Crime

Law dog bites crime, gets barefoot burglar

Fayette sheriff’s detectives have arrested five Clayton County youths for burglarizing a home in the Hampstead Heath subdivision off Ga. Highway 314 North early Monday afternoon.

A witness alerted 911 to suspicious activity in the area and the first responding deputy was able to arrest one of the suspects in a turquoise Camaro at the subdivision’s entrance off Hwy. 314, said sheriff’s Det. Brian Lee. Another suspect fled the car on foot — barefoot — into the woods, Lee said. Read More»

$25,000 reward in postal robbery

The United States Postal Service is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two men who robbed a postal service contract truck driver at the Fayetteville Post Office Friday night.

U.S. Postal Inspectors are asking anyone who was at the post office between 6:30 and 7:30 to contact them at 1-877-876-2455. Witnesses may have unwittingly noticed something that could help with the case, said spokesperson Yulanda Burns.

“If they saw any suspicious activity, we really want them to call us,” Burns said. Read More»

State court employee charged in theft

Fayette County State Court Solicitor’s employee Sabrina Ann Miller has been charged with felony theft by taking of more than $3,800 in funds from her office at the Fayette County Justice Center. Additional charges could be forthcoming.

Miller between the dates of Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2009 is accused of stealing $3,836.48 in funds that were the property of Fayette County, according to court records filed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The funds taken by Miller represented a breach of her fiduciary obligation, records said. Read More»

Atlanta woman arrested for attempted theft at church

An Atlanta woman was arrested Saturday morning when a Fayette County patrol deputy caught her in the act of stealing an air conditioning unit at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Ga. Highway 314.

Aggie Catherine Miller, 37, was charged with criminal damage to property and possession of tools for the commission of a crime, said sheriffs spokesperson Brent Rowan.

Rowan said the patrol deputy caught Miller in the act. She was working with a second suspect when the deputy arrived, Rowan said. The second suspect was able to flee the scene, he said.

Cop quits after sex inquiry in F’ville

Long-time Fayetteville Police Lt. David Webb has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing that stemmed from a September allegation of the sexual assault of a woman alleged to have occurred a year earlier at her place of employment in Fayetteville.

Webb has resigned from the department, and two other officers have been disciplined for policy violations in connection with the case, Fayetteville Police Chief Steve Heaton said. Read More»

Victim: ‘Afraid for my life’

Armed robbery trial continues in F’ville

A Fayette man who was robbed at gunpoint off Layden Avenue and Kenwood Road Jan. 24, 2009 testified in court Monday that when the gunman pointed a pistol at his head, “I was afraid for my life.”

Joseph Gray, 19, testified that the gunman reached into his pockets and took his wallet, his cellphone and his keys. Read More»

Sheriffs charge 3 for phony checks

Fayette County Sheriff’s detectives have obtained arrest warrants for three people this month for passing phony checks at local businesses on three separate occasions.

Lequonza Allen, 33, of Elberton is charged with identity fraud for cashing a fraudulent check on Dec. 11 at Bank of America that belonged to a Fayette County resident.

Kiara Paige, 19, of Jonesboro is charged with identity fraud for cashing a fraudulent check on Dec. 17 at Bank of America that belonged to a Fayette County resident. Read More»

Cop Report 012710

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Monday, Jan. 26
Brandon Phillip Bambic, 18, of Cypress Street, Peachtree City, for possession of marijuana.
Brett Anthony Brockman, 20, of Mimosa Drive, Fayetteville, for possession of marijuana.
Mario Chavez-Cordero, 23, of Peachtree Station Circle, Peachtree City, for tail light violation and no license.
Damita Lashawn Davis, 30, of Fisher Road, Atlanta, for no license. Read More»

Whitewater teachers plead guilty in sex-for-hire sting

The former chorus director and the band director at Whitewater High School pled guilty last week in DeKalb County to pandering after they arranged a meeting at a hotel there with two prostitutes who were actually undercover police officers.

Douglas Dee, the former band director and Kelly Butler, the former choral director, were fined $1,000 each and sentenced to 12 months probation. Read More»

PTC cocaine airlift nets 2 pleas

An extensive undercover operation that discovered more than 380 pounds of cocaine being smuggled into Peachtree City’s Falcon Field Airport Aug. 29 has ended with two men pleading guilty in federal court.

Jorge Olivo, 24, of Roswell and Rene Perez, 32, of San Marcos, Texas pled guilty last week to conspiracy charges for possession of more than 380 pounds of cocaine that was flown here from Texas, according to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta. Read More»