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Fayette’s 8th-graders score among best in Ga. CRCT

Fayette County eighth grade students scored among the best in the state in the recent Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). The test will be replaced with the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System in the 2014-2015 school year.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said compared to other system scores released by the Ga. Department of Education, Fayette’s elementary and middle school students in grades 3-8 posted high pass rate percentages for meeting or exceeding standards in all subject areas tested. Read More»

Boy, 10, rescued from PTC pool bottom is now at home

A 10-year-old boy rescued from drowning at a Peachtree City birthday pool party Saturday has been released from the hospital, The Citizen has learned.

The child had sunk to the bottom of the pool before adults dove in, pulled him to the surface and began CPR while paramedics were summoned, according to Peachtree City fire officials.

Peachtree City EMS Chief Kevin Baggett said CPR, also known as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, was one of the key links in saving the boy’s life. Read More»

Cops allege teen fled DUI crash with help from grandmother; both charged

Suspect was on bond for April traffic run-in

A young Fayetteville man remained in jail Tuesday, accused of fleeing the scene of a suspected DUI crash that seriously injured two passengers in his vehicle June 22.

Hunter Ross Cooper, 18, of Fayetteville faces multiple charges for fleeing the Buckeye Road crash scene on foot and his grandmother, George Ann Brown, 69, of Fayetteville is accused of abetting his getaway by picking him up following the crash. Read More»

F’ville pilot survives Falcon Field crash

Rescuers keep spilling fuel from igniting. The photo was taken by Dr. John Giovanelli, a Peachtree City chiropractor who was playing a round of golf on the nearby Planterra Ridge golf course.

UPDATED for print Wednesday, July 2 — A single-engine Piper Lightsport flown by Fayetteville resident John Ritchey crashed on takeoff around 9:20 a.m. June 29 on a paved roadway between Falcon Field and Lake McIntosh in Peachtree City.
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Fayette County arrests report — June 17–23

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the period indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, June 17 - Monday, June 23

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Dewayne P. Balka, born in 1980, of Centerra Drive, Hampton, for revoked or suspended license.

Nikohlas R. Chavis, born in 1993, of Meadow Court, Fairburn, for wanted person. Read More»

Sheriff: Motorcyclist killed in Sat. crash

A Jonesboro motorcyclist was killed Saturday night when his vehicle was struck by a passenger car at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Flat Creek Trail, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

Alex Strickland, 37, died after his motorcycle struck the driver’s side of a 2001 Toyota Corolla at 10:30 p.m., Babb said. The Corolla driver, identified as Zahra Rupani of Fayetteville, was not injured. Read More»

Boy rescued from drowning in PTC pool

Rescuers rush the 10-year-old victim to a medevac helicopter. Photo/Peachtree City Police Department.

UPDATED 8:06 p.m. June 29 — A 10-year-old boy nearly drowned during a pool party Saturday in Peachtree City, but was rescued by adults who performed lifesaving CPR, according to the Peachtree City Police Department.

The boy was hospitalized overnight and released from the hospital Sunday, according to a next-door neighbor's posting on the police department's Facebook page. Read More»

Senoia nabs identity thief

Senoia police investigators responding to an incident involving debit card information stolen from a Senoia victim arrested a Stone Mountain man who admitted using stolen information from multiple victims to open debit and credit card accounts.

Kwame Gordon, 34, was charged on June 17 with one count of identity theft, said Senoia Inv. Jason Ercole, adding that additional charges and arrests are expected. Read More»

PTC police urge designated drivers for holiday

The Fourth of July is a favorite American holiday filled with fun, food, fireworks, friends and family. But celebrating can quickly turn to tragedy when people choose to drive after drinking, so the Peachtree City Police Department is urging everyone to plan ahead this Independence Day — designate a sober driver ahead of time.

“The Fourth of July festivities can be so much fun,” said police Lt. Matt Myers. “People make plans for the partying, but too many drivers don’t plan ahead to get home safely.” Read More»

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