BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A Glynn County man was killed Monday as he and a friend were target shooting north of Brunswick, police said.
Gary Drury, 65, of Brunswick, told police he and his friend William Joseph Crooms went to 44 Camp Road to target practice, Glynn County Police Capt. Marissa Tindale said in a release.
Drury said he began to shoot his Remington 270 rifle at a target on the property and was unaware that Crooms had walked into woods behind the target, Tindale said.
DALTON, Ga. — Authorities say a woman suspected in the death of a northwest Georgia convenience store clerk has been taken into custody and charged with murder.
U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Gavin Duffy says the 21-year-old woman was arrested at a Bartow County residence Tuesday.
Whitfield County sheriff’s Capt. Rick Swiney said the suspect, Skyy Raven Marie Mims, tried to flee when officers converged on the residence but was quickly apprehended.
CINCINNATI — Federal prosecutors say a 30-year-old Cincinnati man is facing 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to producing sexually explicit photographs of a child he was baby-sitting and sharing them on the Internet.
Caleb Zachary Story pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to one count of production of child pornography. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he will be sentenced to 32 years behind bars and be under court supervision for the rest of his life.
ATLANTA — Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected in parts of north and central Georgia as a cold front sweeps across the region.
Forecasters say even stronger gusts -- up to 45 mph -- are possible in a half-dozen counties in the north Georgia mountains.
The National Weather Service said wind advisories covering much of the state would be in effect through early Thursday morning.
Forecasters say the strong winds could bring down trees and branches already weakened by this winter’s ice and snow storms.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Police in North Charleston have charged a substitute teacher who is also a police officer with shoving a student.
Police Chief Scott Deckard says 25-year-old Brandon Moses is being charged with third-degree assault and battery. Moses is also a Charleston police officer.
A police report says there was a confrontation between Moses and a 14-year-old student late last week at the Daniel Jenkins Creative Learning Center.
A 71-year-old man went to the hospital this morning and a 75-year-old woman was arrested, police said, after an argument escalated into gunplay.
According to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 3800 block of Old Waynesboro Road about 2:15 a.m. and found Joseph Gaines had been shot in the thigh.
His wife, Annie Gaines, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime.
The Richmond County Board of Education voted Tuesday to scrap a decision requiring students and employees to make up three of the six school days lost to winter weather.
The board voted March 3 to use March 17, a furlough day; March 22, a Saturday; and April 18, Good Friday, as makeup days for instruction.
However, board members acted without realizing more than 300 Richmond County teachers were registered for an all-day training event at Georgia Regents University on March 22, the majority of whom were required by the district to attend.
Opposition to the next special purpose local option sales tax package is building, starting at the top.
Augusta Commission members and candidates and mayoral hopefuls are speaking out against the $194 million sales tax package that will appear on the May 20 ballot.
Three commission members voted Monday against approving the package: Bill Lockett; Marion Williams; and Alvin Mason, who is running for mayor.
Adrian Hargrove proclaimed in recorded phone calls to his wife that he had nothing to do with a triple homicide, and pumped her for details about what evidence sheriff’s investigators had.
Hargrove, 36, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in the 2008 deaths of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson and her mother and stepfather, Sharon and Andrew Hartley. Tuesday was the second day of testimony in Hargrove’s capital murder trial in Richmond County Superior Court.
The Richmond County Board of Education gave initial approval Tuesday to close four schools and reconfigure two others into 6-12 schools.
Before final action can be taken, Georgia law requires the board to hold two additional public hearings for input, which will take place March 26 and 27.
The board recommended the following actions:
-Close Collins K-8 School
-Close Murphey Middle and reconfigure T.W. Josey High into a 6-12 school
-Close Sego Middle and reconfigure Butler High into a 6-12 school
A medical malpractice lawsuit filed over the death of a 33-year-old Air Force veteran at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been settled for $500,000.
