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A 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.
A 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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by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb County Commission-ers
Jeff Rader
 Kathie Gannon
are the subjects of new ethics com-plaints filed July 1 and July 7.
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We’re Social 
 FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014 VOL. 17, NO. 16 •
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See South River on page 13ASee Commissioners on page 13ASee CEO on page 13A
Business ........................15AClassified .......................17AEducation .....................16ASports ......................18-19A
by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.com
n the summer of 2010, some residents in south DeKalb County were appalled to see children and adults swimming and playing in the dirty waters of South River at the corner of Panola Road and Highway 155. Te river attracted people to the area because of the sand that washed ashore. However, that sand was actually storm water sediment, according to
Jacqueline Echols
, president of the South River Watershed Alliance (SRWA) board.“It comes from Atlanta where folks don’t secure their construction sites,” Echols said. “Te storm water runs off from those construction sites is filled with dirt and it swings around this was and deposit sand.”Storm water runoff has become the biggest issue for South River and it is an issue SRWA fights as the group work to improve the river. SRWA incorporated in 2000 as a nonprofit organization.From 2000 to 2005, member of Clean Streams ask Force, a multi-jurisdictional coalition of community and watershed groups, formed to provide community input into implementation of Atlanta’s combined sewer overflow federal consent decree. Te task force combined education and advocacy to win changes to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit for Atlanta’s combined sewer overflow system, resulting in water quality improvements for South River.In 2011, SRWA intervened in the DeKalb County federal consent decree, which provides communities in south DeKalb with full access to the consent decree implementation process. Te group later launched South River 2020, an eight-year project to build long-term community support for South River. Te initiative runs concurrently with the DeKalb County federal consent decree.During that time, Echols said the biggest obstacle they faced was the lack of information for the public. For more than a decade, Atlanta has been a polluter city because of the combined sewer overflow system. However, with the consent decree the city had to limit the number of combined sewer overflows that come into the South River, Echols said.“Now they only have one overflow site on this end of Atlanta,” Echols said. “Te river — because the combined sewer overflow has been limited — has greatly improved. But that message did not get out to the community.“So when you had the situation in 2010 when people were swimming in the river, the community was in an uproar, not because of how the river was that day, but how they viewed the river in the past,” she added. “Tings have
South River improving day by day
South River Watershed Alliance president Jacqueline Echols said the South River is better than what it use to be, but there is still more work to be done. Photos by Carla Parker
Ethics complaint filed against interim county CEO
Two more DeKalb commissioners accused of ethics violations
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comAn ethics complaint filed against interim DeKalb County CEO
 questions his creation of an ethics watch-dog.Te com-plaint, filed July 2 by
, al-leges that May “has over-stepped his authority” and “seeks to im-properly exert control” over the DeKalb County ethics board by establishing a code of ethics and by creating a full-time chief integrity offi cer, investigator and administra-tive assistant for the ethics board.“What concerns me is that [May] is trying to influence the board and to blur the lines between the independence of the board,”
Sheriffs sergeant mourns loss of partner
by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.comA murder suspect was arrested July 2 in connection with a June 27 fatal shooting near Lithonia.
Johnie Oliver
, 21, was taken into custody by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Of-fice Fugitive Squad and is at the DeKalb County Jail on one charge of murder and two counts of aggravated as-sault. A 23-year-old man was killed and two others were injured during the incident, which police described as a shootout that took place on Swift Creek Drive off South Deshon Road. Accord-ing to police, the victims, who were in a black Dodge Neon, pulled off on a side street, where an individual approached them and gun-shots were fired.A woman in the car was able to drive the three to the emergency room at nearby DeKalb Medical Hillendale despite being shot in the leg, according to police. The two men in the car were seriously injured and were transferred to Grady Memo-rial Hospital, where one of the men later died. Investigators had con-sidered Oliver armed and dangerous. At the time of the arrest, Oliver offered no resistance.
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by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb Sheriffs Sergeant
R. Lacy 
 said he lost his best friend when his partner died June 2.“He was the best, abso-lute best. He was loyal; he was a great family member, loving to my kids,” Lacy said. “He was an awesome dog.”Rocky, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officer for four years, died of mul-tiple medical issues. A Malinois or Belgian shepherd dog, Rocky had a heart murmur, double her-nia, issues with his hips and an inflated prostate, Lacy said. The funeral service for 7-year-old Rocky was July 2 at Oak Rest Pet Gardens in Bethlehem.Rocky was one of the only K-9s in Georgia trained in cellphone detection, said Lacy, a sergeant with the jail emergency services team, which handles high-risk situations within the jail, controls inmate behavior and prevents contraband, according the sheriff’s of-fice’s website.“He is trained to sniff out the odor of cellphones,” Lacy said. “I was impressed when we were training on it with how fast he picked it up.”Rocky was an award-winning K-9 officer. In 2013 he won two first-place trophies during a compe-tition—for criminal ap-prehension and building searches. Together, Lacy and Rocky won the inaugural best K-9 team award. Lacy said Rocky helped numerous agencies around metro Atlanta, including the DeKalb County Police De-partment, U.S. Marshals and federal Drug Enforcement Administration.“He’s done a lot of things,” Lacy said. “The dog had drive like no other. He was actually my third dog because I was a military K-9 handler for eight years. Out of all my dogs, he was the best.”Losing Rocky, one of two K-9s in the sheriffs of-fice, was “like losing a best friend,” Lacy said. “He was like one of my kids at home. When we were at work, he was my partner.Lacy said he has not decided whether he will pursue getting another K-9 partner.“That remains to be seen,” said Lacy, who has been with the sheriffs of-fice for six years. “It was so tough losing him [and] tough on my kids. I’m not sure I want to go through that again. So, I’m not sure right now.”Rocky “was an outstand-ing partner and he will be dearly missed by everybody that he touched,” Lacy said. “He touched a lot of lives.”
DeKalb Sheriff’s Ofce Sgt. R. Lacy’s K-9 partner, Rocky, was laid to rest July 2.Rocky was an award-winning K-9 ofcer. Photos provided
Murder suspect in Lithonia shooting death arrested
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