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 >>
August 11, 2005
Ashburn-- Ashburn's top cop is on probation, and some say it's retaliation for the arrest of a county commissioner.
Officially, city councilors say they reprimanded Ben Sumner because he didn't properly handle paperwork. It's an issue that has divided the small town along racial lines.
After four years on the job Chief Ben Sumner says this is his first reprimand. 'I've been in this business a long time now and I take pride in my professionalism and ethics," he said.
At Wednesday night's council meeting Ashburn City Council members voted unanimously to put him on a 90-day probation and dock two weeks pay from his salary.
Mayor Bob Hunnicutt did not vote on the issue, but believes the punishment was too harsh. "Was it too severe? I think so," says Hunnicutt.
Hunnicutt says Sumner should receive a letter by Monday explaining the grounds for his probation. "I'm looking forward to getting the letter and seeing what specific concerns they had and until I receive that, I just can't comment any further," says Sumner.
City Attorney Tommy Coleman says the council thought the chief was not properly informing them about recent arrests and wasn't completing paperwork to their satisfaction.
He says some even expressed concerns that Sumner was unfairly targeting black residents. "We have a policy here against racial profiling. Also, I don't believe in that," says Sumner.
Others say Sumner's being targeted because of the dog fighting arrest of County Commissioner Joe Burgess, who is black. Burgess is out of jail on bond, but won't return our calls.
Last week a group of citizens presented a petition with more than 400 signatures calling for the termination of Sumner and his ranking officer Major Scotty Ireland, citing mismanagement of the department.
Wednesday a group of Sumner supporters presented their own 500-signature petition to keep the chief on the job.
"Is our chief perfect? Of course not. None of us are," said the mayor.
Hunnicutt says the probation was a compromise solution to both petitions, but admits it is one that will likely cause more racial divisions.
Ben Sumner says he won't make a decision about whether he will appeal the decision until he reviews the written reprimand.