Thursday, May 30, 2013

Subdivision closer to materializing.

Courtesy Will Houp; Milton Herald

May 28, 2013

MILTON, Ga. – A new subdivision on Batesville Road took another step toward completion at the most recent Milton City Council meeting. Councilmembers voted unanimously May 20 to rezone the 19.9 acres.

Brightwater Homes plans to build 15 single-family homes in the Highgrove subdivision on the west side of Milton. The current zoning for the land is agricultural, permitting one house per lot.

The rezoning to Community Unit Plan allows more flexible setbacks for topography issues, according to staff reports. There are reportedly steep slopes at the rear of the property and two detention ponds.

"Going to the CUP zoning really just allows internal flexibility for the property owners to develop the lots with slopes and things like that," Mayor Joe Lockwood said. "It's no more dense than the minimum in the city of Milton. They are not getting more lots out of it."

The same area was once a subdivision known as Milton Register. It was built under Fulton County law. There is still a house standing and one that is under construction on the land. Brightwater has purchased all the lots except the existing home, according to staff reports.

During the meeting, Councilwoman Karen Thurman addressed a more unorthodox issue.

She said she had received concern from residents about a possible bank with a drive-through going in the subdivision.

"The rumor mill in Milton is that there is a bank, but it's not in the site plan," Thurman said.

Charlie Bostwick, a homebuilder for Brightwater, said at the meeting that any gossip for a bank was unfounded. And that only residential housing is planned in the subdivision.

Brightwater is based in Sandy Springs.

According to a report from Fulton County Schools, Birmingham Falls Elementary School can take on the potential incoming students. But Northwestern Middle School and Milton High School cannot meet the request.

Council unanimously approved the construction of a baseball field and an 8,800-square-foot barn on Birmingham Highway. Both will be for the private use of the landowner, and no loudspeakers, field lighting or concession stands will be allowed on the property.


Appointment of Mike Doyle as member to the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals.

Consideration of Birmingham Highway use permit for one baseball field and an 8,800-square-foot barn.


Consideration of Batesville Road to rezone from AG-1 (Agricultural) to CUP (Community Unit Plan) to develop 15 single-family residences (minimum 1-acre lots) on 19.9 acres.


Alleged Milton DUI driver had baby in backseat.

Courtesy Milton Herald

MILTON, Ga. – A Powers Court Avenue man was arrested May 9 for allegedly driving under the influence with a child in the back seat.

Police allegedly noticed the vehicle driven by Hayden Harris Bray, 20, of Powers Court Avenue, Milton, on Birmingham Highway. Bray was seen driving erratically and swerving in and out of his lane. His infant child was in the back seat at the time.

Bray allegedly admitted to having a few drinks during the day. He allegedly failed the sobriety tests and was charged with DUI, endangering a child, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving.

The child was turned over to family

Antiques taken from Day Rd. home in Milton.

Courtesy Milton Herald

MILTON, Ga. – Several antique records and an antique high chair were reported missing April 29 from a home on Day Road.

The victim told police she found the doors to a storage building open when she returned home at 6 p.m. Ten antique records, valued at $100 each, and an old high chair, valued at $500 were missing.

A daughter of the victim told police she had seen a suspicious man the day before, April 28, at the storage building. She said the man had pulled into the home's driveway and parked next to the storage shed. When she approached him to inquire about his business, he drove off. A check of his tag turned up an Atlanta resident.

No seatbelt yields three drug charges in Milton.

Courtesy Milton Herald

MILTON, Ga. – A driver who wasn't seatbelted was stopped May 1 which resulted in two people arrested and another sought for various drug offenses.

A Milton officer reported he passed a vehicle on Crabapple Road and saw the driver was not wearing his seatbelt. The car was pulled over and the driver, Nicholas Anthony Mouton, 23, of Woodstock, turned out to have an active warrant for his arrest for drug use.

The other two people in the car, Benjamin T. Andrews, 26, and Erika Michele Adams, 22, also of Woodstock, were searched along with the car. In Adams' purse, police found a syringe and a bag allegedly containing heroin. Adams was also arrested. Andrews was let go. After he left, Mouton told police Andrews had hidden more heroin in the back seat.

