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 >>
August 28, 2002
Dawson Mayor Robert Albritten has been indicted on two dozen charges relating to insurance fraud. At 11:00 Wednesday morning, Robert Albritten was taken into custody.
That was one hour after a Dougherty County grand jury handed down a 28-count indictment against him. Prosecutors say Albritten was running a scam, preying on the sick and elderly and making money off of it.
Prosecutors say Albritten, an insurance salesman, falsified life insurance policies on 11 people who lived at Quality Personal Care Home in Albany and made the home the beneficiary. "He was selling life insurance policies to people who's deaths were imminent. It's the first time I've seen anything like this and it's heinous," said Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.
Albritten's scam came to light after 59-year old Pearlie Johnson was arrested last year. She owned Quality Care Personal Care Home and was charged with failure to seek medical care for 82-year-old James Burton. He died, and prosecutors say Robert Albritten collected his life insurance proceeds.
Albritten's lawyer says he doesn't believe it. "I've represented Mr. Albritten for 30 years. I know him to be an honorable man who would not knowingly break any laws," said attorney Jim Collier.
People who've known Robert Albritten as their mayor for 11 years are shocked by his arrest. "I always thought he was a nice guy," said Dawson Resident Eddie Small.
And now the Secretary of State's office is trying to decide whether to suspend Albritten's funeral director's license. Mayor Albritten signed a five thousand dollar bond and was released from custody around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.