Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 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 >>
May 3, 2007
Bainbridge--In a drought like the one South Georgia is experiencing now, irrigation systems are a necessity for crops to grow.
To water huge tracts of land, these systems need to be powered so they can move across the fields. "Each section has its own electric motor and this copper wiring goes back to the power source and each of these motors enable that irrigation to move across the field," explains Decatur County Sheriff's Office investigator Terry Phillips.
The systems are equipped with hundreds of feet of the wiring. A virtual gold mine for copper thefts. "If you've got a 1000 feet of it, that's over 300 pounds," says Phillips. Depending on the grade of copper, right now a pound of the stuff is bringing in anywhere between $1.80 and $3.50.
To get the highest price, thieves first have to strip off the plastic coating. "Most of these people that are stealing are going to have a burn pile somewhere where they're burning off this plastic," Phillips says.
That process normally creates a lot of black smoke. Finding these burn piles, or catching thieves in the act really investigators only hope at slowing them down.
"We've arrested several people in the last month but it seems like when we arrest somebody, somebody else is also a victim," says Phillips. Because copper thieves are striking in the dead of night, away from homes and businesses, they're hard to catch. Investigators say they're counting on the public to help by reporting any unusual activity.
Investigators say copper thieves sell the metal at scrap yards and recycling centers. Those places do require identification from the sellers, but after its melted down, its impossible to track where the copper came from.