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Judge overrules motions in Ryan Duke trial
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After several motions were made by Ryan Duke’s defense in the Tara Grinstead case, a judge has overruled five of them. Duke was arrested in February of 2017, charged with the murder of Ocilla teacher and beauty queen Tara Grinstead who disappeared in 2005.
Fitzgerald man, Billy Ray Stafford, pleas guilty to possession and distribution of meth
ALBANY — A Fitzgerald man just released from prison after serving 10 years for manslaughter pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in federal court in Albany on Monday, Charlie Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said.
TEAM OF THE WEEK (12/3/18): Irwin County stifles top offense in state
OCILLA, GA (WALB) - Irwin county held Pelham to just 6 points this past Friday at Indian Field. The hornets previous low was 34. That’s a team of the week performance. With the win, the Indians are headed to the state championship in A-public for the 4th time in 5 years.
Clinch breaks Irwin's hearts again
ATLANTA — Irwin County head coach Buddy Nobles wasn't quite ready to talk Tuesday afternoon. Irwin dropped its fourth Class A public state final in five years to the Clinch County Panthers 27-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Nobles was misty-eyed.
Police: Deputies shoot homicide suspect after high-speed chase
ASHBURN, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The GBI is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a suspect in serious condition after a chase in Turner County. Officials say on Monday at around 10:30 a.m. 42-year-old Joyce Marie Lewis-Pelzer was allegedly involved in a homicide in Conyers, Georgia and
Irwin County stops Pelham 23-6
Pelham Head Coach Dondrial Jenkins said earlier this week that his team had to keep the Irwin County offense off the field in three plays or the Indians would wear down the Hornet defenders and win the game. That is exactly how Irwin County dominated late in the game and took the 23-6 victory over P
Ashburn benefits from budget cuts
ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Taxes in Ashburn will not be increasing thanks to budget cuts by city leaders. Ashburn City Manager Tanita Norris said the city is no longer negative. Taxpayers will not see an increase in water rates or taxes thanks to budget cuts put in place by former city manager Sedric Cari
City names new downtown manager
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The City of Albany issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, in which Lequrica Gaskins was announced as Albany’s new Downtown Manager. She officially takes office on Wednesday January 9, 2019. Previously, Gaskins worked in downtown development with the City of Tifton.
GBI reveals information on Turner Co. incident
ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been looking into a car chase that ended in shots fired on Monday in Turner County, near Ashburn. Around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, they issued this statement on that case-
Woman shot in Turner Co. officer-involved shooting is murder suspect
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) - According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a woman shot after a multi-county chase ended in Turner County was a murder suspect out of metro Atlanta.
Fitzgerald man pleads guilty to selling meth
A Fitzgerald man previously imprisoned for manslaughter has now pled guilty to selling meth. According to the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia's Office, Billy Ray Stafford entered the plea Monday to the charge of possession with intent to distribute meth.
Cook Co. man sentenced for molestation
ADEL, GA (WALB) - Steven Edward Sutton, 46, pled guilty to Aggravated Child Molestation in Cook County. Superior Court Judge Clayton Tomlinson sentenced Sutton to 25 years in prison for the crime, according to Alapaha Circuit District Attorney Dick Perryman.
Tara Grinstead case: Leaked confession reveals motive behind killing, investigators say
BEN HILL COUNTY, Ga. - The man accused of killing a former beauty queen and teacher in south Georgia in 2005 confessed to investigators in 2017, according to newly leaked documents.
‘I was a coward:’ Accused Grinstead killer’s alleged confession describes what happened
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says its aware of a report detailing an alleged confession by Ryan Duke that's circulating the internet. Duke is the man charged with murdering Irwin County teacher and beauty queen, Tara Grinstead, in 2005.
GHSA State Championships Happening NOW
VALDOSTA – The A Public state championship is wrapping up with Clinch County Leading Irwin County. Games will be going on all day today and tomorrow. Don’t miss out on watching young talent play in the game of their life.
Multi-county chase leads to I-75 traffic block
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) - A chase that started in Crisp County Monday afternoon ended on I-75 in Turner County, leading to the two left southbound lanes near Exit 84 being blocked.
Nomination meetings scheduled for three Georgia Peanut Commission board positions
MACON — Nomination meetings to fill three positions on the Georgia Peanut Commission Board of Directors will be held on Monday in Ocilla, Vienna and Americus, officials from the GPC said.
PLAY OF THE WEEK (12/4/18): Benyard makes the sideline catch
OCILLA, GA (WALB) - Irwin County hosted Pelham in the GHSA state semifinals. In the first half, Zach Smith connected with Garland Benyard on the sideline, and Benyard got his toes in for the completion.
Judge sets trial in 2005 slaying of missing teacher
Ocilla, GA (AP) A judge says a man will go on trial next spring in the killing of a Georgia high school teacher last seen 13 years ago. Irwin County Judge Bill Reinhardt set an April 1 trial date for 33-year-old Ryan Alexander Duke at a hearing Monday. He's charged with murder in the slaying of one-
Man Convicted of Aggravated Child Molestation
ADEL, GA – Superior Court Judge Clayton Tomlinson sentenced Steven Edward Sutton, 46, to 25 years in prison for the crime of Aggravated Child Molestation, according to Alapaha Circuit District Attorney Dick Perryman.