2019-01-09 / Community

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Bainbridge - Saturday night at approximately 8:57 p.m., Bainbridge Public Safety Officer Timothy Shaw observed a vehicle that failed to dim its headlights and refused to stop at a stop sign. Shaw conducted a traffic stop and eventually arrested the driver for possession of cocaine.

Shaw initiated his sirens and made contact with the driver, Edward Jackson. Jackson told Shaw he was on his way back home and he had just been riding around, but Shaw could tell that Jackson was acting visibly nervous while talking to him. He asked Jackson to step out of the vehicle and step to the rear.

Jackson complied, and Shaw asked him for consent to search the vehicle. Jackson assured him he had nothing illegal in the vehicle and gave his permission.

During the search of the vehicle, officers located a small tub that contained several large pieces of crack cocaine, along with a razor and $5,531 on Jackson’s person.

Shaw said Jackson had used the razor to cut up the larger pieces of crack into smaller chunks to sell to individuals. He said it is highly unusual for individuals to have that large amount of cash on them.

“He had certainly been dealing that night when we found him,” Shaw said.

Shaw placed Jackson under arrest and transported him back to BPS, where he was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, failure to dim headlights and failure to stop at stop sign.

Cairo - A horrific one-car accident on U.S. 84 early Monday morning had witnesses relieved to learn that all three occupants survived. The driver and two passengers were able to climb from the crumpled remains of the 2006 Nissan Altima and walk away with only minor injuries, according to Trooper Nick Johnson with the Georgia State Patrol,

The wreck happened on U.S. 84 just east of Vereen Bell Road at 2 a.m., TPR Johnson reports.

Makarosi Walker, 24, of Douglas, was driving the car, heading west on 84 in the left lane when he crossed the center line, ran off the road and struck a sign, ran into a ditch and then crashed into a tree.

Walker, along with his passengers, Leondria Sutton, 30, of Nicholls, and Zambodre Moore, 20, of Douglas, was taken by ambulance to Archbold Memorial Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

Walker is charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and no seatbelt, according to Johnson.

Dawson - City of Dawson and Terrell County law enforcement officials both reported “relatively busy” Christmas holidays, the top law enforcement officials of those two respective agencies reported this week.

Dawson Public Safety Director Tommy Poupard and Terrell Sheriff John Bowens both reported that they were thankful it was a fatality free holiday period.

Chief Poupard said duties of a routine nature were performed by officers from the Dawson Police Department over the holiday period.

According to Chief Poupard, members of his department issued a number of citations during the Christmas holidays.

For the Christmas holiday period starting Friday, December 21, and ending Wednesday, December 26, there was one arrest made for driving under the influence.

Officers issued 13 citations and seven warnings for speeding; two citations for stop sign violations and nine other various traffic violations, the chief said.

Terrell Sheriff John Bowers also reported his deputies were busy during the Christmas holiday period, but that most of their duties were also of a routine nature.

Donalsonville - The 12th annual running and walking of Joyce’s Jog 5K and fun run was held in downtown Donalsonville last Saturday, December 29. The annual event was postponed from its October 20 date due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael.

The overall winner was Dustin Reynolds. Michael Martinex was the Masters male winner; Mary Hunt was the overall female winner, and Stephanie Odom was the Masters female winner. Cathy Jones was the Grand Masters female winner, and Mark McCara was the Grand Masters male winner.

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