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Best Local Troublemaker: Carl Roland

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Forty-one-year-old CARL ROLAND performed a Flying Wallenda act last May, when he sat atop a 25-story crane in Buckhead for 57 hours to avoid an arrest on murder charges. The scene on the ground was almost as entertaining as Roland’s derring-do in the sky. There was the bystander who played Van Halen’s “Jump” from his boom box. Then, there was Roland’s sister, Tawana, whom the AJC reported as screaming skyward: “Sugarfoot, it’s your baby sister, please come down!” Of course, the entertainment had its limits. Business in Buckhead took a hit, and before officers finally Tasered him, police spent 5,000 man-hours trying to make sure Roland’s stunt ended peacefully.

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