Morning News Briefs for 2-17-17

| February 17, 2017

The Norman Park Elementary School was shut down for a time as police attempted to apprehend fleeing suspects. The two abandoned their vehicle and ran into a wooded area near the school but they were captured and arrested.

37 year old wanted suspect Tanya McMillian has turned herself in to the authorities in Bainbridge. She was sought in connection with a weekend stabbing and fight during which 22 year old Zack Whitley was seriously wounded; he had to have open heart surgery. The investigation continues.

Cpl. Chris Kelch of the Georgia State Patrol reports that a Howell Road vehicular accident has taken the life 25 year old Alejandro Segundo of Statenville. His passenger Justin Holifield was air-lifted to Tallahassee Memorial and there is no update on his condition.

Members of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Hospital Authority agreed to pay a portion of the settlement handed down in civil suit judgement in the case filed against the SGMC by Dr. Mark Corbitt. The Dr. was injured in a fall when a stool slipped from underneath him while in the operating room. His suit sought an award of 10 million dollars; however, the jury hearing the case found Corbitt was in part negligible awarding him seven million dollars. The Hospital Authority agreed to pay 2.3 million dollars of that award with the insurance carrier Zurich covering the rest of the award.

The child sex sting operation was called Operation Cupid’s Arrow and WCTV reports that 12 suspects have been arrested. The operation was collaboration with the Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The suspects hailed from North Florida and South Georgia. James Singletary of Jennings and Matthew Carter of Lake Park were among those arrested.

If you are licensed gun owner legislation moving through the Georgia House of Representatives could allow you to carry that gun on to a public college campus if fully approved. A panel gave the measure its approval and it now moves on to the House Public Safety Committee. Any person age 21 or older with a state permit would be eligible to carry a concealed handgun on campus. A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Nathan Deal last year.

Shomari Holmes the father of a 21 month old Atlanta child is now facing felony murder charges and other violations connected to the beating death of the boy. The child was pronounced dead at Children’s Healthcare. The mother Chantelle Driver is facing child cruelty and deprivation charges.

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