Friday, May 24 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:30:13 GMT
Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia lawmakers say they're working to find money in the state budget to save the crime lab in Moultrie, but that's an uphill battle. Law enforcers say if the GBI closes the lab next month as planned, it will hamper their investigations.
The parking lot at the Moultrie crime lab will remain empty after the state shuts it down in March. Cpl. Dave Underwood with the Moultrie Police Department says his agency uses the crime lab to solve rape and homicide cases, and determines blood alcohol content levels from DUI's. Now investigators will have to hand deliver evidence to Macon.
"It adds more of a load to that crime lab and it will take longer to get the evidence and results we need," said Cpl. Underwood. "We won't send one at a time and we will wait until we have several cases."
It slows down the process of getting evidence back that can be used in court. He also worries about protecting the chain of custody and integrity of evidence when it's not going straight to the Moultrie lab.
GBI spokesperson John Bankhead says the state must consolidate crime labs. He says the southern region is short 54 scientists. There's not enough money to hire more and keep the labs open.
Along with Moultrie, crime labs in Columbus and Summerville are expected to close. Senator John Bulloch says he hasn't given up on the lab yet. He should know in the next few weeks whether there will be money to keep it open. Bulloch says the lab currently employs fewer than 10 people – down from about 20 when it was fully staffed.