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 >>
November 6, 2007
Valdosta - Its now a vacant lot, but two years ago this was the scene of four murders.
And Tuesday, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine presented a nine thousand dollar check to the person who helped law enforcers catch their killer. "Because of this individual coming forward, this case might have never been solved," he says.
The tip giver asked to stay anonymous, as she's been for over two years.
But it was the information she gave that helped find 38 year-old Cynthia Allen and put her behind bars for life. "This is a very serious arson-murder case and because of a local citizen coming forward, we have been able to solve this case. Ms. Allen has been convicted and is serving four life sentences," Commissioner Oxendine adds.
They say in October of 2005, Allen set fire to a home on Troup Street.
Nine people were asleep inside. Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice recalls, "We were able to safely get five of the occupants out and of course there was two more in it The fire was so intense, the roof of the house started collapsing and we were unable to get to the second level of the house to rescue the victims there."
Thanks to the tip, Allen was arrested that same day.
Investigators say it without it, Allen may still be roaming the streets today. "We could have determined it was an intentionally set fire but it would be almost impossible to find out who did it unless we got cooperation from the citizens," Chief Rice says.
And this check presentation now serves as final closure to the worst murder-arson case in Valdosta's modern day history.
So far, the insurance commissioners office has given out 1 million dollars in arson reward money. But they say putting arsonist behind bars is worth every penny.