Morning News Briefs for 10-12-16

| October 12, 2016
Sentencing of the former Berrien County Sheriff Anthony Heath is scheduled to take place today in Valdosta. He pleaded guilty to federal charges in the use of excessive force-violating suspects civil rights. His removal from office was followed by the appointment of Chief Deputy Ray Paulk who will serve as interim sheriff until the elections in November. The investigators report stated that Heath beat two suspects in separate incidents-one was handcuffed at the time.

A Thomasville resident returned home to discover the theft of over $6,000 in electronics, jewelry and other possessions had been taken. Thomasville law enforcement did not have to look far far for a suspect because evidence gathered at the scene of the burglary led them straight to Tyler Rathel-a neighbor. Rathel is jailed in connection with the September incident.

Raul Villegas of Bainbridge was jailed on multiple sex crimes committed against a female at her residence and police say that this was not the first time that the suspect has been in trouble with the law. The rape suspect is also charged with failure to register as a sex offender.

A special program designed to help kids and their families during the holidays is in need of financial donations from the community. The Shop With a Cop program wants to take as many a 30 children on holiday shopping sprees and officer Vernotis Williams, Sr. announces that a local movie theater will be donating some of its receipts this Sunday to Shop With a Cop. To find out how you can donate to the program call The Valdosta Police Department at 229-242-2606 or 229-292-7785.

The State Transportation Board (STB) will hold its October meeting in Valdosta by invitation of Tim Golden, who represents Georgia’s  8th Congressional District on the Board. This month’s two-day meeting includes committee meetings on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 2:15 p.m. and the official monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.  The meetings will be held at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center, 1 Meeting Place in Valdosta.

Valdosta Stadium Cinemas will be participating in the 13th Annual Cinema for a Cause on Sunday, October 16. All proceeds from ticket and concession sales during the event will be donated to the Valdosta Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program, Jacob’s Ladder and Variety, a children’s charity. For more information about Cinema for a Cause visit the Valdosta Stadium Cinemas Facebook page or the Georgia Theater Company.

The Smith Investment Advisor Group is holding a Charity Golf Tournament this month to benefit The Partnership Cancer Fund. The tournament is scheduled for October 27 at 1 p.m. at the Valdosta Country Club.

Moody Air Force Base will be the host site for the celebration of Military Retiree Appreciation Week. The event gets underway October 23rdand continues through the 29th; retirees from all branches of the armed forces are welcome to attend. The festivities will include specials on merchandise at the retail outlets on base, a golf tournament at Quiet Pines golf course Friday, October 28th and October 29th the celebration begins at the Freedom 1 Fitness center and lots of other activities are planned. For more information, contact the Moody AFB Retiree Activities office at 229-257-3209 .

Valdosta’s food bank needs help for a nation wide volunteer day. The initiative is Make A Difference Day that takes place next Saturday. Volunteers will help out in a variety of projects including packing pantry boxes, sorting, and stocking Teacher’s Harvest. To donate your time and service to others call the Second harvest Food Bank or visit them online to register.
Valdosta Trick-or-Treating Festivities Scheduled for Oct. 31
Lanier football team travels to Florida to cleanup after Hurricane Matthew
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