Morning News for 10-27-16

| October 27, 2016



The death of 63 year old Connell Ponder of Moultrie now has has another investigative team working to further uncover evidence in his death. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now awaiting more lab results. Ponder was found unconscious and died two weeks later at a hospital. It was initially believed that he had crashed his bicycle causing his injuries, but the autopsy report listed his cause of death as head trauma and cocaine toxicity.

The victim of a Valdosta house fire has now been identified. Fire and Police officials say that the 70 year old Alneatha Whitfield died in the fire that brought out 16 fire units and 25 emergency personnel. The investigation into the fire continues, however, officials do not believe that the circumstances are of a suspicious nature.

A school bus driver in Dougherty has been relieved of their job in the wake of an incident that left an elementary school student on the bus. Officials say that the driver did not follow protocol. According to the report the student had fallen asleep on the bus after a field trip. The drivers of school buses are to completely police the buses each day to be sure that no passengers are left behind. The child was found safe, but Juanita Drake lost her job as the result of the incident.

Job seekers are invited to the Valdosta-Lowndes Community Job Fair, hosted by the Goodwill Career Center & Epic Advertising. Open positions include quality control techs, production operators, correctional officers, graphic designers and more. Base salaries range from $9.25 to $15.54 an hour. Organizers say they expect hundreds of people looking for work to take advantage of the free resources. It takes place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday November 3rd at the City Hall Annex, 300 North Lee Street.

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