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Home a total loss in March 14 fire

Home a total loss in March 14 fire

A late morning house fire on March 14 at 210 Hilo Road south of Fayetteville was a complete loss. Bob Arnold, who lives next door, was in the house with a Comcast service staff who noticed the fire in the basement and escorted Arnold out of the house. The fire was worked by multiple units from Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services and the Fayetteville Fire Dept. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Gas leak shuts entrance to PTC Walmart, Home Depot

A gas leak that sprung just after 11 a.m. today is ongoing, resulting in the closure of the entrance road to the Peachtree City Walmart and Home Depot, fire officials said.

It could be 7 p.m. or later before the gas leak can be repaired, according to estimates communicated by Atlanta Gas Light, city fire officials said.

The nearby Chase bank decided to close because of the gas leak, attributed to a break in a two-inch service line, officials said.

3 women beat up, rob Decatur man

A Decatur man who travelled to Fayette County on Feb.19 to meet women he met on the Internet got a bit more than he bargained for. After driving the three 18-year-old Fayetteville women to a sparsely populated area of south Fayette County at their request, the man was beaten, robbed, threatened with a knife and had his car stolen.

Brianna Gibson, Keanna Gibson and Allawni Ford were charged with two counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, hijacking a motor vehicle, and kidnapping, said Sheriff Barry Babb. Keanna Gibson and Brianna Gibson are sisters, Babb said. Read More»

Medical device maker brings 120 new jobs to PTC plant

The 120 new jobs coming to pharmaceutical packaging manufacturer Gerresheimer’s Peachtree City location next year will include executive, administrative, supervisory and production positions, the company has said.

The Citizen first reported on the expansion last March.

The expansion was formally announced Monday by Gov. Nathan Deal, who noted that the German-based company would invest millions into the 60,000 sq. ft. expansion later this year. Read More»

Mailbox theft suspects chased from Tyrone to Coweta

What began March 7 as a report of stealing mail in Tyrone quickly led to a pursuit by Peachtree City Police that continued into Coweta County where Coweta deputies clocked the vehicle at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The vehicle was disabled by Coweta deputies on Interstate 85 and the two Atlanta residents in the vehicle were taken to the Fayette County Jail.

Shawntay S. Simmons, 26, was charged with financial identity fraud, fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, speeding and obedience to a traffic control device, according to Fayette County Jail records. Read More»

Piedmont Fayette Hospital ground zero for shooter drill

Ambulances along with a host of emergency response units from around Fayette County participated March 8 in an emergency preparedness mock scenario at Piedmont Fayette Hospital that involved an active shooter with hostages. Photo/Special.

An emergency preparedness drill held on March 8 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital was executed to help emergency responders prepare for the absolute worst. In a mock scenario of a gunman in the hospital holding 30 hostages, county and municipal emergency personnel worked with Piedmont Fayette Hospital staff to lock down the hospital and protect patients and the facility itself.

The drill ended with the fictitious death of one gunman and the capture of the other two. A fake bomb blast also was included in the event. Read More»

2 national groups seek judge’s ouster for overturning rape verdict

Two representatives of national Down syndrome organizations are urging the removal of a judge who overturned a guilty verdict in a 2012 rape case involving a Fayetteville victim who suffers from the genetic condition, which is tied to cognitive delays. (See Letters here and here.) Read More»

Fayette schools pilot digital media career pathway

Toon Boom trainer Marie-Eve Chartrand flew in from the company’s headquarters in Montreal, Canada for two days of training on Storyboard Pro software. She is seen helping Dr. Tom Lewis of Whitewater High (R) as fellow teachers from Whitewater High, Dennis Bergeron and Renee Waters (L), work on their projects. Photo/Special.

The Fayette County School System is developing a pilot program designed to create a career pathway in digital media. The March 4 announcement was made at Sandy Creek High School as representatives from Canadian animation software company Toon Boom gave teachers from two of the county’s high schools and two middle schools a hands-on look at the technology. Read More»

No black candidate for BoE in new minority district

6 in race for 2 BOE seats; McCarty and Brown face commission opposition

Adjusting to district voting is proving to be a challenge for both political parties in Fayette County. Read More»

Arrest made in N. Fayette hit-and-run case

Sheriff: Son ran for help after mom was struck by vehicle

A 64-year-old Fayetteville resident has been arrested for driving off after her vehicle struck a woman walking her son to the bus stop in north Fayette County Tuesday morning, sheriff’s officials said.

Verolyn Kennebrew was charged today with felony hit and run and also failure to maintain lane, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

The victim and her son were walking to the bus stop in the Princeton Chase subdivision off Ga. Highway 314 when the incident happened around 6:50 a.m., Babb said. Read More»