2017-07-12 / Community

Area News Around Us

Bainbridge - Three people, including two children, are recovering Thursday after Bainbridge Public Safety officers said fireworks were shot at them.

Police said these were two separate incidents that happened.

Investigators said the first incident happened at 9: 30 p. m. near the Dairy Queen off Shotwell Street on July 4th.

Officers believe people in a gray Dodge pickup truck shot a firework from the truck window directly at a 12-year-old girl.

The truck is believed to have been driven by a white male with multiple passengers.

The grandmother of that little girl said Wednesday was the girl’s birthday and she had to spend it in a lot of pain, with severe injuries.

“ It was alleged that there was possibly intent involved,” said Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Chip Nix.

The grandmother said she believes this could have been a hate crime and her granddaughter could have been targeted for her race.

Bainbridge Investigators wouldn’t say whether they believe race was involved. They said they have to first find out who is responsible for this.

“ A lot of times you have people throw them at the direction of other people, which in these incidents is what happens. They have burns; your injuries could range right up to death,” said Nix.

The second incident happened around 10 p.m. on July 4th.

A woman and he r daughter were hit by a firework at the boat basin in Bainbridge.

Investigators say a young group of men shot a firework at them, also causing injuries in this case.

Cairo - A young Cairo man was shot in the forearm after an argument turned sour Saturday afternoon.

LaDerrick Maynor, 21, was involved in a verbal dispute that turned into a physical confrontation with one person when a third man pulled out a gun and fired three shots at him around 2 p.m.

Cairo Police have not yet revealed what the men were arguing about.

The group of men were standing in the area of Fourth Street NW and Third Avenue NW when the shooting happened.

“Maynor was transported to Grady General Hospital where he received emergency treatment for his injury,” states a press release from the Cairo Police Department.

A witness reported to police that the people involved in the shooting were holed up inside a brick house at 320 Fourth Street NW.

Officers summoned the home, and a subject came out of the front door. Officers did find the other men inside the home, and all were detained.

Only the suspected shooter, 20-year-old Malik Wallace of Miami, was charged in the case.

He was taken into custody without incident at 2:40 p.m. He is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and discharging a firearm near a public roadway.

Wallace is being held in the Grady Detention Center.

Dawson - Law enforcement officers are continuing their search for a man in connection with an armed robbery which occurred at the OneSouth Bank in Dawson on Monday morning, July 3, 2017.

Interim Dawson Public Safety Director Tommy Poupard reported officers with his department responded to the call around 10:00 a.m. Monday morning.

“The first officer was on the scene in probably less than a minute after the call was received, Poupard said, adding that another officer was on the scene immediately after.

Poupard said that only employees were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. Fortunately, no one was injured.

The suspect was wearing an orange safety vest and dark backpack and had a beard and dreaded hair, although Poupard said those features could be fake.

It was not known what direction the suspect fled.

The case had been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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