2018-07-11 / Community

Area News Around Us

Bainbridge - At 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, Officer Leroy Akins performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on Calhoun Street near Stones Home Center. Akins approached the driver and immediately noticed that he seemed extremely anxious. Akins asked the driver why he was nervous and if he had anything illegal inside of the vehicle. The driver stated he wasn’t in possession of anything illegal, but he continued to act in a suspicious manner. Officer Akins was then joined by Officer Jayson Myers and K9 Kenzo. Myers deployed K9 Kenzo to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle. K9 Kenzo alerted Myers to the scent of illegal drugs. Myers conducted a search of the interior of the vehicle and located a baggie containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine. Myers also located a used syringe and a loaded .32 caliber revolver in a holster. Akins and Myers ran the tag and license and found that the driver, Bradley Seth Powell, was a convicted felon. Powell, of an East River Road address, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine (Felony), and Tail Light and Tag Light Requirements.

Cairo - A Cairo man was killed and another injured in an early morning head- on collision on Pine Park Road last week.

Mark Andrew Coleman, 29, died in the accident, which happened at 7: 30 a. m. Wednesday, June 27, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Mauricio Avila, 24, was injured in the wreck while driving a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.

Coleman was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck east on Pine Park Road, and Avila was driving west as they approached the intersection with Midway Road, the GSP report states.

Coleman’s truck traveled off the north side of the roadway, then overcorrected, causing his truck to rotate counter clockwise crashing head-on into Avila’s truck, according to the GSP. Coleman was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected after the impact, troopers report.

Avila’s truck tipped onto the driver’s side after impact. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was taken by ambulance to Archbold Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. Coleman was taken to Grady General Hospital.

Camilla - A Camilla murder suspect was denied bond Monday.

Friends of 21-year-old Rodney Pate are still in shock after he was gunned down Saturday night near an apartment complex on Shivers Alley.

Police say 21-year-old Samuel Stork fired eight shots, hitting Pate in the upper torso.

Witnesses told investigators the two had an argument, Stork left, then came back and shot Pate.

“I told everybody to move. Then I heard the gunshots. I just stood there in shock. And he just kept shooting. Then he turned around and left,” said Adarrius Keaton, who was friends with Pate and witnessed the shooting.

Stork ran off after the shooting and was arrested several hours later.

“We’ll continue to see if anyone comes forward as far as a motive. We know they had a confrontation a short while prior to the shooting in the same area,” said Chief Investigator Robert Casterline with the Camilla Police Department.

Stork is charged with one count of murder and is being held in the Mitchell County jail.

Donalsonville - Seminole State Park has a new park manager, and he invites you to join with him in his efforts to make the park this area’s number one destination for family fun, natural resource educational opportunities, fishing, hunting, water recreational activities, and a whole lot more. Lupe Lazarine hit the ground running, dressed in red, white and blue for Tuesday evening’s Fourth of July celebration, his first official activity since being named park manager. Lazarine plans to reach out and involve and engage the entire Seminole community in his plans to put the festive back into the festivities at Seminole State Park.

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