Crime

Appeals Court: Fayette judge wrong to preside over 4 trials involving his lawyer lover

Then-Chief Judge Paschal English in Fayette Superior Court. Photo/John Munford.

DA Ballard will appeal to Ga. Supreme Court, perhaps U.S. Supreme Court

Five defendants convicted of serious crimes in Fayette County deserve new trials because the presiding judge should have recused himself due to an extramarital affair he had with their defense attorney, the Georgia Court of Appeals has determined.

Fayette County’s district attorney strongly disagreed with the appeal court’s finding and vowed to appeal the ruling. Read More»

Victim reports ‘bank’ phone scam

There seems to be an endless number of scams designed to take a person’s money. Yet another scam, this time using a cell phone alert, has the caller pretending to be a bank notifying a customer that the credit card account has been frozen.

A Peachtree City woman last week contacted The Citizen to report that she received an alert on her cell phone notifying her that her Bank of America credit card account had been frozen. The message recommended that she call the number provided in the alert to take care of the problem. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Nov. 5–11

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

Tuesday, Nov. 5 - Monday, Nov. 11

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Alejandro F. Lopez, born in 1989, of Hill Pine Trail, Hampton, for probation/parole violation.
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Fayetteville cops searching for gunman who robbed CVS Friday

Fayetteville police released this photo of the suspected gunman who held up the CVS on north Glynn Street Friday morning. Anyone who knows this man is asked to call police at 770-461-4441.

Police: Assailant struck employee in head with gun

Fayetteville Police are looking for a gunman who robbed the CVS on north Glynn Street around 7:35 Friday morning, officials said.

The assailant, who got away on foot, was described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red trim, wearing jeans, a white sock hat and canvas tennis shoes, according to police Det. Mike Whitlow. He struck an employee in the head with a black handgun and demanded cash from the store safe, police said. The employee was treated at the scene by paramedics. Read More»

F’ville burglary suspect faces new charges

The 39-year-old Fayetteville resident charged two weeks ago with burglary and prowling is now facing new charges of theft and the potential for additional charges relating to other thefts in Fayetteville.

Nakia Johnson was previously arrested on burglary and prowling charges after a woman at a Rabbit’s Run residence awakened to find Johnson in her room, said Det. Mike Whitlow. The street is off North Jeff Davis Drive.

The woman was able to convince Johnson to leave her home, Whitlow said, adding that the woman’s parents were also in the home when Johnson entered the residence. Read More»

Sexting gets 2 Flat Rock Middle students arrested

Two Flat Rock Middle School students on Nov. 18 were charged in an incident involving sexting. Read More»

Sheriff Babb: Be careful while holiday shopping

Sheriff Babb: Be careful while holiday shopping

Christmas shopping time is nearly here and Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb has tips for the holiday season that pertain to shopping, burglaries and precautions for financial transactions.

When it comes to retail shopping, Babb said the most important thing for shoppers to do is to make sure there is nothing in view in their vehicle that would give a would-be thief a reason to target the vehicle.

“Don’t leave anything in view from the outside of the vehicle. Keep everything of value in the trunk or hidden from view. Don’t be a target,” Babb said. Read More»

Fayette County arrest reports — Oct. 29 – Nov. 11

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

Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Monday, Nov. 4

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Shadon D. Gay, born in 1977, of Sir William Court, Jonesboro, for DUI alcohol, reckless driving, speeding and less than an ounce of marijuana.

Lisa A. Hornsby, born in 1964, of Powder Creek Drive, Dallas, for probation/parole violation and crossing guard line with contraband. Read More»

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»

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