Morning News Briefs for 8-2-17

| August 2, 2017

None of the coaches or players with the Valdosta High School football team were injured when shots rang out as they prepared for their Wildcat Midnight Madness practice session at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. However, the practice had to be cut short because of gunfire at Brookwood Drive and Williams Street. Further investigation revealed that a young female was grazed by one of the stray bullets and multiple vehicles were also struck. An argument escalated into fighting and then shots were fired. The victims injury was not life threatening.


An indictment has been handed down in Thomas County Superior Court against the private school administrator Dr. Linda McLean age 66. Following an investigation she was indicted July 13th on 15 charges. The director of the Favor Christian Academy is accused of cruelty to children, aggravated assault, battery and simple battery.


Khalil Schleicher of Orlando, Florida was stopped for speeding in Cook County by a sheriff’s deputy last week. A search of his vehicle turned up 18 bags of marijuana said to weigh almost 20 pounds. Law enforcement officers also discovered just over $71 thousand dollars in cash. The suspect faces a host of charges.


Lucious Nathaniel Barnes of Hahira has been arrested along with his uncle Robert Allen Hand in connection with multiple thefts by entering vehicles, credit card fraud and auto theft. A credit card taken from one of the vehicles was used in the online purchase of an AR15 rifle from a gun dealer in Texas. Other transactions were traced to a retail outlet in Adel. Barnes turned himself in to the authorities in Hamilton County, Fla. and was taken to the Lowndes County Jail. Valdosta Police Department and the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office are looking for similarities in other cases.


Some residents in the Eager Road area are fighting a zoning change that could allow for a housing development site. The proposed plan was approved by the planning commission but complaints over water drainage problems that already exist in that area is a factor in the opposition. The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission meets 5:30 p.m., the fourth Monday of every month, at 325 W. Savannah Ave. All meetings are open to the public.

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