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Accused Fort Valley rapist due in court Friday


Darrell Ross is scheduled to make his second court appearance Friday.

That's according to Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese. Ross will face 19 charges including rape, aggravated assault, robbery, and kidnapping, all from five different cases.

The first case happened in January on St. Luke's Lane.

Ross is charged with aggravated sexual battery and home invasion for that case.

And it's a new one that investigators hadn't publicly linked to him until Wednesday this week. A woman who lives on St. Luke's says her friend, who is also her neighbor, was assaulted that night.

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Suspect in 8-year-old's shooting death extradited from Alabama


Dennis Eason, one of six men charged with killing an 8-year-old in Fort Valley earlier this year, was extradited from Alabama Thursday.

Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese says Eason is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court Friday morning. He is charged with murder.

Eason told a judge in January that he would fight the extradition. The judge told him that the process may take several months, but he was confident that Eason would return to Georgia eventually to face charges in the case.

Jai'mel Anderson, 8, was shot several times at the Indian Oaks apartments on east Church Street in January. He later died at the Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health.

His mother's boyfriend, Dejad Williams, along with Tevin Sams, Jeremy Jackson, Antonio Garvin, and Kristian Wipfel are all also charged with murder in the case.


Man extradited to face charges in 8-year-old's killing


Dennis Eason, one of six men charged with killing an 8-year-old in Fort Valley this year, was extradited from Alabama Thursday.

Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese says Eason is scheduled to appear in Magistrate Court Friday morning. He is charged with murder.

Eason told a judge in January that he would fight the extradition. The judge told him that the process may take several months, but he was confident that Eason would return to Georgia eventually to face charges in the case.

Jai'mel Anderson, 8, was shot several times at the Indian Oaks apartments on east Church Street in January. He later died at the Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health.

DA details charges against suspected Fort Valley serial rapist


Darrell Ross will face 19 charges in a series of break-ins and attempted rapes in Peach County, according to District Attorney David Cooke.

At a news conference Wednesday, he said he's asked the GBI to draw up warrants. He expects that they will be served on Thursday.

He said Ross will face charges in these cases:

-- Aggravated sexual battery, home invasion, Jan. 31, 2015 incident at St. Luke's Lane

-- Rape, home invasion, armed robbery, aggravated assault, April 2 incident at Mollette Street.

-- Rape, home invasion, false imprisonment, April 5 incident at Vandaway st.

-- Attempted rape, home invasion, aggravated assault, April 8 incident at Rayfield Wright St.

-- Home invasion, kidnapping, aggravated assault, attempted rape, April 26 incident at Julius Simmons Avenue

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Possible suspect arrested in Fort Valley rapes, break-ins




UPDATE, 5/17/15 6 p.m.:

Fort Valley's police chief says they've arrested a possible suspect in a series of recent break-ins and rapes.

That's according to a news release posted to Facebook Sunday morning.

Chief Lawrence Spurgeon said the man was arrested outside a home on Persons Street around midnight, after a call about a suspicious person outside a home.

Reward up to $10K being offered in Fort Valley rape cases


Toni Gibson manages a beauty store in downtown Fort Valley. She says after two strings of rapes and break-ins happened in the area, people are worried.

"Everybody knows everyone, and so, if something happens we can normally say 'Oh that person did it, or that person did it,' said Gibson, "But, in this situation, in this instance, we can't say that."

In hopes of catching the culprit, the FBI and the Peach County Sexual Assault Task Force says they're increasing the reward
up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Earlier this month, local authorities offered $2,500, but on Thursday, the FBI increased that by $7,500. Gibson likes the idea, but hopes the larger amount doesn't hinder the case instead of help solve it.

"While the $10,000 is good, I think it would turn into like a witch hunt," she said.

Free women's self defense class to be held in Fort Valley

Free women's self defense class to be held in Fort Valley

If you're looking to learn some self-defense moves, a free class will be held Saturday in Fort Valley.

According to a Peach County Chamber of Commerce news release, it will be held at the Austin Theater, located at 116 E Main St., in Fort Valley from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

HODAC is partnering with the Fort Valley Public Safety Department to hold the workshop in Fort Valley. The organization "Fight Like a Woman" holds free self-defense classes for women monthly. According to the release, the workship will provide women with skills, training and a sense of empowerment. The instructors, Sensei Moodie and Sensei Warren, have experience in Karate, Taekwon Do and Judo combined.

Women who attend must wear tennis shoes and comfortable exercise clothes.