Dollar General shooting victim described by community as a kind hero

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –

People are speaking out about the man police are calling a hero. 

Javis Walker was shot and killed trying to stop an armed robbery at a Dollar General last Friday.  

Walker walked into the Dollar General in the 1900 block of East Oglethorpe Boulevard on Friday and saw the robbery happening.

That’s when he tried to stop it.

Walker’s selfless act didn’t surprise people who knew him because they said he always made an effort to do the right thing.

MORE: Friends remember man killed in armed robbery

“Everyone says the same thing, and that’s just so powerful to be able to be acknowledged as to being kind and sweet,” said Delisa Carr, a friend of Walker.

Kind is a word many have used to describe the 31-year-old.

Carr said she knew Walker for three years and saw him every day.

Carr works at Publix as a meal specialist and Walker would come to help out every day.

“Even taking customers’ groceries out or coming by to take my trash out if I needed it,” explained Carr.

Carr said Walker always had a smile on his face and lived as if his purpose in life was to make others around him smile back.

“He took the time out of his day to just bring joy to people and that’s a gift,” said Carr.

Patty Morgans only knew Walker for one day, working with the Samaritan’s Purse, but she said there are some people you meet only once who will forever have an impact on your life. 

“He loved this city and he loved this community and that’s why he wanted to help,” said Morgans.

Morgans said one thing is for certain, he will be missed by so many.

“It’s hard. You don’t ever know how people impact your life until their gone,” said Carr.

A vigil will be held on Wednesday, October 18, at 6 p.m. at the Dollar General in remembrance of Walker.

Another vigil will also be Saturday, October 21, starting at 5 p.m. at a park across from the store. 

MORE: Community to hold vigils to honor Dollar General robbery victim

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19 people sentenced after SWGA meth ring dismantled

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –

An Albany judge has sentenced 19 people after several law enforcement agencies worked to uncover a major methamphetamine drug ring in Southwest Georgia.

According to a press release from the Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia G. F. Peterman, III, several inmates worked together with others who were not in custody to organize the meth ring. The inmates used cell phones that were smuggled into the Georgia Department of Corrections, according to the report.

The release also states that some of the conspirators involved met with distributors in Atlanta to purchase the drugs in bulk and transported the narcotics to the Tifton area.

According to the report, some of the drugs were shipped through the United States Mail to Enigma where Loretta Hillman Hunt, who was the Relief Post Master, would divert the packages and give them to other conspirators.

The drugs in Tifton were warehoused and distributed by several people involved in the drug ring. Customers from the Ware, Coffee and Brantley County areas would be routed to other co-conspirators in Tifton.

Some customers would then regularly purchase multi-ounce quantities to resell in Georgia and West Virginia.

Agents involved in the investigation used wiretaps to monitor communications and made controlled purchases of controlled substances. Using information from the wiretaps, officials initiated traffic stops, they also executed search warrants at the Tifton area storage locations.

The report says agents seized multiple kilograms of high purity methamphetamine, hundreds of grams of heroin and marijuana, small amounts of cocaine and prescription pills such as Oxycodone and Xanax, and $30,000.

Below is a copy of the report from the office of the Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia:

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SLIDESHOW: Columbus police arrest 46 in weekend crime sting operation

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Columbus Police Department has arrested 46 people in a weekend crime suppression detail.

According to a release, on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14, police targeted areas that are historically known for violent crimes and individuals with outstanding warrants in the city.

  • Total Number of Persons arrested: 46
  • Total Number of Charges: 143
  • Total Number of Felony Arrests: 35
  • Total Number of Misdemeanor Arrests: 99
  • Total Number of City Ordinance Arrests: 9
  • Total Number of Guns Taken from the Streets: 11
  • Total Number of Currency Seized: $6,351
  • Total Number of Vehicles Seized: 3

Here are the names of those arrested.

