Morning News Briefs for 5-4-16

| May 4, 2016


A Fort Valley State University student has died as the result of a stabbing incident. The victim identified as Donnell Phelps was a native of Marshallville. The suspect has been arrested and according to the report a campus officer was also stabbed during the arrest. The investigation is led by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed several pieces of legislation including the controversial campus carry bill that would have allowed guns to be carried on to specified parts of public college and university campuses.

Law enforcement and emergency personnel report damages from storms that roared through the area. The damage spread from Cordele to Ocilla, over to Ben Hill and Lanier Counties. Trees were downed, homes were damaged, there was one house fire sparked by a falling tree and power outages as well.

Mike Stewart has been selected as the interim city manager in Moultrie replacing former city manager Mike Scott who has retired. Stewart has previously held the post of Colquitt County administrator. The city officials continue to search for a full time manager.

The effort to recall some members of the Camilla City Council continues to move forward. Organizers of the effort are now awaiting for a hearing date to be set by a Superior Court Judge. At that time it will be determined whether or not recall elections will be held to remove Annie Doris Willingham, Vivian Smith, Bryant Campbell, and Danny Palmer from office. The allegations against them include failure to disclose financial statements, violation of the open meetings law and violation of protocols for elections.

When Albany drug agents stopped a car carrying Terry Martin and Sadie King they had no idea that the vehicle was actually uses as a mobile drug distribution vehicle. Officers noticed the pungent odor of marijuana coming from the car and a search was conducted. Martin and King were found to be in possession of at least ten types of pain killers containing opioids valued at $3,000 and machinery for grinding the pill into powder for the purpose of smoking, mixing or injecting them. The suspects were taken to the Dougherty County Jail and the investigation will now move into Mitchell County.

Persons wishing to cast early ballots before the May 24th primary can visit the Lowndes County Board of Elections Office at 2808 North Oak Street from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. for the next three weeks. The office is also open on two Saturdays and one Sunday. The elections involve federal and County positions.

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