Lights and Sirens

Piedmont Fayette Hospital ground zero for shooter drill

Ambulances along with a host of emergency response units from around Fayette County participated March 8 in an emergency preparedness mock scenario at Piedmont Fayette Hospital that involved an active shooter with hostages. Photo/Special.

An emergency preparedness drill held on March 8 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital was executed to help emergency responders prepare for the absolute worst. In a mock scenario of a gunman in the hospital holding 30 hostages, county and municipal emergency personnel worked with Piedmont Fayette Hospital staff to lock down the hospital and protect patients and the facility itself.

The drill ended with the fictitious death of one gunman and the capture of the other two. A fake bomb blast also was included in the event. Read More»

Emergency drill set for Saturday around Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Piedmont Fayette Hospital will participate in an emergency management exercise March 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

During the drill emergency personnel will respond as in a real emergency.

Traffic delays can be expected in the proximity of the Piedmont Fayette campus but the exercise will not affect patient/visitor access to hospital services, access to the hospital’s main entrances or surrounding medical offices. Read More»

PTC police seek help in locating missing juvenile

Update: Juvenile FOUND at 12:50 p.m.

UPDATED at 12:51 p.m. Friday

Acting on a lead from a citizen, police have found a missing 12-year-old with special needs who wandered away from an office building in the Westpark area.

A citizen who had received a phone alert about the child called 911 to report seeing a child matching the description on a bicycle traveling on the sidewalk along Ga. Highway 54 West.

Police responded to the area quickly and confirmed the youngster was the one they were looking for. Read More»

3 PTC men killed in plane crash

Three Peachtree City men were killed in a plane crash Saturday shortly after 2 p.m. in LaGrange, police said. The victims were identified as Vincent Michael Rossetti, 60; Willy Lutz, 69; and Jeffery Van Curtis, 53, according to the LaGrange Police Department. Read More»

Fayette officials, power companies assess how they handled major ice event

Sign of the time in Fayette during last week’s ice storm. Photo/Steve Rapson.

EMC CEO deems power restoration process ‘extremely efficient’ Read More»

Nearly all power outages in Coweta, Fayette restored

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Nearly all power outages in Coweta and Fayette counties had been restored by Sunday morning.

A Sunday morning check of the storm maps for Coweta-Fayette EMC and Georgia Power showed there were 7 remaining power outages in Coweta and 23 in Fayette for EMC customers and none for Georgia Power customers.
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Traffic lights, power lines down at PTC’s major intersection

Traffic lights, power lines down at PTC’s major intersection

UPDATE 11:36 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 — Winter weather has brought down the traffic signal at Ga. highways 54 and 74, normally Peachtree City’s busiest intersection.

Motorists should completely avoid the area as live power lines are down as well, according to the Peachtree City Police Department.

The police department posted the info on Facebook around 10:30 p.m. tonight.

The police department itself has lost outside power and is working on emergency backup power.

Numerous officers have been called in to work along with volunteers from the auxiliary police force. Read More»

PTC family escapes injury from tree crashing into their house

Lilly Evans climbs aboard the tree that narrowly missed her and her mother. Photo/Special.

James Evans’ wife Jami and daughter Lillian narrowly escaped serious injury Wednesday afternoon when a pine tree, weighted down with ice, came crashing into the wall outside the room where they were watching television.

Evans — who lives on Hip Pocket Road in Peachtree City — took photos and tells the story:

At right above, Lilly Evans climbs aboard the tree that narrowly missed her and her mother. Photo/Special.
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The Citizen winter storm news updates

Updated 4:42 p.m. Thursday – Fayette County is starting to thaw out from the great ice storm of 2014 as most roads are clear, and the traffic lights have been repaired Read More»

Police: stay off icy roads

PTC cops warn that N. Peachtree Parkway is likely to be closed to all but local traffic

With ice expected to cover local roads tomorrow, Peachtree City police are urging all motorists to stay off the road to stay safe. It might turn out to be good advice throughout Fayette and Coweta counties, and based on reports we've heard from grocery stores, locals are prepared to hunker down for a day or more if necessary.

Gov. Nathan Deal has also urged drivers to get off the roads so they can be pretreated with salt and sand by the Georgia Department of Transportation, which has called in extra staff and vehicles from South Georgia to assist.

Officials want to make sure the roads are clear so they can respond to emergencies. Read More»

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