  • Jermaine Johnson, 24
  • Nathaniel Laster IV, 24
  • Marvyn Cohen, 28
  • Eric Newman, 38
  • Jamie Miller, 33
  • Candilyn Hardwick, 20
  • Ryan Varner, 28
  • Nicholas Whitlock, 30
  • Reginald Cowell
  • Antonio Sharp, 26
  • Timothy Washington, 29
  • Destaney Pollard, 23
  • Dasha Pollard, 42
  • Reginald Varner, 29
  • Melvin Lee Davis, 57
  • Daniel Miller, 24
  • Darius Taylor, 21
  • Tomora Rekhi, 37
  • Brandon Scott, 24
  • Cordaro Robinson, 28
  • Mario Thomas, 33
  • Andra Beacham, 35
  • Marcus Parker, 23
  • Tyson Ricks, 18
  • Christopher Dalton, 19
  • Thomas Edward Tante, 40
  • Anthony Smith, 25
  • Barry Taylor, 23
  • Carlos Ledbetter, 32
  • Andra Beacham, 35
  • Carl Lewis Raybon, 30
  • Jeremy Streeter, 24
  • Miranda Morris, 26
  • Lorenza Jones, 33
  • Bobby Love, 27
  • Keith Kennedy, 20
  • Antonio Bennefield, 22
  • Samuel Harold, 36
  • Troy Gray, 56
  • Terrell Harper
  • Melvin Powell
  • Arthur Lindsey
  • Cameron Workman, 19
  • Dontavious Matthew, 27
  • Jesus Jimenez, 31
  • Felecia Grant

Below is the breakdown of charges for those arrested.

This follows previous stings on Sept. 5 where 14 people were arrested on Sept. 27 where 12 were arrested and were gang affiliated.

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Police: Mother charged in children’s death placed them in oven

FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) –

A mother charged with killing her two young sons knowingly and intentionally caused their deaths by placing them in an oven and turning it on, according to an arrest warrant obtained by CBS46.

“My daughter is a sick person if she did what I think she did,” is what the mother of 24-year-old Lamora Williams had to say about her daughter.

Wearing dark sunglasses to hide her tears, Brenda Williams is saddened, but not surprised that her daughter is now charged with murder.

“Mora wasn’t right, she hasn’t been right and what happened three months ago, that the kids father left her, I told him something tragic is going to happen. She’s going to do something to those kids, she’s going to do something to herself,” said Brenda Williams.

Investigators said the two toddlers who died had burns on their bodies when they responded to the scene at the Oakland City West End Apartments in Atlanta.

Plus, they removed a stove from the apartment.

“I reported her to DFACS at one point in time once her father died and I did tell DFACS everything because I either wanted them to give me the kids or get the kids out of her possession because at one time I thought she was just going nuts not feeding them,” said the toddler’s grandmother.

Lamora Williams’ family said she struggled most of her life with mental issues and may have been dealing with postpartum at the time of the incident.

It’s a tragedy which her sister thinks could have been prevented.

“She had issues and the fact that the state failed her, that’s a problem,” said Tabitha Hollingworth.

Plus, family say the writing was on the wall. She routinely left her children home alone and had even attempted to cut her wrists.

“She was a slow learner. I had to pull her out of school and do home school,” she said. “She would do little simple things like cut her, my other daughter, her dolls heads off.”

“You know we see stuff like this in horror movies, but in my family my two littlest grand kids are gone because of what my daughter did. I might need to get help, this is hard.”

Lamora Williams is charged with two counts of murder and one count of cruelty to children in the first degree.

She waived her first court appearance Monday and is due to appear in court in two weeks. 

A funeral service will be held for the two little boys on Saturday at 11 a.m. at West Hunter Baptist Church.  

Didn’t add up

Officers decided to charge Williams with murder after they said her story to detectives did not add up. While the mother is waking up in the Fulton County Jail, family and friends held a vigil over the weekend for the two young boys.


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The bodies of Williams’ two young sons, 1-year-old Jakarter Penn and 2-year-old Keyounte Penn, were found in her apartment over the weekend. She told police she left the boys, along with her 3-year-old son, at home with a family member for at least 11 hours.

After investigating, police called foul on that story. Investigators said the two children who died had injuries including burns on their bodies. 

One neighbor was distraught at the news.

“I have no remorse for the mama,” the neighbor, who did not wish to be identified, said. “It took every part of strength from me not to go over there to that police car.”

“Don’t be stubborn, trying to get back at somebody out of nothing,” the children’s grandfather said. “Think about the kids first.”

The father of the children has set up a GoFundMe account, putting this message on it:

“I want everyone to use my story as a helping hand. I lost my two young boys to violence, and I want to be a difference maker in someone else’s life to prevent a child being hurt.”

Thankfully, officers said that the third child was not hurt. 

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