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Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
September 13, 2004
Bainbridge - Five pay day loan companies in Bainbridge are out of the loan business, at least for now. Assistant District Attorney Joe Mulholland says the companies put people further in debt. Mulholland says, "The fact of the matter is, it's illegal, it's a never ending cycle and realize that these debts are set up for the people who have no other options and won't ever get out of debt."
A business that preys on people with bad credit. Wayne Josey needed some quick cash, so, in April he got a $300 loan. He's paid more than twice that back. Josey says, "I got $300 from them and my figures around $750 that they've taken for only $300."
We went to some of those businesses to ask why they were charging more than the legal amount of interest. First Cash Title Pawn declined an interview. Kool Kash was closed.
Like Kool Kash, First American Cash Advance is closed and people who have lost money to this type of business, hope they stay closed for good. "I hope they shut 'em down permanently if they're doing something illegal," says Josey.
Mulholland says if these predatory lenders continue to take advantage of people, the lenders, not the borrowers will become the prey. "These are nothing more than loan sharks and we are going to go fishing for sharks if we have to," says Mulholland.
As for Wayne Josey, he'll never use a pay day loan company again. He says, "It's not worth it, not worth the headache." Or the bank ache that comes along with it.
Prosecutors executed search warrants at Five companies in Bainbridge. They are Cash 2 you, Money Now, B & W's Kool Kash, First American Cash Advance and First Cash Title Pawn.