Dunwoody Dispatch - August 2018

Dunwoody Dispatch Covering Dunwoody East & Surrounding Areas • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 3, No. 8 • AUGUST 2018 EAST PRICELESS ISSUE! K-9 Deputy Retires from DeKalb Sheriff ’s Office As spring transitioned into summer in late June, the DeKalb County Sher- iff’s Office held a touch- ing ceremony at Mason Mill Park in Decatur for a key member of its law enforcement team. Major L.J. Roscoe, Field Services Division Com- mander, announced the retirement of Viper, an extraordinary canine, after a distinguished record of more than 8 years as a K-9 deputy. He made his- tory as the first working dog in the history of the DeKalb Sheriff’s office to be retired in formal cer- emony. Major Roscoe noted “this is really a big deal for the Department as a whole,” and cited Viper’s outstanding record of ser- vice. “We are fortunate to retire him while he’s still in good health,” she said. She presented Viper a plaque for his devoted service. Viper began his career back in 2009, so the 8.5 years he served in real time amounted to perhaps 60 dog years. Viper strikes noble pose in his official issue protective jacket. (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office) Continued on page 9 Old Presidential Hotel at Spaghetti Junction to Reinvent as Seniors Residential Plans for distressed distinctive structure, pictured here in 2016, will be true transformation while maintaining architectural character. (Sheednomics) Good news surfaced in mid-June with the announce- ment that the Peacock Partnership has purchased the familiar, long forlorn Presidential Hotel building at Spa- ghetti Junction. Plans are to completely redo the property as an upscale senior residential complex while keeping the 15-story round tower’s distinctive look. It’s a story of redemption for a 45-year old structure long familiar to Metro commuters. In place even before there was Spaghetti Junction, over the years the building became a curious landmark at the I-85/I-285 Tom Moreland inter- change. Continued on page 4