Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:31 GMT
A huge truck load of peanut butter is headed to Oklahoma tornado victims. Friday afternoon, 31,680 jars of it were loaded onto a truck at Lineage Logistics in Albany. The 22 pallets of peanut butterMore >>
Friday afternoon, 31,680 jars of it were loaded onto a truck at Lineage Logistics in Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:36 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:36:19 GMT
Summer at Wild Adventures in Valdosta kicks off this weekend. The park has a lot planned for the celebration, including free admission for military and first responders. Starting this weekend WildMore >>
The park has a lot planned for the celebration, including free admission for military and first responders.
Friday, May 24 2013 4:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:30:04 GMT
A Valdosta High School senior drove off from school today with a brand new car. An academic program, geared at keeping high schoolers on track, put the 18-year-old in the drawing. And Friday morning onlyMore >>
An academic program, geared at keeping high schoolers on track, put the 18-year-old in the drawing. And Friday morning only his key unlocked the car.
Friday, May 24 2013 4:13 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:13:22 GMT
New 3D technology is allowing south Georgia patients to take a glimpse into their own surgical future. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Courtney Houston of Thomasville recently purchased a Vectra 3D Imager. TheMore >>
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Courtney Houston of Thomasville recently purchased a Vectra 3D Imager.More >>
September 10, 2007 Albany -- The mother of an Albany murder victim wants police to pay closer attention to domestic violence cases.
Ruth Welborn says if Albany Police had spent more time on her daughter Jessica Acres' case, she might be alive today. Welborn doesn't understand why police couldn't arrest Earnest Sims when her daughter Jessica called 17 hours before her murder to report threats being made against her. Welborn said Sims had been violent in the past and police should have been aware.
Welborn says their relationship was anything but picture perfect and Jessica was trying desperately to get out, evident in a conversation two weeks before her murder.
"She walked in the house and said to me, 'Momma, if anything happens to me," she said, 'I want you to go to the police officers and tell them that Bo did it.' I said, "Baby what are you talking about?" She said, 'Momma he's threatening my life, he's threatened to kill me.'"
Welborn told Acres she would help. "I asked her to say with me for awhile, but she said no."
Jessica's 911 call 17 hours before her murder makes Welborn ask why Sims was on the street?
"She did her best to make sure that her babies were taken care of, she made sure, she worked at two jobs, why did her life have to end so soon?"
Breaking down, she talked more about the seven previous calls to police, and during one of the car thefts, bruises Sims gave her daughter. "He grabbed her and put scratches on her arm. She called me to come down where she was so I could help her find her car."
Police say with just Jessica's word against Sims' August 22 they couldn't make an arrest without evidence to back up her story, that's left Welborn with one last question. "If Earnest is seeing this I want to ask him just one question, 'Why did you take my daughter's life, why, that's all I want to know is why?'"
It's a question Ruth Welborn may never get answered.
When asked Welborn wasn't sure if her daughter had taken any other action than to call police to keep Earnest Sims away from her. We checked with the Clerk of Court who says a protection from abuse or restraining order was never filed.