Fayetteville police make several arrests during weekend

Tue, 08/26/2008 - 3:22pm
By: Ben Nelms

Fayetteville Police were busy last weekend responding to numerous calls on a variety of issues. Two of those calls ended in arrests for carrying a concealed weapon, battery and cruelty to a child.

One of those arrested was 24-year-old Atlanta resident Keith Cortez Blackwell on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, according to police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw.

Officers patrolling the parking lot at Fayetteville Fun Bowl on North 85 Parkway in the early morning hours Aug. 23 noticed shotgun shells on the floor of a vehicle, said Crawshaw. A closer look at the vehicle revealed a handgun partially exposed under a front seat, he said.

Officers waited for the occupants to exit the business and subsequently questioned the two men. The driver, said Crawshaw, had a gun under the front seat but had a permit to carry it. Blackwell, the passenger, did not have a permit and was arrested.

A second weekend arrest came Aug. 22 when Fayetteville resident Wanda Clark, 53, was charged with felony cruelty to a child and misdemeanor battery, Crawshaw said.

Fayetteville Police arrived at Piedmont Fayette Hospital after being summoned by medical staff who had observed two cuts around a hand and wrist of a teenage girl, said Crawshaw. The girl, who also had several scrapes on her arms that appeared to be defensive wounds, had been brought to the hospital by her father, Crawshaw said.

The visit to the hospital came after Clark and her daughter got into an argument over where the girl was applying for work and over her use of a telephone, said Crawshaw. Clark reportedly hit the teenager with the phone, Crawshaw said.

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Submitted by mrsshine on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 12:49pm.

Kimberlyinptc, I guess you live in a crime free zone in the county. You should consider yourself lucky or shall I say blessed. I guess the newspaper is incorrect when it reports that CRIMES are committed in your utopia. Golf cart muggings, beatings, graffiti, robberies, underage drinking/drugs are not in your world. Just wonderful.

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Submitted by kimberlyinptc on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 1:44pm.

Give me a break. I have lived in Utopia for 14 years and have never once been mugged or beaten. I have never had my car broken into nor anything taken from my golf cart. I wouldn't really call that lucky, it's just that the odds of it happening here in Utopia are so much lower than they are at the Pavilion. It does happen here, no doubt. But I'd rather have the odds favor me and my safety and I stay away from the Pavilion if at all possible. Newnan is a much better alternative, and I've never been approached in a parking lot there and "axed" for money like I have in Fayetteville.

Submitted by mrsshine on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 9:30pm.

30YearResident, I'm assuming by your statement that you NEVER visit the Pavilion. That's a good thing. This only means that we have one less mean spirited individual in the area. Someone who categorizes the Pavilion as a rat's nest is no better than the FEW bad apples that commit crimes there. I'm at the Pavilion at least 5 days a week and have not seen what you've described.

Submitted by 30YearResident on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 5:38pm.

I've been called to outspoken,
I've been called someone who tells it like it is, and
I've been called late for supper,
but I've never been called "mean spirited".... Gee mrs shine (is that "sun" or "moon"), you certainly know how to make someone feel bad and now you've hurt my feelings... I think I'm going to need government counciling to get over this. (sniff sniff)

Meanwhile as the Clayton and Fulton county tags outnumber the Fayette tags in the parking lot by a large majority and the rats play in the theater and as the criminals snatch pocketbooks from the patrons in the parking lots and as the shoplifters continue to empty the shelves at the other stores while the robbers do their thing at the remaining stores, you doggone right I don't visit the Pavilion.... and when and "if" I do, you can bet I will legally carry my own protection.

Last I heard, it was still a free country to shop and spend my hard earned dollars that the socialist democrats allow me to keep, where ever I choose... and I choose to spend those dollars in a safe environment.... The Pavilion isn't safe !

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Submitted by kimberlyinptc on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 12:57am.

Don't you remember the news story last year about Tinseltown? A 4 year old boy came out of a movie there carrying a new pet...a dead rat!

The last time we spent any time there several stores near Ulta were closed off cause the cops were chasing criminals. Not the shopping experience I want to share with my 5 year old son.

Submitted by 30YearResident on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 12:36pm.

Just curious how many crimes were committed and how many arrests were made at the Pavilion during this period ... don't try and tell me it was a "crime free" weekend at that rats nest.

Submitted by Davids mom on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 10:18am.

Great work! Thanks!

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