Crime

Former deputy gets 5 years for viewing child porn at work

A former sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to five years in prison for looking up child pornography websites on his sheriff’s department computer, officials have said.

Harry “Butch” Parris, 69, will serve an additional 15 years on probation after completing his five-year prison term, according to Fayette County Assistant District Attorney Robert Smith. Parris entered a guilty plea in court Aug. 23. Read More»

Newnan dentist sentenced in drug case

U.S. Attorney Sally Qulliian Yates on Friday said Hugh Maddux, the former owner of a dental practice in Newnan, has been sentenced for drug distribution. Read More»

Sheriff Babb issues scam warning

Fayette County residents should be aware of a phone scam intended to extort money from unsuspecting victims, Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said Tuesday.

Babb said his office has recently received complaints about a scam to extort money by using the fictitious name of a sheriff’s office employee.

Babb said his office last week was made aware of three incidents, all involving victims with the last name “White” that were contacted by a man claiming to be Lt. Darrell Jenkins of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Read More»

Fayette deputies responding to more family violence complaints this year

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One Fayette County crime statistic jumps out: A lot more folks this year are calling 911 because of family violence or face-to-face disputes than last year.

In nearly all categories the number of calls relating to potential crimes remained relatively stable between the two reporting periods. The most pronounced exception was in the combined category dealing with domestic-family violence, arguments and various types of disputes between acquaintances or strangers. Read More»

Judge Edwards denies bond for man accused of beating 3 women

A local man accused of brutally beating three women including his wife Oct. 8 at a home on Sharon Court will remain in jail pending trial.

Robert Scott Kelly, 40, was denied bond Oct. 30 by Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards. Read More»

Fayette County arrest reports — Oct. 22-28

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

Tuesday, Oct. 22 - Monday, Oct. 28

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Juan B. Cruz-Cruz, born in 1982, of Lee Road, Opelika, Ala., for windshield and/or wiper violation, brake light/turn signal violation and driving without valid license.

Bobby W. Howell, Jr., born in 1986, of Nowell Drive, Fairburn, for probation/parole violation.

Dexter G. Lewis, born in 1972, of Jones Avenue, Albany, for bench warrant. Read More»

Judge sends PTC teen to prison on cart theft charges following new arrest for sex crime

A Peachtree City teenager was sent to prison for five years after his probation was revoked Wednesday based on an alleged sex crime involving a 14-year-old girl.

Joshua Phillip Mobley, 19, of Wisdom Road, has only been charged at this point with aggravated child molestation, but Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards ruled there was enough evidence to determine he had violated his conditions of probation from an incident last year involving a stolen golf cart. Read More»

Burglars strike 28 self-storage units

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office investigators want to locate the person or persons responsible for a break-in last week at a self-storage facility on North Glynn Street in Fayetteville where 28 storage units were entered.

Sheriff Barry Babb said the perpetrators forced entry into 28 storage units, of which four were unoccupied, and removed some of the contents.

“The crimes are classified as burglary in the 2nd degree as they are not designed for living, but the perpetrator entered each compartment and committed a theft therein,” Babb said. Read More»

Cops find China Cafe fatal robbery getaway car in Athens

The vehicle used in the Oct. 11 deadly armed robbery of the China Cafe in Fayetteville has been found at an apartment complex in Athens, 93 miles away. Fayetteville investigators processed the vehicle and found undisclosed evidence relating to the robbery.

Two of the robbers are now dead, while a cafe employee is being treated for a gunshot wound.

The incident at the China Cafe on North Glynn Street occurred at at approximately 11 p.m. on Oct. 11 when two men brandishing handguns entered the rear door of the restaurant and held three employees at gunpoint. Read More»

Sheriff Babb: Map sex offenders before kids’ trick or treat Thursday

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb wants residents to know where the county’s 34 active registered sex offenders live so parents can avoid those houses when kids are out for trick-or-treat activities this Halloween. Read More»

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