News Briefs: Police need help identifying abandoned youth; city single-use plastic; party house banned

Investigators with the Atlanta Police Department’s Special Victims Unit are asking for assistance identifying a young man who was dropped off at Grady Hospital late in the evening on Dec, 4. Investigators would also like assistance identifying the female who left him there. The two were seen walking around inside Grady Hospital, but they never checked in or registered with hospital staff. Just before midnight, hospital staff located the male alone outside the hospital. The young man had no identification and appeared malnourished. Attempts were made to communicate with him, but he did not respond to verbal or written communication and it appears as though he has a diminished mental capacity and may have Down Syndrome. Surveillance footage was located, showing the female getting into a red minivan and leaving without the young man. At this time, the young man is being cared for at Grady Hospital and is in the custody of Georgia’s Division of Family and Child Services. Anyone with information is asked to call APD’s Special Victims Unit at (404) 546-4260. (UPDATE: The youth has been identified and his mother arrested. Read more at this link.) 

The Atlanta City Council has approved legislation prohibiting the city or its contractors from purchasing, acquiring, or making available to the public non-compostable, single-use serviceware, such as plastic bags, polystyrene (i.e., Styrofoam), and plastic straws. The ban applies to all city buildings, including the concourses and terminals at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. If Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signs the bill, it will go into effect December 2020.

A court has ordered a permanent ban on commercial parties and similar events at a controversial Buckhead mansion, according to Atlanta City Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit’s office. The 4499 Garmon Road mansion has been the scene of controversial events that have drawn many city citations, according to Reporter Newspapers.  The Dec. 9 ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kevin Farmer makes permanent an earlier 30-day restraining order imposed at the request of the City of Atlanta, which is working on legislation to crack down on “party houses.”

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