VALDOSTA — Authorities took a teenager into custody Thursday in connection with a weekend fire at the Ashley House in Downtown Valdosta, according to the Valdosta Police Department. The 5 a.m. Saturday, April 27, fire destroyed one apartment and sent a group of seniors and disabled persons fleeing from the Ashley House complex. Investigators from the city’s police and fire departments concluded that the fire, which originated on the building’s fifth floor, had been intentionally set, according to reports. Spencer Lamar Lonon, 18, is charged with a count of arson, a count of burglary, and 24 counts of reckless conduct, according to Valdosta police. No injuries were reported in connection to the incident, according to Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice who said several of the apartment complex’s residents required assistance exiting the smoky building last Saturday. Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department, (229) 293-3145; or can remain anonymous at (229) 293-3091.
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SGMC hires three cardiovascular surgeons
South Georgia Medical Center has hired three cardiovascular surgeons, according to the hospital Wednesday.
Moody firefighter feeds burning passion for food
He can bust down a burning door and save lives from a flaming inferno. If the kitchen survives, he might whip up some elegant blackened salmon.
VPD receives national reaccreditation
The Valdosta Police Department received reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and is ready to file for accreditation for the regional crime lab.
Fussell Tire & Service to expand into new facility
An existing business will open a new facility and expand its operations, according to the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority Wednesday.
Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Endovascular Surgeons Join South Georgia Medical Center
The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute. The medical office, which is located in Suite 230 of the Professional Building which is adjacent to SGMC, will be open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
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.
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.
Bears sighted on Baytree
A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.
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.
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.
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