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Business owner challenges community

Albany business woman B.J. Fletcher, shown in this December 2012 file photo, says businesses need to support law enforcement if the Albany community is to progress and become safer. Fletcher added $500 to a reward for information on a recent drive-by shooting. (March 28, 2013)

Albany business woman B.J. Fletcher, shown in this December 2012 file photo, says businesses need to support law enforcement if the Albany community is to progress and become safer. Fletcher added $500 to a reward for information on a recent drive-by shooting. (March 28, 2013)

ALBANY, Ga. -- Business owner, B.J. Fletcher says everyone who owns a business should contribute to the local law enforcement effort. What's more, she's put her money where her mouth is.

Motivated by a recent drive-by shooting on Willard Avenue in which two people were killed and a second drive-by on Avalon Avenue, Fletcher reached into her bank account. Her $500 contribution to the Albany Police Department's Crime Tips program brings the total reward for information on the shooters to $2,000.

"As a business owner, you succeed only with community support," Fletcher said. "It's only right that we should give something back.

Fletcher, owner of B.J.'s Country Buffet on Dawson Road and is sales director for Hilton Garden Inn, said she was inspired to contribute by a call for community action by Police Chief John Proctor.

Fletcher estimates there are some 4,000 small businesses in the Albany area and if each were to contribute just $10, it could have a serious crime-reducing affect.

"There are people out there who would tell on their mama if the reward was big enough," Fletcher said.

According to Phyllis Banks, media spokeswoman for the APD, efforts to find the shooters are ongoing, with no breakthroughs in the two cases so far.

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WTFwtf 1 year, 4 months ago

Not a bad idea. Creative thinking at least. Id like to see a mosquito truck retro fitted to spray condoms around areas with hi single parent homes.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 4 months ago

Hey WTFwtf you made a similar comment about the trucks spraying condoms a few weeks ago. The comment wasn't funny then, and it's not funny now. Think before you make childish comments about a very serious situation. I have been a cop in the past, and Albany has a serious crime promblem. It's time the leaders of this city get their heads out of their rear ends and realize the crime and violence issues that plague Albany. BJ Fletcher is trying to be proactive, and I give her credit for that.

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Somebody 1 year, 4 months ago

He is always saying stupid stuff that doesn't make sense or have anything to do with the topic.

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LoneCycler 1 year, 4 months ago

Ms. Fletcher sets a good example. Some of the 600+ non-profit organizations in Albany could also pony up some cash to help the community get a handle on gang violence. Perhaps some of those guys that showed up to the photo-op with the Sheriff and APD Chief to express their concern might do it. Oh, wait. I forgot the cash flow only goes one way with non-profits around here.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

I think you'll find that the vast majority of the non-profits have a one-way cash policy. INTO the non-profit where it is used for personal gain of the "CEO"

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Our small family owned businesses wrote checks totaling more than $16,000 in December. Our property has been burglarized, three 10 ton HVAC units have been destroyed, we spend 6 hours per week picking up the garbage strewn by indigents going to the free food joints. It's silly to think or suggest another $10 or $100 per business will make a difference. The fragmented management of the law enforcement as well as the squandering of resources prevent any serious improvement in public safety. Consolidate the police and enforcement agencies as well as the municipal and county government to bring forces and sources to full impact. The city is pre-occupied with raping and pillaging at WG&L there is no time for mundane issues such as crime prevention and law enforcement.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

FT.........you sound like me today!

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rightasrain 1 year, 4 months ago

Fryar hits the nail on the head once again. The City of Albany needs more policemen who respect the law themselves.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 4 months ago

Albany needs more policeman that know what they are doing. I have seen traffic laws violated with APD in plain sight, and the APD officer ignores the moving violation and keeps "patroling." In the city where I was a cop, I would be repermanded by the chief himself if I did not enforce the laws of my city and state. I don't know what they are teaching the new cops at APD, but it is not proactive policing.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 4 months ago

Yep! Saw a car speeding through a school zone yesterday morning and an APD car was right beside my car and the officer never went after the speeding car. What if a child was hit?

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ustaknow 1 year, 4 months ago

Seems to me that the crime is elevated in part because the offenders get off too easy. The judges should make the criminals do some hard labor. Instead- they just slap an ankle bracelet on and tell them " Behave yourself or else " These repeat offenders laugh at the judges.

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dingleberry 1 year, 4 months ago

We simply have too many criminals being spawned right out of subsidized housing. We are not growing taxpayers, we are growing criminals. Quit providing so much support to those who are "poor" as the government defines it and perhaps they won't come to the ever expanding "field of dreams" we offer.

