Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
June 30, 2005
Thomasville-- A victim who shared her story with WALB Wednesday also shared her thanks for Victims' Services.
Three years ago when she was 14, Jacqueline Demoga began a journey no one should have to make. "I'm still having to go through therapy, and I'm probably going to have to go through therapy my whole life," she says.
Demoga began a journey of healing. She had been sexually abused by Roderick Suber, a former youth minister who was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison for statutory rape. "Anything you could possibly do with somebody that you're supposed to do when you're married, he did to me," says Demoga.
After Suber's arrest, a special organization helped prepare Demoga for the road ahead. Victims Services, an elite branch of the district attorney's office came to her aid. "It's a wonderful service. It's our ability to assist them in knowing the court proceedings, and what's going to happen on their case. And also, we prepare them for court if they have to go to court," says Assistant District Attorney, Jim Hardy.
The office also provides victims with money for a variety of medical bills, the most difficult, but often the most necessary service. "They need to be able to confide in a counselor and get over their grief or get over their trauma," says Hardy.
Victims services is free to people who need it. But it's not paid for by the state. "There's an add-on percent on all fines. Plus, we have to get grants from the criminal justice coordinating council and other agencies," says Hardy.
Those agencies understand victims' plight, and the second chance they need. "They must be given an opportunity to get back to where they were before, if at all possible," says Hardy. "You need to tell. It's not worth ruining your teenage life. It's not worth ruining your whole life," adds Demoga.
Those lives are portrayed through the services' victim impact statement that a judge uses during sentencing. The service also helps victims understand the resolution of a case. And in a worst case scenario, it will partially pay the funeral expenses of a victim.