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Albany Police Department respond to two fatal shootings on Saturday

Murder count in Albany up to 10 for 2014

The first shooting was at 2135 W. Gordon Ave., Apt. 21, and the victim was identified as LaShon Johnson, 24. The second shooting was reported at 5:11 p.m. at 1202 S. Harding St., Apt. A., where 30-year-old Kentrell Knighton was killed, police officials say.

Albany police respond to assaults involving firearms

Couple reports shots fired at them Saturday evening

Officers responded to 112 N. Haley St., Apt. 3, in reference to an aggravated assault at around 5 p.m. on Saturday, and later that same day at 7:30 p.m. to Crawford Drive and Van Deman Street for a similar incident, Albany police reports show.

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Illegal dump site offender on Radium Springs Road identified

Edith Klein of Oakridge Construction Company cited for illegal dumping

Judy Bowles, executive director of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, said Edith Klein, one of the owners of Oakridge Construction Company, has been issued a citation and will appear in state court on Jan. 9 at 8:30 a.m.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - Dec. 5, 2014

Michael Lavon Cook is wanted for simple battery and criminal trespass

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating Michael Lavon Cook, 43, of Albany, who is wanted on warrants charging him with simple battery and criminal trespass.

Albany-Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS reports - Dec. 5, 2014

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 29 incidents on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday, available reports show.

Albany-Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS reports - Dec. 4, 2014

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 15 incidents on Tuesday and the early hours of Wednesday, available reports show.

Albany law enforcement would use officer cameras

Officer mounted cameras fine with law enforcement

Maj. Russell Barnes with the Albany Police Department would welcome new camera technology.

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Two men arrested in attempted burglary

Albany police arrest two men believed to be attempting to burglarize an apartment

Maceo Kenya Hayes and Sean Breavor Wooden are arrested in connection with a north Albany attempted break-in.

Albany-Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS reports - Dec. 3, 2014

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 27 incidents on Monday and the early hours of Tuesday, available reports show.

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East Albany illegal dumping site investigated | VIDEO

Used building materials dumped illegally on Radium Springs Road

Code Enforcement and Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful investigate illegal dumping near the Radium Casino site.

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KEVIN SPROUL: Count your many blessings

THE SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Reflect on things we should be thankful for

Sometimes I need a reminder of how fortunate or blessed I am, and more times than not, I take things for granted. With the Christmas season upon us, I want to take time and reflect on 2014.

Holiday weekend busy for Albany police

Assaults, including at least two incidents with shots fired, are reported in Albany over the weekend

In one incident, a residence near an altercation has bullets fired into it.

Nineteen die on Georgia roadways during Thanksgiving weekend

Two people in Southwest Georgia killed in holiday weekend traffic wrecks

A motorcycle crash in Early County and a collision between a pickup and a tractor-trailer south of Cuthbert resulted in two of the state’s 19 traffic deaths over the 201-hour Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

SUV hits multiple vehicles on Nottingham Way

Several vehicles sustain damage in early Sunday morning wreck

The driver ran the stop sign and lost control of the vehicle, which jumped the curb and collided into a 1998 Honda Civic. The driver then traveled northbound in a nearby parking lot a struck six other vehicles, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD.

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PART I: Dougherty County Jail director looks for ways to improve operations

This is the first in a two-part series about operations at the Dougherty County Jail.

As head of jail operations in Dougherty County, Col. John Ostrander has to be an administrative jack of many trades — security, business, food services, health care, communications, technology and public relations.