Lights and Sirens

Jonesboro motorcyclist dies in N. Fayette accident

A Jonesboro man died Jan. 7 in a single vehicle accident when he was ejected from his motorcycle on Ga. Highway 279. Read More»

W. Ga. puppy mill closed on New Year’s Eve

This is one of the dogs rescued on New Year’s Eve by the Newnan Coweta Humane Society. The voluntary surrender of 29 pure and mixed breed dogs and one cat occurred at a location in west Georgia and was facilitated after conversations with the breeder. Photo/Special.

Staff and volunteers with the Newnan Coweta Humane Society (NCHS) had a different kind of celebration on New Year’s Eve when they facilitated the closure of a west Georgia puppy mill and, with the cooperation of the breeder, took possession of 29 dogs and a cat. No charges have been filed in the voluntary surrender.

NCHS President LouAnn Jones said staff on New Year’s Eve and with the consent of the facility operator took possession of 19 adult toy breed dogs, nine mixed breed puppies, an adult Beagle mix and one cat.
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1 injured fighting blaze near New Hope

A firefighter received minor injuries Monday night while battling a house fire near New Hope Road, but the occupants of the home managed to escape without injury before fire crews arrived, officials said.

The home at 260 Brandon Mill Circle was significantly damaged and the cause of the fire is under investigation, said Capt. Pete Nelms of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The blaze was reported at 6:40 p.m. and the first unit, from the city of Fayetteville, was on the scene at 6:45 p.m., followed three minutes later by the first county unit, Nelms said. Read More»

NWS: 2 tornadoes hit Fayette 3 days before Christmas

These large trees off Mud Bridge Road in Woolsey were uprooted by a tornado packing 95 mph winds. Photo/Special.

Twisters struck within 2 minutes on opposite sides of the county; damaged 2 homes; destroyed barn, outbuilding; downed 85 trees

Fayette County escaped a potential brush with disaster Dec. 22 as two minor tornadoes struck within two minutes of each other, some 13 miles apart, according to reports released late last week by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

One of the twisters hit a rural area near Lake Horton in south Fayette County, heading onto Mud Bridge Road in Woolsey. The second tornado touched down in the area of Ga. Highway 92 and Lees Mill Road.

That’s right: they touched down within two minutes of each other, but on opposite ends of Fayette County, more than 13 miles apart. Read More»

‘Have you been drinking tonight?’

‘Have you been drinking tonight?’

Officers check drivers on Rockaway Road just south of Ga. Highway 74, one of the late night locations where Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies and Peachtree City Police conducted road checks on New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day. Another road check on Helmer Road in north Fayette and concentrated enforcement all along Hwy. 74 resulted in five arrests for suspended licenses, no licenses and possession of marijuana along with 21 citations and 19 warnings. The multiple area enforcements began before midnight and continued until nearly 2 a.m. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC’s new weather radar shows more storm details

New radar technology at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City will provide better real-time data on all storms just in time for potentially crippling winter weather storms to hit the area as were experienced last year. Photo/File.

The newly-installed radar technology at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City will provide much better live data on potentially deadly and dangerous storms, according to Meteorologist in Charge Lans Rothfusz.

The technology is detailed enough to show tornado debris in addition to the various types of droplets inside clouds and thunderstorms, Rothfusz said.

The new radar system will make it easier to identify a storm that is capable of producing tornados, increasing the speed with which a tornado warning can be issued, Rothfusz said. Read More»

Teen injured crossing dark Hwy. 74 in Tyrone

A 17-year-old Fayetteville resident sustained serious injuries early Sunday morning when he was struck while crossing Ga. Highway 74 in Tyrone.

Tyrone Police Sgt. Eric DeLoose said the accident occurred when Christian Kennedy was crossing Hwy. 74 at Dogwood Trail Sunday morning at approximately 6:45 a.m., well before sunrise. Read More»

Fayette graduates 11 EMT cadets in Dec. 9 ceremony

Graduation ceremonies for the Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services’ Cadet Class No. 31 were held Dec. 9 in Fayetteville. Pictured are (from left, front) Lt. Scott Roberts, Ryan Griffin, Joshua Frasier, Stacy Elmore, Kane Hicks and Andrew McIntyre; and (rear) Timothy Hartley, Jr., John Auers, Jason Hollen, William Patterson, Samuel Lindsey and Jeremy Prather. Photo/Special.

The Fayette County Dept. of Fire and Emergency Services on Dec. 9 held graduation ceremonies for 11 new members from Cadet Class No. 31. The graduation was held at the county complex in Fayetteville.

Capt. Pete Nelms said all Fayette County cadets are certified as National Registered Emergency Medical Technicians and all have completed a 12-week 480-hour Fire School that is based on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1001) curriculum. Read More»

Arrests but no fatalities in Coweta T’giving traffic

Thanksgiving is always a time for travel and visiting friends and relatives. And it is the time that some drivers should pay a bit more attention to the roadway. A tally of activities during the holiday period by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit showed a total of 23 arrests and 82 citations issued.

First and foremost, there were no fatalities on Coweta County roads during the holiday period. But there were a number of arrests made and larger number of citations and warnings issued. Read More»

No injuries, quick fix in gas leak at Marnelle Mobile Home Park

Firefighters escort a gas company worker to the leak site. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A natural gas leak at the Marnelle Mobile Home Park on Ga. Highway 54 West Tuesday morning was contained less than 30 minutes after it had been reported. A small number of residences were evacuated before an Atlanta Gas worker cut off the supply of natural gas to a meter that had been damaged.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services incident commander Doug Morris said a 911 caller had reported the leak just before 9 a.m. The leak was discovered behind the leasing office near the front of the mobile home park, Morris said. Read More»

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