I got a couple of e-mails about a really big party that caused a few calls. The location on this call is 5145 Powers Ferry Road. The time frames on it were just after 11 p.m. and around 3 a.m.
SSPD officers received calls of a loud party, traffic problems, and “disorderly persons” on or near the property of 5145 Powers Ferry Road. They went to the home and spoke with a man who said shuttle buses were transporting people from the 6300 Powers Ferry shopping center to the house. The man said the parking problem would be cleared up very quickly.
The report says the officers went to 6300 Powers Ferry, in the parking lot of the Publix Store, and found about 500 cars. The lot was described as “mass confusion” so the officers had to sort out the traffic problems at the shopping center. Additional officers were called in to clear the area. Afterwards, they headed back to the house, but found another bad traffic problem on Powers Ferry Road leading to the home. They cleared that and then went to the home, now concerned about the large number of persons in the home and concerns of any fire evacuation problems that could arise.
When the officers arrived back at the house, they soon realized the number of persons at the home well exceeded safety standards so the officers called the fire department while at the same time instructing newly arriving party-people that this one was over.
The officers located a man who told them he was a property management person and had hired a promotional company to promote a party at this (empty) residence. The business partner of the management person said that the party was promoted through fliers and that several bus loads of students from GSU had already arrived. (At this time, the cops are trying to get buses to return to pick up people from the party and take them back to the shopping center.)
The two men said the promotional company was charging $20 a person to enter the party. Neither man could recall the name of the company. The men said they had hired two off-duty officers from other departments to handle the event. After the officers spoke to all involved, it was determined there was no control of the situation and the party was shut down. The officers told the two men to shut it down.
An hour later, the officers went back to the house to find it had not subsided. They were told that the bus drivers had quit. The cops (the real ones, not the ones hired) called several taxi cab companies to assist with the evacuation. The officers determined that alcohol had been served without permits and that the person in charge was arrested for disorderly house and taken to Doraville jail. (We contract with Doraville P.D. for jail services until we build one.) The resources required to correct this problem involved six firefighters and their trucks and equipment, eight police officers and supervisors out of service for three to four hours.
Now I know one of the questions is this: What the %$&#)$^# were two officers from outside departments doing working a party in Sandy Springs? Good question. In order to hire off-duty Sandy Springs officers, the permit would have to be reviewed by our department and we would have asked about alcohol permits, maximum capacity and other questions. Unless it was all satisfied legally with the safety of the persons attending in mind, the permit would not have been approved.
Too much promotion and too little planning.
First gun safety class
Sandy Springs Police held the first gun safety class for city residents this past week, with about a dozen attending. The first part of the class involved training on gun laws, past case applications and interpretations from student questions, which were basically “When can I shoot?”
The second part of the class involved scenario shooting with firearms simulator (laser.) Several scenarios were played out and many of the students did quite well, killing only a handful of innocent civilians.
The class was informative in that those who participated realized that shoot-don’t shoot scenarios are complicated and it is quite easy to make the wrong and sometimes tragic decision.
This was a test class. The monthly classes will begin in January. As we move on with the class, we will incorporate live-fire sessions but I do not have dates set yet for live fire.
Something’s in the water, folks. We had bank robberies on successive days.
1) Sandy Springs officers responded to the SunTrust, 993-A Johnson Ferry Road, in reference to a bank robbery. The investigation revealed that suspect entered the bank, demanded the money and fled the area on foot westbound from the bank. Possible suspect’s vehicle appears to be a Chevrolet Tahoe, 2002-2005, maroon/burgundy or similar in color. This guy is also suspected in at least one bank robbery in Dunwoody.
2) Sandy Springs officers responded to the Best Bank, which is located inside the Kroger’s store at 4920 Roswell Rd., in reference to a bank robbery. The investigation revealed that the suspect entered the bank, wrote out a note and demanded the money. He then fled the area on foot. Suspect did not display a weapon but is considered Armed and Dangerous.
If you have any information on either robbery, please give us a call or email me.