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- Defense attorney Pete Donaldson says he has a problem with mandatory sentencing. "I think the punishment should fit the criminal as well as fitting the crime," says Donaldson.
If that criminal is a juvenile and they commit certain violent crimes, under Senate Bill 440, they will be prosecuted as an adult in superior court. If convicted, they'll be required to serve a mandatory ten-year sentence. "There are certain offenses that are more likely or will end up having a juvenile tried as an adult, a murder case for example," says Donaldson.
Murder is just one of the Seven Deadly Sins listed under Senate Bill 440 along with rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated assault, voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery with a firearm. An offense that three Albany teens are charged with. Police say they used a gun to rob a Domino's Pizza Delivery driver. For a few slices of pizza, they could serve several years in jail under strict laws.
"This is a heavily debated issue, not only in this state but every state in the union," says Judge Herbie Solomon. He handles juvenile cases on a daily basis in the juvenile court setting but when children commit certain types of crimes, he says they are rightfully tried as adults.
"I do think that it's important for the community to know that some types of crimes that children are committing are very heinous offenses and probably ought to be tried in the superior courts," says Solomon.
And because of tighter laws, juvenile delinquency has leveled off in Albany but is it because of a fair system?
"I think overall we have a pretty good system. Are there changes that could be made? Sure. I think we could probably go back in and find some things," says Donaldson.
Senate Bill 440 was part of a series of bills called the School Safety and Juvenile Justice Reform Act.