Morning News Briefs for 6-27-16

| July 27, 2016


Lowndes County Officials will meet with local Mayors to continue to discuss renewal of the current service delivery agreement. Lowndes County leadership maintains the position that since no significant changes in laws or statutes governing services, service areas, or revenue streams have occurred, the agreement formerly adopted by the County and the Cities is still in the best interest of tax payers. The recommendation calls for renewal of the existing agreement now in effect without substantive changes. Officials say that only the amendments that are in accordance with current laws will be considered. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the second floor of the Lowndes County Judicial-Administrative Complex.

Thanks to the heroic efforts of a Bainbridge off-duty police officer nine vehicular crash victims were removed from a church van that had overturned. Officer Leroy Akins may have saved the lives of the victims in the Highway 27 South incident. They had been to church service in Colquitt County and were on their way back to Tallahassee when the accident occurred. One victim had to be air-lifted to a hospital, others were treated at the scene. It was reported that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The organization Citizens Against Violence has opened a new center in the community and the Valdosta Police Department is joining the organization by placing a satellite office operation in the Ora Lee West housing development complex. Citizens Against Violence has among its goals the bridging of the gap between citizens and law enforcement.

It will be Democrat Brad Carter facing off against Republican Austin Fiveash in the race to become the next Lowndes County Coroner. Carter narrowly defeated challenger John Hogan.Carter has been deputy Coroner since 2012. The general election is set for November 8th.

Melanie Rebecca Hobbs of Cairo is facing charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, along with possession of Xanax and Oxycodone. Hobbs was observed driving recklessly with unrestrained children in her vehicle and during the traffic stop police seized over 28 grams of what was thought to be marijuana and they also seized a handgun. She was released from jail on a ten thousand dollar bond.

More controversy in the city of Meigs with the arrest of the Mayor Pro-Tem Jimmy Layton on charges of interfering with government property. He changed the locks at the Meigs Police Department but he did not have the authority to do so. According to officer Darrell Laster, the arresting officer, Layton turned himself in at the Thomas County Jail. He was released on bond.

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