2015-06-24 / Community

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Bainbridge - Bainbridge Public Safety is looking for a vehicle stolen from Calhoun Street Motors in Bainbridge Monday night.

BPS Major Robert Humphrey said the vehicle was a burgundy 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Lt.

“Someone broke into the back door of the business and stole some sets of keys,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey said that there were two other sets of keys stolen, and that the thief or thieves may try to take another vehicle.

BPS is using Facebook to circulate a photo of a similar vehicle. The missing Monte Carlo has dark tinted windows and a Calhoun Street Motors Drive-out Tag, according to the post.

Humphrey said that the last stolen vehicle BPS recovered was found in Tallahassee and that missing vehicles are typically found.

“I’m sure it’ll pop up somewhere,” Humphrey said. “They don’t stay missing too long.”

Blakely - Bainbridge State College president Dr. Richard Carvajal was the guest speaker at last week’s Rotary luncheon to address responses and rumors stemming from declining enrollment.

It has also been a tough year personally for Dr. Carvajal who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September. “Thankfully, I can tell you today I am cancer free,” he told Rotarians.

The gravity of the financial future of a number of Georgia colleges, including BSC, was revealed in January when Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, presented a list of the schools to a joint meeting of the House and Senate appropriations committees.

Dr. Carvajal had met with a group of concerned Early County citizens the week prior to the Rotary meeting to discuss rumors about the college’s plans for the Blakely campus resulting from the decline in enrollment.

He noted there is no other school in the state where a student can walk in needing a GED and progress all the way to a bachelor degree. BSC is also the only college in the state which offers both technical and academic certificates and degrees.

“Beginning in 2012, after our enrollment had been going up since 2006, we started to see that enrollment go down, not just in Blakely,” he stated. “In fact every institution south of Macon except one has gone down.”

Cairo - A Cairo man was convicted and sentenced this week to 20 years in jail for the beating of his mother, the late Paulette Miller. Ms. Miller passed away at home nearly two months after the incident.

Jarrod Miller was put on trial Monday in Grady County Superior Court for felony aggravated battery family violence and misdemeanor cruelty to children. The jury deliberated about 40 minutes before finding Miller guilty of the aggravated battery charge.

District Attorney Joe Mulholland says Miller, then 26, lived at home with his mother when the two got into an argument that turned physical on July 9, 2014.

Miss Miller was taken to the emergency room where she told doctors that her son had caused the injuries, but later told police they were from a fall.

Mulholland says both doctors that treated the victim were unable to believe such severe injuries could happen in a simple fall.

Mulholland also said he was unable to prove her injuries directly contributed to her death.

Donalsonville - Christopher

Mario Close, 27, of Bainbridge was arrested May 14 and charged with three counts of first degree burglary. Kasey Howard Wilford, 25, of Bainbridge, also arrested on May 1, was charged with two counts of first degree burglary and Roman Lamont Cull Jr., age 22, of Iron City was arrested on May 17 and charged with two counts of first degree burglary.

Similarities in the crimes led investigators to determine all were related. In most cases entry was forced through locked doors and windows with the intruders taking various amounts of cash, TVs and firearms.

During the investigation, some of the stolen property was recovered and that recovery resulted in two additional suspects being charged with theft by receiving stolen property: Alisa Lawanta Harris, 21, and Katrivia Lavonta Johnson, 26, both of Donalsonville.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office is currently working to locate the remainder of the stolen property.

Havana - Lawrence Keith Keniley, Jr., 31, from Tallahassee, was arrested last week on drug charges.

According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office report, Keniley was parked on the shoulder of Dover Road when a deputy en route to a call noticed the truck.

When the deputy returned to Dover Road from the call, the truck was still parked on the shoulder of the road.

Keniley appeared nervous when the deputy approached him, the report said.

The deputy saw a black back pack lying in the truck and asked if he could look inside.

Upon inspection of the bag, the deputy found two glass smoking pipes, and a glass tubular vial with a black top.

The glass vial contained what would be determined as crystal meth, weighing five grams.

Keniley was charged with drug possession and drug equipment possession and taken to the Gadsden County Jail.

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