Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
July 27, 2007
Adel - Clinch County Commissioners say Judge Brooks Blitch dictated county spending. A former Cook County Commissioner says he interfered with their budget too.
Former Cook Commission Chairman Ken Roundtree says the Chief Magistrate Judge asked the commission last year to appoint her father as a full time magistrate. He had been acting as a magistrate before she was appointed.
He says the commissioners denied the request because they didn't have money in the budget. And that, they say, is when Judge Brooks Blitch stepped in.
A court order was issued that May creating the position. Roundtree says the $50,000 annual salary it came with had to be paid by the county commission.
Judge Blitch wrote this letter to the commissioners saying the position was necessary to handle the case load and Chairman Roundtree says it was clear that if they didn't follow his order, they'd be in contempt of court.
The job was given to Ronnie Fender, the father of Clinch County magistrate judge Lori Sherling.
A Federal Grand Jury is investigating Judge Blitch and orders and accounts he created throughout the five counties in the circuit.
No criminal charges have been filed and the judge remains on the bench.
The FBI served subpoenas to all Superior Court Clerks in the Alapaha Judicial Circuit requesting certified court documents and orders at the beginning of June.
Judge Blitch's Homerville office was raided later that month. A Federal Grand Jury Trial began July 17th.