Thursday, May 2, 2013
The package was found to be harmless, just clothing and personal effects, police said.
A package found to contain clothing and personal effects caused portions of Piedmont Road to be closed for a short time on Thursday. Gregory Lyon, an Atlanta police spokesman, said SWAT teams investigated reports of a suspicious package near the intersection of Piedmont and Darlington roads. A nearby apartment complex was evacuated as a precaution. Shortly before 2 pm on Thursday, the package was determined to be harmless. Channel 2 Action News reported that Piedmont Road between E. Wesley and Pharr Roads had been shut down. See Also: Are We More Aware of Our Surroundings, or Just Plain Jumpy? Police Investigated Fifth Buckhead Suspicious Package in a Week GA-400, Howell Mill Road Reopen After Suspicious Packages Investigated
Monday, February 11, 2013
APD Chief Turner released the Week 5 APD crime stats
APD's Week 5 crime report, which covered from January 27 to February 2, was recently released and showed the City of Atlanta had no murders within that period. However, according to the report, the city has recorded 7 murders compared to just 4 murders in the same time period in 2012. The report also shows that the city had roughly 150 more Part 1 Offenses committed this year already, compared to 2012. The biggest rising trend in 2013 is in Auto Thefts and Robberies. So far in 2013, there have been 529 auto thefts and 224 robberies reported, which contributes to the 5% overall increase in Part 1 offenses this year already. Arrests, on the other hand, are down roughly 24%. Officers have made 342 arrests so far in 2013 (includes a majority …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Six people suspected of committing carjackings in and around Atlanta have been arrested. Police say the group is linked to crimes including a carjacking at Buckhead's Northside branch library.
Atlanta Police announced Friday that they had arrested 6 suspected carjackers and charged them in a string of incidents across the city and neighboring communities. "These are significant arrests, because carjacking is a violent crime that often leads to even more dangerous crimes," said APD Lt. Paul Guerrucci. "Getting these men off the streets will make Atlanta, and the metro area, a safer place, without question." Officials said the suspects are responsible for at least 6 carjackings, and all of the vehicles have been recovered at this point. APD would not discuss details about the state of the recovered cars or whether they were sold to chop shops or used in smash and grab break-ins. Police said they were being cautious about …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Two men, one of whom was armed, robbed Fifth Third Bank on Piedmont Road Thursday afternoon.
The FBI and Atlanta police are looking for two men who robbed a bank in Buckhead Thursday afternoon, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. One of the men brandished a semi-automatic handgun when he and a partner entered Fifth Third Bank on Piedmont Road and announced a robbery just before 4 p.m. The men escaped the scene on foot with money, although the amount remains undisclosed at this time. Surveillance photos of both men, which were released by authorities, can be viewed in the original AJC article here. Descriptions of the suspects: The armed suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s. At about 5-foot-9 to 5-10, the man has a slender build and can be seen in the photos wearing a red …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
The goal is to increase contact with citizens and reduce crime, with a particular focus on robberies, burglaries, auto thefts and larcenies from vehicles.
The Atlanta Police Department (APD) has selected four key areas in the city, including the Peachtree Street corridor through Buckhead, for a strategic, 60-day crime suppression detail that began Thursday, Aug. 2 and is made possible with Federal Justice Assistance Grant money. A portion of the $500,000 received through the grant will go towards officer overtime, allowing the Department to increase its resources and personnel in the evenings and overnights, from Aug. 2-Oct. 1. The following areas were carefully selected based on statistical analysis of recent crime trends: Citizens can expect to see an increased officer presence in those areas, including units on bicycles and motorcycles, on foot and in patrol cars. The goal is to increase …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
The newest addition to the "Bucks on the Street" campaign can be found at Charlie Loudermilk Park.
The Bucks on the Street campaign added its newest addition earlier this week, as sponsors Georgia Commerce Bank and Three dedicated and unveiled the "B.A. Buck" to Zone 2 police in appreciation of their service. The dedication took place at B.A.'s new home, Charlie Loudermilk Park, where Roswell and Piedmont roads intersect. “Buckhead is a stronger community than ever in 2012 and we are proud to serve this community,” said Chief George Turner of Zone 2. “We appreciate the Bucks on the Street project, Georgia Commerce Bank and Three for providing this unique opportunity to support Livable Buckhead’s efforts.” Bucks on the Street is a community project meant to instill a sense of excitement and pride for those who live, work and/or play in…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The problem of career criminals committing burglaries and larcenies in Buckhead has warranted a call for stiffer sentencing from judges.
Zone 2 Community Prosecutor Tiffany Harlow, assigned to Buckhead by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, used recent significant burglary and larceny arrests as a point for conversation about why career criminals remain roaming the street in Buckhead and elsewhere in Atlanta. Speaking at the recent NPU-B meeting, Harlow said that career criminals often end up back on the street because judges are too sparing. "We've had a problem lately with some of the judges being pretty lenient on punishment," she said. Harlow explained she used the recent arrests in Buckhead to produce recommendations to begin prosecuting these cases and take them "all the way." "We are not gonna take easy pleas anymore," she said. Burglaries have been …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Atlanta Police Department recently received a law enforcement grant to hire veterans as officers, which allows room to use existing officers for the new Path Force.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Atlanta Police Department will receive an estimated $1.8 million in federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant money over the next three years, allowing the department to hire 15 military veterans as officers. The new positions will allow the APD to reallocate existing personnel to create the “APD Path Force,” dedicated to providing security and patrols to the developing Atlanta BeltLine. The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced its funding awards this week. The grant stipulated that the city match $966,075 over the three-year grant period. The grant requires the Atlanta Police Department to hire military veterans who have served on active duty at any time period of …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The case of $57,000 stolen from E. RIvers PTA is reportedly progressing, although some are questioning the speed at which the justice system is moving.
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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Officials with the Atlanta Police Department said that the case against a woman accused of stealing funds from E. Rivers Elementary PTA is "progressing." In a recent article by Buckhead View, Sgt. Paul Cooper reportedly said "The investigation is progressing. The justice system is at work. Sentencing will be up to the courts." Maryam Arjomand, 48, turned herself in April in connection to charges that funds were stolen from the E. Rivers PTA fund, according to the APD. Arjomand turned herself in to the department's Major Fraud Unit, and she was charged with felony theft by taking. The police department said the charges stem from the "unlawful appropriation of $57,000.00 in checks from donors which were then deposited into the accused’s …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Seventeen cameras and three wireless antennas, approved last year by the Buckhead CID, will be installed and help ensure safety in Buckhead.
Some Operation Shield cameras will hopefully be up and running in time for the July 4 Peachtree Road Race, according to board members at the recent meeting of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. Tony Peters of the CID said that a "project kick off meeting" with the Atlanta Police Department, APD Foundation and Iron Sky was held last week. Operation Shield's cameras and related wireless equipment will be installed by the Iron Sky Corp. The total cost is $210,000, with the APD Foundation picking up $70,000. The install includes 17 cameras and three wireless antennas, Peters said. "Our plan is to start physical implementation of the entire system starting next week and then be done in ten weeks," Peters said. "The bigger goal was to…