Mayor Kasim Reed gave his State of the City address on Wednesday, highlighting his accomplishments and pledging to do more to rein in repeat criminal offenders and make Atlanta a technological hub similar to Silicon Valley. “Four years ago, I pledged to make the City of Atlanta a safer, stronger, more prosperous city,” Reed said. “Despite the most difficult financial realities we have faced in generations, we worked through the hardships and have set Atlanta on a fundamentally different path. Today, the city is experiencing record lows in violent crime, attracting businesses and jobs for our residents, and maintaining a strong fiscal foundation.” Next week, Reed will lead a delegation of Atlanta’s tech leaders to Silicon Valley in an effort to attract investment for promising Atlanta start-ups.
DeKalb and Emory University police are now working together to investigate a string of sexual assaults possibly committed by the same suspect leading up the rape of a student on campus on Feb. 11. Police believe that three attempted sexual assaults near the campus might have been committed by the rape suspect, who is described as a white man in his mid-to-late 50s, 5’10 with a reddish or brown beard. Anyone with information should contact Emory Police at (404) 727-6111 or the DeKalb County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at (770) 724-7710.
A Fulton County Superior Court Judge ruled Wednesday night that Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize be locked in a safe deposit box while the court decides whether the late Civil Rights leader’s sons can sell the items. According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, King’s daughter, Bernice King, is trying to stop her brothers, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, from selling the items on the open market. Judge Robert McBurney said the King family could choose the bank where the historical items will be stored, but the court would hold the keys.
Charges were dropped against a motorist who struck struck and killed a man on the Downtown Connector Tuesday night, according to CBS Atlanta. The pedestrian was hit by several cars on I-75/85 near Williams Street, according to Atlanta police. Lee Watts, the driver who first struck the pedestrian, told police he did not see the victim until the last second and could not avoid striking him. Watts was originally arrested and charged with driving on an licensed expired and homicide by vehicle in the 2nd degree, but the charges have now been dropped and the investigation continues.
Morris Brown College wants to put most of its historic 35-acre Atlanta campus on the market, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The move comes after an attempt to reach an agreement between Morris Brown and Atlanta developer Pope & Land Enterprises Inc. appears to have fallen through. The campus is near is just west of the new Falcons stadium site at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Northside Drive, and the future of the campus will be at the center of discussions about how the entire area is redeveloped.