Two Waycross men are charged in a 13-count federal indictment with enticing minor girls to engage in sexual acts so they could record the acts to produce child pornography. Janques Donte Taylor, 22, is charged with three counts of production of child pornography, one count of coercing and enticing a minor and two counts of […]
Elected officials are free to speak about what goes on in executive sessions, according to a leading authority on the Georgia Open Meetings Act.
Gregory Allen, 31, and Leisha Allen, 33, brother and sister from Jesup, GA, were arraigned last week on a federal indictment for their alleged roles in a stolen identity and tax fraud scheme operating in Wayne County. The federal indictment alleges that Leisha and Gregory Allen filed fraudulent tax returns in order to illegally obtain […]
JACQUES DONTE TAYLOR, 22, and DONNEL CORNELIUS SHAVERS, 22, both of Waycross, were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Savannah earlier this week on numerous counts of enticing minors to engage in sexual acts and with production of child pornography. In part, the indictment alleges that from January through March of 2014 TAYLOR and […]
An employee of the Bulloch County Clerk of Court’s office was arrested after a lengthy investigation that uncovered theft, forgery and other crimes, Tuesday, Bulloch officials announced Wednesday. According to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), the department received a call from Clerk of Court Heather Banks McNeal in late June regarding a discrepancy in monies collected […]
The sectarian nature of the struggle in Iraq may simply be the most convenient, available expression for social conflict.
Drive by South Effingham High School and you can see the security features, but for some, the barb wire isn’t enough. A week after Georgia’s controversial gun law went into effect, Effingham County school board members are considering allowing teachers to bring guns. WJCL News.
Intoxicated drivers who are engaged by Metro and visiting law enforcement officers may find themselves without a defensive tactic others have been trying to use beginning tonight when police, prosecutors and a judge team up for “No Refusal” DUI testing. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police, the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office and Chatham County Recorder’s Court Judge […]
Devin Spencer Williams, 19, of Blackshear, was sentenced last week by United States District Court Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 17½ years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for distributing child pornography. Williams pled guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography in January 2014. He will be required to register as […]
The citizens of Savannah are no strangers to movie cameras. From the famed “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” to the more recent Miley Cyrus flick, “The Last Song,” Savannah has put its stamp on Hollywood in one way or another. Now the city can add a new film to its growing résumé. […]
Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult. The company also is recalling a smaller number of school buses that may be prone to a propane fuel leak, according to paperwork filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety […]
A Clyo woman is in the Effingham County Jail facing drug and weapons charges Thursday after members of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) Drug Suppression Unit executed a search warrant on Reedsville Road. And if the name was any indication, deputies may have been a bit surprised at what illegal activities she was said […]
The CSX mechanics department in Waycross held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for a $3 million investment in a new painting facility that also resulted in the hiring of additional employees at the headquarters. Construction on the new structure started about a year ago. The building opened with a lot of fanfare as officials said the new facility means better […]
The July 1 deadline that Ware County Tax Commissioner Roger Collins imposed on an agreement to collect Waycross city taxes passed without a deal, and the city is now studying alternatives, officials said. Citing increasing office expenses, Collins had told the city he wanted a 2.5 percent commission on the city taxes he collects, but […]
McIntosh County School Superintendent Tina Kirby pleaded not guilty Thursday to failure to report child abuse and obstruction of an officer. Kirby’s lawyer, Keith Higgins, entered her plea in McIntosh County Superior Court during an arraignment and was given 30 days to file motions in her defense. She, Assistant Superintendent Larry Day and McIntosh County […]
With more vehicles hitting the highways for the Fourth of July holiday, Columbus police and other law enforcement agencies will be busy keeping impaired drivers off the roadways. “We will be out there in force enforcing the laws and ordinances,” said Police Sgt. Bill Gasaway of the Motor Squad Division at the Columbus Police Department. […]
Deputies responded to the 10000 block of Hwy 121 S in reference to Theft by Taking. Complainant stated an unknown subject stole their tile saw. Steven Newman (47) was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct. Deputies were called to the residence in reference to a dispute. Mr. Newman made threats and was throwing items around […]
The Valdosta Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the suspects in a burglary at a local Valdosta business. Early Thursday morning, at approximately 12:00 a.m., a burglary occurred at Steele’s Jewelry, 3338 Country Club Road, Valdosta, according to reports. Unknown offenders entered the business by breaking the glass on the front […]
Crews are hard at work fixing up a Savannah home with ties to the early 1900s. The house at 12 West Oglethorpe Avenue has been vacant for years and was hit by a fire a few years back. But now a Savannah businessman is spending more than a million dollars to fix it up. “It’s fantastic […]
Three people from the Atlanta area were arrested north of Waycross late Tuesday after detectives found envelopes containing $8,360 in counterfeit bills, Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal said. After a Sheriff’s Office detective received information that someone driving a white car had left Waycross with about $10,000 in phony money, a lookout was issued for […]
