Lights and Sirens

Speeding vehicle burns, Tyrone man seriously injured

A Tyrone man was seriously injured Tuesday night in a single-car accident after his vehicle left the roadway on Ga. Highway 74 North and burst into flames. The injured man was air-lifted to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Fayette County Sheriff's Office Maj. Bryan Woodie said the office’s Traffic Enforcement Section is investigating the single-vehicle traffic crash which resulted in serious injuries to the driver. The crash occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on May 29 on Hwy. 74 near the Fulton County Line in unincorporated Fayette County. Read More»

PTC woman, 42, seriously hurt by DUI golf cart driver after The Fred concert

A Peachtree City woman required surgery for a double fracture to her leg after being struck and dragged by a Peachtree City man on a golf cart who was cited for DUI (alcohol) following a May 26 concert at the Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater.

William Helm, 57, of Peachtree City, was charged by Peachtree City Police with DUI (alcohol) in connection with striking a 48-year-old Peachtree City woman as she was walking with her husband on the cart path following the concert. Read More»

Memorial Day weekend fireworks from PTC golf cart

Gas golf cart in full eruption Saturday evening at Huddlesston Pond in Peachtree City. Photo/William J. Courtney.

No injuries as gas cart bursts into flames Saturday at Huddleston Pond

Four people escaped injury Saturday afternoon at Peachtree City’s Huddleston Pond when their gas-powered golf cart began producing white smoke and then burst into a spectacular fire, caught by two photographers who described the scene.

Gary Erlichman: “I sit and read near the gazebo just about every day with my pup and on May 25 at 5:50 p.m. (or so my smart phone tells me) a golf cart stopped right in front of me.
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Fayetteville Council recognizes ‘Officer of the Year’ nominees

Fayetteville Council recognizes ‘Officer of the Year’ nominees

Fayetteville Police Officer Keith Jojola (at left center) and Officer Jimmy Foster were joined by the Fayetteville City Council, Chief Steve Heaton and City Manager Joe Morton on May 17 and were recognized for being nominated for “Officer of the Year” at the recent District Attorney’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet. Jojola was a finalist for the award and Lt. Debbie Chambers, not pictured, received the Community Service Award and was nominated for Officer of the Year. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Art for an emergency

Art for an emergency

These graphic arts students at McIntosh High School were chosen for the winning design for the Community Emergency Response Team Trailer, which carriers a host of rescue equipment at the ready for any potential disaster. The project gave the students a real-world application to their studies and the design will be the new face of the CERT trailers for years to come. From left to right are Capt. Stan Pye, Christian Thom, Jessica Martinez, Lauren Bozone, Duncan Emory, Arline Cuebas. Photo/Special.

PTC’s CERT group gets some practice

PTC’s CERT group gets some practice

Peachtree City’s Community Emergency Response Team recently participated in a multi-jurisdictional response exercise at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sandy Springs. The exercise was designed to test the inter-operability of CERT with other metro Atlanta programs. CERT training prepares individuals to help themselves, their family and their neighbors in the event of a disaster. Peachtree City’s CERT team is organized by Police Capt. Stan Pye. Photo/Special.

PTC to get replacement motorcycle after all

Peachtree City Police Chief Skip Clark.

The Peachtree City Police Department will be getting a new motorcycle after all to replace the current model whose lease is up in May.

The motorcycle was the subject of much criticism at the April 18 council meeting, but a more robust set of data presented Thursday night was more than enough to sway four council members to approve the $31,941 purchase.

Police said the motorcycle can respond much quicker a cart path incident than the ATV suggested by Councilman George Dienhart, who recorded the sole ‘no’ vote against the purchase. Read More»

Spring time means bear sighting time

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources provided this photo of a young black bear in a field in north Georgia, exact location unknown.

If you were living in Peachtree City in the late 1990s, you probably remember the infamous black bear scare.

As Public Information Officer Betsy Tyler remembers, somewhere around 1997 or spring 1998, a young black bear caused a commotion during his northward trek along the Flat Creek basin on his way to only bears know where.

Tyler remembers activating the crude city-wide cable alert system, warning residents on an early evening in spring to beware of a roving black bear.

“He enjoyed our cart path system,” Tyler remembered, “and visited a couple of golf courses along the way.” Read More»

Boy, 13, fatally injured in fall at PTC’s Falcon Field

Teen fell 25 feet through skylight of main hangar

A Temple, Ga., boy was fatally injured in a fall through a skylight at the main hangar at Peachtree City’s Falcon Field Airport shortly after noon Friday, police said.

The roof was in the process of being replaced by a subcontractor R&R of Villa Rica when the incident happened around 12:39 p.m., police said. Bailey stepped on a skylight, which collapsed, and fell about 25 feet to the hangar floor, police said. No other explanation was given for the presence of the 13-year-old on the hangar roof.

Because of the weather, a medical helicopter was unavailable and the ambulance had to divert to Piedmont Fayette Hospital where the youth later died, police said. Read More»

County takes first steps toward new Tyrone fire station

The ball is rolling for the construction of a new county fire station at the intersection of Ga. Highway 74 and Jenkins Road.

The fire station, once complete, will replace the current fire station in downtown Tyrone, which has suffered from septic system problems for a number of years.
The architectural contract has been awarded to The Howell Group of Marietta for $98,000. The county received proposals from 24 different companies, and four of those companies were selected for the first round. Read More»

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