2018-02-07 / Community

Area News Around Us

Bainbridge - On Wednesday, January 31, around 3 a.m., Bainbridge Public Safety Officer Tarow Barney was patrolling on the 1000 block of Troupe Street when he observed a silver passenger car with a female driver driving recklessly in the area of the Sims Street Apartments.

Barney attempted to stop the vehicle; however, it continued in a reckless manner, traveling onto the grass and going in circles. It appeared the driver was attempting to hit a group of individuals who were in the area.

Barney attempted to block the vehicle, at which time the female driver put the car into reverse and slammed into the front driver’s side of the patrol car.

Officer Chuck Strickland and Captain Ryan Deen arrived on scene to assist Officer Barney. Strickland and Deen exited their patrol cars and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver headed towards Deen, almost striking him. The vehicle sped off, almost hitting a tree and a fire hydrant.

After continuing at a high rate of speed through the intersection of Broughton and Sims Streets without stopping at the stop sign, officers observed the driver lose control, striking and splitting a power pole.

Back-up officers and fire personnel arrived on scene and secured the safety of the driver, later identified as Jory Jelisa Ware, age 27. Ware appeared to escape severe injuries, but was transported by EMS to Memorial Hospital due to the severity of the accident. Georgia State Patrol arrived and took over the scene.

Warrants have been issued for Ware’s arrest for Aggravated Assault (Felony) x 2, and Reckless Driving.

Blakely - Deputies responded to a 911 aggravated assault call in Damascus shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

When deputies arrived on the scene at 7394 Kestler Avenue, they found Stanley Williams, age 56, with severe life-threatening injuries to his head.

Williams are transported to the Miller County Hospital before being life-flighted to Southeast Alabama Medical Center, where he remains in the neurological critical care unit.

Deputies arrested Weldon Johnson, 46, who has been charged with aggravated assault. He is being held in the Early County Jail without bond.

Wednesday, January 31, at approximately 2 p.m., the Blountstown Fire Department received a call for a structure fire at 17415 NW Angle Street. “Once on scene we found a back room involved in fire as well as the roof of the structure,” Blountstown Fire Chief Ben Hall said Monday.

According to the Chief, all occupants were out of the house, thanks to the heroic actions of Shelia Blackburn. “She had stopped by the house to visit and found the fire. She knew the occupant was at home and entered the structure and assisted her in escaping the smoke. Shelia is truly a lifesaver,” Hall stated.

Once the involved room fire was brought under control it was discovered the fire had spread to the roof area, burning the asphalt shingles and lathing underneath the tin roof. That fire was quickly extinguished, and the interior damage was kept to only smoke and some water.

The fire was caused by a fault in an electrical circuit near the upholstery shop area of the structure and ruled accidental.

Cairo - Cairo Police and the GBI are continuing their search for a masked gunman who shot a convenience store clerk during an apparent failed robbery here late last week. The suspect was armed with a rifle when he entered One Convenient Stop around 9 p.m. Thursday. A customer in the store, apparently unseen by the suspect, told police he heard the gunman say, “Give me what you got,” then heard a gunshot.

The clerk, 45-year-old Arvind Patel, was shot in the hand and chest as he stood behind the store’s counter.

The gunman fled the store on foot without any of the store’s money, then the customer locked the doors, called 911 and stayed with Patel trying to help stanch the bleeding from his wounds.

Meanwhile, the search has continued for the suspect who was covered from head to toe, wearing a mask, red skull cap, dark colored jeans, black jacket and pants, and white polo shirt.

Dawson - Pataula Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Joe C. Bishop has announced that he will not seek reelection to the office in the upcoming March, 2018, elections.

Judge Bishop has served as Superior Court Judge for more than 26 years, the last 22 years which have been as Chief Judge of the seven-county Pataula Circuit. The Pataula Circuit is comprised of Terrell, Clay, Early, Miller, Quitman, Randolph and Seminole counties.

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