The FBI hopes to identify potential victims of a traveling salesman accused of videotaping himself raping girls. Matthew Coniglio, 46, was arrested April 10 at his Pooler home on a child pornography charge. His house held a hoard of child pornography, including more than 50,000 images and videos stored on laptops, external hard drives and […]
At the midpoint in their nesting season, Georgia’s loggerhead sea turtles are posting an average year. As of June 20, 465 nests had been recorded on barrier island beaches. That’s only about half as many as the same point last year, but 2013 was a record breaker, as were each of the three prior years. […]
The state agency that reviews ethics complaints against educators and hands out discipline has an open investigation of three McIntosh County educators who face misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse. Paul Shaw, ethics director for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, confirmed Tuesday that the agency has conducted an investigation of McIntosh County schools […]
Domtar Personal Care, a division of Domtar Corp., will create 25 jobs by investing millions into the expansion of its existing EAM facility in Wayne County, Ga. The Domtar facility manufactures composite products for personal care use. The expansion will increase the current EAM facility by 25 percent. Domtar’s facility in Wayne County currently exports […]
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has approved a request by NOAA Fisheries to allow limited harvest of red snapper in the federal waters of the South Atlantic. Anglers can harvest red snapper during the following three weekends: July 11-13 (Friday through Sunday), July 18-20 (Friday through Sunday), and July 25 & 26 (Friday and Saturday). Each angler is allowed one red snapper per day with no size restriction.
Tropical storm Arthur, located off the east central Florida coast, will track north remaining offshore of the local coastline today and tonight. Fringe affects from the storm will affect the coast. Sustained tropical storm force winds are expected over portions of the adjacent coastal waters today through early thursday morning. National Weather Service
Local artist Gene Threats will share his love of the individual faces and lives of the people he sees in a new exhibit, It’s About People – Artwork of Gene Threats. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities will host the exhibit in the Ritz Theatre Gallery during the month of July. Art has always been […]
Federal authorities say they are looking into four retaliation cases in Georgia, in which whistleblowers within the Department of Veterans Affairs say they’ve been punished for reporting concerns in VA facilities. The Augusta Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1mDlF8T) that the four Georgia cases being handled by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel come after workers say authorities […]
The condition of a man that led police on a high speed chase across multiple counties Tuesday morning is in the hospital after the chase ended in a wreck. According to Wayne County Chief Deputy Curtis Hand, the chase stemmed from two burglaries which occurred in Odum, Ga., Tuesday morning – later tied to Matthew […]
It’s out with the old and in with the new for Altamaha Technical College and Okefenokee Technical College, which officially merge today to become Coastal Pines Technical College. Staff across the seven instructional sites – in Alma, Baxley, Brunswick, Hazlehurst, Jesup, Kingsland and Waycross – will don the new navy and green colors of the […]
A member of a vacationing South Carolina family was killed and five others injured late Monday in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 95 just north of Glynn-Camden county line, the Georgia State Patrol said. Lyndon Anderson, 47, of Duncan, S.C., was driving a 2004 Ford Expedition south on I-95 just before 6 p.m. when […]
A law allowing guns in previously barred locations goes into effect today and residents are speaking out about it. The law, known as the “Safe Carry Protection Act” is a piece of legislation which expands gun rights throughout Georgia. WJCL News.
The GBI is investigating a shooting that took place in Cordele, sending one man to the hospital. According to WALB, Around 2:30 Tuesday morning police were called to a home in the 600 block of North Bay Street where a man was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. Valdosta Today
Brendin Page of Savannah is the newest Georgia Saltwater Gamefish Record holder after landing a 205 pound 8 ounce swordfish while fishing offshore on May 31, 2014. Page’s fish bested the previous men’s record held by W.H. Lippitt since 1980 by almost 20 pounds. Page was aboard the vessel “SLO-N-EZ” captained by Kent Phillips when […]
The citizens of Savannah are no strangers to movie cameras. From the famed “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” to the more recent Miley Cyrus flick, “The Last Song,” Savannah has put its stamp on Hollywood in one way or another. Now the city can add a new film to its growing résumé. […]
Chatham County is now majority-minority, according to the latest estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. While the county’s non-Hispanic white population grew 0.3 percent to 139,121 from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013, the number of racial and ethnic minorities grew by nearly three times that rate at 0.8 percent during the same period. […]
The National Weather Service (NWS) is watching an area off the Georgia coast which it says could become a tropical storm. Forecasters expect a gradual development of the system over the next few days as the low pressure area “meanders offshore.” They add the system could impact “local” coastal areas “toward mid-week” but there is […]
The recent run-up in gasoline prices will make the Fourth of July weekend the costliest for motorists since 2008. Prices will average about $3.68 a gallon for regular grade gas, up 17 cents from last year but well below the all-time $4.11 record set just after July 4, 2008. Rising crude oil prices have been […]
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Hoboken, Ga will hold homecoming service this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. E.C. Crews will be the guest speaker and charter members will be honored and will have a covered dish lunch following the service. For more information please call the church at 912-458-2640.
