Morning News Briefs for 7-25-16

| July 25, 2016

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A turnout of 50 people showed up for the open testing held by the Valdosta Police Department over the weekend. All eligible residents were welcome to come and apply for positions with the VPD. Another open testing session will be held in October.


Officials in Albany say that it was a Facebook posting that led to a shootout that involved moving vehicles. They report that the shooting continued for miles through the city. Three people were arrested; Felicia Glasco age 21, Barbara Glasco age 22 and 26 year old Joshua Mallory. In all the Glasco’s, Mallory and two other suspects fired shots at a vehicle they chased through Albany. No injuries were reported.


The numbers of children fed by the Second Harvest Food Bank this summer’s meals program is down as the program nears its end. The summer meals program started with service to over thirteen hundred kids but with one week left in the program that number is down to approximately 680. Officials say that often transportation for kids is problematic along with other factors.


The Moultrie community joined a host of other areas around the country showing support and appreciation for law enforcement. The speakers included Police Chief Frank Lang and Sheriff Randy Stephens. Also voicing support were members of the local NAACP and Church leaders.


An apartment complex on North Forrest Street was evacuated for a shot time over the weekend as officers with the Valdosta Police Department took a man into custody. The unidentified suspect is charged with making terroristic threats against the police. The occupants were ordered to come out of the apartment in question after it was determined to be the location of from which the threats were made by telephone; a man, woman and teenager exited the apartment but the suspected caller remained inside. He was later taken into custody without incident.


A Live Oak joy ride has taken the life of James Fountain. He and Robert Jones were riding in an open field when their car overturned; Fountain was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and Jones was airlifted to a facility in Gainesville. Charges are pending.


The investigation into the death of Destiny Darshea age 23 of Valdosta continues. Her body was discovered by a road maintenance work crew on Highway 19. Officials report that her death may have occurred as the result of a fatal crash based on evidence found at the scene.


Carl Lewis reported to be a barber in the Woodstock, Georgia area went to the First Baptist Church in that community-approached a sheriff’s deputy who was directing traffic and told the officer that he had shot his stepson and that he did not know if he was still alive. Officers responding to the site of the shooting found 19 year old Bryce McCallum dead from a gunshot wound to the head. He had recently completed his freshman year at the University of West Georgia. McCallum’s mother and younger brother were no at the home when the shooting took place; Lewis faces murder and other charges.


Weather permitting, Georgia Department of Transportation contractor Ozark Striping Co. will be re-striping and replacing raised pavement markers in multiple counties which can help motorists stay on the roadway and in the proper lane. Crews will work State Road 94 in Echols County from the Lowndes County line to Clinch County, and State Route 76 in Berrien County to Lakeland Highway, and State Road 168 to the Lanier County line.

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