Monday, January 18, 2016

Dr. Alexander and DeKalb Fire Condone Lying Against Police




A Stone Mountain police officer is clearly a victim of false accusations, down right lies, against him.

As the video clearly shows, 2 of DeKalb's finest fire employees made up allegations so strong, without the video, he faced suspension or termination.

Doc Cedric is in charge of the fire department. So why have these 2 employees, Captain Terrell Davis and Krystal Cathcart not been fired yet? Why have they not been arrested yet for false report?

Who is this idiot Chief D.D. Fullum? He  says "the incident involves Stone Mountain Police but If  any other information arises and warrants further attention he will be happy to look into it further."
WTF? They lied! And they lied against a fellow police officer! What more does he need?

And just a couple of more questions: Was this fire Captain Terrell Davis on duty when he was pulled over? Even though he was in a private vehicle? Sure looks like he is wearing a fire bubba hat. And why was Ms. Krystal Cathcart following him wearing her fire department garb and credentials? Was she suppose to be at work? Are they married? To each other?

When we brought up the question if they were on their way to a rendezvous, someone made the comment, "surely not, 'cause she's skank ass ugly."

So is this whole situation.




Thursday, January 14, 2016

Retired Sergeant Phil Chesney Dies





Philip C. Chesney of Loganville, Georgia passed away on January 11, 2016 after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

 Philip is survived by his wife, Linda M. Chesney, daughters, Tracy (Chad) Weaver of Mount Holly, North Carolina, and Heather (Jason) Abner of Loganville, Georgia, grandchildren, Houston and Brinley Abner of Loganville, Georgia, Zach Weaver of Mount Holly, North Carolina and Chase Weaver of Charlotte, North Carolina.

 Philip was a DeKalb County Police Officer for 33 years and served two tours in the United States Marine Corps.

 Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, Georgia and funeral service will be on Friday, January 15 at 11 AM at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Grayson, Georgia. Interment will be in Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Highlands Presbyterian Church, 830 Grayson Parkway, Grayson, Georgia 30017.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Pension Contributions to Increase

Our pension contributions are on the rise.

 If you were employed before September 1, 2005, your's will increase to 10.48%. If you were employed after that, its's increasing to 8.51%.

 Yes, with the new city hoods refusing to contribute to our pension, eventhough we protected them for years, the pension fund has to be funded, putting more of the burden on us.

 But whatever happened to the pay study? The county can come up with millions of dollars for a soccer field, but they can't seem to find the money for a overdue raise.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

There's the Door!

The last of Bolton's protege as been shown the door.

Adios!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

DeKalb F.O.P. Shop With a Cop Scheme

Haven't we been here before? Remember when a former DeKalb officer was scamming the F.O.P. and only giving them 10 percent too?

This is a blackeye for the F.O.P.

Click here to watch the train wreck.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The $474,000.00 Pay Study

UDATE: This is just the contract. Still waiting with baited breath for the actual study.

Click here to read. We are still trying to decipher it.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Opposing Views on Cityhood Before We are Off to the Polls

By Marjorie Hall Snook

For months now, residents of north-central DeKalb have been bombarded with the message that. in response to a corrupt and mismanaged DeKalb government, they should create more government.
Additional city governments will not address the problems facing DeKalb County. The county will still provide the major share of services to residents of these areas. What the new cities will do is increase the number of politicians and increase the cost of government, with no guarantee of improved services.

The cost of having a new layer of government is considerable. According to the projections of the Carl Vinson Institute of UGA, the additional administrative costs for a city of LaVista Hills would be nearly $6.5 million dollars annually. Close to 20 percent of tax dollars would be siphoned off to pay for overhead costs.

These expenses tend to grow. Three years ago, a new City of Brookhaven was projected to need $25 million a year to provide services. Their budget is now $33 million — an increase of 30 percent in just three years. City proponents use spurious millage rate comparisons to claim that tax burdens have not gone up. This is impossible. Common sense dictates that when the cost of government increases the citizens pay for it through higher property taxes and higher fees and fines.
The new DeKalb cities of Dunwoody and Brookhaven started out with projected surpluses. LaVista Hills’ projected surplus is very small — less than 5 percent of the budget. Later investigations done by independent researchers and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution have indicated that the city might instead start out with a deficit.

There is very little data that additional city expenses result in better services. Small-city police forces lack many of the resources of a major urban force like DeKalb County’s. Dunwoody is particularly instructive; a 2012 study in Dunwoody found that the small police force there was ‘often overwhelmed’. Just last month, the police chief sent a plea to the city council saying their force was ‘woefully understaffed’ and that they had the lowest number of officers per call of any force in the area. Crimes rates have increased significantly.

City politicians are not immune from the problems that have plagued county government. Adding more elected officials increases the opportunities for cronyism and corruption. Many new cities found themselves wrestling with their first scandals before the terms of the first elected officials were up. To make matters worse, the charters of the new cities have no provisions for independent ethics boards to oversee elected officials — meaning these new politicians have even less oversight that what we have at the county level.

