comes to mind immediately,” Patel said, adding that they checked with some insurance providers for local governments. “It doesn’t mean that hasn’t happened… there’s no way to know for sure, something like that. 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He offered a seven-figure settlement to end the lawsuit; the city countered with a “low six-figure” offer Bloom called an insult.”},{“_id”:”WYGWYX2T6BCRDGEVTM4DKVBVRQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646931723117},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Ernst and Sigman both said they were following instructions and advice from the council and city staff throughout the Ardent negotiations, and they maintain that they did nothing illegal or unethical.”},{“_id”:”2QGZMXTPI5ATFNPNGGZHOHULVM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1646703368912},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I was just doing what a city manager does,” Sigman, who makes about $214,000 a year with Brookhaven, said. Ernst makes significantly less, about $16,000 a year plus profits from his law practice. 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