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 >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:49:38 GMT
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:46:04 GMT
Albany Humane Society officials say it's one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have seen. Tonight a veterinarian and Humane Society workers are trying to nurse a one-year old lab mix back toMore >>
Albany Humane Society officials and a veterinarian are nursing a dog back to health, after she was nearly starved to death.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:45:45 GMT
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration. Party City will open a store at 2709 Dawson Road, near the Albany Mall this August. EconomicMore >>
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:41:48 GMT
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria. We introduced you to Michael Hobgood last night. His arm was amputated less than twoMore >>
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria.More >>
May 8, 2007
Albany - Albany's city manager says he won't shell out more money for extra police officers until current vacancies are filled. Alfred Lott says once the department is at full staff, then he'll consider increasing the police department's budget for more officers. The police department wants 11 new officers now, but Lott says that would result in a tax increase or job cuts in other city departments.
The majority of the $4.7 Million increase over last year's budget would pay for Cost of living adjustments, pension plans, new employees and health insurance. Plus an added boost to public safety workers. They'll get a 4% pay increase, all other city employees 3%. "We're going to add another 1% pay increase for our public safety folks to make it even more competitive with this region and for folks who want to work in this area in public safety business and that's especially helpful in our police force," said City Manager Alfred Lott.
Mainly, to bring the department to full force. Currently, APD is short 14 officers. "I think the best thing to do since we have not had a fully staffed police force in three years or more and we are so close to that, let's get our police force fully staffed," said Lott. "Take advantage of the fact that we pay a good salary for police officers now that we can retain or recruit experienced police officers and see how well we do our job."
Chief Younger initially asked for 11 additional officers, but City Manager Alfred Lott says it's a better idea to fill the current vacancies now, and if more officers are needed next year, provide money in the budget at that time. He said, "I think the best course of action for us is to get our police force fully staffed, and get the organization set up and then take it from there."
Otherwise, he says he'll have to take money away from other departments, even raise the millage rate to provide for the officers salaries and benefits.
An area that will also get a boost, Municipal court. Judge Willie Weaver asked for money to implement a new software program to file records electronically. "We're keeping paper files on everything," said Weaver. "With imaging software, we can file that way and not have all the files and this money will help us do that."
Thousands and thousands and thousands of pieces of paper are filed in this room, but room will soon run out. That's where the computer system will come in handy. And while spending money on the software, Judge Weaver hopes to bring in money off repeat offenders.
Right now the fine is the same for 1st offenders, and folks who break the same law, like an open container multiple times. "I asked the commissioners to approve 2nd and 3rd offenses where the fine will increase each time they commit the same type of offense," said Weaver. He hopes the higher rate will deter crime. If it doesn't, maybe jail time will.
Weaver said, "Eventually it will get so high, they'll have to come to court to see me. Then they'll go to jail."
The total proposed budget is about $98 Million dollars. City commissioners will continue to fine-tune the budget in the coming weeks. They have to approve it by the end of June.