Morning News Briefs for 10-14-16

| October 14, 2016


A Valdosta man was arrested early Wednesday morning in the Northlake subdivision for allegedly leaving his four-year-old child home alone while he set a nearby house under construction on fire. 31-year-old Jarod Medberry was charged with arson, criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana and reckless conduct by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.

A 52-year-old woman died in Madison County late Wednesday following a single vehicle crash on interstate 75. Florida State Troopers have not yet released the name of the victim, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck. A 66-year-old passenger is in serious condition.

Brooks County broke ground on a new Boys & Girls Club facility on Thursday. The $3 million dollar investment with feature the county’s only public swimming pool. $900,000 is still left to be raised to pay for the building.

Some Georgia peanut farmers are worried about their crops. The USDA expects yields to be up, but some farmers without irrigated fields say their yields will be down. Although Georgia planted fewer peanuts this year, the USDA believes crops could be the third third largest ever in the state.

The mayor of Dawson, Georgia has been removed by an executive order from the governor. Christopher Wrights was indicted in June on multiple sex charges, including child molestation. Despite the charges, Wright remained in office and is still eligible to serve in January if he is re-elected next month. The trial for the sex charges is set for March.

A Colquitt county man who pleaded guilty to an ATV crash that killed his girlfriend last year will spend the next 18 months behind bars. 20-year-old Gatlyn Peacock, was sentenced to a total of 10 years for the crash which killed 19-year-old Janna Tucker.

The names of four candidates for sheriff will appear on Berrien County ballots next month. Sheriff Ray Paulk, Ben Davis, Frank Swanson and Rick Brown are vying for the seat. Former Berrien County Sheriff Anthony Heath was sentenced earlier this week to 30 months in federal prison for violating civil rights.

The Georgia National Fair continues in Perry through this Sunday. A number of concerts are lined up, including a performance by Lynryd Skynryd on Saturday. The fair is in its 27th year and features over 80 rides and attractions.

Registration is now open for the Smith investment Advisor Group Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Partnership Cancer Fund. The tournament is set for October 27 at the Valdosta Country Club, and entry forms can be found at Valdosta

Valdosta man charged with leaving child home alone, setting nearby house on fire
Valdosta man charged with leaving child home alone at night, setting a house on fire
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