Funeral for Jackson Co murder victim today

The funeral for murder victim Joshua Smith is set for 11 o'clock this morning at the Evans Funeral Home in Jefferson. He will be buried at the White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Duluth. The 27 year-old Smith was one of two men shot late last week on South Apple Valley Road in Jackson County, allegedly by 32 year-old Christopher Thomas. Thomas is in the Jackson County jail, where he is facing a murder charge. 

A woman from Walton County and man from Lincoln County are arrested on automobile theft charges in Elbert County. Dedra Griffith is 52 years old, from Monroe; Richard Brown is 26, from Lincolnton. They are charged with stealing cars; both were, at last report, being held in Elbert County jail. 

Police in Lavonia are investigating a recent rash of automobile break-ins: they've been happening in the parking lots of motels off I-85 in Franklin County. 

There have been no specifics released yet, only word from the Hall County Sheriff's Office that a half-dozen deputies have resigned and two others have been suspended amid allegations of policy violations at the Hall County jail. 

The state Fire Marshal's Office is looking for the arsonist who set fire to a mobile home in Dawson County. The blaze burned a double-wide house trailer near Dawsonville.

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