Brooks councilman named police chief in Chatt Hills

Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper was recently hired as the new Chattahoochee Hills Police Chief. Harper brings to the job a working knowledge of municipal matters and more than three decades in law enforcement. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper retirement after a career in law enforcement was not enough. Harper was recently hired as the new police chief in Chattahoochee Hills.

Harper’s career in law enforcement to date spans more than three decades. He started work in College Park in 1973 and retired from the department in July 2006.

Harper said he was contacted in November about assuming the position of interim chief in the south Fulton County city. Read More»

Skeletal remains found in east Coweta near PTC

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is the investigating the discovery of a human skull and a large number of bones found July 5 by a surveyor working on the east side of Trinity Fellowship Church just south of Ga. Highway 54 East near Line Creek and Peachtree City. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — June 28 – July 4

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, June 28 — Monday, July 4

Elizabeth M. Clark, 38, of Westminister Village, Sharpsburg, for no drivers license.

Willie A. Fairure, 47, of Golfview Drive, Conyers, for abandonment of spouse or child.

Robert L. Frisby, 55, of Jordan Place, Fayetteville, for driving with suspended license. Read More»

Nude pix lead to man's arrest

Sheriffs: Fayetteville man sent unsolicited nude photos using cellphone

A Fayetteville man was arrested June 30 for sending unsolicited nude photos to three victims via his cellphone, Fayette County sheriff’s investigators said.

Thruman H. Jones, 53, was charged with five counts of distributing obscene materials depicting nudity.

The incidents occurred on June 13, June 20 and June 27, investigators said. Read More»

County: public comment won’t be moved

Citizens retain ability to address commissioners at beginning of meetings

Citizens wishing to address the Fayette County Board of Commissioners will still be able to do so near the beginning of the meetings.

The commission flirted with the possibility of moving public comments to the end of the meeting, but instead commissioners agreed at a workshop Wednesday to leave the public comments near the top of its bi-weekly agenda.

Moving the comments to the end of the meetings would have prevented citizens from being able to speak to the commission about items on that meeting’s agenda until after the commission made its decisions, noted Commissioner Lee Hearn. Read More»

Updated: arrest in 1 PTC wallet theft

Updated: arrest in 1 PTC wallet theft

Peachtree City police have arrested a Sharpsburg woman in connection with a wallet stolen from Hibbett Sports July 2.

Tracy Jones, 50, of Sweet Bay Drive was arrested Wednesday, the same day police released a photograph of a “person of interest” in the case. She has been charged with one count of theft by taking and one count of financial transaction card fraud.

According to police, after the wallet was stolen from the Hibbett Sports, there was an attempt to use a Visa debit card from the wallet at the nearby Target store, which is also in the Kedron Village shopping center. Read More»

Comparing 3 shopping destinations by their car tags

Who shops at the Fayette Pavilion in Fayetteville, The Avenue in Peachtree City and Ashley Park in Newnan? Which counties do these people come from to spend their money?

It turns out that each retail area benefits significantly from having out of county shoppers travel to these three venues to potentially spend their money and add to the sales tax rolls. A June 25 survey by The Citizen showed that auto tags registered in other counties accounted for approximately 65 percent of vehicles at the Pavilion, 54 percent at The Avenue and 41 percent at Ashley Park. Read More»

8th arrest made in 2010 Shiloh Mobile Home Park arson, fraud

An eighth person has been arrested by Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators in connection to a case of insurance fraud relating to an August 2010 arson fire at a residence in the Shiloh Mobile Home Park near Peachtree City.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan said Fayette County investigators with the assistance of Richland County South Carolina Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia, S.C., Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) made an arrest on June 29 in connection with an arson for profit investigation which began on Aug. 4, 2010. Read More»

Jobless rate down to 8.1% in Fayette, up in PTC

The recession continues to wear on in Fayette County. The unemployment rate in Fayette County dropped slightly to 8.1 percent in May while the rate in Peachtree City rose to 7.2 percent.

The jobless rate in Fayette County edged down a tenth of a percent in May to 8.1 percent, or 4,078 people out of work in a countywide workforce of 50,097. The jobless rate was 8.2 percent in April and 8.3 percent in May 2010. Read More»

Will Fayette Commission kick public comment to the meeting’s end?

At its workshop meeting Wednesday, the Fayette County Commission will begin to tackle a detailed updating of the ordinance that governs how meetings are run.

Although there has been some sentiment to move the public comment portion of the meeting to the end of the agenda, the ordinance prepared by county staff keeps it near the beginning of the meeting. Read More»

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