Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

May 18, 2013

Valdosta police honor Moody security force

VALDOSTA — Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress awarded a set of challenge coins Friday to 12 members of Moody Air Force Base’s security forces. The coin ceremony served as a thank-you from the Valdosta Police Department for the base’s operational support in handling bomb threats and helping in community matters.

On April 24, the Valdosta Police Department responded to a bomb threat at Valdosta High School while classes were in session, Childress said. The police department was tasked with scouring the massive school for explosives, after the school’s staff and students were evacuated, stated Childress.

“You want to get the facility searched as soon as possible and get the kids back to learning,” said Childress. “So when we got the report, we called Moody for support.”

Bomb-sniffing dogs generally grow weary of their work before their handler, so more canine noses were required to assist the police department’s dog in the sweep of the high school. The police department requested an explosive detection dog team from Moody and received 11 personnel and three dogs, said Childress.

“It just seems like every time we call for support from Moody Air Force Base’s security forces, they’re here,” said Childress. “And it’s not just the police department. It’s the entire city. And I think it’s safe for me to speak for Lowndes County in saying how important this base and these folks are to all of us. I don’t want to get emotional about it. But not only do we deploy them overseas to defend our country. When they’re here, they’re defending our local community. What I want to get across today is just how important Moody Air Force Base is to this community.”

After receiving their challenge coins, Capt. Keith Speers spoke on behalf of his team.

“For the group here, I echo your remarks, sir,” said Speers. “Your uniformed officers, non-uniformed officers, our folks and our 820th brothers all run toward gun fire and make order out of chaos. It’s an honor to work with you. Like you said, this goes beyond Valdosta proper. This is Moody at large in Valdosta and Lowndes County and we just appreciate it, sir. Thank you.”

Kahlil Andrew Furman-Berrian, 20, was arrested in connection to the April 24 bomb threat, according to reports.

Text Only
Local News
  • 140729-Gas_Leak002.jpg Roadway closed after second gas line break

    For a second day in a row, workers from Valdosta’s Utilities Department struck a natural gas service line causing a leak that shut down a portion of Forrest Street, officials said.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dump truck arrest photo.jpg Deputies nab stolen dump truck suspects

    The search for suspected dump truck thieves ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two men in the same area officials searched extensively Monday.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears sighted on Baytree

    A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Johnson family files second suit against school

    Two months after filing a civil suit against Lowndes County Schools, Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a second suit against the school system which again claims that negligence and bullying led to their son’s death.

    July 30, 2014

  • Teachers Harvest

    With students and teachers returning to the classroom in the coming days, the need for school supplies is at the top of numerous priority lists. For teachers, this often means spending their money to ensure classrooms are fully stocked.

    July 30, 2014

  • Lake Park holds millage rate hearings

    Lake Park City Council held two public hearings Tuesday to discuss raising Lake Park's millage rate from 5.052 to 6.552, an increase of 1.5.

    July 30, 2014

  • 140729_celebritywaiter004.jpg Celebrity waiters raise $14,000 for CAC

    For local leaders, wearing aprons, counting tips and taking drink orders is quite the change from their day jobs. When it's for a good cause though, these “celebrities” didn't mind stepping out of their comfort zones to help.

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-man_hunt001.jpg Dump truck thieves sought

    Authorities continued searching for suspects Monday evening connected to a stolen dump truck involved in a chase with law-enforcement.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results