2015-10-07 / Community

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Bainbridge - While responding to an attempted burglary, Bainbridge Public Safety officers arrested a Florida man on drug charges.

Kevin Keeon Hudson, 24, of Belle Glade, Florida, was charged with controlled substance – possession of cocaine.

Friday night around 11:30, PSOs Jason Barlow and Humberto Dean responded to an attempted burglary and reports of an unknown man trying to get into an apartment at the James Town Apartments on Palm Street.

The officers made contact with Hudson who was inside one of the apartments near the reported attempted burglary. Officers requested to search Hudson because he “was perspiring very heavily and was acting extremely paranoid” and that his “eyes were continuously constricted,” according to the incident report.

Barlow found a cigarette box in Hudson’s pocket that contained two small bags along with cigarettes. One of the bags was empty with a white powder residue and the other contained suspected cocaine.

Blakely - A young mother of three was killed Saturday night when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving on Three Notch Road three miles south of Blakely.

Lauren Renee Phillips, 27, of Two Bridges Road in Cuthbert, was traveling north on Three Notch Road when the 2004 Nissan Murano she was driving left the road, hit a culvert and overturned.

According to the GSP crash report, the accident occurred on a curve near the intersection with Mays Mill Road at approximately 9:40 p.m. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Cairo - After sitting through a two-day trial last week, a Grady County Grand Jury convicted the man accused of shooting and killing Stanley Rashad Hill, of Cairo in January.

Delajujuan Duntray Jones, 29, of Havana, FL, was found guilty of one count of malice murder and felony murder and four counts of aggravated assault. District Attorney Joseph K. Mulholland tried the case, which began on Monday, September 1, 2015.

With the assistance of Bahan Rich of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the evidence showed that on January 17, 2015, Jones shot and killed Mr. Hill at Cairo Mart convenience store.

Jones, armed with a handgun, also shot and injured three other innocent people while they were at Cairo Mart that evening.

Donalsonville - Alligator hunting is growing in popularity, but capturing a trophy gator is no easy catch.

In the past few years upwards of 10,000 people per apply each season for gator hunting licenses, and only a handful of hunters are chosen through a drawing system.

This year the season began on August 14 and was extended through October 5. More tags were also issued.

Hunting guide Dave Lesniak with Coweta County Gator Getters has been hunting gators since the state legalized the sport in 2003. But as the popularity has increased, so has the difficulty.

“They’re a million-yearold animal. They’ve adapted to being hunted,” he said. “When I first started doing this, you could ride right up on them. But not anymore.”

Lesniak has had success this season on Lake Seminole. Out of 10 guided hunts, 8 have been successful.

Already this season two 12-foot plus gators were taken on Lake Seminole. It’s also home to the state record 13 foot 10 inch alligators that was taken in 2013.

Hunters must abide by regulations. They’re limited to snares, snatch hooks, harpoons, arrows and gigs to capture gators.

Size limitations are in place and hunters receive one tag to harvest a catch in one of the state 10 designated hunting zones.

But he says that’s what makes the sport even more exciting. It’s man vs. beast in a game of wits.

Havana, FL - Thomas Dewayne Ponder, 26, received 43 years in state prison plus five years probation Friday afternoon during his sentencing hearing in circuit court.

Ponder had helped Gregory Sapp, Jr. escape from the Gadsden County jail in May.

He pled no contest to charges on seven separate cases he was facing including aiding in the escape of Sapp in June.

While Ponder was in jail on larceny, armed robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, he also escaped from a county court facility back in September of 2013.

He was apprehended that same day by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) with assistance from the Leon County Aviation Unit and ACI K-9 teams.

His original charges included robbery with a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, escape, burglary of a dwelling, two counts of battery by an inmate, possession of contraband at a detention center, and aiding in an escape.

Because he qualifies under the minimum/maximum convicted felon guidelines, he was facing 25 years to life in prison.

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