Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Judicial officials from Guam came to Albany today to learn how our courts handle cases with people suffering from mental disorders or drug addiction.
Four officials from the Judiciary of Guam sat in on Judge Stephen Goss' court Monday. Goss is a member of the judge leadership board for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Program, and Dougherty County is one of five national teaching sights. The program seeks to get mental or substance abuse help for plantiffs, rather than just sentencing them to jail.
The Guam officials say their nation has similiar problems.
Superior Court of Guam Judge Steven Unpingco said "We chose Dougherty County because of the demographics, a small community. And at times the limitation of treatment providers."
Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss said "I hiope that we can share with them some information so they don't have to replicate trial and error. That's probably the biggest benefit to new courts, to be able to come to more established programs."
Goss has been working on substance abuse and mental health issues in the court since 2002. The aim is to lower the jail population and repeat offenders, by getting repeat offenders mental help or substance abuse counseling rather than jail time. The Guam officials have been to Washington D.C., and now will go to Hawaii as they continue to research American courts.