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Now in custody:1 suspect, 2 nights and 37 vehicle break-ins later

Person of interest in break-ins. Photo/Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Update: July 31, 7:45 p.m.- The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on July 31 arrested 22-year-old Randen Morris, of Atlanta, charging him with 31 felony counts of entering auto.

Sheriff Barry Babb said investigators used surveillance footage and other evidence collected to identify Morris and connect these incidents.

Members of the U.S. Marshals South Eastern Regional Fugitive Task Force located Morris in the Bankhead neighborhood of Atlanta and took him into custody, Babb said, Read More»

Big load snags overhead wires

A semi was pulled over near Piedmont Fayette Hospital on July 25 after knocking utility lines off a pole on Ga. Highway 54 west of Grady Avenue. There were no injuries reported in the incident. Photo/Danielle Ruttinger.

A tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load through Fayetteville along Ga. Highway 54 West on July 25 knocked utility lines off a pole and continued west until it was pulled over by Fayette County deputies. There were no injuries from the utility lines that struck one vehicle.

Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow said the semi was carrying what was believed to be a large generator encased in a container. Whitlow said the truck began its westward journey from Hwy. 54 East, traveling through the downtown area. Read More»

Tractor Supply Co. picks F’ville for its new location

The landscape at Fayetteville Corners on North Glynn Street in Fayetteville, specifically the old Walmart location, will soon have a new look and a new business. Tractor Supply Co. is establishing its first Fayette County location at the site.

Revised elevations for the business were approved July 22 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

The project will include 31,000 square feet of store space and 6,900 square feet of exterior sales space with an enclosed fence. Plans call for eliminating 35 parking spaces to accommodate an additional fenced area. Read More»

Homeless man arrested as suspect in child molestation; woman jailed for hindering

A 19-year-old homeless man who occasionally stayed with a Fayette County family was arrested in Richmond County on July 19 on charges of child molestation.

Zenon Rivera was charged with child molestation, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Brandi Black, 31, of Peachtree City, was subsequently charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive after investigators learned of her involvement in transporting Zenon Rivera to the Augusta area, Babb said.

Babb said a resident on Ga. Highway 54 West on July 17 reported a child molestation incident involving her 12-year-old daughter. Read More»

Branching out in the gardening section?

Branching out in the gardening section?

Lest you think this Home Depot is sprucing up for the Denver, Colo., market, reader Steve Fraas assures us he shot this picture of the store getting new signage July 24 at 2 p.m. right here in Peachtree City. “Looks like they are getting the jump on legalization,” Fraas said in his email, tongue firmly lodged in cheek. “You have to think the sign guys knew what they were doing,” said the Peachtree City resident. Photo/Steve Fraas.

Fayette students said to do well on new Ga. tests

A new student growth model released by the Georgia Dept. of Education helped provide insight on how Fayette County school students are learning in the classroom. School system officials said Fayette students showed high levels of learning while needing to increase growth in some areas.

The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) calculates growth percentiles by taking students’ previous scores on standardized tests and comparing them to those of other students in the state with similar achievement history in the same grade and content area assessed. Read More»

The end of the rainbow

The end of the rainbow

David Workman tells how he arrived at the end of the rainbow: “On July 19, Barry Jordan and I were riding toward Ga. Highway 54 on Ebenezer Road when we went through a heavy rain storm and then the sun came out. To my right I could see a huge very bright rainbow ... and as we turned right onto Hwy. 54 east toward Fayetteville, there it was [inset above]. We could see it arching downward over the trees about 100 yards in front of us, touching the road. Read More»

F’ville junior college gets planners’ OK

A request by Georgia Military College that would put the first college built from the ground up in Fayette County received unanimous approval by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission on July 22.

The plan for the GMC campus on the southwest side of the intersection of Veterans Parkway and South Sandy Creek Road was before commissioners for a rezoning request and preliminary plat approval. The unanimous vote came with little discussion.

If approved by the City Council in August, Fayette County’s first college built from the ground up will open in August 2015. Read More»

Woman wounded Monday night in N. Fayette drive-by shooting

A woman driving with her granddaughter was wounded late Monday by a gunshot fired from a passing car just north of Fayetteville on Ga. Highway 85, Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said.

The wounded woman drove to a gas station just across the Clayton County line and called police. Another report said the woman was struck in her hand.

Here’s the press release from Babb:

“On July 28, 2014 at approximately 11:02 p.m. Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Clayton County in reference to a person shot. Read More»

PTC cops seeking armed robber

A July 27 armed robbery and assault of two people at their Peachtree City residence is thought to be linked to their place of business at a restaurant in Union City. Police are asking for the community’s help in locating the suspect.

Police spokesman Mark Brown said officers in the early morning hours of July 27 responded to a residence on Abrell Woods Court in reference to a reported armed robbery. Read More»

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