Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
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 >>
August 26, 2003
Albany-- Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the population in Georgia. Now Police in Albany are learning to speak Spanish to be able to communicate better. They call it "Survival Spanish."
Albany Police Officers learning quick phrases in Spanish they need on the streets. Carlos Ortiz of the Georgia Police Academy travels the state teaching officers Survival Spanish. Ortiz said "Not so much talk about why you say the phrases the way you do. But giving the commands that will help make the job easier. Raise awareness effectively. Communicate with them."
Police officers in Albany say they interact everyday with people who can not speak English. So this course is welcomed. Corporal Frank Herndon of the Albany Police said "This gives us at least a way to communicate with them. We do find there are so many who don't speak English."
20 Officers are taking the three-day crash course in Spanish, to help them better communicate with the fastest growing segment of the population.
Ortiz said "The officer is now doing their job better, only in Spanish. Now our Latin community, Spanish speaking community, are not as intimidated by the Police Officers, because they know they are doing their best to try and communicate and serve them."
Corporal Herndon is fluent in German. He is enjoying adding some Spanish to his languages, because he feels communication is a big part of Police work.
Many Albany Police Officers are also learning sign language to better communicate with hearing impaired people. They also have a number of people who can act as interpreters in several languages.