In crime, Maj. Van Hobbs, commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2 substation, which includes Buckhead, said a commercial robber has been hitting up businesses like Walgreens and Subway in Buckhead, which caused aggravated assault burglary to shoot up by 8 percent. He said the police department is almost positive who the suspect is.
“We’ve got some good leads on that, … but I can’t get too much more into that,” he said.
Hobbs said trending up this year is burglary, which is common for the first few months of the year because the thieves “do their Christmas shopping” then, after the holiday season.
However, Zone 2 is down 14 percent in auto larcenies, compared to last year, and Hobbs attributes it to saturation during the holidays — increased patrols and more blue lights on Piedmont and Peachtree roads.
In other news, The NeighborWoods Program at Trees Atlanta has 2,000 trees available to plant before the end of April, and is taking requests from individuals and neighborhoods. Trees available include maples, oaks, poplars and several other species.
“Typically, the way it works is you set a date out in the future, poll people and see how many want trees. They’ll deliver them,” said NPU-B board member Michael Isaacs. “They teach you how to plant the tree and you plant it.”
He said neighborhoods should bring volunteers and Trees Atlanta will bring some, too, and there needs to be organization within the neighborhood to tend to the trees once planted.
“They have a huge problem with neighborhoods getting trees and not upkeeping them,” said board member Abby Shepherd.
She said it is important neighborhoods have their own watering system because it is impossible for Trees Atlanta to water every tree planted.
“They have one truck and two people to water the entire city of Atlanta,” Shepherd said.
Additionally, NPU-B board member Brian Arnold came in second at the Invest Atlanta meeting to elect a new board member to the Atlanta Beltline Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee. District 56 State Rep. “Able” Mable Thomas, D-Atlanta, knocked him out of first place.
“We’d really like to see someone from this side of town involved. It’s an important position,” said NPU-B chair Andrea Bennett.
But Richard Rauh, NPU-B representative of the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board, said there is still a chance for Arnold to get elected to the board if the mayor decides in his favor.
“The mayor has ultimate discretion whether he accepts the nominee or not,” he said. “The mayor can veto it.”