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Jan. 8 wreck brings drug arrest

Fayette Sheriff's Department photo shows part of the contraband seized in the arrest.

A Jan. 8 traffic collision in north Fayette County resulted in more than injuries to one of the motorists involved. Officers at the scene found a quantity of Xanax and more than four pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

Sheriff Barry Babb said 20-year-old Fayetteville resident Michael Lamar Clark was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of Xanax with intent to distribute. Xanax is a brand of anti-anxiety prescription medicine. Read More»

Coweta wrecker man charged with shooting mechanic in foot

A Coweta County man has been charged with aggravated assault after shooting a man in the ankle in a dispute over a car repair.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said 47-year-old David Sharp was charged with aggravated assault in the Jan. 12 incident.

The incident occurred after Sharp, a tow truck driver, met with a car mechanic at a business located on Ga. Highway 85 North. The mechanic was the individual who would be working on the vehicle, Babb added. Read More»

Deputies charge Fayette man with multiple felonies in spat with wife

A Fayette County man faces multiple charges stemming from a Jan. 9 domestic incident and the burglary of a nearby residence.

Nicholas Manley, 26, of Deer Forest Trail in east Fayette County, was charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery, terroristic acts and threats, two counts of burglary, criminal trespass and cruelty to children, according to arrest records. Read More»

PTC’s McIntosh High School to receive a facelift

Artist’s rendering of new front for McIntosh High School. Graphic provided by the Fayette County School System.

As a project it will not be large. But the improvement to McIntosh High School approved Monday night by the Fayette County Board of Education will be something that will make a difference for students and for the look of a portion of the school’s exterior.

As it stands today, the main entrance positioned on the south side of the school is the location of administrative offices on the ground floor. The approved project will have an enclosed walkway installed above the administrative area which will link the existing two-story classroom buildings. Read More»

Trial begins in ‘shaken baby’ murder

Defense attorneys say injuries don't match and father did not shake his son

Defense attorneys for a man accused of shaking his baby to death told a jury yesterday that his infant son’s injuries do not match those from any typical “shaken baby” death.

Attorneys for Jamal Rashad Thomas, 21, said Tuesday that the evidence will show a lack of several specific injuries common to “shaken baby” deaths and the location of the infant’s actual injuries does not correlate with a shaken baby diagnosis. Read More»

Coventry medical insurance customers roiled in Piedmont contract tussle

Coventry medical insurance customers roiled in Piedmont contract tussle

Coventry healthcare insurance policyholders in Fayette and Coweta counties got a troubling letter in the last few days — notice that the main hospital and physicians group in this area would no longer be “in-network” for them.

If Piedmont Healthcare and Piedmont Physicians Group would no longer be available to thousands of Coventry policyholders as in-network providers, costs could skyrocket for the patients.

The uncertainty results from last-minute contract negotiations, something the Georgia Department of Insurance has no jurisdiction over, according to spokesman Glenn Allen. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Dec. 31 – Jan. 6

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. 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, Dec. 31 - Monday, Jan. 6

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Laura Becerra-Lopez, born in 1976, of Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, for defective or no headlight and driving without valid license.
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Fla. man arrested in PTC molestation case

Fla. man arrested in PTC molestation case

A Florida man was arrested by Peachtree City police on Jan. 12 on charges of child molestation and numerous other offenses involving a 13-year-old girl. Read More»

Senoia police win state certification

Officers and staff of the Senoia Police Dept., along with consultant Beverly Trainor at far right, were recognized at the Jan. 6 meeting of the Senoia City Council for obtaining a three-year certification from the Ga. Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP). Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Senoia Police Dept. recently went through the certification process with the Ga. Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP). Members of the department attended the Jan. 6 meeting of the Senoia City Council where the three-year certification was announced.

Making the presentation was Lake City Police Chief David Colwell. Obtaining the certification involves compliance with 129 standards across eight certification areas, Colwell said.
Colwell congratulated the department, adding that the Senoia department had received a three-year certification.
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Winter visits City Hall for a couple of days

Winter visits City Hall for a couple of days

The fountain at Peachtree City Hall earlier this week presented clear evidence that winter had arrived in full force. The uncustomary frigid weather kept overnight temperatures in the single digits and daytime highs in the 20s. By week’s end, temperatures had climbed back into the 50s and a fast-moving squall line dumped heavy rain on the area. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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