Morning News Briefs for 4-8-16

| April 8, 2016
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Lowndes County Public Information officer Paige Dukes reports that the   Lowndes County Utility Department experienced a sanitary sewage spill on on Val-tech Road near the state prison. Untreated sewage entered into a drainage ditch that flows into the Withlacoochee River near Ga Hwy 133. The spill was caused by a split in the force main that runs along Val-tech Road. The County is monitoring this situation and is performing all reporting requirements as required by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the County’s NPDES Permit. Questions or comments may be directed to The Lowndes County Utilities Department at 229-671-2500.

Appeals are in the works for at least two of the imprisoned defendants connected to the Peanut Corporation of America’s salmonella contamination case. A judge has ruled that they don not have to pay restitution to individuals who became ill or to the families of persons that died nor to the companies that were negatively impacted by the distribution of the contaminate products. They were shipped from the company in Blakely, Georgia plant. Five defendants are now serving federal prison sentences in that case.

Congressman Austin Scott presented a Congressional Gold Medal to Loraine Sherman of Thomasville she is one of four remaining Georgia women who served in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Ms. Sherman is now 93 years old; she joined the Civil Air Patrol unit at age 19. Other recipients of the medals reside in Atlanta and Valdosta.

This story out of Gulf Port, Mississippi…WLOX TV reports that a 14-year-old student is in custody after police say he brought a loaded gun, more than 100 rounds of ammunition, extra magazine and a mask to school on Thursday.  A fellow student reported to Principal Regina Lewis that another student had a gun in a classroom. A campus police officer cleared the children and their instructors from the school and then confiscated the gun, ammunition and the mask in the possession of the student in question. The student with the gun is being held in the Harrison County Youth Detention Center, and faces charges of possession of a weapon at school. School policy requires expulsion.

 Sylvester Police are searching for 45-year-old Craig Lorenzo Vail and they are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him. He is known to frequent the areas of Colquitt, Dougherty, Turner and Worth Counties. There are outstanding warrants for Vail  for aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy. Anyone with information on Vail’s whereabouts is asked to call Sylvester Police at (229) 776-8500 or CrimeSTOPPERS at (229) 436-TIPS.
Police looking for man wanted for aggravated child molestation
Pipe break spills 225,000 gallons of sewage into the Withlacoochee River
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