Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:46:18 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 >>
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Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her. She is charged with cruelty to aMore >>
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:45:09 GMT
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:49:18 GMT
By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:44 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:44:24 GMT
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.Several hundred canoeists and kayakers are taking part in Paddle Georgia 2013. It'sMore >>
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.More >>
January 16, 2007
Albany - A sign today that the city of Albany is trying to get rid of dilapidated and dangerous buildings. Last year, city leaders changed the way they deal with property owners who refuse to clean up neighborhood eyesores. They want to streamline the process to get rid of havens for drug users and other criminals. That hard work is paying off.
Neighbor Valerie Dowell says, "All of the sudden, I heard a big crash, and I looked and said, 'oh they demolishing that house, what a wonderful idea.'"
In 2002, a fire gutted the home on Inverness Road. Since then code enforcement officers with the city have been trying to get owner Patricia Norris to clean it up, but that never happened, so today, they took it down.
Public Works Director Phil Roberson says, "it's a good feeling, especially for these neighbors."
Neighbors like Valerie Dowell. She says this house has been an eyesore. "I'm very grateful," says Dowell, "and I'm pretty sure the neighborhood is too."
Interim Code Enforcement director Thelma Watson is grateful, too. Grateful for the people who called the city and complained about this house. Watson says, "This is a perfect example of that. With their help we can do it. The citizens of this neighborhood complained about this particular structure. So, it has to come from, not only us, but from citizens as well. It's gone. It's history."
And now the neighborhood has a future, one that hopefully won't be cluttered with crime. Roberson says, "You would hope the property owners would do the right thing, because when you have an abandoned house like this, it's not just a problem of asthetics, it's also a problem for drugs, for crime, for gang activity."
End result? A clear piece of land and a clear vision for this neighborhood. What do you think about the fact that now this eyesore is gone? Venical Majors says, "It's amazing. I'm ready to see what it's going to look like after." Roberson says, "we're positive about it. We think it's a great day for Albany."
The house on Inverness was one of eight the city has in the works to demolish and they say more are making the way through the court system.