Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
June 8, 2005
Albany--- A man accusing Henry Mathis of extortion denies working with a former city commissioner to frame Mathis.
On day three of Mathis's federal trial, jurors saw video tapes showing Mathis taking what appears to be money from businessman Joe McDonald. The defense tried to show Joe McDonald conspired with former commissioner David Williams to hurt Mathis. McDonald testified he didn't.
Wednesday, jurors watched and heard several video and audio recordings. In one, you could clearly see Henry Mathis taking money from Joe McDonald. But, Mathis never said exactly what the money was for, despite probing by McDonald, who was working with the GBI to catch Mathis in an extortion scheme.
Henry Mathis sat expressionless throughout most of the third day of questioning in the federal extortion trial. Defense Attorney Rick Collum tried to break apart Joe McDonald'S testimony that Mathis intimidated McDonald into giving money to get and keep a beer license for Old Roadmasters Motorcycle Club.
Jurors watched two video taped meetings between Mathis and McDonald. In each, Mathis took what GBI agents testified were several hundred dollar bills. But nowhere on the tape or in the phone calls did Mathis say what the money was for.
When McDonald asked what the fee would be to get an additional mixed drink license, Mathis said there's no fee. He only joked that he might need a battery or some work on his car in the future and that maybe McDonald, a retired mechanic, could help him out.
Then the second person to accuse Mathis of extortion, Dora Wilson, took the stand. She admitted she hoped and even prayed her testimony in the case would get her a reduced sentence in a previous drug conviction. She said she gave Mathis more than $3,000, some of which Mathis said was campaign money for him and commissioner Jon Howard.
Wilson testified she gave him the money because she felt he would help or hurt her business's chances of getting work with the City. Prosecutors showed the jury Wilson's personal journal. In it, she had written Mathis's name and the amount she paid to him on several occasions, along with her other finances.
Dora Wilson will be back on the stand Thursday morning, with the defense getting a chances to cross examine her. The trial is expected to last until at least Friday.