Southwest Georgia News Roundup: Some Decatur County residents still need a boat




The flood warning in Decatur County continues, as the Flint River reaches its crest Monday night at more than 30 feet.

Some residents can only get to their homes by boat. According to the National Weather Service, the water level of the Flint River has risen about 30 feet and now some residents can’t even get into the driveways of their homes.

“As you can see behind me the road is flooded and completely covered up and the water is approximately anywhere from six to eight feet deep so we can’t drive a vehicle through it,” said Ken Davidson, Decatur County deputy.

Officials say they spotted residents who were commuting back and forth using these canoes and kayaks just to get home. Officials say this road has been blocked off so homeowners won’t drive through it.

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Two charged with robberies of Dothan Wal-Mart stores

Dothan police arrested two people over the holiday weekend and charged them in separate robberies occurring at each of the two Wal-Mart stores in Dothan.

Dothan Police Lt. Will Glover said police investigators arrested both 41-year-old Daphne Dawn Bennett and 30-year-old Noral Dewayne Reese, both of Dothan, and charged them each with felony third-degree robbery.

The offenses are unrelated, but both occurred in a similar manner at the same business, just at different locations.

Glover said police charged both Bennett and Reese with stealing property from Wal-Mart by force. He said the charge is elevated from shoplifting to robbery when the suspect forcibly steals the property while an employee or loss prevention officer has tried to stop them.

Police charged Bennett with the robbery of the Wal-Mart store in north Dothan on New Year’s Day, and Reese with the robbery of the Wal-Mart in south Dothan on Sunday.

Bennett was taken to the Houston County Jail and held on $2,500 bail and Reese on $10,000 bail.

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