During the most recent legislative session, lawmakers proposed 615 pieces of legislation. Of those, 305 bills passed with Gov. Nathan Deal signing the vast majority of them into law. Some became law upon the governor’s signature, while a large number take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year. Of those set […]
A Townsend man died Saturday morning in the crash of a pickup truck near the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, the Georgia State Patrol said. Joseph Glisson, 18, was driving a 1995 GMC Sierra north on Harry Driggers Boulevard just before 1 a.m. when it left the pavement as the roadway curved to the left, the […]
After nearly 80 years in the education business Armstrong drops “Atlantic” from its title starting July 1st. The schools website already reflects the change. In the section about its history the site says, “Armstrong State University was founded in 1935 with 175 students as Armstrong Junior College to enhance higher educational opportunities in the community. […]
Deputies responded to the 11000 block of Raybon Rd West in reference to Terroristic Threats and Acts. Complainant stated that the offender had been to their property and threatened bodily harm to them as well as yelling and cursing at them. Threatening text messages had also been sent to the complainant. Deputies responded to Ponderosa […]
The Army says in a new report that future automatic budget cuts in Washington could cost Georgia thousands of additional military jobs. The Army’s numbers are hypothetical, worst-case predictions. They show up to 16,000 soldiers and civilians lost at Fort Stewart near Savannah, as many as 10,800 jobs cut at Fort Benning in Columbus and […]
The Wayne County Board of Education is preparing to pay a tax refund of nearly $700,000. The preparations follow last week’s announcement of a settlement between Rayonier Forest Resources and the Wayne County Board of Tax Assessors over the disputed 2008 valuation of Rayonier timberland in Wayne County. The school board, meeting Tuesday night, passed […]
Officials have confirmed big news for a section of downtown Savannah that will mean millions of dollars and several new retail stores and restaurants. The work will continue over the coming months to the tune of 200,000 square feet and $75 million. WJCL News.
Statesboro Police Department (SPD) officials are searching for a missing woman who was last seen Thursday afternoon. Dianne Hires, 56, is described as a white female and about 5 feet, 2 inches tall and 190 pounds. She has grayish blonde hair and green eyes. WJCL News.
A Mershon woman has become an instant millionaire playing a $10 Georgia Lottery scratch-off game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks — Anniversary Edition. Retired nurse Greta Taylor, 80, was presented an oversized check for $1.5 million last Thursday from the Georgia Lottery Corporation at Three Dees convenience store in Alma, which sold the winning ticket. She was […]
Hours after the 2014 NBA Draft got underway, Jordan McRae got the call he was waiting for. The former Liberty County High School and University of Tennessee standout was taken by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the NBA Draft. McRae was the 58th overall player taken in the draft. But, he […]
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Police are investigating how a 19-month-old girl ended up in a dog kennel, down the street from her house. Maintenance workers discovered the girl Wednesday afternoon in the backyard of a home on Promise Lane in the Caleb’s Crossing subdivision. They immediately called police. actionnewsjax.com.
Taylor Voyles’ first thought when she learned that she was the first runner-up in the Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus Saturday night was not what you might have expected. Voyles—like the other two Miss Georgia contestants from Wayne County, Adeline Kenerly and Hilary Pulos—had previously been announced as being in the top 10, and Voyles was […]
Pollution of the Savannah River is getting worse and worse. A new study done by Environment Georgia ranks the river as the third most polluted river in the country. WJCL News.
