Death of East Point man under scrutiny

From the New York Times:

ATLANTA — More than four months after a 24-year-old man died following an arrest in which the police used Taser devices on him up to 13 times, his family Thursday filed a wrongful-death suit against the Atlanta suburb of East Point and two of its former officers.

The family of Gregory L. Towns Jr., who was arrested on April 11 after he fled on foot from officers who wanted to question him about a domestic dispute, said in the lawsuit that police officers in East Point had “acted with malice and a deliberate intent to cause grievous bodily injury, pain and death” to Mr. Towns.

Read more at The New York Times.

Hundreds of jobs created to be created at East Point’s New Cleveland Ave Crossing

EAST POINT – Some 350 jobs are to being created at a new shopping center, just south of Atlanta and west of Interstate 85.

The center, on Cleveland Avenue, is scheduled to open in this fall. A Super Walmart will anchor the project.

News Release

This was shared by City Councilman Lance Rhodes which highlighted the business opening here:

R. H. Ledbetter Properties, LLC,Is pleased to announce it has secured lease commitments for approximately 20,000 square feet of retail shopping and dining space to 10 businesses for the new Cleveland Avenue Crossing shopping center located in East Point, Georgia. This is East Point’s first major retail development in 10 years and will be instrumental in the revitalization along Cleveland Avenue.

Tenant leases include:

  • 4,080 square feet which has been leased to Shoe Show. Founded in 1960 in Kannapolis, NC, SHOE SHOW, INC.’s success has been based on a simple formula of providing quality products, service and value and currently has 1132 locations in 40 states.
  • Simply Fashions will occupy 3,000 square feet. Simply Fashions offers style and the latest trends, as well as essentials, for all shapes and sizes of women and have been on the fashion scene since 1991 with over 250 stores across the country.
  • Cosmetics and beauty supply, Beauty Cii has leased 2,400 square feet.
  • T-Mobile and Taylor’d Cuts have each leased 1,600 square foot of space.
  • Wings 101 will occupy1,566 square feet
  • Little Caesars Pizza, 1,520 square feet
  • Panda Wok restaurant 1,400 square feet
  • Luxury Nails 1,200 square feet.
  • Also, a local dentist has an interest in 1,600 square feet of space.

Cleveland Avenue Crossing, situated just west of I-85, is a 173,000 square foot shopping center anchored by a 153,000 square foot Super Walmart, a McDonalds, and two additional outparcels, one currently under contract and one still available.

The center is slated for a November 2014 completion. In total, the project could create more than 350 new jobs and has been developed in partnership with the City of East Point.

Outdoor movie in East Point to entertain families

(Edited to correct the date.)

East Point residents prepare to watch a movie outdoors and beneath the stars.

“HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2″ will be the feature attraction in East Point on Friday, Sept. 19, as movie goers can unroll blankets and lawn chairs to watch the animated PG film on a large screen.

The community event takes place in downtown East Point. There is no fee to watch the film.

Critics review is positive

Rotten Tomatoes critics gave the movie a 92 percent approval. According to the website:

Movie Info

DreamWorks Animation returns to the world of dragons and Vikings in this sequel to their successful 2010 outing How to Train Your Dragon. The original film followed the exploits of a Viking chief’s son, who must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

When is the outdoor movie?

The show begins on dusk on the grassy lawn on East Point Street, opposite the fire department.  The outdoor movie can be cancelled with bad weather, so pay attention to the weather reports on the day in September.

Learn more details at the East Point Main Street Association.

East Point and Gold Star family remember the city’s first WW II casualty

The crew of the USS Juneau had done heroic service in the ferocious fighting at the Battle of Guadalcanal. The sailors fired its 33 guns with devastating effect taking down six Japanese torpedo bombers.

Later in the fight, a torpedo struck the 541-foot Atlanta class light cruiser. The ship was listing severely when it steamed away. It had one propellor operating as it made for a safe harbor for repairs.

It never made it.

The ship was again attacked on the morning of Nov. 13. The explosion ripped it apart as it disappeared under the waves. Only 10 of the crew survived.

Lost, along with 686 others, was an East Point man.

Neighbor Newspapers wrote about the man who served aboard the ship.

Jack Robert Boatright, East Point’s first World War II casualty, will be remembered every time someone sees a street sign on the lane where he used to live.

Last week city officials erected a sign topper on 8th Street at Washington Avenue, a few yards from No. 2972, where he grew up.

One of his survivors, a brother, attended the ceremony.

The Chattahoochee Hills resident said a 16-year gap separated the two brothers, but he treasured the childhood memory of the sailor teaching him to make a paper airplane while home on leave.

“From what I’ve heard about him, he’s everything that I would like to be – well-known, well-liked, athletic,” Alex Boatright said about the Russell High School football player.

Learn more about Boatright and the city ceremony by 
reading Neighbor Newspapers.