Note to Readers: Information presented here is obtained from the city police and sheriff's offices. Individuals listed in reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court.
On Dec. 24, deputies responded to a welfare check in the parking lot of Best Buy.
The driver of a Toyota Highlander was spotted with a young child in the vehicle.
After making contact with the driver, deputies observed several firearms in the front seat, two unopened cans of beer, and an open container of beer in the console.
The woman, identified as Amber Olvey Atkins, said she had taken the guns from her husband for his safety, and the beer also belonged to him, according to the police report.
Inside the car, deputies found a digital scale, 19 pills of suspected ecstasy and 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Several other small bags of suspected methamphetamine were located inside Atkins's clothes. Deputies allowed Atkins to call a friend to take her son and the vehicle.
Atkins, 34, was charged with narcotics possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
On Dec. 24, deputies performed a traffic stop on a Ford truck for not having working tag lights. The driver said the tag was stolen the night before but could not find his registration. The deputy attempted to find the VIN on the dash, but it was removed.
After looking for the VIN on the door, the deputy noticed that black tape was placed over the VIN. When the tape was removed, the VIN had been scraped off the door, deputies said.
The driver accused the deputy of scraping the VIN off, but the deputy denied the allegation and suggested the man view his body cam footage. It was then determined the car was not insured.
The man was arrested for no proof of insurance, no tag lights, no windshield, and for removing the VIN.
On Dec. 25, troopers responded to a traffic accident on Hwy. 29 near the BP station at the Moreland Exit. Troopers said the driver of the car had swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle.
The driver and 6-year-old passenger were found nearby after walking away from the accident. Inside the man’s car, a small bag of marijuana was reportedly found in the cup holder, along with an open container of beer on the floorboard.
The child was not restrained, but was not seriously injured in the crash, troopers said. The driver, identified as Napoleon Bernard Sanders, 48, was charged with DUI, duty to make an immediate report of an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, suspended license, violation of a child restraint law, open container, child cruelty, reckless conduct, and marijuana possession.
On Dec. 26, police responded to the Waffle House on Newnan Crossing Boulevard to investigate a fight in progress. Investigators spoke with two women who said they entered the restaurant and confronted a juvenile who had reportedly told the women their cousin had “a big booty” and a physical altercation ensued. Police arrested the two women for disorderly conduct.
On Dec. 26, Newnan police responded to Richard Allen Drive to investigate a stabbing. The victim was located leaning against a car, holding his chest. Police observed a slash across his chest and two stab wounds to his lower rib area. Medical personnel provided aid to the victim and transported the victim to the hospital.
The suspect, identified as Ralph Sotelo-Cano, was located inside a bedroom and claimed the attack was self-defense. Witnesses said the victim was romantically involved with the suspect’s mother and got into an augment over the relationship.
Sotelo-Cano, 20, was charged with aggravated assault with a knife.
On Dec. 26, police responded to an auto crash that sent a car into the Coweta Head Start building. Police arrived at 106 West Washington Street and observed a car had struck another car, over an embankment and then coming to rest approximately halfway inside the building.
The driver, identified as Deante Warner, had left reportedly the scene and was located running from the crash.
Warner, 28, was arrested and charged with reckless driving, open container, failure to maintain lane, DUI, fleeing from police, striking an unattended vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.
On Dec. 26, deputies responded to Laurel Drive to investigate a dispute. The caller said her roommate had been drinking and was banging on the door. The man was found in the carport behind his car and was reportedly argumentative. The caller said the man came home drunk and entered her room and shows locked out.
She said the man doesn't reside at the home, but was staying with her to help during her COVID diagnosis. The man continued to curse at deputies, so he was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to jail.
Three men were arrested after riding in a stolen car and possessing fake credit cards.
Tuesday night, a deputy on patrol received a hit from a tag reader on the Bullsboro on-ramp about a stolen car. While attempting to perform a traffic stop on the car, the deputy reportedly saw a bag of marijuana thrown from the car.
After making contact with the three occupants, the deputy cuffed the men and performed a search of the car where several fake credit/debit cards were found, along with marijuana in the back seat, according to the police report.
The driver told deputies the car belonged to “his people” and didn’t know it was a stolen rental car. The men were transported to the Coweta County Jail where they were charged with receiving stolen property, littering, and tampering with evidence.
A suspected drunk driver was arrested after leading deputies on a high-speed chase.
Deputies observed a silver Chrysler traveling westbound on Highway 34 and attempted a traffic stop. The car failed to stop and continued through the areas of Almajack Boulevard, Bledsoe Road, and eastbound on Highway 34, reaching speeds 115 mph, according to the police report.
The car was spotted crossing double yellow lines on Highway 29 and then on Cedar Creek Road, along with traveling through Timberidge Drive and Brittain Way. A deputy performed a PIT maneuver on the car around the 2900 block of Highway 29, which disabled the car. The driver fled on foot but was caught after attempting to climb a fence but was captured when a stun gun was used by the deputy.
The driver, identified as Adam Eugene Wadsworth, was arrested and transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for a blood draw and then booked in the Coweta County Jail.
Wadsworth, 31, was charged with obstruction of officers, fleeing/attempting to elude police, defective equipment, running a red light, speeding, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, headlights required, DUI, and open container.
A man wanted by the Michigan Department of Corrections was arrested after deputies responded to a call regarding a dispute.
The caller told police a male and female were in a physical dispute in the area of Sweetbriar Court in Sharpsburg.
The man, identified as Sean Michael Hawes, reportedly gave police a fake name and said he was suffering from chest pains. He requested to be taken to the hospital, but after arriving at Piedmont Newnan, the man jumped out of the ambulance and ran.
Hawes, 34, was later captured and charged with giving a false name to police and being a fugitive from justice.
Tuesday night, deputies responded to a suspicious person call at the Domino’s on Baker Road.
Deputies spoke with Joshua Heath, who was in possession of a hatchet and marijuana, according to the police report.
During a search of Heath, deputies reportedly located a wallet donating the credit card, debit card and food stamp card of another individual.
The victim was contacted and confirmed his wallet, which also contained $477 in cash, was lost Sunday near the Metro Petro on East Highway 34.
Heath said he found the wallet Monday but made no attempts to return it to the owner, the report said.
Heath, 31, was charged with theft of lost or mislaid property and marijuana possession.