Hugo Hesny
Hugo Hesny

A member of Justin Bieber’s security team was arrested after stealing a camera from a paparazzi photographer yesterday afternoon in Sandy Springs, according to a report from the Sandy Springs Police Department. Hugo Hesny, 32, is charged with felony entering auto after he broke into the car of photographer Jason Winslow, who was trying to take photos of Bieber while he was at the Sandy Springs Fun House on Roswell Road. After Hesny confronted Winslow at the game center, the photographer left and was followed by Hesny and a contracted limo driver (who was arrested, but not charged) in an Escalade. The Escalade stopped Winslow’s car in a nearby parking lot, which is when Hesny took the camera from the car. The Escalade then went to the home that Bieber is currently renting in Buckhead. Bieber was not involved in the incident.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has come out against a pair of bills moving through the Georgia Legislature designed to “preserve religious freedom,” but critics say are aimed at discriminating against gays and lesbians. Delta sent this letter to the state: “As a global values-based company, Delta Air Lines is proud of the diversity of its customers and employees, and is deeply concerned about proposed measures in several states, including Georgia and Arizona, that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. If passed into law, these proposals would cause significant harm to many people and will result in job losses. They would also violate Delta’s core values of mutual respect and dignity shared by our 80,000 employees worldwide and the 165 million customers we serve every year. Delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals.”

A plan for redeveloping Kirkwood’s historic Pratt-Pullman Yard cleared another hurdle on Tuesday. According to a report in Decaturish, Neighborhood Planning Unit – O, a zoning advisory board covering Kirkwood, voted 11-6 to write a letter of support for turning the historic property into town homes. It was not a vote on a final site plan for the property. The letter essentially says the NPU – O supports the general concept.

Nikolai’s Roof, the restaurant on top of the Hilton in Downtown, will reopen on Feb. 28 after a $1 million renovation. The new look is part of a move to make the restaurant more contemporary with a more “relaxed vibe” rather than the fine dining its been known for. Chef de cuisine Stephanie Alderete has created a new menu that includes a nod to Nikolai’s Roof’s longtime Russian influences and can be enjoyed a la carte or by requesting the three-, four- and six-course options starting at $55. Find out more at

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.