Post office honors fallen officer

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Joann Ortega Romero, sister of Francis Manuel Ortega—a Pine Lake police officer who was shot and killed while on duty—said her brother always set the path for her. During a ceremony at the Pine Lake Post Office Romero, along with the Ortega family and more than a hundred supporters, honored her brother’s sacrifice once again. […]

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County attempts to fill 911 operator void

DeKalb County 911 operator Tiara Jackson takes calls from the Tucker operating center. Photos by Horace Holloman

It’s not hard for Erica White to think back to her best day working as a 911 operator in DeKalb County. While White was on the phone with an elderly woman calling to report a suspicious man at her front door, two other men entered the woman’s home. The elderly woman hid in her closet […]

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New Orleans Revisited: as vibrant as ever!

New Orleans revisited: as vibrant as ever!

I remember my sister frantically calling my father more than a decade ago. At the time, she was studying at Xavier University to become a clinical doctor, and had been told to evacuate New Orleans because Hurricane Katrina was on its way. My dad told her she should think about “waiting the storm out.” That’s […]

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Double-decker bus comes to DeKalb

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MARTA unveiled its double-decker bus in DeKalb County recently. After initial tests in Clayton County, the two-decker bus was featured on route 116 in DeKalb. MARTA officials said the bus may be considered for future use after pilot tests with customers. “People love it,” said MARTA COO Rich Krisak. “They point at it when it […]

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Hemy Neuman found guilty in retrial

Hemy Neuman
Photo by Donna Seay

Hemy Neuman, quiet throughout his retrial proceedings, dropped his head after a jury read a guilty verdict in the 2010 murder of Rusty Sneiderman, Aug. 23. Neuman was found guilty of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The jury–eight women and four men–deliberated for more than three hours […]

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County officials, code enforcement concerned with abandoned building

pool outside of presidential parkway property

Owners of a dilapidated 14-story building at 4001 Presidential Parkway near Spaghetti Junction were cited with 34 code violations and are scheduled to appear in court, according to DeKalb County code enforcement officials. The property has been abandoned and rapidly deteriorating over the past two weeks in July, said DeKalb County Interim Code Enforcement Administrator […]

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Officers deal with fear, public perception

DeKalb County police officers gather at a Dunkin Donuts in support of a fellow officer recently diagnosed with cancer. Photo by Horace Holloman

July was particularly tough for some officers. In the wake of several police shootings and officers killed in the line of duty, community members and law enforcement are making efforts better understand each other. In DeKalb County, officers are trying to get the message across to the general public that their job isn’t as easy […]

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Officer battling cancer gets support from community

Jacqueline Adams passes out informational flyers and takes donations from customers in the drive through at Dunkin Donuts. Photos by Horace Holloman

In April of 2016 DeKalb County police officer Darrell Price noticed a lump on his right thigh near the groin region. After tests and various medical procedures Price was told he has cancer. The news was devastating, he said. But in the months to follow, Price said he’s found strength in his friends, family and […]

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