Morning News Briefs for 9-26-16

| September 26, 2016

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Ricky Barron III is accused in the murder of Timothy Linder and Andreah Mitchell is charged with being an accomplice to the crime. Linder’s death took place in October of 2014 at his Marion Street residence. Barron and Mitchell were indicted last year on armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and felony murder. Jury selection is scheduled to begin today at the Lowndes County Judicial Complex.


The man sought in connection with the September robbery of the Dougherty County Credit Union is a fugitive no more. 20 year old David Andrews was taken into custody in Virginia. Andrews is now awaiting extradition back to Georgia. FBI agents took the suspect into custody without incident.


The accusation of an assault on a child led to the arrest of Thomasville private school administrator Dr. Linda McLean. The 66 year old educator was taken into custody after the complaint was lodged regarding the incident and she made bond of $3,600. Dr. McLean denies the accusations and says that her students will return after fall break and the school will re-open October 2nd. The complaint was made by one of the employees at Favor Christian Academy.


The mourning continues for Steven Lee Chambers of Lake Park. He lost his life in a tragic vehicular accident over the weekend. The head on collision involved a Yukon driven by 55 year old Shirley Powell of Sylvester that crossed into another lane of traffic striking Chambers in his GMC truck. The drivers wore seat belts but the impact was so severe that both were pronounced dead at the scene.


The debate over the construction of pipelines from Dakota to Georgia and Florida will take place on the campus of Valdosta State University Wednesday September 28th at 7 p.m. hosted by VSU’s Four Directions and Students Against Violating the Environment. The forum will be held in the University Center’s Cypress Room. The panel will consist of VSU faculty members; Dr. Lavonna Lovern, Dr. Fred Knowles, and representing the Sierra Club’s Florida Chapter will be Merrillee Jipson. The event is free and open to the public.


The upward spiral in the cost of gasoline continued in the area over the weekend even though operators of the Colonial Pipeline company repaired the rupture that caused the spillage of hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline and created gas shortages throughout the region. According to AAA Prices in Valdosta were up to $2.20 per gallon; an 18 cent increase in just one week.


Persons facing foreclosure, mortgage payment problems and those looking to become homeowners are asked to attend a regional Housing Fair in Thomasville October 11th from 4 until 7p.m. It takes place at Southern Regional Technical College on Highway 19. Counselors and staffers from community resource organizations will be on hand to provide assistance and information.

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