The process that put the two current cities on the ballot was badly flawed. LaVista Hills and Tucker were introduced through a broken legislative process that was not transparent and that ignored citizen input. This resulted in a map that divides communities and neighborhoods.
DeKalb is a rich and culturally diverse county. By working together as a united community, we can confront the challenges we face in DeKalb and build a stronger, more ethical and well-run county. We need to find ways to reach across lines, not draw new ones.
Marjorie Hall Snook is president, DeKalb Strong

Tucker. They’ve Earned a Yes.
by George Chidi
I was asked a moment ago why I think it makes sense for Tucker’s voters to choose to become an actual city on Tuesday. After all, incorporation comes with costs.
Well, yes. Good government costs something.

We live in Georgia, where government is a curse word. So we cheap out. We contribute less tax revenue per capita than almost anyone. Starve the beast, and all. And then we wonder why DeKalb County management often can’t find its own ass with two hands and a sherpa guide.
There’s something to be said for having someone close to yell at when things are screwed up. There’s something more to be said when you’ve got someone close who is paid to yell at the right person, because you don’t have time to find out who that person is.

For residents of Tucker, the benefit is planning and zoning control, for one, along with the power of local legislation. It is worth noting that Tucker has been a dumping ground — literally — for corruption problems in DeKalb County related to this kind of control.
The DoJ indicted a state DoT manager a couple of months ago for taking bribes to allow dirty fill to be dumped in restricted areas … of Tucker.

Jerry Clark, who will be serving a sentence in federal prison for bribery, took money to let a shady nightclub operate without proper permits … in Tucker. That’s Lu Lu Billares — now La Vaca — on Chamblee-Tucker Road.

Local government gives someone — someone — direct responsibility to the local community to watch out for this kind of thing. We need eyes on these problems. Good government comes with a cost. Incorporation pays for eyes.

Here’s another reason: Identity matters. Tucker is fundamentally more than just a neighborhood. Most people already think they’re a city. Actually becoming a city reinforces local identity.
Identity matters because it breeds civic participation … which is the solution to 80 percent of the problems in this county, and in metro Atlanta. Civic participation rates in the metro region are among the lowest in the country, whether measuring voter turnout or community meeting attendance, school board meetings, PTA

That’s not a joke. Georgia ranks sixth in participation in online discussion of politics. Thank you Eric Erickson.

If the word “Tucker” means something to people, they’ll fight to defend it. And it’s the fight that counts right now.

One more: Tucker is about the last bastion of middle-class America left in metro Atlanta. A city of Tucker can maintain that. And that’s something that needs maintaining.

In this, Tucker is fundamentally different from LaVista Hills, which still feels like a 50-year-old marketing VP buying an overpriced BMW — incorporation as aspiration.
But metro Atlanta has the widest split between wealth and poverty in America. Communities are either very rich, or very poor. Buckhead, or Bankhead. North Peachtree or South Fulton. A gated community or a larval favela.

There are few places around here in the middle. There are damned few that also have a healthy ethnic mix, one reflecting America’s future. That social and economic combination of melting pot middle class values can actually breed the kind of leadership that makes sensible politics possible in Georgia.
We need that. We, as in this county and this state, need that. We are rapidly forgetting what that looks like. We will soon forget how to make policies relevant to that.

So. Vote yes. Vote yes on the ethics referendum and yes on Tucker. After acting like a city for about 100 years already, they’ve earned it.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lavista Hills donors FINALLY revealed

 

We will never know who donated most of the money to start the cityhood movement. The group raised eyebrows back in August by holding a $500 'suggested minimum donation' event, where they actively solicited money from vendors who do businesses with cities.

Cityhood supporters dodged questions about the attendee list for weeks. But LaVista Hills is required by law to disclose who has been paying for all the robocalls and mailers as they have waged this campaign. The list of donors went public yesterday, one week past the deadline for disclosures.

So who has been 'investing' in creating a new city? Many businesses who contract with and/or benefit from development in cities. These businesses are not only located outside of the LaVista Hills area, but many are not even located in DeKalb County.

Who are these donors?
  

The Council for Quality Growth. This group, which was involved in the push to build the Braves stadium in Cobb County, "formulates policy and legislation critical to the development industry."

Lowe Engineers. Jon Drysdale with Lowe Engineers, based in Dunwoody, gave $1000 to LaVista Hills. Lowe Engineers gave more than $2000 to Brookhaven Yes and were promptly named the manager of the city's public works department.

Clark Patterson Lee. Kevin McComber of Suwanee, with the firm of Clark Patterson Lee, gave a $1000 to LaVista Hills. He also gave $1000 to the Brookhaven effort, and was named head of their Community Development Department.

The Collaborative. The Collaborative, based out of Boston, is a for-profit corporation that manages planning and zoning, building inspection, and code enforcement for the city of Sandy Springs.

