Lights and Sirens

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»

Local First Responders honored

Local First Responders honored

Fayette County Post 105 of The American Legion has a long-running program to honor outstanding members of all eight county law enforcement and emergency services departments with their Public Safety Awards. Pictured at the 2013 Public Safety Recognition Dinner are (L-R) B.I. Murrell, Post 105 Public Safety Award Project Officer; Deputy Brent Lonkert, Sheriff’s Department; Firefighter Robert Moore, Fayette County Fire & EMS; Deputy Marshal Kathy Hobbs, Marshal’s Office; Officer Terrell Bunn, Fayetteville Police Department; Lt. Read More»

Winds cause havoc, damage in Coweta

A fast-moving storm packing high winds made its way through Coweta County the evening of March 18. The storm damaged half a dozen homes and downed numerous power lines and trees but resulted in no injuries.

Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones said the Monday night storm resulted in more than 100 calls countywide reporting both trees and power lines downed by high winds. Jones said the storm also damaged six homes, Jones said, adding that damage occurred in locations around the county. Read More»

Monday hailstorm causes only minor damage in Fayette

A surprise hailstorm early Monday evening lasted for more than 10 minutes in downtown Fayetteville but it failed to do much damage countywide.

No injuries were reported due to the hailstorm, according to representatives of the Peachtree City and Fayette County emergency medical services.

There was no serious damage in Peachtree City, and the county only suffered a few downed trees that landed on power lines, officials said. Read More»

PTC police reaccredited

PTC police reaccredited

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) representative Lou Dekmar, at left, on March 7 announced the three-year re-accreditation of the Peachtree City Police Dept. Receiving the “gold standard” assessment were Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark, center, and Mayor Don Haddix. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fire destroys F'ville apartment building

Firefighters respond to three-alarm blaze at apartment complex  off Ga. HIghway 54 East in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A Thursday afternoon fire in Fayetteville resulted in the total loss of an apartment building at the Weatherly Walk Apartments on Knight Way. No injuries were reported in the blaze.

Fire Chief Bill Rieck said the fire call came in at 1:20 p.m. and was initially reported as a brush fire and then re-dispatched as a commercial structure fire. Rieck said the first fire units arrived within four minutes, though the nature of the fire resulted in it being upgraded to a three-alarm fire.

The fire resulted in the 700 building being fully involved and subsequently a total loss, Rieck said. Read More»

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