Morning News Briefs for 12-8-16

| December 8, 2016
Citizens from across the city of Americus are joining forces to bring healing to their area. They are encouraging the family of Minquell Lembrick to join them. He is a wanted suspect in the killing of one police officer Nicholas Smarr, and the wounding of officer Jody Smith to turn himself in to law enforcement officials. The reward offered for information leading to his capture and conviction is now up to 30 thousand dollars. A vigil was held last night across from the police station and prayers were offered.

Last Sunday Scott Senn was shot in the head on the parking lot of an Albany motel. He was attempting to get his car started and was under the hood of the vehicle when two men came up behing him and four shots were fired. He continues to recover from his injuries and 18 year old Marcus Bradley is charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. He is being held in jail without bond.

The issue of alcohol consumption and sales have become hot topics in Thomasville. A community forum was held and citizens were allowed to voice their support and protests of the matter. At issue is the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages in retail outlets and the Sunday consumption in restaurants and bars. A series of public forums will be held.

Valdosta Police department officials enacted a sting operation with the use of a social media site to break up a prostitution operation. A female reported  that she was forced to perform sexual acts for money in multiple states. The operation led to the arrests of two men-49 year old Timothy Dorsey of Missouri and 30 year old Matthew Lenzi of Arizona. Police confiscated over 33 thousand dollars in cash.

Shooting suspect Antwain Williams is a fugitive from the law no-more. He ended his flight by turning himself in to deputies at the Lowndes County Jail. he was sought in connection with the shooting of male victim at the Park East Apartments. At last report the victim continues to recover.

This report from Servierville, Tennessee authorities…  two juveniles have been arrested for starting that wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings. The juveniles face aggravated arson charges for the fire in the Chimney Tops area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Nov. 23. The fire soon spread to the Gatlinburg area. More than 14,000 residents and visitors in Gatlinburg were forced to evacuate, and the typically busy tourist mecca was shuttered.
Officer killed, another injured in Georgia shooting; suspect at large
Valdosta police arrest alleged sex traffickers
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