Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
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 >>
November 9, 2004
Albany -- A bloody brawl at the fair last week is the most recent example of gang violence in Albany. Police haven't arrested anyone in that fight and they refuse to say for sure that it was gang related.
Police also complain that state law makes their fight against gangs difficult.
Just before the fair fight last week, the men involved donned colored shirts and head rags, which are gang symbols.
Assistant District Attorney Leah McEwen said "Red would be indicative of the bloods, blue for the Crips, black and white for the Black Gangster Disciples or Folks, then yellow for the C.M.E. Rattlers."
Their graffiti adorns buildings around Albany, marking turf. The District Attorney and law enforcement keep daily reports on gang activity in Dougherty County. "We hear of surges every now and again, but I think that is just recruitment," said McEwen.
But Police say Georgia's gang participation law makes it hard to convict. "The Supreme Court felt that the way the law was drawn in the past infringed upon people's right to free speech," said McEwen.
A gang member has to be convicted of a separate crime before he can be convicted of gang participation. "We caught them with a creed book of a certain gang in their pocket, that wouldn't be enough if we didn't have them on something in the past."
Juvenile laws make under age gang members even tougher to convict. So law enforcement works hard to keep young people out of gangs before they join, with school programs. "Gangs have sort of a cult mentality, and once they capture that child, it's really hard to get them out of it. So early intervention is really the key."
Police say there are signs you can look for if you are worried your child may be involved in a gang.
Tattoos-- Law enforcement say that is one of the most important signs that gangs require.
New tennis shoes or clothes that the parent did not buy.