The Statesboro Police Department (SPD) is looking for the suspect in a murder that occurred at Morris Heights Apartments, Wednesday night. The SPD received a call of gunshots fired at the Morris Street apartment at approximately 7:45 p.m. When officers arrived, the victim, Gabriel Henderson, 38, was located with multiple gun shot wounds. Henderson was immediately […]
SATURDAY America’s Birthday Express, 10 a.m., noon and 2 and 4 p.m., Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street, St. Marys. Features historical characters and live entertainment with the train ride through scenic woodlands and marshlands. Includes an attempt at a Guinness World Record for most people singing on a train with “America the Beautiful.” […]
Ware County Tax Commissioner Roger E. Collins sent a letter in May asking the city of Waycross for a 2 percent commission on any taxes he collects for the city. The city already pays the tax commissioner a $10,200 supplement, but Collins said his commission was needed to offset increased office expenses. But acting City […]
Georgia State Patrol officials have confirmed that a man was killed Wednesday afternoon in Long County when his vehicle collided head-on with another driven by a U.S. Army recruiter. Trooper William Bowman said the accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. on Georgia Highway 196 near Flowers Road. According to the trooper, Jesse Parker, 35 was traveling eastbound in […]
The Justice Department announced that Christopher Hall, a former sergeant for the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Macon State Prison (MSP) in Oglethorpe, Georgia, and two former CERT officers, Ronald Lach and Delton Rushin, were convicted on Friday night by a federal jury on federal offenses related to the beating of an MSP inmate […]
Gov. Nathan Deal announced yesterday that International Auto Processing (IAP) will expand in St. Simons Island, creating 30 jobs and investing $3 million into the project. “It’s a great day when a Georgia-based company announces it is expanding its current operations to meet the demand of our growing automotive industry,” said Deal. “Our comprehensive network […]
The second of three McIntosh County School Officials made their appearance in court today. Terrance Haywood went before a judge in a McIntosh courtroom with his attorney to formally plea not guilty to charges of failure to report child abuse and making false statements. Haywood is principal of McIntosh Academy. He is one of three […]
Deputies responded to Old Herrin Lake Road in reference to Vandalism. Complainant stated an unknown subject came to their property and broke light bulbs, busted windows, and broke several other items. The offenders also tried to gain access to the camper but were unsuccessful. Deputies responded to the 7000 block of Central Ave (Pleasant Valley […]
Statesboro City Council on Tuesday fired City Manager Frank Parker after he said, during a staff meeting last week, that he sometimes met in private with a quorum of council members — a violation of the Georgia Open Meetings Act. The vote was 3-2, with Mayor Pro Tem Will Britt and Councilman Gary Lewis opposed. […]
One of the biggest producers of Vidalia onions has agreed to pay nearly $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a group of farmworkers. A judge on Monday approved the agreement between the group of American farmworkers and Stanley Farms LLC and its managers. The workers had claimed they were paid less than minimum wage […]
International Auto Processing will spend $3 million on an expansion at its facility on St. Simons Island, Ga., creating 30 jobs. IAP will expand its facility by 8,488 square feet, creating a new headquarters for International Auto Logistics. Completion of the class-A offices is expected in fall 2014. “International Auto Processing was founded 28 years […]
It’s been a long wait, but early voting begins Monday across Georgia to settle some runoffs left over from the May 20 party primaries. Normally, there is a three-week lapse between the primary and the runoff, but a federal suit over overseas ballots resulted in early primaries – they’re usually in July – and a […]
An inmate that walked out of the Valdosta Transitional Center has been found. Marvin Smith, an inmate at the Valdosta Transitional Center, failed to return to the facility shortly after midnight on June 12. Smith was incarcerated for a motor vehicle conviction in Glynn County. The night of Smith’s disappearance, a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee […]
For the second time in less than a month, the Charlton County learned it will be the recipient of a quarter-of-a-million-dollar grant. At last week’s regular county meeting in St. George, EMA/EMS Director Bruce Young told the commissioners his department will receive a $289,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), obtained with the […]
Feral hogs may be prime prey for hunters, but to Georgia farmers they’re the ultimate predator. They destroy farmland, eat away at a farmer’s crops and drastically reduce potential profits. Jay Porter, the University of Georgia Extension agent in Dooly County, says feral hogs cause about $1 million in agricultural loss each year. A 2011 […]
Dr. Jerome F. Baker will serve as the dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College beginning July 1, according to an announcement today by ABAC President David Bridges. “Jerry not only brings many academic credentials to his new position of Dean, but he also brings a wealth of […]
Brunswick resident David Herman and fellow members of the RMR Performance Car Club got a rare opportunity to see local rescue workers in action Sunday. They were holding their regular meeting at the base of the Sidney Lanier Bridge when first responders began rushing to the waterfront. A few minutes later, the Coast Guard pulled […]
Friends and familysay they are devastated by the loss of a young man they loved. Jordan Perkins, 20, of Brunswick drowned in a pond near Georgia Highway 99 on Sunday afternoon. The pond is tucked away in the woods. Frank Lee and his wife lived near Jordan for about 13 years and watched Perkins grow up. “Quiet, […]
USC gained its second commitment of the day Monday night from ATH Octavis Johnson (6-0 183) of Homerville who revealed his commitment on Twitter joining DB Jaire Alexander of Charlotte as new Gamecock commitments Monday. And he could eventually join Alexander in the Gamecock secondary. The Gamecocks now have 19 commitments for their class, 18 […]
Green Power EMC, who supplies energy for 28 Georgia electric membership corporations, will buy all the electricity produced by a solar project to be built near Hazlehurst in southeast Georgia. The new solar generating plant will cover 135 acres with solar panels and will generate 43,000 megawatts of electricity annually, which could power about 3,000 […]
There’s a beachfront restaurant sitting empty on this state-owned barrier island, and the governing authority wants — actually needs — for it to be open and serving diners. The College of Coastal Georgia was supposed to be operating the facility, Fins, as a teaching restaurant but advised the authority about two weeks ago that it […]
