Crime

Train hits car stuck on PTC tracks

Train hits car stuck on PTC tracks

A motorist narrowly averted disaster early this morning in a failed attempt to cross railroad tracks that were under repair, police said.

The driver was running late for work and disregarded three “road closed” signs before reaching the tracks at Paschall Road, police said. Because the road had been cut for maintenance, the car fell off the roadway.

“The driver called for a wrecker but a train arrived first and a collision occurred,” according to the police department’s Facebook page.

The train received minimal damage, but the driver was issued a citation. Read More»

Courthouse affair ruins 5 felony verdicts

Paschal English presiding over a trial, before his resignation. File photo.

Carjacking, kidnapping, bank robbery, child molestation, burglary verdicts thrown out; several criminal trials get do-overs, thanks to judge-public defender affair

A once-respected judge’s long-term sexual tryst with a public defender has come back to haunt several victims who believed they had received justice in his court. Read More»

Caught in midnight highway gunfight, woman driver and her son uninjured

A motorist driving on Ga. Highway 138 in Fayette County near midnight on June 9 had her vehicle damaged when gunshots were exchanged between two vehicles speeding past her.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies at approximately 12:45 a.m. responded to a gas station at Hwy. 138 and Ga. Highway 314. They were met by a female motorist who said she and her son had been traveling eastbound on Hwy. 138 when her vehicle was shot by another moving vehicle, Babb said. Read More»

Kroger 'drop-in' burglar in custody

Kroger 'drop-in' burglar in custody

Suspect turns self in after photos published

Security camera photos published by the news media have led to the capture of a young Fayetteville man accused of sneaking into the pharmacy at the south Kroger in Fayetteville on June 8, police said.

Justin Blake Moody, 21, was arrested at noon today and is charged with one count of burglary, and police said he was “encouraged by family members to surrender” after his photo was published in the news Tuesday.
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Fayette County arrests report – May 27–June 2

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, May 27 - Monday, June 2

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Megale J. Chadwick, born in 1992, of Tomochichi Road, Griffin, for probation/parole violation.

Jamal K. Copeland, born in 1989, of Clemons Road, Warm Springs, for wanted person. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — May 20 – 26

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, May 20 - Monday, May 26

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Teresa R. Campbell, born in 1969, of Morton Court, Jonesboro, for revoked or suspended license.

Ronald A. Carter, born in 1974, of Village Trace, Union City, for wanted person. Read More»

Retired cop, son arrested after fight at E. F’ville apartment, all-night standoff

Fayetteville Police arrested a retired Detroit police officer following a domestic dispute and an all-night standoff at an east Fayetteville apartment complex that began before midnight on May 23.

Detective Mike Whitlow said officers at approximately 11:35 p.m. were called to a domestic argument at the Weatherly Walk apartments off Ga. Highway 54 East.

“Witnesses reported that shots had been fired during the dispute. No one was hit with gunfire but one female was injured during a physical altercation,” Whitlow said. Read More»

Man, 36, charged with molestation

A north Fayette County man was arrested May 9 on one count of child molestation involving a family member.

Silvino Gorgonio-Hernandez, 36, was charged with one count of child molestation, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said the victim, a female under age 16, complained to her mother about the incident.

Babb said the sheriff’s office was contacted and found sufficient evidence at the scene to charge Gorgonio-Hernandez.

Fayette County arrests report — May 13–19

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, May 13 - Monday, May 19

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Shaunda T. Alexander, born in 1981, of Lakeview Road, Union City, for simple battery.

Jacob E. Bishop, born in 1991, of Greenview Circle, Fayetteville, for probation/parole violation. Read More»

After all-night standoff, F’ville officers cuff retired cop, son

Fayetteville Police have arrested a retired police officer following a domestic dispute and an all-night standoff at an east Fayetteville apartment complex that began before midnight Friday. They later arrested his son also. Read More»