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Confession, DNA evidence revealed in Tara Grinstead murder

OCILLA, Ga. (AP) - A man charged with killing a high school teacher who vanished in 2005 from her rural Georgia home confessed more than a decade later to authorities, who found DNA from both the suspect and victim on a glove recovered at the crime scene, an investigator testified at a pretrial hear


Atlanta rapper 21 Savage: Immigration enforcement system ‘broken’

Atlanta rapper 21 Savage spoke out against the nation’s immigration enforcement Friday morning on Good Morning America, calling it “broken” and adding he fears he could be deported.


Ryan Duke murder trial venue change denied

OCILLA, GA (WALB) - Judge Bill Reinhardt denied a defense request for venue change in the trial of Ryan Duke, accused in the 2005 disappearance and death of Tara Grinstead, an Irwin County teacher, Monday.


Georgia woman pleads to hauling kilos of drugs on I-75

MACON, GA (WALB) -- A Tifton woman pleaded guilty in Macon federal court Wednesday on a drug charge after she was arrested for carrying four kilos of meth and cocaine in her car with the intent to distribute.


Georgia business owner owing over $300,000 in back taxes admits he tried to bribe IRS agent, agrees to leave country after prison

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia business owner has pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe an IRS agent to reduce his tax burden. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Magdaleno Garcia Alonso offered cash to an IRS agent who audited his tax returns in 2015 and 2016 if she reduced the amount of money he ow


Indians qualify three wrestlers for State Finals

The Charlton County wrestling team sent four wrestlers to compete last weekend to the State Sectionals Tournament in Ocilla and three of them came away with berths in the State Finals to be held in Macon this week from February 13-16.


Georgia soldier comes home from Afghanistan after daughter’s sudden death

The 5-year-old daughter of a National Guard soldier died unexpectedly last weekend, and her father hurried home to Georgia from his deployment in Afghanistan, according to a news report.


3 arrested in connection to Coffee Co. deaths

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - Coffee County sheriff’s detectives have charged three men in connection to the deaths of Kristian Bell, 25, and Steven James Ward, 35. Bell and Ward were located buried in a makeshift grave on property off Deep Woods Rd. just outside of Nicholls on Feb. 9 during an investigation


Serial killer draws sketches of Georgia murder victims

ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Authorities have released sketches of three women an admitted serial killer claims to have killed in Georgia. Samuel Little drew the pictures of women he says he killed.


7 of America’s best hospitals are in Georgia, according to a new report

Of the nearly 175 hospitals in Georgia, seven facilities were recently recognized as the country’s best of the best. That’s according to a new report from Healthgrades, for which analysts ranked the top 250, top 100 and top 50 hospitals in the United States “based solely on clinical quality outcomes


28 Georgia Middle School Students Hospitalized After Eating Candy on Valentine's Day

More than two dozen students at a middle school in Georgia were hospitalized on Valentine’s Day after eating candy that left them feeling ill. The students, who attend Sandtown Middle School in Atlanta, complained that they were feeling sick after eating candy and snacks at school on Thursday, accor


Georgia drivers must make more stops for school buses

Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday signed a bill into law revising the state’s traffic regulations for driving past school buses stopped to load or unload students. Now drivers must stop for school buses stopped to load or unload passengers unless they are driving on a highway divided by a grass median, unpa


Does Georgia need another interstate highway?

A push for another interstate highway across Georgia gained initial support in the General Assembly this week. The Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday passed Senate Resolution 44, which supports the creation of Interstate 14 across middle Georgia and urges the state’s Congressional delegation


Judge sentenced for theft of more than $430k

ATKINSON CO., GA (WALB) - A former probate judge in Atkinson County, Margie O’Brien, now faces jail time after entering a guilty plea for her role in stealing almost a half a million dollars.


28 Georgia students sickened by Valentine's Day candy and treats

ATLANTA (WTVD) -- Authorities in an Atlanta suburb are investigating after more than two dozen middle school students were sickened after eating Valentine's Day treats. Students at Sandtown Middle School in South Fulton County, Georgia, reported feeling ill after eating candy and snacks.


South Georgia prepares for public health emergency

LANIER COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Lanier County emergency officials prepared for a day they hope never comes on Friday. Communities often prepare for emergencies in regard to severe weather, like hurricanes or tornadoes. On Friday, the Georgia Department of Public Health hosted a preparedness drill for a


Police: Man wanted for Hard Rock shooting in Atlantic City arrested in Georgia

Police say a man wanted for a shooting at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has been arrested in Georgia. Emory Chapman, 39, of Pleasantville, was taken into custody Thursday by FBI agents in Atlanta.


22nd Annual Georgia Organics Conference held in Tifton

TIFTON — The 22nd Annual Georgia Organics Conference and Expo was held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus on Feb. 8 and 9. The conference, which is held in a different location every year, features workshops, booths, farm tours, a Farmer’s Feast and opportunities to network for attendees fro


Florida Georgia Line Shares Jason Aldean 'Can't Hide Red' Collaboration

Florida Georgia Line's fourth studio album, Can't Say I Ain't Country, is out! The record, released on Friday, Feb. 15, includes the collaboration with Jason Aldean on "Can't Hide Red," which the guys shared to celebrate the release of their latest record.


Georgia National Guard's first black female pilot gets surprise sendoff

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - The Georgia National Guard's first black female pilot got a surprise send-off in Henry County Friday. Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach was at Stockbridge Elementary School, where students packed the gym to celebrate Lt. Andrea Lewis.