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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 22, 2014
VALDOSTA, Ga. — Valdosta police are investigating a shooting in an Applebees parking lot early this morning.
Police say that two people were shot outside of an Applebees restaurant located at 3254 Inner Perimeter Road shortly before 1 a.m.
Authorities identified Kenneth Johnson, 38, as one of the victims. VPD says Johnson received multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
An unidentified female who was accompanying Johnson also suffered gunshot wounds and is currently being treated for her injuries.
Valdosta police say they are currently collecting evidence and investigating a possible motive for the incident.
Anyone having any information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department Bureau of Investigations at 229-293-3145 or call the crime tip line at 229-293-3091.
WAYCROSS — Brooks County is no stranger to difficult first games, as the Trojans have faced the Valdosta Wildcats in openers two seasons in a row. Tonight, Maurice Freeman and the 2014 edition of Brooks County football will travel to Waycross to face Class AAAAA Ware County, a seasoned squad coached by Franklin Stephens that went 11-2 in 2013. Game time is at 7:30.
While the Trojans certainly would like to go to Waycross and steal a victory, the experience against one of the state’s best teams will be invaluable. While the Trojans have a formidable schedule this season, no team Brooks County faces will likely be better than Ware.
“We’ve got a very challenging schedule in front of us, so we’ve got to answer the bell,” Freeman said of his team’s slate of opponents. “I expect us to be successful. I expect to make the playoffs and I expect these guys to play hard.”
While there will be some familiar faces standing out for the Trojans, like senior athletes Exavius Medlock and De’Vron Whitfield, other key players, like new starting quarterback Demontay Jones, haven’t received as much playing time in the past and are thus unproven.
When asked about season expectations, Freeman expressed that he was “quite jittery” about some players who will be forced to step up their game in 2014. “We’ve got a lot of holes to fill,” Freeman stated. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are unproven that are going to have to prove themselves quick, fast, and in a hurry.”
For these unproven players, tonight’s bout against Ware County will be a baptism by fire, of sorts. Ware will be Brooks County’s largest and arguably toughest opponent, but the contest should go a long way in preparing the Trojans for their region schedule.
In order to be competitive against Ware, Brooks County is going to have to produce long, sustained scoring drives, something Freeman didn’t see in his team’s preseason scrimmage against Cook.
“The offense didn’t stay on the field long enough, and the defense stayed on the field too long,” Freeman said of parts of the Trojans’ scrimmage. “We’ve got to make changes on that, and then we’ll be OK.”
Ware’s defensive line feasted on Valdosta in the Gators’ preseason scrimmage, so it’s crucial that the Trojans’ offensive line affords Jones and company time and space to keep drives alive. If they do, Brooks has a better chance of hanging around.
Loan fund application, police car sale also pass
The speed limit on I-75 within the Valdosta city limits will be 70 miles per hour.
In addition, the city council approved the filing of an application of a Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund and approved the sale of three police cars to nearby organizations.
These resolutions were voted on during Thursday night’s Valdosta City Council meeting at City Hall.
According to Pat Collins, city engineer for Valdosta, the speed limit was decreased back in October as a result of another resolution.
“In Oct. 10 of 2013, the city approved a speed limit ordinance,” Collins said. “It was transmitted to the DOT to amend our speed detections device permit. As part of that process at that time, we lowered the speed limit down to 65 miles per hour. That was a policy that had been adopted by the state traffic engineer, and authorized the local district engineer in Tifton to drop us based on it being an urban section of roadway.”
The speed limit was dropped without the benefit of a Speed Spot Study, a study that was done in July.
The motion passed unanimously.
The city council also approved a motion to apply a Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund for two properties on 206 and 208 North Patterson Street. The properties were once used as a theater, but now sit abandoned. The new owner of the property, Salvagetti Properties, intends to renovate the buildings and turn them into Birdie’s Market, a coffee, wine and cheese shop, as well as a culinary and home décor retail store.
In addition, the city council unanimously approved the nomination of Henderson and Godbee as independent auditors for the City of Valdosta.