Morning News Briefs for 9-30-16

| September 30, 2016

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The probe into the incidents that led to the shooting of a Valdosta man by a police officer continues as the GBI conducts the investigation. According to reports from witnesses the victim of the shooting attacked the officer who had responded to a Fresno Street child custody confrontation. Johnathon Lozano Murillo reportedly came at officer Alyssa Shirley armed with a knife. He was tased but continued in the direction of the officer and ignoring commands to stop-was shot and transported to the hospital, but the latest report states that Murillo has died as the result of his injuries. The GBI will submit its case file to the Southern District Attorney’s Office upon completing the investigation.


The body of a woman identified as 27 year old Leslie Peeler of Albany was discovered on the rear seat of a pickup truck stopped at a Sylvester convenience store. She had family living in Worth County and was with her sister at the time of her death from what officials report as a drug overdose. Her sister, Ashley Sellers age 25 was driving the truck but decided to call 911 and then flee the scene because she was wanted by law enforcement on two outstanding warrants. She has since been arrested and jailed.


A man known to be a sex offender fled from West Virginia to Coffee County and in spite of his attempts to escape capture was taken into custody and jailed. Robert Lee Franklin crashed his vehicle and then took on foot, however, thanks to the efforts of Sheriff’s deputies, State patrol Officers and the police he was taken into custody for non-compliance with the sex offender law, and now faces a host of other charges. He was on a U.S. Marshals watch list.


If you have purchased a Samsung washer manufactured between march of 2014 and April 2016 you could be in for a shock. Reports of the washing machines exploding have caused government regulators to issue warnings regarding the top loading Samsung washers. One buyer reported that the explosion was so strong that it actually blew a hole in a wall. The Consumer Product Safety Commission suggested people only use the delicate cycle when washing bulky items, which “lessens the risk of impact injuries or property damage” from the machine becoming “dislodged.” A class action suit has been filled in New Jersey. According to the report some customers in Texas, Georgia and Indiana fault the company for trying to hide the problems by trying to collect and destroy the defective machines.


Thomas County officials have arrested Stacey Jablonski and charged her with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Acting on a tip about the delivery of drugs agents followed Jablonski and enacted her arrest after her second stop at a gasoline station.


October is National Fire Prevention Month, and the Valdosta Fire Department has once again planned a variety of educational activities for residents of all ages. One of the simplest ways for families to protect their loved ones from fire is to ensure their homes have working smoke detectors. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Call VFD Senior Community Educator Tangela Rowe at 229-333-1835.


The 100 Black Men of Valdosta will host its first Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, October 7, 2016, at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. Contact Nathaniel Haugabrook at 229-247-4617 or Greg Powell at 229-503-6024 should you have any questions.

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