Category Archives: Breaking News

Pedestrian killed on U.S. Highway 84 in Decatur County

An Illinois man died early Thursday, Oct. 8, after he was apparently struck by a vehicle along U.S. Highway 84, about three miles west of downtown Bainbridge, according to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Louis J. Kirsteatter Jr., 57, of Bloomington, Illinois, was found dead next to a ditch on the 2100 block… Read More »

Lightsey, Kilgore sentenced to prison and supervised release in salmonella case

Samuel Lightsey and Frank Kilgore, the two PCA managers at Blakely, GA, who made plea deals with the government to become prosecution witnesses at trial in exchange for reduced prison time, learned their sentences on Thursday morning. According to WALB, Samuel Lightsey will serve a sentence of 36 months, or three years, in prison and will have an… Read More »

Bainbridge Public Safety says Wednesday fire now under control

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bainbridge Public Safety spokesperson announced that the fire resulting from Wednesday morning’s explosion was under control. The holding tank that exploded was large enough to store up to 1 million gallons of liquid. According to City of Bainbridge officials, the tank contained sodium hydrosulfide, a chemical that can be dangerous for people to… Read More »

Massive fire, explosion of chemical tank off Spring Creek Road in Bainbridge (UPDATED 3:30 p.m.)

Updated 3:30 p.m. – New Info Underlined A large chemical holding tank at a business located between Spring Creek Road and the Flint River exploded at around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday. Initially, we were told a train car had exploded. However, we have since learned it was a holding tank located next to railroad tracks. The holding tank that… Read More »

Heavy rainfall causing flash flooding in Decatur County

Parts of Bainbridge and Decatur County were experiencing flash flooding due to a heavy rainstorm that began at about 7:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Decatur County was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 8:15 p.m., according to Decatur-Grady E-911. The National Weather Service reported approximately 4 inches of rain has fallen in Decatur County since… Read More »

Bank robbery in Bainbridge Thursday afternoon (UPDATED 4:30 p.m.)

UPDATED AT 4:30 P.M. Thursday A man robbed the Family Bank at the intersection of College and Scott streets in Bainbridge on Thursday afternoon, July 16, according to Bainbridge Public Safety. Earlier on Thursday, bank employees had called police to report a suspicious person in the bank’s lobby. BPS officers reviewed the bank’s security video and an officer recognized… Read More »

One dead, two injured after Saturday shooting in Colquitt

One person is dead and two others were injured after a shooting in Colquitt, Ga., on Saturday, June 20, according to media reports. The shooting happened at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, near the intersection of 2nd Street and Dancer Street in the city of Colquitt, Miller County. Lamaris Miller, a 30-year-old male, was the victim of the shooting,… Read More »

U.S. jury awards $150 million for Jeep fuel-tank fire death

From Reuters News Agency A U.S. jury in Georgia on Thursday awarded $150 million to a family that sued Chrysler Group LLC for the 2012 death of their 4-year-old in a fiery crash involving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a rear fuel tank. Following a nearly two-week trial in Decatur County, Georgia, jurors said Chrysler, a unit… Read More »

Decatur County administrator Gary Breedlove to resign

Col. Gary Breedlove announced Wednesday that he will resign, effective April 30, 2015. Breedlove released the following statement to county department heads and employees: Fellow Team Members, the BOC, through Chairman Dennis Brinson, and I have agreed to a “contract separation agreement”, and I will serve through April 30, 2015. Under the current circumstances, I believe this is… Read More »

Alabama man in custody after two shot to death in Early County on Tuesday night

An Andalusia, Alabama man is being held at the Early County, Ga., Jail and will be charged in connection with the shooting deaths of two Damascus men on Tuesday night, Early County Sheriff William Price said Wednesday. Shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, Early County Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call about gunshots being fired at… Read More »

Bainbridge Public Safety director resigns

The City of Bainbridge reluctantly accepted the resignation of Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller today, March 6, 2015. The resignation is effective immediately. The City of Bainbridge holds Miller in the highest regard and wishes him every possible future success. Former Public Safety Major Jerry Carter has been appointed to serve as Interim Director. Carter will begin… Read More »

Decatur County Attorney Brown Moseley to resign

After returning from an executive session, Decatur County commissioners announced they had accepted a letter of resignation from County Attorney Brown Moseley. The resignation will become effective on Dec. 31, 2014. County Commission Chairman Frank Loeffler said Attorney Moseley agreed to stay on during the “transition period,” as three new county commissioners are scheduled to take office in… Read More »