Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
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 >>
February 20, 2008
Lakeland - The NAACP has accused the Lanier County sheriff and his deputies of racial profiling and harassment.
But the sheriff says there's no validity to their claims.
Sheriff Nick Norton says he will arrest anyone who commits a crime, regardless of race. And he's opening his door to anyone who wants to complain.
Sheriff Nick Norton says he was blind sided by the NAACP's recent claims that his office has been racially profiling. "It has never been brought to our attention or brought up about racial profiling."
In fact he says his records will show otherwise. "We run our numbers and we run almost 50-50 white males, black males and we are actually heavier on white females being arrested then black females," Norton says.
One of the accusations involves the arrest of Joseph Calhoun. They say Calhoun was tasered to head, then brought to the Lowndes County Jail. The NAACP and family claim he never received medical treatment.
But Norton say his incident reports show the after he was tased, Calhoun asked for medical attention. When EMS arrived, he then signed a waiver saying he did not want to go to the hospital.
Records, they say, the community can come and see anytime. "We have an open door policy here at the sheriff's office. Feel free, anytime, to come up and we'd be happy to sit down with them and answer any questions they have," says Tim Roberts, Investigator with the Lanier County Sheriff's Office.
Norton says it was an invitation even extended to NAACP district coordinator Bernie Fulton.
But he says Fulton failed to show up for their scheduled meeting Sunday afternoon. "We could have squashed all of this and he could have had fact rather than rhetoric to present to his congregation," Norton says.
Norton says that invitation is still open and that he'll continue arresting criminals and drug dealers, no matter what color they may be.
The NAACP says they still want the state to investigate the sheriff's office.