Hotel workers’ tip leads to arrests

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Pair face drug, prostitution charges

VALDOSTA — A tip from hotel employees about suspicious activity led to the arrest of two Florida women on prostitution and drug charges Thursday.

At 11:06 a.m., the Valdosta Police Department received a tip from employees at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites at 1800 Clubhouse Drive concerning the suspicious activity of two women who had checked into a room, according to reports.

Brielle Watkins, 20, of Orlando, Fla., and Shawntearia Carter, 21, of Ocala, Fla., were arrested as the result of an investigation conducted by narcotics detectives.

Watkins is charged with solicitation of prostitution, according to the VPD. This arrest came after a law-enforcement officer was allegedly propositioned, said VPD Lt. Aaron Kirk. She is also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Carter is charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to the VPD. Both women were transported to the Lowndes County Jail, reports stated.

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Valdosta receives some new bicycle racks

 

VALDOSTA — Parking availability is increasing in Downtown Valdosta through the installation of four new bicycle racks for public use. The City of Valdosta hopes the artistic bicycle racks will create a more “bicycle friendly” community, while also providing decorative and interesting street art in the downtown area.

The racks were paid for by the Central Valdosta Development Authority (CVDA) though residual Community Improvement District (CID) funds earmarked for streetscape projects.

Citizens may park and lock-up their bicycles at the following locations next time they ride through the heart of the city:

• Ashley Street, between Central Avenue and Valley Street.  The biggest of the bike racks accommodates up to 10 bicycles and is located on Ashley Street in front of Sentinel Probation.

• Ashley Street in Bennie’s Alley.  This rack is conveniently located in a popular outdoor gathering spot in downtown.

• Patterson Street, between the Central Avenue and Bennie’s Alley.  This rack is located near the Blue Café.

•  Toombs Street Parking Lot.  The last of four racks will be installed when renovations to the Cranford Building are complete.

The new racks supplement five existing bicycle racks located in downtown at the southeast corner of Mack’s Park, on the northeast and southeast corners of the Toombs Street parking lot, near the Department of Labor building and on Patterson Street in front of First Presbyterian Church.

“Citizens’ requests for more bicycle racks in the downtown area were included in the Valdosta Main Street’s annual work plan,” said City Manager Larry Hanson.  “We are pleased to utilize the streetscape funding set aside for this purpose and to see these racks installed for our citizens’ benefit and use.”

For more information about Valdosta Main Street, please call (229) 259-3577.

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Stock Car Thunder will be On The Air Thursday night this week

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This past Tuesday night the very popular show about all things racing “Stock Car Thunder” was not on the air due to technical issues caused by a storm that came thru the Valdosta area that affected our up-link. This Thursday 6/26/2014 at 7:05 pm- Terry Redding and Crew will do a make up show for their many fans on Talk 92.1 — be sure to tune in. Check for updates on the show on their facebook page-

www.facebook.com/StockCarThunder

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United States Senators for Georgia

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      Contact: Chambliss Press Office, 202-224-3423

Wednesday, June 25, 2014                                                 Isakson Press Office, 202-224-7777

 

Chambliss, Isakson Announce New Training Mission at Moody Air Force Base

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today announced the selection of Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., as the Air Force’s preferred location for a new training mission aimed at helping our Afghan partners as they prepare to assume full security responsibilities for their country.

Moody AFB was one of three air bases under consideration for the A-29 Afgan Light Air Support (LAS)  training mission. Through congressional support, the Air Force recognized that Moody AFB has the infrastructure, range access, temperate weather, and strong community support needed to be successful in this mission. The Air Force will conduct an environmental assessment to validate Moody’s selection later this summer.

“After 12 years the United States is transferring security responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces,” said Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I can think of few better missions for Moody Air Force base than to assist these men and women as they prepare to defend their new democracy through the A-29 LAS program. These are the best and brightest Afghans who, under the supervision and guidance of our Air Force instructor pilots at Moody, will be able to take their skills back to Afghanistan and build upon the foundation the United States has laid. We cannot abandon Afghanistan at a critical point in its history, and this plan ensures our airmen can conduct this important training mission from the safety of one of our premier U.S. bases. I’m proud Georgia is doing its part in this mission. ”

“As the United States and its allies debate the future of our presence in Afghanistan, it is critical that the Afghans are properly trained and equipped to handle the threats posed by terrorists intent on disrupting progress in their country,” said Isakson. “This training mission will be crucial to these stabilization efforts and Moody Air Force Base is the best choice to host it.”

 

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