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Jury selection continues in 2009 contaminated peanuts case

Three former officials with the defunct Peanut Corporation of America are to be tried in U.S. District Court in Albany

Nine people were killed and hundreds of others sickened in the 2009 samonella outbreak that was traced to the PCA peanut plant in Blakely.

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Albany teens arrested on entering vehicle charges

Two teens are accused of entering autos in West Albany

Tipsters tell police that two people riding bicycles had been trying to open car door handles in the West Third Avenue and Relswood Terrace area.

Teen injured in hit and run

The victim of Albany hit and run is listed in fair condition

Albany police are searching for the driver of a pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run incident Monday night.

Albany-Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- July 29, 2014

Public safety roundup for Albany-Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 49 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and early Monday, available reports show.

Shots fired into vehicles in Dawson Road parking lot

Two vehicles struck at El Rancho on Dawson Road Sunday

The gunman in a shooting incident on Sunday afternoon is described by police as a 6-foot-3 black male with “22” tattooed on the upper portion of his right arm. He was wearing a white tank top and dark gym shorts, authorities say.

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Jury selection starts in 2009 peanut salmonella outbreak case

Three former officials with defunct Peanut Corporation of America face multiple federal charges

Nine people died in the salmonella outbreak that was traced to the now closed Blakely peanut plan five years ago.

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Team USA sprinter Torrin Lawrence killed in crash near Cordele

Team USA runner, former UGA star killed when semi hits his disabled vehicle on I-75

Officials with Georgia State Patrol Post 30 in Cordele said that Team USA runner Torrin Lawrence, 25, was killed early Monday on I-75 after experiencing car trouble.

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Doughtery County Jail Report - July 28, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail July 17-23, 2014.

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Northwest Albany residents want to slow speeding drivers

Residents say drivers uses neighborhood roads as cut-throughs

Residents in a northwest Albany neighborhood are asking city government and police officials to curtail speeding on roads used to avoid heavy traffic.

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Deputy EMA director discusses disaster management processes and procedures | VIDEO

Emergency Management Agency officials have one duty: to protect the public

Dougherty County Emergency Management Deputy Director Jim Vaught discusses disaster management processes and procedures, plans that are critical in mitigating disaster.

Seven teens wounded in shooting at early-morning party in Sylvester

None of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening

Seven teens wounded in early-morning shooting at party in Sylvester

Lee County Waffle House robbed at gunpoint

Lee County authorities say restaurant was robbed by a lone black male early Friday morning

Lee County Waffle House is held up

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Baconton/North Mitchell County fire district improves to ISO Class 3 | VIDEO

The change in the ISO rating of the fire district takes effect Oct. 1

Baconton Fire Chief David Forrester says residents and business owners in the North Mitchell County fire district that includes Baconton should contact their insurance carriers about lower costs once the Class 3 ISO rating goes into effect this fall.

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Dougherty County Jail Report - July 7, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail June 26 - July 2, 2014.

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Albany police hunting for missing 22-year-old man

Dontea Parker, 22, has been reported missing

Foul play is not suspected in the disappearance of 22-year-old Dontea Parker, of Albany, police say.