Willacoochee, GA

Officers arrest three suspects wanted in DPD's RICO case

The three wanted suspects involved in the Douglas Police Department’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation, Ricky James Smith, Zacheyus Venisee, and Chance Kyrell Mack have all been arrested and booked into the Coffee County Jail. DouglasNow also obtained copies of the warrants in the case, which include additional information regarding the charges.
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Couple arrested, charged with trafficking meth

Devin Cole Edwards and Stephanie Amanda English, both of Douglas, have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine following a search at their residence. While being transported to the jail, English allegedly managed to slip out of her handcuffs and consume suspected marijuana in the patrol car. According to a report by...
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Berrien Co. man charged with several arson offenses

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A Berrien County man is behind bars after he was arrested on numerous charges of woods arson and endangering human life. In July, Berrien County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Georgia Forestry Commission Law Enforcement after 13 intentionally set fires burned 13.7 acres. During...

Lanier County shooting arrest update

LAKELAND -A man wanted on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault in a Lanier County shooting has been arrested. Rodarious “Rod” Swanson was arrested in Lowndes County on August 15, 2022 and charged with Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault. ORIGINAL RELEASE:. The GBI arrested Travion Snell, age...

Man arrested for allegedly assaulting wife, daughter

A 74-year-old man, Jimmie Vann of Glenwood, has been charged with three counts, one felony, after allegedly assaulting his wife and his daughter, whom he reportedly threatened to kill by "blowing her head off." According to a Coffee County Sheriff's Office report, on August 8, a sergeant was dispatched to...

Third arrested in Savion McRae murder

LAKELAND, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announces the arrest of a third suspect sought in the June 18th murder of Coffee County teenager Savion McRae. Agents say 24 year old Rod Swanson was apprehended Monday and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the drive-by shooting in Lanier County. Swanson is currently being held in the Lowndes County Jail.

Tift schools’ social media threat

TIFTON, GA – The Tifton Police Department and Tift Schools are aware of a Snapchat threat posted last night on social media and reshared throughout the area. Tifton Police Officers and Tift School System Security Officers started working together immediately after receiving notice of the threat to track it and put a plan in place to protect our kids.

Murder of brothers in Georgia remains unsolved after 3 years

GEORGIA (WRBL) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking to the public for help solving the 2019 murder of a pair of siblings from Georgia. The agency is asking anyone with information about the killings to come forward. A $5,000 reward is available. On July 13, 2019, brothers Kevin Kind, age 41, and Cedric […]

Lakeland Mayor Trying to Change Council Meeting Days and Time

LAKELAND, Georgia – Last week’s Tuesday August 9th Lakeland City Council meeting seemed ordinary, except for a mayor request just before the Lakeland City Council meeting went into Executive Session and immediately following that same session. Once out of Executive Session, citizens learned that City Attorney Tim Tanner is leaving his position as Lakeland City Attorney. In his place, Major Bill Darsey has again tendered the name of Tommy Coleman, an attorney whose office is in Albany, Georgia for the position.

Highsmith back in Jail for 20 days on contempt order

Jared Highsmith, the man arrested last month for allegedly placing two tracking devices under his ex-girlfriend's vehicle, is back in jail on a contempt order for allegedly violating a Temporary Restraining Order when the crime was said to have occurred. The Coffee County Sheriff's Office arrested Highsmith on July 8...

Jesse Watson charged with family violence assault again arrested

LANIER COUNTY, Georgia – The Lanier County Sheriff’s Department has arrested 26 year old Jesse Watson from Lakeland, pursuant to a prior domestic violence arrest. Watson had recently been arrested for family violence assault charges. He was granted a bond with the condition that he have no contact with any of his victims. Following his arrest and in violation of the court’s order, the LCSO received reports alleging that Jesse Watson was, in fact, contacting victims of his crimes.

Lakeland’s Hauser New Miller-Lakeland Library Branch Manager

LAKELAND, Georgia — Marie Hauser is the Miller-Lakeland Library Branch Manager, who started at our local library on July 5th. Marie mentions working for South Georgia Regional Library (SGRL) for several years in different capacities. Get the full story in the Lanier County News August 18th edition!

NEWS BRIEF: Secret election data in Georgia collected by Trump lawyer

Donald Trump’s attorney Sidney Powell obtained sensitive election information from servers and ballot tabulators in rural Georgia after the 2020 election, the AJC reports. The breach on Jan. 7, 2021 in Coffee County included data from voter check-in computers and ballot memory cards, according to subpoenaed documents. Records show Atlanta tech company Sullivan Strickler billed Powell and her team $26,000 to access files that were meant to be secured from outsiders. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has opened a criminal inquiry into the matter, which is potentially a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Details:

CRMC opens new urgent care clinic

When an unexpected illness or injury strikes, you want to Feel Better First. To continue serving the urgent care needs of our community, Coffee Regional First Care has opened a new clinic. Located next to Starbucks and Jersey Mike’s at 1301 S Peterson Ave, Suite B, in Douglas, the new clinic will replace the previous Shirley Avenue location.

DPD makes second arrest in 2021 death of Joshua Brown

The Douglas Police Department has arrested a second suspect, 20-year-old Jo-Dorn Wright, on murder charges for the 2021 death of Joshua Lashawn Brown. Brown was discovered deceased on July 15, 2021, at Georgian Wood Apartments on McNeil Drive in Douglas. He was 21 years old at the time of his death.

1st Annual Benefit Dog Show Scheduled September 10th

LANIER COUNTY, Georgia – The Lanier County Animal Control Division of the Lanier County Board of Commissioners Office is thrilled to announce the first (what is hoped to be) annual Dog Days of Summer Dog Show. This fall event will be hosted to support the Lanier County Animal Control efforts to celebrate beloved pets, educate dog lovers and owners alike about the joy and responsibilities that come with dog ownership.

First Commerce Helps Raise Funds for Hearts to Homes

NASHVILLE, Ga. – First Commerce Credit Union, along with other local businesses and friends, collectively raised $4,046 during May and June for the Hearts to Homes Humane Society as part of the credit union’s #LizNixChallenge fundraiser. Major donors included First Commerce, Rodney Nix and family, South Georgia Medical...

Greater Bethel AME Church Community Meeting Helpful

LAKELAND, Georgia – “We never know who is going turn the light on for a child,” said citizen Don Brockington, during the first of what Great Bethel AME Church’s first community meeting. Brockington was one of twenty or more citizens who attended Monday’s meeting. Read...