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Local business leaders raising funds for East Cobb public safety celebrations

For the third year in a row, local business leaders are leading efforts to raise funds to underwrite two special events for local Public Safety professionals. The first celebration is to be held this October to thank Precinct 4 police officers for all they do to keep our community safe. This event will coincide with Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Appreciation Week, and with the support of local businesses, organizations and individuals has now become an annual event.

The second event will take place in February 2016 when this volunteer group will host the Cobb County Fire Department’s annual awards banquet.

“Both events will take place in East Cobb, and we are confident that our community will rise to the challenge and provide the financial support needed to make these appreciation celebrations very meaningful for these special heroes,” says Susan Hampton, Regional Manager for Fidelity Bank, and chair for the Public Safety Celebrations. “Fundraising was very successful last year, with seed funding
already in place for this year’s events, however, there is still a need to raise additional funds to insure both events’ continued success.” says Susan. Local businesses, as well as families, school groups and civic clubs are encouraged to make donations to this worthy cause. Sponsorship opportunities begin at just $25 to “Thank a Hero”! See the facing page for details on the donation levels.

For more information on these public safety celebrations, call Susan Hampton at 404-218-6216.

 

 

Public Safety Appreciation Committee
Brenda Beshara
Cindy Bohn
Henry Bohn
Jodie Braner
Littie Brown
Eric Flamm
Rosan Hall
Karen Hallacy
Susan Hampton, Chair
Capt. Todd Hendrickson
Johnny Johnson
Sgt. Brian Kitchens
Jennifer Mashburn
Det. Sgt. T. Nelson
Becky Opitz
Kim Paris
Leilani Plendl
John Renshaw
Cynthia Rozzo
Carolyn Smith
Jan Smith
Roselle Wilkinson

Reprinted from the September 2015 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the September issue HERE.

Register for September CERT Training

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The next CERT initial training course sponsored by the Cobb County Emergency Management Agency begins on September 8. This program provides an opportunity for Cobb County citizens to gain knowledge about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their areas and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhoods or workplaces following events when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Interested Cobb County citizens should be at least 16 years of age and either live, work, or worship in Cobb County.

Classes will be held at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center (140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060). The schedule for the course will be September 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29, 2015, 6-9pm.

For more information contact Kimberly Schneider at Kimberly.Schneider@cobbcounty.org the Cobb Emergency Management Agency, 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060. Operational hours are 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday.

The deadline to submit this application packet is no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

 

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Upcoming meeting on road closures in East Cobb

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The community is invited to a meeting 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, on the East Cobb phase of the Southwest Connector water main project. The meeting will be held at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.

The Southwest Connector project will replace more than six miles of aging water main pipe beginning near the James E. Quarles Water Treatment Plant on Lower Roswell Road and ending at the intersection of Terrell Mill Road and Cobb Parkway. The project is expected to begin in September and end in late 2017. Continuous lane closures are expected, as well as heavy delays on Lower Roswell Road and Terrell Mill Road. Please use alternate routes.

For more information, call the Cobb County Marietta Water Authority project hotline at 770-514-5301 or visit ccmwa.org.

 

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Heavy delays expected on East Cobb roads; meeting to discuss

The community is invited to a meeting 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, on the East Cobb phase of the Southwest Connector water main project. The meeting will be held at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. The Southwest Connector project will replace more than six miles of aging water main pipe beginning near the James E. Quarles Water Treatment Plant on Lower Roswell Road and ending at the intersection of Terrell Mill Road and Cobb Parkway.

The project is expected to begin in September and end in late 2017. Continuous lane closures are expected, as well as heavy delays on Lower Roswell Road and Terrell Mill Road. For more information about the project, call District Two Commissioner Bob Ott’s office at 770-528-3315 or email bob.ott@cobbcounty.org.

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Cobb redevelopment forum

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Join developers, economists and leadership from the local, state, and federal agencies to explore Cobb County’s redevelopment opportunities. This informative event will define the need for revitalization in Cobb and highlight the incentives that allow developers to maximize their investments.

