The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on April 17, 2004 · E3
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##MAIN0417-A-E M@3 -Composite Proof 4/16/04 0:00 0:00 F EVERY THURSDAY TO SUBSCRIBE: 404-522-4141 OR ajcdelivers.com By MIKE MORRIS and TASGOLA KARLA BRUNER mmorris@ajc.com, tbruner@ajc.com Forsyth County authorities continued searching Friday for a woman who disappeared under suspicious circumstances on Thursday. Patrice Tamber Endres, 38, was reported missing by her co-workers after they could not find her at the Tamber’s Trim and Tan in Cumming, where she had been at work all morning. Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said the door to the shop was left unlocked, and the lights were on. Sheriff Ted Paxton said money had been removed from the cash register, which was standing open when officers arrived. He said the woman’s purse had been opened and “gone through,” and her wallet removed. Investigators say they suspect foul play is behind the woman’s disappearance from her tanning salon between 11:40 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday Huggins said police conducted a four-hour road check and interviewed motorists passing near the area where Endres disappeared. He said they also used the “reverse 911" system and sent prerecorded telephone messages to homes in the area. Following an overnight search, the ground search during the day Friday included abandoned houses, unpaved roads and empty barns, Huggins said. He said police have interviewed dozens of relatives, customers and neighbors of Endres, and while police have leads, they still are unsure what happened. The woman’s former husband, Don Black, described Endres as a ‘‘workaholic’’ and said the shop was her life. Endres is a 5-4 white woman, weighing 125 pounds with dark, shoulder-length hair with red highlights. She was last seen wearing a pink short sleeve shirt, green pants , pink shoes and a green jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 770-781-2222. JOHN SPINK / Staff Forsyth County Sheriff Major Gene Moss (left) and Chief Deputy J. Robert Hamrick speak during a news conference Friday about the disappearance of Patrice Tamber Endres from the Forsyth County tanning salon where she worked. Woman believed abducted Patrice Tamber Endres vanished Thursday, and authorities suspect robbery and abduction. By MARK BIXLER mbixler@ajc.com Police in DeKalb County arrested at least 35 people Friday in a sweep of high-crime pockets along Buford Highway, a corridor that is home to thousands of immigrants. Nearly 100 officers charged people suspected of crimes including robbery, home invasion and auto theft, said Lt. Dale Holmes of DeKalb’s police department. Undercover officers in black masks searched at least seven apartments for drugs, seizing marijuana and cocaine, while traffic cops conducted license-and-insurance checks. Authorities were out in force all day on the section of Buford Highway that runs from Atlanta to the Gwinnett County line, a stretch that was ground zero in metro Atlanta’s transformation in the last 20 years from a region long cast in black and white to a place where one in 10 people were born abroad, mainly in Latin America or Asia. Buford Highway has evolved into a bustling commercial center with hundreds of stores, restaurants and apartment buildings that cater to immigrants from countries such as Mexico, China and Vietnam. Chief Eddie Moody of the DeKalb police said the operation Friday was the latest of several sweeps in parts of DeKalb popular with criminals. “We’re trying to target some of our known problem areas,” he said. “We want to say to the community that we are aware of what’s happening.” Holmes said officers arrested people with outstanding warrants, including some who are gang members and others implicated in violent crimes. He said a small number of agents with the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement participated in the operation, which began around 10 a.m. and was scheduled to conclude after dark Friday night. Holmes said the Buford Highway corridor is one of several roadways in DeKalb known to police as a haven for drug traffickers, with others being along Memorial Drive, Candler Road and Wesley Chapel Road. By focusing on such neighborhoods, the police chief said, authorities hope to signal their awareness of illegal activity and their resolve to combat it. “We’re trying to send a message,” he said. “DeKalb County is not the place to commit crimes.” Police sweep Buford Highway Immigrant area’s lawbreakers targeted By DAVE HIRSCHMAN dhirschman@ajc.com St. Simons Island — During June’s G-8 summit, residents and visitors on Sea Island and St. Simons can expect traffic delays of up to one hour each time they cross the causeway to the mainland. In a 30-minute talk Friday to about 200 anxious residents of the Georgia coast, Secret Service special agent Dave Wilkinson told them to anticipate vehicle inspections, roadblocks and long waits before and during the June 8-10 meeting of world leaders. “There will be traffic congestion,” said Wilkinson, who heads the Secret Service’s Atlanta office. Wilkinson declined to say exactly when or where those tie-ups will take place to avoid tipping off potential lawbreakers. Officials are planning to close airports at St. Simons and Jekyll Island during the summit. Only airline and military flights will be allowed at Glynn County’s Golden Isles Airport. The U.S. Coast Guard and Georgia Department of Natural Resources will shut several marinas and block boats from coming closer than three miles offshore. All commercial vehicles driving to St. Simons will be searched. “We aren’t asking anyone to close businesses for reasons of security,” Wilkinson said. “The decision is totally up to you. We’re not closing anyone down.” Some businesses, however, said the security measures presented special obstacles. “I don’t think it’s going to be worth it for us to stay open,” said Velma Curtis, a St. Simons hairdresser who lives in Brunswick. “It normally takes me 30 minutes to drive here. But if there are long delays and fewer customers, it would be better to stay away and do something else.” Sport-fishing guides may be among the hardest hit. Wendell Harper, a guide at Two-Way Marina, said he had expected additional bookings during the summit, which coincides with the peak season for offshore fishing. But although the marina will remain open, boats will be blocked from going towards the sea. “It’s not a workable situation,” he said, “if I can’t get my customers to where the fish are going to be.” G-8 clampdown dreaded Doing business in area will be difficult RMAIN0417OE3FMAIN0417OE3 4 star 3E 3E RR RR *SCZ17OE003CY* *SCZ17OE003CY* *SCZ17OE003MA* *SCZ17OE003MA* *SCZ17OE003YE* *SCZ17OE003YE* *SCZ17OE003KB* *SCZ17OE003KB* BlueRedYellowBlack Blue RedYellowBlack E3 4 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Saturday, April 17, 2004

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