Crime

Historical petroglyph stolen from Line Creek Nature Area

Petroglyph from Line Creek Nature Center in Peachtree City. Photo/Special.

Somebody stole a rock in Peachtree City recently, and local conservationists want it back.

Not just any rock, but a 250-pound-plus boulder with a carved pictograph on its face thought to have been inscribed by an ancient artist, perhaps before Europeans arrived on the American continent.

Southern Conservation Trust Executive Director Pam Young describes the loss: Read More»

In carjacking case, 2 of 4 suspects granted bond

Two of four juveniles arrested in the July 6 carjacking incident at the Peachtree City Walmart are being held without bond, while two others have had a bond set at $75,000.

Zavaire Baitley, 16 of Country Club Drive in Atlanta and Michael Long, 14, of Lower Dixie Road in Union City will remain in a juvenile detention facility until trial after they were denied bond by Fayette County Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson. In court Thursday, Hankinson granted a $75,000 bond for Demetrious Watson, 16, of Shaggy Hickory Trail, Palmetto and Nathan Gullatte, 16, of Phipps Road, Palmetto. Read More»

Cops: PTC man pushed mom from moving car

A Peachtree City man has been arrested in connection to an Aug. 4 incident where officers reported that he pushed his mother out of a moving vehicle then stole the vehicle and fled the area.

Andrew William Deen, 28, of Gelding Garth, was charged Aug. 5 with theft, auto theft and aggravated assault-family violence, according to police reports.

Police records indicate that an officer responded to the Gelding Garth residence on a domestic disturbance call. The officer was told by Deen’s mother that he forcefully took her vehicle and her purse without permission. Read More»

Numerous guns, ammo stolen from Fayetteville gun store

A burglary discovered mid-morning on Thursday at Coe Firearms in Fayetteville resulted in the theft of an undetermined number of weapons and ammunition.

The gun store on Howard Lane at Ga. Highway 54 is located upstairs from the law office of Philip Coe, who said he arrived at 9:50 a.m. and found the downstairs alarm still set, according police spokesman Steve Crawshaw.

Crawshaw said gun store owner Allen Coe told officers he arrived and went upstairs to find gun cases open with an undetermined number of handguns, rifles and shotguns and boxes of ammunition missing. Read More»

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»