CRIME & SAFETY
The parents of a teen found dead in a rolled-up gym mat say Georgia authorities 'invented' a freak accident and failed to investigate foul play
Kendrick Johnson's 2013 death was ruled a freak accident, but his parents never believed it. Now, they're suing Georgia authorities for $1 billion.
VPD holds Law Enforcement Open Testing hiring event
VALDOSTA – The Valdosta Police Department invites anyone wanting a career in Law Enforcement to attend the Open Testing hiring event. We invite you to our Open Testing hiring event on Thursday, October 5, 2023, 6PM, at the Valdosta Police Dept. (500 N Toombs St.). This test is the initial stage of the hiring process, and it could lead to a fantastic career in Law Enforcement at one of the finest Law Enforcement Agencies in the nation.
GBI arrests Lake Park woman involved in human trafficking
ECHOLS CO. – The GBI arrests a Lake Park woman for the involvement of human trafficking a minor victim into labor servitude. After a joint investigation involving the Echols County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, Genara Juan -Ramos, age 30, of Lake Park, GA, has been charged with two counts of 1st degree Cruelty to Children and one count of Human Trafficking.
Weekly Safety Report: Arrest of Deported Felon, Off-Campus Shooting, and Murder Suspect Caught in Lowndes County, Georgia
This week in Lowndes County, Georgia, there were three notable incidents. First, a deported felon from the Bahamas was arrested during a traffic stop for speeding on I-75. He was indicted for the deaths of 17 Haitian migrants and an unborn child. Second, an off-campus shooting occurred following a parent-involved incident at Lake Park Elementary, leaving one suspect still wanted. Lastly, Valdosta Police caught a man accused of murder after responding to reports of gunshots and finding a victim at Hudson Dockett Homes. The suspect was considered armed and dangerous.
Valdosta man wanted by Albany police, allegedly stole check amounted in $52,000
ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A Valdosta man is wanted by the Albany Police Department (APD) Criminal Investigations Bureau, and is asking the public’s assistance in locating him. Jameon Demond Gaskin, 23, allegedly stole a check made out to a construction company for the amount of $52,465.50, according to APD.
1 dead in Valdosta shooting, suspect arrested
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - Officers with the Valdosta Police Department (VPD) responded to the 800 block of South Fry Street after receiving several 911 calls, on Wednesday evening about reported gunshots in the area and saw someone lying on the ground. When officers arrived, they found Marcus Antwain Crawford, 18,...
Lowndes County Sheriff's Office investigating first homicide of 2023
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is investigating the first homicide of the year following a shooting in White Hall. According to the Lowndes Signal, the victim has been identified as Eddie Lee, 43. Authorities were alerted to Elm Street in White Hall on early Saturday morning, where Lee was found...
Man pulled over for speeding in south Ga. Turns out, he’s charged in 17 peoples’ deaths
The driver was indicted in a human smuggling incident that sent 40 people into pitch black waters.
Authorities arrest two men in Lowndes County drug operation case
Authorities have arrested two men for their alleged involvement in a drug trafficking operation in Lowndes County. According to WALB, the suspects have been identified as Dewayne Edwards and Milton Edwards. The arrests by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division come after a year of investigation by authorities.
Attention Local Residents: Beware of FEMA Scams in Wake of Hurricane Idalia
Hurricane Idalia survivors are warned about possible scams. Criminals may exploit the situation by committing fraud or identity theft. They may pose as FEMA officials or other government representatives.
Bahamas fugitive arrested in Valdosta
Authorities in Valdosta have arrested an international fugitive charged in the Bahamas for the deaths of 17 people and an unborn child in a human smuggling operation. Records provided by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office show the fugitive, Travis Jamaal Moss, was charged locally for speeding, driving under the influence, providing a false name and other offenses three weeks ago.
Valdosta Fire Chief appointed as Third Vice President of the GAFC
VALDOSTA -The Valdosta Fire Chief Brian Boutwell was appointed as the Third Vice President of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs. Valdosta Fire Chief Brian Boutwell was recently appointed as the Third Vice President of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC). The GAFC is an organization made up of career, combination, and volunteer chiefs with a shared goal of improving the fire service and its delivery to the citizens of Georgia. Chief Boutwell was sworn in at a ceremony in Augusta on September 25th.
Three people dead in two weeks after accidental shootings
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Gun safety is something that is crucial in keep yourself and others safe from unfortunate situations like accidental shootings. In a span of two weeks, two children in Tallahassee and one in Valdosta have been killed due to accidental shootings. The tragic incidents lead to questions on why this keeps happening, and who is responsible.