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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»

F’ville man steps in front of truck

A Fayetteville man was struck and fatally injured Saturday afternoon by a vehicle on Ga. Highway 85 South as he was walking along the highway and stepped out into the roadway. The driver is not being charged in the accident.

Sheriff Barry Babb said 53-year-old Wayne Alan Adams was walking southbound along Hwy. 85 South at approximately 1:30 p.m. just south of Porter Road.

As he was walking on the shoulder of the northbound side, he stepped into the northbound lane and was struck by a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old male driver, Babb said. Read More»

McIntosh evacuated briefly for small fire

McIntosh students calmly waited outside while fire crews put out the small roof fire Thursday afternoon.

McIntosh High School was evacuated around 2 p.m. today when a small fire on the roof sent smoke billowing into the building.

Students waited in groups on the grass near Walt Banks Road while Peachtree City fire crews worked to find and extinguish the blaze.

The fire was caused by insulation that caught fire as a roofing crew was working on the building, fire officials said.

No one was injured and after fire crews removed smoke from the building, students filed back in around 2:50 p.m. Read More»

Jonesboro woman killed in Aug. 15 south Fayette crash

A 34-year-old Jonesboro woman was involved in a fatal traffic accident Aug. 15 in south Fayette County.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies at 6:40 a.m. responded to a fatal traffic collision on Goza Road between Hillsbridge Road and Flagstop Run. Stacy Boxley, of Jonesboro, was driving eastbound on Goza Road when she crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle.

The second vehicle was driven by 34-year-old Michelle Raposa, of Fayetteville, Babb said. Read More»

Fayette County FES receives grant for cardiac monitors

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services recently received a $239,000 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters grant program for eight new cardiac monitor/defibrillators. The grant comes by way of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FES spokesman Donnie Davis said the units will be placed in department ambulances and squads to enhance Advanced Life Support (ALS) service delivery to citizens with cardiac emergencies. Read More»

Coweta storm sparks house fire, downed power lines

Lightning from the thunderstorm that blew through Coweta County Aug. 12 brought several downed trees and power lines and one house fire but no injuries.

Coweta County EMA Director Jay Jones said a residence on Belmont Park Lane on Newnan’s west side was apparently struck by lightning and had flames showing when firefighters arrived. Jones said there were no injuries though the damage to the structure was extensive. Read More»

Vigil planned Friday for crash victim

A candlelight prayer vigil will be held Friday evening on behalf of the daughter of a local woman who was seriously injured in a car crash in Atlanta.

The victim is Julia Tarter, who is the daughter of Peachtree City Farmers Market and Community Garden Director Tricia Stern. Tarter is in a coma at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

The candlelight vigil will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the city's Community Garden located off McIntosh Trail directly across from Lake Peachtree.

Boy resuscitated after near-drowning

A life-threatening situation came to a good end last week when Newnan firefighters resuscitated a 3-year-old boy after a near-drowning in the Summer Grove pool.

Capt. Damon Rosser said firefighters Richard Scott and Jim Murphy were among the four firefighters arrived at the scene within 3-4 minutes after being dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m. on July 24.

An adult female approached the firefighters carrying the near-lifeless child, Rosser said. Scott took the child and began administering CPR while Rosser called for an air flight helicopter. Read More»

Missing Coweta woman found

Missing Coweta woman found

UPDATE: Eleanor Alexander was found by searchers at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. The 78-year-old was found 300 yards from her home, according to reports.

Area residents have joined the law enforcement in searching for 78-year-old Coweta County resident Eleanor Alexander who was last seen early Sunday morning. Read More»