Crime

Fake vehicle emissions tests cost man 10 years in prison

A Jonesboro man will serve 10 years in prison for his part in a fraud scheme relating to phony emissions tests issued at a north Fayette County business.

DeAngelo Lacosta Smith, 39, of Goswell Drive, Jonesboro, entered a guilty plea to Fayette County Superior Court Judge Robert M. Crawford Monday morning, according to Fayette County Assistant District Attorney Robert W. Smith, Jr.

Beyond the 10-year prison sentence, DeAngelo Smith was fined $25,000 and will serve an additional 10 years on probation following his release from prison. Read More»

1 year later, unsolved Tyrone murder haunts deputies

Donna Denice Roberts

With scant evidence in Tyrone killing, detectives still hope for a break

If anybody deserved to be spared a deadly bullet, it was Donna Denice Roberts.

Known to everyone as Denice, she never, ever missed Sunday school at The Rock Baptist Church. She collected Barbie dolls, keeping them in their boxes in pristine condition. She loved horseback riding. She also suffered from cerebral palsy, a physical disability that necessitated her grandmother’s care for many years. Read More»

Fayette County arrest reports — July 23–29

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the time period indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be indicated below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, July 23 - Monday, July 29

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Rusty J. Cox, born in 1986, of Ga. Highway 81, Hampton, for probation/parole violation.

Teresa A. Jeffery, born in 1971, of 24th Avenue West, Cordele, for probation/parole violation. Read More»

2 arrested in Senoia for entering 15 autos

Two Senoia men are in custody after stealing belongings from 15 vehicles on July 29 in the Willow Dell subdivision near downtown Senoia.

Maj. Steve Tomlin said Bryan James Wilson, 23, and Adolfo Velez-Reyes, 24, were charged with multiple counts of entering auto, obstruction and loitering and prowling.

Tomlin said officers received a call at 4 a.m. about two suspicious men entering a vehicle in the subdivision. Upon arriving at the scene, one of the officers located the men traveling on foot and wearing black clothes and carrying a black duffel bag, Tomlin said. Read More»

Investigators searching for law enforcement impersonator

Investigators searching for law enforcement impersonator

Coweta County Sheriff’s investigators are attempting to locate a man who posed as a federal agent while visiting a Sharpsburg residence on July 31.

Sgt. Donnie Payne said a man identifying himself as Robert Sturgess, an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, visited a residence on the Tomahawk Drive area of Sharpsburg on July 31. Read More»

N. Fayette man charged with 3 counts of child molestation

A north Fayette County man was arrested July 26 on charges of child molestation.

Joseph Raymond Culpepper, 60, of Rivers Road, was charged with three counts of child molestation, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said deputies responded to Culpepper’s residence just after 10 p.m. after receiving a phone call from someone at the residence.

Culpepper was arrested based on witness accounts and the suspect’s own statements to law enforcement, Babb said. Read More»

Fayette County arrest reports — July 16 – July 22

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the time period indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be indicated below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, July 16 - Monday, July 22

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Roderick D. Ammons, born in 1992, of Whitfield Drive, Riverdale, for burglary.

Ryan Cooper, born in 1981, of Paces Walk, Peachtree City, for revoked or suspended license and simple assault. Read More»

Sexual battery charge leads to cleanup of infested home

The clean-up of a Chadwick Drive residence in Peachtree City was completed in mid-July after a long list of code violations including animal excrement and roach infestation were found. The discovery of the home’s condition was made when Peachtree City Police conducted a search of the premises in May in connection to evidence relating to a sexual battery charge against My House restaurant owner Michael Joe Ray.

Ray was contacted by The Citizen on Monday for comments, but had not responded by press time on Tuesday. Read More»

Fayette County arrest reports — July 9–15

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the time period indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be indicated below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, July 9 - Monday, July 15

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Rashad J. Barresi, born in 1986, of Windward Court, Jonesboro, for contempt of Superior Court.

Jennae M. Drane, born in 1968, of Bethsaida Road, Riverdale, for probation/parole violation. Read More»

Shoplifters strike PTC cop with car, arrested after fleeing scene

A vehicle with two Atlanta residents who stole approximately $700 worth of merchandise from the Walmart store off Ga. Highway 54 in Peachtree City on July 15 struck a Peachtree City police officer in the store’s parking lot as he and other officers were closing in. Read More»