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Valdosta Native Gets Life for Sex Crimes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A former Valdosta man, Rodney Flucas, has been sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 on federal sex crime charges, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.


Sheriff seizes 140 pounds of pot

VALDOSTA — Inside the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office is 140 pounds of packaged marijuana that was seized earlier this week. Armondo Padron-Ramirez is charged with felony trafficking, Sheriff Ashley Paulk said.


Georgia business owner owing over $300,000 in back taxes admits he tried to bribe IRS agent, agrees to leave country after prison

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia business owner has pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe an IRS agent to reduce his tax burden. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Magdaleno Garcia Alonso offered cash to an IRS agent who audited his tax returns in 2015 and 2016 if she reduced the amount of money he ow


Take a Tour of Universe from Valdosta

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Planetarium will present “From Earth to the Universe” at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. This presentation is free of charge and open to the public.


Valdosta house fire caused by space heater

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A man in Valdosta is recovering from a house fire that caused an estimated $33,000 worth of damage to his home. Early Tuesday morning, the Valdosta Fire Department responded to a call of a house fire near the corner Nicholas Drive and Lilly Street.


Fatal Valentine’s Day Wreck in Valdosta

VALDOSTA – According to a report from the Georgia State Patrol there has been a fatal three-car accident on the Lakeland Highway/221 on Valentine’s Day afternoon, leaving one dead.


Car runs over cop's foot

VALDOSTA — Authorities are searching for a driver who ran over a police officer's foot, according to the police department. At 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, an officer saw a silver Nissan Maxima in the 2500 block of Jerry Jones Drive, according to reports. The policeman performed a traffic stop on the speedi


GSP: One person killed in car accident in Valdosta

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - Georgia State Patrol is investigating a car accident that left one person dead Thursday. WALB reports that GSP troopers are on the scene at Lakeland Highway at Delmar Road.


Georgia woman pleads to hauling kilos of drugs on I-75

MACON, GA (WALB) -- A Tifton woman pleaded guilty in Macon federal court Wednesday on a drug charge after she was arrested for carrying four kilos of meth and cocaine in her car with the intent to distribute.


Woman killed in Lowndes accident

VALDOSTA — Authorities are investigating a collision in Lowndes County that killed a woman Thursday. At noon, troopers responded to a collision on Ga. 31 near Old State Road, according to a statement from the Georgia State Patrol. A silver sedan was traveling south on Ga. 31 when it failed to stay i


Atlanta rapper 21 Savage booked into S. Georgia jail on felony warrant

It was a busy day for Atlanta rapper 21 Savage Friday, starting with a pre-taped appearance on Good Morning America, followed by being booked into a South Georgia jail on a felony theft by deception warrant. He was later released, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.


GSP: Fatality reported on Lakeland Highway

VALDOSTA — A fatality has been reported in a three-vehicle incident this afternoon on Highway 221, according to the Georgia State Patrol. GSP troopers are working the scene on Lakeland Highway at Delmar Road.


City schools could see two pay raises

VALDOSTA — City school employees could see not one, but two raises come their way. Valdosta Board of Education members discussed a one-time, district-wide 2 percent raise as well as Gov. Brian Kemp’s $3,000 teacher pay raise proposal and what that would cost the school system.


28 Georgia middle students hospitalized after eating Valentine’s Day candy: report

Nearly 30 Georgia middle school students were sent to the hospital Thursday after ingesting Valentine’s Day candy that reportedly left them feeling “nauseated and disoriented,” school officials said.


Serial killer draws sketches of Georgia murder victims

ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Authorities have released sketches of three women an admitted serial killer claims to have killed in Georgia. Samuel Little drew the pictures of women he says he killed.


Troopers: 1 dead after three-car crash in Lowndes County

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) -- The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a three-car accident that left one person dead on Thursday afternoon along Highway 221. According to GSP, troopers are on the scene at Lakeland Highway at Delmar Road.


Georgia drivers must make more stops for school buses

Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday signed a bill into law revising the state’s traffic regulations for driving past school buses stopped to load or unload students. Now drivers must stop for school buses stopped to load or unload passengers unless they are driving on a highway divided by a grass median, unpa


Does Georgia need another interstate highway?

A push for another interstate highway across Georgia gained initial support in the General Assembly this week. The Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday passed Senate Resolution 44, which supports the creation of Interstate 14 across middle Georgia and urges the state’s Congressional delegation


VHS names STAR student, teacher

VALDOSTA – Principal Dr. Janice Richardson announced Valdosta High School’s 2019 STAR student is Noah Carroll and the STAR teacher, Gnann Moser. Together, they will be recognized at a banquet honoring each STAR student and teacher in the region March 7. That evening, the highest scoring STAR student


Miracle Field Complex nears completion

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Volunteers in Valdosta and Lowndes County are getting ready to make miracles. On Friday, community volunteers were working hard to get the Miracle Field Complex playground ready for opening day.