2012-03-28 / Community

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Bainbridge - A Bainbridge College student reported being robbed by three men who offered him a ride last Wednesday, March 14.

The victim stated that a man, whom he was familiar with but did not personally know, approached him on the Bainbridge College campus Wednesday afternoon, according to a Bainbridge Public Safety incident report. During a brief conversation, the man had an opportunity to see that the victim had a large amount of cash in his pocket.

The victim stated that after one of his classes ended around 6 p.m., he accepted a ride home from the man he had talked with earlier and got into a car along with two other men, one of which he also recognized from around campus.

The four men first stopped at a convenience store but after they got back on the road, the suspect, who was driving the car, began driving in circles around the Eureka Heights neighborhood, also known as “The Pear Orchard.” The neighborhood is located northeast of Calhoun Street in central Bainbridge.

After several minutes of driving around, the driver turned onto Back Street and stopped. The car’s front seat passenger reportedly opened the door next to where the victim was sitting, forcibly held him down and took his money. The victim then took off running because he thought the robber was reaching underneath a seat to get a weapon.

BPS Investigator Chris Jordan is actively looking into the case.

Blakely - Authorities are still looking for the pickup truck which caused a fatal accident February 29 on Georgia Highway 62 west of Blakely near Hilton.

Joy Lynn Sanders Smith was killed when the vehicle she was driving was forced off the road by an eastbound pickup and crossed back onto the highway, colliding head-on with a log truck.

Witnesses, including the driver of the log truck, could give authorities no description of the pickup other than the color---gray.

Cuthbert - A proposed Charter School Constitutional Amendment has now been passed by the Georgia General Assembly with Monday’s vote in the Senate approving it 40-16. The bill passed the House last month.

The fate of Charter Schools in Georgia now lies in the hands of the voters, as a referendum will be on the ballot in November’s general election which would give the Georgia Charter School Commission the power to create Charter Schools in a school district without the approval of the local school board.

Dawson - A Dawson man has been arrested in connection with the March 11 murder of a Dawson woman, Dawson Public Safety Director Charlie Whitehead reported this week.

Chief Whitehead identified the man arrested as Robert Carter, 48, of a Dawson address, and said that he has been charged with one count of murder and one count of aggravated assault.

According to Chief Whitehead, Carter was arrested last Thursday, March 15, by the GBI in connection with the shooting death of Gloria Carter, 36, of a Dawson address.

“Based on information gathered by the Dawson Police Investigator Gene Shattles and the GBI, charges were filed against Mr. Carter in this case,” Chief Whitehead said.

Donalsonville - The Seminole County Literary Team traveled to Warner Robins on Saturday, March 17, to compete in the State Literary Competition.

Out of 10 possible competitions, Seminole County had seven entries. Seven out of 10 entries were won at the region level and earned the privilege of competing at the state level.

In the state competition, Seminole County was very successful and was rewarded with two state championships.

Johnelle Simpson was awarded the state champion in Boys’ Extemporaneous Speaking and the Boy’s Quartet, consisting of Daniel Hartoz, Josh Buczek, Gaines Pierce, and Sammy Alday, was judged the state’s best.

The boys dramatic interpretation performed by Connor Chandler was the state runner-up. The girls dramatic interpretation performed by Drew Atkinson was third in the state, and the girls’ trio consisting of Bethany Gray, Wendy Bunce and Drew Atkinson came in fourth place in the state competition.

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