Morning News Briefs for 8-4-16

| August 4, 2016
An 18 year old Brooks County man has died as the result of a vehicular accident. Devontae Head lost control of the Ford explorer on Lawson Mill Pond Road-traveled down an embankment and overturned.Head was pronounced dead at the scene.

Law enforcement officials in Thomasville prepared for an active shooter scenario; they want their first responders to be prepared. Educators, other faculty and students were a part of the exercise.

Former Bainbridge public safety officer Captain Shannon Dunaway was seriously injured in August 2014 while fighting a residential fire. The roof of the porch on which he stood collapsed on top of him causing multiple career ending injuries. Brandi Gaddis was charged with arson after admitting that she started the fire, and after only one and a half years in prison she is now free. The Dunaway family is not pleased with what they see as her short time in prison as Shannon Dunaway will have to deal with the injuries caused by Gaddis’ criminal behavior indefinitely.

Ladarris Small has been arrested and charged with a shotgun shooting that left a man and a woman wounded. Police in Bainbridge say that the altercation was prompted by an argument on Facebook. Another suspect is still sought.

Operation Crack Down continues to roll as Bainbridge officials have now arrested 10 more people bringing the number to 30 with 11 more suspects sought. The law enforcement campaign will continue through the rest of the week. Those taken into custody were wanted for drug related parole and probation violations.

It was a hotel drug bust at the Bainbridge Howard Johnson that led to the arrest of Jarard Johnson. Two other suspect ran from police and got away but Johnson was found to be in possession of four ounces of cocaine. Someone had complained about the odor of marijuana in the pool area of the hotel and police responded.

The amount of cargo moving through Cordele from Kia Automotive will now double thanks to an agreement between the auto maker and Cordele Intermodal Services. It is estimated that the the monthly truck traffic eliminated by the new agreement is 530 thousand miles. Now, railways will become the primary mode of shipment to Cordele. Kia will move as many as 30 thousand container units through the city annually.

City officials say that a split in a four-inch sewer force main caused the spillage of 1,500 gallons of sewage in the 3700 block of Knights Academy Road earlier this week. The waste seeped into an adjacent drain and some of it ended up in Cherry Creek. The pipe has been replaced.
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