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Fayette County Sheriff Hannah and wife named in lawsuit

A woman whose car collided with a sheriff’s patrol vehicle Jan. 27 has filed suit seeking medical and punitive damages against Fayette County, Sheriff Wayne Hannah and the driver of the patrol vehicle, Capt. Deborah Hannah, who is also the wife of Sheriff Hannah. Read More»

Fewer Fayette students in classes this year than last

Years of explosive growth behind them, Fayette schools now face declining numbers

A school system that a decade ago was growing by an elementary school a year has shifted into reverse. All age groups are affected as elementary schools, middle schools and high schools — with a few exceptions — are having fewer students show up for classes. Read More»

Enjoy free pizza, free oil change and other back-to-school savings

“Free” is everyone’s favorite price, particularly when it’s time for back-to-school.

Get a free Papa John’s medium, one topping pizza and a free Firestone Complete Auto Care standard oil change, no purchase necessary at either location, when you buy an Enjoy the City coupon book for $10; that’s half off the cover price. Read More»

Controversial bypass intersection: Protesters say, “Fix it or close it”

Protesters demonstrate Friday at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and the newly opened West Fayetteville Bypass, scene of a fatal wreck before it opened last week. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Nearly 75 people gathered late Friday afternoon at the intersection of Huiet Road/West Fayetteville Bypass and Ga. Highway 54 to silently protest the opening of the southbound lanes prior to the installation of the traffic signal. Fresh on their minds, some said, was the death last week of Peachtree City resident Amy Layton that resulted from a traffic crash as she was attempting to turn west onto Hwy. 54 from the newly opened southbound lanes of the bypass. Read More»

Man indicted for pointing pellet gun

A Locust Grove man was indicted last week for pointing an air pellet gun at four people during a May altercation at the Taco Bell in Peachtree City.

Jermal Thomas, 17, of Kings Cove, Locust Grove, is charged with four felony counts of aggravated assualt in connection with the incident.

The incident occurred May 8 and Thomas was on a golf cart at the time, police said. The dispute involved people who had congregated on the outdoor patio area of the restaurant, police said.

The charges were filed in part because Thomas portrayed the air pellet gun to be a real handgun, police said.

Former Tyrone cop indicted for sex crimes

Accused of molestation, sexual battery of 2 underage girls

A former Tyrone police officer has been indicted on more than six dozen felony crimes including several counts of child molestation that occurred in the city of Fayetteville.

Matthew Anthony New, of Orchard View, Fayetteville, 37, is accused of taking a photograph of a 13-year-old girl after he “induced” her to expose her genitals sometime between November 2007 and March 2008, according court records. New also is accused of molesting and committing sexual battery on the same victim by touching her “intimate body parts,” according to the indictment. Read More»

Two indicted for PTC auto break-ins

Two men have been indicted for breaking into three autos in Peachtree City Feb. 16.

Police arrested Andre Quincy Axam, 28, of Blanton Avenue, Atlanta, and Demarco Gonzalez McDonald, 19, of Skyline Drive, College Park in the parking lot of the Kedron Village Chick-fil-A after an alert citizen witnessed them enter an auto at the Mellow Mushroom and called 911.

The duo is accused of entering a Ford pickup truck parked at Mellow Mushroom, a 2008 Ford Expedition parked at the Smokey Bones restaurant and a 2002 Cadillac Escalade parked at World Gym on Commerce Drive. Read More»

Four F'ville juvys charged in Aug. 14 burglary

Four Fayetteville juveniles were arrested earlier this week in connection to the burglary of a south Fayette County residence that occurred Aug. 14.

Fayette County Sheriff’s investigator’s made an arrest on August 16 in connection with a residential burglary on Gladys Lane in south Fayette County which occurred on August 14, according to sheriff's spokesperson Brent Rowan. Investigators have arrested four juveniles all from Fayetteville and
charged them with burglary, Rowan said. Read More»

State office probing judge-attorney affair

Public defender council looking to see if clients’ rights may have been violated

An attorney from outside the Griffin Judicial Circuit has been appointed to review criminal cases to determine if any indigent defendants’ rights were violated due to the now-substantiated affair between a public defense attorney and Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr. Read More»

Fayette public defender Saia continues to recover

Joe Saia, the chief public defender for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, remains hospitalized as he recovers from cardiac issues and several other medical maladies that cropped up while he was on vacation in North Carolina in mid-June.

The good news is that Saia is continuing to improve and is being characterized by his doctors as a “superman.” Read More»