Monday, May 20 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:45:01 GMT
Georgia law enforcers say if you don't wear your seat belt, you can expect to get a ticket. The annual May "Click it or Ticket" campaign got underway Monday across Georgia. Through the Memorial Day holidayMore >>
Georgia law enforcers annual click it or ticket campaign is underway, to get people to buckle up for safety.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:40:05 GMT
Two Valdosta teenagers are charged with burglarizing a business after they were caught leaving the scene Sunday night. Police say around 11:30 p.m., a 15 and 14-year-old broke into On The Way Tax ServicesMore >>
Two Valdosta teenagers are charged with burglarizing a business after they were caught leaving the scene Sunday night. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:38 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:38:02 GMT
With summer almost here, more motorcycles will be on the road. And south Georgia bikers urge you to watch out for them. They're asking car and truck drivers to look twice and make sure there is not aMore >>
South Georgia motorcyclists urge drivers to pay attention to the road, and look twice before pulling out.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:32 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:32:01 GMT
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:25 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:25:47 GMT
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The charred evidence of vagrancy is everywhere inside a burned out abandoned home in the 200 block of Delta Street. Blankets, pillows, peanut butter jars, and mattresses are strewn about the smoke damaged den. It's an indoor camp ground that had gone undetected until it caught fire Monday afternoon.
"It's an intentionally set fire. The person that did the damage to the structure had no reason to damage another's property," said Albany Fire Investigator Sam Harris.
Firefighters found flames and smoke shooting from the vacant brick home around 3 o'clock. Arson investigators quickly determined a cooking fire on the floor caused the blaze.
"They'll start fires anywhere, like on the floor. Across the room was a perfectly good fire place for cooking something but yet they still do it," said Harris.
But what some might find both surprising and disturbing is that vagrants were not only living inside the house, but underneath it as well.
"We found the bedding in the crawl space and we're down there searching to make sure there is no one under there. It's a really tough situation when we respond to these fires where we have to be concerned about not only our safety, but where the vagrants and where the homeless are located within the structure," said Harris.
A search found no one in or underneath the home but fire officials want residents who live near vacant homes to call police or code enforcement if they see anyone going in or out.
Fire officials say vagrants are responsible for about 20 percent of the fires they're called to.