By Jenel Few Next year, Georgia education officials will abandon two tests that have been the standard for measuring how well public schools are performing in favor of one designed to provide a more realistic picture of academic progress. Savannahians may not like what they see. Gone will be the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test — CRCT […]
Tybee Island earlier this year decided to pass on wind energy for the beach community, but the potential for wind turbines on the island or a few miles off its coast in the future still exists. About five months after Tybee elected to forgo a controversial wind turbine an unnamed corporation offered to provide mostly […]
A new state law expected to make it harder for local governments to limit public venues where guns can be carried might make things easier for those with carry permits. Georgia House Bill 60 becomes law July 1. It requires governments to enact security measures before banning weapons in public buildings, but critics say it […]
Charles Huntzinger of Duluth fired a 7-under-par 65 in the final round to win the Georgia Junior Championship with a total score of 10-under-par 206 (69-72-65). Tye Waller of Griffin earned runner-up honors at 9-under-par 207 (72-69-66), one stroke back. The 49th annual competition took place at Brunswick Country Club, June 16-18. Mark David Johnson […]
Rayonier and Wayne County have reached a settlement in their dispute over the valuation of the company’s timberland. No one is saying, though, what the settlement is. In a joint press release released late Thursday afternoon, Rayonier and the county government announced “agreement on a settlement to their ongoing dispute regarding valuations of Rayonier-owned Wayne […]
One Tim Deegan is a meteorologist for Jacksonville NBC and ABC affiliate WJXX-WTLV. The other is awaiting arraignment on charges of human trafficking after police say he kept three women trapped as sex slaves. When CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS reported the story about the Timothy Deegan in jail, it showed a picture of Tim […]
A Camden County jury found a Kingsland karate school instructor not guilty of two child molestation charges but failed to reach a verdict on three others Thursday night. Superior Court Judge Roger B. Lane declared a mistrial on those three charges. A Camden County grand jury indicted Thomas Ary, 59, on five counts of child […]
Whether you plant wildflowers in huge swaths along roadsides or in tiny pocket gardens in the backyard, the vibrant colors and rich mixtures these hardy plants bring are sure to please any flower-lover’s eye and attract beneficial pollinating insects. But don’t let the word wild make you think wildflowers require no maintenance. As with any […]
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has selected Sen. William Ligon (R- Brunswick) to serve on the Senate Unified Courts Technology Study Committee and the Senate Long-Term Aquifer Storage Senate Study Committee. “I am pleased to be appointed to serve on these important study committees by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle,” said Sen. Ligon. “I look forward to […]
A Waycross great-grandfather of four collected a $1 million prize from the Georgia Lottery Monday. Ronald Dixon, 65, won his $1 million top prize playing the instant game $1,000,000 Gold Rush. Dixon claimed his prize at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton. Discount Convenience, located at 1967 State Street in Waycross, sold the winning ticket, and […]
WJCL News has learned Appling County jailer Brandon Carver, 20, wrecked another Appling County Sheriff’s car Dec. 20 in Bacon County. The report from the Georgia State Patrol shows the accidents happened on Georgia Highway 32 at Douglas Chapel Road around 2:15 a.m. Carver was driving an Appling County patrol car. The report said Carver swerved […]
Deputies and investigators from the Sheriff’s Office are working with the Georgia Department of Corrections to locate Marvin Smith, an inmate at the Valdosta Transitional Center who left the facility shortly after midnight on June 12 and failed to return. Smith was incarcerated following a motor vehicle theft conviction in Glynn County. Marvin Smith is […]
SunTrust has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion to resolve allegations that it underwrote and endorsed faulty mortgage loans, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The $968 million settlement, reached with the Justice Department and other government agencies, will include money for homeowner relief and a requirement that the company improve its handling of mortgage loans […]
Daily struggle is a constant for Jeff Harris. He struggles with depression after the loss of his fiancee several years ago to a heart attack, just days before the couple was to be married in Waycross. He struggles with police and store owners who do not want him panhandling for money. “I’ve been banned from […]
Blackshear police say officers responding to an alleged domestic dispute at a motel Friday found a 3-month-old boy with numerous injuries, including a fractured skull. Lawmen arrived at the Oak Plaza Motel around 7:30 p.m. to investigate an incident involving Brandon Eugene Knowles, 32, of Blackshear and his live-in girlfriend, says Police Chief Chris Wright. […]
A month after pleading guilty to murdering his wife and apologizing to her family, a south Georgia man wants to withdraw the plea asserting he took the blame because the real killers threatened to hurt his family. Jonathan Kyle Courson, 28, of Baxley, sent a letter to Superior Court Judge E.M. Wilkes III saying his […]
Charlton County is going to use over $300,000 in FEMA grant funds to purchase what could be life-saving equipment for its volunteer firefighters. At last week’s regular county commission meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept the $319,000 grant which was applied for by Assistant Fire Chief for the South County C.L. Lewis. The county […]
Rita Snead (49) was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession and use of Drug Related Objects, Possession of Marijuana less than Ounce, and Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance. Thomas Cox (28) was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance, Possession and use of Drug Related Objects, Possession of Marijuana less than […]
A man was killed on I-95 north in Brunswick while walking to get gas. The Georgia State Patrol and Glynn County Police Department responded to the scene early Monday morning. According to troopers at the scene, two men were traveling to Ohio from Daytona, Fla. when the vehicle ran out of gas. The men were […]
Long County Sheriff Graig Nobles has confirmed a 23-month-old girl has been pronounced dead as a result of an afternoon drowning. The death is under investigation and no further details have been released.. WJCL News.
