Morning News Briefs for 8-7-17

| August 7, 2017

A business in the 1300 block of North Ashley Street was the site of an armed robbery during which $600 dollars was taken. Valdosta Police responded to the Valdosta Title Pawn company and the investigation continues.


Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are part of a collaborative effort probing the wounding by gunshot of Adel Police Officer Joshua Weeks. He went to the site of an armed robbery at a convenience store on North Hutchinson where he encountered suspect Jermaine Alexander Davis. Davis fired his weapon striking Weeks and weeks returned fire. Davis has been arrested and officer Weeks injury was non-life threatening. Adel Police, Cool County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from Lowndes County assisted in the arrest of Jermaine Davis.


Fatal crashes occurred over the weekend; in Lee County 17 year old Anne Marie Eubanks lost her life after losing control of her vehicle and crashing into another motorist head-on. According to the report Eubanks, a senior at Lee County High School was not wearing a seat-belt and was ejected from her vehicle; she died on impact. Two other men traveling in the other vehicle were also injured-one of them seriously. In Mitchell County, Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol report the death of Tyondria Crawford of Albany age 27 as the result of a vehicular crash. Her nine year old son was injured and taken to the hospital. Officials report that alcohol was a factor in the incident and that charges are pending against Andrew Smith, the alleged at fault driver.


In Tifton city and county investigators continue to probe an armed robbery that became a murder case. The West 7th Street Waffle House restaurant was the site of the incident. According to the report a Waffle House employee identified as 30 year old Jessie Hall was shot and a female employee was physically assaulted by the robbers outside the building. The assailants fled the scene and the search for them continues.


Friends and family members held a candlelight vigil for murder victim Ashley Boggs age 28. Her body was discovered last week inside a vehicle; she had been shot multiple times. Boggs was working towards a master’s degree at Albany State University. So far, there are no suspects and no motive has been reported.


In Valdosta while a mother to be went to the hospital to deliver her new born burglars struck her home. Baby monitor television sets, the baby’s clothes, bottles and other items were stolen. The residential burglary occurred in the 300 block of Wells Street.


Gasoline prices continued to increase in the area with the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline coming in at $2.16. The lowest reported price was $2.06, and the highest price per gallon was at $2.24. The national average was $2.35 and the average price per gallon in Georgia was $2.23.


Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress reports that two of his officers are OK after they came into contact with the drugs methamphetamine and molly. Both officers received medical treatment after they touched the drugs in the course of their investigation.


Some of the city of Moultrie’s utility customers have become the victims of fraudulent activity. Customers are getting calls and are threatened with service disconnection if money is not wired to a specified account. Joy Warnock, director of business operations states that the number of incidents is cause for concern and that the City of Moultrie would not seek payment that had to be wired to a specified account. In other fraud cases reports are coming in of a door-to-door operation where persons claim that they will pay the residents utility bill for a fee. Officials say that the customers owe even more money in the end such as late fees and bank charges as the accounts used in the scams are fraudulent and the promised payment checks bounce.


The newly introduced initiative is called Final Salute to Ms. Veteran America. Among the goals of the organization is the provision of assistance to homeless female veterans and highlighting awareness of their new battle on the home front. Organizer and veteran Lindsay Gutierrez reports that the fastest growing demographic in the homeless population involves female veterans. The organization was founded in 2010 by Jaspin Boothe-a female veteran who found herself homeless at one time; the organization works with an estimated 55 thousand homeless women veterans. To contact Gutierrez about speaking or for more information, contact her at lindsayg4mva2017@gmail.com or donate to her fundraising efforts at https://www.crowdrise.com/mva2017lindsayg.


After receiving information from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department the Suwannee County Sheriff’s office arrested 69 year old Richard Spriggs. He was charged at the end of July with multiple drugs and weapons According to authorities Spriggs was on felony, federal probation and had an active warrant for his arrest. Deputies found close to 12 pounds of methamphetamine, one pound of marijuana and oxycodone tables and an undisclosed amount of cash.


Issues surrounding potential problems with the steering control systems on 2014 Chevy Silverado’s and GMC Sierra trucks have prompted General Motors to issue a recall on nearly 700 thousand vehicles. Failure in the software that controls electric power steering assistance may cause vehicles to spontaneously lose power for a second and when it is re-engaged drivers may lose control of their vehicles.Owners of the vehicles should contact local dealers.


According to Sergeant First Class Tracy Tabb, Post #31 Valdosta Troopers investigated 111 traffic crashes, resulting in 55 injuries and 1 fatality during the month of July 2017. SFC Tabb also said during the month of July, Post #31 Troopers had the following activity: 673 citations, 38 D.U.I. arrests, 49 Seatbelt Violation citations, 28 Child Restraint Violation citations, 34 Distracted Driving citations and 316 Speeding citations. Post #31 Troopers also made 5 drug arrests including 1 felony drug arrest and apprehended 1 wanted person. Post #31 Troopers issued 650 warnings during July and accumulated approximately 21 hours conducting road checks.

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