Morning News Briefs for 3-31-17

| March 31, 2017

Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and leaders from across the state are issuing alerts regarding the Bird Flu. Thousands of chickens have been put to death in the northern part of the state after the virus was detected. South Georgia producers have been put on notice.


A train crossing on South Fry Street in Valdosta was the site of a collision. A motorist had run out of gas while on the tracks and another driver stopped to help. The train was approaching but they managed to get the stranded vehicle out of harms way, however, the second vehicle was struck by the train; the two people inside the vehicle at the time complained of injuries and they were taken to the hospital for treatment. The investigation continues.


In an update on a story reported on earlier thanks goes out for the efforts of deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department; hundreds of stolen items have been recovered from a Highway 41 residence near Dasher. Richard Kent II refused orders from the deputies and instead barricaded himself inside the home. Still, the officers gained entry to the residence and arrested Kent.


The process of closure in dealing with the murder of their family member and son got a little easier for the family of murder victim Jalon Jackson. His body was discovered in his Toombs Street residence last October and his parents had offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for his death. Thanks to the dilligence of Valdosta Police Detectives who have been working with the GBI crime lab on the case,three arrests have been made. Austin Stephens, Anthony Jordan, and KeyOlivia Richardson have all been charged with Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault.


Promotion and retention polices for the Valdosta City School system have been revised by members of the City Board of Education. The revisions involve the removal of a requirement for promotion calling for third, fifth and eighth grade students to pass the state assessment. Officials say that they do not receive the results of the assessments in time to re-test those students who may need re-examination.


Officials in Monroe County seized drugs with a street value of nearly 55 thousand dollars. Over 20 people were arrested in the drug raid with agents and officers confiscating methamphetamine, marijuana ecstasy and hydrocodone. Officials say that the drug operation ran 24 hours a day.


Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue could soon become the nations top agriculture official. The Africulture Committee in the United States Senate voted to advance his nomination, which now goes before the full Senate.

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