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 Lou Walker seniors to present gospel musical The Lou Walker Senior Center Performing Arts Group will present a musical, “Hallelujah: In that Great Gettin' Up Mornin,'” on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 7 to 8 p.m


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Veteran says Grady security officers abused him in E.R.


A U.S. military veteran says he plans to file a civil lawsuit against Grady Hospital in Atlanta for the treatment he received when he went to the emergency room earlier this year.


Bryan Jones says Grady security officers punched and kicked him after demanding that he get up off a stretcher during his Jan. 2, 2014 visit. Jones was arrested by the Atlanta Police Department at the direction of Grady security for breach of the peace and for “acting like he couldn’t walk,” attorneys for Jones said.


When he was released from jail, Jones was transported to the Veterans Affairs Hospital where he became the first documented Georgian in 2014 with the H1N1 virus (swine flu).


The veteran, who lives in Southwest Atlanta, was transported to Grady by ambulance after suffering from flu like symptoms for several days at home.  After arriving at Grady on a stretcher, Jones had difficulty breathing and was too weak to stand, the Davis Bozeman Law Firm said.   


“Mr. Jones attempted to explain to Grady Security that he was extremely weak and was having difficulty standing and walking. Grady security became increasingly aggressive and then physically forced him out of the...


Veteran commissioner Elaine Boyer resigns amidst federal charges

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DeKalb County officials, stunned by Elaine Boyer’s abrupt departure from office, are now preparing for a special election that will be held in November to fill the DeKalb County’s Commission District 1 seat Boyer formerly held.


Boyer, 57, is under federal investigation for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayers—about $83,000 in mail fraud and $15,000 in wire fraud. She abruptly resigned on Aug. 25 after holding the spot as the longest-serving commissioner on the board. The 22-year veteran stunned constituents, colleagues and others as she apologized for her wrongdoing. She was in U.S. Magistrate Court in Atlanta the next day for a bond hearing, saying she will plead guilty to misusing taxpayer money. She was released on a $25,000 bond. Her attorney, Jeff Brickman, told reporters she is cooperating with investigators and will enter her guilty plea at her arraignment expected within the next 10 to 20 days.


bocmoneyFederal officials say Boyer devised a scheme in which she used county taxpayer dollars to pay an advisor about $83,000 for work he never did. The advisor, now believed to be Marion Rooks Boynton, allegedly gave Boyer about $60,000 in kickbacks. The false invoices...


Sutton defends hiring political consultant Warren Mosby

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DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton says she committed no wrongdoing in using county discretionary funds to pay Warren Mosby for consulting work he performed for her office.


The county, she said, does not forbid commissioners from using their discretionary budgets from paying acquaintances for work. She said she received no kickbacks from Mosby, which would have been illegal.


Sutton spoke with On Common Ground News this week after coming under fire by local media for paying $34,000 to Mosby with whom she had a romantic relationship. News reports surfaced about the money Sutton paid Mosby this week after Elaine Boyer abruptly resigned as the longest-serving DeKalb County Commissioner. Boyer is facing federal charges for allegedly paying an advisor tens of thousands of dollars for work he did not do and then funneling a large portion of the money back to Boyer.

Sutton said she paid Mosby for work he performed and never received compensation from him as a result of his contract.    


“There are no rules that say there’s anything wrong or illegal with using discretionary funds to pay someone you know for performing work related to a commission district,” said Sutton, who represents District 4....


Hollywood comes to Conyers to film CW’s “The Originals”


CONYERS—Tractor-trailers filled with state-of-the-art cameras and other equipment led an assembly line of film crews to shoot on location for the second season of the CW television series, “The Originals.”


Film crews who were in Conyers used a private residence on Bonds Lake Road and the parking lot of Voices of Faith Ministries on Sigman Road during an all-day shooton Aug. 27 in preparation for the second season, which begins airing on Monday, Oct. 6.


Gina Hartsell, film liaison for the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council, says the city has welcomed a number of productions and does its best to make sure the process is a smooth one for both, the film crews and residents.    


“The city of Conyers has welcomed the likes of Vin Diseal, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Hugh Jackman, just to name a few. We let companies know if you represent a production company, you have a helpful liaison in Rockdale County ready to assist you with your upcoming shoot,” said Hartsell. “All the shows and movies filming here are a win-win for everyone. Georgia offers some of the best film and TV tax incentives in the country – an income tax credit...


DeKalb sheriff announces new leaders for administration


DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann has named Major Reginald B. Scandrett as Chief Deputy Sheriff and Xernia Fortson, Esq. as Chief of Administration and Legal Affairs. Chief Deputy Scandrett, formerly Commander of the Jail Division, fills the post vacated in February by Sheriff Mann. Chief Fortson was Director of Administration and Legal Affairs.


Scandrett will now serve as second in command for all law enforcement operations of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. As head of the DeKalb County Jail, he managed the state's largest pre-trial detention facility for four years. The facility houses an average 2,700 persons daily and processes more than 35,000 detainees each year. A career law enforcement officer, he joined the Office in 1990 as a Detention Officer and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility over the past 24 years.


A graduate of the Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute and the U.S. Department of Justice F.B.I Defensive Tactics Instructor School, Scandrett completed courses in management and jail supervision; SWAT Hostage Rescue; In-Custody Death Investigation; and Basic Law Enforcement. He is an instructor in Tasertron Electric Law Enforcement Technology, Georgia P.O.S.T.; and PPCT Defensive Tactics, Collapsible Baton, and Impact Weapons. He is founder...


DeKalb County hosts fun day to celebrate families


DeKalb County families had a ball on Aug. 24 at the seventh annual Community Education Family Fun Day, enjoying basketball, football, dodge ball and even Frisbees as they celebrated the end of summer.

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“We thank all of DeKalb’s departments—from parks and recreation to roads and drainage. Everybody is here working together. I thank all of our participating departments and all the families who came out to have a good time,” said DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May. “Today’s event served as a golden opportunity for DeKalb families to have some summer fun and enjoy some summer treats, all while learning about several major county initiatives in DeKalb.”


County Commissioner Larry Johnson and State Rep. Dar’Shun Kendrick also joined in on the fun, helping May in welcoming the community to the event, which was held at the Bransby Outdoor YMCA, 1185 Rock Chapel Road, Lithonia.


“These are the kinds of things DeKalb County is all about: family, fun, connecting with your neighbors and making things happen,” said Johnson. “Let’s continue to do this so we can support our families and the resources in DeKalb County. We are all one big happy family.”


Residents enjoyed rock climbing, a swimming...


Gregory B. Levett and Sons opens new Rockdale funeral chapel


About 200 people, including Rockdale County’s CEO Richard Oden and other dignitaries, attended the Aug. 23 grand opening of Gregory B. Levett and Sons’ newest funeral chapel. Owners Gregory and Betty Levett opened the new location at 1999 Highway 138 in Conyers.


The festive open house included music, a ribbon cutting ceremony and blessing and prayer from the Rev. Eric Lee of Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers. Rev. Aldren Sadler, Sr. served as the master of ceremonies for the program. Gregory B. Levett, Sr. conducted the grand prize drawing for a 60-inch flat screen television and surround sound theater system.


The new 10,000-square-foot funeral home includes a chapel that can seat 300, a reception area and more than 200 parking spaces. The Conyers chapel marks the fifth location owned by Gregory B. Levett and Sons. The family also has a location in DeKalb County’s Scottdale community; one at 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur; one in Gwinnett County at 914 Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville; and one in North Gwinnett at 201 Morningside Drive, Buford.



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