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Dan Klepal

Dan Klepal covers Atlanta government. Previously, Dan covered Cobb County and was a Louisville Courier-Journal municipal reporter.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Charges dropped in case of alleged threats to Atlanta bribery figure
 State charges against the man accused of trying to intimidate a key witness in the Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal have been dropped because the U.S. Attorney’s Office won’t turn over evidence against him. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard’s office on Thursday dropped charges against Shandarrick Barnes, who was...

Posted: a day ago

State charges against the man accused of trying to intimidate a key witness in the Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal have been dropped because the U.S. Attorney’s Office won’t turn over evidence against him. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard’s office on Thursday dropped charges against Shandarrick Barnes, who was...
Charges dropped in case of alleged threats to Atlanta bribery figure
 Charges have been dropped against a Paulding County man who had been accused of trying to intimidate a key witness in the Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal. On Thursday, Fulton County prosecutors dropped the case against Shandarrick Barnes, who had been indicted for allegedly throwing a brick through the window of contractor Elvin &ldquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Charges have been dropped against a Paulding County man who had been accused of trying to intimidate a key witness in the Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal. On Thursday, Fulton County prosecutors dropped the case against Shandarrick Barnes, who had been indicted for allegedly throwing a brick through the window of contractor Elvin &ldquo...
Figure in Atlanta bribery probe sought to justify income to feds
 Less than a month before the first charges were filed in the Atlanta City Hall bribery investigation, an urgent email landed in Rev. Mitzi Bickers’ inbox asking for a stack of her personal financial statements — documentation of the payments made in buying her $775,000 home, and all of her bank deposits from 2011 to 2015. Bickers...

2:36 PM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

Less than a month before the first charges were filed in the Atlanta City Hall bribery investigation, an urgent email landed in Rev. Mitzi Bickers’ inbox asking for a stack of her personal financial statements — documentation of the payments made in buying her $775,000 home, and all of her bank deposits from 2011 to 2015. Bickers...
Cobb taxpayers to fund traffic control at SunTrust Park
Having Cobb County police officers at 30 intersections around SunTrust Park for games and special events is important because a whopping 95 percent of fans get to the stadium using some form of vehicle.

3:46 PM Monday, May. 15, 2017

Having Cobb County police officers at 30 intersections around SunTrust Park for games and special events is important because a whopping 95 percent of fans get to the stadium using some form of vehicle.
Taxpayers in Cobb to pay for traffic control around SunTrust Park
 Cobb County taxpayers are paying county police officers overtime to direct traffic outside of the SunTrust Park development during games and special events, at an estimated cost of $900,000 per year, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found. Traffic control is an expense the Braves paid during their last eight seasons at Turner...

7:06 PM Friday, May. 12, 2017

Cobb County taxpayers are paying county police officers overtime to direct traffic outside of the SunTrust Park development during games and special events, at an estimated cost of $900,000 per year, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found. Traffic control is an expense the Braves paid during their last eight seasons at Turner...
Cobb taxpayers to pay for traffic control around SunTrust Park
 The day after Christmas, just three months before the first game at SunTrust Park, Cobb police chief John Houser sent a memo to his boss putting the estimated cost of traffic control outside the new stadium development at more than $1 million a year. It was the first time anyone put a hard number on what promises to be a significant...

9:00 PM Thursday, May. 11, 2017

The day after Christmas, just three months before the first game at SunTrust Park, Cobb police chief John Houser sent a memo to his boss putting the estimated cost of traffic control outside the new stadium development at more than $1 million a year. It was the first time anyone put a hard number on what promises to be a significant...
Road to recovery: Rebuilding I-85 bridge a complex process
 Rebuilding a bridge isn’t as simple as snapping together pieces like an oversized Lego set. Building one fast is even more complicated. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, the Georgia Department of Transportation engineers began designing fixes for 700-feet of the I-85 bridge the night a fire caused a portion of it...

2:47 PM Monday, May. 01, 2017

Rebuilding a bridge isn’t as simple as snapping together pieces like an oversized Lego set. Building one fast is even more complicated. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, the Georgia Department of Transportation engineers began designing fixes for 700-feet of the I-85 bridge the night a fire caused a portion of it...
Atlanta bribery probe: Feds seek Bickers records from Clayton County
 The federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall bribery has crept into Clayton County, where one of the central figures in the probe works for the Sheriff Victor Hill’s office as a chaplain. The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a Feb. 27 subpoena to the Clayton County Attorney’s Office, demanding Rev. Mitzi Bicker’s...

10:20 PM Friday, Apr. 28, 2017

The federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall bribery has crept into Clayton County, where one of the central figures in the probe works for the Sheriff Victor Hill’s office as a chaplain. The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a Feb. 27 subpoena to the Clayton County Attorney’s Office, demanding Rev. Mitzi Bicker’s...
Road to Recovery: Rebuilding I-85 bridge a complex process
 Rebuilding a bridge isn’t as simple as snapping together pieces like an oversized Lego set. Building one fast is even more complicated. Georgia Department of Transportation engineers began designing fixes for 700-feet of the I-85 bridge the night a fire caused a portion of it to collapse and badly damaged other sections. Marietta...

2:41 PM Friday, Apr. 28, 2017

Rebuilding a bridge isn’t as simple as snapping together pieces like an oversized Lego set. Building one fast is even more complicated. Georgia Department of Transportation engineers began designing fixes for 700-feet of the I-85 bridge the night a fire caused a portion of it to collapse and badly damaged other sections. Marietta...
Attorney: Two Gwinnett County officers who punched client are “thugs”
 The 21-year-old African American college student who was punched, tased and stomped by two white Gwinnett County Police officers on Wednesday thanked members of the community who recorded his encounter — video that led to the officers being fired and criminal charges against him being dropped. But during a Saturday morning press conference...

5:24 PM Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

The 21-year-old African American college student who was punched, tased and stomped by two white Gwinnett County Police officers on Wednesday thanked members of the community who recorded his encounter — video that led to the officers being fired and criminal charges against him being dropped. But during a Saturday morning press conference...
Is GDOT to blame for I-85 bridge burning?
 The fiasco that was the I-85 bridge collapse has Atlantans asking a pointed question: Who is to blame? Police have charged a homeless man, Basil Eleby, with setting the fire, which spread to several tons of plastic piping that had been stored under the bridge by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Should GDOT share some of...

3:46 PM Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

The fiasco that was the I-85 bridge collapse has Atlantans asking a pointed question: Who is to blame? Police have charged a homeless man, Basil Eleby, with setting the fire, which spread to several tons of plastic piping that had been stored under the bridge by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Should GDOT share some of...