By Jim Wallace - bio | emailDecember 16, 2008
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County's Chief Superior Court Judge says he's concerned by the extensive criminal background many young people have.
The store clerk held up in this convenience store robbery said the masked gunman was only about 14-years-old.
The two masked men who robbed this store are thought to be between 15 to 18-years-old.
Judge Loring Gray says everyday he sees young adults who have long rap sheets of crimes they committed as kids.
"Consistently," said Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Loring Gray. "It's telling me that by the time we get them we're nothing but graduate school for the juvenile school of criminology."
Gray said the obvious problem is a societal break down in families, and that kids need strong family structure and leadership to avoid becoming criminals at young ages.
The Bainbridge Public Safety Department brought two firetrucks to the Oscar Jackson Outdoor camp for kids.
The Dougherty County School System will host a three-day orientation for teachers new to the system starting on Thursday.
Health officials are reminding parents to get their children vaccinated before the new school year.
Dougherty County Officials said that on Wednesday they had dozens of homeowners signing up for root ball help as the deadline approaches.
A new addition to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Phoebe Putney Hospital will help give newborns a more healthy start to life.