Warranted search by Valdosta Police results in moonshine seizure

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News Release: Valdosta Police Department July 25, 2014

On Friday, July 25, 2014 at approximately 1200 hours the Valdosta Police Department Narcotics Detectives executed a search warrant at 702 South Troup Street. The search warrant was the result of an on-going investigation after detectives received numerous complaints of illegal activity in the area. During the search warrant detectives seized 21 gallons of moonshine, 226 – 12oz bottles of beer, 4- 1.75 liters of Vodka, a .38 caliber revolver, and $1,100 in US currency. Detective also recovered other evidence which was consistent with illegal alcohol sales being conducted at the residence. Ricky Bernard Lane was arrested on scene for the above listed charges and he was transported to Lowndes County Jail. The investigation is still on going and further charges are pending.

Anyone with any information please contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145, or the Crime Tip Line at 229-293-3091.

Arrested: Ricky Bernard Lane, African American male,  age 53

Charges: poss of a firearm by a convicted felon and misd. poss/sale of distilled spirits with taxes not paid

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Moody squadron commander reaches milestone

Airman 1st Class, Ryan Callaghan, 23d Wing Public AffairsThe Valdosta Daily Times

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman, 75th Fighter Squadron commander, gives a thumbs up after returning a customary salute at Moody Air Force Base July 17. After preflight checks are complete, the ground crew member salutes the pilot as he enters the taxiway to signify transfer of control over the aircraft.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman, 75th Fighter Squadron commander, gives a thumbs up after returning a customary salute at Moody Air Force Base July 17. After preflight checks are complete, the ground crew member salutes the pilot as he enters the taxiway to signify transfer of control over the aircraft.

MOODY AFB — The 75th Fighter Squadron commander hit a career milestone July 17, by surpassing 3,000 flight hours in an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman joined a select group of pilots by accumulating 3,000 hours on a single airframe, and an even smaller group to accomplish such a feat in the A-10.

Equal to approximately 125 days of non-stop flying, his 3,000.9 hours are comprised of approximately 750,000 nautical miles, enough to fly to the moon three times, as well as 1,382 sorties, including 218 combat sorties.

Despite his already impressive statistics, he says 3,000 hours is a pretty big milestone.

“I, of course, remember the 1,000- and 2,000-hour marks, but 3,000 is special to me considering there are only a handful of guys in the A-10 community with this many hours,” he said. “A lot of pilots don’t fly jets long enough to accrue that many hours.”

Capt. Gary Glojek, 75th FS flight commander, agrees with Rayman, saying 3,000 hours is impressive.

“Active-duty people don’t get 3,000 hours; it’s really rare,” he said. “He’s one of maybe two or three people at Moody who has gotten to 3,000.”

For Rayman, it’s a childhood dream taken to an extreme.

“I’ve wanted to be a pilot ever since I can remember. It had always been a childhood dream,” he said. “I lived on an A-10 base growing up, and I always enjoyed watching them fly around.”

After taxiing his aircraft to a halt and climbing down to the ground, airmen from Rayman’s squadron greeted him with a ceremonial celebration, spraying him down with water hoses.

“I was not expecting that at all,” he said. “I really felt honored to have the squadron out there when I got back,” he said.

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Former Blazer Kugbila out for season

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VALDOSTA — Just as one former Blazer begins his National Football League career another’s maybe in jeopardy.

A day after former Valdosta State linebacker Jeremy Grable signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Edmund Kugbila – an offensive guard for the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers – injured his back during the first day of training camp. He will miss the entire 2014 season.

In an interview with Panthers.com staff writer Max Henson, Carolina’s general manager Dave Gettleman expressed sorrow over Kugbila’s latest setback.

“I feel awful for the kid,” Gettleman said. “This kid has done absolutely everything we’ve asked him to do. He just can’t catch a break. He’s having the surgery up in New York on Aug. 8. He’ll be done for the year.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera added: “Hopefully, he can get it taken care of, and we just have to look at him down the line now.”

This is the second season-ending injury for Kugbila, a standout on the offensive line during his two seasons at Valdosta State, in two seasons after being drafted in the fourth round by the Panthers a year ago.

Now, after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury, this signals another hardship for the promising guard.

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New equipment expected to deal with Lowndes water violations

Matthew WoodyThe Valdosta Daily Times

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VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Commission’s recent approval of $1.6 million for water-treatment equipment is expected to counter a past series of water-quality violations within the county.

The Lowndes County Utilities Department notified customers of the county’s water quality violations from Aug. 6 to Sept. 6, 2013.

The county’s Alapaha Water System exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for trihalomethanes (TTHM) and haloacetic acids (HAA5s) for the third quarter in 2010, the fourth quarter in 2011, all quarters of 2012, and the first and second quarter of 2013.

“The cause of these violations was from adding chlorine to the ground water, which contain high levels of organic carbons and thereby creating disinfection byproducts above normal levels,” said Mike Allen, Lowndes County utility director. “Currently, the Alapaha Water Plant is being engineered for an upgrade to help remove the organic carbons from the water source. The Spring Creek system will be undergoing the same process in the near future.”

Although their overall testing varies monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and annually, the county conducts quarterly tests for TTHMs and HAA5s. The maximum contaminant levels established by United States Environmental Protection Agency is 0.080 mg/L and 0.060 mg/L.

What follows is the compliance period: the average amount of TTHM, and the amount of HAA5s:

• Third Quarter 2010: 0.205 mg/L of TTHM, and 0.102 mg/L of HAA5s

• Fourth Quarter of 2011: 0.136 mg/L of TTHM, and 0.105 mg/L of HAA5s

• First Quarter of 2012: 0.156 mg/L of TTHM, and 0.104 mg/L of HAA5s

• Second Quarter of 2012: 0.123  mg/L of TTHM, and 0.079 mg/L of HAA5s

• Third Quarter of 2012: 0.166 mg/L of TTHM, and 0.109 mg/L of HAA5s

• Fourth Quarter of 2012: 0.131 mg/L of TTHM, and 0.082 mg/L of HAA5s

• First Quarter of 2013: 0.124 mg/L of TTHM, and 0.075 mg/L of HAA5s

• Second Quarter of 2013: 0.154 mg/L of TTHM, and 0.103 mg/L of HAA5s

“Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids in excess of the maximum contaminant level over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer,” the public notice states.

The notice also informed residents that no action was or is required by them because “this violation does not pose a threat to the quality of the water supplied. Residents should not be alarmed and do not seek alternative water supplies. The supplier is taking corrective actions to insure that adequate monitoring and reporting will be maintained.”

The county’s immediate response to resolve this issue was increased flushing of the water system to increase the water circulation.

This week, during the Lowndes County Commission meeting, commissioners voted to buy two pieces of equipment, one for the Alapaha Water Treatment Plant and the other for the Spring Creek System. The Lowndes County Commission approved spending $1,638,000 to purchase the equipment to improve the county’s water quality as per an agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Lowndes County Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter said, “The purchase of the MIEX system from Orica Watercare for the Alapaha water system brings the county a step closer to completing the process agreed upon between Lowndes County and the EPA to bring by product levels down to an acceptable level. This same process, approved in 2008, was installed at the North Lowndes system and continues to meet expectations. In addition, staff was able to negotiate a $71,000 discount for the purchase of a system for the Spring Creek plant, being that a solution could be required in the near future.”

More information, contact Mike Allen, (229) 671-2500; or P.O. Box 1349, Valdosta, Ga., 31603.

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