Monday, May 20 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:15:09 GMT
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
June 4, 2008
Valdosta - Valdosta police say they broke up a violent crime ring.
Three men and one woman are in jail.
They got caught after a botched kidnapping and extortion plot this week.
They're also now charged with robbing a bank and a restaurant in Valdosta and may be connected to crimes in southeast Georgia and in Florida.
Monday morning police arrested 22 year-old Andrew Holt and 24 year-old Gary Hillegass.
They are now charged with burglary, kidnapping, possession of a firearm and criminal intent to commit extortion.
Police say they forced their way into an apartment where 23 year-old Jason Pere, 24 year-old Amanda Cosgrove and 22 year-old Laura Mason were staying.
One of the men bound Mason with duct tape, put her in a car, and drove her to a bank.
He let her go and she called police. "As the Valdosta Police Department investigators began to look at the crime, they discovered there was more on their hands then just kidnapping," says Lt. Bobbi McGraw.
An investigation uncovered that Cosgrove was not a victim at all. In fact she was an active part of the extortion plot.
"Ms. Cosgrove was familiar with the true victims of the incident, there fore it was not a random act of violence," McGraw adds.
Police say further questioning revealed that Holt, Cosgrove and 37 year-old Matthew Black were responsible for the May 15th holdup of the Bank of Valdosta and the April armed robbery of Domino's Pizza.
Black, who is also wanted for parole violations in Florida, was arrested Monday afternoon. He's Holt's half brother and is romantically involved with Cosgrove.
FBI in Brunswick say that trio is also believed to be responsible for the May 9th heist of the Southeastern Bank in Brantley County.
Police say the investigation is not over yet. They say the team may be responsible for other crimes around the region.