Friday, May 24 2013 12:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:30:17 GMT
Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a YamahaMore >>
Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a Yamaha four-wheeler, and made a clean getaway.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:30:13 GMT
Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Leesburg- The Lee County courthouse sits as a centerpiece to a growing area. "As we continue to grow in population, unfortunately that means a growth in the population of bad guys too," says County Administrator Langford Holbrook.
But is the Lee County Courthouse or any small town courthouse prepared to handle the threat of a potential deadly situation like in Atlanta? "I would say our situation is a fair bit different certainly from Fulton County. We're a real small county. Even from Dougherty County in terms of the volume and the size of things that we have going on here," says Holbrook.
And smaller counties usually mean less security. At any time the hallway could be full of people entering and leaving the courthouse. There haven't been any past problems but recent events have them reassessing security. "Certainly in light of that, it would be irresponsible not to look at those things and there probably are some things we can do to improve it," says Holbrook.
Senator Joseph Carter wants those improvements across the board. He says all state and county buildings across Georgia, no matter how big or small, should have the same level of safety. In a phone interview Senator Carter says, "Going in and out of courthouses across this state, I've seen those places where I've walked in unobstructed with there being no security in place."
Today, he introduced a resolution to create a 5-member committee to study security of public buildings to determine what needs to be done. Holbrook says the biggest obstacle will be the cost. "I think if what they're going to do is come up with some money to help with that, I'm all for it. Certainly our elected officials ought to look at things statewide."
Senator Carter understands funding could be a problem and the committee will evaluate ways to deal with that. Their goal is not to send mandates to counties but to create minimum security requirements. "I wanna make sure that the ultimate outcome is that we've created an environment where all county courthouses and all state buildings are safe," says Carter.
Holbrook says, "Any bit of assistance we have from the experts up in Atlanta is going to be welcome in that regard."
He worries that a one size fits all plan may not work and may end up being overkill in some situations. The study committee will be made up of two security experts and three senators.