Lights and Sirens

The sheriff has a new ‘Hawk One’ to patrol the skies over Fayette County

The new Hawk One helicopter gets an inflight portrait taken by its retiring predecessor in this photo provided by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has replaced its aging helicopter with a much-newer model.

The AS350 B2 chopper from American Eurocopter becomes the new “Hawk 1” replacing the older Vietnam-era Bell OH-58 unit, purchased in 2002.

The old Hawk 1 was experiencing much more downtime due to maintenance, and parts were becoming hard to come by, said Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah.

“The maintenance issues were getting to where it was down more than it was up,” Hannah said. Read More»

PTC ‘National Night Out’ set for Aug. 2

Peachtree City police are again hosting the anti-crime event “National Night Out” Tuesday, Aug. 2 near the Kedron Village Target from 7 to 9 p.m.

There will be a host of public safety equipment on display for the curious public to take a gander at, including fire department ladder trucks, helicopters, police vehicles, auto wreckers and more. Read More»

Newnan man dies after June wreck in Senoia

Twenty-year-old Newnan resident Tramario Reese died July 3 as a result of injuries he sustained in a June 10 wreck when a Newnan woman in whose vehicle he was riding ran a stop sign on Rockaway Road and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Charges are pending in the accident.

Senoia Police spokesman Jason Ercole said the incident occurred on June 10 at 11:57 p.m. after Reese, 17-year-old driver and Newnan resident Angelica Williams and two other passengers left a graduation party at either the Twin Lakes or Heritage Pointe subdivisions. Read More»

Quick action helped save PTC home from fire

Peachtree City firefighters come down from the roof of the North Cove home that was believed to have been struck by lightning in the late afternoon of July 9. Photo/Special.

Fire contained to attic; neighbor called 911 quickly

A North Cove subdivision resident is very thankful for the Peachtree City Fire Department’s work to save her home from burning to the ground shortly after 6:15 p.m.

Maureen Holloway’s home at 129 North Cove is believed to have been struck by lightning during a thunderstorm, fire officials said. That touched off a fire in the attic area that was spotted by a nearby homeowner, who called 911.

Fire crews were able to limit the damage to one area of the attic, but there was a significant amount of smoke and water damage to the home, according to Assistant Fire Marshal John Dunlap. Read More»

South Fayette home burns after lightning strike

A house on Littlefield Court off Seay Road in south Fayette County suffered substantial damage after being struck by lightning July 9. No one was home when the fire occurred.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson Donnie Davis said the fire was called by in neighbors at 6:35 p.m. The first units arrived at 6:38 p.m. and firefighters had the fire under control at 8:30 p.m.

The family was away from home when the lightning strike and fire occurred, Davis said. Read More»

PTC police lauded for traffic safety efforts

Department wins 3rd in national competition; also cited with technology award

The Peachtree City Police Department has achieved a nationwide accolade for having one of the best traffic safety programs in the United States.

The department won third place in the National Law Enforcement Challenge among city police departments which have between 46 and 75 sworn officers. It also won the competition’s overall “Technology Award” for new and innovative approaches to improving traffic safety through the use of technology.

The competition focuses on three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving and speeding, police said. Read More»

Fayetteville crash sends 1 to hospital

Fayetteville crash sends 1 to hospital

One person was transported via ambulance as a result of this two-car collision late this morning at the intersection of Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard and Helen Sams Parkway in Fayetteville.

The force of the collision caused the Ford Explorer to flip onto its side. But it was the driver of the Buick auto who was taken to the hospital by Fayette County paramedics.

None of the injuries in the wreck were believed to be life-threatening.

McIntosh High School’s colors turn red, white and blue for PTC’s 4th

McIntosh High School’s colors turn red, white and blue for PTC’s 4th

Students from Peachtree City's McIntosh High School show their school and patriotic spirit during the Monday morning July 4th parade. Click here for a gallery of parade photos. Photo/John Munford.

If you just gotta shoot off some fireworks, then follow these expert safety precautions

July 4 is just around the corner and the organized fireworks displays such as the one over Lake Peachtree in Peachtree City are a part of the annual observance. And legal or not, the national holiday always includes many other fireworks displays in neighborhoods across the area before the night is over. And July 4 is also a time to exercise caution and awareness when dealing with fireworks and the potential for injuries and fires that can quickly get out of hand. Read More»

UPDATED: PTC plant evacuated after sulfur odor is reported

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — Reports of a sulfur smell in the Avery Dennison Corp. plant on Ga. Highway 74 South in Peachtree City June 27 led to the temporary evacuation of up to 90 employees and a portion of the facility but no definitive answer as to the cause of the smell. Read More»

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