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~[~e (~l~[~ ~n~; ~#-, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Page 3 Gospel Tabernacle anniversary Gospel Tabernacle COGIC will be celebrating their 16th Church Anniversary every Sunday in March beginning at 4 p.m. Gospel Tabernacle is located at 207 East Dame Av- enue (across from Jerry J's). Everyone is invited to attend. Griffin reunion set for March 18 The annual Harry and Lou Griffin reunion will be held on Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m. at Nick Booth's blueberry shed. Please bring a covered dish. All family and friends are invited. ture wil be hosting a one-day workshop for produce growers on Tuesday, April 17 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch pro- vided. The workshop will take place at Dougherty County Extension Office located at 125 Pine Avenue #100, Albany, Georgia 31701. The cost is $10 per person. For more infor- mation, call (229) 436-7216 or e-mail uge4095@uga.edu. WACKY ministry at Place of Blessings Place of Blessings Church of God will have their W.A.C.K.Y. (Wild About Christ Kids and Youth) Ministry on Sundays at 6 p.m. Van pick up is available, text (229) 548.0056. Jesus and Jam seeking donations Jesus and Jam is. a non-profit organization that provides sack lunches to over 600 children, elderly, and disabled members of our community. Currently, they are seeking donations for the new facility being built on Hwy 84. Any- one interested in making donations may send them to 2404 Chester Mattox Road, Homerville, GA 31634. For more in- formation, contact Lajuanta Mattox at (912) 337-5342. CMH Auxiliary seeks new members Clinch Memorial Hospital's Auxiliary (Pink Ladies and Red Vests) is looking for someone who would like to vol- unteer a couple of hours a week for Community Service. Interested persons should call Alice Babbit (912) 487-3661 or Phyllis Bennet (912) 487-5617. Story & Craft Time at library The Clinch County Public Library will host a Story and Craft Time every week at 4 p.m. For more information on dates and times, contact the library at 487-3200 or go to the website at www.okrls.org/calendar. Free GED classes available Free GED Classes: Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) offers free GEl:)@ classes through the Clinch Coun- ty Adult Education Program located at the Clinch Coun- ty Public Library at 478 W. Dame Avenue in Homerville. Clinch residents interested in earning a GED or increasing their reading, English, and math skills should stop by the center or e-mail Patia Tolle at ptolle@coastalpines.edu for more information. Classes are free, and $500 HOPE Grants awarded to qualified GED@ graduates. Clinch County Family Connection and Certified Literate Community Program are asking for donations of sports related books or magazines for the Little Free Libraries located throughout Clinch County. Donations may be dropped off at the Little Free Libraries at the recreation park or Pea Ridge Park. Jesus and Jam needs volunteers Jesus and Jam needs volunteers. Jesus and Jam pre- pares and delivers over 600 sack lunches each Saturday. For information or to volunteer call Lajauanta Mattox at 912-337-5342. Notify with address change If you are a subscriber to The Clinch County News or one of our publicationsand have or will be moving, please let us know your new address. Please include the name on the subscription, new and old mailing address, and a phone number for if we have a question. Also include a date to start using the new address. The News mailing address is PO Box 377 Homerville, GA 31634, phone number 912- 487-5337, or email Carolyn at carolyn65@windstrean.net. Homerville Police Deparlme,t The following is a list of calls answered by the Homerville Police Depart- ment recently: February 26 - Officer responded to a Sweat Street address in reference to a bat- tery and cruelty to person 65 years or older call. The officer met with a man who stated his mother resides at a local nursing home for rehabilitation efforts. He stated that on February 23, he was made aware of an in- jury his mother had on her leg. He stated that she had a large knot and severe swell- ing of her left shin area all the way to her ankle. He stated that his mother told him that a new physical therapist came to her room on February 19 to start her physical therapy. The man stated that his mother is bed ridden so she can not get up on her own and that his mother said the physi- cal therapist was attempt- ing to get her up by herself by swinging her legs around and she hit her left shin with the therapist's knee. He stated that his mother told him afterwards the therapist put her back into the bed and left the room. The man stated that no one was notified of the in- jury and when he asked the staff about it, they stated that it was from a fall his mother had, even though she can rmt get out of bed on her own. He stated that his mother told him on Feb- ruary 20 she went to her di- alysis appointment and the and that if he goes back to the complainant's residence to get his stuff that he needs to call for an officer to come around. February 26 - Officer responded to a South Col- lege Street address in refer- ence to a call from the wa- ter department of the City of Homerville. The officer spoke with a water depart- ment employee who stated that the meter to the resi- dence had been tampered with several times in the past. The man stated that the resident owes a large bill to the City of Homerville in reference to usage and the water service was terminat- ed. The man stated that one of the city's employees ob- served a truck parked over the meter a week ago with tools under the truck. The man states that he suspects the resident may have been tampering with the water meter at that point. He stat- ed the