Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
August 9, 2006
Coffee County -- Voters elect a new Sheriff. He's a man with lots of ambition but no law enforcement experience.
He has more on his plans for the county and how some people in the community are responding.
Jerry Pope was a little surprised himself.
"I didn't expect this many people to turn out and vote but I'm glad they did, I think the county spoke."
More than 4,000 people voted for him in last night's run-off election. Not even 3,000 voted for current Sheriff Joe White. Even some people in the community are surprised.
"I actually thought Joe White was going to win, it was actually a schock to me that Joe Pope was in the running," says voter Zoe Powell.
That's because Pope has no law enforcement experience, compared to White's 28 years in law enforcement. Powell says she voted for White because of Former Sheriff Rob Smith's recommendation.
"I thought he was actually a good man and he's been in law enforcement for so many years and Mr. Rob appointed him, and I felt Mr. Rob had a lot in him so I figured if the Sherriff before hiim had a lot of trust, then he should ya know," Powell says.
But Smith himself resigned from Sheriff last April due to legal problems.
Coffee County Sheriff's Department has had a history of controversy from a Former Sheriff who killed himself to another indicted on malfeasance.
That's why Pope says the people put their trust in him to bring a change to politics and re-gain the public's trust.
"I just think it's time for a change. All my life Coffee County has had a little slant to it that people have talked about, whether its true or not I don't know, but suspicion is there," Pope says.
People like Powell say the voters have decided and its up to the community to come together in support.
"I think we need a lot of honesty so that when he talks to the people he's honest, don't have anything to hide."
And that's what Pople says he plans to provide. He says he already has the support of the Georgia Sheriff's Association. He wants to crack down on pedofiles, get rid of drug traffic, and place more drug prevention programs in schools.