Snellville honors fallen police dog

SNELLVILLE — By way of resolution Monday, Snellville mayor Kelly Kautz and city council members honored Euro, a police dog that died on April 2. Euro began his service to the city at age two, and he served for seven years, until he retired in 2011 because of hip problems.

The police work dog was one of the first three to ever work in the city. He was critical to solving many crimes by detecting narcotics and weapons, and he was instrumental in aiding several searches.

Euro’s human partner, Officer Dennis Peters, was on hand Monday to receive a key to the city, presented to him by Kautz. The resolution, which passed unanimously, declared April 2 to be K-9 Euro Day, “from this day forward.”

Officer Nieddu honored

Snellville PD Officer Jennifer Nieddu was recognized Monday for her outstanding service to the city. Nieddu was named “Public Safety Person of the Year” by the Gwinnett County Chamber, for their annual Valor Awards. Police chief Roy Whitehead nominated her for the distinction.

Labyrinth a possibility in city’s future

Judy Leavell, representing Snellville’s Public Arts Commission, presented a new project idea to the mayor and council during Monday’s city council meeting. Leavell said that the Commission wants to install a labyrinth in the city, for those who may not be involved in organized sports, but would rather enjoy a quiet walk in the park.

According to Leavell, a labyrinth would be different from a maze; it would have no dead ends, but be a meditative tool for those who walk it. “They’re used in schools, churches, parks and at hospitals,” Leavell said, presenting examples of labyrinths at Gwinnett Tech and Gwinnett Medical Center for illustration.

“This will take a while,” Leavell said, adding that the Commission has already had preliminary talks with city manager Butch Sanders. “And Suwanee doesn’t have one.”

Police car/taxi cab coming to Snellville

City councilman Bobby Howard announced Monday that a combination police car/taxi cab will be a part of the city’s fleet as of June 1. The vehicle will be used to promote “Don’t Drink and Drive.” Residents can call the police station for a ride home if they have had alcohol to drink and do not want to risk driving.

“Believe it or not, this is still a problem,” Howard said. “I’ve been on ride-alongs with some of our officers, and there have been people asleep at the wheel” because of drunk driving.

Sponsors of the combination police car/taxi cab are Snellville Tourism and Trade, Walton EMC, Snellville Lions Club, Texas Roadhouse and Snellville Sunrise Rotary. “It’s funded for many years to come,” Howard said.