Thursday, May 23 2013 3:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:54:34 GMT
A Dougherty County rape crisis center hopes to raise $15,000 at a tasty event Thursday night at the Merry Acres Event Center. The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victimsMore >>
The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victims and roughly 150 adults every year. About two hundred people are expected to show up for the fourth annual 'Farm to Fork' Fundraiser.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 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 >>
February 20, 2007
Albany -- Copper thefts have become a huge problem for home owners and businesses in Albany. Thieves are ripping wire and pipes out of homes and businesses, and even air conditioning units because the resell value of copper is so high.
So city commissioners drafted an ordinance to combat some of those problems and stop the thieves. The only problem is it could end recyclers legitimate business as well.
There's no argument that copper thefts are on the rise, and a huge problem in Albany. "We have to do what we can to protect the folks who live in this town and own businesses in Albany," says City Manager Alfred Lott.
That's why commissioners are taking a look at a new ordinance for nonferrous materials like copper.
It will require recyclers, like Albany Recycling to provide a list each week to the Police Chief about who they purchase copper from, get an ID number and physical address and wait 10 days until they pay for the materials, so police can have a trail in case the seller is a stealer.
"The ten day lag period for payment of people who come to our business to sell copper will not help do that in any way and will prevent my clients from operating their business the way they need to and will effectively probably put them out of business."
Al Corriere represents Albany recycling. He says the 10 day period will send business out of town to Columbus or Bainbridge to get their money sooner. "99% of the people out there doing this are legitimate mom and pop type folks."
And he says for those who aren't, they're are already doing everything possible to deter thieves. "We are already getting photo ID's, addresses and descriptions of the materials involved which should be sufficient to prosecute people who are stealing copper if the cases can be made."
President of the company, Billy Strickland says it's not his job to make the case, though he's more than willing to assist them. "We don't like being placed in the position of being a substitute for law enforcement."
And he doesn't want to be forced out of business. "We're proponents of everything they've suggested and we would be willing to do anything else they suggest that wouldn't impede our ability to do business."
"We'll work with them and see what we can do to accommodate them, we don't want to put anybody out of business, but the first priority is to the residents and businesses who are being victimized by these people," said Lott.
Albany Recycling says they don't want to have to fight for their right to do business, but if necessary, they may be forced to take the fight to court.
The ordinance isn't final. Commissioners will vote on the 28th of this month.