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Weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
Weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.

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, 2013 • VOL. 16, NO. 19 •FREE
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See DockDogs on page 15A
Dogs, owners compete for fun at Stone Mountain Park
championnewspaper championnewspaper champnewspaperchampionnews
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
Linda Reel
of Cumming saidAngus, her Cairn Terrier, wouldrather swim and jump than anythingin the world.That’s one of the reasonsthe small lap dog participated inthe DockDogs’ canine aquaticscompetition at Stone MountainPark, July 26-28.Angus—similar to Toto in the
Wizard of Oz 
, Reel said—wasn’tdoing so well in the Big Air competition.“Our personal best last seasonwas 16 feet,” said the retired FBIemployee. “He slipped twice off thedock when he went to launch, whichthrew him sideways. He’s only done12 feet, 3 inches which is very,very bad for him. He usually jumps between 15 and 16 feet.”Big Air, one of three events inthe competition, is the most popular “It’s essentially the long jumpfor dogs,” said
Brian King
, socialmedia strategist for DockDogs(wwwdockdogs.com). “The dogs jump off a 40-foot dock into a 40-foot pool. The world record for thatis 31 feet.”Another event is ExtremeVertical, the high jump for dogs. Inthis event, dogs jump to remove a
 Flying Dogs 
Scan this QR code with your smartphone to watch a video clipof a jump.
Stone Mountain Park was the venue for Summer at the Rock,a canine aquatics competition sponsored by DockDogs. Dogsparticipated in long jump, high jump and drag race events in a pool.Photos by Travis Hudgons
Th Champ F P, Fay, Agt 2, 2013 Pag 2A
local news
Attorneys for embattled CEO ask to dismiss case
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comAttorneys for suspendedCEO
Burrell Ellis
led a
motion to dismiss the caseagainst him on grounds thatthe indictment against Elliswas obtained in violation of his rights.
A motion led July 29
in DeKalb County Supe-
rior Court Judge
CourtneyL. Johnson
’s courtroom,accuses District Attorney
Robert James
of abusinghis authority.Ellis’ attorneys accuse
James of using a special
 purpose grand jury to ob-tain evidence or informa-tion to use against Ellis inan indictment. The motion
accuses James of using the
special purpose grand jury“to investigate and compelevidence and testimony out-side the scope of the [spe-cial purpose grand jury].”The motion also states
that the DA’s ofce issued
subpoenas for Ellis to testify before the grand jury andmade false representationsthat Ellis was not a target of the investigation.Additionally, Ellis’ attor-
neys accuse James of order 
-ing Ellis to appear beforethe grand jury “to lure Mr.Ellis away from his home
and ofce so that agents of 
the District Attorney’s Of-
ce could execute search
warrants for his home and
ofce, without the knowl
-edge of the judge supervis-ing the [special purposegrand jury].”Ellis’ home was searched
 by investigators Jan. 7, two
days after he was sworn in
to his second term in ofce.Several other county ofces,as well as the ofce of Ellis’
campaign manager 
were searched at thetime.The special purposegrand jury was impaneled
 by Judge
Mark AnthonyScott
in 2011. Throughout
this time, the motion al-
leges, James used the grand
 jury to “subpoena or requestwitness testimony that wasoutside the [special purposegrand jury]’s inquiry.”Shortly after Ellis tes-
tied before the special purpose grand jury, JudgeScott ordered its ndings
to remain under seal. Scottthen granted a motion to al-low Ellis and his attorneys
to review the ndings of 
the special grand jury be-fore they were made public.
However, James led an
emergency injunction andappealed Scott’s decision tothe Supreme Court.
At the time, James stated
that the court had no legal precedent to keep the spe-
cial grand jury’s ndings
from being made publicor to allow them to be re-viewed by anyone before itsrelease. He also requestedthat Scott either dissolve the
special grand jury or extend
James also led a law
suit against Judge Scott on
 behalf of the members of the special purpose grand jury, which is being heardin another jurisdiction after 
Daniel Coursey
re-cused himself from the case.Lawyers for Ellis also ac-
cused James of abusing the
criminal grand jury by call-ing only one witness, one of his investigators, to testify.Ellis and his attorneys haverequested that an evidentia-ry hearing be held to discusstheir motion.
