Morning News Briefs for 10-21-16

| October 21, 2016

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A Valdosta homicide has shaken a neighborhood in the North Toombs Street area. According to the report 20 year old Jalon Jackson was found dead at his residence and officials say that his death was the result of foul play; it was not a random act of violence. Family members had not heard from Jackson for some time and they notified the emergency operator.


Valdosta police continue their search for the robber that struck at Bargain Barn on South Patterson Street Wednesday. They ask that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Valdosta Police or call 911.


Barbara Mullis of Moultrie has been arrested and charged in the armed robbery of a convenience store. Investigators say that she was armed with a knife and that she apologized to the on duty clerk for her actions.


The Fill-a-Truck campaign benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank collected more than 56 thousand pounds of food to fill the food bank’s shelves. In all, with the food collection and the donation from Southeastern Credit Union the actual take was three truckloads of food. The proceeds will go a long way towards providing nearly 50 thousand meals for South Georgia families.


The Associated Press reports that T-Mobile, will pay $48 million for not clearly telling customers how “unlimited” data plans weren’t really, unlimited. The Federal Communications Commission said that T-Mobile had a policy to slow down the speeds of their heaviest data users. But the agency said the company didn’t let customers know what the data-use threshold was for triggering the lower speed. In its settlement T-Mobile will pay a $7.5 million penalty while $35.5 million will go to customers discounts or data upgrades. $5 million will go toward expanding access to the internet for under-served children.


A motorcyclist was injured in crash in the 4500 block of Inner Perimeter Road in Valdosta. A witness reported that the cyclist may have fallen off and possibly struck street sign. The man was airlifted to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.


The search is on to find 24 year old Benjamin Wilcox and Valdosta Police officials say that they believe that he may be the person responsible for as many as nine building fires. Wilcox is described as being a white male with dark hair, stands 5’ 8” tall and weighs just over 170 pounds. Any with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Valdosta Fire Department or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.


Major transportation projects in Lowndes County and the South Georgia region were featured at the State Transportation Board (STB) meeting in Valdosta. A total investment of approximately $229 million for widening, interchange reconstruction, maintenance and other projects in Lowndes County were discussed. Of regional importance, State Route 133 is a major north-south corridor in South Georgia that provides a vital connection between Valdosta on the south and Albany to the north. SR 133 will be widened to a four-lane divided roadway from south Albany to I-75.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Valdosta crash
Police searching for suspect in Valdosta homicide
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