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 >>
Albany- Police say, graffiti found just weeks ago in the Willow Wood complex off Oakridge is the first sign of increasing gang activity.
"Someone came and drew graffiti and then someone came and has drawn over that, that indicates to us that there's a problem," said Lt. James Williams, Albany Police.
Gang violence has declined in recent years, but now police worry gangs are recruiting new members and becoming more active.
"It's getting worse than just spray painting a building, now they're into motor vehicle thefts, burglaries, robberies, things of that nature," said Lt. Kendra Wilson, Albany Police.
Wilson is investigating last month's raid of 13 members of the C.M.E Rattlers gang after a string of burglaries near Albany High School. She says, the community needs to be aware.
"They should be wary of kids walking the street when they should be in school, they should notify the police to maybe ride through and check and find out why that student isn't in school," said Wilson.
That's what's concerning leaders who say, the community is not doing enough to attend gang task force meetings or notify police.
"We have to be the eyes and ears and we have to care, and we have to care enough to be educated and to get involved," said Judy Bowles of the gang violence task force.
The District Attorney's office is doing its part, they plan to indict the teens as adults on racketeering charges.
"It's an enhanced charge, carried up to 20 years and it also has a mandatory minimum sentence that we're looking into and it also allows us to tell the whole story of the 22 incidents that we're connecting these 13 individuals," said Leah McEwen, Assistant District Attorney.
Police say they want to stop it earlier than that, by having the community call and alert them as soon as they see something as simple as graffiti.The next Gang Task Force meeting is March 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the government center.