Morning News Briefs for 6-22-16

| June 22, 2016


In the wake of a shooting incident at a Sylvester nightclub, three people had to be hospitalized with injuries suffered as patrons attempted to escape. One person was wounded by the gunfire at Club Celebrity in the early morning hours Tuesday. Officials say that as many as five weapons may have been fired during the chaos. Police took a 16 year old into custody after they witnessed him firing a hand gun. Tomaree Johns, 21, was wounded and 20 year old Kayla Redding was injured when she was struck by a car as she fled the scene of the shooting.

Judge John Salter of Albany decided that 34 year old Kamesha Jackson should remain in jail as evidence was presented against her in connection with the stabbing death of her husband 39 year old Charles Porter who suffered a wound to his main artery and bled to death. Police say that there is much more to the story that actually developed over a 10 hour period.

Jarvis Henderson of Clinch County has turned down a plea bargain deal from prosecutors in a case involving charges of child molestation. The incidents from 2014 will now be heard at trial possibly in October.

Another Valdosta family has a new home thanks to the Community Development Block Grant funding that covered the cost of construction. So far CDBG dollars have provided seven Valdosta families with new homes and officials say that in the next fiscal year four other construction initiatives are planned.

A Be On The Lookout alert was issued after 31 year old Michael Copeland made good an escape attempt from the Clinch County Jail. Copeland escaped from the facility before in 2009.

Heather Nicole Gregory had multiple outstanding warrants stemming from drug charges and failure to appear. Now, probation officials have placed a hold on any possible release from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, for violation of her probation. During the latest encounter with law enforcement Gregory reportedly bit a Lanier County Sheriff’s Deputy and was charged with drug and battery violations.

The search is on by officers with the Valdosta Police Department for the one that got away. They chased a driver who was followed from Brooks County into Lowndes. Law enforcement officials report that the vehicle was spotted going onto a boat ramp, and the driver escaped on foot. His identity is unknown.

The Archer Daniels Midland Company is helping the Lowndes County Extension program to expand its operation and 4-H initiatives. The target programs involve communications, leadership and family and consumer science. Two grants in the amount of $2,000 each have been received. The funds will also be used to train program officers in event preparation and planning along with covering some of the cost of travel within the district.

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