Erik Burton
, a spokes-
man for James, said that the
matters within the motionshould be heard in courtduring the trial.“We stand ready for trialand we stand by our indict-ment,” Burton said.
Th Champ F P, Fay, Agt 2, 2013 Pag 3A
local news
Rainy weather causing increase in snake and mosquito bites
 by Carla Parkecarla@dekalbchamp.comThe recent rainy weather in the metro Atlanta areahas done more than causetrees to fall and sinkholes toform.According to the Geor-gia Poison Center, the rainhas caused snakes to comeout in the open more of-ten. Georgia Poison Cen-ter Medical Director Dr.
 Robert Gellery
said there
have been 261 snake bites
reported in Georgia since
January, including 13 in
DeKalb County. There were
252 snake bites reported
in the same time period in
2012. However, DeKalb had
the same number of snake
 bites reported in 2012 fromJanuary to July.
Gellery said snakes goout and hunt for food after the rain stops.“They’re hunting to feedthemselves in a short periodof time,” he said. “So theytend to overlap more with people.”Gellery said snakes areeverywhere in Georgia,even in high population cit-ies and urban areas.
“They were here rst and
we intruded on their space,”
he said. “As we expand
our living spaces we’re in-truding on their space. Soit’s very common to have[snake bites] happen.”Atlanta has a variety of snakes living in the city. Thevenomous snakes in the areainclude copperheads, rattlesnakes and cottonmouths.The most common nonven-omous snakes are black rac-ers and king snakes. Gellerysaid there could be other types of snakes in the area but they are not fully identi-
ed because people do not
get a chance to look at them.“When a snake strikes itdisappears quickly and youdon’t get a good look at it,”he said.If a person is bitten bya snake, Gellery said, it isimportant for that person toobserve the snake and try toremember as much as pos-sible about how the snakelooks.“Once you do that thencall the Georgia PoisonCenter for assistance be-cause we manage venomoussnakes somewhat differentlythan snakes that are non-venomous,” he said. “Andwe will make sure to assistthem in getting to the righthospital that is close to themthat would treat a snake bite.”Gallery said it is best for a snake bite victim to callthe Georgia Poison Center 
 before calling 911.
“Sometimes you don’t
need 911 if the snake isn’t
 poisonous,” he said. “We’re
available 24/7, 365 days a
year with no direct chargeto the caller because we’re paid by state and federaldollars.”The Georgia Poison Cen-ter emergency and informa-
tion number is (404) 616-900. The toll free number is1 (800) 222-1222.
Mosquitoes have also become a problem in thearea due to the heavy rainover the past two months.The DeKalb County Board
of Health announced on July25 that a routine collection
of mosquitoes has tested positive for the virus. This
is the rst report of positive
mosquitoes in metro Atlantathis year.The Georgia Department
of Public Health conrmedon July 8 the state’s rst
case of West Nile Virus in
2013. The adult patient from
Brantley County was in-fected in May and recoveredwithout hospitalization or complications, according tothe Georgia Department of Public Health.Georgia Department of Public Health entomologistDr.
Rosmarie Kelly
said ina press release that standingwater is a breeding groundfor mosquitoes that may be infected with West NileVirus.“In the heat of summer,
it can take less than 10 days
to go from egg to adult mos-quito,” she said.Residents can reducethe number of mosquitoesaround their homes by emp-tying standing water from
containers, including ow
-erpots, gutters, buckets, poolcovers, pet water dishes,discarded tires, and bird- baths–anything that holdswater and gives mosquitoes
a place to ourish.
According to the Geor-gia Department of PublicHealth, mosquitoes carryingWest Nile Virus usually biteat dusk and dawn, so theagency advises avoiding or limiting outdoor activity atthese times. It also recom-
mends wearing loose-tting,
long sleeved shirts and pants
to reduce exposure. The
health agency said thosegoing outside should cover 
exposed skin with an insect
repellent containing theDEET, which is the mosteffective repellent againstmosquito bites. Also, it ishelpful to make sure doorsand windows are in good
repair and t tightly, and x
torn or damaged screens tokeep mosquitoes out of thehouse.For more information,visit www.health.state.ga.us.
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The number of snake and mosquito bites has risen due to the recent rainy weather.

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