Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

April 14, 2014

‘Dangerous’ fugitive caught

Suspect in attempted murder, robberies captured in Valdosta

VALDOSTA — A fugitive from Ohio wanted for attempted murder and a number of assault and robbery charges was captured by Valdosta police Saturday.

Marlin Koonce, 21, was wanted for attempted murder with a firearm, two counts of felonious assault with a firearm, two counts of aggravated robbery with a firearm, two counts of robbery with a firearm, petty theft and having a firearm while under disability, according to a press release from the Valdosta Police Department.

Koonce was connected to a shooting in East Cleveland, Ohio, in which someone almost died, and was later implicated in another shooting, according to television station WOIO of Cleveland, Ohio.

At 8:21 p.m., Valdosta police responded to the 600 block of Troup Street on a domestic dispute call. When they arrived, officers determined that the dispute was verbal, but as they interviewed people at that address, they became concerned that something else was wrong, according to the press release.

Officers determined one of the residents was Koonce, and police were advised by Ohio authorities that he was considered extremely dangerous.

Koonce was taken into custody immediately and taken to the county jail pending extradition hearings for a return to Ohio.

Koonce was in Valdosta because he knew someone at that address and was on the run from Ohio authorities, according to Valdosta police.

Detective Dshaun Thompson of the East Cleveland Police said Koonce robbed people for small amounts of cash.

“$15 was what the last one was over,” Thompson said.

“This was a tremendous effort by a patrol supervisor and officers with the police department who conducted an Internet search from their in-car computers, finding media articles to help determine the identity of Koonce, who initially lied about his identity. Their persistence paid off and ensured a violent offender from Ohio is off the streets of Valdosta,” said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Clay Griner.jpeg Griner wins Lowndes commission runoff

    A long nine-week runoff election between Clay Griner and G. Norman Bennett came to an end Tuesday night with Griner beating Bennett by 1,060 votes, with approximately 70 provisional ballots left to count.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140722-Runoff_Voting003.jpg State Senate District 8 too close to call

    The race for State Senate District 8 appeared too close to call as of The Times print deadline late Tuesday night.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Senate Georgia_Stew.jpg Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • County OKs $1.6 million for water-treatment equipment

    By a divided vote, the Lowndes County Commission approved spending $1,638,000 to purchase two pieces of equipment to improve the county’s water quality as per an agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

    July 23, 2014

  • 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

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