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Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
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Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
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Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
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By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 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.
Camilla -- A Mitchell County grand jury's recommendation that the county withdraw from the Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force, which serves Mitchell, Baker and Grady counties, surprised many people. The final decision will be made by the county commission.
The building that houses the Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force seems quiet, nondescript. The agents who work behind this door though stay busy all the time. "We've made a little over 4,000 arrests over the last 16, 17 years since the task force has been here," said interim commander Keith Newman.
Arrests and convictions of drug dealers of all levels have helped clean up the streets in Mitchell, Baker and Grady counties. But Newman says they continue to battle the drug problem in all of these communities.
He got news of a possible shift in the task force's future on Wednesday. "The recommendation was for Mitchell County to pull out of the Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force, multi-jurisdiction, and form its own Mitchell County Drug Task Force."
The recommendation calls for a Mitchell County force to include the Camilla and Pelham police departments, but both departments already work with the drug task force, and even contribute financially. The proposed task force would be under the supervision of the Mitchell County sheriff, but Sheriff W. E. Bozeman refused to comment.
Newman says he doesn't know what will happen to his agents. "I would hope that Mitchell County would ask for some to stay on if it comes to that point."
Mitchell and Grady counties each contribute around $120,000, with Baker giving a little over $20,000 to fund the task force. They also get a $284,000 federal grant. If Mitchell County pulls out, all the federal money will be lost.
"I really don't know what would happen. I would assume that Grady County would continue to fight the drug problem the best way they could. Of course Mitchell County would too, and Baker County."
Newman questions the reason for the recommendation but is staying positive. "At this time, we're full speed ahead; we're not going to stop doing our job, we're gonna continue to give a hundred, hundred and fifty percent until we hear otherwise."
Mitchell County must give 90 days notice before July 1st if they decide to pull out. That time limit has already lapsed, so if they do leave, it won't be this year.
The county commissioners meet this Tuesday to discuss the grand jury's recommendation. County officials say they don't think the commissioners will make an immediate decision.