Morning News Briefs for 10-5-16

| October 5, 2016


November 14th is the new trial date set for Caliah Burns; the court proceedings have twice been postponed. Burns was out of jail on bond in connection with the shooting death of 27 year old Ricardo James in 2015. Last weekend Bainbridge Police stopped a Honda driven by Burns and the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle led to a search that turned up marijuana packaged for sale in possession of passenger Ezekiel Hodge. During a strip search of Burns at police headquarters officers found marijuana hidden in his underwear. Hodge and Burns now face felony drug charges with intent to distribute and other violations.

Looking for ways to cut costs at Moody Air Force Base installation officials and local government leaders have formed a partnership in a P-4 initiative. The Department of Defense is looking for ways to cut base operation costs at installations across the nation. A contract between Moody and local municipalities will allow the county to operate the Moody water treatment plant saving the base approximately $200,000 annually. The work on the initiative has been planned for almost three and one half years and the agreement is for a five year period.

A Thomasville family has issued a challenge to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The challenge calls for the food bank to raise $500 thousand dollars, and if food bank administrators can reach that goal the Williams family will match that amount. Second Harvest will then have access to one million dollars to cover the costs associated with their new facility. You can donate by visiting the Second Harvest Food Bank website or call (229) 244-2678.

Cleanup crews working with the City of Valdosta Public Works Department picked-up over three million pounds of debris left in the area by the Labor Day storm. Public Works Department Director Richard Hardy says that work hours and operations are back to normal thanks to the hard work of the crews and cooperation from other city departments. Cleanup workers had to twice cover the pickup areas.

Scott Boutwell-Jail Administrator- Jailers-Courtney Giddens, Rina Griffin, Dellisa Brown and Jorqua Davis all employed at the Brooks County Jail have been charged with felony violations involving cruelty to inmates. The Brooks County Sheriff Mike Dewey requested that the GBI in Thomasville investigate.

An autopsy performed on the body of 43 year old Jermaine Walker of Thomasville revealed that the former educator died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was discovered beside his vehicle in Colquitt County. The GBI was investigating allegations filed against Walker who was a teacher at a Florida high school regarding inappropriate behavior with a student at his residence.

Congratulations go out to J. David Miller, District Attorney for the Southern Judicial Circuit who is the recipient of the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia and Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the award for his many years of service to the prosecution profession.

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