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 >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Tift County- Not much is left of John Sears' Hill Avenue mobile home.
"We got called to this trailer behind me exploding. Units were on the scene within three minutes, and right now it's unknown exactly what has happened. We do know that one of our citizens injured," says Tifton Fire Chief Mike Flippo.
That citizen was 51 year old John Sears, Howard Pettiford's neighbor and friend. Pettiford says the explosion sounded like dynamite.
"It just shocked me and when I saw it I just took off and went and got him," Pettiford says.
He says Sears was blown out of the house and landed near the outside stairs.
"I heard him hollering and something just hit me when I saw the fire and I ran over hear and grabbed him and pulled him out," says Pettiford.
Pettiford wasn't injured but he says Sears had burns on his head, arms, hands and feet. Most of the damage was contained to Sears' house, but the impact and heat caused some damage to mobile homes nearby.
"We have contacted John Oxendine's state arson unit and their hazmat division to come in and assist Tift County S.O. and ourselves in piecing the puzzle together," Flippo says.
Arson investigators spent most of the day sifting through charred debris looking for clues that would help them figure out just what happened.
"Homes just don't explode by themselves, so it had to be something. It could have been an accident like some type of gas, or it could have been something else, that's what we're trying to get to," says Fire Commissioner John Oxendine.
Whatever the case, Pettiford says he doesn't feel like a hero, he's just glad Sears survived the blast.
"I know he needed help and I went to his rescue. I would do it again if it came down to it, not just for him, for anyone," he says.
Pettiford says Sears lived by himself and was a quiet man. He says he was conscious when he pulled him out and asked Pettiford to call his mother. Sears was transported to a burn center in Augusta.
Tifton Fire Chief Mike Flippo says firefighters did not find any hazardous materials in the mobile home, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.