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    The organizers of an annual Fourth of July celebration in Druid Hills say someone uprooted hundreds of American flags along the parade route.  Roughly 750 small flags were placed in yards and along sidewalks, but most of them have been taken ahead of next week’s event, Channel 2 Action News reported. Kit Eisterhold, president of the Druid Hills Civic Association, said he had just finished placing the flags every few feet along the 1-mile route in his DeKalb County neighborhood when he noticed some of them were gone. “A few hours later, I drive and more of them are missing up North Decatur (and) Oakdale,” Eisterhold said. “Then I realized that all of them are being picked up ... They took about 500 or so, maybe a little bit more than that.”  Late Sunday evening, a neighbor’s surveillance system captured what appears to show a man and woman walking down the sidewalk and pulling up the flags shortly after 11 p.m. Some of the flags were then discarded in nearby bushes, Channel 2 reported. Now, Eisterhold is scrambling to replace the hundreds of missing flags ahead of next Thursday’s parade.  “Somebody took a lot of time to put them out,” homeowner Caroline Moise said. “Now they’re gone and it just feels unpatriotic.”  In other news: 
  • A North Georgia man is accused of beating and raping a woman several times while holding her at knifepoint earlier this month, the Catoosa County News reported. Daniel Richard See, 32, of Rossville, was arrested June 17 on rape, aggravated assault, battery and probation violation charges, according to Catoosa jail records. On June 10, a woman with visible bruising on her arms and neck went to the sheriff’s office to report the alleged abuse, the newspaper reported. She told deputies that See held her at his home against her will the night prior, beating her and forcing her to have sex with him while he held a razor knife. The woman said the abuse lasted until about 6 a.m., and it allegedly began again June 10. See is also accused of striking her repeatedly during the sexual assault, hitting her in the head when she attempted to use a phone to call for help. The woman was able to eventually contact someone from her church and her son to help her, the newspaper reported.  See remains in jail without bond, records show. AJC.com has reached out to the sheriff’s office for more information. In other news:
  • An 81-year-old woman said she was sexually assaulted by a staff member at Emory Johns Creek Hospital during a massage, authorities said. The woman told Channel 2 Action News she had broken her leg, which is why she was being treated at the hospital earlier this month.  On June 12 about midnight, her female personal caregiver allegedly sexually assaulted her in her hospital bed. AJC.com does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault. “Don’t know who she was, where she was from, what she was doing there, and she molested me,” the woman told Channel 2. “I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t get up.” Johns Creek police Maj. John Clifton confirmed to AJC.com that investigators are still looking into the incident, but no other details about the investigation were available. The hospital sent Channel 2 a statement that said, in part: “Emory Johns Creek Hospital working with the local police to further investigate this matter. Because of patient privacy laws, we cannot comment on individual patients.” In other news:
  • Skylar Atchison talks to her daddy every day, or so the 3-year-old thinks. The voice of Jimmy Atchison lives on, six months after his death, in the recorded voice of the little girl’s customized Teddy bear.  Skylar and her 1-year-old brother Jalen are now set to be plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit seeking $20 million from the City of Atlanta. Their father was fatally shot in January by Atlanta police officer Sung Kim, on loan to a FBI task force.  “Officer Sung Kim’s illegal, unjustified and unconstitutional use of deadly force has robbed two children of the love and support of their father,” attorney Tanya Miller wrote in an ante litem notice, effectively announcing intent to sue — delivered last Friday to city officials, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and APD Chief Erika Shields. Miller represents Atchison’s family. RELATED:  APD officer in task force shooting accused of excessive force before DA: Investigation into task force shooting presents great ‘difficulty’ Lack of transparency has local cops re-thinking partnerships with feds Family of man killed by APD officer demands civil rights investigation Atchison, wanted for an alleged armed robbery of a cell phone, had fled to a friend’s apartment in northwest Atlanta after heavily armed task force members appeared at his door. He was discovered hiding in a closet and ordered to surrender.  “When Mr. Atchison attempted to comply with the officers’ commands, Officer Kim — unconstitutionally, unlawfully and in violation of Atlanta Police Department policy — fired his city-issued firearm striking Mr. Atchison in the face while Mr. Atchison was attempting to surrender,” Miller said.  She added the city is liable because Kim was an employee, no matter whom he was working under at the time.  Kim, a 26-year APD veteran, remains on paid administrative duty, stripped of police powers pending the outcome of the investigations, both internal and external.  Atchison’s death led Chief Shields to withdraw APD personnel from all federal task forces, citing their lack of transparency. Shields requested her officers be allowed to wear body cams. The feds said no.  Atlanta police and the mayor’s office declined comment about the ante litem notice, citing the anticipated litigation.  “Jimmy was the heart and soul of our family,” his father, Jimmy Hill, said Tuesday “My son deserved to have his day in court.”  The GBI is said to be nearly finished with its investigation of the shooting. But will a probe largely dependent on FBI cooperation truly be thorough?  Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, whose office is also investigating the shooting, said he is skeptical, based on previous interactions.  The veteran prosecutor filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice last December accusing federal authorities of hindering his office’s investigation into the 2016 death of Jamarion Robinson, 26. The onetime Clark Atlanta University football player, who battled schizophrenia, was shot 59 times by members of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force.  According to Howard, the Justice Department refused to release documents about the shooting and blocked his investigators from interviewing officers who were on the scene.  Miller acknowledged that similar stonewalling would make her job in this case more difficult.  “We don’t know what we don’t know,” she said.
