Morning News Briefs for 7-14-16

| July 14, 2016


Valdosta’s Georgia State Patrol post has reported that, during the Independence Day Holiday Period from July 1st to July 4th, troopers investigated 19 crashes with 9 injuries and 0 fatalities. Statewide, Georgia State Patrol investigated 379 crashes resulting in 181 injuries and 5 fatalities.

Valdosta has several board vacancies available for residents to fill. 10 seats are available on the central Valdosta development authority, the housing board of adjustments and appeals, the tree commission and more.

Nurses at South Georgia Medical Center’s campuses and affiliates will soon be honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses, a program that recognizes the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Each month, one nurse will be selected by SGMC’s DAISY Award Committee, and recognized in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors.

Lowndes county deputies arrested a pair on I-75 Tuesday morning for speeding and the possession of several controlled substances. 28-year-old Jeffrey Swisher and 30-year-old Tabitha Brittingham were arrested for possession of MDMA, trafficking ecstasy and failure to keep drugs, oxycodone and adderall, in their original containers.

New data shows a spike in child drownings in Georgia. Last month, six children under the age of 10 drowned. Georgia is now the fifth highest state for child drownings, with nine so far this year.

The Victims Advocacy Center in Lowndes County has a new employee named Ru Ru. Ru Ru was rescued from an animal shelter as a puppy. Now she is making a difference in the lives of crime victims across the County as Lowndes’s first courthouse therapy dog. Ru Ru has her own Facebook page where people can keep up with her work and learn how to sponsor her.

Valdosta police officer Randall Hancock has been moved out of South Georgia Medical Center’s intensive care unit. Hancock was shot Friday morning while answering a call at Three Oaks Apartments. Anyone wanting to donate money to help the Hancock family with expenses can call Chief Brian Childress at (229) 293-3100 to make arrangements.

“The Avengers” will be airing for free Friday in Lake Park. The movie will be aired on the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority’s 11-foot tall and 20-foot wide, inflatable screen at the South Lowndes Recreation Complex, 6440 Ocean Pond Road at 8:30 p.m.

An arrest has been made in connection with a string of burglaries in South Georgia and North Florida. Lake Park Chief of Police James Breletic said Tuesday a suspect confessed to the crimes in Lake Park and Madison and is reportedly cooperating with authorities.

Dog rescued from shelter, now Lowndes County's first therapy dog
Arrests made in Lake Park, Madison burglaries
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