The federal civil lawsuit was closed Monday with the acceptance of the settlement agreement regarding Jamie Bassett, who died June 11, 2009. The father of four went to the medical center’s emergency room repeatedly over a 10-day period because of abdominal pain.
A fire in a trailer at a business on Wrightsboro Road set off several propane tanks Tuesday afternoon.
The trailer outside Turner Transportation Specialists at 1494 Wrightsboro Road was destroyed by the blaze, according to Richmond County Battalion Chief Frank Lanier.
No one was injured, but it was a “big fire and lots of smoke,” Lanier said.
The fire took almost a half-hour to contain.
The trailer was used to store packing materials and propane tanks for forklifts, Turner Transportation manager Steve Huffman confirmed.
When Anne Fulcher hits a local McDonald’s restaurant, she’s usually not there for a burger and fries – she’s there to enroll young workers in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
As officials announced total enrollment had eclipsed 4.2 million by the end of February, a greater percentage are younger – and on Tuesday the enrollment Web site was getting a boost from a funny interview with President Obama.
A former chief of staff at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center voluntarily resigned in 2013 under the threat of being disciplined over the deaths of three cancer patients in the hospital’s embattled gastrointestinal clinic, the VA confirmed this week.
Dr. Luke Stapleton, 61, stepped down from the position March 10, 2013, but hospital spokesman Pete Scovill said Tuesday that the hematologist remains on the medical center’s payroll. According to online records, Stapleton’s salary was $278,267 in 2012 before he was promoted to chief of staff.
As most people’s teeth chattered during the extended cold snap, peach farmers in Georgia and South Carolina smiled big.
For the first time in several winters, farmers had little doubt that peach tree groves would accumulate the needed “chill hours” beneath 45 degrees required for trees to move from dormancy to blooming.
Across Edgefield County, S.C., thousands of acres of peach trees are showing vibrant, pink blossoms. Buds on early varieties of trees popped open as temperatures reached into the 70s during the past few days.
Already weakened from a soggy summer, Augusta’s tree canopy sustained major blows during February’s ice storm and is now vulnerable to losing more limbs in coming months as warmer temperatures awaken insect borers from hibernation, experts say.
“It is far from over,” said Ian Campbell, an arborist and manager of Bartlett Tree Experts of Augusta. “We are going to see more tree loss over the summer from increased borer insect activity moving into the area.”
Veterans with the Augusta Warrior Project will visit local manufacturing facilities Wednesday to learn about job opportunities.
The Augusta Warrior Project has partnered with the Augusta Economic Development Authority to grant access to those veterans in the following five plants: Solvay, DSM Chemical, General Chemical, NutraSweet and E-Z-GO, according to a news release issued by the development authority.
The tours will let veterans meet with human resources personnel from each company.
A.J. Gray throws touchdowns and intercepts passes in the fall and gets baskets on the court in the winter.
Recruiters have known his name, and now everyone will know Gray’s decision. He committed Tuesday to play football at Georgia Tech.
“They felt really strong about it and A.J.’s liked them for a while,” Washington County coach Joel Ingram said.
A new Broad Street hotel will open March 21.
Developer T.R. Reddy got approval Tuesday to open the Holiday Inn Express at 444 Broad St. after the hotel’s franchise company, IHG, toured the 70,000-square-foot building. It stands on the site of several previous hotels near Gordon Highway.
Construction started in March 2013 and was completed about a month behind schedule. Reddy blamed winter weather that hit the area in January and February.
The project came in slightly over budget at $8.5 million, Reddy said, but he’s optimistic it will succeed.
A North Charleston man died Monday night after a single-car accident in Aiken County.
Tyler J. Major, 22, was traveling south on Highway 389 when he lost control of his 1998 Lincoln and it crashed, Aiken County coroner Tim Carlton said in a statement.
Major was not wearing a seat belt and was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Major died at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital at 8:25 p.m, the report said.
It was the fourth traffic fatality in Aiken County this year.