Morning News Briefs for 4-20-17

| April 20, 2017

Lt. Adam Bembry of the Valdosta Police Department reports that on April 14th the Valdosta Police Department received a report of inappropriate physical conduct between two small children at a local daycare. A full incident report was completed and due to their ages (each being 4 years old), it was determined that criminal charges were not appropriate. The Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) was called in and they are investigating the incident. On April 19, the Valdosta Police Department was contacted by several citizens and the media who reported observing a social media post regarding the described incident. The social media post has since been shared and viewed approximately a half million times.

The lawsuits filed by the family of Kendrick Johnson continue to make headlines. In the latest move Assistant Attorney General Kelly Campanella will replace attorney Devon Orland for some of the defendants’ defense. Johnson was found dead in the old gymnasium at Lowndes High School in 2013. Though state agencies ruled the death a tragic accident the Johnson family contends that Kendrick Johnson was the victim of foul play. The initial lawsuit was dropped but a second suit was filed against eight persons who serve with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in various capacities.

The public is invited to the 2017 Career Expo sponsored by Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Wiregrass Career Services Department, Wiregrass Veteran Services and Georgia Department of Labor. According to the press release the expo will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Brooks Hall, Building 500. The expo is open to the public, and job seekers are encouraged to dress for success and bring copies of resumes with them. For a list of employers that will be at the career expo visit For more information: call (229) 333-2100.

Law enforcement officials in Tifton are seeking the public’s assistance police and they urge residents to be on the lookout for Germaine Lamont Lane age 19. He is sought on the charge of aggravated assault. According to the victim someone shot through her window into her apartment and that she had been having a heated text message conversation with Lane prior to the incident. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Lane is asked to contact the Tifton Police Department by calling (229) 382-3132 or (229) 391-3991.

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