Moreland Altobelli Associates. A resident of Duluth who if the Chief Financial Officer for this firm gave $500. Moreland Altobelli is an engineering firm founded by former GDOT chief Tom Moreland. Their client list includes a large number of municipalities  that contracts with many cities. They have been involved in several high-profile road-widening projects.

Riley McClendon Law Firm. Bill Riley of Marietta gave $1000 to the LaVista Hills Alliance. He has set up the municipal courts for the cities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Brookhaven, John's Creek, and Chattahoochee Hills. He may be best known for sending a sanitation worker to jail for starting work too early.

Charles Abbott Associates. A Dunwoody resident who is an CEO of California-based Charles Abbott and Associates donated $1000. This is a for-profit company that runs city departments, including Brookhaven's code enforcement department.

Coleman Talley. Thompson Kurrie, former Brookhaven City attorney, left the city after it was found that he had violated state Open Records Act and transparency laws. The Valdosta-based law firm provides city attorneys to many small municipalities in Georgia. Kurrie has given $750 in cash and in-kind legal services to the Alliance.

InterDev. Alpharetta-based InterDev provides services to municipalities seeking to outsource their entire IT departments. Their CEO donated $250 in cash, and the company provided mapping services to LaVista Hills.

When corporations help to create new cities that promptly hire them, often at a greatly inflated cost from what just hiring government employees would cost, taxpyers are stuck footing the bills.

Time is short before the election. Please post and share and let your neighbors know who is behind this effort to to create a new layer of government, and who stands to benefit

Monday, October 26, 2015

Police Union Calls for Boycott of ‘Purveyor of Degeneracy’ Quentin Tarantino’s Films after Anti-Cop March

The president of New York City’s largest police union called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films after the director participated in an anti-police rally in the city on Saturday.

Tarantino fired up about 300 protesters during the RiseUpOctober march on Saturday, telling the crowd: “When I see murders, I do not stand by… I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”

The anti-police rally happened just four days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was shot in the head and killed while pursuing an armed suspect in Harlem.

In a statement on Sunday, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said it was “no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too.”
The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls “murderers” aren’t living in one of his depraved big screen fantasies — they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem. New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous “Cop Fiction.” It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.
Tarantino, who reportedly flew in from California for the event, had told the New York Post that the timing of the rally was “unfortunate.”

“It’s like this: it’s unfortunate timing, but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories,” the Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction director told the paper. “That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.”

Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, will debut in theaters on Christmas Day.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Command Staff To Recieve Raise

The command staff, Captains and up are receiving pay raises, some up to $10,000.00 per year. That's right, $10,000.00 per year!

 So we ask; where is our pay raise? Why are the pay study results not being released? Is this the results? Pay the command staff but not the line troops?

 Isn't pay just one of the many reasons officers are leaving for other agencies? And we are
rewarded with this?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Latest Promotins

Click on the respective order to read. DKPD-P 2015 60 DKPD-P 2015 61

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Laugable?

We'll get the last laugh, punk.
 
 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Retired Sergeant Tom Mester Dies

We have just learned Sgt. Mester has passed away. Funeral details pending.

Go in peace brother!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Retired Sgt. T. (Tom) S. Mester In Failing Health

Retired Sergeant T.S. Mester has been admitted to Northside-Forsyth Hospital in critical condition. No further details are available.

Please keep him in your prayers.

Off Duty Officer Killed In Car Crash


By Tyler Estep tyler.estep@ajc.com   
 
Witnesses were able to pull Officer Kevin Toatley from his burning patrol car after it was hit by a wrong-way driver early Saturday, officials said — but their efforts weren’t enough to save him. 
  
 Toatley, an eight-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, was later pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.    “He was admired by all those who worked with him and was admired by supervisors,” Dr. Cedric Alexander, DeKalb County’s director of public safety, told Channel 2 Action News. “... I’ve had a chance to talk with many of them tonight and try to help comfort them.”
  
According to Fulton County police spokeswoman Cpl. Kay Lester, Toatley was driving westbound on South Fulton Parkway at about 12:30 a.m. when he was hit head-on near the Buffington Road exit. The red SUV that struck him was driving in the wrong direction, Lester said.    Toatley’s car burst into flames.    
Five people — three adults and two juveniles — were in the wrong-way vehicle, Lester said, and all of them were taken to local hospitals. One woman was in critical condition.    Their identities were not released.    Lester said the crash remains under investigation.    “No charges have been filed at this time,” she said.     

DeKalb County police spokesman Capt. S.R. Fore said Toatley was hired by the department in Jan. 2007. The crash that claimed his life came several hours after another DeKalb County officer, Marco Vizcarrando, was wounded during a shootout outside a Tucker-area gas station.    On Facebook, DeKalb-based United States Rep. Hank Johnson wrote that his thoughts and prayers were with Toatley’s “family, friends and law enforcement family.” The DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police called Toatley’s death “very sad news.”