Morning News Briefs for 4-25-17

| April 25, 2017

Illegal dumping has become a problem for code enforcement officials in Lowndes County. Currently the watch areas include approximately 30 sites where the litter and bulk trash is found. The fine for illegal dumping can go as high as $1,000 per incident or 30 days in jail. Cameras have been set up in specified areas and 30 citations have already been issued.

A Gwinnett County sting operation dubbed Operation Spring Cleaning has netted 23 arrests over a five-day period. The focus of the investigation was persons who prey on children for sex. Thanks to the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force operations of this type have brought about the capture of 77 such predators.

Persons interested in employment for the summer should mark their calendars for the next job fair to be held at Wild Adventures Theme Park. The operation plans to hire hundreds of workers and the next job fair will be held on May 8th.

Police in Albany say that wanted suspects Montrevious Parks age 19 and Alonze Jones age 25 should be considered armed and dangerous. In their latest criminal episode, it is alleged that the two shot 25-year-old Michael Wells. Parks and Jones are also wanted on outstanding warrants about the death of Curtis Davis last December.

Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign into law an increase in fees for hunting and fishing licenses. Hunting licenses would increase from $10 to $15 and annual fishing licenses would increase from $9 to $15. A basic annual hunting and fishing license for state residents would rise from $17 to $30. Other categories such as lifetime licenses and non-resident licenses also. This is the first increase for resident licenses since 1992.

The 100 Black Men of Valdosta organization will host Georgia Supreme Court Judge Michael Boggs at their annual Black Tie event on May 4th at 7 p.m. For ticket information call 229-251-1349. This is one of the major events sponsored by the organization which provides mentoring opportunities, SAT preparation, scholarships and many youth activities.

Members of the Board of Commissioners will not meet in regular Tuesday session at 5:30 p.m. The next scheduled meeting is set for May 9th.

The Associated Press reporting on a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Georgia NAACP states that the changes made in the redistricting of legislative districts in 2015 are being challenged by the Georgia chapter of the NAACP. The plaintiffs hold that the changes amount to a violation of federal voting rights laws. A lawsuit has been filed by the Washington based Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law for the NAACP and five residents of the affected districts. The suits asked that all further elections within the current district boundaries be halted they are requesting a hearing before a three-judge panel on the changes. The suit claims Georgia illegally gerrymandered two state House districts by moving minority voters out of the districts of two vulnerable white Republican lawmakers.

A three-county drug raid led to the arrests of 18 people across Cobb, Fulton and Douglas Counties. The investigation has been ongoing for almost three months and the operators of a methamphetamine distribution ring were responsible for the trafficking of over 50 pounds of meth in a two-month period. More arrests are expected.

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