Morning News Briefs for 7-18-17

| July 18, 2017

22 year old Kentavous Wilkerson turned himself in to authorities in Americus and he is facing felony murder charges. In an update on the original report one of the injured parties in the shooting incident Rodney Greene age 22 who was treated and released has now been charged with reckless conduct and giving the authorities a false statement. Bradley Greene age 24 was pronounced dead at the hospital. More charges could be filed in this case.


A Valdosta burglary suspect 43 year old Larry Thomas told police that three un-named and un-identified persons had forced him to do drugs and while he was under the influence of the drugs they told him to break out a window at the Heavenly Car Wash on Ashley Street and steal some of the property. Surveillance video showed Larry Thomas breaking into the car wash, however, he cut himself on glass and had to call 911 for emergency assistance. Thomas was treated at the hospital and then taken to jail on the charge of felony burglary.


He had lots of bills to pay so Ricky Washington at cashier at one of the Harvey’s Grocery Stores in Albany decided to help himself to some of the stores’ cash receipts to pay his creditors. Officials at the business report that Washington has admitted to the theft of between $2,000 and $4,000 dollars. His charge-two counts of computer theft.


A Shanna Circle shooting victim and witnesses are not offering a lot of cooperation to Valdosta Police Department Investigators. The victim whose name has not been released was found in the 1700 block of East Moore Street suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso.


A week-long celebration is underway as Valdosta restaurants are presenting a Taste of Downtown. The Patterson located at 101 Patterson Street is the host site for the many restaurants taking part in the event. Wristbands can be purchased and for the remainder of the week special menus will be offered to customers who participate in the festivities of a Taste of Downtown. The one time wristband fee is $20.


This report from the Union Recorder…A 16 year old Milledgeville male was taken to the Regional Youth Development Center in Sandersville because he reportedly pointed a gun at his mother following an argument. The teenager is alleged to have attempted an escape by jumping from a bedroom window at his mobile home. Police say that a friend of the mothers’ had asked her to keep a .380 caliber piston over which the mother and her son argued. The weapon was placed in a safe but later went missing and was found in her son’s bedroom. She returned the gun to her safe and locked it then reported her son to his probation officer.


Multiple states across the southeast are banning together through tougher enforcement of traffic laws in an effort to reduce the number of accidents involving serious bodily injury and fatalities. They are targeting seat belt violators, distracted drivers and drivers who are under the influence of drugs and or alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded grants that help the states to increase law enforcement presence on southeastern roadways and Interstates.

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