Category: Georgia News

Former News Contributor Arrested for DUI / Vehicular Homicide

Former Coosa Valley News contributor Regan Lester, 40 of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, (formally of Rome) has been arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular homicide after killing an 82 year-old woman.

The wreck occurred last February 17 on State Road A1A. According to reports, a North Carolina man was driving a Toyota Prius on A1A when he attempted to turn left on L’Atrium Drive.  Regan, driving her Lexus RX 350, was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed when she struck the passenger side of the Prius.  A passenger of the car, Saarita May-Sparrow, 82, died at the scene.  The driver was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries.

Lester was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

A third car, a Toyota Corolla, was hit by flying debris, but the driver was not injured.

Investigators said that Lester was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Reports said that Lester was booked last week in the St. Johns County Jail and charged with DUI causing serious bodily injury and three counts of DUI with property damage.

Lester once wrote “Restaurant Report Card” for CVN.

Former Coosa Valley News Contributor Charged in Car crash that left 82-year-old dead

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COVID Restrictions Being Lifted Today, Thursday, April 8 by Georgia Governor

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is lifting COVID-19 distancing restrictions in Georgia starting on Thursday.

The governor has announced that Georgia’s months-long ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in one place will be lifted starting April 9, 2021.

Restaurants and bars will be allowed to seat patrons at least 3.5 feet from each other instead of the previous 6-foot requirement. Movie-goers can sit 3 feet from each other in indoor theaters.

A shelter-in-place order for nursing homes and other elderly-care facilities also will be lifted.

Nearly 4.3 million vaccines have been administered in Georgia as of Tuesday, marking more than 2.8 million people who have received at least one of the needed two doses for most vaccines. More than 1.5 million Georgians are now fully vaccinated, according to state Department of Public Health data.

Warning About Counterfeit Pills

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr reports that his office has been notified by the Georgia Department of Public Health of a suspected cluster of overdoses related to counterfeit pills which may contain fentanyl.

The primary areas that appear to be affected so far are Richmond County, Chatham County, and the Rome area.

Carr added that patients took an unknown pill they believed was Xanax, Percocet, or Roxicodone, but actually contained fentanyl.

Overall, opioid overdoses have increased in Georgia since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

From March 2020 through February of 2021, there has been a 55% increase in opioid-involved emergency department visits, compared to the same period in 2019.

For access to services and immediate crisis help, call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225, available 24/7.


Information Sought on 13 Year Old Missing Boy

If you have seen Sanchez Latimore, please call the Clayton County Police Department. (Clayton County Police Department)

Clayton County police officers are searching for a missing teenager who reportedly ran away from home Tuesday.

The Clayton County Police Department says that 13-year-old Sanchez Latimore


Police say that Latimore has been diagnosed with ADHD and multiple mood disorder and hasn’t taken his medication since 2020.

Officials described the missing teen as being 5-feet-6-inches tall with a weight of 120 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Latimore was last seen wearing a long-sleeve black shirt with an orange logo on it, black jeans, blue skull cap, and an olive-green backpack.

If you have any information about where Latimore could be, please call the Clayton County Police Department at (770) 477-3550 or call 911.


Georgia Governor Kemp Lifts Ban on Gatherings As Of April 8

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order Thursday that eliminates the ban on gatherings and shelter-in-place requirements.

The order takes effect on April 8.

Also included:

▪ Removes the critical infrastructure distinction and collapses all organization suggested measures into one main list, with a small number of additional industry-specific requirements remaining

▪ Reduces any remaining distance requirements (i.e. distance between parties at restaurants, bars, and movie theaters, and between patrons of group fitness classes)

▪ Eliminates the ability of law enforcement to close an organization for failure to comply with the Executive Order provisions

You can read the order HERE.

Arrest Made in Armed Robbery of Dollar Tree in Calhoun

On Wednesday, March 31, Calhoun Police charged 34-year-old Ralando Johnson of Gwinnett County Georgia In connection with a November 1, 2020, armed robbery.

Officers were called to The Dollar Tree located at 122 WC Bryant Parkway to investigate an armed robbery.

Officers arrived and were told the suspect had brandished a handgun while demanding money.

The witness further stated the suspect had threatened to shoot store employees if they did not comply with his demands.

Detectives arrived and processed the scene and launched an investigation into the robbery and were subsequently able to gather tangible evidence to tie Johnson to the armed robbery of The Dollar Tree in Calhoun.

Johnson faces charges of Armed Robbery (Felony), Aggravated Assault (Felony), and False Imprisonment (Felony).

Johnson is suspected of numerous armed robberies across Georgia and Tennessee.

Johnson remains in custody with bond proceedings pending.

Congresswoman Marjorie Greene Introduces Legislation to Fire Fauci & Ban Vaccine “Passports”

April 1, 2021
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Introduces Legislation to FIRE Fauci & BAN Vaccine “Passports”
Washington D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced two pieces of legislation to fight back against the authoritarian COVID dictates of Democrat politicians, DC bureaucrats, and Corporate Communists.
The “Fire Fauci Act” will slash the salary of Dr. Always Wrong to $0 and the “We Will Not Comply Act” will ban vaccine “passports,” prevent discrimination against the unvaccinated, and much more to protect the freedom of the American People.
Fire Fauci Act will:
  • Remind the American public that Dr. Fauci is the highest paid ($434,312) of all 4 million federal employees, including the President.
  • Cite numerous findings about Dr. Fauci’s evolving and contradictory advice on COVID-19.
  • Reduce Dr. Fauci’s salary to $0 until a new NIAID Administrator is confirmed by the Senate.
  • Direct GAO to conduct a study about the correspondence, financials, and policy memos inside the NIAID before COVID through the end of this year. This will allow us to see what Fauci and the NIAID knew, when they knew it, what they spent money on, and how the agency responded to the virus.
We Will Not Comply Act will:
  • Prevent any business engaged in interstate commerce from discriminating against a person based on their COVID-19 vaccine status (addressing the recent vaccine passports).
  • Cut off federal funding for a vaccine mandate on employees (including federal employees), students attending primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, organizations, or sports, and any person who expresses a religious objection.
  • Create the ability to sue if a person has been discriminated against on the basis of their vaccination status or mask compliance.
  • Prevent the government from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine to receive a U.S. passport.
  • Prevent Airline companies from denying someone from flying based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • Prevent students from being denied access to a public college based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • Express to the U.S. Senate that Jacobson v. Massachusetts should be overturned. This case set a terrible precedent that endorses mandatory state vaccination laws under the “police power.”

GBI Arrests Detention Officers for Sexual Assault

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Christopher Dumas, Jr, age 20, and Mario Ward, age 37, both from Milledgeville, Georgia, for sexual assault against a person who was incarcerated at the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.  Dumas, Jr. and Ward turned themselves in to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the GBI regarding allegations that an inmate, who was incarcerated at the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center, was sexually assaulted by two Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers.  The GBI began conducting an investigation, which subsequently resulted in the arrest of Dumas, Jr and Ward.

The GBI will continue to conduct a thorough investigation and upon completion will turn the completed case file over to the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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