Deputies responded to the 6700 block of Hwy 110 East in reference to Criminal Trespass. Complainant stated the offenders have been coming onto their property without permission. The complainant also stated someone had cut their pool liner and flattened a tire on their vehicle. Deputies spoke with complainant at the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office in […]
Lt. Nick Roundtree had investigated the tip that led to child molestation charges against a middle school band director A city police officer has resigned and is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, officials said. At the onset of the investigation, Darien police Lt. Nick Roundtree resigned, City Manager Brett Cook said. “He’s […]
Heather Salmon sat alone inside a Long County courtroom Thursday. She’s accused of participating in the 2011 death of Michael Roark and Tiffany York. The murder suspect was represented by Charles Nester, but he wasn’t there. Judge Robert Russell told the courtroom nester asked to leave the case because he says Salmon’s mother threatened him. […]
Larry Day, an assistant superintendent of McIntosh County schools and former Brantley County football coach and administrator, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse. Day’s appearance before Chief Judge David L. Cavendar lasted less than five minutes as he waived formal arraignment on the charge contained in an […]
An Effingham County man is behind bars tonight after being arrested on charges for possessing child porn. According to Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman David Ehsanipoor, the ECSO executed a search warrant at David May’s residence in the Pecan Grove Subdivision. WJCL News.
The founder of a local movie studio has been ousted according to a report from Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) that came late Wednesday night. According to GPB, Manu Kumara, founder and chief executive officer of Medient Studios – the company building a multimillion dollar facility in Effingham County – was relieved of the position. WJCL News.
A final member of the FEAR militia accused of a double homicide is in limbo after losing her attorney allegedly due to the actions of her mother.
Bring the kids, tell your friends and neighbors, sharpen up your old-timey game skills! It’s time once again for the entire community to celebrate Independence Day with an evening of fun, fanfare, and fireworks. Brunswick’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration takes place in Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Downtown Brunswick starting at 7:00 p.m. on […]
Lori Quigley, a former McIntosh County Academy math teacher who was arrested in March on three counts of sexual assault upon two of her former students, was arrested on May 30 on charge of criminal attempt to commit sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority. The warrant issued on May 28 stated […]
A St. Simons Island businessman will not have to pay some $20,000 in fines levied by the city on a dilapidated property on U.S. 17 just inside the city’s northern limit. John Dow, principal in the limited liability company that owns the property, said he felt vindicated after Municipal Court Judge Lakin Andrew let him […]
The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving forward with a batch of federal judicial candidates for Georgia this week, but one name will be noticeably absent: beleaguered nominee Michael Boggs. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the committee, announced Wednesday that he is adding six of the seven pending nominees for federal court seats in Georgia […]
Randall Roach, 63 of Ludowici, had nothing to say Wednesday as he walked out of a federal courthouse in Savannah. The Long County man pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal gambling and conspiracy. But just hours later, Roach returned and changed his plea to guilty. As part of the agreement, Roach pleaded guilty to […]
Effingham County Sheriff’s Office officials are reporting that a standoff has ended in a suicide at the Cobbleton Subdivision in the county. A suspect is dead after deputies and U.S Marshals attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Cobbleton Drive,” an ECSO official said. “[It] appears the suspect shot himself.” WJCL News.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says someone stole a John Deere tractor and planters from a farm in K’Ville, in the northwestern part of the county, last week and caused extensive damage to the equipment after driving it through a growth of large pine trees. Police said the tractor and attachments are worth about $400,000. Anyone […]
The Kingsland City Council decided to hire someone they knew well as the new city manager. After a lengthy executive session during their Monday night meeting, council members appointed Human Resources Director Lee Spell to the position he already was filling temporarily. jacksonville.com.
