DHP Crime Alert 11.25.15

Please be aware of the incidents noted in the Druid Hills Patrol crime alert, and suggestions for staying safe.

Dear DHP member:

Emory University police has reported two robbery incidents in the area adjacent to Druid Hills area. Both incidents happened late evening hours on 11-23-15 and 11-24-15.

In both incidents, a female Emory student was walking alone when approached by an occupant from a nearby stopped vehicle.  A male exited the vehicle, pointed a shotgun or rifle at the victim, demanded personal items (cell phone, purse), and then fled the area.  Neither victim was injured.  What follows are details about the reported robberies:
1)     On 11-23-15 at approximately 9:00 pm, a pedestrian robbery was reported to have occurred inside the Clairmont Reserve Apartment complex, located on Clairmont Rd.  The vehicle involved was described as an older sedan (possibly burgundy) and the person with the shotgun was described as a male, approximately 5’8, slim build, wearing a dark colored jacket, and identified by the victim as black.  Two or more other occupants were in the vehicle.

2)     On 11-24-25 at approximately 10:15 pm, a similar incident was reported to have occurred at the intersection of N. Decatur Road and Willivee Drive.  The vehicle involved was described as a silver sedan and the person with the shotgun or rifle was described as a male between 5’8 and 5’11, medium build, short haircut, and identified by the victim as black.

We suggest exercising serious caution at this time.
  • Call 911 if you see anything that seems suspicious. You are the eyes and ears of the police.
  • Do not walk alone after dark, even with a dog.
  • Do not talk on a cellphone while walking. Doing so distracts you from your surroundings and advertises the asset in your hand.
  • If you must listen to music or a podcast while walking in the neighborhood, at least leave out one earbud so that you can hear what is happening around you.
  • Be vigilant when you are out in your yard.
  • Warn family members and guests to be cautious as they leave and enter cars parked on the street or in turnarounds.
Be safe.

Druid Hills Patrol

DHCA News | 11.24.15

Important info from the latest DHCA newsletter:

Increased Police Presence
The DHCA has initiated a special security detail for the holiday season. A group of off-duty DeKalb police officers has been conducting surveillance in marked and unmarked cars. The detail covers all nine divisions of Druid Hills. Officers look for suspicious persons and incidents. The DHCA allocated $5,000 for the coverage which, along with the December 1st Town Hall meeting, is a response to the perceived heightened criminal threat to the neighborhood.

Lullwater Trail
The proposal of a multi-use trail along Lullwater Road is being evaluated by the DHCA’s Bike & Pedestrian Subcommittee. Chair Van Biesel welcomes input and ideas from all Druid Hills residents. The subcommittee’s goal is to improve safety for walkers and bikers in ways that preserve the character of Druid Hills, enhance the living environment of residents, and reduce automobile traffic on residential streets. If the trail concept is found to be feasible and clearly beneficial, the subcommittee will present the study and plan to the DHCA. Neither the DHCA nor the subcommittee will take a position on a proposed trail until the study is complete.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Van Biesel at transportation@druidhills.org.

Play a Part
The DHCA is looking for a few great board members! Become part of the solution to issues that concern you and your neighbors. Please contact Nominating Committee chair Mike St. Louis at nominating@druidhills.org by December 1, 2015.

Fernbank Open House | 11.19.15

Fernbank principal Jason Marshall has advised of the open house of Fernbank Elementary on November 19, and that the school will be ready for students when they return to class after the holiday break on November 30.



6-8:00 PM!!

Our new school building is almost ready for us – come see the progress! The building is bustling with construction workers, landscapers, and technology folks all working at top speed to make things ready for us November 30th. When you visit this Thursday you will see a beautiful new school, whose final touches are just around the corner – keep that in mind! When we open the doors for our boys and girls Monday morning, November 30th, we will be READY!

– Mr. Marshall

Lost Dog – Louie Is Back At Home!



lost dog

UPDATE:  Louis is back home – thank you!


Louie is our sweet 80 lb, Great Pyrenees pup
Very friendly, white long hair, microchipped
Went missing afternoon of 11/13/15
near East Lake Road and Ponce de Leon
PLEASE CALL 4048635775
with info.

