Morning News Briefs for 1-11-17

| January 11, 2017

Ralph Hudgens the Insurance Commissioner for the state of Georgia has released an estimate of the cost of damages caused by the recent storms. Over 4,000 claims have been filed and the damages caused come to nearly 30 million dollars. Persons needing assistance with claim filing can call the Consumer Services Hotline at (404) 656-2070 or 1-800-656-2298. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Officers with the Valdosta Police Department are warning area residents about random calls from a person allegeding to be with the Georgia Power Company. The caller notifies consumers that they are delinquent on their payments and credit and debit card information is demanded to prevent power shut-off. Police warn consumers not to give out personal financial information and to contact the power provider.

Miranda Johnson of Moultrie has been formally charged in connection with a traffic incident during which an officer of the law was struck while attempting to remove the keys from her vehicle. The charges against the 32 year old Johnson include aggravated assault on an officer, fleeing, DUI and child endangerment.

Members of the Thomasville City Council have approved on second reading the sale of alcohol on Sunday. Now voters will weigh in on the issue in March. The two ordinances if voted in to effect will allow Sunday sales for consumption and package sales of alcoholic beverages.

19 year olds Malik Golden and Kendra Tillery of Warner Robbins have been indicted on the charge of malice murder. The charge is connected to the death of Donnell Hawkins age 34. He was found dead outside his motel room. Officials believe that the female involved lured Hawkins and he was shot. After a number of drugs were discovered at the scene officials say that Hawkins was involved in drug sales. The suspects Golden and Tillery were arrested while sleeping in their car in Waterbury, Connecticut in October.

Speaking at the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues Breakfast Lt. Governor Casey Cagle told business and political leaders that the state was putting in place health care plans for the repeal of Affordable Health Care Act. He says that with the addition of block grants and limited regulations solutions to the health care problems can be better provided by Georgia rather than Washington.

The first Georgia flu related death of 2017 has been confirmed by the Department of Public Health. According to the release the victim was an elderly adult. Health officials are urging Georgians six months of age and older to get the flu vaccine, especially the very young, and elderly. They also assert that pregnant women taking the vaccine protect themselves and their child.

46 workers at the Tifton Peanut Company will share in a 55 thousand plus award ordered by the US Department of Labor. Investigators working the case found that the company paid employees regular pay for overtime work rather than paying them time-and-a-half wages.

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