Morning Briefs for 3-9-17

| March 9, 2017

The search is on for a suspect with a well-documented criminal history. Officials from multiple agencies including the State patrol are working to capture Ronnie Aaron Parrish who is wanted for theft by receiving, burglary and for threats made against officers of the law. Parrish sued Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies in 2012 over a beating incident and was awarded a 200 thousand dollar settlement. Now, the state patrol aviation unit has been called in to assist in the search covering areas of Mitchell, Decatur and Grady counties.


The interim CEO at South Georgia Medical Center pledges to work to enhance the relationship between the institution and the community while also dealing with the many expressed concerns over the hospital’s emergency room operations. Former Chief Operating Officer is now interim CEO following the resignation of former CEO Ray Snead.


Three armed men led law enforcement officers in Thomas County on a high speed chase attempting to avoid capture. Nathaniel Banks, Travaras Walden and Xavier Green were suspected of robbing a convenience store clerk and officials believe that they also responsible for other crimes committed in that area. Banks, Walden and Green had been targeting stores in Tifton and Thomasville.


A vehicular crash during the morning commute on Interstate-75 near Exit 49 Southbound near Lenox caused two people to be hospitalized. State Troopers report that a U-Haul trailer began to swerve and struck a semi-truck. One passenger in a Ford Explorer was ejected and was transported to Tift regional while the driver was taken to Archbold in Thomasville. The investigation continues.


Congratulations go out to Valdosta High School Senior Marquis Grant. The debate team member is listed in a VHS press release as the highest ranked debater in the state.


Election officials in rural Hancock County have settled a lawsuit that claimed that some residents of the area were denied their right to vote. Nearly three quarters of the people in the majority black county were removed from the voting rolls and nearly all of them were black. They will now be able to cast ballots based on the settlement agreement. Elections officers at times sent deputy sheriff’s to the homes of registered voters who were summoned to appear before the elections board to prove that they actually resided in the area.

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