ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Good morning. Here are five things you need to know to start your day.
1. ARREST MADE IN ALBANY TRIPLE HOMICIDE
Albany police have charged Ticorey Frazier with three counts of murder in connection with the June 27th homicides on East Alberson Drive. APD said Frazier was already in jail on a separate charge. The victims, Demarquis Williams, Tyquis Smith, and Adrionna Holmes were found dead inside the home, from multiple gunshot wounds.
2. THOMASVILLE DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING
The second day of protests ended with a prayer vigil Wednesday night after Thomas County Sheriff's deputy Josh Smith shot and killed Herbert Gilbert, 37, while serving a search warrant on Tuesday. A number of different faith and community leaders spoke to a large crowd, right near the spot Gilbert was shot the day before. Thomasville Police Chief Troy Rich announced at a prayer vigil that the driver of a golf cart who drove toward protesters, Johnathan Cleveland, had been arrested. Cleveland was charged with reckless conduct and bonded out a $550 bond.
3. VICTIM IDENTIFIED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH
Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler identified the victim in a Wednesday morning crash as Ralph Thomas Hudgins III, 21, of Leary. Fowler said Hudgins died of blunt force trauma. Dougherty County Police responded to the scene in the 900 block of Eight Mile Road. Police said Hudgins ran off the road, over corrected, and then crashed into a ditch about 100 yards away. Captain Jason Hager said Hudgins was not wearing a seatbelt.
4. DOUGHERTY CO. COMMISSION OPPOSES PROPOSED LEE CO. HOSPITAL
The Dougherty County Commission voted 5 to 2 to send a letter to the state Department of Community Health, opposing the granting of a certificate of need for the proposed Lee County hospital. But the commission also wants the Lee County Commission to join in gathering more information about the proposed medical center's impact. The decision was made in a special called meeting Wednesday. All the commissioners voted to send the letter to the state, except District 2 Commissioner John Hayes, and District 1 Commissioner Lamar Hudgens, who both voted against.
5. COFFEE CO. MURDER CONSPIRACY SENTENCE
The wife of a former Coffee County deputy pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to commit murder. Cindy Youngblood, 49, was arrested on August 16, 2016, after police said she and Reggie Lockhart, 24, conspired to kill her husband Anthony Youngblood, 51. She was sentenced to 25 years will 15 to serve. Lockhart was also sentenced to 25 years. He'll serve the first 12 in prison and the remainder on probation.
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