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Champion Free Press 10-4-13

Champion Free Press 10-4-13

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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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From left, Paul Lantinga of Decatur Bikes and Tracie Sanchez of Decatur Active Livingare part of a team participating in the metro Atlanta Bike to Work challenge. Photosby Andrew Cauthen
, 2013 • VOL. 16, NO. 28 •FREE
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See Bike on Page 13A
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 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
or 40-year-old
Joseph Palmeri
, biking the 10 miles back andforth from his home in Decatur to his job in Atlanta is a way toget exercise.Palmeri, who has lived in the Med-lock community for approximately fiveyears, is a quality specialist for TheCoca Cola Co. in Atlanta. A cyclist for more than 20 years, Palmeri is in hissecond year biking to work.“My wife started doing it about threeyears ago and she said a lot of goodthings about it, so I just took an oldmountain bike of mine and set it up to bike [to work],” said Palmeri, whosewife,
Katie Lowry
, bikes 10 miles towork at Georgia State University in At-lanta.Other benefits include a decreasedstress level since he doesn’t have todrive in the traffic,” he said.“And you’re not spending money ongas,” Palmeri said. “You’re not puttingthe miles on your vehicle.”Two to three times a week, Palmeri bikes to work between 5 to 6 a.m. “Soit’s dark of course.” He returns home between 4 to 5 p.m.He takes the PATH most of the way,with four or five blocks on the streets,he said.“In the mornings it’s not so bad be-cause there are not a lot of cars out yet, but in the afternoon, that first mile untilI get to the PATH, it’s just pretty scary because I’m surrounded by buses andlots of people trying to get to the inter-state,” Palmeri said.Those considering biking to work should do their homework to make surethe route is safe, he said.“And consider things like showers atwork,” Palmeri said. “Where I work wehave an exercise facility that has show-ers, so I can take a shower after I get in.So if you don’t have that, you’ve got toconsider whether you want to be a littledirty all day.“If you’re going to be riding in thedark, you’re going to want to do someresearch on good lights and reflection,”he said.“It’s an experiment so I would sug-gest that if you’ve never done it before
Decatur residents take
Bike to W
Th Champo F P, Fay, Octob 4, 2013 Pag 2A
lOCAl news
 by Carla Parker carla@dekalbchamp.com
Michael Rich
, director of Emory University’s Cen-ter for Community Partner-ships, presented a summaryof the needs assessmentwork at a Sept. 12 PRISMmeeting that he and his staff completed for the DeKalbCounty Department of Hu-man and Community Devel-opment.The assessment will beincluded in the county’s
ve-year consolidated plan
that is being prepared for submission to the U.S. De- partment of Housing andUrban Development (HUD).Last year, DeKalb Countyand its project partner,
Emory University Ofce
of University-CommunityPartnerships, announced theimplementation of a pilotcommunity development program called the DeKalbSustainable NeighborhoodsInitiative (DSNI).In this program, sevencommunities–Clarkston,Columbia, Cross Keys,Lithonia, McNair, StoneMountain and Towers (each
identied by the high school
serving the respective com-munity or neighborhood)– were given the opportunityto submit proposals for sus-tained, collaborative, com- prehensive development.Two of these proposals will be selected by DeKalb for implementation of the com-munity development initia-tive, to include potential
nancial and other supportover the next ve years.
McNair and Cross Keys
districts were the rst two
clusters to start the initia-tive. Rich said the needsassessment will set thestrategic framework for the county’s investment of federal HUD funds over the
next ve years.
“[My] presentation fo-cused on an overview of our 
ndings for the county as a
whole,” he said. “I added afew slides that focused onthe neighborhoods served by the PRISM group, whichwas largely a combinationof demographics for theClarkston and Stone Moun-tain high school clusters.”The research for theClarkston and Stone Moun-tain clusters is related to theeconomic challenges facedin the redevelopment andrevitalization of the Memo-rial Drive corridor. Rich andhis faculty associates spentabout 18 months compilingthe data and statistics sum-marized in the presentation.“Our data came from avariety of sources,” he said.“These included the mostrecent decennial census(2010) as well as previouscensuses dating back to1970. We also included datafrom the Census Bureau’sAmerican Community Sur-vey and special tabulationsof census and ACS data pre- pared for HUD. Additionalsources included state andlocal agencies.”Economic redevelopmentis a key element for theDSNI program.Rich specializes in public policy, federalism and urban politics and policy, accord-ing to his web page. Hisresearch interests and proj-ects include welfare reform, particularly issues related tocollaboration across public,
 private and nonprot sectors
at the local level, and issuesrelated to the accessibility of low income households to job opportunities. His work also examines community building and revitalizationof public housing communi-ties, empowerment zones, public housing authorities,
gentrication and social
Emory professor gives Stone Mountain residents update on sustainable neighborhoods initiative
