Gunman fires at Tyrone Sonic, gets away on foot

Employees fled to safety, locking themselves in cooler

Several employees of the Tyrone Sonic Drive-In restaurant thwarted a gunman who tried to rob the store Monday night close to 10 p.m., police said.

The gunman fired one round into a doorway Read More»

PTC police: stay cool to avoid road rage

Report: Incidents with angry motorists are on the rise

“Road rage” incidents are on the rise in Peachtree City, and police are urging motorists to let cooler heads prevail to avoid potentially dangerous altercations.

While it can be easy to get upset at other motorists who tailgate or cut you off, police say the best course of action is to let the offender move on, instead of taking matters into your own hands, yelling, or making gestures that might escalate the situation. Read More»

Atlanta woman gets 35 years in home invasion case

An Atlanta woman was convicted today on 10 felony counts for participating in a violent home invasion in south Fayette County Dec. 3. Michelle Perez of Chattahoochee Summit Road was sentenced to life in prison Read More»

Armed robber hits PTC Pit Stop

Peachtree City Police are searching for an armed robber that held up the Pit Stop convenience store on Ga. Highway 54 and Petrol Point in Peachtree City during the nighttime hours Sept. 12. No one was injured in the robbery. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports: Aug. 30 – Sept. 5

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

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, Aug. 30 - Monday, Sept. 5

Rebecca J. Ashmore, 30, of Grant Road, Brooks, for probation/parole violation.

David D. Conley, 40, of Stone Road, Atlanta, for probation/parole violation.

Mary M. Eden, 42, of Arbor Way, Fayetteville, for DUI drugs, city ordinance violation, unlawful manufacture of drugs and controlled substance Schedule II violation. Read More»

Retired Coweta, Fayette teacher gets five years in drug case

A retired teacher who once taught in Coweta and Fayette counties was sentenced on Sept. 2 to five years in prison after entering a guilty plea related to his arrest at a Dec. 2, 2010 traffic stop in east Coweta County where a deputy found him in possession of 25 pounds of marijuana and $30,000 in cash.

Fifty-eight year-old Craig Blount Humphrey, of Sharpsburg, will serve five years in prison and pay $100,000 in fines, according to Coweta County Assistant District Attorney Tim Marlow. Read More»

F’ville husband scares off wife’s mugger with gunshots

A Sept. 1 attempted robbery outside a Swanbrook Drive residence in Fayetteville was foiled when the husband fired shots in the air after a man ran into his yard and attempted to steal his wife’s purse as she was exiting her vehicle.

Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow said the incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. as the homeowner arrived home in the subdivision off East Lanier Avenue, got out of her vehicle and was about to remove her young child from the car when a male mugger ran up and attempted to grab her purse. Read More»

UPDATED: Belly-button piercing goes bad; 2 FCHS girls, 1 boy charged

UPDATED FOR PRINT, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 — A female student at Fayette County High School faces charges relating to the forcible body piercing of a 13-year-old female during the school’s lunch period on Aug. 26.

The girl had asked for the piercing earlier in the day but changed her mind as the incident was occurring, police said. She was being held down by two other juveniles when a school administrator intervened. Read More»

Hung jury in deputy dragging case; prosecution to re-try

The criminal trial of a local man accused of assaulting two sheriff’s deputies ended last week in a hung jury, with jurors unable to reach a unanimous decision.

But prosecutors are planning to re-try Nathaniel Elder, who admitted to speeding away from the deputies, which briefly resulted in one of them being dragged by the car.

Elder contends he sped away after he was shot twice by Dep. Ryan Phillips. Phillips, however, contends he squeezed off the shots after the car began to move, causing him to slip out of the passenger side door. Read More»

Teen arrested for forcible body piercing during lunch at Fayette County High School

Fayetteville Police reported Sept. 2 that a Fayette County High School student was arrested on Aug. 26 on charges related to the forcible body piercing of a 13 year-old girl during the school’s lunch period. The girl had solicited the piercing earlier in the day but changed her mind as the incident was occurring and was being held down by two other juveniles when a school administrator intervened.

Det. Mike Whitlow said 17 year-old Christian Tucker, of Fayetteville, was charge with battery, disruption of a public school and piercing the body of a person under the age of 18. Read More»