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Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:24:32 GMT
Dougherty County Police are investigating a rash of entering auto thefts in the West region of the county. They hope you can identify one suspected thief caught on camera. Take a look at the young manMore >>
Dougherty County Police are looking for a young man captured on surveillance video using a stolen debit card.More >>
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Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe'sMore >>
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe's Network of Trust highlighted those resources at a special luncheon Wednesday.More >>
November 28, 2005
Albany -- Albany's murder rate nearly doubled from last year. Now County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard says he's sick of thugs running the city, and he wants the citizens to take back control.
Home invasions, armed robberies, shootings and even murder, life in the Good life city, isn't so good. "I don't care if you're in the South, East or West in Dougherty County, homes and business are being broken into. My business has been broken into. I've been violated and it's terrible," Sinyard says.
Chairman Sinyard says the violent crime must come to an end. "I guarantee you if we start protecting the citizens, you'll find that the thugs start going somewhere else to do their crimes. They'll realize that they can't walk in with a gun, and that you're just going to leave and go away and that they can get what they want and get away with it."
He says laws need to be on the books that will allow people to defend themselves or their loved ones, without being sued or prosecuted. "I'm talking about some meaningful sustained law that would allow citizens to have protection against prosecution for those engaged in a violent crime with a gun."
Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg Edwards says there are laws that allow citizens to take action. "There are two aspects of self defense. There's crime prevention defense, and just traditional defense."
Crime prevention defense allows a person to use what reasonable force is necessary to prevent a forcible felony. "For instance if a person is being car jacked, that would be a forcible felony and a person would be able to use reasonable force to prevent a felony."
Traditional self defense, anyone is able to defend themselves or another person against great bodily injury. "The bottom line is that you can prevent a forcible felony being perpetrated against you or your family member, or to protect your home or family."
But the law isn't cut and dry. Edwards says you should proactive in keeping your family safe, and only react when you absolutely must.
So far this year, there have been nine murders in Albany. Last year, there were five.