Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

March 22, 2014

Lowndes bus stolen, found

School system changing procedures

VALDOSTA —  Lowndes County Schools has altered transportation procedures this week after two teenagers stole a bus parked at a middle school over the weekend.

Transportation Director Roger Christie reported the bus stolen Sunday afternoon. Apparently, the yellow 1992 model Blue Bird went missing sometime after 9 p.m. Friday when the bus was parked at Pine Grove Middle School on River Road.

The bus was recovered in Worth County after a Worth County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a stopped bus and questioned the two teenagers found inside. Available documents from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office do not provide an exact date and time for when the bus was found in Worth County. Calls to that county’s sheriff’s office were not returned before press time.

The two teens were able to drive away with the bus because the keys were hidden inside the vehicle, according to Christie.

“That has been standard procedure for the past 50 years, but that’s all changed,” said Christie. “Any bus left on campus will not have keys in them.”

Christie said his department is reviewing procedures to identify other areas where security can be increased.     

The bus was recovered by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office early Tuesday morning, and the two teens were placed under arrest.

Robert Thomas Montague, 17, and a 15-year-old male juvenile were charged with vehicle theft. Montague is currently in the Lowndes County Jail and listed as not bailable. The juvenile was booked into the Regional Youth Detention Center.

The incident is the second bus theft incident in the last six months for Lowndes County Schools.

In October, two brand new buses were stolen from the system’s bus yard on Howell Road.

The vehicles were recovered in November after being spotted shuttling fans to and from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. during the Georgia/Florida football game.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Baytree Animal Hospital LB copy.JPG Animal hospital named Business of the Week

    Baytree Animal Hospital was named Leading Business of the Week by the  Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce for July 14.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gavel-courtroom.jpg Water treatment plant discussed

    The Lowndes County Board of Commissioners discussed purchasing two pieces of equipment for the Alapaha Water Treatment Plant and the Spring Creek System for a total of $1,638,000 during its Monday work session and is expected to vote on the issue tonight.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • education.jpg Charter school petition denied

    Both the Valdosta City and Lowndes County school boards unanimously denied the joint charter petition from Scintilla Charter Academy during their respective meetings Monday evening.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • echols_alapapa.jpg WWALS gets grant from river network

    The Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Little River Systems Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) received a $500 Alapaha Water Trail Grant from the Georgia River Network

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140718-ARJim2.jpg Teacher at home anywhere in the world

    Variety is the spice of life. South Georgia is home to a diverse group of people, each with a unique life story. One man with glorious tales of travel and selfless volunteer work is Jim Kokoruda.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • fire2a.jpg Blaze damages North Lowndes home

    Lowndes County Fire Rescue responded to a fire call Sunday at 3756 Cross Creek Circle near Bemiss Road.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 140719-KidsInc3 copy.jpg Kids get a taste of retail operations

    Valdosta Mall shoppers may have noticed a few additional shopping options Saturday as they walked through center court.
    Children ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old set up booths and sold products to consumers.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140719-UnseenProject7 copy.jpg CrossPointe welcomes ‘Unseen’ travelers home

    CrossPointe Church members gathered Saturday to greet their pastor and fellow congregationalists returning from a filmed two-month-long motorcycle trip across the nation and back.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • election.jpg Runoff set for Tuesday

    Advanced voting ended Friday for the runoff election from the May 20 primary.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Modern Woodmen RC copy.JPG Woodmen welcomed to Valdosta

    The The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and its Ambassadors welcomed the Valdosta chapter of Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, July 15.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

School starts again in about two weeks. What do you think?

It's still summer. School starts too soon.
Seems like the right time to return.
Abolish summer recess. Make school year-round.
     View Results