Suspect killed during home invasion attempt
One man is dead and three others are in jail after a shooting during a home invasion early May 8 in Doraville, according to police.
Four men broke into a home on Doral Circle at approximately 5:30 a.m. where three men and a woman were living, Doraville Police Sgt. Gene Callaway said. The intruders had tied up three of the people and were in the process of tying up the fourth when one of the victims managed to get his handgun from under his bed and shoot one of the intruders, Callaway said.
The suspects then left and went to Norcross to change cars, Callaway said. They then took the shooting victim to Peachford Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police have not released the names of the victims or the suspects. The person killed was a 22-year-old Black man, Callaway said.
The incident is still under investigation and police are trying to determine what was taken from the home.
Dog owner in court for sentence reduction
The owner of dogs who attacked an 8-year-old girl will be in court today, May 9, for a motion hearing to reduce her jail time, according to DeKalb County solicitor general spokeswoman Emily Gest.
Twyann Vaughn was found guilty in January of two counts of reckless conduct, two counts of failure to obtain rabies inoculations and two counts of violation of the Vicious Dog Act after her dogs mauled Erin Ingram. Vaughn was sentenced to 16 months in jail.
She will appear before Judge Dax Lopez at 2:30 p.m. to ask for a reduction in her sentence so she can attend her son’s high school graduation.
Transportation tax topic of community meeting
The annual meeting of the Northlake Community Alliance is Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. at the Briarlake Baptist Church back lot building. The keynote speaker will be Michael Paris, CEO for the Council for Quality Growth and member of the Georgia Transportation Alliance. Paris is scheduled to talk about the July 31 transportation referendum. The building is located behind the church at 3715 LaVista Road in Decatur. For more information, visit www.nlake.org.
First stormwater projected finished in Clarkston
Clarkston City Manager Keith Barker announced May 8 that a significant first step in the city’s goal to improve stormwater infrastructure is complete with the construction of the city’s first drainage improvement project.
The project on West Smith Street entailed replacing collapsed headwalls and improving drainage flow through a stream channel.
Since the inception of the stormwater user fee in 2009, Clarkston has contracted with DeKalb County to perform drainage improvements citywide. Since early this year, Mayor Emanuel Ransom and the city council concluded that performing these much needed drainage improvements, under the leadership of Barker, could be accomplished in a shorter time frame.
“DeKalb County has been very helpful to the city at a time when the city had limited staff and experience to perform or manage this work,” Barker said. “With the current level of knowledge base that exists, we concluded that storm water projects could be expedited through city implementation. Since water improvements are not governed by jurisdictional boundaries, it is critical that we all work in a collaborative fashion, and I fully expect that both governments will continue to do so to improve water quality for all constituents in the community.”