Fayette County

The moment of truth in a Taser demonstration

The moment of truth in a Taser demonstration

Officer Gabriel Gilley reacts to a Taser charge as fellow officers help break his fall during a demonstration of the non-lethal means police have available to use to halt a combative person. Photos/John Munford.

Officer down . . . but after the shock, he’s OK

Officer down . . . but after the shock, he’s OK

Participants in the Peachtree City Junior Police Academy saw a rookie officer get the shock of his life Wednesday as the city’s Taser weapon was demonstrated. Officer Gabriel Gilley, above, said afterwards that the five-second jolt was very painful, but that he had no after-effects once it was over. Lt. John Jenkins, at left, shows the students where the gun’s probes entered Gilley’s back. The next photo shows the effect of the high voltage. Photos/John Munford.

Getting ‘tired’ at football camp

Getting ‘tired’ at football camp

Over a hundred area kids and teens gathered at the Starr’s Mill football complex for the annual Starr’s Mill football camp. Coaches and former players guided the campers through a variety of drills each morning. These campers lifted the tires on their way to hitting the tackling dummies. For more pictures, see the gallery here. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Anna Elizabeth Van Horn, 9, of Peachtree City

Anna Elizabeth Van Horn, 9, of Peachtree City, GA was involved in a tragic accident on June 3, 2011 that sent her to Heaven.

Anna was a very beautiful, outgoing and intelligent girl with an “old soul.” She loved animals, art, music, and to ride horses. Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi are among her favorite musicians. She adopted Phoenix, a right whale from the New England Aquarium. Anna was taking guitar lessons and preparing to audition for chorus. She loved the environment and participated in the “Green Team” at Braelinn Elementary School in Peachtree City. Read More»

PTC to reuse Kedron pool bubble?

Staff says cost likely to increase significantly for new one

A new “bubble” for the Kedron pools likely won’t be pursued this year after all.

Peachtree City recreation staff, in a memo to council, is suggesting that the city use its existing bubble another year in lieu of purchasing a new system. Council is expected to make a decision at its June 16 meeting.

Much of that suggestion is driven by facts the city doesn’t have yet, as there are still questions about whether the current bubble anchoring system is sufficient to be used for a new bubble. Read More»

5 arrested on gang charges in PTC

'Savage Life' suspects also charged in 2 robberies

Peachtree City police have arrested three adults and two juveniles in connection with alleged gang activity and two separate robberies in the city.

The suspects are associated with a local gang called “Savage Life,” police said.

In a May 31 robbery, suspects forcibly removed a woman’s purse May 31 and Read More»

4 arrested in Fayetteville Walmart theft

Four Decatur residents who stole a bank bag from the Fayetteville Walmart today have been arrested by police, officials said.

The incident happened late Thursday morning as two black men entered the store, with one serving as a lookout whlie the other took a bank bag from the customer service area at the front of the store, police said.

A manager saw the theft and watched the men leave the store in a Chevy truck, which allowed him to give the vehicle description and license plate to 911 operators. Read More»

Mrs. Lorraine Marie Marciano, 84, of Peachtree City

Mrs. Lorraine Marie Marciano, 84, of Peachtree City, passed away on June 8, 2011.

Mrs. Marciano is survived by her son, Stephen Marciano and his wife Eileen; daughter Joan Schloegel and her husband George; son Joseph Marciano and his wife Deborah; eleven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville – www.mowellfuneralhome.com

Randolph H. Crider, 84, of Peachtree City

After a brief illness, Randolph H. Crider, 84, of Peachtree City, Georgia died peacefully Tuesday, June 7, 2011, with family by his side.

He was born in St. Matthews, SC on December 14, 1926. Randy joined the Navy and was stationed in Maine as a 3rd Class Yeoman during WWII. He attended the University of SC and retired in 1990 from Burroughs/Unisys after 42 years of service. Randy was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fayetteville and a charter member of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey expects tough immigrant law to survive court review

A lawsuit has been filed in hopes of nullifying the recent sweeping immigration reform law passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed last month by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The suit was filed in federal court on behalf of a handful of civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, the Service Employees International Union and others. Read More»