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Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
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Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her. She is charged with cruelty to aMore >>
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her.More >>
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
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By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – In the last several weeks the Liberty House has filed for an unusually high number of temporary restraining orders. There's been six in three weeks. The number of domestic abuse cases are on the rise. What's causing the increase is hard to pinpoint, it could be anything from the heat to the economy.
It only takes looking at the Albany Police Department's incident book to realize police have had their hands full with family violence situations, page, after page. Some times the abuse isn't always physical.
"We've had victims who never ever have been physically abused, but they were certainly psychologically, emotionally, and financially abused for a long period of time, and they end up dead," said Liberty House Executive Director Silke Deeley.
Because it isn't always physical, police may be quick to walk away, making identifying the abuse difficult.
"If we're waiting for the blood and the bruises and what people think of- well this is domestic violence because this is what it looks like, people have black eyes and bruises and injuries, but that's only the escalated part of that," said Deeley.
Physical injuries are often a sign that comes too late. "If the women doesn't have physical injuries, I don't think it gets taken seriously."
There are agencies like the Liberty House that can help, but even their resources have been strained with the fire this year. It takes the community standing up when they see an obvious problem, like the circumstance this week in Sylvester.
"If there are screams and arguing and crying, their pulling their shades down and closing the door, because they don't want to get involved."
The Liberty House knows leaving the situations is a process, that doesn't just include walking out the door. If you know someone being abused they say don't ignore it, be a good listener, and help them to get help.
Georgia has a 24 hour confidential statewide domestic violence hotline. That number is 1-800-33 HAVEN.