Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:20:52 GMT
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:08 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:08:36 GMT
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongingsMore >>
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongings and pets that were lost during the storm More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
July 2, 2008
South Georgian Keith Stansell was among 15 hostages rescued Wednesday from FARC rebels in Colombia. The Colombian military apparently tricked the rebels into thinking helicopters from a charity organization were going to transfer the hostages to another camp. The military was flying the choppers. The State Department quickly got word to Stansell's family.
From his home near Tampa, Florida, Stansell's son Kyle said "My step-dad calls me and tells me my dad's home. I didn't even know what to do. I just started freaking out, screaming and yelling, and I ran as fast as I could off the beach."
Stansell and two other American defense contractors were taken hostage in 2003. They were on a drug interdiction mission when their plane crashed near a rebel camp. At the time, Stansell and his two children lived in Miller County. Family friend Charlotte Phillips said, "Everybody in Colquitt knew him, and they loved him, and they loved the children. The children went to school here and everything, and so they were just part of our family."
Stansell's daughter Lauren was 14 and his son Kyle was 9 when he disappeared. Phillips remains got the good news of Stansell's rescue this afternoon when Lauren called her. "She was saying 'daddy's coming home, daddy's coming home.' And she said 'they're gonna fly us to San Antonio tonight, I'll get to see my daddy tonight.' And she says, 'I love you Mama Day, I love you.' And I said 'I love you to baby.' And she was just really happy. She was crying and she was laughing."
The FARC rebels occassionally released video of Stansell and his fellow hostages over the years, so the family believed he was still alive and okay. But today's news took them by surprise. "As far as we know, everything's going fine. I'm just ready to see my dad. I don't even know what to think as of right now," Kyle said.
The American hostages were scheduled to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas around midnight where they will be reunited with their relatives.