Lights and Sirens

Newnan to residents: don’t feed stray/feral cats

It seems like such an innocent practice. But there is a lot more involved. Newnan’s stray and feral cat population continues to grow and the city is asking residents to refrain from feeding the furry animals that tend to congregate behind shopping centers. Those found feeding them could be subject to a citation.

“While it is understandable citizens have concern for these animals it does prohibit us from doing our job to trap and relocate these strays if citizens continue feeding them,” said Newnan Animal Warden Cyndi Hoffman. Read More»

Sheriff’s K-9 dog gets loose, bites Walmart worker

A Fayetteville Walmart employee was bitten by a Fayette Sheriff’s K-9 early Thursday morning after the vehicle housing the dog became unlocked in the parking lot.

The 57-second incident was caught on the store’s video and showed no one opening the door prior the dog exiting the vehicle. The “bail-out” system on the vehicle is being replaced after a subsequent call to the manufacturer identified problems with similar units. Read More»

Fire truck vs. auto in Tyrone; car driver injured

Fire truck vs. auto in Tyrone; car driver injured

Tyrone resident Coleman Taylor, 17, was traveling on Tyrone Road near Ga. Highway 74 Monday morning and was preparing to turn right into a business parking lot when he made an abrupt U-turn and was hit by the Fayette County fire truck that was behind his vehicle. Coleman was transported to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and was later charged with making an improper U-turn, according to Maj. Bryan Woodie with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Photo/John Munford.

Tyrone golf cart mishap injures 12-year-old girl

Aftermath of Tyrone golf cart accident. Photo/Special.

A 12-year-old Tyrone girl was injured May 26 when the golf cart she was riding in overturned. The driver of the golf cart, also a 12-year-old girl, was uninjured. Though only suffering “road rash,” the injured girl was transported to Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta for treatment.

Tyrone Police Maj. Van Brock said the accident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. in the Chimney Springs subdivision when the driver of the golf cart lost control as it picked up speed while traveling on a downhill course. The golf cart was estimated to have been traveling at 15-20 miles per hour, Brock said. Read More»

Speeding vehicle burns, Tyrone man seriously injured

A Tyrone man was seriously injured Tuesday night in a single-car accident after his vehicle left the roadway on Ga. Highway 74 North and burst into flames. The injured man was air-lifted to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Fayette County Sheriff's Office Maj. Bryan Woodie said the office’s Traffic Enforcement Section is investigating the single-vehicle traffic crash which resulted in serious injuries to the driver. The crash occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on May 29 on Hwy. 74 near the Fulton County Line in unincorporated Fayette County. Read More»

PTC woman, 42, seriously hurt by DUI golf cart driver after The Fred concert

A Peachtree City woman required surgery for a double fracture to her leg after being struck and dragged by a Peachtree City man on a golf cart who was cited for DUI (alcohol) following a May 26 concert at the Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater.

William Helm, 57, of Peachtree City, was charged by Peachtree City Police with DUI (alcohol) in connection with striking a 48-year-old Peachtree City woman as she was walking with her husband on the cart path following the concert. Read More»

Memorial Day weekend fireworks from PTC golf cart

Gas golf cart in full eruption Saturday evening at Huddlesston Pond in Peachtree City. Photo/William J. Courtney.

No injuries as gas cart bursts into flames Saturday at Huddleston Pond

Four people escaped injury Saturday afternoon at Peachtree City’s Huddleston Pond when their gas-powered golf cart began producing white smoke and then burst into a spectacular fire, caught by two photographers who described the scene.

Gary Erlichman: “I sit and read near the gazebo just about every day with my pup and on May 25 at 5:50 p.m. (or so my smart phone tells me) a golf cart stopped right in front of me.
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Fayetteville Council recognizes ‘Officer of the Year’ nominees

Fayetteville Council recognizes ‘Officer of the Year’ nominees

Fayetteville Police Officer Keith Jojola (at left center) and Officer Jimmy Foster were joined by the Fayetteville City Council, Chief Steve Heaton and City Manager Joe Morton on May 17 and were recognized for being nominated for “Officer of the Year” at the recent District Attorney’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet. Jojola was a finalist for the award and Lt. Debbie Chambers, not pictured, received the Community Service Award and was nominated for Officer of the Year. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Art for an emergency

Art for an emergency

These graphic arts students at McIntosh High School were chosen for the winning design for the Community Emergency Response Team Trailer, which carriers a host of rescue equipment at the ready for any potential disaster. The project gave the students a real-world application to their studies and the design will be the new face of the CERT trailers for years to come. From left to right are Capt. Stan Pye, Christian Thom, Jessica Martinez, Lauren Bozone, Duncan Emory, Arline Cuebas. Photo/Special.

PTC’s CERT group gets some practice

PTC’s CERT group gets some practice

Peachtree City’s Community Emergency Response Team recently participated in a multi-jurisdictional response exercise at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sandy Springs. The exercise was designed to test the inter-operability of CERT with other metro Atlanta programs. CERT training prepares individuals to help themselves, their family and their neighbors in the event of a disaster. Peachtree City’s CERT team is organized by Police Capt. Stan Pye. Photo/Special.