Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
State House Bill 242 could help troubled juveniles get the help they need. Lawmakers say the state has continued to violate federal law by locking up kids who have committed offenses that are not considered crimes for adults - things like frequently running away or skipping school.
One of the main goals of the bill would be to create programs in the community that would steer more low-risk juvenile offenders away from detention and into community-based programs.
"We can start building programs and facilities here in our community for them to go. So they are not around the bad criminals. They are around a positive atmosphere where they can learn more from each other," says owner of Rockstar Entertainment Rob Sailor.
Sailor says the bill would allow juveniles to get the constructive help they need without being locked away with dangerous criminals.
"When they go to these lockups, there are other kids that have done worse crimes and then they start learning from them so it is like a trail. When they get out, that is all they know. They are going to get out and will continue to get in trouble or worse, be dead," says Sailor.
Those in favor of the bill say it would save taxpayers $88 million over a five year span. But opponents say it would cost just as much to install community-based programs in counties across the state.
The bill did pass in the House and now goes onto the state Senate where it is expected to be taken up by the end of this week.