Lowndes meth lab discovered

Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office

Jennifer Lee, Sylvester Fender & Benjamin Parrish

Jennifer Lee, Sylvester Fender & Benjamin Parrish

VALDOSTA — Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement this morning:

On Thursday evening, around 9:30 investigators from the Special Operations Division of the Sheriff’s Office went to 5905 Nisen Circle in response to citizen complaints of drug activity.  When the investigators approached the home, three of the persons inside, including an eleven {11} year old juvenile, fled into the nearby wooded area.  Investigators detained the other occupants of the home and discovered an active Methamphetamine lab inside.

A Sheriff’s Office canine unit responded to the scene and soon Jennifer Lee and the eleven year old child were located.  The mother of the child continued to flee and was not located.

Prior to any extensive search fans were set up in order to ventilate the toxic fumes from the home that was being emitted by the lab.  Once rendered safe, a thorough search of the home was conducted and a quantity of methamphetamine was recovered in addition to scales, packaging materials and other items used in the manufacturing of Methamphetamine.  The active lab was dismantled by investigators from the Sheriff’s Office who have been specially trained in the mediation of such labs.

Investigators arrested Jennifer Lee, who is also known as Jennifer Delk, Sylvester Fender and Benjamin Parrish.  Family members of the child were contacted and took custody of the child.  The arrested persons were taken to the Lowndes County Jail and booked on the listed charges.  They will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court this afternoon for an arraignment hearing where a bond will be considered.  Arrest warrants will also be sought for the mother of the child, who has not yet been arrested.  Her identity is being withheld pending the issuance of those warrants.

Sheriff Prine is asking that anyone with information on this case, or any other case to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at {229} 671-2950 or anonymous tips can be provided at {229} 671-2985 or on line at www.lowndessheriff.com.

Tifton shooting suspect arrested from WALB


Demario Carridine

Demario Carridine

Demario Carridine, 26, of Tifton was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in a shooting incident that occurred on March 28, 2014 in the area of Elm Street and Bellview Avenue in Tifton.

Detective Ferron Yi of the Tifton Police Department investigated the incident and was granted an arrest warrant on April 1, 2014.  Carridine has been at large since then.

Detective Yi developed information that led to a possible location in Lowndes County, Ga. — read the rest of this story at:  http://www.walb.com/story/25473760/tifton-shooting-suspect-arrested

Softball Headed to Tampa for NCAA South Regional

Gulf South Conference Champs  Lady Blazers Play Palm Beach Atlantic this Friday at 3  in the NCAA South Regional in Tampa

Gulf South Conference Champs Lady Blazers Play Palm Beach Atlantic this Friday at 3 in the NCAA South Regional in Tampa

Valdosta, Ga. – For the ninth consecutive season, the Valdosta State Blazer softball team has earned the right to compete in the NCAA Softball South Region Tournament.

After winning their sixth straight Gulf South Conference Championship, the Blazers (40-13) finished the season as the South Region’s No. 3 seeded team, and will face No. 6 Palm Beach Atlantic (26-12) in the opening game of the 2014 NCAA South 2 Regional.

The No. 2 seeded Tampa Spartans (26-5) will serve as hosts, while the No. 7 Delta State Lady Statesmen (30-29) round out the field for the weekend tournament.

The Blazers begin play on Friday, May 9, at 3:00 p.m. against the Sailfish, and the Spartans will follow later that evening with a 6:00 p.m. matchup against the Lady Statesmen. For the full NCAA Softball Regional Championship schedule, view the bracket by clicking the link below.

In addition, Tampa has provided an NCAA South Region Tournament page that includes a full schedule along with parking and ticket information. A link to that page can also be found below.

Full Bracket for NCAA Regional Championships

NCAA South 2 Region Tournament Page

Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series all this Week

Brown Bag Concert Series 5/5-5/9 –11:30 am -1:30 pm


The popular lunch-time concert series is back! The Main Street Office will host the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series in Downtown Valdosta, Monday, May 5 through Friday, May 9.

Each day a different band will perform live music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Lowndes County Courthouse lawn.  This year’s lineup of bands is:

May 5 – Double Shot

May 6 – Backstreet Blazers

May 7 – West Virginia Slims

May 8 – Sundance Jenkins

May 9 – Jukebox

The Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series, sponsored by the Central Valdosta Development Authority and the City of Valdosta, is free and open to the general public.  Concert attendees may also purchase lunch and beverages from a variety of downtown restaurant booths.

The concert series is held in observance of National Historic Preservation Month, which serves as a showcase for local communities to honor their past and help build their future.  Click here for more information on Valdosta’s historic preservation efforts.

To learn more about the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series, contact the Valdosta Main Street Office at (229) 259-3577, or visit their website at www.valdostamainstreet.com.

One person shot on N. Forrest (from VDT)

Adam FloydThe Valdosta Daily Times


VALDOSTA — In the fourth shooting in Valdosta since Thursday, one person was injured shortly after midnight Monday morning after an individual fired multiple shots at a moving vehicle in the 1900 block of Forrest Drive, reports stated.

A man, 22, was shot in the neck after a vehicle pulled up near his car and began shooting. There were three passengers in the car, but the man was the only one hit. He was treated at South Georgia Medical Center, and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Lt. Aaron Kirk with Valdosta Police Department.

