Morning News Briefs for 3-21-17

| March 21, 2017

25-year-old Rashun Daniels has been arrested by officers with the Valdosta Police department and charged with the weekend armed robbery of a Madison Highway business. Daniels was taken to the Lowndes County Jail. Police credit the assistance of witnesses in providing an accurate description of the getaway vehicle in Daniel’s arrest.

A West Hill Avenue convenience store is credited with having the lowest price per gallon of gasoline in Valdosta at $2.02, while a Cat Creek retailer listed a price of $2.25 per gallon. Valdosta’s average price per gallon over the weekend was $2.13; the national average was $2.29 and Georgia’s average price was $2.17.

A Valdosta man identified as Willie Grant has been arrested and charged with multiple infractions including 1st degree burglary, cruelty to a person 65 or older, cruelty to children and aggravated assault with the intent to commit rape. He had broken into a South Street residence and barricaded himself and the occupying family inside. Officers were able to gain entry to the home, freeing the residents and arresting Grant.

The Valdosta Mayor and City Council held their annual retreat on March 11-12. The annual retreat allows for the city’s top officials to spend an uninterrupted length of time discussing important issues and setting a number of goals for Fiscal Year 2018. After two days of discussions about the city’s top priorities, city officials set the following 12 community-focused goals for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017.

Motorists in the City of Valdosta will begin to notice the placement of traffic counting devices at 44 signalized intersections within the city limits. The work is part of the Signal Timing Optimization and Operational Analysis underway, designed to maximize the efficiency of vehicular travel throughout the city.

The City of Valdosta and the Southern Georgia Regional Commission selected Kimley-Horn to perform the Signal Timing Optimization and Operational Analysis, which seeks to improve signal times for weekday peak periods throughout the day, as well as signal timings for weekends and holidays around the Valdosta Mall. The goal of the study is to reduce travel time, vehicle emissions, driver delay, driver stops and fuel consumption. The project is federally-funded through a grant with the Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization, the federally-designated transportation planning agency for the Valdosta Urbanized Area. The Federal Highway Administration will provide 80 percent of the costs, while the City of Valdosta provides 20 percent. The project is expected to be complete in June 2017. View list of intersections being evaluated on the Valdosta website.

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