Lights and Sirens

Lightning damages steeple at F’ville 1st Baptist

Lightning damages steeple at F’ville 1st Baptist

A bolt of lightning struck and damaged the steeple at First Baptist Church of Fayetteville Sunday as strong thunderstorms moved through the area. But worshippers gathered at the church afterwards and continued to use the building Sunday evening, according to John Munford, reporter for The Citizen. “We’re lucky it didn’t strike the courthouse where the art show was, or the county parking lot where they were doing Taste of Fayette at the time.,” Munford wrote. Photo/John Munford.

F’ville woman killed in 1-car crash Friday

A 22-year-old Fayetteville woman died early Friday morning after her vehicle ran off Lees Mill Road, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb. Read More»

Starr’s Mill teen hurt in PTC golf cart crash

A Starr’s Mill sophomore suffered a serious head injury Thursday, May 9, when the golf cart she was riding on wrecked in the Kedron Village area.

Janice Dominguez was riding on the rear of the cart when it careened off the path, according to her mother, Marlene Dominguez. Janice was flown by air ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center where she was admitted to the intensive care unit for treatment. Read More»

Fayette slashes marshals by 73%

The Fayette County Commission on May 9 cast a unanimous vote to begin the process that will eliminate eight of the 11 positions at the Fayette County Marshal’s Office beginning in July. Read More»

F’ville to put more cops at Pavilion

Interim Chief Scott Pitts. Photo/Ben Nelms.

In the wake of several brazen daylight armed robberies and carjackings at the county’s largest shopping center, interim Fayetteville Police Chief Scott Pitts in a May 2 report to the Fayetteville City Council announced his plans to beef up the police presence at the Fayette Pavilion.

Those plans include increased security patrols and the possibility of installing license plate readers and cameras on Pavilion Parkway. Read More»

Sheriff Babb to lose eyes in the sky?

Hawk 1 in action in mid-2011. File photo.

Budget cuts to force grounding and sale of Hawk 1 copter, furlough of crew

Cash-starved Fayette County may eliminate the sheriff’s department’s entire air wing — one helicopter named Hawk 1.

Though the department’s budget is still a work in progress, Sheriff Barry Babb said the cuts will eliminate 10 positions in his office and result in shutting down the operation of the Hawk 1 helicopter, as well as losing half the K-9 units and two drug education officers.
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Ready for duty

Ready for duty

Banesa Perez of Fayetteville looks like she’s ready to battle a fire, as she donned firefighters’ turnout gear as part of a fair April 20 designed to spread the message of child abuse prevention. Fayette County firefighter/EMT Cory Crosbie helped Banesa into and out of the gear, and judging by her smile we may have a new firefighter for the ranks in a dozen years or so. Photo/John Munford

F'ville cop keeps his job, loses his rank

The recent termination of Fayetteville Police Lt. James Miller by Chief Steve Heaton for insubordination has been overturned after an appeal, City Manager Joe Morton said.

That was because Heaton had not been given adequate information upon which to base the termination, Morton said.

Independent hearing officer Jennifer Keaton upheld Heaton’s findings that Miller’s performance was poor and that he failed to follow policy. Though he retains his job, Miller is being demoted. Read More»

Deputies to collect old drugs for disposal

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, 155 Johnson Avenue in Fayetteville.

The service is free and anonymous; there are no questions asked or paperwork required. Participants in this initiative are simply asked to bring their unused or unwanted prescription drugs to this location where they can be destroyed. Read More»

Senoia woman in critical condition after Hwy. 16 accident

The driver of this car had to be extricated by fireman after her vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Ga. Highway 16 Wednesday afternoon. Police believe the driver of the car turned into the path of the big rig. Photo/Special.

A Senoia wwoman was critically injured in an April 17 crash on Ga. Highway 16 when her vehicle struck a tractor-trailer rig.

Senoia Police Maj. Steve Tomlin said officers responded at approximately 5:10 p.m. to the two-vehicle accident that occurred in the area of Hwy. 16 and Harper Road. Read More»

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