Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:32:02 GMT
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:31:27 GMT
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
March 26, 2004
Sylvester- Two police officers, suspended after the death of a man they arrested, will be back on the job next week. But the assistant chief, who was also suspended, will remain on leave for now.
A grand jury refused to indict Officers Beth Pundavela, Brad Calloway and Assistant Chief Charles Thurmond earlier this week. The officers have been on paid suspension since 37-year old Herman Jackson's February 20th arrest and death from a crushed larynx.
Behind closed doors Friday, Sylvester city council members discussed whether the officers should return to work. "The mayor and council decided to vote to recommend to the city manger to re-instate Beth Pundavela and Brad Calloway to active duty in the police department, and for Charles Thurmond to remain on administrative leave at this time," says Mayor Bill Yearta.
Yearta did not explain why the council decided to keep Thurmond on leave, but he did say that the council will decide his fate with the police department at a later date.
"There may be some dispute in terms of what happened, but I feel like he should have been taken to the hospital. If someone is laying flat down in a seat apparently you should have taken him to the hospital for medical treatment," explains Dr. Bruce Washington.
Dr. Bruce Washington was the only council member to vote against the recommendation. He says it wasn't harsh enough. "I personally feel like they should have been fired, because of the fact that this man was not given medical attention."
And Washington says since the FBI is still conducting its own investigation the officers should not have been allowed to return to work with the department.
Officers Calloway and Pundavela are scheduled to return to active duty at the police department on Tuesday.