ATLANTA -- A review of the operations of Georgia’s ethics commission by state auditors found inconsistent treatment of complaints, lack of formal procedures that results in unequal application of the law and questionable expenditures.
The top-to-bottom assessment was released three weeks ago by the Department of Audits and Accounts. The 58-page report lists management problems, such as under-qualified staff, poor documentation and inadequate data controls.
Two men have been charged in the Wednesday shooting death of a 20-year-old man on Cornell Drive.
Demarco Mandrell Williams, 35, of East Walker Street, and Jeffery “Kickball” Burns, 54, of Boy Scout Road, were booked into the Richmond County jail this morning on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Police responding to the 1700 block of Cornell Drive on Wednesday night discovered the body of Javarius Donte Walthour. Police said he had been shot at least once.
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A federal judge has labeled as “time wasters” efforts by attorneys for Memorial Health to remove parts of pleadings in two separate lawsuits filed over alleged fraudulent Medicare billings and warned against similar filings in the future.
“Defendants naked, conclusory arguments were nothing but ‘time wasters,’” U.S. District Senior Judge B. Avant Edenfield said in an 11-page order filed Wednesday.
The judge said the defense’s “dilatory motions diverted the court from the merits of this significant litigation.”
South Carolina Rep. J. Roland Smith and his wife established a scholarship fund Thursday, contributing $20,000 in financial aid for Aiken Technical College students.
The Roland and Peggy Smith Scholarship will offer aid to 40 students of Silver Bluff and Midland Valley high schools. Applicants are required to have at least a 2.5 grade-point average and be enrolled at Aiken Tech full time in fall 2015. For more information, contact the ATC Foundation office at (803) 508-7413.
Chad Singleton wanted to be sober. He started a treatment program but couldn’t stick to it. His fall nearly cost two people their lives.
On Thursday in Richmond County Superior Court, Singleton, 27, said he knew he didn’t deserve forgiveness for what he had done, but he was very sorry. The person who caused a horrific crash and fled was not the kind of man Singleton’s family and friends knew, they told the judge.