Ar­rest made in latest mur­der

Man ar­rested in New Jer­sey, await­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Ge­or­gia

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

A New Jer­sey res­i­dent was ar­rested Thurs­day for the re­cent mur­der of a New­ton County man, ac­cord­ing to the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Rod­ney Young, 40, was ar­rested in Bridgeton, N. J., by lo­cal law agen­cies for the mur­der of Gary La­mar Jones, 28, who was dis­cov­ered dead in his home by his mother, Doris Jones, on Sun­day evening. Young is charged with one count of mur­der, one count of mal­ice mur­der and bur­glary.

Young is cur­rently be­ing held in New Jer­sey pend­ing an ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing.

Young and the vic­tim’s mother knew each other from New Jer­sey, ac­cord­ing to GBI spokesper­son John Bankhead.

Ap­prox­i­mately 20 res­i­dents of Lower River Road at­tended the Tues­day night BOC meet­ing to protest the ex­pan­sion of the land­fill and to air con­cerns about meth­ane lev­els at the land­fill.

“ We’re wor­ried about the mon­i­tor­ing of ev­ery­thing down there,” said Lower River Road res­i­dent Harold Les­ley to the BOC. “ We just want you to know we’re not happy campers about it. Our prop­erty val­ues are get­ting smashed.”

Ac­cord­ing to Krasko, though LEL lev­els of meth­ane were de­tected be­yond the fence line of the land­fill, the topol­ogy of the land keeps meth­ane from drift- ing across the street

One of the re­quests by res­i­dents on Lower River Road is for the county to test for meth­ane across the street near their homes.

“ The stench is get­ting un­bear­able,” said For­rest Sawyer, an­other res­i­dent of Lower River Road. “ The land­fill is get­ting worse. The neigh­bor­hood is just garbage. You see garbage ev­ery­where.”

Re­spond­ing to com­ments from the au­di­ence, Varner said, “ There’s mis­in­for­ma­tion that’s been said here. Ya’ll are hear­ing stuff that is not true.

“Any­time you have a land­fill, you have meth­ane. We are not ex­pand­ing [ the land­fill] out, we are try­ing to make it more ef­fi­cient.”


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