Morning News Briefs for 2-6-17

| February 6, 2017

The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Moultrie that ended with the victim transported to a local hospital; the sheriff’s deputy was not injured. The officer had responded to a domestic dispute. The male involved had assaulted persons at the Blackberry Lane residence and when approached by the deputy, the suspect would not comply with verbal commands and he fired a shot wounding the suspect.

A Moultrie bar fight led to shots fired and the death of a male suspect. The report states that the deceased man was armed and had threatened to kill another male who allegedly wounded the victim first. The alleged initiator of the conflict Dewayne Williams Jr., age 28 was shot multiple times and died at the scene.

More $250 vouchers were handed out in Albany by members of the Disabled American Veterans organization. Though many veterans have been helped, however, some veterans are still waiting for assistance. If you or a disabled veteran did not get a voucher and believes he or she is eligible, call Commander Deborah Moss at 229-449-6255 or DAV Service Officer Bennie Wilson at 229-255-1427.

The Multi Agency Resource Center set up to help storm victims has closed but officials announced that help is still available. More than 600 persons were helped and those still waiting are asked to call 571-419-3605 to report damages. For a complete list of Red Cross partnering agencies, go to Salvation Army – (229) 430-2120…Operation Blessing – (757) 284-9182…Strive 2 Thrive – (229) 317-7182…City of Albany Department of Community and Economic Development – (229) 483-7694…Albany Rescue Mission – (229) 435-7615…Senior Resource Center of Georgia – (229) 430-9100…Samaritan’s Purse – (760) 518-7301. Impacted residents are encouraged to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362.

A second Disaster Recovery Center will open in Albany Monday. The second center will be located in the Albany Mall. The first disaster recovery center at 1721 East Oglethorpe Boulevard will remain open. It will be open tomorrow from 9 AM to 5PM.

Former Meigs Mayor Linda Harris was found guilty of the charge of theft by taking, and the violation of her oath of office. Harris was also accused of having made threats towards other city officials. Sentencing is scheduled for March 23rd.

The speaker series at Valdosta State University sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences will focus on Gen Control and the Second Amendment. The forum gets underway at 7 pm Tuesday in the Bailey Science Center Auditorium. The scheduled speakers include Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress, Alan Rowe of VSU’s Public Safety Department and VSU assistant professor Vince Strickler.

Congratulations go out to Valdosta High School Junior Patrick Childress. He has been honored with recognition by the National Speech and Debate Association as an Academic All-American. The press release states that Childress is the first Valdosta High School student to earn the award and one of only four students in the state of Georgia to receive the honor this year. He is in his third year of competition on the VHS Speech and Debate Team and currently serves as the team captain.

This story from the Associated Press out of Jacksonville… Police say a 5-year-old girl was fatally shot and her 4-year-old brother wounded in an accidental shooting by their 8-year-old brother. The children were home alone in a Jacksonville apartment Saturday afternoon when the shooting occurred. According to Sheriff Chris Butler the eldest boy fired a single shot from the gun, killing his younger sister and left his brother with a non-life-threatening wound. The sheriff reported that the mother left the children home alone to go to the store. Butler said the incident is under investigation to see if any charges will be filed for leaving a gun accessible to the children.

Authorities say more than two dozen kids attending a science competition in north Florida fell ill and were taken to the hospital after eating a catered lunch at Florida Gateway College. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page that 28 children and 2 adults were taken on Saturday to hospitals due to suspected food poisoning.

Georgia, gas prices rose slightly on Friday snapping a 23 day streak of declines. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.180 which is just a fraction of a cent higher than one week ago, 8 cents lower than a month ago and 46 cents more expensive than last year.

Two more Disaster Recovery Centers will open in southwest Georgia to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms last month. For a complete listing of locations in Dougherty and Crisp Counties and hours of operation, go to

Dougherty County-Location: Albany Mall on Dawson Road…Crisp County the Cordele Fire Department on Eddie Road…
Hours at both:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays

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