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Saturday News Briefs

GBI reports charges against Sylvester Fire Chief

Sylvester fire chief faces extortion charges

SYLVESTER — Officials with the Sylvester office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have confirmed the arrest of Sylvester fire chief Chris Duncan on one count of theft by extortion.

A media release issued Friday stated that on February 11 Tift Judicial Circuit District Attorney Paul Bowden had requested the GBI investigate Duncan on allegations of extortion involving the city of Sylvester.

Following his arrest, Duncan was transported to the Worth County jail, the release stated. GBI officials stated in the release that Bowden could face additional charges as a result of the investigation, but refused to give any details on the extortion charges.

Judevine autism traing set in Albany March 11-13

ALBANY _ A three-day Judevine Autism Training program will be offered in Albany on March 11-13 featuring instruction from Debbie Vansant and Sonia Prescott, certified trainers at Albany Advocacy Resource Center.

The training will be conducted from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at 1300 W. Broad Ave., which is the Albany ARC adult day center. The three-evening workshop is designed to teach parents how to work with their children who have autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, autism characteristics of pervasive developmental disorders.

For additional information, call Vansant at (229) 888-6852 Ext. 357 or Prescott at Ext. 350. Childcare will be provided.

Parks Department, Museum partnering for family cultural event

ALBANY — The Albany Recreation and Parks Department is partnering with the Albany Museum of Art for a family-friendly cultural arts event on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Family Day, to be held at the museum, is free with activities designed for all ages. Included will be a variety of hands-on art activities for children and games with prizes. visitors can explore AMAzing Space, the interactive children’s gallery.

The Albany Museum of Art is located at 311 Meadowlark Drive, adjacent to Darton College. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, call Kristin Caso at Albany Recreation and Parks Department at (229) 430-5222.

Lane closing Wednesday on Liberty Expressway at Exit 5

ALBANY — A lane on Liberty Expressway at Exit 5 will be closed much of the business day on Wednesday, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The right westbound lane of Liberty Expr3essway at Exist 5 will closed from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. so workers can set beams for the new overpass. The work is not expected to impact traffic on Jefferson Street.