Louie was hit by a car and last seen in Deepdene, possibly headed to Barton Woods or down Ponce.

GDOT Survey on Ponce/Scott Road Safety

GDOT is seeking input on the Ponce/Scott corridor from Moreland Ave. to Clairemont Rd. We have the opportunity in the next 12 days to voice our opinions via this important survey.

Please see the letter below for details, including a link to the survey.

Michael D. Turpeau Jr.
State Safety Program Supervisor
Georgia Department of Transportation
Office of Traffic Operations
Tel:  (404)635-2831
Fax:  (404)635-2960

Good morning:

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is conducting a Road Safety Audit (RSA) for State Route 8/US 78/Ponce de Leon Avenue/Scott Boulevard, from SR 42/Moreland Avenue (US 23) to SR 155/Clairemont Ave. As part of the RSA process for this corridor the audit team is conducting a survey in order to obtain input from key individuals and groups that have an interest in the study area along the stretch of State Route 8/US 78/Ponce de Leon Avenue/Scott Boulevard, from SR 42/Moreland Avenue (US 23) to SR 155/Clairemont Avenue. You are receiving this email because you were identified as an interested party and the audit team would like to hear your thoughts about potential safety concerns and possible solutions to those safety concerns along this stretch of road. We invite you to take a few moments to complete the survey. Thank you for your time and for your input.

A Road Safety Audit (RSA) is a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an audit team. RSAs have been used successfully for a wide variety of locations to identify potential solutions leading to both short-term improvements and longer term efforts including construction projects. It is a proactive tool, not solely dependent on crash data, but rather an innovative approach that includes firsthand observation to identify enhancement opportunities to be considered in improvement projects.

Please CLICK HERE to launch the survey or enter the following URL into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PoncedeLeonRSAPlease note, the survey will be open until 11:59pm on Tuesday November 24, 2015.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to your valuable input. Please contact Michael Turpeau with any questions: mturpeau@dot.ga.gov.


Erin L. Thoresen, AICP
Transportation Planner

Architecture, Engineering, Interiors, Planning
2325 Lakeview Pkwy., Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30009-7940
[P] 678.518.3881
Dialogue & Showcase

Power Out — November 8, 2015 — 10:30 pm

A tree fell across power lines at Artwood and Ponce. These lines feed East Lake and surrounding area. Artwood is closed to traffic — the tree is across Artwood — but Ponce is open. Georgia Power began setting up to clear the problem around 10:30 pm. They don’t have, at this time, an estimate on when the power will be back on, but it looks like a rain-soaking 5-6 hour job.

Found: Orange Tabby Cat

Found this sweetheart on 10/18, up a very tall tree in East Lake, behind 1900 2nd Avenue.  (Photo pending.)

Finally got it down on the 19th & have been trying to find out if it has a loving home to return to. It has a microchip registered to a rescue group that hasn’t answered their phone or called me back yet. The name registered is “Ginger,” though that might have been changed. I’ve been posting & searching on all of the websites I can find – FindMyKItty.com, Facebook, NextDoor, Craigslist, etc.

Sadly, I have to keep it in an area of the house where it is alone a lot of the time, because I have other cats.  Plus, I know that if it has a loving human, they probably miss it terribly! So, I’m very eager to find its home!

Contact: (404) 860-2284 or darlingtoncats@gmail.com (if you call, you’ll hear an outgoing message for my pet sitting company, Darlington Cats).

Remodeler Recommendation

Hector Quintanilla and his crew have done extensive siding and window repair on our house this week, and they’ve started on the painting of it. The work is excellent, and it’s going along fast.

Quintanilla Remodelers does roofing, siding, painting, flooring, any kind of carpentry, and just about everything else, including professional landscaping. They’re experts in repair of anything damaged by water over the years, including eaves, soffits, fascia, siding, and windows — and they get to the root cause to prevent the damage from recurring. I’m impressed by their detective work.

I highly recommend Hector on quality of work, price, and ease in working with. You can reach him at 404.438.7416, or by coming by our house (241 Chelsea Drive; Decatur) today (9.22) or tomorrow.

Bob Ballou