Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
September 17, 2007
Albany -- Copper thefts have plagued downtown Albany businesses and property owners for months, and now firefighters found a spot where some have been burning the insulation off wiring.
Firefighters found a fire blazing behind the vacant home at 607 West First Avenue. More than 300 pounds of wire was found smoldering in the fire, to remove the insulation around the metal. No one was with the fire-- that's because the smoke that comes off the plastic insulation is toxic.
Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris said "They'll set them on fire and then they'll leave them to smolder. And there are children all around this area. We're concerned one about the children getting burned, and two, breathing in the fumes."
In the house and in the shed in the back yard of this vacant home are old mattresses and bed rolls, where vagrants have been sleeping. There are also old TV and radio electronics scattered around the yard, stripped for their wiring.
There are several trash cans in this lot. Investigators think they were using the trash cans as a transportation device to bring the stolen wire to the lot to burn and then to sell it.
Firefighters called the Police to investigate the stolen property, and Code Enforcement to look at the vacant houses, to see if they don't need to be demolished. "It's a haven for thefts, and we want to get the people off the streets that are stealing other people's goods and setting fires," Harris said. No one has been arrested with this wire burning, but police now will watch this vacant house. Investigators say that just means the thieves will probably move on to another vacant property to burn the copper wire they steal.
Police ask you to report vagrants sleeping or burning around vacant homes or property, or if yousee someone pushing a trash can down the street.