Morning News Briefs for 5-6-16

| May 6, 2016


Keylann Taylor led law enforcement officers in Lenox on a 10 mile high speed chase on Interstate 75 south. Police had attempted a traffic stop after Taylor was clocked traveling at 90 miles per hour on the roadway; he was finally apprehended at Exit 39 and now faces multiple charges.

A memorial service was held in honor of slain Fort Valley State University student Donnell Phelps. He lost his life attempting to prevent three female students who were being physically harassed by a male that had come on to the campus. Phelps was stabbed several times and later died. 24 year old Joseph Anthony Scott has been arrested and charged with murder.

The family of Dekito Champ and family members of his ex-girlfriend will have to wait a little longer before a hearing is held in his alleged murder case. According to the police report Champ shot and killed Jana Watson and then attempted unsuccessfully to take his own life. He has recovered from his injuries and faces malice murder and aggravated assault charges. No new hearing date was given.

The Food and Drug Administration is set to implement new regulations regarding electronic cigarette devices and the makeup of the chemical ingredients. The ruling impacts users of hookah and pipe tobacco, along with nicotine gels. Beginning in August, retailers will be prohibited from selling tobacco products to anyone under 18, placing them in vending machines or distributing free samples.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Education voted to waive the Georgia Milestone test scores administered to students in the 3rd, 5th and 8th grades.Technical problems were incurred by students taking the Georgia Milestone test by elementary and high school students. The 3rd, 5th and 8th grade test scores have been waived but no announcement has been made regarding the high school students scores.

Members of the Valdosta Board of Education will not give special consideration to a request from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in their effort to attain greater participation for local and minority contractors in the construction of the new Valdosta High School. The board holds that the bid process was equitable and offered opportunities for inclusion for contractors in the area and for minority contractors. The SCLC representing a group of Black contractors had alleged discrimination.

The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in identifying a burglar who broke into the Fred’s department store on Bemiss Road on May 2. The report states that the thief went into the store’s pharmacy but nothing was taken. However, the suspect then proceeded to take cartons of cigarettes. Anyone with information on this and any other criminal activity is asked to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department.

Two former employees for the city of Meigs have been indicted by a grand jury and the allegation involves conspiracy to defraud. Former city clerk Rene Williams and Odessa Sutton also known as Odessa Jackson allegedly conspired to steal water which is the property of the city by writing off water bills belonging to Odessa Jackson. The Georgia Statue regulating such activity states that if found guilty “a person convicted of the offense of conspiracy to defraud the state shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.” Both left the city’s employment in August of last year. Sutton served on the city council for almost two years; Williams was employed as utilities clerk.

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