Author: Staff Reports

The Coffee Trojans have wrapped up spring practice and have their eyes firmly focused on the 2024 season. But that doesn’t mean that the accolades resulting from a historic 2023 campaign are over. Last week, the Coffee County School System announced that the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association had named Coffee head coach Mike Coe the state 5A and Region 1-5A Coach of the Year. In 2023, in Coach Coe’s second year at the helm of the Trojans, Coffee posted a perfect 15-0 record and won the first state championship in school history. On a post to his Facebook page, Coach…

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Thursday afternoon, agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested City of Douglas Marshal/Code Enforcement Officer Roger Goddard. According to the Coffee County Jail log, Goddard was charged with unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance and making false statements. He was booked into the Coffee County Jail. Agents wth the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to Goddard’s arrest. As of Thursday afternoon, the GBI had not released a statement regarding the nature of the investigation or what led agents to arrest Goddard. DouglasNow will update this story as more information is released. The investigation is ongoing and more…

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A fistfight that took place between two employees at a local restaurant between 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024, landed a 29-year-old man in jail on battery charges and a 16-year-old juvenile with possible broken bones. According to a report from the Douglas Police Department, two employees at the restaurant, Darien Brooks, 29, and a 16-year-old juvenile, had gotten into an argument the day before. Brooks stated that the juvenile told another employee “that if he tried him again he was going to pop him.” When Brooks came back to work on Saturday, he stated that he…

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Two former Coffee Trojan baseball players saw their seasons end a little over a week ago in Milledgeville at the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. University of North Georgia Nighthawks senior pitcher Wes Lott and sophomore second baseman Brady Skipper finished strong 2024 campaigns and were a factor in helping lead the Nighthawks to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. For Lott, the conclusion of the 2024 season brings his baseball career to an end. After playing two years at South Georgia State College, he signed with UNG and enjoyed a successful two years in the Peach Belt. For his career,…

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After nearly 15 months on the run, fugitive Danny West Jr. is back in jail. On February 25, 2023, West, who was being held in the Ben Hill County Jail, escaped from a funeral in Douglas. He had requested to attend the funeral and Ben Hill County authorities agreed to his request. Coffee County deputies accompanied West to the funeral; however, during the service, he escaped custody and has been on the run ever since. On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, deputies went to a Shirley Avenue address in an attempt to find West. When they arrived, a subject, later identified…

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Detectives from the Coffee County Drug Unit arrested a 39-year-old Douglas man when they recognized him as a suspected drug dealer with active warrants while he was riding a bicycle in the Oak Park community. According to an incident report from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, on May 1, 2024, detectives saw a man they identified as James Lamar Smith, 39, of Douglas. He was riding a bike on Red Oak Street and officers knew he had active warrants in Coffee County and Ben Hill County. They also suspected that he was selling illegal drugs. They stopped Smith near 1413…

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Citizen Christian Academy senior London O’Steen has had a big week. Monday, she received one of four statewide scholarships from Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia. Then Wednesday, Positive Athletes named her the Most Positive girls’ basketball player in the state. For the tenth consecutive year, the Positive Athlete organization has named its state award winners for the State of Georgia, where student-athletes representing 28 different boys’ and girls’ high school sports, two coaches, and Lakeside High School in Evans, GA have been selected as the “Most Positive” in their categories. This year, over 6,800 nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors,…

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The Douglas-Coffee County Boys and Girls Club will close its doors – hopefully just temporarily – in July. The 21st Century Learning Grant offered by the Georgia Department of Education funds the Boys and Girls Club. The grant is awarded every five years; Coffee County received the grant for the first time in 2014 and again in 2019. Such was not the case in 2024. The Coffee County School System oversees the grant application. At the April 25, 2024 board of education meeting, Dr. Morris Leis, school superintendent, announced that the grant had been denied. “The 2024 21st Century Community…

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This is one wild ride – literally and figuratively. A crime spree that began in the area of the Douglas Golf and Country Club early on Sunday morning, May 5, 2024, made it all the way to Valdosta then back to Douglas again, where it ended in a spectacular PIT maneuver near the intersection of US 441 South and Bowens Mill Road. Early Sunday morning, at least four individuals – two adults and two juveniles – allegedly entered several vehicles throughout the golf club neighborhood. Their big score came on Center Road where they allegedly stole a silver 2006 Ford…

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A Douglas man was jailed and released after he was arrested on illegal drug possession and giving false name to police charges. According to an incident report from the sheriff’s office, a detective was working in the Oak Park community when he observed a gray Ford Focus driving too fast down Lacey Avenue. The car did not stop at the stop sign at Waterford Street and Chadwick Street. As a result, the detective stopped the Focus at the intersection of Waterford and Highway 221. During the stop, the driver said his name was Wilmar Maldonado-Mendez. He gave the detective consent…

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