ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know to start your day.
1. ONE DEAD AFTER WRECK IN DOUGHERTY CO.
One person is dead following a crash in Dougherty County Wednesday morning. Police responded to the scene in the 900 block of Eight Mile Road around 2 a.m. Police said the driver of a pickup truck ran off the road, over corrected, and then crashed into a ditch about 100 yards away. The driver was dead at the scene. Police have not released the driver's identity.
2. GBI INVESTIGATES THOMASVILLE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING
Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have confirmed that a man is dead after an officer involved shooting in Thomasville Tuesday afternoon. According to the GBI, the shooting occurred when Thomas County Drug agents tried to execute a search warrant in the area of Magnolia and Fern streets. The GBI said the subject's vehicle and police vehicles were involved before the shooting happened. WALB News 10's Desirae Duncan and Zach Logan will have team coverage of this story throughout Today in Georgia.
3. LEE CO. SUSPECT CAUGHT
Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals announced one of his deputies captured a suspect in the shooting at law enforcement officers outside the Lee State Prison. Officers spotted some people outside the prison Tuesday morning, apparently trying to smuggle contraband into the prison. Officials said when confronted, a man fired shots at the officers, but no one was hurt. Lee County joined with Department of Corrections officers in a manhunt for most of Tuesday, checking cars driving near the prison. Sheriff Rachals said the deputy caught the suspect close to the prison without incident. The suspect has been turned over to Department of Corrections Investigators for questioning.
4. MOTHER FILES CIVIL SUIT AGAINST TEACHER
A Tifton mother and her lawyer filed a lawsuit against Amelia Stripling, a former Tift County pre-school teacher who was caught on video that has gone viral. Officials said Tift County pre-school teacher Amelia Stripling can be seen in the video kneeing a 3-year-old boy in the back. Stripling was charged with 2nd-degree cruelty to a child after the incident. Now nearly a year and a half later, the now five-year-old's mother, Sarah Patterson, is suing Stripling and Tift County School Superintendent Patrick Atwater.
5. ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT PLEADS GUILTY
A Lee County man was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a violent armed robbery in Albany last year. Collin Donaldson, 18, pled guilty to the armed robbery of the Oasis Convenience store on South Slappey in October 2016. Surveillance video shows two masked men with guns burst in. They pointed guns in the faces of the clerks, demanding money. Donaldson was given a 20-year total sentence, 15 in prison.
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