Crime

Help sought to find 2 in Hwy. 138 shooting

The public's help is being sought to identify two men who shot a 56-year-old man during an attack on Ga. Highway 138 near the Clayton County line at 7:40 p.m. last night.

The assailants were described as black males approximately 18 to 25 years old, shirtless and wearing blue jeans that were slightly rolled up at the bottom, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. A witness at the scene reported that one of the suspects was about six feet tall and the other was shorter.

The victim was shot in the abdomen and had other injuries from the assault, deputies said. The motive for the attack is unclear at this point, as investigators have been unable to interview the victim as he is being treated at Atlanta Medical Center. Read More»

Former Tyrone officer sentenced to 140 years in prison for child sex crimes

Matthew Anthony New, 38, was found guilty of 38 different charges, most of which were related to possession of child pornography; he was sentenced to serve 140 years in prison, followed by 10 years on probation, by Fayette County Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford.

Jury convicted Matthew Anthony New of child molestation, sexual exploitation of children

A former Tyrone police officer was convicted May 10 of taking semi-nude photographs of two juveniles who he encouraged to “strip wrestle,” prosecutors said.
Matthew Anthony New, 38, was found guilty of Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — May 3–9

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, May 3 - Monday, May 9

Donald James Anderson, 32, of Mangham Road, of Griffin, for burglary.

Nicholas Jermaine Bush, 25, of Bristol Court, Fayetteville, for violation of probation.

Edgar Bruce Carlisle, 31, of West Gate Park Lane, Newnan, for violation of probation.

David Wayne Terry, 44, of Lance Lane, Riverdale, for violation of probation. Read More»

Church-service thief cuffed by deputies

Latoya Ellis, 31, has been arrested for helping herself to credit cards and other valuables purloined from church-goers vehicles in a series of thefts in the Fayetteville area. Photo/Special.

An Atlanta woman has been arrested for helping herself to credit cards and other valuables purloined from church-goers vehicles in a series of thefts here.

Latoya Ellis, 31, would strike in the middle of church services, and she would use credit cards immediately afterwards, often to buy shoes, investigators said. She has been linked to eight entering auto cases that occurred at New Hope Baptists Church (north campus) and Flat Creek Baptist Church dating back to April 17, and also on May 1 and May 8. Read More»

Burglary in N. F’ville nets $15K cash, jewels

Fayetteville Police are investigating a residential burglary in the Woodbine subdivision off White Road where the basement door was kicked in and a large sum of cash and diamond jewelry was stolen.

Department spokesperson Mike Whitlow said the burglary occurred between May 1-9. The exact date is not known since the homeowner did not check the basement door on each of those days.

Whitlow said the burglar made off with what was reported as $15,000 in $100 bills, diamond jewelry and a laptop computer. Read More»

Thieves hit parked cars at Fayette churches, gyms

New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville was struck again Sunday morning by thieves who shattered the windows of two parked vehicles to get cash and credit cards, sheriff’s officials said.

And Peachtree City had five entering auto cases in five days recently as well, including two at local gyms, which has been a recurring matter, police said. Read More»

Arrests made for cruelty to children, burglary, other offenses

Arrests in four separate cases reported May 5 by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office involved incidents pertaining to cruelty to children, burglary, attempting to influence a witness and identity fraud.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan said 43 year-old Peachtree City resident Richard Chris Munoz was arrested April 27 in connection with a cruelty to children case that had been reported on April 22. Munoz was charged with first degree cruelty to children, third degree cruelty to children and battery (family violence), said Rowan. Read More»

Sheriff: eyes out for church-service bandits

A pair of criminals have been stealing items from unlocked cars in the middle of church services in north Fayette County, sheriff’s officials said.

Because of the brazen thefts, citizens are encouraged to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity just prior to or during church service.

The thieves have struck both New Hope Baptist Church and Flat Creek Baptist Church on April 17 and May 1, taking purses, credit cards, cellphones, GPS receivers and other items of value. Read More»

Two PTC men arrested on drug charges during golf cart safety check

Two Peachtree City men were arrested May 4 on drug and other charges during a golf cart safety check conducted by Peachtree City Police on the recreational path behind Ropers Path.

Kaland Shane Breeding, 20, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule II substance, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — April 26–May 2

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

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, April 26 - Monday, May 2

Thomas ONeil Moore, 21, of Spring Road, Molina, for probation violation.

Corey Antoine Bonner, 30, of LaGrange Street, Newnan, for state drug law violation.

Thomas Lamar Larkins, 30, of Ginger Court, Riverdale, for violation of probation.

Emily Marie Girard, 50, Brookshire Dr. Fayetteville for deposit account fraud/bad checks. Read More»