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Public Safety Roundup

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Nov. 26, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Public Safety Roundup

Kathye Schattner

No one was injured after a teenage driver accidentally flipped a car near Newnan Lakes Boulevard on Friday, Nov. 17.

Police Blotter Policy: The Newnan Times-Herald has an established policy regarding the publication of police incident reports and the names of those involved.

Our paper will include reported misdemeanors but will exclude the names of those involved except public officials or public figures, with a public figure defined as one whose identity the majority of local residents would know. 

We will report names associated with misdemeanor convictions, but will not publish names of juveniles except for those arrested for murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and vehicular homicide or other heinous crimes. We include all incident reports provided to us by local law enforcement. 

Any questions readers may have regarding the policy should be directed to the editor or the publishers at 770-253-1576.

Wednesday, Nov. 1

A Newnan man was charged with possession of narcotics, driving on a suspended license and fleeing police. Authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office noticed a hand-to-hand transaction in the parking area of the Cranford Mill Apartments. After following the vehicle on Highway 29, investigators attempted to pull the car over, but the car never slowed down.  The car was boxed in by deputies and eventually pulled over, but the driver refused to exit the car. Once the driver was placed in custody, investigators found a clear plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine. 

Thursday, Nov. 2

Deputies made a traffic stop on a Ford 150 near mile marker 38 on I-85 south. The driver admitted he was driving on a suspended license, and deputies found a small amount of marijuana in the front right pocket of the driver, according to the report. A search of the vehicle reportedly uncovered three handguns. The driver was charged with following too closely, driving on a suspended license, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and marijuana possession.

Saturday, Nov. 4

A Newnan man was arrested on drug and shoplifting charges after police responded to Once Upon a Child and Plato’s Closet. After reviewing surveillance footage, the man was seen leaving the store with his hands in his pockets, and then returned wearing different clothes than before. After police made contact with the man near Walgreen’s, the items taken from the stores were reportedly found in a nearby trash can. Inside the man’s car, investigators found suspected heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana. 

Sunday, Nov. 5

An Augusta man was arrested after allegedly brandishing a firearm to another driver. Two women were traveling to church on East Highway 16. While in the roundabout located at Highway 154, a red Toyota drove in front of her, causing her to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the car. She continued through the roundabout with the Toyota behind her and continued down Highway 16 toward Standing Rock Road. After reaching the speed zone for 55, the Toyota passed her and the passenger of the car allegedly waved a gun at the woman. After making contact with the occupants of the Toyota, police spoke with the passenger who denied waving a gun. Police reportedly found a gun from the passenger side door. The man was charged with simple assault.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Deputies investigating a hit-and-run accident spotted a suspicious red Jeep traveling along Highway 54 and attempted to pull the car over. The driver of the Jeep attempted to flee from police and reportedly reached speeds of over 90 mph on Reese Road before turning on a dirt trail. Deputies spotted the driver, now on foot, being picked up by a woman driving a car on Tranquil Road. The man told police he was attempting to sell an RC car when the buyer reportedly produced a fake $100 bill. When confronted, the buyer left in a Mustang. The man pursued the Mustang until he collided into the back of the car. The man was charged with obstruction of officers, fleeing, and duty to make immediate report of an accident.

Sunday, Nov. 12

A Senoia man was charged with assault and reckless conduct after he allegedly fired a gun toward a stranger parked in his driveway. The victims told police they were attempting to find a birthday party and weren’t sure of the address. When they pulled into the man’s driveway on Hunters Run to use their cell phone, a man walked out of his house with a flashlight and looked at them. He went back inside the home and returned with a shotgun and allegedly fired several shots in the direction of the car. The victims immediately backed up and left the property. After making contact with the homeowner, the man reportedly told deputies he was attempting to shoot armadillos and never saw a car in the driveway. Family members later told police the man had fired the gun, but away from the vehicle, and deputies located a spent 12-gauge shotgun shell on the porch, according to the report.

A Newnan man was arrested for public drunkenness after deputies responded to a call at Fat Boy’s Bar and Grill on West Highway 16. The man was intoxicated and asking other patrons to play a game of pool for money. Bar staff escorted the man out of the building without anyone getting into a fight, but he continued to harass patrons as they exited the bar. 

Friday, Nov. 17

A passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation was later charged with possession of methamphetamine. While conducting a traffic stop, police said they watched an item being thrown out the back seat window. Police found a glass smoking device just outside the back seat passenger window, which was field-tested and came back positive for methamphetamine. 

A Walmart employee was charged with shoplifting after allegedly stealing a variety of technology from the electronics department. Management told police they had been missing a key to the electronics cabinet and was approached by another employee who said the cellphone cage was found unlocked and items were missing. After reviewing surveillance footage, it was discovered the man unlocked the cage, took the items outside and sent the items down a hill outside the store with the help of another man. The two men also reportedly stole several PS4 and Nintendo gaming devices. The total value of items stolen was $3,300, according to the report. 

Sunday, Nov. 19

A deputy patrolling Hospital Road observed a Lexus sedan traveling with bright blue lights as tag lights. After speaking with the driver, the deputy noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car. After consenting to a search, a scale was found in the driver’s side door along with suspected marijuana. The driver explained the marijuana was not hers and someone left it in her car since people often use her car to sit in during breaks at work. The driver was charged with unauthorized use of blue lights on a motor vehicle and misdemeanor marijuana possession. 

Monday, Nov. 20

A Senoia woman was charged with DUI refusal and leaving the scene of an accident. A witness told police she was traveling westbound on Poplar Road when a vehicle crossed the solid yellow line into her lane of travel and struck her driver's side mirror. Police located the car on Newnan Crossing Bypass and made contact with the driver who admitted to taking Methadone that day, but later stated she took it three days ago. After being transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital, the driver refused a blood test. Police reported a mailbox on Poplar Road had been struck by a vehicle and would investigate if there was any fresh damage to the driver’s vehicle.

Tuesday Nov. 21

Deputies discovered over two and a half pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop on Interstate 85. After speaking with the driver of the car, a search of the trunk uncovered four large vacuum-sealed bags containing 2.63 pounds of marijuana. The driver was charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute and failure to maintain lane.