Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
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 >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
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 >>
Albany Police say they are working hard to find out who stole an AK-47 rifle from a car Tuesday.
The high powered weapon and several rounds of ammo is on the streets after it was swiped from a car on West Gordon. Police admit while the owner is a victim, this type of crime can often be prevented.
Any stolen gun on the street is a bad thing. But when that gun is an AK-47 it certainly raises extra concern because of the damage the gun can cause. And in the wake of recent gun violence in the city, police want this gun off the streets.
The military version can fire 600 rounds a minute, but even this semi-automatic model is a danger in the wrong hands.
"Our detectives are actively investigating the case. They are pursuing leads. They're accepting any tips," said APD's Phyllis Banks.
Michael Giovonti Martin reported to police that someone broke in his car Tuesday morning on West Gordon and stole a number of items.
"They got my license, my gun license, my credit cards, an AK-47," said Martin.
But it was that last part, the AK-47 that stirred up rumors on Facebook. Posts went out about claiming a man had the gun and was threatening to shoot.
"We take it as concern for the city of Albany. Any weapons in the wrong hands in our city is not good," Banks said.
Police have not named any suspects. Martin didn't name names but said that he knew who was responsible.
"He's an unstable person. We know who did it," Martin said.
This comes just a week after a Lee County teen pointed a stolen gun at officers during a break-in at an Albany dentist office. That led to an officer opening fire but missing the suspect.
While it may sound like a broken record, police cant stress enough the importance of simply locking your vehicle.
'We just want to remind folks, do not leave your car unlocked. Secure your car. Do not leave valuables in plain view. Most importantly do not leave weapons, along with ammunition, in a unsecured car," said Banks.
It's seemingly simple tips that could make the streets a little bit safer.