Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 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 >>
July 30, 2003
Valdosta - The shooting of a New York City councilman prompted public buildings all over the country to take a closer look at security.
Van Hastings ensures that no guns, knives, or other weapons pass through Valdosta's municipal court in city hall. "We have a metal detector, wand, and we use them to screen everyone," said Hastings.
No matter what their status, every single person coming to court is screened. "We screen the judge, lawyers, mayor, city council members, doctors, John Q. Citizen, and all people coming into court," said Hastings. "Nobody gets a free pass through," said Hastings.
A block away at the county courthouse, security is just as tight. Not only are guests required to pass through the metal detector, their personal belongings are also screened in an x-ray scanner.
County employees say this security process is top of the line. "We consulted several security experts when we were considering this plan, and also received advice from our superior court judges who had done a lot of research," said Paige Dukes.
Dukes says people in Lowndes County should be safe at any public facility. Even the public health department has a metal detector.
"We've been very proactive in order to prevent having to be reactive," said Dukes.
Screeners in Lowndes County say they've never had a problem with people bringing in weapons. But if someone does try, their tight security measures will prevent a tragedy.