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Community Organizations Active in Disaster brings together various organizations to help the southwest Georgia area to recover from Hurricane Michael’s storm damage. COAD spokeswoman Sherrell Byrd said recovery is going “pretty smoothly.”

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After a trial in April 2016, a Tift County jury found Edwin Williams guilty of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery in connection with the death of Tyler Johnson. Williams was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole and later appealed from the trial court’s denial of his amended motion for a new trial.

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In accordance with National Flood Insurance Program guidelines, the city of Albany Planning and Development Services Department has released its annual progress report on the Albany Dougherty Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Georgia Power and Sumter EMC linemen spend time at two Lee County schools where they were presented with handmade thank you cards and letters from the children for their hard work during restoration efforts after Hurricane Michael.

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The Albany Police Department has zones labeled with signs that say “Exchange Zone Parking Only.” There are two parking areas at the APD’s downtown facility. One set of signs is in the Jackson Street alley that runs along the side of the department, and there are also two parking spaces in the West Oglethorpe Boulevard visitor’s parking area.

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The Albany Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau would like the public’s assistance with locating Dontavious “June June” Thomas, 30, in regards to the death of Johnny Young, 33, after a shooting Saturday on the 1300 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard.

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Albany Police Department officers and local EMS responsed to a pedestrian accident that ocurred on the 1900 block of Clark Avenue Tuesday morning.

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The Albany Police Department is offering tips to the public on the best ways to safely trick-or-treat following Hurricane Michael, which has left debris that is expected to still be remaining on Albany household properties on Halloween night.

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Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department, said a crash took place shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday, resulting in Joseph Brown, 28, of Albany, suffering serious injuries while driving a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe and Destiny Harris, 30, of Americus, who was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, complaining of injury.

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Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department, confirmed at around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday that Johnny Young, 33, had died from his injuries following a shooting, and said later that robbery was the suspected motive.

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The Department of Justice established the National Center for Disaster Fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It is a national coordinating agency within the department’s criminal division operating a call center for disaster fraud complaints and information relating to both natural and man-made disasters.

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Federal court officials said an organization of 32 people were indicted in connection to a Moultrie-based meth ring. Court evidence said some transactions also occurred in Atlanta and parts of Florida, including at the Georgia-Florida line, from May until November 2016.

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U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. and state Rep. Gerald Greene welcomed an amendment to the major disaster declaration for Georgia that expands coverage for FEMA Individual Assistance to also include Calhoun, Clay, Randolph, Sumter and Tift counties.

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Hurricane Michael uprooted trees and damaged some gravesites and graves at Riverside and Oakview cemeteries when the Category 2 storm roared through Albany earlier this month.

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U.S. District Judge Leslie J. Abrams on Monday and Tuesday handed down 11 sentences in Albany’s federal courthouse in connection to a Moultrie-based meth ring. More sentences in the operation are expected throughout the week.

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On Thursday, Mediacom activated a Wi-Fi hot spot at the Albany Civic Center to expand access to the Internet. The Civic Center location at 100 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. is the site of the American Red Cross emergency assistance center.

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The Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency, along with Albany and Dougherty County officials, gave an update to the public as clean-up and recovery continues for those impacted by Hurricane Michael.

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Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan gave many local residents something to cheer about during an Emergency Management Agency update on Wednesday.

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