  • Take the amount spent during a typical Kroger shopping trip, triple it, and that figure still would not come close to the amount police said a crew recently stole from two Atlanta locations. Three men made off with nearly $5,000 worth of merchandise during a June 8 trip to the Kroger on Caroline Street in the Edgewood retail district, according to Atlanta police. They allegedly pulled off an even bigger heist worth $7,000 two days before at another Kroger on Glenwood Avenue. The stolen merchandise included soap, deodorant, meat, beer and household items, police said in a lookout posted to Facebook.  During the Edgewood incident, the men are accused of loading up their carts, exiting the rear doors of the store and leaving in a black Dodge Charger. Investigators do not know the vehicle’s tag information. It took the men about an hour from the time they entered the store at 10:35 p.m. to the time they left, according to an incident report obtained by AJC.com. Store employees did not notice the merchandise was stolen until they were taking inventory that night.  The suspects in the Glenwood Avenue theft also left in a black Dodge Charger, according to a separate police report. Two men were seen on store surveillance cameras leaving an emergency door on the side of the building with shopping carts loaded down, police said. A Kroger security employee told police the men appeared to enter the store at separate times, with a younger man grabbing items from the shelves and an older man acting as a lookout.  “The older male would exit the store first and position the getaway vehicle at the exit point where the younger male would exit the store,” police said in the Glenwood Avenue report. “The younger male would exit the store with the items and they would flee the scene.” The employee said the same men may be involved in other shoplifting incidents at Kroger locations in the Wesley Chapel area of DeKalb County, according to the report. Police have released surveillance photos of the three suspects, one of whom is an older, balding man with a gray beard. Another is shown riding a motorized shopping cart. None have been identified.  Anyone who recognizes the men or has information about the shoplifting incidents is asked to contact Atlanta police. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website. — Please return to AJC.com for updates. In other news: 
  • He was described as a rising star and standout within Henry County law enforcement. Then money went missing. As a result, Flint Circuit Drug Task Force commander Maj. Chad Rosborough resigned the day after being placed on administrative leave by the McDonough Police Department pending a GBI investigation into the matter, Channel 2 Action News reported. “When we heard these allegations, it’s just like a numbing effect when they’re telling you about a member of your team who has been with you for a long, long time,” McDonough police Chief Preston Dorsey, who placed Rosborough on leave last week, told Channel 2. Task force agents alerted Dorsey about the possible money mishandling, which led to an emergency meeting of the task force’s board, Channel 2 reported. Dorsey said the allegations were hard to hear considering Rosborough, who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy, had an excellent reputation. “The day he became the commander, that unit really took off,” Dorsey told Channel 2. “Very organized, very well-known throughout the state of Georgia, and Chad just did an outstanding job for us.” The board, which consists of members from the Henry County, McDonough, Hampton and Locust Grove police departments as well as the sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office and solicitor general’s office, voted unanimously to ask to GBI to investigate. Dorsey said it will be reported to the Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) organization as a resignation in lieu of termination. Among the allegations, Rosborough allegedly used a government purchasing card for personal items, Channel 2 reported. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles confirmed to AJC.com that the agency has opened a criminal investigation. District Attorney Darius Pattillo sent Channel 2 a statement that said, “The GBI is investigating a report of missing funds at the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force. We will review the GBI’s findings once their investigation is complete and determine next steps for potential prosecution.”  Rosborough did not return Channel 2’s requests for comment. In other news:
