Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
August 7, 2003
Plains -- In the police radio chart of "10 Codes," 10-7 means: Out of Service. As of Thursday, the two-person Plains Police Department is also out of service.
The Mayor and City Council took a vote to dissolve the department, but will not say why.
Both Plains police officers are fired and the Sumter County Sheriff's Department will now provide law enforcement for Plains. Mayor Boze Godwin and city council members say they have no comment. Disbanding the police department will save $100,000 a year, but money was not the only reason they closed the department.
The Plains city clerk oversees the clean out of the Police Headquarters. All the equipment is being cataloged and stored. The one city police car sits by the building, but will not be used for patrolling again.
Police Chief Gwen Dawkins and Assistant Chief Charles Pine were fired. But Chief Dawkins had been suspended for a week before the department was shut down. Mayor Godwin suspended her for not completing paper work. The Mayor has been quoted as saying the Police Department has been a constant source of trouble.
People in Plains were surprised how suddenly the change came. Everett Chambliss said "Just looking at a work schedule of our Police Department. With two full time and one part time Police, it was impossible to get around the clock service." Annette Howard said "I don't know why they shut it down. All I know, I do think we need a Police Department. I thought the world of Gwen, who was our Chief."
The Plains Police Headquarters will be turned into a sub station for the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Robert Ingle said they are ready to cover Plains. "Our Deputies instead of coming here to make reports, those working in that area will utilize that office. There will be an additional presence of our Deputies in the Plains area."
Most of the people we talked with in Plains Thursday hope the city will resume a hometown Police Department in the future.