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News Briefs - May 8, 2014

Albany Police investigate shooting on Cherry Avenue

Two people shot in incident on Cherry Avenue

ALBANY — Police officials say Cabina McCoy, 38, and Geno T. Johnson, 37, were treated for gunshot wounds Tuesday at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital following an shooting on Cherry Avenue.

McCoy was shot in her right shoulder, right upper thigh and lower right leg, officials say, and Johnson was shot in his right thigh. The officers were dispatched to the hospital around 10 p.m, when the victims said the shooting occurred on Cherry Avenue. Information on the victims’ condition is not available, police officials say. The case has been turned over to the investigations bureau of the APD.

Plains hosting National Railroad Day event Saturday

PLAINS — In celebration of National Railroad Day on Saturday, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, partnering with the Flint River Model Railroad Club and the North American Railcar Operators Association, will be hosting an event, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Plains Depot.

Exhibits and displays will include model trains and full size working railcars. Railcars such as the ones on display were used to inspect the rails and make repairs as needed.

Railroads and trains were an essential part of transportation when Jimmy Carter was growing up in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. Trains were the main source of speedy, long distance transportation as the majority of people couldn’t afford to own a car.

Trains carried produce to distant markets where the crops could be sold for higher prices than they could locally. Trains also brought items purchased from catalogs and through the mail from all over the country to the little town of Plains.

RiverQuarium letting mothers in free on Sunday

ALBANY — In a special Mother’s Day promotion, the Flint RiverQuarium is admitting Mom free with a paid child’s admission on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Mom will also receive a sweet treat.

The Flint RiverQuarium features more than 1,000 animals that call the Flint River watershed home. The Flint RiverQuarium is located at 101 Pine Ave. in downtown Albany. Regular operating hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; closed Monday.

Program on stroke awareness scheduled Tuesday afternoon

ALBANY — A Blind and Visually Impaired Peer Support meeting on stroke awareness is planned at 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1500-B Gillionville Road.

The 90-minute program will be directed by Rebecca Todd, a registered nurse.

“Strokes are not selective or partial to only the sighted,” said Collie Robinson, director of Blind Services at Albany ARC. “Prevention is the key for everyone. The Center for the Blind at Albany ARC provides services for individuals who are blind because of a stroke.”

To register or for additional information, call (229) 888-6852, Ext. 370 or 371.

Roads closed, altered to allow for improvements

ALBANY — Three Albany roads will be closed or altered today for road work, according to K. Bruce Maples, director of engineering for the City of Albany.

Maples said the 1900 block of Dawson Road will be narrowed to one lane eastbound and one lane westbound from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. today. He said motorists should use alternative routes and avoid the 1900 block of Dawson Road from East Edgewater Drive to Forest Glen Drive near Lake Loretta. Traffic delays are anticipated, he said.

Also portions of Jackson Street and Washington Street will be closed for a few days to allow milling and resurfacing work as part of SPLOST VI road improvements.

The areas include Jackson Street between Third Avenue and Society Avenue and Washington Street between 7th Avenue and Oglethorpe Boulevard.