Morning News Briefs for 4-10-17

| April 10, 2017

A tragic fire destroyed the residence of Dawson Police Chief Charlie Whitehead over the weekend. The home was a total loss. No cause for the fire has been determined.


An Eli Street shooting incident has Valdosta Police officers seeking the public’s assistance in obtaining information about the incident. A dispute between person’s at the residence erupted into gunfire and officials report that the incident may have been gang or drug related, however, witnesses are uncooperative.


Investigators report that a Shannon Circle home was targeted and struck by gunfire; the second drive by in Valdosta in one week. No injuries were reported, and the incident may have been connected to drugs.


Police in Albany have issued a warrant for murder naming Jamale Moore age 26 as the suspect in the death of 24 year old Justin King. His lifeless body was discovered December 11th and officials say that King had been wounded multiple times. They also warn that Moore should be considered armed and dangerous.


Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are going over evidence connected to a body that was discovered on Dewberry Road in Brooks County. The case is being handled as a homicide but the cause of death has not been released. An autopsy will be performed. Agents are also investigating the discovery of a body on West Bryan Street in Cook County. Foul play is not suspected in this incident.


Zachery Downing age 19 was taken into custody by Sylvester officials and charged with the shooting of 22 year old Efram Barber. According to witnesses what began as a verbal dispute erupted into gunfire. Barber was wounded as he ran from Downing who fired multiple shots at the victim.


The City of Valdosta will be closed Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday. The sanitation division will collect residential garbage only on April 14, according to a city press release. Customers who normally have their sanitation collected on Fridays should place their recyclables and yard waste at the curbside by 5 a.m. Monday, April 17, for both Friday and Monday pickups. Call (229) 259-3590 for more information.


VirtuPack Learning center will open in the Colquitt County School System in the fall. The optional program allows middle and high school students to take classes and graduate via the new digital programs. Virtual learning opportunities are offered in school systems across the country. Many participating students never have to actually attend campus classes at all. For more information on the VirtuPack Learning Center, contact Allen Edwards at (229) 890-6200 ext. 10074.

Body found in Brooks County, authorities investigating
Body found in Cook County
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