Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
January 18, 2008
Albany -- Days after his church burned December 31st, Rev. Joseph Howard showed us the damage and claimed the arson was a hate crime.
"I think it is bigotry, because of the damage that has been done," said Rev. Joseph Howard.
Now, investigators tell a different story. Friday night, state and local officials shook hands and thanked each other for their help in what is still a very active arson investigation.
"As soon as this occurred all local and state authorities came together to get to the bottom of this," said Georgia Fire Commissioner, John Oxendine.
But nobody expected to find what has risen from these ashes. "It is very serious when you have a minister burning down a church," said Oxendine.
Dr. Joseph Howard was arrested Friday for first degree arson, the second person charged in this fire.
"We had one individual arrest made yesterday, Curtis Lee Jones, 46-years-old with one count of arson in the first degree," said Oxendine.
And authorities say this won't be the last. "We also expect more arrest in the very near future as this case is continued," said Oxendine.
Investigators won't give details about a motive or who else they expect to arrest. "That might interfere with what the D.A. has for his case, and we don't want to do that. We want justice heard," said Oxendine.
But we do know Metropolitan Baptist Church had financial problems and the fire was set just two days before part of the property was set to be auctioned off.
"The evidence speaks for itself, whether or not Rev. Howard cooperates, we are following the evidence," said Albany Fire Department Chief Carswell.
"All he did was allegedly burn down a building. That church is alive. It is alive in the hearts and souls of its parishioners," said Oxendine.