Crime

Fayette County arrest reports — Oct. 1–14

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

Tuesday, Oct. 1 - Monday, Oct. 14

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Michael L. Barnes, born in 1961, of Ga. Highway 81, McDonough, for entering auto.

Kathern L. Cox, born in 1986, of Bridge Road, Douglasville, for revoked or suspended license.

Amber N. Dill, born in 1991, of Garden Lake Drive, Riverdale, for no driver’s license. Read More»

China Cafe robbery suspect shoots himself before capture

Leandro Bernard Johnson

Faced with a potential murder charge for participating in the Oct. 11 armed robbery and shootout at the China Cafe in Fayetteville, Leandro Bernard Johnson, 27, surely knew his days as a free man were over.

Instead of surrendering to a group of armed marshals Tuesday morning, Johnson ended his own life with a single gunshot wound to the head, officials said.

His lifeless body, a handgun laying beside it, was found in the closet of a relative’s apartment in Covington, according to U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force Supervisor Jim Joyner. Read More»

Burglaries on sharp rise in north Fayette

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a number of burglaries that occurred in north Fayette during October.

“In the month of October, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has responded to several burglaries in the northern half of Fayette County. A total of 14 burglaries have been reported and are being investigated by sheriff’s detectives,” said Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said the burglaries have been occurring during the daylight hours and mostly on weekdays when people are away at work. Read More»

2 Fayette fugitives arrested by Panama City Beach officers

A man and woman wanted in Fayette County were arrested in Panama City Beach Oct. 8 after investigators with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office alerted Panama City Beach detectives.

Ashley Baxley, 26, of College Park, and Joshua Christmas, 27, of College Park, were wanted on warrants out of Fayette County for theft by taking, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

Investigators in Fayette County obtained warrants for Christmas and Baxley in connection with a motorcycle stolen in north Fayette County on Aug. 29, Babb said. The motorcycle was subsequently recovered, Babb added. Read More»

Man jailed; woman, 82, in critical condition after being beaten with pliers

Robert Scott Kelly. Mug shot provided by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

An 82-year-old relative of Fayetteville resident Robert Scott Kelly is still in critical condition at Grady Hospital after allegedly being beaten by Kelly with a pair of pliers last week. Another relative and a family friend were also beaten a short time before Kelly was arrested on Ga. Highway 54 on the city’s west side, police said.

Kelly, 40, was charged with two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated battery and felony criminal damage, said Sheriff Barry Babb. Read More»

Shootout at China Cafe: 1 dead, 1 critically injured

Leandro Bernard Johnson. Mug shot from Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

Shooter Leandro Bernard Johnson on the run; cops find body of second armed robber Alonzo Starks Read More»

1 restaurant gunman found dead; other at-large

These three men are suspected of participating in the armed robbery of the China Cafe restaurant on Friday, Oct. 11. From left are Alvin James Scott, 26, of Jonesboro; Alonzo Starks, 25, of Morrow and Leandro Bernard Johnson, 27, who remains at large. Scott has been arrested and Starks was found dead in an abandoned house in Morrow. Photos courtesy Fayetteville Police Department.

Fayetteville police arrest getaway driver

Fayetteville police have recovered the body of a gunman who was shot when he and another armed man attempted to rob the China Cafe restaurant in Fayetteville late Friday night. Read More»

SCHS coach resigns following drug arrest

Sandy Creek High School teacher Andrew Parlagreco resigned last month after being charged in Cherokee County in July with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

A resident of Canton, Parlagreco was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a headlight violation in Cherokee County on July 21, according to media reports.

Parlagreco was intended to be the head boys soccer coach at Sandy Creek for the upcoming season that begins in January. Read More»

Fayetteville cops seek injured robbery suspect

Fayetteville cops seek injured robbery suspect

An armed gunman got more than he bargained for Friday night when he and another man attempted to rob the China Cafe restaurant in the 900 block of north Glynn St. Friday night, police said.

One of the men was shot in the head by an employee, and the uninjured assailant returned fire, Read More»

Cyclist injured in PTC cart collision

A young golf cart driver has been cited for a crash that injured a cyclist on McIntosh Trail near Huddleston Elementary in Peachtree City Sunday afternoon, police said.

The driver, who was 15, was on the crosswalk and pulled into the path of the bike around 5:30 p.m., according to Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown.

The cyclist, identified as Amy Hill of Sharpsburg, was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. Read More»

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