Morning News Briefs for 4-24-17

| April 24, 2017

An Albany double shooting over the weekend has taken the life of 15-year-old Jalen Walker. Quatez Strong was hospitalized with serious injuries but later died. Police took 43-year-old Joseph Jones III into custody and the criminal investigation is underway. Jones told police that a vehicle had followed him and his family-pulled up next to where they were and a shot rank out and he returned fire. The original charge against Jones was felony murder and aggravated assault, however, with the death of the second person another charge of murder is forth coming.

In an update on a story out of Worth County reported on last week; a group of parents of students at Worth County High School have met with an attorney and decided to file a federal law suit against the Worth County Sheriff’s Department. According to the report over 24 parents have joined the effort in the wake of a search for drugs at the school that included a K-9 Unit and pat-downs in the presence of school administrators. The complaint holds that the pat-down of the 900 students was in violation of their fourth amendment rights and the GBI is investigating an allegation of inappropriate contact against a sheriff’s deputy.

Frito-Lay is recalling some potato chips amid concerns of salmonella in the seasoning causing food poisoning. The recall concerns some Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips that were sold throughout the United States. The company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall Friday.

The average price for a gallon of regular fuel in the city Sunday was $2.28, down a penny from seven days earlier, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The lowest price for gasoline in Valdosta was $2. The highest price in the city Sunday was $2.79. Nationally, the average price for regular gasoline Sunday was $2.42. Georgia’s average of $2.29.

A vehicular fire on Interstate 75 in Lowndes County blocked traffic near Exit 22 southbound. Firefighters from three stations responded to the blaze that destroyed the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

During the month of June the Nutrition Department with the Colquitt County School System will provide free meals to youth 18 years of age and under. The effort is part of the Seamless Summer Feeding Program. More information pertaining to Colquitt County sites can be obtained by calling the School Nutrition Office at 229-890-6228.

Valdosta firefighters responded to two structure fires that occurred just hours apart; the first blaze was reported at a residence on Ponderosa Drive and the other at a Cypress Street home. Officials confirmed that the cause of both fires was unattended cooking. During the Ponderosa Drive incident, an 8-year-old boy was rescued thanks to the efforts of responding firefighters. The amount of damages for both fires came to about $32,000. No injuries were reported.

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