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Crawford Co. cat stuck in tree for four days


After four days, a cat stuck 90 feet above the ground in a tree has been brought down safely.

Roman Garcia posted this picture to 13WMAZ's Facebook page holding Smiley, simply captioned "safe and sound."

Paul Sanders says buzzards started circling Smiley, the family cat, in recent days as he was stuck way up in that tall pine located just off of their property on Eastwood Drive.

Moments after a story on Smiley's dangerous plight was posted on 13wmaz.com, a tree company called the station volunteering to rescue the cat.

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UPDATE: News conference sheds little light on fatal Peach Co. plane crash


UPDATE, Saturday, 3 p.m.: An official with the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday that they will have a preliminary accident report in eight to 10 days on Friday's plane crash that killed one man and injured another.

Doug Brazy, an air safety investigator with NTSB, said during a news conference at the crash site in Peach County that the report will contain a summary of facts and details.

No new details about the crash were given at the news conference.

"We may find a safety issue where we can recommend a change to try and prevent a tragedy like this from happening again," Brazy said. "We will be looking at the man, the machine and the environment."

Brazy said in 10 months the NTSB website will post a full report with all of the information about the wreck.

Students to attend FVSU on Michael Brown scholarships


Michael Brown's name is now synonymous with his death in Ferguson, Missouri.

But for some students who went to his high school it'll now be forever linked to an opportunity to attend Fort Valley State University on full-ride scholarships.

13 WMAZ's Kristen Swilley and videojournalist Hunter Joyce learned a little more about the awards and heard student's reactions to the news.

"Here in Wildcat Country, we treat everybody like a family. Everybody is like a brother or cousin or some distant relative that you've never met," said Elijah Porter II, a student at FVSU.

And that family gets a little bigger this fall. Some of the freshman coming to "The Valley" are from the same Missouri high school Michael Brown graduated from days before he died.

2012 Peach coroner candidate pardoned for charges


Otis Daniel is a retired fire chief for the Fort Valley Fire Department, but he still assists the C.J. Edwards Funeral home from time to time.

"I've seen death and having to deal with families and it was just a natural thing to me in a sense because I love my city," Daniel said.

Which is why he ran for Peach County Coroner in 2012, but during his run, the board of elections took Daniel off the ballot.

"I got the letter stating that they was questioning what I had put on the application," he said.

Tony West, a retired fire captain, and former co-worker of Daniel's filed a complaint to disqualify Daniel as a candidate.

West said Daniel filed a false statement when he qualified to run for coroner, swearing that he was not a convicted felon.

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2014 Fort Valley shooting suspect arrested in Atlanta


A man accused of a Fort Valley shooting last year has been arrested in Atlanta and is now awaiting extradition to Peach County.

Matthew S. McGowan, 29, of Fort Valley, was arrested Monday night in Atlanta, by officers from the Georgia State University Police Department, according to a Fort Valley police news release.

McGowan is wanted for shooting of 35-year-old Qwinder Trice, of Fort Valley, in the leg during a March 2014 incident at a Troutman Avenue home.

The Fort Valley Police Department credits a statewide information sharing system between police departments for leading to McGowan's arrest by GSU Police.

UPDATE: Suspect in 8-year-old's shooting death to fight extradition from Alabama


UPDATE:
One of the five men charged with killing an 8-year-old in Fort Valley today told a judge that he will fight extradition from Alabama.

The Alabama judge told Dennis Eason that the process may take several months, but he was confident that Eason would return to Georgia eventually to face charges in the case.

He's charged with murder in last week's death of Jai'mel Anderson last week in Fort Valley.

Eason was arrested in Alabama last week.

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UPDATE: Arrest made in relation to Fort Valley child's shooting death


UPDATE, 1/8, 12:08 PM:

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There will be a candlelight vigil for 8-year-old Jai'mel Anderson this Saturday at 6pm in the Fort Valley downtown district.

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