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Smoky conditions reported Friday afternoon in Fayette no cause for alarm

Smoke reports were coming in late Friday afternoon from across Fayette County. County public safety officials said the smoke is entering the county from a controlled burn in Meriwether County.

Fayette Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Pete Nelms at 6:45 p.m. said winds from a controlled burn in Meriwether County are carrying smoke into the Fayette County area. The 911 center is experiencing a number of smoke-related calls, with some residents believing the smoke is perhaps from a nearby fire. Read More»

Help needed to identify library flasher

Anyone with information on this man, suspected of exposing himself to teenage girls at the Fayette County Library Thursday, is asked to call Det. Parker at 770-716-4752. Photo/Special.

Fayette County sheriff's deputies are asking the public to help identify a man who exposed himself to a group of teenage girls at the Fayette County Library Thursday night.

The flasher was described as a black male wearing a black baseball cap, a dark polo shirt and dark pants with a lanyard hanging out of the right pocket, according to Sheriff Barry Babb. He was last seen driving away from the parking lot in a dark colored four-door sedan with dark tinted windows, Babb said. Read More»

AT&T donates $60K to Coweta drop-out prevention program

From left, front row, are Superintendent Steve Barker, Coweta CIS Chairman Dennis McEntire, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs Rich Johnson, Coweta CIS board member Mary Ann Bell and Coweta CIS Vice Chair Lisa Smith; back row, from left, are Coweta CIS board members Donna Brooks, Gerald Kemp, Rhodes Shell, Beverly Yeager, Jac Counts, Lisa McDonald, Carole Ann Fields, Garnet Reynolds, Vince Bass and Matt Brass. Photo/Special.

A large donation by AT&T will provide support for site coordinators working with the Coweta Communities In Schools (CIS) program.

The $60,000 donation was presented by AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs Rich Johnson to the Coweta County Board of Education at its March 11 meeting. CIS is the nation’s leading drop-out prevention program. Read More»

Forest products firm brings 65 jobs, S.E. HQ to PTC

Georgia’s largest lumber production company has announced plans to open a Southeast headquarters in Peachtree City in early May.

International Forest Products Limited, known as Interfor, will be coming to the 700 Westpark Drive office building.

Much of the expected staff of 65 people will be relocating to the office, but the company expects to hire for vacancies that occur. Interfor’s local employees will range from management and sales to accounting, administration and information technology, company officials said. Read More»

Troubling trend in armed robberies: Inside accomplices

A troubling new trend in armed robberies is emerging, according to the Fayetteville Police Department: An inside job with a store employee conspiring with at least one other person to pull off the crime.

That’s the picture emerging with the robbery of a Fayetteville pharmacy. Read More»

Suspect on trial for shooting during PTC home invasion

A Lithonia man is on trial this week for participating in a home invasion with two others at a home off Robinson Road in Peachtree City in July 2012.

Gilbert Jerome Jefferson, 29, is charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of kidnapping with bodily injury, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Read More»

Handcuffs awaited fleeing suspect in Dollar Tree

A Jonesboro man was arrested March 13 after fleeing from Fayette County deputies attempting a traffic stop. Deputies found the man in a store in Fulton County where he was arrested on drug charges after a K-9 unit found a bag of marijuana he tossed in the store.

Darrell Johnson, 32, was charged with felony possession of marijuana and felony fleeing and attempting to elude, according to Sheriff Barry Babb. Read More»

Home a total loss after March 14 fire on Hilo Rd.

Firefighters battle a Hilo Road house fire. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A late morning house fire March 14 at 210 Hilo Road south of Fayetteville resulted in a total loss of the home. A relative inside the home was escorted to safety by a Comcast representative who had arrived for a service call.

The Comcast service representative had arrived at the home of Bob Arnold’s son, Kevin, at approximately 11 a.m. Bob Arnold, who lives next door, had opened the house for the service call, said Fayette Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Donnie Davis. Read More»

F’ville woman dies of injuries from being struck by vehicle Feb. 10 on Banks Road

A Fayetteville woman struck by a vehicle on Banks Road on Feb. 10 subsequently died at Atlanta Medical Center on March 12, officials said.

Frances Amber Bounds, 30, was struck by a vehicle on Feb. 10 at approximately 6:50 p.m. and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, according to Sheriff Barry Babb. Bounds died of the injuries she sustained on Feb. 10, Babb said.

The pedestrian was struck on Banks Road near Ellis Road by a vehicle traveling eastbound, said Babb. Read More»

Deputy puts stop on mail thieves

The intuition of a sheriff’s deputy on a routine traffic stop March 2 led to the arrest of two men for stealing mail from the Peachtree City Post Office, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

The two men were pulled over on Ga. Highway 54 near the post office, and the deputy noticed that the duo was acting suspicious, Babb said. Deputies later found the stolen mail inside the vehicle, “preventing countless financial crimes,” Babb said.

The stolen mail contained financial information that could have been used to commit identity fraud, Babb said. Read More»