Residents entering the county courthouse or the courthouse annex on Nichols Street will soon have to pass through a security checkpoint. County commissioners Tuesday night approved implementing the checkpoints and hiring two new certified peace officers as part of Georgia’s recently passed “Safe Carry Protection Act” — better known as the “Guns Everywhere” bill. “We’ve […]
The Camden County Sheriff’s Office is looking for one of its most wanted. Joseph Bernard Johnson is wanted for failing to appear in court on possession of crack cocaine charges. His last known address is 791 South Lee Street in Kingsland. Call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS if you know where he is. You could earn […]
A landmark home on Oglethorpe Road was gutted by fire Monday despite the efforts of firefighters from Wayne and Long counties. The home of the late Dr. Woodrow Yeomans was destroyed by a fire that was first reported to 911 at 9:44 a.m. When firefighters from the Madray Springs Volunteer Fire Department arrived first on […]
A new casino cruise line is set to sail off the Coastal Empire and WJCL was the first to get a peek inside. The ship features dozens of slot machines, card tables, bars, restaurant and a dance floor. WJCL News.
A school board member in a district rocked by a child abuse investigation is stepping down. Sonya Wallace Lumley, a school board member for District 4, submitted her resignation to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “My service on the school board is adversely affecting my family, my church, and my health. Additionally, I feel I am […]
A federal indictment, unsealed in Savannah today, has charged 54 defendants for their alleged roles in a massive fraud upon the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Food Stamp programs. The indictment represents one of the largest federal food program frauds ever prosecuted, which fraud allegedly involved the purchase of over $18 million in WIC […]
With the president’s signing today of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is authorized to begin construction.
Federal prosecutors say a south Georgia woman has been sentenced in a more than $4 million Medicaid fraud scheme.
The Prince Hall Masonic Lodge on Huntingdon St. and E. Broad St. was evacuated Tuesday morning after authorities said power lines fell on the building. Witnesses said they saw smoke and sparks but injuries have not been reported. The fire department has turned this case over to Georgia Power officials. Attendees have been allowed to […]
Since 1991, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division has hosted the Golden Isles Family Fishing Event in support of Georgia’s Free Fishing Days and National Fishing and Boating Week. This year, the June 7 event attracted more than 100 entrants plus family and friends who enjoyed a morning of fishing and fun at […]
A fire is still burning in Hazlehurst going on 15 hours now. Officials say the fire caused millions of dollars in damage and several firefighters had to go to the hospital for heat exhaustion. “This is probably the worst fire we had so far in Jeff Davis County,” fire chief Charles Wasdin said. WJCL News.
Nearly five years after the murder of 15-year-old Jasmine Moore, the Alma Police Department has arrested two suspects. Tyberious Murchinson, 22 and Deion Smith, 22, both 17 at the time of the murder, and both of Alma, have been charged with the August 9, 2009, murder. via The Alma Times
Two Kings Bay sailors have been arrested in last month’s break-in at a Fernandina Beach art gallery after one was overheard bragging about how the artwork was hanging on his wall. jacksonville.com.
Valdosta State University has announced the names of four Brantley County students who have met all qualifications for graduation spring 2014. More than 1,200 have been recognized for receiving their associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Area students include: Gary Edholm of Nahunta Dylan Sloan and Mary O’Neal of Hoboken, and Kasey Smith of Waynesville.
U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver will hold a news conference on Tuesday to announce charges brought against 88 defendants in one of the largest federal food program fraud cases ever prosecuted. WJCL News.
Schella Logan Hope, 47, of Brunswick, Georgia, who was previously convicted by a federal jury of various health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering offenses for her role in a multi-million-dollar Medicaid fraud conspiracy, was sentenced last month to 16 years in prison. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Lisa Godbey Wood, […]
Michael Johns (53) was arrested and charged with DUI. Deputies responded to Johns Rd in reference to a dispute. Complainant stated the offender had left the scene. Deputies searched the area for the offender and made a traffic stop on Johns vehicle on Billy Harris Rd. Johns agreed to an Alco-sensor test which tested positive […]
A town built around railroads will soon have a trail where trains once rumbled through town. The Waycross City Commission is perhaps weeks away from giving winning contractor Greene Concrete Construction the notice to proceed on turning an 1,800-foot section of railroad bed into a multi-use trail, city engineer Jessica Deal said. Greene Concrete’s $513,203 […]
The Alma Police Department will hold a news conference today concerning recent arrests made in the 2009 murder of 15-year-old Jasmine Moore. Moore’s mother came home from work to find her daughter had been murdered in her own home, which was located right across the street from the Bacon County High School, where Jasmine would have […]
An Appling County man wants to withdraw his plea and is asking for a trial after pleading guilty to felony murder charges. Jonathan Courson is charged in the murder of his wife, Mandy, which happened back in January 2013. Courson tried to fake a home invasion claiming that two men broke into their Appling County home […]
A federal trial is set to begin Monday for six current or former Macon State Prison employees accused in an alleged conspiracy to violate inmates’ civil rights. Then-correctional officers Tyler Griffin, Christopher Hall, Ronald Lach Jr., Delton Rushin and Derrick Wimbush — members of the prison’s Correctional Emergency Response Team — allegedly assaulted inmates to […]
A lot of work and planning go into making the Georgia Peach Festival’s peach cobbler, dubbed the world’s largest. Head chef Rich Bennett says the recipe’s pretty similar to what most people make at home. Macon.com.
