Police on Patrol at Troubled Intersection
The DeKalb County Police Department has been responsive to calls for more patrols near Redan and S. Hairston following a deadly shooting late on May 16. More than two dozen shots were fired into a crowd of people outside a smoke shop next to the Chevron station. In addition to more patrols, the Tucker Police Precinct held its roll call on the site on May 19, and many police cars have been visible in the area.
Police Chief Mirtha Ramos held a public Zoom meeting on May 18. Assistant Chief Gregory Padrick says that the business licenses are being checked. Major Hughes and Major Medlin says that cameras are effective, and they have encouraged the store owners to get cameras. Just a week before this tragic crime, Major Hughes was on a Zoom call with the community talking about crime and how the police are targeting hotspots.
The police urge you to call 911 if you see suspected criminal activity.
If the call is not urgent, call 404 294-7911 or 678 406 7932. Those numbers were provided by Major Hughes.
Several people in the community have asked the chief to put a precinct in the area, and she said that she would give it some thought.
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Golf and Tennis Tournament at Sugar Creek
On June 11 – 12, Sugar Creek is holding its first annual golf and tennis tournament. It’s part of the grand celebration of the reopening of the golf and tennis facility in South DeKalb County.
Friday, June 11
6:00pm-9:00pm – Tennis Tournament and Meet & Greet
Saturday, June 12
8:00am – 1:00pm – Golf Tournament
** Tennis Registration includes: Friday night Meet & Greet.
** Golf Registration includes: Friday night Meet & Greet, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
For more information and to register, go to https://www.sugarcreekgt.com/
Get involved in deciding future transportation and land use needs in DeKalb County.
Several public meetings have been held about the direction we would like to go in the next 30 years. You can still take the online survey. Share your opinion! Influence the future!
Go to this site for information and to take the survey:
Lidl is opening June 9 on Covington Highway, just west of Panola.
We’ve been waiting for this store for a long time. The first public hearing we had on it was Dec. 16, 2016.
Update on Pep Boys at S. Hairston/Covington
It’s not closing, but is transitioning to a “dedicated service center,” according to the staff. There will not be parts and retail sales beginning July 11. It will still offer auto repairs.
Judge Delays Decision on Controversial Stonecrest Recycling Plant
On April 28, for about six hours, the case was made for and against Metro Green Recycling’s controversial cement plant on 50 acres near Miller Middle School (on Snapfinger Woods Drive and Miller Road). The case has languished for months. A citizen activist group and various elected officials contend that the company was improperly authorized by the Environmental Protection Division (EPD). Metro Green disputes the claim and points out that the city of Stonecrest wrote a letter of approval to the EPD. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie says she must consider the arguments before she makes a ruling. To read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s article on the hearing, click here.
Slaughterhouse Continues to Violate County Law
The slaughtering continues at 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia (near Redan Elementary School) as we wait for the case to go to trial. Rudolph Bradford, owner of Bradford Home & Grounds, has been cited for operating a business without a license, a business NOT allowed in a residential zone, and for violating a cease-and-desist order issued March 1, 2019. He is countersuing.
According to GA Department of Agriculture records, he has slaughtered more than 500 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep this year. Since the department first started keeping records on him, he has slaughtered 4,816 animals at this residential property since Jan. 31, 2016.
The pandemic kept Superior Court from holding trials. Hopefully, this case will be on the docket soon.
Our next Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Meeting is June 26, 10 a.m.
Join us at this link:
Meeting ID: 851 3335 5523
Thank you for reading the update. Stay safe and continue building our great community.