Victims in the vehicle identified a person they believe to be the offender, a black male, and warrants are being sought for his arrest. VPD is continuing to investigate the incident.

The incident marks the fourth shooting event in the past five days.

A house in the 2500 block of Forrestwood Drive was shot at around 9:45 p.m. Thursday evening and again at around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Two men were taken into custody in those cases, and warrants have been obtained for two others, including the man believed to be the shooter.

Saturday, deputies in Hamilton County, Fla. arrested Brian Levon Charlton-Simmons, 18, after Valdosta police issued a warrant for his arrest in the malice murder of Rufus Howard Ellis III, 36, of Valdosta. Ellis was found shot inside his car at an apartment complex on Old Statenville Road and later died at SGMC.

Investigators do not believe this morning’s shooting is related to the shootings on Forrestwood Dr. or the murder of Rufus Ellis, according to Kirk.

Valdostan faces murder charge

Suspect accused of killing man in Saturday shooting

Brian Levon Charlton-Simmons

Brian Levon Charlton-Simmons

Terry RichardsThe Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Charges have been pressed against a Valdosta man for a deadly shooting Saturday, according to the city’s police chief.

Brian Levon Charlton-Simmons, 18, of Valdosta, has been charged with malice murder, Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said in a press release Sunday.

He was charged in the death of Rufus Howard Ellis III, 36, also of Valdosta, the chief said.

Police received a call at 4:58 p.m. about shots fired on Old Statenville Road, the chief said.

On arrival, officers found a man who had apparently been shot inside his car at Park Chase Apartments, he said. The man was taken to South Georgia Medical Center, but later died, Childress said.

The shooting followed an argument between the two that began two nights ago in a nightclub, Childress said. Just before 5 p.m. Saturday the two got into an altercation which escalated into the shooting, he said.

“The detectives quickly determined the name of the offender,” Childress said, and a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for Georgia and Florida law enforcement.

Around 7 p.m. Saturday, a deputy in Hamilton County, Fla., found Charlton-Simmons and took him into custody, the chief said. Valdosta police obtained a warrant for malice murder and faxed it to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, where he is being held, Childress said.

“I am very proud of the quickness of Valdosta police officers and detectives who identified the offender quickly and I also appreciate the assistance of Hamilton County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office in this case,” he said.

The shooting does not appear related to a pair of shootings Thursday and Friday on Forrestwood Drive. No one was hurt in those shootings. Two men were taken into custody in those shooting cases; police have obtained arrest warrants for two more suspects, one of whom was described as the shooter in the case, but he is believed to be on the run and his name cannot yet be provided, Childress said.

Moody and Community Leaders Sign Partnership Charter


unnamedSeveral Leaders from Moody AFB and the Local Public & Private Sector gathered Thursday morning at Moody to sign a charter establishing the Moody Community Partnership Committee.

Valdosta Mayor, John Gayle, Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter, Lowndes/Valdosta Chamber President Myrna Ballard, VSU President Dr. William McKinney & several other local leaders and top brass from Moody were on hand for the signing of the charter.

The Moody Community Partnership Committee was formed under the Air Force Community Partner Initiative. This initiative provides a framework through which installation and public/private sector community leaders can develope creative ways to leverage their capabilities and resources to reduce costs or reduce risks by finding shared value.

Members from each of the partnering organizations have worked together since April 2013 after Moody was selected as one of the 16 prototype bases for the Air Force program.

A training agreement from VSU’s Athletic Department and the 23rd Medical Group was formalized on March 6th through the Community Partnership Initiative. The commitee continues to work together to identify additional future partnership opportunities.

Moody personnel return from Afghanistan

Stuart TaylorThe Valdosta Daily Times


MOODY AIR FORCE BASE — As most families were settling down for the evening Tuesday, Moody Air Force Base families welcomed back loved ones.

Roughly 250 airmen from the 75th Fighter Squadron and the 23rd Maintenance Group returned in the last hours of Tuesday night, coming off of a six-month deployment to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

Along with their families and friends, Moody Green Knights and Patriot Guard motorcycle clubs welcomed the returning airmen. The South Georgia All Stars provided music.

Most of the men and women returning Tuesday night will be asked to deploy again, at a later date, to fly halfway across the world, to do what they do.

But not this week.

This week, they’re home. American soil beneath their feet, families and friends in their arms.


Mississippi Couple waive extradition. Toddler, subject of Amber Alert, is safe (from WALB)

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Donald B. Harris and Allison Studdard have agreed to return from Sylvester to Mississippi to face felony charges there, so no extradition process will be necessary.


Two suspected kidnappers sought in nationwide Amber Alert were captured in Sylvester just after midnight Thursday.

34-year-old Donald Harris and 31-year-old Allison Studdard and Maliah were traveling in a 2002 Pontiac Aztec.

Sylvester Police officials say an SPD officer pulled over the vehicle on Highway 82 in Sylvester.

Authorities had been searching for 2-year old Maliah Harris after she disappeared from Lowndes County, Mississippi early Wednesday morning along with her parents after her 7-month old sister Alyssa was found dead.

Police say the 2-year-old is safe and the Harris and Studdard are being questioned.

Harris has connections to Cook County, Law enforcers around south Georgia had been on high alert looking for the vehicle.