meter would be fixed towards the complainant,speed. The officer followed her and The officer ran back to his when the officer thought she patrol vehicle and activated was going to attack the corn- his patrol siren in additon plainant, the officer drew to his emergency lights. The his taser and gave more ver- other officer activated his bal commands to stop. Ms. Clarkson reached the com- plainant and made contact with her chest. The officer seperated the two and had to force the woman to back away, with one of her shoes coming off in the process. emergency lights and siren and followed behind the first officer, giving location and other information to dispatch as the pursuit con- tinued. The van continued to disregard the emergency lights and sirens, continuing The officer:gaVe Clark: e'stb oimd toWai d: the: city son three verbal commands to be quiet and calm down at the vehicle as the officer treived her shoe. Ms. Clark- son did not follow directions and continued to yell and curse very loudly. The offi- cer placed her under arrest for disorderly conduct and placed her in the patrol car with a visual search only. limits. The vehicle reached the city limits of Homerville and entered the county ju; riSdlction traveling approxi- mately 67 mph in a 45 mph speed zone. The vehicle turned down an unnamed dirt road leading into the rear of Dupont Wood Yard and eventually reached a dead end facing the wooded Ms. Clarkson's belongings area were removed from the ve- Mr. Vasquec exited the hicle (except her wallet) by vehicle and ran toward the the former occupants of the woodline. The officer parked vehicle when they left as his patrol vehicle and with a new locking device. The officer spoke with the resident and he stated he did not break the meter but did turn the water back on to his house because of his daughter's birthday party the previous weekend. The officer advised the resident that if he tampered with the meter again he would be charged with the violation. February 26 - Officer responded to Huey's gas sta- tion in reference to a forgery call. The officer spoke withe an employee who stated that a man attempted to purchase some items with a fake $100 bill. The officer examined the bill and at first glance it doctor there saw her injury . appeared to be real until he and gave her some antibi- otics because it appeared to be infected. He stated his mother told him that a doc- tor came to the facility on February 21 and prescribed more medication for her leg. The man stated that he has seen all of the nurses's read "for motion picture use only." The officer showed the caption to the man and stat- ed he had exchanged 5 $20 bills with an individual that needed change and that is how he aquired the bill. The owner of Huey's stated he did not want to press charg- she was being arrested. The officer took her wallet and placed it in the patrol car an transported her to the police department for booking. The vehicle in question had the complainant's name only on the paperwork and it was returned to him. February 27 - Officers responded to a South Dick- erson Street address in reference to an alarm call. The officers spoke with the resident who stated that her alarm would not shut off and she had a partial power failure. A check of the home was conducted and a thrown breaker was located and re- set. No further action was required. February 28 - Officers responded to a Reddick Street address in reference to assisting EMS with a code blue. The officers met with EMS who were bring- ing a woman out of the resi- dence on a stretcher to the ambulance. One officer as- chased after him on foot, followed by the other officer. Mr. Vasquec ignored all ver- bal commands to stop. The officer withdrew his taser and discharged the taser cartridge making positve contact with Mr. Vasquec's upper back, causing him to fall forward. The nearby brush and branches pulled one of the probes out of Mr. Vasquec's back and he began to get back up. The officer then used his body to gently force him back down until the other officer arrived. The other officer took control of Mr. Vasquec's lower body and the first of- ricer stood ready 'to deploy a second taser while he was being placed in h. dcuffs i (double locked and checked for proper fit). The officers were joined by Clinch Coun- ty Sheriffs Department dep- uties, who secured the of- ficer's patrol vehicles while Mr. Vasquec was escorted from the woods. and doctor's reports for his mother at the facility arid nowhere in the reports show her being injured. February 26 - Officer responded to a Virginia Av- enue address in reference to a terroristic threats and acts and civil matter call. The offi- cer spoke with the complain- ant, who stated that a man came to l er residence and threatened to beat up her husband and rape her. The officer asked the complain- ant why the man would say these things and she stated that the man believes that her husband owes him mon- ey for work he was supposed to have done. The complain- ant said that the man has not worked for her husband much. The man rode by on a bicycle and yelled he would be back tomorrow and that the complainant's husband better give him what he owes him. There was no one else that heard the man make the threats to the com- plainant and her husband. The officer went to a South Church Street address and spoke with the man. He stat- ed that he was helping the .complainant's husband start a business and was prom- ised half of everything they worked on. He said that he was owed $4,800. The man stated he only.wants what is owed to him for the work he did. The officer informed the man that he needed to get a copy of his report and take it to the magistrate judge to get what is owed to him es because he was not out sisted with CPR by doing Mr. Vasquec was placed any