Mouton was arrested for failure to wear a seatbelt and possession of heroin. Adams was arrested for possession of heroin. A warrant was taken out for Andrews' arrest for possession of heroin.

Milton one of safest cities in country.

AM NOTE: I enjoyed reading about one of our hero's in uniform; Officer Ara Baronian. It would be interesting to see how many open road neighborhoods have this community watch program in place-Tim Enloe.

by Carolyn Aspenson; The Milton Herald

MILTON, Ga. -- Real Estate data company Neighborhood Scout listed Milton as the 39th safest city in the country.

Their report, published earlier this month is based on the total number of property and violent crimes compiled by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting database per 1,000 residents in cities with 25,000 or more residents.

Milton was one of three Georgia cities to make the list.

"The Police Department strives to maintain high visibility in the community," Milton Police Community Outreach Officer Ara Baronian said. "Our uniform patrol division takes a proactive approach to keeping the city safe."

He said the department continuously analyzes incident reports and crime data to determine what areas need additional focus.

"Our officers receive assignments for 10 neighborhoods and 10 businesses daily, in addition to their regular beat,' he said. "They're required to walk areas like the club house and pool and go inside the business."

Baronian said this creates visibility in the community for both residents and people who might consider committing a crime. "Of course our first responsibility is to 911 calls," he said.

Milton consists of about 40 square miles with a large portion of that being estate, horse farms and subdivisions.

The city doesn't have a high crime rate, but what crime there is tends to be concentrated in the areas near the Windward corridor.

"We obviously can't sit outside of Walmart, but since there tends to be a higher volume of crimes in that area, we've always got an officer close by," Baronian said.

The department sets up safety checks about four times a year, which Baronian says aren't just to give tickets.

"We view this as a way of ensuring the safety of our residents," he said. "It allows us to interact with and educate them."

The city also developed their own community watch program, called MPACT – Milton Police and Cities Together.

The program unites a specific officer with a neighborhood to work together to keep the community safe.

"It's relationship building," Baronian said. "Once a neighborhood is certified, they work with an assigned officer who meets with their association once a year and patrols that community as part of their regular patrol."
Baronian feels MPACT is part of the reason Milton crime rates stay low.

"We work hard to keep our residents informed and encourage them to report things they believe to be out of the ordinary," he said. "The residents play a big part in keeping Milton safe."

Don’t forget: Public safety workshop today.

Don’t forget that tonight, Thursday, May 30, Milton’s Better Together will hold a public safety workshop hosted by Community Outreach Officer Ara Baronian.

This open public workshop will take place at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Milton’s City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway Suite 107. If you attend, please bring canned goods for North Fulton Community Charities to help their food donation efforts.

Baronian said he plans on bringing residents information about the newest credit card and identity theft scams, tips and tricks to protect yourself against burglaries, and how to keep an eye out for crime in your neighborhood.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Community Builder Wayne Boston at 678-242-2512 or e-mail

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Costly viola taken from Milton home

Courtesy Milton Herald

MILTON, Ga. – A $5,000 viola was stolen May 12 from a Sable Court home. The victim told police her son left the viola on the kitchen table for the weekend. On May 12, the victim went out for dinner and may have left her front door open. When she returned, the viola was gone.

'Fore the love of a horse'

AM NOTE: Until Liberty's Law is presented to Milton City Council at a City Council meeeting and steps are taken to protect Milton's horses from abuse and harassment, KEEP YOUR HORSES OUT OF MILTON GEORGIA.

President Miaka Palmieri, center, Kathy Ivy, right, and Sheelagh Cafferkey give attention to Belle, a cancer survivor who was saved by For the Love of a Horse.

Courtesy Milton Herald

May 28, 2013

MILTON, Ga. — Clear the fairway and gather the foursomes, Fore the Love of a Horse Golf Classic is back June 7 at the Trophy Club of Atlanta, and the shot-gun start shoots at 10 a.m.

For the Love of a Horse organization is hosting its second annual golf tournament to fundraise for their program that gives horses a second chance and a new beginning.

