Morning News Briefs for 12-20-16

| December 20, 2016

There are unspoken benefits of the local Shop With a Cop program that allows youth to partner with police officers on shopping sprees for holiday gifts. One of them is the development of better community relationships for the officers and enhanced relationships for the young shoppers with members of the police department. Officials say that over 16 thousand dollars came in for the program this year and the unused portion will help to jump start next year’s event. In all, 33 young people were able to shop with local officers. The effort is spearheaded by Officer Vernotis Williams and it should be noted that gifts are given out all year long in area neighborhoods.

55 year old Charles Reed has been charged with vehicular homicide in the August Colquitt County crash that killed James Harrell, a passenger in Reed’s vehicle. The charge is misdemeanor vehicular homicide in the second degree.

Law enforcement officials in Marianna, Florida came across something that they had never seen before; at least not in the form in which they found it. During the arrest of a male suspect identified as Korneilius Johnson officers discovered marijuana and they uncovered something else wrapped in tissue paper. It appeared to be a non-plastic Lego toy piece. However, upon further investigation the police were able to identify the chalky substance as MDMA, also known as Ecstasy. They have since sent out warnings regarding their discovery to other law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff’s Department officials in Thomas County are hoping that area residents can help them to identify the suspects sought in connection with two shooting incidents. One took place last Saturday on the parking lot behind a well-known hamburger restaurant; the other shooting incident happened at a Highway 19 steakhouse. Two victims were treated and released from a hospital and the sheriff’s department is asking anyone with information on either incident to contact them at 229-225-3300.

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