money. The fake money chest compressions until a in the back seat of a patrol was placed into evidence at pulse was regained. During vehicle.The van towed the Homerville Police De- this time, the fire depart- from that location after a Partrnent. ment arrived and assisted briefinventoryofthevechile February 25 - Officer responded to the Family Dollar store in reference to a theft by taking call. February 26 - Officer arrested Felicia Tanwan Clarkson, 35, of a Homeville adress and charged her with disorderly conduct and un- authorized use of a vehicle. The officer responded to a Brown Street address in ref- erence to an unauthorized use of a vehicle call. The of- ricer spoke with a complain- ant who stated that his ex- girlfriend had his vehicle and would not give it back. The officer escorted the com- plainant to the location on as directed by EMS. EMS transported the woman to the hospital for further treatment. March 1 - Officer ar- rested Tomas Vasquec, 40, of a Homerville address and charged him with failure to maintain lane, driving with- McConnell Road to retrieve the vehicle. Upon turning on McConnell Road; the vehicle was coming out and turned onto a side street on West Forrest Avenue. The officer van and activated his emer- conducted a traffic stop on gency lights to indicate to the. vehicle and Ms. Clark- the driver that they were be- was conducted. Mr. Vasquec was transported to Homer- ville Police Department where he was processed and then transported to Coffee County Jail for holding. Warrants will be secured in reference to the charges. March 4 - Officer re- out a license, and fleeing/at- sponded to a Reddick Street tempting to elude police, address in reference to har- Officers were parked near rassing phone calls. the intersection of Reddick March 4 - Officers re- Street and Robinson Street, sponded to a Wiregrass observing the area for traf- Street address in reference tic violations. One officer to a prowler. The officers observed a van make a left spoke with the complain- turn from Robinson Street ant, who stated that some- onto Reddick Street and it one had been coming up to failed to maintain its lane her window trying to get in during the turn, leaving the her residence. The officers west bound lane and trav- walked around the resi- eling into oncoming traffic, dence and no one was on the The officer positioned his property. The officers also patrol vehicle behind the rode around the neighbor- hood and could not find any- one fitting the description provided. The officers came son jumped out and started ing stopped by a law enforce- back to the residence two yelling, ment officer. The vehicle more times and both times, The officer asked Ms. made a complete stop near no one was on the property. Clarl son to get the paper- the intersection of Reddick The complainant said that work for the vehicle and Street and Gaskins Street. the person could be in the at that point she began to The officer exited the. patrol shed, but there wasa pad- curse and get louder. She vehicle and slowl v ked lock or :.the do6 : d.lthen gave the officer the paper-, toward thevehicle.Up6rihis said he could be on the:rb0f. work from the vehicle and approach of ti eve cle, the : The ,:office / checked and started walking toward the: officer observed tl i :vehicle there ttsno one:therefore complainant. The officer at- transition from parked, complainant's father arrived tempted to get Ms. Clarkson back into drive. The driver, and informed the officers to stay where she was and later identified as Tomas that he would take care of she did not follow direc- Vasquec, drove away fromher. No further action was tions and continued walking the officers at a low rate of taken. House (Continued from Page 1) said Clinch County Commission Chairman Kenton McLaine. "If this passes, I think FLPA will be terminated soon after. I'm concerned about it. But whatever the effects, they won't be positive for us." Ryan said there are numerous issues with HB 85, as it was passed Friday. Among them are: ' The vast majority of timberland in Clinch County, and in South Georgia, would likely be valued by DOR officials, not local boards of tax assessors, who currently value such land. McLaine said the state would use the "income approach," in part, to value the timberland, which would result in diminished tax revenues for timber- heavy counties like Clinch. The exact method of valuation is unknown, but the DOR commissioner will adopt a "timberland property appraisal manual." Ryan said that manual will be made with consultation from lobbying groups of the timber industry. She said there are "grave concerns" that school boards or elected governmental entities will not be a part of that process. Any appeal of the valuation set by the DOR will take place in the Georgia Tax Tribunal in Atlanta before a judge appointed by the governor, rather than a local jurisdiction before a judge elected by that circuit's voters. back to the counties for reimbursement for the tax breaks, she said. If HB 85 is" passed by the Senate, it will have :to be approved by Governor HB 85 would change Deal. Then, it will go FLPA, with the state before Georgia's voters as a revenue commissioner retaining an administrative fee of three percent, "which would impact our county, municipality, or county or independent school district," according to Ryan. Ryan said that the local FLPA grant would be ensured at a lower percentage in constitutional amendment in the November 6 general election. Ryan said she is concerned that if the matter goes before a vote, the wording of the amendment will be confusing, and voters ill not understand its impact on Clinch County and other the future, according to :rural:. counties: reliant, on the bill. That means less timbert d acreage money from FLPA coming revenue.