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Fayette Co Commissioner Dies in term


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Pota Coston was the first African American elected to the Fayette County Commission. Her battle with cancer began the same month she took office this year. She died on Friday.

As the county looks ahead some worry about how she will be replaced. At the first meeting since her death, neighbors are worried the new found diversity they've seen on the commission will die with her. They even went so far to declare how she'll be replaced "unfair" and "potentially discriminatory."

Flowers placed above Coston's seat on the board weren't the only tribute Thursday night. Protest signs called for commissioners to replace her seat in the same way she was elected: with district voting.

"I'm in support of district voting because I live in a diverse community ,and I want that diverse community to be reflected in my county commission," said Irene Shane.

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Arrests made in Fayetteville Applebee's murder


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayetteville Police say a former Applebee's employee was among two suspects arrested for the murder of restaurant manager Greg Smith.

Now Smith's family is coming to terms with the kind of closure that doesn't make the pain inside go away.

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They're seeing Smith's alleged killers behind bars but not getting a chance to see their loved-one ever again.

Arrest made in fatal Fayette Co. pool party shooting


ATLANTA – Authorities have made an arrest in a fatal shooting at a Fayette County pool party.

According to Fayette County Sheriff's officials, U.S. Marshals arrested 18-year-old Terrence Kyreef Montgomery Jr. on Friday.

Montgomery is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Wali Clanton.

The shooting happened at a home on Highway 279 on June 13. Police said five people, incluing Clanton, were shot while attending a large outdoor pool party.

Teen killed at pool party remembered


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Tributes are pouring in for a teen killed Saturday night in a shooting at a Fayette County pool party.

The shooting happened shortly before midnight in the 600 block of Highway 279. Approximately 200 teenagers attended the get-together.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said the homeowner tried to shut down the party. People cleared out, leaving beer bottles and tire marks all over the lawn. That's when someone pulled out a gun.

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"I heard at least 10 to 13 shots," witness Marqes Woods said.

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Rick Ross arrested for marijuana charge after traffic stop


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- A traffic stop in Fayette County has led to the arrest of a major rapper.

Fayette County officials said Rick Ross was pulled over along Highway 279 Wednesday on a window tint violation.

Deputies smelled marijuana during the stop and found it in Ross's Bentley leading to a possession charge.

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Ross bonded out of jail early Thursday morning. The Fayette County Sherff's Office released his mugshot after midnight.

Family, district attorney to Applebee's killer: You will be caught


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Tuesday morning, just steps away from the place Greg Smith lost his life, his family and friends gathered to make an emotional plea. Standing tearfully around a family spokesperson, their message was simple: if you know anything about Greg's death, please come forward.

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"Greg was a loved one. He was a son, an only child," said family spokesperson Jessalyn Dorsey, a cousin of Smith's. "He was a father of a 15-month-old baby that he cared for deeply."

Surveillance video of getaway car used in Applebee's shooting released


FAYETTEVILLE, GA (WXIA) -- Authorities have released surveillance photos of the car getaway car involved with the shooting death of an Applebee's manager.

The car in the photos is described as a 2008 tan or silver four-door Chevy Malibu. There were at least two persons of interest in the car, possibly three.

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Police said Gregory Smith, 27, was trying to get away from his attacker when he was shot in the back inside his car.

Authorities told 11Alive that the Applebee's manager was first confronted outside his car.