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Senoia Police hold gang awareness meeting

A gang awareness meeting presented April 25 by Senoia Police was attended by area residents, city Council members and Coweta County Board of Education member Amy Dees. Investigator Alicia Batts and others provided a primer on the recognition of gang activity and the methods and distinguishing characteristics community members can look for as those activities continue to spread throughout the 28-county metro Atlanta area. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Senoia Police it is a matter of citizens being aware of their surroundings and mindful that new forms of crime can enter a community as metro Atlanta continues its spread across the 28-county area of north Georgia. To that end, Investigator Alicia Batts on April 25 presented a gang awareness meeting for city residents designed to heighten that awareness. Read More»

Coweta dodges big weather bullet

A system of severe thunderstorms swept through Coweta County during the nighttime hours April 27. One of those storm systems tracking to the northeast out of the area of Heard and Troup counties entered Coweta near Grantville, apparently spawning a tornado. Unlike many areas in Georgia and the South that night the storm system spared Coweta from significant destruction.

“I think we dodged a big bullet compared to other places,” said Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones. Read More»

Daybreak update: Fayette dodges storm

Fayette County avoided serious storm damage overnight that wrought likely tornados in neighboring Spalding County.

The Spalding storm was Fayette's closest call, potentially threatening southeast Fayette near the Brooks and Woolsey areas. Damage in Spalding was significant along Ga. Highway 92 north of Griffin, as aerial news video showed leveled buildings and damaged mobile homes.

No significant damage was reported in Fayette County to speak of, emergency officials said. Fayette crews are being dispatched to Spalding County this morning to help assist them in clearing roads, said Lt. Donnie Davis of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Read More»

Safely ditch old, unused medicine Saturday

Dropping off your old, unused prescription medication is as easy as driving through the parking lot of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office this Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo/File.

A special event to dispose of potentially dangerous prescription medication will be hosted Saturday at the Fayette County Sheriff's Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Not only will they take the medication no questions asked, but the setup will be pain-free, as the service will be offered "drive-through" style. Participants won't need to get out of their cars; just roll down the window and hand over the unused or unwanted prescription drugs. Read More»

F’ville Rite-Aid burglarized April 24

Fayetteville Police are searching for a burglar in connection with an April 24 break-in at the Rite-Aid pharmacy on North Glynn Street.

Department spokesperson Mike Whitlow said the break-in occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. after a man who appeared on video to be a black male threw a large rock through a store window and gained entrance.

Whitlow said the man stole a large quantity of cigarettes.

It is possible that this man has been involved in similar break-ins in other jurisdictions, Whitlow said, adding that Fayetteville investigators are in contact with other agencies. Read More»

Veteran: Pearl Harbor attack was ‘chaotic’

Griffin resident Bob Schmutzler talks about his experiences in World War II, including firing at attacking Japanese fighter planes at Pearl Harbor using a rifle like the one he holds. Photo/John Munford.

Editor’s note: This interview was conducted because of WWII Heritage Days, taking place this weekend in Peachtree City. Please see the special section in this paper for more information about that event.

When Japanese airplanes struck Pearl Harbor by surprise Dec. 7, 1941, Bob Schmutzler of nearby Griffin was eating breakfast in the mess hall. Read More»

Gas is higher — so are gas taxes

You’ll pay 3¢ more a gallon at the pump thanks to automatic tax increase

The drastic rise in gas prices statewide has triggered an automatic increase in gasoline taxes, meaning motorists will be paying more at the pump.

The gas tax will rise an additional 2.8 cents per gallon in state gas taxes starting May 1, according to state fiscal economist Kenneth Heaghney.

The increase was triggered by a rise of more than 25 percent in gas prices statewide over a six-month period, Heaghney said. That resulted in a re-figuring of the “second part” of the state’s motor fuel taxes. Read More»

Fund-raiser set for ailing Board of Education member Sam Tolbert

Sam Tolbert.

It is a way to show her love and support. Hannah Tolbert, daughter of Fayette County Board of Education member Sam Tolbert, is planning a “Ride for Life” car and bike show and benefit ride fund-raiser on June 12 to help offset her father’s expenses as he undergoes treatment for Stage 4 esophageal cancer.

Stage 4 — the final and most serious of four stages — means that the metastatic cancer has spread to distant sites in the body. Read More»

F’ville man arrested for child molestation

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office announced April 26 that a Fayetteville man has been arrested on child molestation charges relating to inappropriate sexual behavior with a juvenile over a two-year period.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan said Vick Cataldo, 61, was arrested April 15 and charged with child molestation. Rowan said the case involved Cataldo engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior over a two-year time frame with a juvenile at a residence on Kite Lake Road. That time frame occurred between March 2009 and March 2011, Rowan said. Read More»

Fayette judge scandal spawns 4 requests for new trials

Four defendants convicted in Fayette County are seeking a new trial, claiming the affair between former Fayette County public defender Kimberly Cornwell and former Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr. adversely affected their rights to fair trials. Read More»