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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
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Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
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Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Former Omega Police Chief Walt Young was convicted in federal court in Valdosta of beating a suspect in his custody in Tifton. He will be sentenced in October, and could face ten years in prison.
He was convicted of punching a suspected shoplifter.
The GBI said Young broke the man's nose while he was being questioned at the Tift County Jail.
Young served with the Omega Police Department for 10 years and has never received any prior disciplinary action.
The U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia sent this news release-
WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Valdosta, Ga., convicted defendant Walter Young, 54, the former chief of the Omega Police Department in Omega, Ga., for physically abusing a man in his custody, the Justice Department announced.
On March 24, 2011, Young, while acting in his capacity as the chief of police, assaulted Alfonso Moreno, a pretrial detainee, by repeatedly slapping and punching him in the head and face while he was fully restrained in a restraint chair, violating the civil rights of the detainee. The defendant struck the victim eight times, causing him to bleed. X-rays the next day showed the victim had a broken nose. The assault was captured on the jail's video surveillance system. The jury further found that Alfonso Moreno suffered bodily injury as a result of Young's use of excessive force.
"Most officers do their job with honor, but this officer abused the authority entrusted to him by his community," said Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez. "The federal government will continue to vigorously prosecute individuals who violate the constitutional rights of others."
The defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29, 2012, before Judge Hugh Lawson, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
This case was investigated by the FBI, and is being prosecuted by Special Litigation Counsel Forrest Christian and Trial Attorney Tona Boyd of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia.