2014-04-30 / Community

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Bainbridge - It was revealed last week that the Bainbridge city manager had been severely delinquent for paying water, gas and other city utility bills for his last three years in office.

City Manager Chris Hobby paid one lump sum payment in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and his water was not shut off, but according to an official city policy, his services should have ceased upon non-payment.

Last week Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds told The Post-Searchlight there was no official written policy concerning the interruption of services due to non-payment that he was aware of. But city officials also stated repeatedly the city takes a liberal stance on not shutting off services and working with residents to help them keep their utilities on.

“We did originally say that there wasn’t a policy because we weren’t even aware that one was in there, because (the policy) does not represent our general practice,” Hobby said. The official policy states that if city utility bills are not paid within a 10-day period, a penalty of 10 percent of the amount of the bill will be added and also collected, (Sec. 82-3A)

“There are other employees that were also ( in this situation) at the same time.” Hobby said. “They were several months behind, and those employees have since caught up. I’m on a payment plan now, but as it turns out I was not the only employee that had that same problem. At the time in September of this year, there were four employees including myself that were fairly close to that situation.”

Blakely - Two inmates managed to escape from the recreation area at the Early County Jail Monday afternoon between 4: 30 and 5: 00 p.m., sparking a manhunt which lasted less than two hours.

Terrance Davis and Colin Wright, both of Blakely, managed to slip through a corner in the fence surrounding the inmate outdoor area.

The Georgia State Patrol and the Randolph County Sheriff ’s K- 9 unit assisted in the manhunt and capture.

The K-9 dogs picked up the escapees’ trail where they removed their jail jumpsuits. They were spotted shortly afterwards along a wood line behind Community Funeral Home on Cedar Springs Road.

The suspects tried to flee authorities, but were taken into custody in a yard on South Main Street shortly after 6:00 p.m.

Davis is currently being held on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated cruelty to animals and criminal attempt to commit a burglary. Wright is currently being held on three counts of burglary. Both inmates are now facing additional charges of felony escape and other charges.

Blountstown - An Altha woman’s death is under investigation by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Fe Smiley, 53, was pronounced dead at Calhoun Liberty Hospital late Sunday.

According to the CCSO, it is believed Smiley fell out of a 2004 Chevrolet pick-up as it was traveling westbound.

Joey Hood, a passerby, called the sheriff’s office just before 11: 00 p.m. to alert authorities. At this time, the driver of the truck is not being identified.

According to her Facebook page, Fe Langus Smiley is originally from Guam. She worked at Shelton Trucking and served in the U.S. Army. As of press time, no arrest had been made.

Camilla -Two men are behind bars after invading a Mitchell County man’s home and beating him up.

The Mitchell County Sheriff ’s Office says 18- year- old Lorenzo Church of Camilla and 19-year-old Quenterrius Jasper of Pelham entered 56- year- old Ardemis Wesley’s home on Wade Road in Pelham around nine Saturday morning.

The two men beat up Wesley, leaving him with a broken left leg after stealing several items from his house. Wesley eventually got help from a neighbor.

Deputies tracked the suspects and found them traveling in a red Honda on Highway 93.

“Once the deputies arrived on the scene there, they were able to gather a description of the vehicle. A lookout was given. Local law enforcement in Pelham were able to stop the vehicle,” says investigator Robert Rumble, with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office.

Wesley remains in good condition at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. The two men are charged with burglary, robbery, and assault.

Church will face an additional charge for wearing a mask.

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