Morning News Briefs for 5-24-16

| May 24, 2016


42 year old Richard Palmer has been taken into custody by law enforcement officers in Adel. Information recieved from a concerned citizen led to a search of his James Street residence where officers found an active meth lab; sales of the highly addictive and sometimes deadly drug were taking place at the home as well. Palmer, a convicted felon was also found with a handgun.

A law suit brought against the Georgia Department of Driver Services for refusing to issue licenses to immigrants with legal work permits has prompted changes at the agency. The department must not begin issuing the licences to eligible immigrants.

The Brooks County Schools ECHOES Program is planning 4-week Summer Programs at each of the schools. ECHOES is a federal grant initiative, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which provides out-of-school hours programming for grades PK-12. The ECHOES Summer Programs will begin Monday, June 6 and conclude Thursday, June 30 week, from 8 a.m.—5 p.m. Bus transportation will be provided to pick-up and drop-off points throughout the county. Meals will also be provided. There is no cost for students who attend the ECHOES Summer Program. For more information, you may call Janie Jones, Program Director, at 263-7531.

Multiple warrants for the arrest of wanted suspect Rickey Barron age 38. However, his whereabouts remained unknown to Lowndes County Sheriff’s Deputies until they found out that he could be hiding at the Brandonshire Lane residence of 32 year old Octavia Johnson. Deputies went to the home and found Barron hiding inside a closet. Johnson and Barron were arrested and taken to jail. Barron is charged with: Violation of probation, Battery – Family Violence – two counts, Cruelty to children – four counts, False imprisonment, Theft by taking, and Obstruction of an officer. Octavia Johnson is charged with: Hindering apprehension of a wanted person, and Obstruction of an officer.

An Albany Police officer fired his Taser striking a burglar at exiting a Dollar General Stores shattered front door but the suspect removed the wires and continued making good his getaway. Officer Nicholas parker was responding to the business alarm when he confronted the suspect but was struck in the head with an unknown object and left with a cut. The store’s surveillance video is under review.

Dr. Kelli Brown has been named interim President of Valdosta State University by Georgia University Chancellor Hank Huckaby. She currently holds a post at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville where she serves as provost and vice president of academic affairs. She will take her new post at VSU on June 1st replacing the soon to be former interim president Hugh Staton.

The polls will open at 7 am and close at 7 pm giving area residents the opportunity to cast their ballots involving state and local races in the non-partisan primary election. On the ballot the race for Lowndes County Sheriff, the District 1 seat on the County Commission, Lowndes County Coroner, Probate Court Judge for Lowndes County, State representative and other races for a complete listing of the races and the candidates visit

The Georgia Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that the new bridge on state Route 112 at Sapp Creek will open to traffic today, slightly ahead of the scheduled completion date of May 31. The new bridge replaces one that was built in 1950, and the construction contract amount is $2.7 million.

Deputies dismantle meth lab near Adel hospital
Deputies find wanted man hiding in closet
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