Morning News Briefs for 8-16-16

| August 16, 2016


A robber took cash from the on duty clerk at the Quick Gas convenience store in Adel on North Hutchinson Avenue and police are asking that anyone with information regarding this armed robbery to contact them at 229-896-2224. The suspect wore a Cook County High School theater wing hoodie that was tagged with the words “Let Me Be You”.

In an article written by Ty Tagami for the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that from one end of the country to the other teachers are getting less pay that other college grads. According to the Economic Policy Institute that goes for the state of Georgia where teachers earn only 69 percent of other workers with a comparable amount of education. Based on 2015 data the report states that Georgia had the eighth widest pay gap in the nation. Critics contend that the report’s pay comparisons are misleading. The Fordham Institute, for instance, says reports about pay fail to take pension contributions into account. The findings come as Gov. Nathan Deal is said to be preparing legislation for an overhaul of education, including merit-based pay for teachers.

The City of Valdosta has issued the following release; Assistant Fire Chief Brian Boutwell has joined 21 fellow chiefs receiving certification by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs during their 2016 Fires Service Conference held in Augusta. Chief Freddie Broome recently received his certification at a training session in Savannah. Dating back to 1952, the organization works to advance fire services in Georgia and represents more than 700 chief fire officers statewide. Firefighters Lt. Robert Mercer, Sgt. Shelley Miller and Austin Williams have been recognized as the August Employees of the Month.

Georgia Justice Project (GJP) training will be held on August 18th for Stakeholders from 2p.m.- 4 p.m. at the City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, 300 North Lee Street Valdosta GA, 31601. The meeting with the stakeholders will deal with the effect of criminal records and the barriers encountered with regards to employment, housing, licensing, and other benefits.

The search for Moody Airman 1st Class Timothy Wilsey has come to an end. The 20 year old was sought in connection with an allegation of desertion and law enforcement officials want to question him regarding the death of an unidentified 19 year old female. Wilsey was captured in Emporia, Virginia by a multi-unit investigative force.

The investigation into of 21 year old Omega resident Jorge Patino has been turned over to investigators from Tift County. Warrants have been issued for the suspected shooter Robert Meders; the men were reported to be friends. Patino was wounded in the leg and chest and was airlifted to a Macon hospital.

Marietta Police Officer Scott Davis was shot and suffered a wound to his leg while responding to an auto break-in call. When Scott and other officers arrived on the scene a shooter began firing from inside a vehicle as they approached. Other officers fired their weapons and one of the suspects was hit, but his injuries were not life threatening. Officials say that the two arrested 15 year old’s are members of a faction of the Atlanta Bloods street gang and they will be charged under the Georgia gang statute.

Law enforcement officials in Nassau County Florida report that two other people were arrested along with Royheem Deeds, the man accused of the shooting death of Eastman, Georgia Police Officer Tim Smith. His sister Franshawn Deeds who drove the getaway vehicle and passenger Jamil Mitchell were taken into custody on out of state warrants. Officials believe that Royheem Deeds was headed toward Gainesville, but the vehicle was spotted and a traffic stop enacted. Officials found Royheem Deeds hiding in the trunk.

Wiregrass Activists for Clean Energy will join other demonstrators taking part in a national demonstration against natural gas pipelines like the Sabal Trail pipeline proposed to run through parts of Lowndes County, Florida and Alabama. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League sponsors the event. The Hands Across Our Land event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the historic Lowndes County Courthouse, downtown.

The search continues for the armed robber that took cash receipts from the R. J. Food Mart on Highway 376. The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information to contact them at 229-671-2985.

Adel store robbed at gun point
Three arrested in Lowndes County home burglary
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