  • Police arrested a woman who allegedly tried to kidnap a couple’s children in the atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Saturday morning. Police said Esther Daniels, 26, tried to grab a stroller with a child in it before being fended off by the child’s mother. She then picked up one of the couple’s other children and walked away, but the father took the child back from her, Atlanta police spokesman Sgt. John Chafee said in an emailed statement. An officer responded a few minutes later and found Daniels in a frenzied mental state, Chafee said. She then allegedly ran toward a nearby family and had to be restrained by the officer, Chafee said.  Daniels, who lives in Kansas, eventually calmed down and was escorted to the police precinct in a wheelchair, the statement said. She was checked out at Grady Memorial Hospital before being taken to the Clayton County Jail. Daniels was charged with kidnapping and obstructing an officer. Her bond has not been set. In other news:
  • Police in Henry County are looking for a man who allegedly took photos up the skirt of a woman while she stood in line at a grocery store. The man took the photos June 14 at a Stockbridge Kroger at 1750 Hudson Bridge Road, police said in a Facebook post.  The alleged victim, Karen Morales, told Channel 2 Action News she felt someone touching her leg while she was waiting to checkout about 12:30 p.m. She then confronted him. “His excuse was he was tying his shoe, and (I) said, ‘If you’re tying your shoe, why are you touching my leg,” she said. “I asked to see his phone, and when I asked what the last picture was on his phone, he began to shake.” Police told Channel 2 surveillance video shows his phone’s flash go off while his hand and phone are under her dress. After being questioned, the suspect dropped his groceries and ran off, Morales said. Police told the news station he will face a felony charge if identified and arrested. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Henry County non-emergency dispatch at 770-957-9121. In other news:
  • Police named the man Monday who allegedly robbed a Peachtree Corners beauty store last week while wearing a white apron and bright blue pants. Terence Broady, 29, walked into Buddy Beauty Mart on Jimmy Carter Boulevard and asked an employee helping another customer for change for a dollar before allegedly reaching over the counter and snatching money out of the cash register, Gwinnett County police said in a news release. AJC.com previously reported that the suspect also allegedly stole a pickup truck in Chamblee about half an hour before the robbery. Chamblee police responded Tuesday to a stolen vehicle call at 1800 Century Parkway, a business complex, after the suspect allegedly climbed into the passenger side of a green Chevrolet Colorado and drove away, Chamblee police Sgt. Chris Newberry said. After robbing the beauty store, he allegedly fled in the truck, Newberry said. MORE: Apron-clad man allegedly steals pickup truck in DeKalb, robs Gwinnett beauty store Broady’s whereabouts are unknown, according to the release. Police ask anyone with information to contact the Crime Stoppers’ tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or submit information online at www.StopCrimeATL.com. In other news: 
  • A Walmart employee was arrested after authorities said they found a dozen stolen Apple TVs in his car during a traffic stop, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Jordan Auterious Hardy, 24, is in the Coweta County Jail after the incident, records show. Hardy was a stocker at a Walmart store in Montgomery, Ala., Coweta sheriff’s spokesman Col. James Yarbrough told Channel 2. Yarbrough said Hardy was still wearing his Walmart vest when a Coweta deputy pulled him over on I-85 Thursday. The deputy initially stopped the car after he saw it traveling without headlights on, Yarbrough said. The deputy pulled the car over and spoke to the driver and Hardy, who was a passenger.  The driver reportedly told the deputy that he and Hardy were on their way home to Montgomery after visiting Atlanta. A Grantville police officer arrived and spoke with Hardy, Yarbrough said. Hardy told the officer he had a warrant out for violation of probation in Coweta County, according to the sheriff’s office.  Law enforcement found a magnet used to remove store security tags in Hardy’s pocket, Yarbrough said. During a search of the car, investigators found 12 Apple TV 4K modules, new clothes with tags and other items in their original packaging.  Hardy reportedly said the items were stolen and didn’t belong to him. He didn’t elaborate, according to Yarbrough.  Hardy was taken to the county jail on a probation violation charge. The driver was released with Hardy’s vehicle. Investigators are still trying to determine where the Apple TVs came from, Yarbrough said.  In other news: