Morning News Briefs for 3-30-16

| March 30, 2016


Even as community leaders plan rallies, marches and demonstrations designed to stem the rising tide of violence-especially youth violence another life has been taken. A 14 year old Douglas girl is being held in the Youth detention Center in Waycross on the charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of 18 year old Traveon Paulk. Authorities are working to determine if the shooting was accidental and they say that the young girl knows more that she is telling. More charges could be filed.

15 year old Alexis Berry has been found safe and her alleged abductor 43 year old Duane Jaso is in custody. Berry was reportedly kidnapped Tuesday from Decatur County by Jaso who fled with her to Texas. An Amber Alert was issued and she was recovered.

A Monday shooting incident in Albany left 32 year old Ruddell Haynes wounded but that was just part of the trouble that he now faces. Haynes was found to be in possession of cocaine, marijuana and weapons that led to his arrest. 23 year old Nigel Shorter is charged in the shooting and 23 year old Jamarious Wright was present when Haynes was shot. The incident involved drugs, guns, a fight and accusations of robbery. Wright is on the run from the law.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson came to Valdosta on his way to other parts of his district to discuss with the city’s leadership the upcoming elections and local needs. Isakson stated that he stands with Governor Nathan Deal in his veto of the Religious Liberty Bill even though the veto has drawn mixed reviews from Georgia lawmakers.

The usually quite city of Boston, Georgia has been rocked by a violent home invasion. Police report that three men wearing masks forced their way into an East Joiner Street home and fled with cash and other merchandise. Law enforcement is seeking the community’s help in solving this crime.

Sentencing was scheduled for today in the case Rene Beamon a former Colquitt County worker charged with theft. Beamon had previously entered a plea of guilty to the allegations against her but all that has changed including her plea. According to her Albany attorneys Beamon has changed her plea to not guilty and is now requesting a trial by jury. She was indicted on the charge of theft of more than $25,000 in one case and the other involved the theft of a smaller amount. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation to lead the investigation into money reported missing from the Compliance Department that is responsible for issuing construction and other permits.

22 year old Ryan Harris of Bainbridge has been handed a 41 month federal prison sentence in connection with the July 2015 robbery of the Family Bank. He fled on foot and was captured a short time later; his weapon was a spray painted BB gun.

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