"The first one was really a success, so we figured we would have a second one," said the organization's president, Miaka Palmieri. "We have a great day of golf planned. We are already up to 12 foursomes, which is super, because three foursomes is what we had last year. "

For the Love of a Horse formed in 2009 with a group of ladies who worked in the corporate industry, and it continued to grow into the community outreach and horse rescue program it is now. "It started with a horse that everyone wanted to put down," said Palmieri. "They said Gracie had no chance of living a quality life. We got her the help that we needed and she is proof today what the love and devotion of lots of people can do for an animal."

When a horse would normally be euthanized due to disease or broken bones, the organization takes the horse and owner to veterinarians like those at Auburn University and the University of Georgia. They pay the provider for care and they stay involved with the horse for the rest of its life.

"Especially with horses, people think that if they aren't working or they aren't riding that they are disposable," Palmieri said. "We want to let people know that you don't necessarily have to put down an animal. There are people out there and resources that will help them get the care they need."

For the Love of a Horse is different than other horse rescue organizations though, Palmieri said, because they give back to the community through outreach programs.

Their horses visit nursing homes, veterans hospitals and children's hospitals to show them what the love and support for animals can do. "It is living proof that when you bring animals to people who are ill, unhappy or depressed that it does make a difference," Palmieri said. "So we are helping the animals, but even more than that, we have gone out into the community, helped a lot of people and shared the joy."

To earn funds for the program, For the Love of a Horse hosts events like their golf tournament, and the ladies attend craft festivals selling things like homemade candles, tote bags and jewelry. A lot of the money comes straight out of the founders' pockets. "We haven't turned a horse away yet, and that's a good thing," Palmieri said.  

For more information about the golf fundraiser, visit

Monday, May 20, 2013

New Poll Up; Old Poll Results.


All: We have new poll up. It asks:   "Do you support the new subdivision going in at Mayfield and Bethany?"   Have you say today in the right margin. Below are the previous poll's results.

Bethany & Mayfield In For Major Change.


After donating two of his family’s homes to the Alpharetta Historical Society, Wills heir Jack Peevy sold the remaining acreage he owned at the corner of Mayfield and Bethany Roads to residential developer Providence Group.

Dubbed “Ruth’s Farm” in memory of his late mother Ruth Wills, 49 sewered homes will be built on pastoral acreage that had been home for cattle and other agricultural trades since the 1840’s.

To date, no word has been given on how many horses, cows, and chickens will call “Ruth’s Farm” home, but what is known is that an additional 98 plus cars plus will find their way on to local roads daily. Homes to start in the $550’s.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

Police suspect mom’s illegal street racing led to wreck that killed her baby, a teen.

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7-month-old Hunter was killed in a wreck Thursday night. State patrol officials said the baby's mother Kyrie Alassen Anderson was street-racing on I-20 westbound near Salem Road in Rockdale County. Kyrie Alassen Anderson, 22, was injured in a wreck Thursday night. State Patrol officials said Anderson was racing another car on I-20 westbound near Salem Road in Rockdale County when she lost control of her Honda Accord and hit a guardrail.

By Marcus K. Garner and Mike Morris

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Madison mother was street-racing with another car on I-20 Thursday night when she crashed into a pickup, killing her baby and a teen passenger, according to police.

The driver, Kyrie Alassen Anderson, 22, was injured in the wreck that happened around midnight in Rockdale County. She remains in the hospital. Her child and 19-year-old Edi Rodriguez, of Covington, were killed in the wreck, according to Georgia State patrol spokesman Gordy Wright.

State Patrol officials said Anderson was racing another car on I-20 westbound near Salem Road in Rockdale County when she lost control of her Honda Accord and hit a guardrail.

The Honda then traveled back across the westbound lanes, and was hit by a Chevrolet pickup truck, Wright said.

Two men in the pickup truck — driver Jody Shane Richardson, 34, and passenger Terry Lee Chaney, 48 — were also injured.

“The other driver believed to be involved with racing the Honda has been identified and will be interviewed during the follow-up investigation,” Wright said.

A second wreck happened in the same area when a vehicle slowed for the first crash and was rear-ended by another vehicle, Wright said.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

On A Parenting Note...

AM NOTE: Be advised; a small amount of foul language.