David Gibson

Local government editor

Local government team coach David Gibson has been an editor at the AJC since 1998.

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David T. Howard: From Georgia slave to Atlanta philanthropist
 David T. Howard rose from slavery at his birth in Crawford County, Georgia in 1849, to being called “Atlanta’s most beloved citizen and the city’s pioneer businessman” in the Atlanta Daily World’s obituary of him in 1935. Howard, who took the name of his slave master after the Civil War, worked as a railroad...

6:50 PM Thursday, Feb. 02, 2017

David T. Howard rose from slavery at his birth in Crawford County, Georgia in 1849, to being called “Atlanta’s most beloved citizen and the city’s pioneer businessman” in the Atlanta Daily World’s obituary of him in 1935. Howard, who took the name of his slave master after the Civil War, worked as a railroad...
DeKalb County District Attorney: Clear your record, but be polite
 The DeKalb District Attorney is offering people a chance Saturday to clear their misdemeanor arrest records. “Records Expungement Day” will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at DeKalb County Courthouse, 556 N. McDonough Street, Decatur. The DA’s office says people seeking this service should bring four things to assist in...

9:04 PM Friday, Dec. 09, 2016

The DeKalb District Attorney is offering people a chance Saturday to clear their misdemeanor arrest records. “Records Expungement Day” will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at DeKalb County Courthouse, 556 N. McDonough Street, Decatur. The DA’s office says people seeking this service should bring four things to assist in...
Four seek to fill vacant House District 80 seat

12:59 AM Saturday, Jul. 11, 2015

Four candidates are vying in Tuesday’s election to fill the Georgia House District 80 seat, which includes portions of Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs in DeKalb and Fulton counties. The seat became vacant when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Rep. Mike Jacobs to the DeKalb County State Court bench in May. If no candidate gets...
Man in hot seat after scaling Atlanta fire truck ladder

8:11 PM Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

What goes up must come down, as Derrick Brown found out early Thursday morning, perhaps not realizing the gravity of the situation he found himself in. According to Atlanta police, Brown took an unauthorized short cut into a burning building when, for unknown reasons, he climbed a fire response ladder into an apartment affected by the blaze...
Arrest made of man accused of trying to run over Fulton officer

6:34 PM Wednesday, Jan. 07, 2015

A south Fulton County man faces multiple charges the day after he is suspected of trying to elude a Fulton police officer by running over her in a car. Marcus Moment, 20, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, theft by receiving a stolen vehicle and driving on a suspended license after his arrest Wednesday afternoon in Clayton...
Help sought to locate Dunwoody resident

6:12 PM Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

The Dunwoody Police Department is currently looking for Laverne Harold Squires, age 79, a Dunwoody Resident.
Help sought to locate Dunwoody resident
The Dunwoody Police Department is currently looking for Laverne Harold Squires, age 79, a Dunwoody Resident.

1:12 PM Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

The Dunwoody Police Department is currently looking for Laverne Harold Squires, age 79, a Dunwoody Resident.
Missing Powder Springs man, 75, found in Brunswick
 A Mattie’s Call for a Powder Springs man was canceled Thursday night after he was found in good health in Brunswick. David J. Berta, 75, had last been seen leaving his residence Wednesday afternoon with his dog, according to Cobb County police. His family was notified after he was found, police said.

3:23 PM Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

A Mattie’s Call for a Powder Springs man was canceled Thursday night after he was found in good health in Brunswick. David J. Berta, 75, had last been seen leaving his residence Wednesday afternoon with his dog, according to Cobb County police. His family was notified after he was found, police said.
Missing Powder Springs man, 75, found in Brunswick
 A Mattie’s Call for a Powder Springs man was canceled Thursday night after he was found in good health in Brunswick. David J. Berta, 75, had last been seen leaving his residence Wednesday afternoon with his dog, according to Cobb County police. His family was notified after he was found, police said.

11:23 AM Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

A Mattie’s Call for a Powder Springs man was canceled Thursday night after he was found in good health in Brunswick. David J. Berta, 75, had last been seen leaving his residence Wednesday afternoon with his dog, according to Cobb County police. His family was notified after he was found, police said.
Forest Park High evacuated after bomb threat

3:47 PM Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

A bomb threat at Forest Park High School in Clayton County has led to the evacuation of the school while it is being checked out. The threat came in at about 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, right around closing time, Clayton Schools spokeswoman Vicki C. Gavalas said. Students who ride school buses are being sent home on their regular buses....
Newton County schools lock down lifted

3:26 PM Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014

The lock downs at Alcovy High School and Liberty Middle School in Covington have been lifted. The schools were was put on lockdown Thursday while authorities investigated a violent threat a student allegedly posted on Facebook. The Newton County sheriff told Channel 2 Action News the male student has been identified and was being questioned...