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F’ville crime rate drops to lowest since pre-1994

The 2009 Annual Report released by the Fayetteville Police Department shows a lower incidence of serious crimes in the city than at any time since prior to 1994.

Occurrences of the most serious crimes in 2009 decreased by more than 21 percent over 2008 while less serious crimes increased more than 11 percent during the same period. Read More»

Summertime is (almost) here, and life is good

Families enjoy Lunch on the Lawn in Fayetteville June 4.

Lunch time Friday in Fayetteville could not have been more perfect for a “Lunch on the Lawn.” A Fayetteville Main Street event in downtown at the old courthouse, moms and their kids were joined by a host of others taking advantage of the blue skies, mild temperatures and live music that provided a backdrop for the perfect lunch. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Police reports June 1-7

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

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Tuesday, June 1 - Monday, June 7

Austin James Chandonnet, 21, of Merrick Drive, Peachtree City, for waiting warrants for cultivating marijuana.
George Edward Davis, 39, of Turner Road, Griffin, for probation violation.
Juan Mendoza Lopez, 27, of Glenn Street, Newnan, for failure to appear. Read More»

Fayette deputies seize heroin, other drugs

Fayette County deputies on two occasions during the last week arrested four people for possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or marijuana.

Glenn Parks Summerlin, 47, of Fayetteville, and Thomas Glen Summerlin, 20, of Riverdale, were arrested June 1 on charges of violation of the Georgia controlled substances law, according to Fayette Sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan.

Rowan said a deputy initiating a traffic stop on Ga. Highway 85 North discovered approximately nine grams of suspected heroin in the men’s possession, along with small amounts of suspected marijuana and cocaine. Read More»

NAACP honors retiring Supt. John DeCotis

Supt. DeCotis honored by NAACP

Fayette County School Superintendent John DeCotis (2nd from left, holding plaque) was honored last week by members of the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP. Chapter President John Jones (to the right of DeCotis) in his tribute to DeCotis noted his years of dedicated service to the Fayette County students and the community. “We are thankful and proud to have had this man, and for his work and support of the NAACP. His tolerance and inclusion is legendary,” Jones said. DeCotis retires at the end of this month. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Confirmed rabies case in Newnan

Newnan animal warden Cyndi Hoffman announced Monday that there has been a confirmed case of rabies in the city.

On Thursday, June 3rd, an employee of Active Pest Control, 100 Werz Ind. Blvd, was attacked by a fox by the dumpster at that location. The employee killed the fox and turned it over to the animal warden where it was sent to the lab to be tested for rabies. The results came back positive, said Newnan spokesperson Gina Snider. The employee started rabies shots at the hospital on that day and will continue the series, Snider said. Read More»

Ga. bans texting while driving ... for all ages

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, far right, watches Gov. Perdue sign one of two bills that ban all cellphone use for drivers under 18 and all texting for drivers of all ages. Photo/Governor's Press Office.

Teen driver cellphone ban also signed by Gov. Perdue

Drivers under 18 can no longer use cellphones while driving, and motorists of all ages are banned from texting while driving under new laws signed today by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The teen driver cellphone ban, which takes effect July 1, allows for a $150 fine and a 1 point deduction from the driver's license points. The fine would be doubled Read More»

Thousands pour into Senoia for Memorial Day events

It was a Memorial Day Celebration and Festival like no other. Multiple events in Senoia Monday brought several thousand people to the downtown area. The event now in its fifth year, the parade was the headline event but the action and activities were non-stop from 10 a.m. until sunset when the skies over Senoia were filled with fireworks. To view all the event’s photos visit the Newsmaker section at http://www.thecitizen.com

Senoia is no stranger to large crowds attending special events. But the city’s previous turnouts were far exceeded Monday by the thousands who attended the 5th Annual Senoia Memorial Day Celebration and Festival.

The day began at 10 a.m. on Main Street and every side street in the downtown area, along with businesses open for the occasion, was simply bursting with people.

The keynote speaker Monday was Col. Brent Bracewell, with the colors presented by the Falcon Field Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 116. Read More»

Coweta’s unemployment rate drops .6% in April

The unemployment rate for Coweta County fell significantly in April to just over 10 percent, while the jobless rate in the Three Rivers area fell by nearly a full percentage point.

Coweta’s unemployment figures for March showed the jobless rate at 10.8 percent, but the April figures showed a decrease to 10.2 percent, representing 6,097 people out of work in the workforce of 59,697. Coweta’s unemployment rate one year ago was 8.8 percent. Read More»

Serious injury reported in PTC vehicle collision

Peachtree City Police reported Wednesday that on June 1 at 3:20 p.m. a collision occurred at the intersection of Crosstown Drive at the entrance to Braelinn Village Shopping Center. Officers responded to a reported two vehicle collision at this intersection.

Mr. Clinton Melton, 81 years of age, Peachtree City, was air lifted to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries, according to department spokesperson Michelle Ward.

Ms. Jessica Rexrode, 18 years of age, Peachtree City, did not report any injuries at the scene, Ward said. Read More»

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