Morning News Briefs for 4-12-16

| April 12, 2016


News details on the fatalities in a Turner County vehicular accident from the Georgia State Patrol. Trooper Jason Bland reports that Storm James age 16 and Diamond Harrison age 13 were pronounced dead at the scene of the Interstate 75 crash. 41 year old Stephanie Seagraves of Powder Springs, Georgia, the driver of the Jeep in which they traveled and Neechelle James age 21 of Indianapolis, Indiana were both taken to hospitals. Another victim identified as a 12 year old girl was airlifted to a Macon facility.


The City of Ashburn has new leadership in three top positions. Former Mayor Cedric Carithers is now serving as City Manager, Johnny Burgess who served as Mayor Pro-Tem is now the Mayor of Ashburn and the new Police Chief is Clifford Jordan was formerly a Sheriff’s Department Investigator in Dooly County.


Road blocks and the roundup on suspects thought to be involved with drugs and in violation of parole or probation led to to the seizure of drugs, thousands of dollars. and weapons. The Moultrie offensive included the arrests of Loren Sharp, Levi Todd and Melanie Wiley. They were charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Lawrence William Banks Jr. was also caught up in the drug drag net and was found with suspected marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, prescription medication and a gun. Julius Sesler faces charges after officers discovered in his possession a sawed off shotgun and a small amount of cocaine. More charges could be filed against him.


The Associated Press reports that former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds was taken into federal custody Monday morning in Atlanta after a judge in Chicago ordered his arrest because he didn’t appear for a hearing in a tax case last month. He had informed a judge he wouldn’t appear in court as ordered because he was in South Africa with his 23-year-old daughter, whom he says has scoliosis and may also have cervical cancer.


This news from the Governor’s office…Georgia’s college athletic departments will now have 90 days – instead of three – to respond to almost all open-records requests under a bill that has been signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on Monday. The legislation was written to level the playing field with competing institutions during recruiting seasons and to increase the privacy of the student athletes.

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