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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes in Plains Wednesday evening after a harvester caught fire in a field around 5:00.
Dry, breezy conditions spread the fire quickly to a wood line and close to homes. The combine driver is okay. He hopped off just in time before flames quickly spread through the field and nearby fuel tanks.
Neighbors in the MLK subdivision said they heard an explosion and several loud booms when the fire spread.
Combine driver, Adam O'Hearn, was cutting wheat on this 80 acre field when he looked behind him and saw flames. O'Hearn believes the blades that cut the wheat got so hot, it sparked the blaze.
"My heart was racing, and I thought I've got to save this combine or get out of here and run," said O'Hearn.
He tried to back up the combine off the field onto the road when the flames reached the trees and quickly spread to fuel tanks on tractor trailers used for grain storage. They exploded in a matter of minutes.
310 bushels of wheat filled the brim of the brand new $300,000 combine. It had a full tank of fuel. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office evacuated people from their homes on Graham street and the MLK subdivision
"I heard boom boom and I looked up and saw smoke," said Bobby Sims, who lives across from the field that caught on fire.
He went door to door helping people evacuate. Firefighters battled the smoke and flames for hours near downtown Plains.
"I'm 65 years-old. I've lived here all my life and I've never seen anything like this," Sims added.
"I'm just glad the wind was blowing the other direction and didn't reach those homes," O'Hearn said.
Even though O'Hearn will never forget the blaze and booms, he says he's blessed to be alive. Firefighters say the dry air and wind made conditions worse.
They got everything under control around 7:00. No one was hurt and no structures were harmed. The combine was not destroyed. Part of it was burned.