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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.
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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 >>
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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.
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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 >>
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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 >>
Two high school students are indicted for raping girls inside their high schools, one at Monroe High and one at Westover High.
Both the students are juveniles, but the District Attorney says both will be tried as adults for the violent crimes.
The District Attorney says both these rapes were done with pre-planning, and were violent attacks on 15 year old girls. So both boys will prosecuted as adults, and could face decades in prison if convicted.
Dougherty County judicial authorities will not release the mug shots of the two boys charged with raping girls inside their high schools this year. 15 year old Fanoris Jermaine Jackson is charged with forcibly raping a 15 year old student September 16th. Prosecutors say he stalked and attacked her in a bathroom in Monroe High late in the school day.
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said "It was essentially an ambush. And perhaps that individual, the victim, was perhaps identified by the defendant as someone he wanted to assault."
16 year old Shannon Lee Saunders was indicted for rape and aggravated assault for the rape of a 15 year old student at Westover High School May 23rd. Prosecutors say Saunders raped the girl after school hours in the school auditorium.
Edwards said neither of the boys used weapons while raping the girls, but that both girls suffered physical injuries. And that both girls reported the rapes immediately.
Dougherty County School officials did not want to go on camera, but said that their Police arrested the boys, and that crimes like this will not be tolerated in their schools.
The District Attorney said despite the rapes, he believes Dougherty County Schools are safe, and parents should not be concerned.
Edwards said "These situations of rape generally reflect on individual acts. It's not a reflection on the security of the school or the environment of the school."
Jackson today is in the Dougherty County Jail, but Saunders has been released on bond.
School officials tell us that Shannon Saunders has been returned to class at Westover High School.
If convicted of rape, the boys would face a minimum mandatory 25 years in prison and could be sentenced to life in prison.
The District Attorney said the teens should be tried in January.