Crime

Fayette County arrests report — Jan. 14 – 20

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. 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, Jan. 14 - Monday, Jan. 20

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Mark K. Engel, born in 1968, of Dunlap Circle, Griffin, for aggravated stalking.

Anthon T. Grimball, born in 1986, of Little Creek Drive, Fayetteville, for revoked or suspended license.
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F'ville man charged with rape, aggravated sodomy

A Fayetteville man has been charged with rape and aggravated sodomy in a Jan. 20 incident involving a 19-year-old Riverdale woman.

Herminio Gutierrez, 21, of Booker Avenue, was charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, making terroristic threats and acts and misdemeanor battery, according to Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said the incident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 20 after Gutierrez and the woman returned from a date in Atlanta and went to his residence.

“He became sexually aggressive and she rebuffed him,” Whitlow said. Read More»

Shaken baby suspect goes free

DA drops murder charge in shaken baby case; dad, 21, avoids prison time after prosecutor admits evidence made case unwinnable

By JOHN MUNFORD — Jamal Rashad Thomas walked away from the Fayette County Justice Center a free man Tuesday morning after prosecutors dropped murder charges against him for allegedly shaking his 9-week-old son to death in February 2012. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report – Jan. 7 – 13

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. 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, Jan. 7 - Monday, Jan. 13

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Chelsea M. Clark, born in 1982, of Shannon Parkway, Union City, for bench warrant.

Shawn L. Harris, born in 1971, of Tillman Street, Columbus, for burglary.
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Jan. 8 wreck brings drug arrest

Fayette Sheriff's Department photo shows part of the contraband seized in the arrest.

A Jan. 8 traffic collision in north Fayette County resulted in more than injuries to one of the motorists involved. Officers at the scene found a quantity of Xanax and more than four pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

Sheriff Barry Babb said 20-year-old Fayetteville resident Michael Lamar Clark was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of Xanax with intent to distribute. Xanax is a brand of anti-anxiety prescription medicine. Read More»

Coweta wrecker man charged with shooting mechanic in foot

A Coweta County man has been charged with aggravated assault after shooting a man in the ankle in a dispute over a car repair.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said 47-year-old David Sharp was charged with aggravated assault in the Jan. 12 incident.

The incident occurred after Sharp, a tow truck driver, met with a car mechanic at a business located on Ga. Highway 85 North. The mechanic was the individual who would be working on the vehicle, Babb added. Read More»

Deputies charge Fayette man with multiple felonies in spat with wife

A Fayette County man faces multiple charges stemming from a Jan. 9 domestic incident and the burglary of a nearby residence.

Nicholas Manley, 26, of Deer Forest Trail in east Fayette County, was charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery, terroristic acts and threats, two counts of burglary, criminal trespass and cruelty to children, according to arrest records. Read More»

Trial begins in ‘shaken baby’ murder

Defense attorneys say injuries don't match and father did not shake his son

Defense attorneys for a man accused of shaking his baby to death told a jury yesterday that his infant son’s injuries do not match those from any typical “shaken baby” death.

Attorneys for Jamal Rashad Thomas, 21, said Tuesday that the evidence will show a lack of several specific injuries common to “shaken baby” deaths and the location of the infant’s actual injuries does not correlate with a shaken baby diagnosis. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Dec. 31 – Jan. 6

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. 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, Dec. 31 - Monday, Jan. 6

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Laura Becerra-Lopez, born in 1976, of Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, for defective or no headlight and driving without valid license.
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Fla. man arrested in PTC molestation case

Fla. man arrested in PTC molestation case

A Florida man was arrested by Peachtree City police on Jan. 12 on charges of child molestation and numerous other offenses involving a 13-year-old girl. Read More»

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