Th Champo F P, Fay, Octob 4, 2013 Pag 3A
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comA Lithonia karate teacher accused of sexually assaulting a9-year-old student will appear incourt Oct. 21 for a new trial after amistrial last year.
Adrian Spellen
, at one timean Olympic hopeful, is accused of assaulting the student multiple timeswhile she attended summer campat Powerkick Martial Arts studio between May and June 2011.Spellen is charged with twocounts of rape and one count of child molestation.During the previous trial, whichlasted several weeks, Spellen
testied that he never did anything
inappropriate while working withthe student and the whole incidentwas fabricated.At the time, defense attorney
Steve Maple
accused prosecutorsof charging Spellen with next to noactual evidence.“He should have never beencharged,” Maple said.Prosecutors admitted that therewas no forensic evidence but saidthat was because the incidentoccurred several weeks before arape test was done.Much of the previous trial hingedon testimony from the victimand her mother, who told jurorsthat after the alleged incident her daughter repeatedly woke up in themiddle of the night crying becauseof nightmares she had.“One dream I remember in particular her talking to me about…she dreamed that Mr. Spellen wasgoing to take all her tae kwon do belts away because she told,” the
victim’s mother testied.
According to prosecutors, after the alleged incident occurred,Spellen purchased insurance thatcovered his studio against anyalleged child abuse.“So you chose to spend $500to protect you in case somebodyabused a child at your facility,”Racine asked Spellen during thetrial.“Yes,” Spellen replied. “You’remaking it seem as if I just wentout and said, ‘Hey let’s buy childmolestation insurance.’ That’s notwhat I did,” Spellen said.According to Spellen’s companywebsite, he has been competing andtraining in tae kwon do for nearly
20 years. He is a certied instructor,
has a black belt, and has coached38 state and regional champions
and ve national champions. He isalso a ve-time national champion
and won a silver medal at the 2010South American Games in Medellin,Colombia.In 2011, Spellen was released on$100,000 bond and ordered not tohave any contact with minors exceptfor family members but Judge
Clarence Seeliger
revoked his bondin March when prosecutors accusedhim of violating those conditions.Spellen faces life in prison if found guilty of the charges. by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comSeveral weeks after beingconvicted of lying under oath and
sentenced to serve ve years in
 prison a Dunwoody widow is back 
in court ghting for ownership of 
her late husband’s estate totalingmore than $2 million.A Fulton County judge ruledSept. 20 that Sneiderman willhave to wait at least 90 days untilshe can claim the assets of 
, which were frozenmore than a year ago after Andreawas charged for conspiring with her  boss
Hemy Neuman
to murder her husband. Neuman later confessed tokilling Rusty, who was shot multipletimes outside of a Dunwoody daycare center in November 2010.He later pleaded guilty and wassentenced to life in prison withoutthe possibility of parole.Sneiderman’s in-laws have been
ghting to block her from receiving
the funds, stating that if Andreareceives the money it will mostlikely be spent paying off her legalfees from her lengthy trial.Several days beforeSneiderman’s trial began, DeKalbCounty prosecutors dropped themost serious charges of murder andaggravated assault but the moneyremained frozen.Judge
Doris Downs
warned incourt that if both sides couldn’treach an agreement, all the moneycould be spent litigating the matter.“As hotly contested as this wholeissue is, you all have got to bringclear, cool heads to the table,”Downs said.In addition to granting the 90-day injunction Downs appointeda conservator to act on behalf of Sneiderman’s two children, whoare both younger than 18. She saidif the two sides cannot reach anagreement, the conservator will beallowed to determine who keeps thefunds.
According to court ofcials, the
conservator assigned to work with both parties is Fulton County Senior Judge
Melvin K. Westmoreland
Esther Panitch
, who representsRusty Sneiderman’s brother and parents, said her clients want tosee the money put in a trust for thetwo children. However, Andrea’sattorneys argue that there is noreason the money should be keptfrom her.A day after Andrea Sneiderman
was sentenced Aug. 21 to spend ve
years in prison for lying under oath
her attorneys led an appeal for a
new trial.Attorney
Brian Steel
said he
has also led a motion for a bond
hearing on behalf of Sneiderman, pending the appeal.During her trial, prosecutorsalleged that Sneiderman and Neuman were having an affair atthe time her husband was shot.Sneiderman denied that such arelationship existed and said sheshould have told her husband about Neuman’s “unwanted” advancesand quit her job.“Despite my state of mindfollowing the murder, I did nothingto obstruct justice in any way,”Sneiderman said during sentencing.Sneiderman is serving her sentence at the Arrendale StatePrison in Habersham County and a bond hearing is scheduled for Dec.23.
Sneiderman back in court fighting for money
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Andrea Sneiderman appeared in court recently to try to obtain the assets from her latehusband’s estate. File photo
New trial looms for karate teacher charged with rape
‘You’re making it seemas if I just went out andsaid, “Hey let’s buy childmolestation insurance.”’
Adrian Spellen

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