There is nothing wrong with being poor but there is plenty wrong with a society that encourages itself to stay that way. We are running out of "free stuff" to give away in an attempt to calm the masses and help them climb out of poverty--which isn't working.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

That one is going to leave a mark. OUCH!

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes, the Willard Ave. house where the shooting happened is owned by the City of Albany/DCED. Look up 514 Willard Ave on Qpublic Dougherty County. It is there in black and white.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 4 months ago

I brought up the this same argument to the Commission only to have Langstaff reply with some nonsense as usual. They could care less as long as it doesn't happen at their home.

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whattheheck 1 year, 4 months ago

The city types don't seem to recognize we have a tsunami on the horizon on housing.. The Bethel project is a good example where a project heavily subsidized with federal money no needs a redo to make it more "decent" with now-available amenities to the tune of almost $11 million. The Cutliff disaster is a great example of an imminent foreclosure in the making with the city on the hook with a sizeable contingent liability.

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ustaknow 1 year, 4 months ago

Exactly who segregated the minorities and the poor people? Did the liberal city government decide to award tax free housing development grants to 501 c3's? Did the liberal democrats eagerly employ grant writers to solicit these tax dollars? it seems to me that the liberals are the racist . They are racist because they have used the government to basically define who and where these people live. The machine is broken and no amount of taxation or redistributing the taxes produced by the machine will fix a structural defect. it is only when we allow freedom from government tyranny to be the norm will the norm change. shame on you liberal racist for harming the very community you so ignorantly tried to help

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WeAreThey 1 year, 4 months ago

But if we put a moratorium on low-income housing then the churches and their leaders would miss out on future opportunities for personal profit.

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ustaknow 1 year, 4 months ago

The mind of a Democrat: We will apply for a block grant for an urban housing development and build our poor a nice place to live. So this happens and the population in that region multiplies- then they build a school or buy many buses to move kids to the schools. Then the new found need for tax revenues take hold and so they raise property taxes or create a new splost to fund this dream. Then one day this liberal runs for office saying i helped build that- meanwhile all the kids in the run down housing are saying we need to get up out of the hood. But now we are blaming racism as the culprit for the hoods being mostly minorities when if fact it was the dream of the liberal that brought about this mass concentration of the people in the name of help. So ,in effect, it is the liberals who are sowing the seeds of racism but do not quite understand that they are in fact racist because that was never their intent. It is a vicious cycle that the liberals repeat over and over- meanwhile the people that inhabit these newly built subsidize federal housing programs are lost as to why it is always me that is stuck in the hood- so they branch out and some become liberal politicians that repeat the same cycle all over again. On the other end is the working class who is being taxed to poverty to pay for anyone and everything- but when this person needs uncles Sam, He says " you don't Qualify '

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waltspecht 1 year, 4 months ago

Problem is paying for the storage of these lost souls. Prison over crowding and ACLU making it so expensive to house and care for them. Somewhere there has got to be a forfiture of rights due to bad behavior. It tells you something about our Society when we can't even control our prisoners in jails. The fact that trial and prosecution costs on both endsonly adds to the problem

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Too much blame on the police, yeah maybe the police let things go, but if they write a ticket or even arrest somebody if they go the court 9 times out of 10 the judge lets them off the hook. The police has to figure it is not worth the time to go after them. Why arrest someone? They will be back out on the street the same day. They have to either have a rap sheet a mile long or kill someone before they get sent to prison. I am sure there are some police who don't care, but it's been that way for a while now, but until the judges stop being easy going on the criminals and start setting examples, nothing is going to change.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 4 months ago

That is true VSU, but if some of these idiot drivers saw some of their fellow idiot drivers getting citations, maybe things would improve on the streets.

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Still it is not the policeman's fault, people should take it upon themselves to be good safe drivers, not only for their own safety, but the safety of others, but too many drivers are too selfish and ignorant. They have to text or talk on the phone at every moment they are driving. They speed, weave from lane to lane passing everybody in sight as if there was no tomorrow. People like that should have their licenses taken away.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 4 months ago

You are right VSU. We are both referring to the same idiot drivers. You can't out drive stupid.

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

I agree with you 100% that the police should be out ticketing these drivers, even if the charges are dropped. Like you said, just people seeing the blue lights flashing lets people know they should be careful. I just feel some don't think it is worth the trouble to ticket them.

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