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ATF thanks sheriff's investigators for gun case

ATF thanks sheriff's investigators for gun case

Hard work led to federal time for 12 defendants in Autrey's Armory burglary

A number of Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators have been lauded for their work in the prosecution of 12 people related to the 2007 smash-and-grab burglary of 85 guns from Autrey’s Armory off Ga. Highway 314.

The federal prosecution of those defendants netted a combined sentence of 67 years in federal prison, along with the conviction of a juvenile suspect in Fayette County Juvenile Court, according to Gregory K. Gant, the special agent in charge of the ATF’s Atlanta Field Division.

All suspects were also ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution, Gant said. Read More»

Haddix libel defense: Logsdon remains ‘public figure’

There’s a new twist in the libel lawsuit filed by former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon against current Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix.

Haddix has already admitted that he said that Logsdon “came to meetings part drunk” in an email to a city staffer Feb. 22. Haddix also has said he “regrets” making the statement.

In addition to using the public apology as a defense, Haddix is also planning to contend that Logsdon “continues to qualify as a public figure,” according to Haddix attorney John Mrosek of Fayetteville. Read More»

Father’s Day gift: A daughter’s kidney

Arnold Hicks stands with daughter Natalie Fields. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Natalie Fields donates one of her healthy kidneys to her dad, Arnold Hicks

Arnold Hicks will likely still get a card this Sunday from his daughter, Natalie Fields, for Father’s Day, but he got an incredible gift nearly two weeks ago when he received one of her kidneys in a transplant operation. The surgery was nearly two years in the making and it will almost certainly improve Hicks’ quality of life as well as the lives of everyone in the family.

Hicks, 59, is a Type I diabetic and he has been insulin dependent for 49 years. One of the things that diabetes does is take a toll on the kidneys, an organ that filters the blood, among other functions. Read More»

Fayette schools have unused space for 4,791 more students

Chart showing Fayette schools' enrollments, capacities and percent capacities. From the print version of The Citizen (June 15, 2011).

The Fayette County Board of Education tentatively adopted the FY 2011-2012 General Fund budget on June 7. And while the budget will be balanced using the majority of the fund balance from June 30, such an approach will not work the following year unless the state and local economies recover at lightning speed or unless millions in expenses are cut.

One of the falling revenue sources is linked to falling student enrollment. The Citizen recently looked at current and past enrollment numbers at the individual schools and the percentage of student capacity at each school. Read More»

PTC to be test site for high tech automotive mobile devices project

Panasonic, AT&T to explore mobile device, auto connectivity

Peachtree City will be the test site for a special wireless network to link in-car information/entertainment systems with “emerging mobile devices” according to an announcement from Panasonic Automotive Systems, which is located in the city’s industrial park. Read More»

PTC cops seek 2 in Pizza Hut armed robbery

Peachtree City police are looking for two gunmen who robbed the Pizza Hut in Braelinn Village early Saturday morning.

The assailants, armed with medium-sized pistols, entered the unlocked rear delivery door to the restaurant on Crosstown Court, police said. Read More»

TEEN CERT Camp this July in Peachtree City

The Peachtree City Police Department will be hosting a Teen Community Emergency Response Team (TEEN CERT) camp beginning July 11.

The classes will be held Monday through Friday of that week ending on July 15. The classes will start at 8 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. each day. The camp will be held in the training room at the Police Station located at 350 S. Hwy 74, Peachtree City, Ga. Read More»

PTC Planners to vote this Monday on Hwy. 54 West retail center

Developer wants ‘big box’ store, needs special use permit

A proposal to build a shopping center with one store larger than Peachtree City’s 36,000-square-foot size limit will be debated by the city’s planning commission Monday night (June 13). Read More»

The moment of truth in a Taser demonstration

The moment of truth in a Taser demonstration

Officer Gabriel Gilley reacts to a Taser charge as fellow officers help break his fall during a demonstration of the non-lethal means police have available to use to halt a combative person. Photos/John Munford.

Officer down . . . but after the shock, he’s OK

Officer down . . . but after the shock, he’s OK

Participants in the Peachtree City Junior Police Academy saw a rookie officer get the shock of his life Wednesday as the city’s Taser weapon was demonstrated. Officer Gabriel Gilley, above, said afterwards that the five-second jolt was very painful, but that he had no after-effects once it was over. Lt. John Jenkins, at left, shows the students where the gun’s probes entered Gilley’s back. The next photo shows the effect of the high voltage. Photos/John Munford.

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