2012-03-14 / Community

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Bainbridge - A 5-yearold boy died Tuesday afternoon, following a serious two-vehicle accident.

The accident happened at approximately 3: 45 p.m. at the intersection of Hubert Dollar Drive and Old Quincy Road.

A Jeep Cherokee was headed north on Old Quincy Road and was attempting to turn left onto Hubert Dollar Drive when the accident happened, said Sgt. First Class Marc Godby of the Georgia State Patrol Post in Colquitt. The Cherokee was struck from behind by a Dodge Ram pickup truck, causing the Cherokee to spin out into a ditch next to a utility pole, Godby said.

Trooper Walt Landrum with the Georgia State Patrol said that the driver of the Cherokee was Emily Newsome of Bainbridge, who escaped from the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital. Newsome’s nephew, 5-yearold Remington Walden, was trapped in the vehicle and died, according to Landrum. Remington is the son of Bryan and Lindsey Walden of Bainbridge.

The SUV was already engulfed in flames as Bainbridge Public Safety officers arrived. Sparks flew from the utility pole as firefighters sprayed water onto the burning vehicle. The heat of the fire caused the SUV’s tires to explode.

Blakely - A Blakely woman, Connie Joy Lynn Sanders Smith, 35, was killed Wednesday, February 29, when the vehicle she was driving collided head-on with a log truck west of Blakely on Hwy. 62.

The driver of the empty log truck, Cecil Michael Cascaddan, 52, of Whigham, told authorities Smith lost control of her 2002 Ford Escape when she was run off the road by a gray pickup truck. “It happened so fast I hardly had time to hit the brakes,” the truck driver stated.

Cascaddan, who was traveling east, following the pickup was unable to give authorities any description of the pickup other than the tailgate being down.

Camilla - A Friday night call to the Pelham Police Department resulted in the mortal wounding of a Thomasville man.

The Pelham Police Department received a call from 911 stating that a naked man was seen in the vicinity of Liberia Street. Officers quickly descended to and canvassed the area. A witness told the officers that a naked man had run into a wooded area. The officer set up a perimeter around that area.

One officer entered the wooded area in an attempt to locate the reported individual and was confronted by the naked man.

The man proceeded to confront the officer in an aggressive and threatening manner.

The officer called for backup, giving his fellow officers details of the situation. In the meantime, the officer did his best to verbally calm the man down. Unfortunately, those measures failed as the man continued toward the officer in an attack mode.

Because the man did not hesitate when advised to halt, the officer had no choice than to resort to “deadly force” to protect himself. He discharged his weapon, resulting in the fatal wounding of the naked man.

Donalsonville -Just before 7 o’clock Friday evening, March 2, Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Hamilton was dispatched to 8002 Holly Island Drive (in the lake area) in reference to a domestic disturbance. While en route, Hamilton was advised that a male subject had been shot at the scene. Also responding were Deputies Jeffrey Lawson, Hank Bagwell, Kevin Long and Sheriff Heath Elliott.

Hamilton arrived at the home of Celia Ledbetter, to find two white males standing in the driveway. Both men raised their hands above their heads when Hamilton pulled up.

Because Hamilton had been advised of a shooting, he called to the two men and asked where the gun was. One of the men, later identified as Vance Ledbetter, replied that it was “on the steps (of the porch).”

Ledbetter was placed in handcuffs by Deputy Lawson and then seated in the back of the patrol car. The other male was identified as Tim Caudle. Caudle had made the call to 911.

The gun was located on the steps and identified as a Taurus pistol. The magazine had already been removed with one unspent cartridge laying to the side.

The injured man, identified as 44-year-old Craig Bierbaum, was lying on his back, in the front yard of the residence. He had a single gunshot wound to his chest.

When officers arrived on the scene, Ms. Ledbetter was attempting to provide first aid; Bierbaum was breathing and had a pulse. Seminole County EMS responded and transported the victim to the local hospital where he was pronounced.

The investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

No charges had been filed at press time.

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