Morning News Briefs for 5-11-16

| May 11, 2016


Officials in Colquitt County report that the death of a man whose body was discovered inside a shed on Sardis Church Road property may have been caused by a fight. Though autopsy results are still incomplete and no positive identification has been made, witnesses told investigators that a weekend fight may have led to the unidentified mans’ death.

SGMC staffers are providing 250 free skin cancer screenings Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 14, and they encourage area residents to take advantage of the screenings as May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Albany teenager Breauna Offord sat through part of her trial on multiple charges that include obstruction of an officer and fighting with police, but during a break in the trial she left the courtroom and decided not to return. A bench warrant has been issued for her arrest; the 19 year old is now wanted for contempt of court.

Munchkin is recalling about 180,000 pacifiers over a choking hazard. The company determined a plastic cover that goes over its latch lightweight pacifier’s clip can detach. The Van Nuys, CA, company says it got five reports each from Canada and the U.S. of the clip detaching. The pacifiers with attached clips were sold Target, Walmart and other locations.

Valdosta Police have made another arrest in connection with the incident in Ora Lee West housing complex. A seventh person has been taken into custody in a Valdosta narcotics and obstruction case. 29-year-old Anthony Eady was identified by officers and by video as one of many individuals who interfered with the officers during a narcotics investigation. Eady was arrested on a warrant for misdemeanor obstruction.

The Associated Press reports that University System of Georgia officials say schools need to raise more money for athletics rather than depending on student fees or tuition. A new policy caps how much funding athletic programs can get from student fees or students’ tuition. It also caps annual growth in athletic expenses.

An investigation continues in Lanier County in the drowning death of Cary Russell Self. The 44 year old man drowned after saving the life of his young daughter in the waters of the Alapaha River. The Georgia department of Natural Resources and other agencies are involved in the case. Self was on a family outing when the incident occurred.

Members of the Lowndes County School Board have given their approval to a summer enrichment program designed to benefit at risk students. The proposed program will add 16 more days of instruction to their schedules in an effort to enhance retention.

Kawanna Oliver has been indicted by a grand jury in Macon and the charge against her is Felony Murder and First Degree Cruelty to Children. In April 2014 they found Oliver’s 4-month-old baby unresponsive. According to court records the child had suffered a fractured arm.

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