Category Archives: Around our Area

South Georgia News Update: Feds say inmates ran crime ring inside Georgia prison

Federal authorities have obtained indictments that allege two groups of inmates used cell phones inside state prisons to run a drug ring across the metro area and perpetrate fraud schemes against individuals outside the prison walls. Of the 12 people indicted, two are former Department of Corrections employees, four are current inmates and three are inmates who were… Read More »

South Georgia News Roundup – Housekeeper charged with stealing silver, forging boss’ check

THOMASVILLE — A woman previously employed as a housekeeper for a Thomasville family is charged with stealing heirloom sterling silver with a value of more than $20,000 and forging an $1,800 check on her employer. The forged check, along with driver’s license photo identification, was presented last week at T&J Country Store, Dollar Store Road, Ochlocknee. The business… Read More »

Calhoun County man wins $600k in lottery

A winning Fantasy 5 ticket worth well over half a million dollars was sold recently in Calhoun County. Tim’s Trading Post, located at 19066 Hartford St. in Edison, sold the winning Quik Pik ticket worth $611,520 that matched all five numbers from the September 16 Fantasy 5 drawing. The winner, John Eubanks of Edison, claimed his prize September 18 at… Read More »

Three Peanut Corporation of America officials sentenced Monday

Information from Food Safety News Stewart Parnell, a second-generation chief executive of a family-owned peanut enterprise who once served on the national Peanut Standards Board, was sentenced to a 28-year prison term on Monday for a series of criminal charges that amounted to his knowing that the peanut products he was shipping were contaminated with potentially deadly Salmonella.… Read More »

Around Our Area: Convicted peanut company CEO apologizes at sentencing hearing

The convicted CEO of a bankrupt peanut company at the center of a nationwide salmonella outbreak apologized in federal court, ahead of sentencing. “This has been a several year nightmare. Now I stand before you and ask for forgiveness from you and the victims,” Stewart Parnell told the court Monday. He and two other defendants were convicted for… Read More »

Dispose of prescription drugs safely with National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday

Event will take place from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, September 26th On Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm local time, communities will team up with law enforcement to host the tenth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on September 26th in every state except… Read More »

Around Our Area: Thomas County citizens observe National Thank a Police Officer Day

THOMASVILLE — South Georgia residents eagerly took a moment out of their day on Saturday to thank local law enforcement officers as part of National Thank a Police Officer Day. Jerry Butler of Thomasville had specific law enforcement officers he wanted to thank. “Tops in my book is Lt. Tim Watkins, (Thomas County Sheriff’s Office chief investigator),” said… Read More »

Valdosta police officer accused of using drone to spy on neighbors

From WALB-TV: A Valdosta police officer was out of a job as of Monday evening after being arrested for reportedly using a drone to eavesdrop on a neighbor. Officer Howard Kirkland, 53, of Ray City, was fired Monday morning, Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress confirmed. He had been on suspension since September 4th. He was arrested at the… Read More »

Donalsonville man charged with three counts of vehicular homicide in connection with Jakin crash

A Donalsonville, Ga., man has been charged in connection with a fatal wrong-way accident that happened August 29 near the town of Jakin, Ga. According to the Georgia State Patrol’s Colquitt, Ga., post, 53-year-old Eric Adam Strouth of Donalsonville has been charged with three counts of vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving on the wrong side of the roadway… Read More »

Early County football player inducted into FSU Seminole Hall of Fame

Tay Cody of Blakely, Ga., was honored on-field at Florida State University’s football game with Texas State this past Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla. Tay Cody was born in Colquitt, Ga., and graduated from Early County High School. He played defensive back for Florida State from 1997-2000 and had a stellar college football career, including being named an All-American player after his… Read More »

Around Our Area: Camilla convenience store held up by man wielding knife

From WCTV: The Camilla, GA, Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store in South Georgia Monday night. Video surveillance released by police shows a man walking into the Kangaroo Express at 301 Highway 19 South with a large knife. A store clerk told police the man put the knife to her throat and told… Read More »

Around Our Area: Dogfighting operation uncovered in Thomasville

From the Thomasville Times-Enterprise: Following up on a complaint midafternoon Friday, animal control officers uncovered what appears to be a dogfighting operation in the city. Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society animal control officers, responding to a report about animals at the location, found what appears to be dogfighting equipment and paraphernalia. The Humane Society has several open cases on… Read More »

Around Our Area: Thomasville teens arrested for car break-ins at hospital

Three teenagers were released after being charged with stealing a gun from a car in a hospital parking lot. Authorities said that three cars were broken into at the Archbold Memorial Hospital parking lot Saturday morning between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Officials say that a console, wallet and gun were stolen from the vehicles. Police later found… Read More »

Around Our Area: Albany police arrest two in arson-burglaries

From WALB-TV: Albany Police arrested two individuals in connection with three home burglaries where the houses were then set on fire. Marcus Solomon and Anquan Owens were both arrested and are being charged with three counts of arson and three counts of burglary. The investigation was a joint effort between APD and the Albany Fire Department. Solomon and… Read More »

3 killed, 2 injured in Saturday night wreck in Early County (UPDATED 10 a.m. Monday)

Three people were killed, and two people injured–including one seriously–after a vehicle accident on Saturday evening in Early County. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the two-vehicle accident happened on U.S. 84 East near its intersection with Potlikker Lane in the town of Jakin, Ga., about 7 miles northwest of Donalsonville, Ga. The accident happened about five miles east… Read More »

Around Our Area: Students Injured in Collision Between Dump Truck and Bus

Officials say five Florida Panhandle high school students have been taken to local hospitals after their school bus was hit by a dump truck that ran a red light. The bus, which was occupied by 22 students and a driver, flipped over onto its side and came to rest against a utility pole. Escambia County School District Superintendent… Read More »

Around Our Area: Overturned tractor-trailer blocks Highway 97 in Camilla

An overturned tractor-trailer has blocked GA HWY 97 at Camilla Airport Road, WALB-TV reports. Officials said a large load of plywood spilled over around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. The crash is under investigation by the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department and GSP. Read More and See Pictures at City of Thomasville Planning Downtown Amphitheater THOMASVILLE, Ga. —… Read More »