Morning News Briefs for 4-12-17

| April 12, 2017

Valdosta Mayor John Gayle and Fire Chief Freddie Broome honored Administrative Battalion Chief Johnny Henry and Special Operations Capt. Jeffrey Thibodeau as the April 2017 Employees of the Month at the April 6 City Council meeting. Henry and Thibodeau both received a framed certificate and a check for $200, and their names appear on a plaque displayed in City Hall.


Lt. Adam Bembry is asking all residents of the Branch Point Subdivision to report any items missing from their vehicles as soon as possible; just call 911 to report. Police responding to a vehicle break-in in progress in the 5000 block of Branch Point Drive found three males matching the reported description of the suspects inside a vehicle. They were detained by the investigating officer who also found narcotics. One suspect gave false identification to police because he had an outstanding arrest warrant. All three of the suspects were found to be in possession of stolen property and Jalen Bennett, 20, Montavious Adams, 18, and Tomenski Smith, 18, were taken to the Lowndes County Jail.


The City of Hahira has awarded the low bid on Phase I of the City Center Park, the construction of a replacement for the old Hahira Depot, to Kellerman Construction. The 7,500 sq. ft. structure, designed by Altman + Barrett Architects, will serve as the showpiece of the central square design. A groundbreaking for the Depot has been scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10 AM on site behind the caboose. The event will be held in conjunction with Hahira’s annual Springfest slate of activities, which will be taking place concurrently. Total cost of the New Depot is contracted at $751,984, and will be paid for with SPLOST VII and excess General Fund proceeds.


The Oil Dri Corporation of Georgia is hosting a job fair to fill jobs at its Ochlocknee plant. The event takes place Wednesday April 19th from 8am until 11am at the Oil Dri plant on Highway 3 North. Representatives from the Georgia Department of Labor will be on site to assist persons applying for jobs. The company is looking to hire maintenance technicians and mechanics, industrial electricians and apprentice workers. For more information call 229-225-4033 or visit the Thomasville Career center on North Broad Street. Apprentice applicants are required to have a diploma or associate degree in the industrial maintenance field and up to one year of experience. persons applying for technical, mechanics or electrical positions must have three years of experience in the field within the last five years. Salaries range from $12.10 an hour for the production workers to $23.15 an hour for industrial electricians.


Police in Brooks County announce the arrest of a third person connected to the murder of Martin Solis. His body was discovered at his residence and his roommates were missing. Thanks to Quitman Police, the Thomasville GBI, Valdosta Police and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department Jamie Martinez and Luis Lopez are charged with murder and now, the third suspect involved Andres Lopez of Virginia who came to pick the suspects up is now facing multiple charges. The two roommates were apprehended at a Madison Highway Truck Stop.


18 year old John Ferguson of Thomasville has been arrested and charged with the sexual molestation of children. His student email account at Thomas County Central High had videos of children engaged in sexual acts. His account was flagged and the proper authorities were notified. All the children involved were under 12 years of age. Ferguson is no longer a student at Thomas County Central High School.


Coffee County law enforcement officials are tracking down counterfeit money circulating in their area. Dominations from $100 to $5 have turned up at businesses and in the hands of consumers. Victims may call the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.


A Valdosta woman was the victim of a residential fire in her apartment in the Hudson Docket Housing development. She was found on the floor of her bedroom and flown to Augusta for treatment of smoke inhalation. No other apartments were damaged and fire officials report that the fire was caused by unattended cooking.


Police have identified a missing Clinch County woman. Creasie Cribbs Smith, 29, was reported missing Tuesday evening after family members hadn’t heard from her since before midnight the previous Sunday. Police have identified a missing Clinch County woman after a fatal car accident. The GBI became involved in the search for her. Friday afternoon, her husband and father found her car in the woods. Police believe the accident happened the Sunday she was last seen. A toxicology report is pending.


Birnice Davis of Tifton, and 27-year-old Adrianna Ewing of Albany were arrested in Douglas. They were initially stopped for failure to maintain their lane of traffic. However, a search of their vehicle turned up 31 grams of cocaine ready to be sold. Both are charged with cocaine trafficking.

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