Lights and Sirens

TEEN CERT Camp this July in Peachtree City

The Peachtree City Police Department will be hosting a Teen Community Emergency Response Team (TEEN CERT) camp beginning July 11.

The classes will be held Monday through Friday of that week ending on July 15. The classes will start at 8 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. each day. The camp will be held in the training room at the Police Station located at 350 S. Hwy 74, Peachtree City, Ga. Read More»

The moment of truth in a Taser demonstration

The moment of truth in a Taser demonstration

Officer Gabriel Gilley reacts to a Taser charge as fellow officers help break his fall during a demonstration of the non-lethal means police have available to use to halt a combative person. Photos/John Munford.

Officer down . . . but after the shock, he’s OK

Officer down . . . but after the shock, he’s OK

Participants in the Peachtree City Junior Police Academy saw a rookie officer get the shock of his life Wednesday as the city’s Taser weapon was demonstrated. Officer Gabriel Gilley, above, said afterwards that the five-second jolt was very painful, but that he had no after-effects once it was over. Lt. John Jenkins, at left, shows the students where the gun’s probes entered Gilley’s back. The next photo shows the effect of the high voltage. Photos/John Munford.

Water safety urged: keep your eye on the kids

Fire officials want to prevent youth drowning incidents here

As the temperature rises and summer sets in, many Fayette County families will head to the pool for fun in the sun.

But lurking in those waters is a deadly danger if the proper precautions aren’t taken, particularly for children, officials said. Drowning is the leading cause of death in America for children under five years old.

Though most children drown in their own backyard swimming pool, others have drowned in buckets, bathtubs, toilets, dog water bowls, lakes, rivers and ponds, officials said. Read More»

PTC girl, 9, drowns in Chattahoochee

A 9-year-old Peachtree City girl died Friday afternoon when she drowned while riding an inner tube in the Chattahoochee River in Forsyth County, officials said.

The victim was identified as Anna Vanhorn by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. She was reported missing on the river just after 4:30 p.m. Friday, officials said.

When water rescue teams found Vanhorn, she was about eight feet underwater with her life preserver on, said Capt. Jason Shivers with the Forsyth County Fire Department. Read More»

Lifeguard rescues child from Kedron pool

An alert lifeguard helped save the life of a 9-year-old girl who became incapacitated and fell underwater at the Kedron large pool Thursday afternoon.

The victim was reportedly in stable condition in intensive care at Scottish Rite children’s hospital following the incident, The Citizen has learned. Read More»

Fayette law enforcement agencies reap $13 million drug money harvest

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department's Hawk One. Photo/Fayette S.O.

In February of this year, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department bought a helicopter to replace its aging Bell OH-58 Kiowa, call sign Hawk One. The price tag was $1.7 million.

So how does a department with a yearly budget of $15.87 million funded mostly with local taxes come up with the cash for one purchase that is the equivalent of 11 percent of its yearly budget? Read More»

Scouts lead the way with pledge in PTC

Scouts lead the way with pledge in PTC

Boy Scouts from Troop 75 led the Pledge of Allegiance at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Peachtree City’s veterans memorial. Photo/John Munford.

Thursday thunderstorm brings darkness to thousands

Thursday thunderstorm brings darkness to thousands

Peachtree City firefighters deal with the immediate aftermath of a powerful thunderstorm the evening of May 26. This downed tree on Robinson Road near its intersection with Wingate Road likely caused the loss of power to many hundreds of homes in the Glenloch area. Across town, thousands of Georgia Power customers in Windgate, Coventry and Golf View homes spent an air-condition-less night after a tree fell on lines at the intersection of Flat Creek Road and Golf View. Power in some areas was not restored until late Friday. Read More»

'Gator' caution urged at Lake Kedron

Officials: don’t feed it; if you spot it take a photo and call Ga. DNR

A ranger with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was unable to locate an alligator that has been reported at Lake Kedron, Peachtree City officials said.

The ranger toured the lake on a boat Thursday but the search came up empty.

However, the city is urging residents to take caution not just near the lake, but also along the city’s path system that are near lakes, streams and other bodies of water. Read More»