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Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
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 >>
March 10, 2008
Decatur County-- A 35-mile long high-speed chase was caught on tape by a deputy's patrol car dash camera. But the chase didn't end there. The suspect took off on foot for another seven miles.
He's suspected of burglarizing appliance rental stores in Thomasville, Cairo, and Bainbridge. The alarm at the Bainbridge Rent-a-center went off around 2 a.m. when the front glass was broken. "Went in the store and found out a tv was missing," said store manager Arthur Williams.
"One of our deputies Humberto Dean spotted an SUV traveling south on U.S. Hwy. 27 close to the Florida line. It had dark tinted windows and it was big enough to hold these TV screens," explained Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin.
In Deputy Dean's dash cam footage, you can see that when he pulls the truck over he asks the driver to turn off the car, but instead the suspect takes off, making a U-turn and heading back into Decatur county. "Our deputies stayed back and did not try to ram him or run him off the road," Griffin said. But they did stick with him for a 35 mile chase at speeds up to 90 miles an hour.
At one point the driver slows down to let out a passenger who gets away. "We're trying to find out his identity as we speak," said Griffin. The deputy continues to the chase suspect as he runs a stop sign, across a 4 lane highway, and barely slowing down, over railroad tracks. At this point the rough ride jostles the deputy camera out of place. "He put the deputies, troopers and some police men, their lives in danger no doubt about it. And he put the publics lives in danger," said Griffin.
A Georgia state trooper who lives in the area was able to get ahead of the chase. He threw his stopsticks where Green Shade Road meets Hwy. 97. That caused the suspect to wreck and ended at least the high speed part of the chase. "We brought in bloodhounds that got on the trail about 3:45. The bloodhounds did an extremely good job of tracking the individual over 6 miles," Griffin said. Finally around 6:30 Monday morning deputies arrested the suspect, Ronald Fox.
A few hours later rent-a-center reclaimed their stolen property, amazingly in good shape. "I thought it'd be all busted up and broken and we wouldn't be able to get it back. But we did and that's a good thing," said Williams.
Sheriff Griffin says they may have never caught Fox without the help of all the different agencies involved. He says Fox has an extensive criminal history. He was released from prison in 2004. His past convictions include burglary, grand theft, and assault on a police officer.