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Bleckley: GBI Conducts DNA test on Gun in Fatal Shooting

Bleckley County Sheriff Harold Lancaster says the GBI is conducting DNA tests on the the gun of a Cochran man who was fatally shot by a deputy.

The shooting happened about a week ago, when Rasheen Wright stole a bat and other athletic equipment then tried to resell the property. 

One deputy tried to handcuff Wright when he started to struggle. The second deputy tased Wright. Once the taser discharge expired, Lancaster says Wright pulled out his own gun on the deputy who tased him. That's when the second deputy shot Wright.

One Dead in Dodge County Wreck

The 39-year-old driver of a SUV died Tuesday morning in a two-car accident about five miles south of Eastman on Highway 117.

Authorities say Jody Williams of Rhine crossed the center line and struck a Dodge County sanitation truck. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by coroner Joe Smith. 

The driver of the sanitation truck, William Singletary, was injured and transported to the Dodge County Hospital. 

According to a news release, the Helena post of the Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.

Start Time Change for Monticello vs. Bleckley Softball Game

Start Time Change for Monticello vs. Bleckley Softball Game

Thursday's Monticello vs Bleckley softball game has been moved to 5:30 pm in Cochran. 

The late start time is to allow Senior Night activities before the game.  They will start at 5 p.m.

Woman Crashes into Huddle House, Gets Free Lunch

Hawkinsville Huddle House received a surprise through its front door Monday afternoon.

A woman crashed her vehicle through the front doors of Huddle House Monday afternoon after accidentally tapping the gas instead of the brakes, according to Huddle House supervisor James Windham.

"Somebody must have been really hungry for lunch," Windham says.

Windham says no one was hurt and the two women in the vehicle came in to eat afterwards.

Huddle House gave them their lunch for free.

He says the cleanup crew came quickly and the foyer area is "demolished."

They'll have to let guests use a side entrance during repair work, Windham says.

Bleckley Sheriff: Baseball Bat Theft Led to Fatal Shooting

Friday's fatal shooting of a Cochran man by a Bleckley County deputy started with a dispute over a stolen baseball bat. 

Sheriff Harold Lancaster says the suspect, 31-year-old Rasheen Wright, stole a bat and other athletic equipment then tried to resell it online.

"He was trying to dispose of stuff that he had taken from this guy originally, and then found out he was trying to sell it back to him," says Lancaster.

The original owner, Lancaster says, saw the ad and responded, initially unaware it was for the equipment that had been stolen from him. 

Before his meeting with Wright at the corner of Oak and Dykes Streets, the owner contacted authorities, suspicious the equipment he agreed to buy was already his own. 

Bleckley Co. Deputy Shoots, Kills Suspect

A Cochran man was tased and shot to death by a Bleckley County Sheriff's deputy Friday night when two deputies tried to arrest the man for theft charges.

It started out as a simple arrest for theft.

"It was a softball, baseball bat and some other athletic equipment," says Sheriff Harold Lancaster.

But turned deadly when a deputy shot Rasheen Wright of Cochran. His brother, George Wright, was with him that night.

"As the police came up, I was telling him to give the bat back because like...it ain't worth it about a bat," says Wright.

Lancaster says one deputy was trying to handcuff the 31-year-old when he started to struggle. Then a second deputy tased Wright. 

That's where the stories start to differ.

The Bleckley Sheriff's Office says once the taser discharge expired, Wright pulled and pointed his gun on the deputy who had tased him. 

BCHS Opens Competition Cheer Season with Win

BCHS Opens Competition Cheer Season with Win

It was good first competition for new BCHS competition cheer coach Katie Land as Bleckley won the AA divison of the Cotton Cheer Classic hosted by Jeff Davis High School Saturday. 

There were two rules infractions, one for stepping off the mat, the other for knees down during a tumbling pass.  Though scores were not maxed in all areas, the only deduction came on the knees down. 

The only other Middle Georgia team competing was Dublin.

The Royals will try to make it two in a row on September 22 at Fitzgerald High School.