Morning News Briefs for 11-15-16

| November 15, 2016

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The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a fatal two vehicle crash in Lanier County. 70-year-old Linda Gale Gillis of Ray City and 68-year-old Jean Remington of Ray City were killed Saturday night when their vehicles collided on GA Highway 125. A juvenile was injured in the wreck, and troopers believe one of the vehicles may not have had its headlights one at the time of the collision.


Police have identified the victim of a deadly Sunday night shooting in Valdosta as the brother of of Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker and former Lowndes High football player, Telvin Smith. 25-year-old Brian Keith Moore was shot and killed Sunday night at a home on Knox Drive. Valdosta Police Department investigators are currently searching for persons of interest in the case.


The Georgia man whose infant son died in a hot car while he exchanged sexual text messages with an underage girl has been convicted. Justin Ross Harris was found yesterday of all eight counts he faced, including malice murder, felony murder, cruelty to children, criminal attempt to commit a felony and dissemination of harmful material to minors.


Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has banned fireworks thanks to recent drought conditions. Consumer fireworks are currently banned in 110 Georgia counties mostly in the northern part of the state.


A Lowndes county man died in a house fire Friday night, and officials are urging residents to practice caution using space heaters to avoid any similar incidents. 83-year-old Charles Rowland died in his home on Rowland Lane in a blaze firefighters battled for nearly six hours. Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire but say space heaters were being used in the home.


The Valdosta-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Authority has been named the state agency of the year by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association. This is the third year in arrow the authority has been honored with the award. The authority’s director, George Pate, also received the association’s most prestigious award, Distinguished Professional of the Year.


Quail and rabbit hunting season opened yesterday. The limit is 12 per day, and the season lasts until February 28.


Gas prices in Valdosta have fallen below two dollars at some stations. The cheapest gas in Valdosta over the weekend was $1.93 cents. The average price of gas in the city on Saturday was $2.11, down a penny from the previous week.

Two killed in Lanier County wreck
Valdosta murder victim identified as brother of Jaguars' Telvin Smith
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