The event will be held 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, from at the Riverside EpiCenter at 135 Riverside Parkway, Austell.  To learn more visit www.councilforqualitygrowth.org.

 

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New traffic cameras to help manage congestion

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of 30 CCTV cameras to enhance traffic monitoring and to ensure prompt reaction to traffic incidents and congestion.  These cameras will allow engineers to view traffic conditions and adjust signal timing or manage traffic incidents to help make your commute more efficient.  Some of the locations in which cameras will be placed include Sandy Plains Road, Canton Road, Chastain Road and Bells Ferry Road.

 

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Man pleads guilty to stabbing another in jealous rage

 

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Marietta man pleaded guilty to stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s personal trainer at least six times.

After Gabriel Emanuel Brazil, 30, and his girlfriend broke up, Mr. Brazil moved into a Bridge Mill Drive apartment above the woman. She soon hired a personal trainer, who worked with her at her apartment. But the personal trainer stopped training the woman after being confronted by Mr. Brazil and later finding his car had been keyed at the complex. 

Several months later, around the holidays in December 2014, the woman reached out to the trainer, and he visited her apartment. Mr. Brazil was outside, and the two men argued. Mr. Brazil then ran up to his apartment while the trainer went into the woman’s apartment. But Mr. Brazil then entered the woman’s apartment with a knife and proceeded to stab the victim to the point that his intestines were visible and lacerating his heart, kidney and liver. Mr. Brazil returned to his own apartment, leaving a trail of blood.

Cobb Police were called and followed the blood trail to Mr. Brazil’s apartment, where they also found a tent of marijuana and a large amount of methamphetamines.

The victim, who was 29 at the time, told the court during Monday’s plea hearing that the attack was traumatic and devastating both emotionally and financially for him and his family. He spent a month and a half in the hospital and did not have insurance. He also showed the court the scars that forever mar his torso.

“This is essentially a domestic-violence case, because this defendant sought to maintain power and control over his former girlfriend,” said ADA Sherwin Figueroa, who prosecuted the case. “Although he had no violent history, his possessiveness and jealousy led him to stab and permanently scar an innocent person.”

After accepting Mr. Brazil’s guilty plea to charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and drug possession, Judge Henry Thompson sentenced him to 40 years, with 16 years to serve in custody and the rest on probation. The defendant was also ordered to pay $89,000 in restitution to the victim.

Marietta attorney David Marshall represented the defendant, who has been in custody since the attack.

 

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Cobb sheriff’s deputy named top in state #ilovecobb

 

Deputy William Hicks of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office was honored recently as Georgia’s Deputy Sheriff of the Year for Professional Contribution at a statewide law enforcement conference. He was recognized for his hard work with county schools. Most notably, Hicks was commended by Cobb School Superintendent Chris Ragsdale for his interventions with angry parents, handling of difficult truancy cases and working closely with school social workers during home visits.

Hicks joined the sheriff’s office in 1989 and has worked in a variety of assignments including the jail, high risk warrant service, fraud and forgery investigations and internal affairs.

He is pictured in the middle, along with his wife Lori and Sheriff Neil Warren.

 

Ease your commute with new Web map application

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Cobb Commute is a Geographic Information System based Web map that will display up-to-date traffic conditions in Cobb County about any event, including road construction, that could hinder traffic around the county. Cobb Commute features both desktop and mobile versions.

Click here to check out Cobb Commute and view commute impact areas, traffic speeds and road restrictions and closures in real time.

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Thank you Public Safety!

 

The Northeast Cobb Business Association presented the Cobb County K-9 team with a $15,000 check from their proceeds from the NCBA 5K9 held in June. The money will be used to purchase another police k-9 as Diesel retires. Thank you to NCBA, 5K9 sponsors and runners for your generosity and kindness!

(Reprinted from the newsletter of Commissioner JoAnn Birrell) 

 

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