Crime

Possible meth-making trash removed from Hip Pocket roadway Sun.

A not-so-simple 2 liter bottle found by a woman on Hip Pocket Road late Sunday morning led to a hazardous material team collecting the bottle and other ingredients found in the street that may have been used to produce methamphetamine drugs, Peachtree City police said.

The woman found the trash on the northern section of the road inside a bag at about 11:20 a.m., police said. After picking it up, she noticed a suspicious substance inside the bottle and called 911, police said. Read More»

Jimenez murder verdict upheld by Ga. Supreme Court

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Fayette man who stabbed his wife to death in front of the couple’s three young sons Jan. 20, 2012 outside their north Fayette home.

Attorneys for Jesus Ojeda Jimenez filed the appeal, contending that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support the jury’s guilty verdict. Jimenez also argued that a judge should have granted his request for a new trial, but the Supreme Court noted in its opinion that a judge reviewed the trial transcript and determined the new trial motion had no merit. Read More»

F’ville man, 21, charged with rape, sodomy of Riverdale woman, 19

A Fayetteville man has been charged with rape and aggravated sodomy in a Jan. 20 incident involving a 19-year-old Riverdale woman.

Herminio Gutierrez, 21, of Booker Avenue, was charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, making terroristic threats and acts and misdemeanor battery, according to Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said the incident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 20 after Gutierrez and the woman returned from a date in Atlanta and went to his residence.

“He became sexually aggressive and she rebuffed him,” Whitlow said. Read More»

ID thieves stole customer info, counterfeited personal checks

A Fairburn woman and a Jonesboro man have been charged on multiple counts of financial identity theft involving Fayette County victims.

Catraya Vogt, 29, of Fairburn, was charged with 15 counts of identity theft. Her accomplice, 28-year-old Douglas Allen, of Jonesboro, was also charged with 15 counts of identity theft, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said between November 2012 and January 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office investigated over 30 identity theft transactions with a similar modus operandi. Read More»

Chase ends in arrest of Molena man, 24

A Molena man was arrested Jan. 27 after a car chase in north Fayette and Fulton counties.

Twenty-four-year-old Thomas Moore was charged with DUI and driving on a suspended license, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said deputies in the early morning hours of Jan. 27 conducted a traffic stop near the Fayette County and Fulton County border. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Jan. 14 – 20

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. 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, Jan. 14 - Monday, Jan. 20

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Mark K. Engel, born in 1968, of Dunlap Circle, Griffin, for aggravated stalking.

Anthon T. Grimball, born in 1986, of Little Creek Drive, Fayetteville, for revoked or suspended license.
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F'ville man charged with rape, aggravated sodomy

A Fayetteville man has been charged with rape and aggravated sodomy in a Jan. 20 incident involving a 19-year-old Riverdale woman.

Herminio Gutierrez, 21, of Booker Avenue, was charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, making terroristic threats and acts and misdemeanor battery, according to Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said the incident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 20 after Gutierrez and the woman returned from a date in Atlanta and went to his residence.

“He became sexually aggressive and she rebuffed him,” Whitlow said. Read More»

Shaken baby suspect goes free

DA drops murder charge in shaken baby case; dad, 21, avoids prison time after prosecutor admits evidence made case unwinnable

By JOHN MUNFORD — Jamal Rashad Thomas walked away from the Fayette County Justice Center a free man Tuesday morning after prosecutors dropped murder charges against him for allegedly shaking his 9-week-old son to death in February 2012. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report – Jan. 7 – 13

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. 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, Jan. 7 - Monday, Jan. 13

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Chelsea M. Clark, born in 1982, of Shannon Parkway, Union City, for bench warrant.

Shawn L. Harris, born in 1971, of Tillman Street, Columbus, for burglary.
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Jan. 8 wreck brings drug arrest

Fayette Sheriff's Department photo shows part of the contraband seized in the arrest.

A Jan. 8 traffic collision in north Fayette County resulted in more than injuries to one of the motorists involved. Officers at the scene found a quantity of Xanax and more than four pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

Sheriff Barry Babb said 20-year-old Fayetteville resident Michael Lamar Clark was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of Xanax with intent to distribute. Xanax is a brand of anti-anxiety prescription medicine. Read More»

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