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VALDOSTA – A Valdosta man was found fatally shot in a car Saturday morning, and investigators are working to establish a suspect.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., the Valdosta Police Department responded to a 911 call concerning a man sitting in a vehicle in the 600 block of East Broad Street. Uniformed officers responded to the area to check on the welfare of the man, said VPD Lt. Adam Bembry.

“When police officers arrived on scene, they began attempting to assist the male subject. However, they observed that that subject appeared to have been injured by a gunshot wound and had no vital signs,” Bembry said. “Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to the scene and the victim was later pronounced deceased. Patrol officers immediately sealed the area with crime scene tape and began speaking with witnesses.”

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The FBI arrested three men, including an Albany native, and charged them with plotting to go to Syria, to be trained to carry out terror attacks in the United States.

The Miami Field Office of the FBI brought the charges against Gregory Hubbard, a 52 year old Albany native, Dayne Antani Christian, and Darren Arness Jackson.

A confidential informant reported the activities of the men to the FBI.

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VALDOSTA – On Saturday July 9, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Agents interviewed Stephen Paul Beck who remains hospitalized.

During the interview, Beck admitted he called 911 and shot VPD officer Randall Hancock because he wanted the police to shoot him as he wanted to die. Beck stated he suffers from depression and has no hatred for police.

Beck is in stable condition and remains under medical supervision. Criminal charges against Beck for aggravated assault on a police officer are pending.

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LAKE PARK – The remodeled Interstate 75 Lake Park visitor information and welcome center is scheduled to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Thursday as the busy holiday travel weekend gets under way.

The center, located between Exits 2 and 5 on I-75 North, has been closed since Oct. 22, 2015. Access to the property was restricted to prevent possible injuries to the public during construction and to allow the contractor to finish the work as quickly as possible.

Quillian Powell Construction Co. Inc. of Valdosta was the contractor for the project, which had a $1 million budget and was funded by advertising revenue collected by the Logo program. Bright blue signs posted near interstate exits bear logos that guide motorists to businesses such as gas stations, restaurants and hotels.

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Adel Police have confirmed a pregnant woman was shot in the chest and killed Wednesday night, and a suspect is in custody.

22-year-old Kadijah Adkinson and her fetus died from a single gunshot wound Wednesday evening in the 800 block of Guy Street.

Adkinson was pronounced dead at the hospital in Cook County around 6:50 Wednesday evening.

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