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Sylvester holds annual Christmas parade
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -The city of Sylvester held their annual Christmas parade Thursday night. The parade was rescheduled because of the heavy rains, but the Christmas spirit still shown bright despite the cold temperatures.
11 people plead guilty in Georgia food stamp fraud case
--- The DOJ says law enforcement opened an investigation after hearing Alford was giving cash for food stamps and allowing SNAP recipients to buy ineligible items. Undercover transactions showed the average purchase at Alford’s store was around $56, while the average purchase in Georgia is around $7
Sylvester city hall remodeling still on track
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - After several weeks of severe weather, leaders in Sylvester said progress on the remodeling of the Sylvester City Hall is still on track. They said it’s about 80 percent complete.
Third suspect in October homicide, Dontavious Thomas, turns himself in
ALBANY — The third suspect in the fatal shooting of Johnny Young, 33, turned himself in on Wednesday, officials with the Albany Police Department said. Dontavious “June June” Thomas, 30, was wanted by the APD for his suspected involvement in Young’s death in October.
Jury delivers verdict in Albany double murder trial
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A jury returned a verdict on Thursday for the 2017 murders of two Albany teens. [ Albany Police: Second person dies after Saturday double shooting ]. Joseph Jones III was found guilty of two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of
Pedestrian killed in Worth Co. accident
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - A 59-year-old man was struck by a car and later died in Sylvester Saturday, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Roy Roosevelt James Sr. was lying in the road at the intersection of South Main Street ( Moultrie Highway) and MLK Jr. Drive, when he was struck by a car, GSP sai
Moultrie athlete charged with felonies in Arkansas
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A former Colquitt County Packer, who now plays football for the Arkansas Razorbacks, was arrested Wednesday on drug and gun charges. Linebacker Demetrius "Dee" Walker II was arrested for possession of marijuana and Xanax, with intent to deliver.
Sylvester, Worth County getting citizen's police academy
The Sylvester Police Department is teaming up with the Worth County Sheriff's Office to bring a citizens police academy to the area. Their academy will be an eight week long program, two hours a night, one night a week.
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.
Person of interest in deadly West Augustine shooting arrested in Georgia
The person of interest in the case of a fatal shooting that left a 28-year-old man dead in West Augustine was arrested in Georgia, according to U.S. Marshals. Brandon Calloway was arrested in Colquitt County, Ga., about three hours from St. Augustine by U.S. Marshals. They didn't indicate the specif
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.
Fire Reported at Conagra Peanut Butter Plant in Georgia
Crews responded to a blaze Friday afternoon at the Conagra plant in Sylvester, GA that produces Peter Pan brand peanut butter, several local news organizations reported. The fire ignited in a roaster at the site, but flames were contained to the equipment, Interim Sylvester City Manager Jack Colby t
Albany murder suspect turns himself into police
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Police Department said the third suspect in an October homicide investigation turned himself in around 2 p.m. on Wednesday. APD issued a “Be on the Lookout” (BOLO) for Dontavious “June June” Thomas, 30, on Oct. 30.
Many upset over possible railroad crossing closures in Albany
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Cars continuously cross the tracks on 7th Avenue. But if one company has their way, they won’t be able to for much longer. And some say the consequences of this decision could be deadly.
12 Dougherty Co. schools are ‘beating the odds’
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Twelve schools within the Dougherty County School System are outperforming other schools across Georgia and another five are within “expected range," state officials announced.
Ashburn freshman earns ABAC Foundation scholarship
TIFTON — Mary Grace Lavender from Ashburn has been awarded the Captain D’s scholarship from the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Northside stopped in its tracks against Lee County in state title
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The streaking Northside Eagles entered Tuesday with all kinds of momentum. Problem is, they ran into an even hotter team -- Lee County. After barely sneaking into the playoffs with a .500 record, Northside's season came to an end with a 14-0 6A State Championship loss to Lee County,
Albany family honors murder victim with vigil
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - To celebrate a young Albany man’s life exactly two years after his murder, the family of Justin King gathered at his grave site for a ceremony. King was found shot to death near an east Albany railroad track.
GBI: Woman wanted in Conyers deadly stabbing hurt in police shootout in South Georgia
A search for a Rockdale County homicide suspect Monday afternoon ended in a shootout with deputies in South Georgia, authorities said. Joyce Marie Lewis-Pelzer, 42, was injured after shots were fired toward Crisp County deputies, and the deputies returned fire, according to the GBI. She was taken to
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.