Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, May 18, 2012
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Dr. Melvin Johnson
, retired DeKalb County Deputy Superintendent, announces that he isseeking election to the DeKalb County Board of Education, District 6. A regular election is sched-uled for July 31, 2012. Melvin Johnson has morethan thirty-seven years of experience in education(positions that include teacher, assistant princi-pal, principal, area superintendent, and deputy superintendent). While serving in system-wideleadership positions for eighteen years, he demonstrated excellent leadershipskills and a clear understanding of school governance. During his tenure atthe district-wide level, DeKalb County School System was recognized as oneof the top performing school districts in Georgia. Melvin is an independentthinker who makes data-driven and logical decisions to address essential is-sues and to solve critical problems.Dr. Johnson’s goal is to work collaboratively with the Board members andthe Superintendent to: (1) improve student achievement (providing continuedsupport for teacher and administrators), (2) increase scal and operational ef-ciencies, (3) re-establish community trust (by being an eective listener andadvocate for all stakeholders–families, students and community members),and (4) promote a more harmonious, results-driven working relationshipwith the Superintendent.Dr. Edward L. Bouie, an experienced educator in both PreK-12 and highereducation, is serving as Chair of Dr. Johnson’s election committee. Dr. Bouiestated, “Dr. Johnson is an outstanding educator who not only supports allchildren in their educational endeavors, but who also understands the politi-cal process that is necessary to develop and implement policies that will helpall children rise to their highest levels of achievement.”Since retiring from the DeKalb School District in 2004, Dr. Johnson hasserved on the Redan Parent Advisory Board, DeKalb Youth Leadership Acad-emy Development Committee and YMCA Academies Board of Directors. Dr.Johnson would like to continue his service to the community in the capacity of district 6 board member. Undergirding his commitment as an aspiringboard member is this core value:
Restore Excellence to DeKalb Schools: e Time is Now!
Dr. Johnson, a native Georgian, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree fromFort Valley State College, Masters of Education, Educational Specialist, andEducational Doctorate Degrees from Atlanta University. He is married andthe father of four children. Two are college graduates. Two are recent gradu-ates from Redan High School and attending Albany State University andHoward University.
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Dr. Melvin Johnsonannounces Board of Education candidacy
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CITY OF DORAVILLEPUBLIC NOTICEFiscal Year 2013 Budget
Notice is hereby given that the proposed budget for the City of Doraville shall be available for public inspectionbeginning May 29, 2012, in the City Clerk’s office from 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 3725Park Avenue, Doraville, GA.A
shall be held on the 4th day of June at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, GAbefore the Mayor and Council of the City of Doraville at which time public comment pertaining to the Fiscal Year 2013(July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013) budget shall be sounded. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend.A
shall be held on the 18
day of June at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, GAbefore the Mayor and Council of the City of Doraville at which time the Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June30, 2013) budget shall be approved and the budget ordinance adopted in accordance with O.C.G.A. 36-81-5. Allcitizens of Doraville are invited to attend.
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb County leaders
hope new nes will reduce
the number of false alarmsthe police department re-sponds to each year.In 2009, 95 percent of the alarms responded to bythe police department werefalse alarms, according tocounty reports.“Many people in the pub-
lic…may be upset at rst
that we would charge a feefor alarms going off,” saidCommissioner
“If you do like I dosometimes, you walk through the door and forgetthe alarm is on…and thealarm goes off,” May said.“That’s not where you get
the ne because each alarm
company should call you...so you can squash that call,
meaning no ofcers, no re
ghters should come to your
residence.“If that call by your alarm company is notresponded to [is] when our
reghters and police of
cers are dispatched,” May
said. “If that call is a false
alarm [is] when the ne
would occur.“This is meant to get people to be more respon-sible with their alarms,”May said. “If people have to pay money, they’ll be moreconscious.”
For the rst false alarm,the ne is waived. The
second time police are dis- patched to a residence for a
false alarm, the ne is $50and $100 the third time.
“The point of this is todeter people from allowingfalse alarms,” May said.
“Every time a police ofcer or reghter is dispatched
to a false alarm that meansthey cannot be dispatched inother areas of the county.”Commissioner
menting the nes “is some
-thing good for the countyand it actually works.”Police Chief
said other locali-ties that have implemented
false alarm nes have been
able to reduce their number of false alarms by 40-50 percent.“If we could reduce them by that number it would bea tremendous workload off
the ofcers,” O’Brien said.
The department would “beable to put them back into
by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.com
, 34,who is accused of killingDeKalb County police of-
Ricky Bryant Jr.
whilethey were working as off-duty security at the Glen-wood Gardens Apartments,recently appeared in court.During a motion to sup- press evidence found at thecrime scene, defense attor-neys argued that Woodardacted in self defense after hewas “snatched” from a car.However, prosecutors saidthat even if Barker and Bry-ant were in the wrong whenthey approached Woodard, itstill didn’t give him the right
to allegedly open re.“No matter what the of
-cers did, he stood over themand shot at them,” DistrictAttorney
said.According to prosecu-tors, in 2008 while the of-
cers were working security
they approached a vehicle inthe apart-ment park-ing lot.Woodardthen gotout of thecar andallegedly beganshooting.PolicesaidWoodard shot Barker in thehead and Bryant in the torsoand drove away. However, a tow truck driver found themen and called authorities.
One ofcer died at the scene
and the other in the hospital.Both left behind a wife andfour children.It has been a little morethan four years since Barker and Bryant were killed and prosecutors are seeking thedeath penalty against Wood-ard.
, a spokes-manfor theDeKalbDA’s Of-
death penaltycases usu-ally takelonger to prosecute because of the num- ber of motions and appeals.“He has changed attor-neys multiple times; I knowthere has been some delaythere,” Burton said of Wood-ard.“The counsel that he hasnow is recently appointedcounsel so he hasn’t had
it delays the process if youseek the death penalty.”A ruling is expected onthe motion within the nextseveral weeks and Burtonsaid the trial is set to beginin late August.