Sunday, December 8 2013 6:57 PM EST2013-12-08 23:57:53 GMT
Several dozen Albany young people are gearing up for a Youth Orchestra concert that will be held at the ACAD building at Albany State University this week.The annual Winter Concert by the Dougherty CountyMore >>
Several dozen Albany young people are gearing up for a Youth Orchestra concert that will be held at the ACAD building at Albany State University this week.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 6:55 PM EST2013-12-08 23:55:05 GMT
Runners laced up their shoes this weekend for the Annual Jingle Bell Jog. All the proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. CMN purchases medical equipmentMore >>
Runners laced up their shoes this weekend for the Annual Jingle Bell Jog. All the proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 6:32 PM EST2013-12-08 23:32:13 GMT
One person died in a fatal car crash along Harris Road Saturday night. Dougherty County Police say around 10 p.m., a driver was traveling east on Harris Road when the vehicle crashed into a tree. TheMore >>
One person died in a fatal car crash along Harris Road Saturday night.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-12-08 23:21:19 GMT
A fatal house fire in East Albany claims the life on one man and his pet. Nicholas Flewellen, 33, died early this morning after his home caught fire around 3:30 a.m. Fire officials say this was a greaseMore >>
Nicholas Flewellen, 33, died early this morning after his home caught fire around 3:30 a.m. Fire officials say this was a grease fire caused after Flewellen left grease heating on his kitchen stove.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 8:30 AM EST2013-12-08 13:30:02 GMT
This week, Nicole Collier joins Jerry to dig deeper into the murder of 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth.More >>
This week, Nicole Collier joins Jerry to dig deeper into the murder of 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth. Hear new details of the case from Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates and Toledo Police Caption Brad Weis just days after Steven King and Angela Steinfurth accepted plea deals in the case.More >>
Local photographers snapped family portraits for an annual holiday program called, 'Help Portrait.'More >>
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
State Rep. Mike Ashford and others in Toledo are standing up in opposition to House Bill 203.
One provision in the bill is commonly referred to as "Stand Your Ground," which was at the center of the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin controversy in Florida. The measure says a person would not have a duty to retreat before using force in self-defense in any public place in Ohio.
"Castle Doctrine says you can defend yourself against illegal force in your home or your car. It expands that if you feel threatened anywhere, you can defend yourself and use force," explained Ashford.
Pastor Talmadge Thomas with Mt. Zion Church fears if Stand Your Ground becomes law in Ohio, it will lead to more gun violence.
"I think we have enough laws in place without expanding on the Castle Doctrine. It is sufficient. I think the element that would use it in a negative way would take advantage of the expansion," said Thomas.
Toledo City Council will consider a resolution to oppose H.B. 203. Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson says Stand Your Ground is not her only concern with the proposed legislation.
"To relax the laws in such a way that a person who might not qualify in the State of Ohio can go to another state, get a gun, bring it here and be legal - it's serious and problematic to me," said Hicks-Hudson.
A town hall meeting is scheduled for Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Church, located at 701 Vance Street. Opponents of H.B. 203 will be collecting signatures in case it becomes law, and a referendum is needed to place the issue on the ballot.