Morning News Briefs for 1-26-16

| January 26, 2016


The Morning News with Lee Henderson

A report from Mitchell County states that a well-known regional car dealer-Trace Everson has died as the result of being struck by a drunken driver. He was pronounced dead at Phoebe Hospital in Albany and Sarah Hatcher has been charged in connection with his death. Hatcher was charged with DUI, Open Container and Causing Serious Injury by Vehicle; the charges could be upgraded in the wake of Everson’s death.

The case against a Dougherty County grandmother in connection with the May 2014 death of her 10 year old grandson Brandon Price has been dismissed on a technicality. However, District Attorney Greg Edwards says that the grandmother-Symanthia Price could be charged again and indicted by a grand jury. She is now free. The accusations against the grandmother included child cruelty and earlier reports of abuse regarding nutrition and medical care.

The 1000 block of Cherokee Street near Baytree was the site of a Valdosta homicide. Police report that the male victim was shot in the head and later died at South Georgia Medical Center. It is believed that the victim and the shooter were acquainted. No names have been released.

Wild Adventures is looking to hire as many as 300 people for their upcoming season at the theme park. Jobs are open in all park related departments from entertainment to concessions. Job fairs will be held February 6th and 13th and applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Members of the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners are expected to decide on whether or not to grant an easement for a Sabal Trail Transmission natural gas underground pipeline at their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. The Clyattville property in question is in fact owned by Lowndes County for which a payment of more than 54 thousand dollars is to be made.

Superior Court Judge Harry J. Altman II has accepted a plea of guilty entered by one of the seven defendants involved in the July slaying of Norman Park resident John Hester Sr. Ty’Cameron Hayes is charged with burglary and criminal attempt to commit home invasion in the first degree. Other charges including felony murder were dismissed. A pre-sentencing investigation for Hayes age19 has been ordered. He is one of seven Moultrie and Norman Park residents who were all teen-agers on the night John Hester Sr. was killed.

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