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Fayette County arrests report — June 17–23

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the period indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, June 17 - Monday, June 23

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Dewayne P. Balka, born in 1980, of Centerra Drive, Hampton, for revoked or suspended license.

Nikohlas R. Chavis, born in 1993, of Meadow Court, Fairburn, for wanted person. Read More»

Sheriff: Motorcyclist killed in Sat. crash

A Jonesboro motorcyclist was killed Saturday night when his vehicle was struck by a passenger car at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Flat Creek Trail, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

Alex Strickland, 37, died after his motorcycle struck the driver’s side of a 2001 Toyota Corolla at 10:30 p.m., Babb said. The Corolla driver, identified as Zahra Rupani of Fayetteville, was not injured. Read More»

Boy rescued from drowning in PTC pool

Rescuers rush the 10-year-old victim to a medevac helicopter. Photo/Peachtree City Police Department.

UPDATED 8:06 p.m. June 29 — A 10-year-old boy nearly drowned during a pool party Saturday in Peachtree City, but was rescued by adults who performed lifesaving CPR, according to the Peachtree City Police Department.

The boy was hospitalized overnight and released from the hospital Sunday, according to a next-door neighbor's posting on the police department's Facebook page. Read More»

Senoia nabs identity thief

Senoia police investigators responding to an incident involving debit card information stolen from a Senoia victim arrested a Stone Mountain man who admitted using stolen information from multiple victims to open debit and credit card accounts.

Kwame Gordon, 34, was charged on June 17 with one count of identity theft, said Senoia Inv. Jason Ercole, adding that additional charges and arrests are expected. Read More»

PTC police urge designated drivers for holiday

The Fourth of July is a favorite American holiday filled with fun, food, fireworks, friends and family. But celebrating can quickly turn to tragedy when people choose to drive after drinking, so the Peachtree City Police Department is urging everyone to plan ahead this Independence Day — designate a sober driver ahead of time.

“The Fourth of July festivities can be so much fun,” said police Lt. Matt Myers. “People make plans for the partying, but too many drivers don’t plan ahead to get home safely.” Read More»

Fayette to Ga. DOT: Here’s money for I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange

The Fayette County Commission is putting its money where its mouth is in terms of prioritizing state-level transportation projects.

The commission has notified the Georgia Department of Transportation that it wants to shift funds away from both bypasses around Fayetteville in order to accelerate the interchange improvement at Interstate 85 and Ga. Highway 74 in Fairburn. Read More»

Firm readies aerial help for local movie-making

One of the newest additions to the growing group of vendors at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in west Fayetteville is Go2 Studios and its associate Camera Copters-GA. Pictured from left are Camera Copters-GA aerial coordinator Skip Lam, Go2 Studios executive producer LaTanya Potts, 8-year-old Paul Barth, III and Camera Copters owner and aerial coordinator Paul Barth. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The emergence of Pinewood Atlanta Studios on Fayetteville’s expanded west side continues to bring a variety of new companies to the city. Two of those companies on June 18 provided an up-close look what it takes to film high in the air above an outdoor television or movie set.

Camera Copters-GA had one of its helicopters available for viewing at the Pinewood Production Centre and was joined by representatives of production and distribution company Go2 Studios, one of the new vendors at Pinewood Atlanta. Read More»

Soon, guns will be legal in new places

Rep. Ronnie Mabra at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville June 21. Photo/John Munford.

Rep. Mabra hosts forum at county library, where you can legally carry a weapon as of July 1

Starting July 1, gun owners with a carry permit will be allowed to legally bring their guns into bars, churches and “unsecured” public buildings such as local libraries and the like. Read More»

PTC police seek driver who fled traffic stop

Peachtree City police are asking the public to help locate a man who ran from police on a traffic stop late Wednesday afternoon. The suspect was identified as Tony Long, 5’9”, weighing 140 pounds and wearing khaki shorts and a gray shirt. Long was last spotted running into the Shiloh Mobile Home Park behind the Peachtree East Shopping Center.

Peachtree City police are asking the public to help locate a man who ran from police on a traffic stop late Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect was identified as Tony Long, 5’9”, weighing 140 pounds and wearing khaki shorts and a gray shirt. Long was last spotted running into the Shiloh Mobile Home Park behind the Peachtree East Shopping Center.

Long is wanted by several jurisdictions which have lodged criminal charges against him, police said.

Anyone with information on Long’s whereabouts is asked to contact police by calling 911.

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