Morning News Briefs for 5-19-16

| May 19, 2016


32-year-old Jeremiah Covington is in a group of 40 people alleged to be members or associates of the Gangster Disciples street gang. The indictments against them include charges of racketeering and conspiracy. The suspects have been accused of participating in multiple murders, attempted murders and drug activity.

City officials rolled out the red carpet of recognition for employees of the Public Works Department in celebration of National Public Works Week. They were treated to an appreciation luncheon as part of the celebration of the 106 workers who are charged with maintenance and upkeep of multiple areas of the City of Valdosta.

Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress paid homage to officers with the Department. Officers with 10 to 25 years of service were honored and presented the Valdosta Police department’s Purple Heart Award, a Top Gun Award and five Life Saving Awards were given out. Included in the day’s recognition were personnel receiving promotions.

Law enforcement officials in Cook County are warning area residents of an impostor pretending to be an officer of the law and pulling people over. The report of a car with flashing blue and white lights came in from a female who became suspicious and drove away from the scene. The sheriff states that the vehicle used is an older model car possibly white or silver. The search for the impostor continues.

Officials with the United States Department of Justice report that an extension agreement has been reached with the state of Georgia involving improvements in service provision and delivery to persons with developmental disabilities. The agreement comes in the wake of a lawsuit and settlement reached in 2010. According to the report Georgia was at that time causing persons with developmental disabilities into state-run hospitals and not providing community-based services. Justice department officials found last January that the state was not in compliance with the 2010 agreement. Now, state officials will provide at least 675 new Medicaid home and community based slots, and monitor the well-being of the clients.

Vigil planned, funeral arrangements made for Colquitt County house fire victims
Youth program leader facing multiple charges
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