2 found guilty of home invasion

Two men were found guilty Friday of nine criminal charges for holding a 16-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother at gunpoint while burglarizing their northwest Fayette County home Aug. 3. Read More»

Fayette, area counties join forces to fight metal thieves

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is set to take a bite out of metal theft and has joined a number of Georgia counties in initiating “Operation Scrapbuster.” Read More»

Man released after domestic squabble

UPDATED Friday, Dec. 2, 9:52 a.m.Peachtree City police yesterday released a man who was initally taken into custody following a domestic dispute just before 11 a.m. at a home on Peachtree Parkway just north of Stevens Entry.

There was not sufficient evidence to support an arrest in the case, police said. It also turned out that the suspect was unarmed, police said.

When the call was first reported to 911, officers surrounded the home while they attempted to convince the man to leave the home and talk with them. The suspect ultimately cooperated, police said. Read More»

Defendant says home invasion gunman threatened him too

A man accused of robbing his girlfriend’s northwest Fayette home Aug. 3 says he was forced at gunpoint to participate.

Thaddeus Deonte Fowler, 20, of Atlanta testified Read More»

Relative fondles girl during Thanksgiving visit

An out-of-state man visiting relatives in Fayetteville for Thanksgiving is reported to have fondled a 14-year-old female family member in a bedroom while she and other children were watching a movie. The man had returned home before the incident was reported to police. Read More»

Illinois man gets mouthy, gets busted at Best Buy

An Illinois man was arrested in the early morning hours of Black Friday at the Best Buy store in Fayetteville on charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after yelling and cursing in the store.

Eric C. Smith, 36, of Maywood, Ill., was charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, according to Fayetteville Police spokesman Steve Crawshaw.

Crawshaw said the incident began just after midnight on Nov. 25 when a number of retailers at the Fayette Pavilion had opened early for Black Friday shoppers. Read More»

5 burglaries reported in north Fayette over Thanksgiving

Unincorporated north Fayette County was the setting for five burglaries that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday period. Thieves in the four-day period targeted three homes, a business and a school.

A Nov. 25 burglary at the BP station on Corinth Road near the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 East resulted in the theft of an undisclosed quantity of wine. The store was also the target of a Nov. 7 break-in that was accomplished by forcing open the front door just after midnight. The only items believed to be missing in that burglary were two cases of beer. Read More»

Man grabs deposit in F’ville bank parking lot

Fayetteville Police are looking for a thief that pushed a Pizza Hut employee to the ground Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Bank of America at Banks Station, then snatched his bank deposit.

Fayetteville Police spokesman Steve Crawshaw said the incident occurred just after 9 a.m. on Nov. 26 when a Pizza Hut employee was about to take a deposit into the Bank of America branch on Ga. Highway 85 at Banks Station. The employee told officers that a man came up from behind, pushed him to the ground and grabbed the deposit bag, Crawshaw said. Read More»

Fayetteville police warn public to beware increasing numbers of email con games

The holidays are a time for giving and, for thieves, a time for taking advantage of unsuspecting citizens.

The Fayetteville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has seen a recent increase in online email scams and is warning Internet users to beware, said Det. Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said there are numerous scams being committed via email including notices from banks or Internet carriers stating that accounts have been shut down and information needs to be updated for continued use.

Detectives are warning people not to respond to these messages, Whitlow said. Read More»

Kids feared for their lives in home invasion

Defendants point finger at each other; 12 and 16-year-old testify about ordeal

A gun-toting burglar left a 16-year-old girl in tears as she feared for her life and the safety of her 12-year-old brother, a Fayette County jury was told Tuesday afternoon.

The brother recalled waking up Aug. 3 to the gunman “busting through” his bedroom door, and his sister crying, as the gunman threw a house phone downstairs and ordered him to pack up valuables from his room, all the while pointing a gun at both siblings.

Some of those valuables, including an Xbox video game system, were found hours later at one of the defendant’s homes, according to prosecutor David Younker. Read More»

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