Georgia’s commercial fishing fleet is hoping for a better season this year, and they just might get it. Following a year many regard as one of the worst shrimp harvests in recent times, those in the seafood industry say the 2014 catch is already looking promising. Still, some say, Tuesday might be a bit too […]
A man who was shot in Liberty County Thursday night has died. Sheriff Steve Sikes said James Stewart, 30, died just after 2 p.m. Saturday. Stewart was shot once in the head. Stewart was found in a ditch near the intersection of Elam Road and Highway 196. Marquana Jasper of Ludowici made her first court […]
Savannah Metro Police are investigating the death of a woman in her mid 30′s. Police responded to a home on Walthour Road where the body was found. WJCL News.
Spectators gathered on the beach at Great Dunes Park on Jekyll Island Friday created a pathway that led to the ocean’s breaking waves. Children peeked over a mesh fence as parents, grandparents and others leaned around each other to see the celebrities of the day – two sea turtles from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center […]
Scams these days may be a dime a dozen, but for those caught unsuspecting, a single scam can cost everything. With scammers working the telephones, the Internet and even the U.S. mail, some seem to be ever more threatening in the way they attempt to collect personal information about their victims. In fact, one of […]
Three women were arrested in a prostitution sting in Glynn County on Thursday after an investigation into an online advertisement. Investigators said they met the women at a motel off Exit 36. The women were identified as Brooke Wilkins, 28, of Kingsland, and Jenny Guerrero, 20, and Jennifer Conner, 21, both of Jacksonville, Fla. Investigators […]
Marquana Adale Jasper of Ludowici, who was found with the victim when first responders arrived on scene to treat him, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident. A Gum Branch man is in critical condition today after he was shot in the head in Liberty County yesterday evening […]
Over the past two days, investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team (CST) conducted a reverse prostitution sting with the cooperation of a local motel. As prostitution is now facilitated in many cases on the internet, investigators used a classified internet advertising website to arrange transactions. WJCL News.
The walls of a local church are swarming with a problem that won’t go away. For years, Jerusalem Baptist Church has tried to poison a colony that fills their walls. WJCL News.
Former Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett and three others are charged for their roles in an illegal gambling operation. WJCL News.
Scott Ammons (36) was arrested and charged with Possession and use of Drug Related Objects/Drugs not in Original Container. While speaking with a subject who was on probation at the Friendly Express deputies noticed a prescription bottle in the vehicle. The deputies did a search of the vehicle under the fourth amendment waiver of […]
The City of Waycross made an ordinance change Tuesday to extend the Saturday night sales of alcohol at clubs and restaurants from 11:59 p.m. to Sunday at 2 a.m.
A 2-year-old boy was seriously injured Tuesday when he ran into the street chasing a ball and was
A former pastor and bank investor who embezzled millions from clients accepted a plea deal Thursday. Aubrey Lee Price, 47 of Lyons, agreed to plead guilty to 3 charges in a federal courtroom in Statesboro. He had faced 20 charges, but the deal drops many of them. WJCL News.
The Head Start Program has been awarded a grant to participate in the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program for the upcoming program year. The program has been selected to receive a private grant for two book distributions. This grant is fully funded for RIF through Macy’s. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth […]
Mayor Edna Jackson has issued the following statement today concerning the indictment of former police chief Willie Lovett by the U.S. Attorney: WJCL News.
Aubrey Lee Price, the former bank director who faked his suicide and was declared dead, but was captured by police New Year’s Eve after 18 months oin hiding, is scheduled to change his plea from not guilty in federal court in Statesboro this morning. www.ajc.com.
Students in Georgia will face a new standardized test next year that focuses on college and career readiness, which officials are pegging as more rigorous than past assessments. The Augusta Chronicle.
Statesboro police are looking for a robbery suspect and are asking anyone with any information to help. WJCL News.
Tweaking a protein expressed by most liver cancer cells has enabled Georgia Regents University scientists to make a vaccine that is exceedingly effective at preventing the disease in mice. WJCL News.