Lights and Sirens

F’ville pilot survives Falcon Field crash

Rescuers keep spilling fuel from igniting. The photo was taken by Dr. John Giovanelli, a Peachtree City chiropractor who was playing a round of golf on the nearby Planterra Ridge golf course.

UPDATED for print Wednesday, July 2 — A single-engine Piper Lightsport flown by Fayetteville resident John Ritchey crashed on takeoff around 9:20 a.m. June 29 on a paved roadway between Falcon Field and Lake McIntosh in Peachtree City.
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Sheriff: Motorcyclist killed in Sat. crash

A Jonesboro motorcyclist was killed Saturday night when his vehicle was struck by a passenger car at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Flat Creek Trail, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

Alex Strickland, 37, died after his motorcycle struck the driver’s side of a 2001 Toyota Corolla at 10:30 p.m., Babb said. The Corolla driver, identified as Zahra Rupani of Fayetteville, was not injured. Read More»

Boy rescued from drowning in PTC pool

Rescuers rush the 10-year-old victim to a medevac helicopter. Photo/Peachtree City Police Department.

UPDATED 8:06 p.m. June 29 — A 10-year-old boy nearly drowned during a pool party Saturday in Peachtree City, but was rescued by adults who performed lifesaving CPR, according to the Peachtree City Police Department.

The boy was hospitalized overnight and released from the hospital Sunday, according to a next-door neighbor's posting on the police department's Facebook page. Read More»

PTC police urge designated drivers for holiday

The Fourth of July is a favorite American holiday filled with fun, food, fireworks, friends and family. But celebrating can quickly turn to tragedy when people choose to drive after drinking, so the Peachtree City Police Department is urging everyone to plan ahead this Independence Day — designate a sober driver ahead of time.

“The Fourth of July festivities can be so much fun,” said police Lt. Matt Myers. “People make plans for the partying, but too many drivers don’t plan ahead to get home safely.” Read More»

Box of pamphlets sets off Newnan bomb scare

By BONNIE HESTER
Intern for The Citizen

Downtown Newnan saw a flurry of activity around the old courthouse on the square Wednesday as law enforcement investigated a possible bomb threat which turned out to be a false alarm.

According to Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager, at approximately 8:20 a.m. June 11, an employee entering the old courthouse spotted a suspicious package on the ground just outside the west entrance. The employee informed the deputy on duty inside the courthouse, who in turn notified the sheriff’s office. Read More»

6 lives saved as fire destroys Coweta home

Minutes after a babysitter and friend evacuated four children from this home, the structure burned to the ground. A fund to help the Ososky family has been set up at http://www.gofundme.com/a8fup4, and more than $5,000 has already been donated toward the $10,000 goal. Photo/Special.

Jennifer Ososky and her three young children moved to southeast Coweta from Texas two years ago to make a new start. Read More»

Book ’im, Neivah

Book ’im, Neivah

Neivah Molina, 14, puts the handcuffs on Peachtree City Police Sgt. Jason McKinnon during an exercise last week as part of the police department’s Junior Police Academy. Local teens got a hands-on look at what it takes to be a cop on the beat. Photo/Special.

Rail crossing work in PTC closes Dividend Drive, Paschall Road

Stock photo.

The intersection of Dividend Drive and Aviation Way at the railroad tracks and the intersection of Paschall Road at the railroad tracks will be closed for the next three to four days, city officials said Tuesday.

The closures are necessary as the CSX Railroad company makes improvements in those areas, officials said.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes until the work is complete.

Kids warned: Stay off Lake Mac dam

Walkway onto Lake McIntosh dam in Peachtree City. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

County: Youngsters scaled fence to leap into the water

Fayette County officials are warning parents to keep their curious and adventurous youngsters outside the secured gated areas of the dam and spillway at Lake McIntosh and Lake Horton.

Last week, several young girls were found inside the secured area at Lake McIntosh in Peachtree City, having scaled a fence to get in. They were jumping into the water from the top of the steel structure that spans the bridge, officials said. Read More»