Morning News Briefs for 5-30-17

| May 30, 2017

Max Gresham and Cody Cleary of Valdosta State University’s Bass Fishing Club will compete at the 2017 YETI Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) College Fishing National Championship This week at Wheeler Lake in Alabama. This is VSU’s first time qualifying for the College Fishing National Championship.

Bariki the giraffe celebrated its 14th birthday last week at Wild Adventures. Bariki was given vegetables for a birthday treat while guests wore party hats and sang “Happy Birthday.”

Legendary Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz has been announced as the speaker for the 10th annual Georgia Christian School banquet. In addition to his five bowl game wins, Holtz is also known for his commentary on ESPN and radio. The GCS banquet is scheduled for October the 5th at Valdosta State University.

A Georgia soldier has been killed in Syria. 22-year-old Specialist Etienne J. Murphy of Loganville died of injuries sustained in a “vehicle rollover-related incident” on Friday. Murphy was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield near the Georgia coast. Murphy was on his first deployment since joining the military out of high school.

More than 100 patients have registered to use medical marijuana in Georgia this month under the state’s expanded law. Georgia began permitting people with certain medical conditions to possess cannabis oil with a low amount of THC in 2015. Lawmakers this year added six conditions to that list, including autism.

Police outside Atlanta are searching for a man they say shot at two officers and injuring one while at restaurant. Kendarrious Chester is described as a light skinned African-American male with dreadlocks. He is approximately 5’10 and 152 lbs and is considered armed and dangerous.

Valdosta Habitat for Humanity is asking for $6,500 to help replace equipment stolen by thieves over the weekend. Two trailers were reportedly stolen from the ReStore facility. The trailers were used to take equipment to job sites.

American flags blazed across south Georgia on Monday in observance of Memorial Day, including at a ceremony at Sunset Hill cemetery in which community members revisited the grave sites of 2,500 veterans from every war period.

Investigators have made an arrest in connection with the murder of a man in Moultrie earlier this month. 37-year-old Thomas Lee Tyler has been charged by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for the murder of 25-year-old Shvensky Collins. Tyler is charged with felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Coleman Talley has won the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy Competition for the 6th Consecutive year with 141,000 Pounds of Food. The firm also Received the Bar President’s Award for Most Pounds Overall. The drive raised 1.34 million pounds of food throughout Georgia.

Suspect arrested in Moultrie homicide
South Georgia observes Memorial Day at Sunset Hill-Cemetery
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