Lights and Sirens

Sunday storm brings torrential rain

There was only minimal damage to property that resulted from a storm that dumped several inches of rain in portions of Fayette County on Sunday.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Donnie Davis said five homes in central Fayette County were struck by lighting during the storm that made its way through the area late Sunday afternoon. There were no fires associated with the lightning strikes, Davis added. Read More»

Fire safety training starts young

Fire safety training starts young

Twelve-year-old Sarah Sorme was one of 14 youngsters ages 8-12 to participate in the Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services Summer Camp held July 19 and sponsored by FES and the Fayette County Recreation Dept. Sarah gets help from FES supervisor Donnie Davis in extinguishing a fire that was part of the day’s activities. Read More»

PTC’s Junior Police cadets watch a K-9 takedown

PTC’s Junior Police cadets watch a K-9 takedown

It may have been a view at a distance from behind a fence, but participants in the Junior Police Academy offered by the Peachtree City Police Department saw a live demonstration of the department’s K-9 team Wednesday. A police officer donned a “bite suit” to show how the canine can subdue a suspect in a foot chase. The program is designed to provide a detailed insight into various department operations which also serves to strengthen the department’s bond with the community. Photo/Special.

Fire destroys Scout building on New Hope campus

This portion of the home burned completely to the ground. Fire investigators are working to determine what caused the fire. Photo/Ira Clifton.

Update: Public asked to share any information on blaze

An early-morning fire destroyed a home on the campus of New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville that was used for the church-sponsored Boy Scouts program, and the public is being asked for any information they may have on the incident.

There is no indication that arson is involved, but investigators want to be thorough in their search for the cause of the fire, officials said. Read More»

Weatherly Walk heroes honored

Weatherly Walk heroes honored

Management and residents of Weatherly Walk Apartments in Fayetteville along with firefighters who responded to the large structure fire in March were honored June 6 as “Weatherly Walk Heroes” by the Fayetteville City Council. Receiving the honors were (front row L-R) Deputy Chief Linda Partridge, Amanda Hall, Quantarious “Chuck” Faison, Mike Gutheridge, Lieutenant Blaze Brookshaw, firefighter Corey Mask and Captain Marty Mundok; and (back row L-R) firefighter Chris Stanley, firefighter Josh Thomas, Fire Chief Alan Jones, Lieutenant Jeff Gable and Captain Keith Harris. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Spot-savers halted for PTC parade, fireworks

One July 4 tradition in Peachtree City will have to be put off until the last minute: the placement of tarps and blankets to “save a spot” for viewing the parade and fireworks.

The City Council passed a new ordinance Thursday night that will forbid the placement of tarps, blankets and the like along city property and city right of way until dawn that morning.

Anyone who dares to deploy a spot-saving device a day or more in advance risks it being confiscated by the city where it could perhaps be sold or trashed at a later date. Read More»

School for the unthinkable

School for the unthinkable

What happened at Newtown, Conn., could happen anywhere. With that in mind, local law enforcement members practice training scenarios that involve what's called an “active shooter” in various environments, including a school. Here, Peachtree City Police trainer Ken Rawlls demonstrates techniques used in the active shooter training held Wednesday at J.C. Booth Middle School on Peachtree Parkway. The school provided an appropriate environment for the training that required a large setting. Participating in the training and pictured, from left, were Cpl. Monica Cacourly and Sgt. Kay Crider. Read More»

Less lucrative drug money seizures lead to loss of sheriff’s helicopter

Hawk 1 when it was new in 2011. Photo/Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Get rid of deputies or get rid of a helicopter: That was the choice he had to make, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

“It came down to programs or people. And we chose people,” Babb said.

The elimination by Babb of the Hawk I helicopter as a cost-saving measure in his 2013-2014 proposed budget reflects a fundamental change in a program used to buy and operate the aurcraft.

Babb cited the high cost of operating the helicopter in the face of shrinking federal asset seizure funds used to fund that operation. Read More»

Mom, kid driver cited in PTC cart crash

A golf cart crash that seriously injured a Starr’s Mill High School student May 9 has resulted in charges being filed against both the driver and the owner of the golf cart.

The juvenile driver was charged with reckless driving and underage operation of a golf cart, police said. The juvenile’s mother, Leticia Hernandez-Garcia, was cited with allowing underage operation of a golf cart and failure to transfer golf cart registration, police said. Read More»

PTC Fire takes title

PTC Fire takes title

The Peachtree City Fire/Rescue Department has recaptured the championship title they last held in 2005, 2006 and 2011: champion of the annual Public Safety Games in Fayette County. The month-long games pit the county’s police, fire and 911 services against each other in sports including softball, tennis, volleyball, trap shooting, bowling, golf and 1-mile and 5K races. Over 40 individuals from Peachtree City Fire/Rescue helped win the single and double elimination softball tournaments, sand and indoor volleyball and basketball competitions in the sixteen event mega-challenge. Read More»