Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 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.
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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 >>
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 >>
NEWTON, GA -
It could be months before Baker County voters cast their ballots for sheriff.
A judge ordered a new election last October because of evidence of voting irregularities and vote buying in the August election won by incumbent Sheriff Dana Meade.
He appealed that decision to the Georgia Supreme Court. A decision in the case could be far off, and it doesn't end there. A re-do election was set for January 8th. That's not happening.
The civil suit filed by challenger Tim Williamson contained testimony from voters who claimed their votes were bought with liquor and money. Those allegations are being looked into by the Secretary of States office and prompted a new election. But when that will happen is yet to be seen.
In the August primary runoff incumbent Baker County Sheriff Dana Meade edged out challenger Tim Williamson by 39 votes. What would've been an uncontested general election was contested in the courts.
Williamson sued. Testimony from voters claiming they were offered liquor and money for their votes and the mishandling of absentee ballots enough for a Superior Court Judge to order a new election.
'It's impossible to say when a new election will be," said Bake Co. Attorney Tommy Coleman. "The January 8th re-do is no more. An appeal of the ruling filed by Meade is now in the hands of the state's highest court which will either overturn the ruling or leave it as is."
"It takes months to get something scheduled before the supreme court. Once they have arguments it takes months for them to hear the arguments and make a decision."
While no official election has taken place, Coleman says Meade still has all the powers of sheriff. "He continues to have all the authority vested in the Sheriff of Baker County up until the time the court rules and there is a new election."
But it could be 60 days from the time the court rules on the appeal. Meaning it could be mid summer at the earliest before voters can head to the polls, or if overturned, whether an election will take place at all.
Because the election in contest was a primary race, it raises the question as to how the process will be conducted seeing as this was not a general election which would have still left the option open for write in votes.
And that election is still under investigation by the secretary of state's office.