Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 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.
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 >>
There is legitimate concern about violent gang retaliation in Albany after the murder of a gang leader, but police stress it's nothing to panic about and school leaders insist schools are safe.
They don't want parents and students to believe all the rumors floating around.
Sunday's shootout at an eastside shopping center parking lot that killed Southside Bloods leader Dontavious Luke is now bringing fear and rumors into schools, something that upsets Dougherty County School Superintendent Dr. Joshua Murfree.
"Something happened away from our schools this past weekend. Our schools are safe. We're taking care of all of our students. Our games will go on. Our pep rallies will go on," said Dr. Murfree.
Dr. Murfree says parents and students have nothing to fear at school.
"I want to end the rumor mill right now. I want to squelch it right now. We're about the business of making sure our schools are safe and were doing everything we can do concerning that," said Dr. Murfree.
"I don't think anybody needs to be in panic mode. I don't think we're there. What we do recommend is just be aware of your surroundings. If something doesn't look right, then leave," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.
Chief Cheek says his department will partner with Albany Police to make sure the public is safe from gang activity that could possibly take place in the next coming days.
"The big thing is that we're sharing information. We're trying to funnel any information or anything that comes up to APD because they're the lead agency," said Chief Cheek.
Dr. Murfree says safety in schools is always on the top of his list.
"That's every day. It's not just this weekend or past weekend. That's every day. We do everything to make sure that schools are safe," said Dr. Murfree.
He hopes this weekend's activities go off without a hitch.
Dr. Murfree said he's heard rumors that school is cancelled on Friday and wants parents and students to know class will be in session and he says students should be there.
School and law enforcement officials will hold a joint news conference Friday morning to talk more about the threats of gang violence and their response to them.