Morning News Briefs for 10-25-16

| October 25, 2016


21 year old Sharnell McKenzie thought that officials would not find the marijuana hidden in a private part of her body when she was escorted from the Dougherty County Club Excel. However, when she was strip searched at the county jail officials discovered 16 bags of the illegal weed and charged her with possession with the intent to distribute.

Lowndes County Clerk Paige Dukes reminds all area residents to get permits before burning on their property. Those who violate the burn ordinance could face fines and or jail time. Applications for burn permits can be obtained at the Georgia Forestry Website at no cost. One county resident found out just how dangerous small trash burning fires can be when the fire that he started, quickly got out of hand, spreading to grass and trees, then to a mobile home used for storage that was destroyed.

In an Atlanta Business Chronicle report Dave Williams writes that over a half million Georgians have cast early ballots for the November 8th elections. He reports that of that number 490 thousand ballots were cast at voting locations across the state while another 88 thousand were absentee ballots. Weekend totals in Lowndes County had over 8,600 voters casting ballots. The Lowndes County Board of Elections Office opens at 6 a.m. for voters seeking to cast early ballots at 2808 North Oak Street.

James Jacobs has entered a guilty plea for the part that he played in the murder and concealing of the death of Rosewood Manor Nursing Home resident Alexander Hunter. Hunter’s body was discovered buried on the Rosewood property. His wife has already received two 10 year concurrent prison sentences. Their son is also charged in connection with the case.

Accused Clinch County child molester Jarvis Henderson refused to enter a plea bargain deal months ago in in a case that involved multiple sex crimes. However, the deal has been accepted and Henderson entered a plea of guilty and he has been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison.

Tragedy struck in Clayton County over the weekend. Law enforcement officials report that an unknown number of home invaders broke into a Jonesboro home occupied by a number of children; as young as six years old, who were alone in the residence when the robbers broke in. 15 year old Daveon Coates an older sibling, and his 11 year old sister Tatiyanna Coates were shot and killed by the home invaders; another child notified the authorities. The parents were reportedly at another location when the incident occurred.

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