Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
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.
About 5:30PM, a Dougherty County jury ruled that the company that owns what used to be the Heritage House will have to tear it down.
Tuesday morning, Judge Stephen Goss will issue and order to Greenbriar Holdings to tear the structure down within 30 days, or the city of Albany will be allowed to do so.
If the city does the demolition, it will bill Greenbriar for its expenses. Should Greenbriar allow it to get to that point, the city will place a lien on the property until the bill is paid.
In Monday's trial, City Attorney Nathan Davis explained to jurors the Heritage House is dilapidated and unsafe. Code enforcement walked the jury through more than three dozen pictures from inside the hotel that show its disrepair.
"That building is just a shell of what it used to be, it's not habitable, it's not clean, it's unsanitary, it's a danger to public health safety and welfare," said City Attorney Nathan Davis.
Jurors saw pictures of condoms and soda cans used to smoke crack cocaine. Appraisers for the city value the broken down structure at around $800,000. They say it will cost about $1.2 million to tear it down, much less than the estimates to repair the broken structure.
"The value of that structure in relation to the cost to rehab the property and you hear the evidence in municipal court the low end is $10 million, the high end is $16 million," said Davis.
While Greenbrier Holdings couldn't be heard in court their attorney argues the company just needs more time to do something with the structure.
"Greenbrier has made every effort to make something out of the Heritage House Hotel," said Todd Jones of Anderson Jones, PLLC.
Davis argued that Greenbrier has had 10 years and has done little to fix the property, but Greenbrier blames the city for the permits they granted to Marvin Baptiste for demolition without properly checking to see if he could handle the asbestos abatement.
"The reason you see what you see today is because this party that bought it and the city issued a permit that they shouldn't have to this guy who did the work," said Jones.
Greenbrier's attorney says it's likely the property will sit vacant even if the hotel is torn down because of the million dollar debt the property will have tied to it.
Code Enforcement even set up motion sensitive camera to catch people going in and out of the property.
Greenbrier Holdings claims they tried to turn the building into dorms for Albany State University and senior and Veteran's housing but could not get any help from the city, state, or federal government.