Jon Gosa

Bio

I am primarily the public safety reporter, but also cover a variety of other news events and special features. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Philosophy and have been with the Herald since April of 2016.

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Trolling the surface of the Flint River, casting for brim or bass among clumps of reed grass, fishermen would never suspect that the main course being caught for the fish fry may have undergone gender mutations because of an invisible enemy: pollution, in the form of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, leaching into the watershed and causing radical changes to fish biology.

For years, Ward III Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher has championed the cause of litter prevention. After arriving at work Sunday morning to find the parking lot of her restaurant, BJ’s Country Buffet on Dawson Road, strewn with trash, the commissioner said she is now on a mission to make an example of litter bugs.

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The Americus Police Department held a press conference Friday morning at the Rees Park Economic Development Center to announce the addition of a new K-9 team consisting of officer Chris Gaddy and his 2-year old German shepard partner, Vonn.

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After eight months of investigation, a suspect, Matthew Long, 33, was taken into custody Wednesday by Georgia State Troopers working in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and charged with felony arson in connection to the fire that destroyed the Anderson Company on Dawson Road in Albany.

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Braving the pungent stench of untreated sewage and the roar of diesel engines, city of Albany Sewer Superintendent Jeffery Hughes held a press conference Wednesday afternoon in front of Lift Station 26, the site of multiple sewage spills, to address another incident, the release of 29,700 gallons of raw, untreated waste into the Flint River on Monday.

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