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Father urges Valdosta State University protester linked to handgun to surrender

Eric Sheppard Jr. has eluded capture by authorities after denouncing whites, Christians and Muslims

As law enforcement continued Wednesday to search for Eric Sheppard Jr., a protester linked to a handgun found on campus Tuesday, the protester’s father, Eric Sheppard Sr., called for his son to surrender.

Police/Fire/EMS reports - April 20-21, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 14 calls on Monday and the early hours of Tuesday, available reports show.

Investigators looking into Americus homicides

Three homicide victims discovered in Americus Monday

At about 9 a.m. Monday, the Americus Police Department received a call that two people were deceased inside a residence at 1130 North Jackson St. The bodies were discovered by a relative of one of the victims when an employer contacted the relative after the victim failed to show up for work.

Albany man hijacked of vehicle early Saturday

Albany man robbed of wallet, cell phone and vehicle

A man asked the victim for a ride on South Jefferson Street. They got to Gordon Ball Park before the man pulled a gun and told the victim to give up his wallet, cell phone and keys. The victim said he did so and was made to get out of the vehicle, after which the man drove off in the vehicle going south on Willie Pitts Jr. Road, the police report said.

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Suspected armed robber Taiun Davis found guilty

Convicted armed robber still to stand trial for murder

Davis, 21, was found guilty of all the charges against him, which were armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and entering auto. Dougherty Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss sentenced him to 45 years, with the first 30 to be served in prison.

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Convicted murderer Marcus Ray Johnson denied new trial

Defense has 30 days to appeal to Georgia Supreme Court

Attorneys for Marcus Ray Johnson were given time to produce transcripts showing a Dougherty Superior Court oral order on DNA testing following a February hearing for Johnson.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- April 18-20, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday

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

Albany-Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS reports - April 16 - 17, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 22 calls on Thursday and the early hours of Friday, available reports show.

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Albany robbery suspect surrenders to police

Robbery suspects jailed without bond

Two armed robbery suspects accused of pepper spraying a clerk are in the Dougherty County jail

Police seek Sylvester bandit

Sylvester thief used small handgun to rob store employee at dumpster

A grocery clerk in Sylvester is robbed at gunpoint near a dumpster behind a store Wednesday night.

Albany-Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS reports - April 15 - 16, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 20 calls on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday, available reports show.

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Store clerk pepper-sprayed in robbery

Dorian Richards is accused of aggravated assault, armed robbery

Albany police arrested two suspects for armed robbery of a grocery store and attacking the clerk with pepper spray.

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Atlanta men charged in Albany bogus prescriptions bust

Authorities found an electronic device that may have produced bogus prescriptions

Two metro Atlanta men are charged in connection with using false prescription forms to purchase controlled drugs.

Albany-Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS reports - April 14 - 15, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 28 calls on Tuesday and the early hours of Wednesday, available reports show.

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Suspects detained at Albany liquor store parking lot

Two Albany suspects interviewed by detectives

Agents of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit detain two suspects in prescription forgery case.