Morning News Briefs for 3-20-17

| March 20, 2017

A weekend armed robbery investigation by the Valdosta Police department. A Madison Highway business was targeted. Officials reported that no shots were fired by the robber and no injuries were reported.


A North Georgia police officer and a security guard fired shots at a fleeing suspect that left the scene after a pedestrian was struck. The suspect’s vehicle crashed not far from the site of the incident and the driver, Willie Ivy III was taken to a hospital where he later died. The condition of the pedestrian was not released and the GBI is handling the investigation of the College Park shooting.


Senior citizens in Lakeland have a new medical facility. The 11 million dollar South Georgia Medical Center Lakeland Villa senior citizen center is now officially opened and it features 62 private rooms, a rehab center and outdoor courtyards. The center will be one of the area’s largest employers with over 100 workers on staff.


Wayan Malik Jordan was found guilty of all 14 charges against him including malice murder in connection with the 2016 killing of Fitzgerald lottery winner Craigory Burch in January. Nathaniel Baker was found guilty in an earlier trial and convicted. Five other suspects charged in the killing of Burch still await trial.


Criminal investigators from Ft. Stewart have arrested another soldier in connection with the shooting deaths of two soldiers, Marquez Brown and Malika Jackson earlier this month. Their bodies were found in their Hinesville apartment. Officials arrested soldier Phillip E. Thompson and charged him with party to the crime of murder. He allegedly drove Sgt. Shaquille Craig to and from the murders Brown and Jackson. Craig was arrested Mar. 9 and charged with the shootings.


The Tifton and Thomasville J. C. Penney stores will be closed according to a release from the national headquarters. These outlets are among 138 June closures that will affect the jobs of about 5,000 workers nationwide. Stores in Milledgeville, Dublin and Macon will also be closed. Store liquidations are to begin in April.


Law enforcement officials in Bainbridge are calling on the public to help them find a vehicle that may have been involved in two separate hit and run incidents over the weekend. Both incidents involved pedestrians; their conditions were not released, but they were taken to a local hospital. The suspected vehicle is a white Ford-maybe a Taurus with the passenger side mirror missing and front driver side damage.


Members of the Georgia General Assembly are set to adjourn their legislative session on March 30th. Some of the proposals still in need of approval include the college campus license to carry concealed weapons initiative, the state budget, a bill giving the state more authority over failing schools, and measures involving the treatment of opioid abuse and medical cannabis.


Interstate 75 north and south rest areas in Cook County will close for renovation at 8 a.m. March 27. Closing rest areas five and six will avoid possible injuries to the motoring public and will allow the contractor to complete work as quickly as possible. Construction is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 24. The rest areas are between I-75 exits 45 and 49.The contractor is Quillian Powell Construction Co. Inc. of Valdosta. The budget is $2,214,030. Funding is coming from the Logo signing program and not taxpayer dollars.


The City of Valdosta has 15 vacancies on a variety of boards, commissions, authorities and advisory committees for which they are seeking community-minded people to apply. Interested applicants should first review the Membership Requirements booklet and the Code of Ethics, complete an application, and sign a Code of Ethics form, all of which are available at the Valdosta City Clerk’s office, located at 216 East Central Avenue. All required forms, which may also be conveniently downloaded or completed online at the city’s website, should be submitted to the City Clerk by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Mayor and Council will make the appointments from the pool of qualified applicants at the May 11 City Council meeting.

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