Lights and Sirens

Booth students partner with cops to prepare for the worst

It was a mock exercise meant to educate school staff, students and parents and to enhance the skills of law enforcement in responding to an actual school shooting scenario. When the exercise was completed, the post-active shooter exercise held Friday morning at Booth Middle School in Peachtree City accomplished its goals. Read More»

2 killed in early Sunday crash

Two men were killed early Sunday morning when a car ran off Marion Boulevard in south Fayette County, striking a tree before it came to a stop, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

The deceased were identified as Julius West, 32, of Atlanta and Martin Parris, 31, of Fayetteville, Babb said. Both were pronounced dead at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Babb said. A third occupant of the car was treated on the scene by paramedics, he added. Read More»

Biker still sore over crash with young PTC cart driver

Amy Hill in a photo taken before her mishap. Photo/Special.

A run-in with a golf cart in Peachtree City has halted a Sharpsburg woman’s bid to participate in an Ironman triathlon.

Amy Hill said she was going 26 mph on her bike heading westbound on McIntosh Trail in front of Huddleston Elementary School when a golf cart piloted by a juvenile driver struck her Oct. 6.

The crash sent Hill tumbling to the pavement, tangled in her bike. She ended up with a broken kneecap, several lacerations and a number of bruises, her chance at the Ironman event later this month dashed completely. An ambulance took her to Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Read More»

Gas leak shuts Dividend Drive for a few hours

Part of Dividend Drive was shut down between 8 a.m. and the early afternoon due to a gas leak caused when a construction crew struck a main line, fire officials said.

Atlanta Gas Light had to shut the valves off to the pipe so it could be repaired, said Peachtree City Fire Marshal David Williamson.

Although a number of people nearby smelled the mercaptan odorant that is added to the natural gas to help detect leaks, the mercaptan is not hazardous in nature and the methane gas itself is lighter than air so it basically rises up into the atmosphere, Williamson added.

‘If I press this, will it explode?’

‘If I press this, will it explode?’

Laiatea Fukofuka, 6, of Peachtree City got his hands on the controls for the robot operated by an agent of the Ga. Bureau of Investigation's Bomb Squad during part of the National Night Out festivities Tuesday night at Drake Field. The anti-crime initiative is designed to get communities on the same page to help fight against criminals. Photo/John Munford.

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Your car’s travels are being tagged

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb shows location of one tag recording device on a patrol car. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Officials see license plate recording as crime-fighting tool

Several local law enforcement agencies in Fayette County are using tag-reader cameras on some patrol units to assist in identifying stolen vehicles or the owners of those vehicles who are wanted in connection with various crimes.

While different systems are used in Fayette County, each agency said the data collected from the vast majority of moving or parked vehicles is not used and remains in storage until the data is deleted.
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Fayette OK's $1.8M deal for new fire station on Jenkins Rd.

Fayette OK's $1.8M deal for new fire station on Jenkins Rd.

At long last, Fayette County has approved a construction contract to build a new fire station for the Tyrone area that will be relocated near the Sandy Creek school complex on Jenkins Road at Ga. Highway 74.

A $1.8 million construction bid from Ward General Contractors was approved Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission. Read More»

Walking along road? Better follow the rules

In the wake of two pedestrian fatalities this year along county roadways, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will be ramping up enforcement in compliance with state law.

Sheriff Barry Babb said his office this year has responded to two separate pedestrian fatalities. Read More»

Accident on 'The Walking Dead' set lands zombie in hospital

Twenty-year-old Garrett Zane Orr, a “zombie” in the hit television show “The Walking Dead,” was visited at Atlanta Medical Center by actor Lauren Cohan after he sustained non-life-threatening injuries when struck by a vehicle on the set in Senoia on Sept. 6. Photo/ Special.

A Sept. 6 accident on the set of “The Walking Dead” being filmed in Senoia had a cast member airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. The injuries to 20-year-old “zombie” Garrett Zane Orr were not life-threatening and he was released from care on Monday.

A call to the Coweta County 911 center requested an ambulance after the accident. Orr was reportedly run over by a “military vehicle” on the set when the vehicle’s brakes did not function properly, according to news reports. The 2.5-ton vehicle was said to have run over Orr’s stomach and hip, reports said. Read More»

Suicide by firing range

Woman rents gun at store, then shoots herself

A Peachtree City woman walked into Atlanta Range and Ordnance shooting range in Newnan Sept. 6, rented a firearm and target lane, and — after making sure no other customers or store personnel were close by — shot herself to death.

The 48-year-old woman had a Wynnmeade Parkway address in Peachtree City.

Newnan Police reports said a call was dispatched at 1:18 p.m. in reference to a suicide by gunshot inside the business. Officers subsequently collected evidence indicating that the woman entered the business with the intention of using a firearm to commit suicide. Read More»