Alapaha, GA

Two juveniles arrested for allegedly shooting their father

A ten-year-old and twelve-year-old from Douglas have been charged with aggravated assault in connection to the recent shooting of their father. According to officials with the Douglas Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence on East Franklin Street around midnight on June 18 in reference to an individual with a gunshot wound.
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Suspect arrested on 20 charges after alleged assault on girlfriend

A 29-year-old man is now in custody on 20 charges, including aggravated assault, after he allegedly choked and hit a woman because she didn't make him a sandwich. The suspect, Austin Lowe, was apprehended after an officer pulled his weapon on him while attempting to run back inside the victim's home.
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Thurman indicted on two new counts of Aggravated Battery

Jimmy Thurman, who was indicted on one count of aggravated battery in 2019, has now received two additional charges for an assault he allegedly committed in 2017. Thurman was arrested on October 12, 2017, following a reported assault that occurred on October 7, 2017, on David Zanders of Douglas. Two years later, a Coffee County grand jury indicted Thurman on the charge, which accused him of "maliciously causing bodily harm to David Zanders by punching him in the face and breaking bones in the jaw, rendering his jaw temporarily useless."
Albany Herald

Georgia Museum of Agriculture to host July 2 Wiregrass Freedom Festival

TIFTON — Visitors can break out the red, white and blue on July 2 to celebrate their patriotic pride at the Wiregrass Freedom Festival at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture. Opportunities to ride the 1914 Vulcan Steam Train into the Historic Village and enjoy numerous...

Wetter pattern is finally here

Yesterday, Albany was 1° shy of a record high. It was the warmest day since July 1st, 2012. Valdosta got to 102°, its warmest day in 3 years. Tifton got to 101, its warmest day in 11 years (or June 15th, 2011). Moultrie got to 100 degrees for the first time since June 7th, 2011.

Lace Futch, South Georgia's biggest champion, passes at 83

Former Willacoochee mayor, Atkinson County commissioner, and South Georgia’s biggest champion Marion “Lace” Futch, age 83, passed away Friday morning, June 17, 2022, in Savannah following a brief illness. Lace, as he was known to all, was a lifelong resident of Willacoochee, Georgia. He was born October...

City of Douglas to host 2022 Freedom Fest celebration

The City of Douglas, First National Bank of Coffee County, and other partners will host the 2022 Freedom Fest celebration on Monday, July 4. The Independence Day celebration will be held at JC Adams Municipal Park - Jardine Stadium. The gates will open at 5 P.M. and stadium seating will be provided.

Gutherie Lumber Company in Cecil catches fire

CECIL, Ga. (WALB) -Fire personnel worked to contain a fire that happened at Guthrie Lumber Company located on Union Street on Wednesday, according to Cook County Fire Chief Johnny West. The Cecil Fire Department, Lowndes County Fire Department, East Berrien Fire Department, Brooks County Fire Department, and the Georgia Forestry...

Fire departments team up to put out large lumber yard fire in Cook County

CECIL, Ga. (WCTV) - The Cook County Fire Department says it teamed up with a multitude of agencies to put out a large fire at a lumber yard in Cecil on Wednesday. According to a CCFD Facebook post, the fire started in the sawmill, then spread fast through the lumber yard. CCFD says it was the largest fire it had to battle while temperatures outside were 102 degrees.

Fourth of July events

There are a number of Fourth of July events across the WALB viewing area to mark Independence Day this year. The City of Albany will have its Independence Day celebration and fireworks event at Veterans Park Amphitheatre in downtown Albany. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. There will be performances by Larry Malloy at 6 p.m., Riley Anderson at 7 p.m. and G&S Experience at 8 p.m. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Douglas man arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother

A local 20-year-old is now facing serious charges after he allegedly assaulted his mother by hitting her with a silver pot approximately 30 times and choking her for several minutes. The suspect, Tydarius Lester of Douglas, referred to himself as "the God and the Devil" during the reported attack. According...

Tifton man sentenced for trafficking heorin

TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - A Tifton man was sentenced to over a decade in prison for trafficking heroin from Atlanta to south Georgia, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia. Joshua Gannon Deanda, 24, was sentenced to over 12 years in prison. In November...

Tifton man who led police on high-speed chase sentenced for drug trafficking

A Tifton man who led police on a high-speed chase has been sentenced to prison for trafficking heroin to south central Georgia. 24-year-old Joshua Gannon Deanda, was sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison resulting from his role actively trafficking large quantities of heroin into South Central Georgia from sources in metro Atlanta. Deanda was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson on June 21 after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Cecil lumber yard fire smolders into the night

CECIL, GA – Firefighters are keeping a close eye on a lumber yard fire which ignited Wednesday afternoon in Cecil and continues to smolder. The call for help from Guthrie’s Lumber Yard came a little after 4pm. The flames quickly swept through the large parcel of property, burning...

Georgia man sentenced to prison for heroine trafficking

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WRBL) — A man from Tifton, Georgia, was sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison for his role in trafficking heroine from metro Atlanta to South Georgia. Joshua Gannon Deanda, 24, previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin. He was sentenced to 150 months on June 21. In October of […]

Fire reported at Cecil wood mill

CECIL, Ga. (WALB) - Fire personnel are currently working to contain a fire that happened at Guthrie Lumber Company located on Union Street on Wednesday, according to Cook County Fire Chief Johny West. The Cecil Fire Department, Lowndes County Fire Department, East Berrian Fire Department, Brooks County Fire Department and...

GBI assists Pearson PD with armed robbery arrests

PEARSON – A GBI investigation into numerous armed robberies of multiple Hispanics resulted in two arrests. The GBI has arrested and charged Ashton Hamilton, 18, of Pearson, GA, with Armed Robbery and Mica’enya Jordan, 19, of Douglas, GA, with Criminal Attempt to Commit Armed Robbery. Roderick Hillman, 17, of Douglas, GA, was also charged with Armed Robbery and is wanted. On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Pearson Police Department requested the GBI investigate numerous armed robberies that had occurred over the course of at least a month.