Dan Klepal

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

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Bribery figure paid $1.6 million to former City Hall operative
 Contractor Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr., who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery at Atlanta City Hall, paid more than $1.6 million in checks or wire transfers to Rev. Mitzi Bickers’ companies during the time frame of the bribery scandal, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of Mitchell’s bank records...

7:38 PM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

Contractor Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr., who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery at Atlanta City Hall, paid more than $1.6 million in checks or wire transfers to Rev. Mitzi Bickers’ companies during the time frame of the bribery scandal, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of Mitchell’s bank records...
Atlanta bribery figure paid $1.6 million to former City Hall operative
 A contractor who has admitted paying bribes for city of Atlanta contracts paid more than $1.6 million over three years to an influential political consultant who held a high-ranking job in Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration, records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show. One six-figure payment from E.R. Mitchell Construction...

6:00 PM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

A contractor who has admitted paying bribes for city of Atlanta contracts paid more than $1.6 million over three years to an influential political consultant who held a high-ranking job in Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration, records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show. One six-figure payment from E.R. Mitchell Construction...
Suit: Contractor in bribery probe paid $500K to ex-Atlanta official
 Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr. allegedly paid companies tied to a former Atlanta City Hall official and well-known political operative more than $500,000 in 2014 and 2015, a period under examination by federal authorities in a cash-for-contracts scandal, according to a document filed in family court in Fulton County. Mitchell&rsquo...

2:07 PM Monday, Jul. 03, 2017

Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr. allegedly paid companies tied to a former Atlanta City Hall official and well-known political operative more than $500,000 in 2014 and 2015, a period under examination by federal authorities in a cash-for-contracts scandal, according to a document filed in family court in Fulton County. Mitchell&rsquo...
Suit: Figure in Atlanta bribery case paid $500K to political consultant
 A contractor who has admitted paying $1 million in bribes to win city of Atlanta contracts paid a former member of Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration more than $500,000 in 2014 and 2015, during the time frame of the alleged scheme, court documents filed in Fulton County allege. The timing of the alleged payments by Elvin “E.R.&rdquo...

4:00 AM Monday, Jul. 03, 2017

A contractor who has admitted paying $1 million in bribes to win city of Atlanta contracts paid a former member of Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration more than $500,000 in 2014 and 2015, during the time frame of the alleged scheme, court documents filed in Fulton County allege. The timing of the alleged payments by Elvin “E.R.&rdquo...
Clayton Sheriff Victor Hill uses chaplains to reach voters, AJC finds
 Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill routinely uses chaplains in his department to reach potential voters, and an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of departmental emails found that the sheriff’s staff is also using a taxpayer-funded public safety messaging service to build a database of residents that includes personal contact...

2:11 PM Friday, Jun. 30, 2017

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill routinely uses chaplains in his department to reach potential voters, and an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of departmental emails found that the sheriff’s staff is also using a taxpayer-funded public safety messaging service to build a database of residents that includes personal contact...
Politics or ministry? Ga. sheriff uses chaplains to reach voters
 Chaplains in Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill’s office aren’t just expected to preach the word of God to inmates — the sheriff also wants them to carry the word of Victor Hill to potential voters. Each of the three chaplains in the sheriff’s office are required to attend one funeral every week, during which they...

4:00 PM Thursday, Jun. 29, 2017

Chaplains in Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill’s office aren’t just expected to preach the word of God to inmates — the sheriff also wants them to carry the word of Victor Hill to potential voters. Each of the three chaplains in the sheriff’s office are required to attend one funeral every week, during which they...
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...

8:36 PM Friday, Jun. 23, 2017

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...

10:47 PM Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017

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...