Lights and Sirens

Less lucrative drug money seizures lead to loss of sheriff’s helicopter

Hawk 1 when it was new in 2011. Photo/Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Get rid of deputies or get rid of a helicopter: That was the choice he had to make, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

“It came down to programs or people. And we chose people,” Babb said.

The elimination by Babb of the Hawk I helicopter as a cost-saving measure in his 2013-2014 proposed budget reflects a fundamental change in a program used to buy and operate the aurcraft.

Babb cited the high cost of operating the helicopter in the face of shrinking federal asset seizure funds used to fund that operation. Read More»

Mom, kid driver cited in PTC cart crash

A golf cart crash that seriously injured a Starr’s Mill High School student May 9 has resulted in charges being filed against both the driver and the owner of the golf cart.

The juvenile driver was charged with reckless driving and underage operation of a golf cart, police said. The juvenile’s mother, Leticia Hernandez-Garcia, was cited with allowing underage operation of a golf cart and failure to transfer golf cart registration, police said. Read More»

PTC Fire takes title

PTC Fire takes title

The Peachtree City Fire/Rescue Department has recaptured the championship title they last held in 2005, 2006 and 2011: champion of the annual Public Safety Games in Fayette County. The month-long games pit the county’s police, fire and 911 services against each other in sports including softball, tennis, volleyball, trap shooting, bowling, golf and 1-mile and 5K races. Over 40 individuals from Peachtree City Fire/Rescue helped win the single and double elimination softball tournaments, sand and indoor volleyball and basketball competitions in the sixteen event mega-challenge. Read More»

PTC missing juvenile located

UPDATED 2:16 p.m.
This juvenile has been located, police said a few minutes ago. The juvenile was found and no foul play is suspected.

Following is the original story:
Peachtree City police are searching for a missing 14-year-old juvenile.

Ashton Blackmon, a black male is described as being 5'3" and approximately 125 pounds. He was last seen in the area of 1000 Peachtree Station Circle.

Blackmon was last seen wearing a yellow/white American Eagle shirt with a small eagle symbol on it along with grey athletic shorts and white socks. Read More»

Pedestrian killed on Hwy. 85S

A pedestrian died late Wednesday night after being struck by a tractor trailer on Ga. Highway 85 south near Whitewater Middle School, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

The pedestrian's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, officials said.

The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. as the tractor trailer was heading south on the highway, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb. No charges have been filed against the driver. As with all serious motor vehicle crashes, drug and alcohol samples were taken from the driver, Babb confirmed.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital thanks local first responders

Piedmont Fayette Hospital thanks local first responders

Piedmont Fayette Hospital celebrated national EMS Week, May 19-25, with a barbeque lunch to show appreciation to all local EMS workers for all the life-saving work they do each and every day. Andy Steele, Piedmont Fayette’s senior director of emergency services (second from right) is shown with Fayette County Emergency Management Services workers who were among the many EMS providers from Fayette and Coweta counties who came out for the event. Photo/Special.

Coweta, Fayette aid tornado victims

Bracken Stubbs, Midwest Food Bank truck driver, stands beside the tractor-trailer truck loaded with bottled water that will be delivered to the Moore, Okla., area this week. Photo/Special.

Peachtree City food bank sends water to Oklahoma storm victims

The Georgia Division of Midwest Food Bank located in Peachtree City is helping the tornado victims in Oklahoma by sending bottled water.

Within two days of the tornado, Bracken Stubbs, Midwest Food Bank truck driver, picked up a semi load of bottled water in Savannah and on Memorial Day he will leave for Springfield, Mo., to drop it off with Convoy of Hope for distribution to Oklahoma. Read More»

‘Endless Love’ shoot to shut down Redwine Road for Friday filming

Local residents will have to detour around a section of Redwine Road Friday to make way for the filming of scenes in a new movie version of “Endless Love.”

The road is slated to be closed from 2 a.m. in the morning of May 24 through midnight. Vehicles will be detoured onto Harris and Harp roads to navigate around the closed area, officials said.

Also, on the following Tuesday, May 28, there will be intermittent traffic delays on Redwine between Harris and Harp roads that motorists should be prepared for. Those delays will be ongoing all day from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Read More»

PTC collecting donations for Oklahoma tornado victims

The Peachtree City Police Department is working with the Magnolia Disaster Relief and will be taking donations to be delivered to the Oklahoma City area this Sunday, May 26. Read More»

Lightning damages steeple at F’ville 1st Baptist

Lightning damages steeple at F’ville 1st Baptist

A bolt of lightning struck and damaged the steeple at First Baptist Church of Fayetteville Sunday as strong thunderstorms moved through the area. But worshippers gathered at the church afterwards and continued to use the building Sunday evening, according to John Munford, reporter for The Citizen. “We’re lucky it didn’t strike the courthouse where the art show was, or the county parking lot where they were doing Taste of Fayette at the time.,” Munford wrote. Photo/John Munford.