Douglas, GA

GBI makes arrest in fatal shooting of Savion McRae

A 19-year-old of Douglas has been charged with murder in the recent fatal shooting of 18-year-old Savion McRae, according to an official with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI official confirmed to DouglasNow that Shamond Jaquavious Campbell is currently being held in the Coffee County Jail in connection to...
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Atkinson Co. mobile home struck twice by lightning

PEARSON, Ga. (WALB) - A mobile home was struck by lighting Friday after a severe thunderstorm, according to a Facebook post by Atkinson County EMA/Fire (ATCO). ATCO Fire Department responded to Live Oak Homes, a mobile home dealer in Willacoochee late Friday afternoon. During a thunderstorm lighting struck twice. The...

Douglas PD warning residents of false social media post

DOUGLAS, Ga. (WALB) - The Douglas Police Department is warning residents of false information that is circling on social media, according to a Facebook post by the agency. Officials said the post was published by the Douglas GA Swap and Shop page on Facebook. The post states that there are two suspects on a killing spree in Douglas.

Arrest made in Lanier County shooting death of Savion McRae

An arrest has been made in connection to the shooting death of 18-year-old Savion McRae. On Saturday, June 18, McRae and two others were shot while traveling in a vehicle in Lanier County. Savion was pronounced dead on the scene. On Wednesday, June 22, 18-year-old Shamond Jaquavious Campbell, of Douglas,...

Independence Day celebrations in our viewing area

Since 1776, July 4th—also known as Independence Day or the Fourth of July — has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. On July 4, 1776, delegates from the 13 colonies unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies' separation from Great Britain. The Fourth of...

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.

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.

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."

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.

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...

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.

Douglas man charged with Felony Murder

PEARSON – A Douglas man has been arrested and charged by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with Felony Murder. The GBI has arrested and charged Marcus Hunt, 43, of Douglas, Georgia, with Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault. On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, the Pearson Police Department requested the GBI to conduct a death investigation.

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...