Morning News Briefs for 3-28-17

| March 28, 2017

The man that shot veteran Valdosta police officer Randall Hancock in July of last year has entered a plea of guilty to attempted murder and a weapon charge. 22 year old Stephen Beck reportedly suffers from depression and he wanted the police to take his life during the altercation. Sentencing is scheduled to take place May 22 at 9:30 am.

What began as a high speed chase down Interstate 75 by Tift County deputies and Georgia State Troopers ended when 46 year old Ronnie Jones of Jacksonville was stopped by a law enforcement pit maneuver and he lost control of his vehicle flipping it over. Jones was ejected and flown to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and was last listed in stable condition. He faces multiple charges.

The weekend came with the sad news of the passing of a well-known military veteran and past Commander at Moody Air Force Base. Colonel Clarence Parker will well be remembered for his commitment to Moody and for his service to his country. Parker took top command at Moody in 1967. He passed away at age 96.

Lowndes County residents will soon know if commissioners in Lowndes County will vote to support the one-cent tax implemented to fund transportation projects. If the tax is not passed by a regional margin of at least 10 out of 18 counties approving the measure, counties will still have the option of individually initiating a T-SPLOST. The final decision will remain in the hands of voters in order to approve or disapprove of the measure. Lowndes County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Judicial/ Administrative Complex and their meeting is open to the public.

Representative Jason Shaw has introduced legislation that would benefit businesses investing in agribusiness and existing concerns wanting to grow and provide more jobs. Critics of the proposal say that the cost to the state should be explored more thoroughly and a clear examination of the returns on the state’s investment must be reviewed.

The search is on by Valdosta law enforcement officers for suspects who stole a vehicle and ended up crashing the car into a pole over the weekend. According to the report the Jaguar was stolen in Lake Park. The vehicle was initially spotted on East Force Street but the driver attempted to flee and crashed the car into a pole near North Troupe Street. The driver and passenger escaped.

Writer Greg Bluestein reports that Governor Nathan Deal and state officials will be looking closely at changes to Georgia’s healthcare system through a waiver program. The plan comes in the wake of a planned overhaul of the Affordable Care Act that failed. Deal says that Georgia will explore changes to the required minimum coverage provisions called for under the state’s Medicaid program to cover a wide range of services to recipients. According to the report several conservative states have initiated the Section 1115 waiver to expand the Medicaid program on their own terms.

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