Lights and Sirens

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Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb shows location of one tag recording device on a patrol car. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Officials see license plate recording as crime-fighting tool

Several local law enforcement agencies in Fayette County are using tag-reader cameras on some patrol units to assist in identifying stolen vehicles or the owners of those vehicles who are wanted in connection with various crimes.

While different systems are used in Fayette County, each agency said the data collected from the vast majority of moving or parked vehicles is not used and remains in storage until the data is deleted.
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Fayette OK's $1.8M deal for new fire station on Jenkins Rd.

Fayette OK's $1.8M deal for new fire station on Jenkins Rd.

At long last, Fayette County has approved a construction contract to build a new fire station for the Tyrone area that will be relocated near the Sandy Creek school complex on Jenkins Road at Ga. Highway 74.

A $1.8 million construction bid from Ward General Contractors was approved Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission. Read More»

Walking along road? Better follow the rules

In the wake of two pedestrian fatalities this year along county roadways, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will be ramping up enforcement in compliance with state law.

Sheriff Barry Babb said his office this year has responded to two separate pedestrian fatalities. Read More»

Accident on 'The Walking Dead' set lands zombie in hospital

Twenty-year-old Garrett Zane Orr, a “zombie” in the hit television show “The Walking Dead,” was visited at Atlanta Medical Center by actor Lauren Cohan after he sustained non-life-threatening injuries when struck by a vehicle on the set in Senoia on Sept. 6. Photo/ Special.

A Sept. 6 accident on the set of “The Walking Dead” being filmed in Senoia had a cast member airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. The injuries to 20-year-old “zombie” Garrett Zane Orr were not life-threatening and he was released from care on Monday.

A call to the Coweta County 911 center requested an ambulance after the accident. Orr was reportedly run over by a “military vehicle” on the set when the vehicle’s brakes did not function properly, according to news reports. The 2.5-ton vehicle was said to have run over Orr’s stomach and hip, reports said. Read More»

Suicide by firing range

Woman rents gun at store, then shoots herself

A Peachtree City woman walked into Atlanta Range and Ordnance shooting range in Newnan Sept. 6, rented a firearm and target lane, and — after making sure no other customers or store personnel were close by — shot herself to death.

The 48-year-old woman had a Wynnmeade Parkway address in Peachtree City.

Newnan Police reports said a call was dispatched at 1:18 p.m. in reference to a suicide by gunshot inside the business. Officers subsequently collected evidence indicating that the woman entered the business with the intention of using a firearm to commit suicide. Read More»

PTC invites public to National Night Out

The Peachtree City Police Department will host its National Night Out crime prevention event on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Drake Field and City Hall area from 6-8 p.m.

There will be plenty to see, particularly for local children, from fire ladder trucks, helicopters, police vehicles and other equipment on display. There will also be an incentive-based scavenger hunt for kids with prizes. Read More»

Westbridge Road blocked for gas leak

Officials: Contractors working on bridge project struck line

A gas leak has shut down Westbridge Road in both directions as crews from Atlanta Gas Light are on the way to begin repairs.

The gas line was struck by contractors working on the bridge project, county officials said.

The incident happened just after 1 p.m. and it is expected to take at least an hour or more to repair.

Neighbors become heroes in saving drowning girl

Fire Chief David Scarborough presented balloons to Tyana Bridges and flowers to her mother, Jennifer (at far right) to celebrate Tyana’s rescue from a near-drowning June 29. Also honored were neighbors who helped Tyana (starting on the front row from left to right): Joey Fumei, John Wolka, Liz Wolka, Chris Carter and Tyson Bridges. Photo/John Munford.

Several community heroes were honored last week for stepping up to save the life of a young girl who nearly drowned in a community pool June 29.

Because of their actions, Tyana Bridges was in attendance at the Fayette County Commission meeting Thursday night with her mom Jennifer by her side. Read More»

PTC police lauded with U.S. traffic safety award

One of the most visible ways the Peachtree City Police Department cracks down on drunk driving is through road safety checkpoints. Photo/Special.

The Peachtree City Police Dept. has been awarded top honors for traffic safety in the 2012 National Law Enforcement Challenge.

A program of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the department was the first-place recipient in the 2012 National Law Enforcement Challenge that recognizes excellence in traffic safety programs, said department spokesman Mark Brown. Read More»

Deadly ‘spice’ variant in stores, health officials warn parents

A type of synthetic marijuana known as “Spice” was banned in Georgia last year. But it appears its life-threatening replacement can now be found on the shelves of some convenience stores and smoke shops and the Ga. Dept. of Public Health (DPH) is warning consumers to avoid it. Read More»

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