A new state audit says county coroners across Georgia aren't reporting suicides and all suspicious deaths to the State Medical Examiner's Office as required by law. Officials acknowledge such cases may not be reported as required, but they have not taken action to address the issue.
About 400 water customers around the small community of Ramhurst have been ordered not to drink water following the Friday break-in at the Carters Lake Water Treatment Plant in Murray County. The FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and a sheriff's department are investigating a break-in.
A federal class action suit is pending against the heirs of three Southeast Georgia gas stations on Interstate 95 near the Florida border. The suit alleges the late convenience store owner rigged the pumps and defrauded customers of millions of dollars in gas over a two year period. Tens of thousands of motorists could have been affected.
A Dawson County, Ga., prosecutor who was allegedly being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been found dead. The Times of Gainesville quotes the District 4 Florida Medical Examiner's Office in Jacksonville, Fla., as confirming the death of John G. Wilbanks Jr.
State officials say they're trying to catch up with a sex offender registry system that is seriously backlogged. Five analysts at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are currently working through 4,300 pending cases -- while also getting anywhere from 120 to 150 new cases a month.
The state Department of Corrections is hosting a military personnel job fair Wednesday at State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth. The agencies have approximately 800 jobs available for military personnel returning from duty.
The City of Bowdon in west Georgia is dealing with its second case of employee theft this summer. City police turned the investigation over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when it came to light early last week. Between $20,000 and $30,000 is missing in the most-recent case. The earlier theft involved more than $150,000.
Investigators have arrested two child protection workers in Georgia on charges that they falsified reports to keep millions of dollars in funding. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that law enforcement officials arrested Phyllis Mitchell and Deborah Cobb on charges of falsifying state documents and encouraging others to lie in sworn statements.
Law enforcement personel are requesting more information from cellphone carriers. In a report responding to a Congressional inquiry, cellphone companies say, police and public investigarors made more than a million requests for customer data last year. The numbers are an alarming surge over previous years, reflecting the increasingly gray area between privacy and technology.