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Court date pending for Benjamin case

by Alexis Waters   An ex-VSU student charged with murder may get his day in court. Darien Meheux, indicted by a Lowndes County grand jury for the murder of VSU freshman Jasmine Benjamin on June 3, may face trial in January or February. The body of Benjamin, 17, was discovered in a study room in Georgia Hall late in the ...

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VSUPD works relieve campus of bicycle thefts

Written by Olivia McLean   Of the many different modes of transportation, bicycles are quite common on the VSU campus, with that, so are bicycle thefts. The trend of bike thefts might not take many people by surprise. According to VSUPD investigator Sgt. Matt Maestas, less than 70 bicycle thefts were reported in 2012. “[Bike theft] does occur out here, ...

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Marijuana remains a concern on campus

Written by Ritsuki Miyazaki   According to VSUPD media log, four cases of marijuana use have been reported on campus in the past six months. “New Years, sometimes, we see a little bit of rise of students smoking marijuana,” Scott Doner, director of VSUPD, said. Doner suggests students should contact a resident assistant or call VSUPD if marijuana is smelled ...

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VPD investigating shotgun incident

Written by Will Lewis   The investigation continues into an alleged attempted robbery and the shotgun blast that followed, according to the Valdosta police. Late Sunday evening, VSU student Don Beard claimed that he opened his door to the barrel of a gun with the robber behind it. He said that roommates ended the episode with a blast from his ...

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Arrest made in Benjamin case

The latest developments in the homicide case of VSU freshman Jasmine Benjamin brings closure to empathizers nationwide. Eighteen-year-old Darien Meheux of Lawrenceville, Ga., who turned himself in to authorities on Thursday after learning that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, was transported to Valdosta Wednesday morning. The former VSU student is currently being held in the Lowndes County ...

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Arrest made in Benjamin homicide case

New developments have surfaced in the homicide case involving the possible murder of 17-year-old freshman Jasmine Benjamin on November 17. The GBI has announced that Darien Meheux, 18, had been arrested in connection with the case. According to a press release from the GBI on Friday, Meheux was arrested at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Schley County Sheriff’s Office in ...

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Benjamin investigation continues

   The investigation continues into the death of Jasmine Benjamin as authorities attempt to determine whether her death is a homicide. The 17-year-old nursing major was found dead in Georgia Hall Nov. 18 in the fifth floor study room. “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the VPD are still following up and interviewing people individually and collecting evidence to be ...

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No threat in shooter rumor

                Rumors of a shooter in the Mass Media building on Wednesday proved to be false. Eyewitnesses place a young man at the scene who was described to be around 5-feet-9-inches tall, stocky and traditional college student-aged. He wandered around the building asking for money, claiming to be armed. It was discovered that the man was not armed and the ...

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Break-ins emerge as newest campus crime trend

The VSU Police Department advises students to be especially careful and to never leave their stuff unattended due to a recent string of vehicle break-ins.  According to the media log from VSUPD, there have been nine vehicle break-in cases on campus reported this year.  The areas of reported break -ins include Sustella and Oak Street parking decks.  According to Scott ...

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Student robbed near Sustella Parking Deck

VSU police arrested a suspect in connection with a robbery of a student on the multi-purpose trail by Sustella Parking Deck on Friday. Matty Hogan, a junior theatre major, and his roommate were robbed by three men on bikes who asked to use his cell phone as he and his roommate walked. “I gave one of the guys my phone ...

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