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Drop-in Kroger burglary suspect turns himself in to police

The man who burglarized the Kroger pharmacy at 805 South Glynn Street in Fayetteville on June 8 surrendered to police after family members saw his photo in newsaccounts and suggested he turn himself in.

Justin Blake Moody, 21, of Fayetteville, voluntarily surrendered to Fayetteville investigators at noon on June 11, said Det. Mike Whitlow. Moody was charged with one count of burglary for breaking into the Kroger pharmacy at approximately 9 p.m. on June 8, Whitlow said. Read More»

I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange improvements years away

Partial cloverleaf design still being analyzed

Commuters hoping for progress on the choke point of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85 shouldn’t be expecting action anytime soon.

The good news is that the state is still working toward a “partial cloverleaf” design, which would have more capacity than for a diverging diamond layout ... and engineering is currently underway, according to state transportation officials.

Right of way acquisition has been accelerated to 2018, but the actual construction is mired in a “long range” plan that could mean anytime between 2020 and 2030. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — June 3–9

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the period indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, June 3 - Monday, June 9

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Robert D. Adams, born in 1974, of Kellogg Street, Mansfield, for probation/parole violation.

Martha F. Avalos-Garcia, born in 1986, of Pine Terrace, Palmetto, for driving without valid license. Read More»

Box of pamphlets sets off Newnan bomb scare

By BONNIE HESTER
Intern for The Citizen

Downtown Newnan saw a flurry of activity around the old courthouse on the square Wednesday as law enforcement investigated a possible bomb threat which turned out to be a false alarm.

According to Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager, at approximately 8:20 a.m. June 11, an employee entering the old courthouse spotted a suspicious package on the ground just outside the west entrance. The employee informed the deputy on duty inside the courthouse, who in turn notified the sheriff’s office. Read More»

6 lives saved as fire destroys Coweta home

Minutes after a babysitter and friend evacuated four children from this home, the structure burned to the ground. A fund to help the Ososky family has been set up at http://www.gofundme.com/a8fup4, and more than $5,000 has already been donated toward the $10,000 goal. Photo/Special.

Jennifer Ososky and her three young children moved to southeast Coweta from Texas two years ago to make a new start. Read More»

College baseball signee from McIntosh

McIntosh senior Charles “Tre’’ Hudak III has recently signed to play baseball at Reinhardt University and study physical therapy. Seated are parents Chuck and Raelynn Hudak. Standing, from left, are McIntosh head coach Brad Campbell and pitching coach Scott Camp. Photo/Special.

Book ’im, Neivah

Book ’im, Neivah

Neivah Molina, 14, puts the handcuffs on Peachtree City Police Sgt. Jason McKinnon during an exercise last week as part of the police department’s Junior Police Academy. Local teens got a hands-on look at what it takes to be a cop on the beat. Photo/Special.

Train hits car stuck on PTC tracks

Train hits car stuck on PTC tracks

A motorist narrowly averted disaster early this morning in a failed attempt to cross railroad tracks that were under repair, police said.

The driver was running late for work and disregarded three “road closed” signs before reaching the tracks at Paschall Road, police said. Because the road had been cut for maintenance, the car fell off the roadway.

“The driver called for a wrecker but a train arrived first and a collision occurred,” according to the police department’s Facebook page.

The train received minimal damage, but the driver was issued a citation. Read More»

Courthouse affair ruins 5 felony verdicts

Paschal English presiding over a trial, before his resignation. File photo.

Carjacking, kidnapping, bank robbery, child molestation, burglary verdicts thrown out; several criminal trials get do-overs, thanks to judge-public defender affair

A once-respected judge’s long-term sexual tryst with a public defender has come back to haunt several victims who believed they had received justice in his court. Read More»

Caught in midnight highway gunfight, woman driver and her son uninjured

A motorist driving on Ga. Highway 138 in Fayette County near midnight on June 9 had her vehicle damaged when gunshots were exchanged between two vehicles speeding past her.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies at approximately 12:45 a.m. responded to a gas station at Hwy. 138 and Ga. Highway 314. They were met by a female motorist who said she and her son had been traveling eastbound on Hwy. 138 when her vehicle was shot by another moving vehicle, Babb said. Read More»