Stories by Jan Skutch

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Former Savannah bishop dies in Florida

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Bishop Raymond W. Lessard, who served as bishop of Savannah for 22 years, died Sunday at his home at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla., surrounded by priests and ...
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Savannah mother indicted in drownings of two infant daughters

A Savannah mother of four on Tuesday was indicted on murder and related charges in the October deaths of her two infant daughters who were drowned in a tub of water at her home.
By Jan Skutch

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Chatham County prosecutor to paroles officials: Never release convicted murderer Willie Doyle

Chatham County’s chief assistant prosecutor has told state pardons and paroles officials that convicted murderer Willie Doyle should never be released into society.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Sheriff in Savannah dies

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Chatham County Sheriff Al St Lawrence, who had been battling cancer, died Tuesday night.
By Jan Skutch

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Ga. newsman Coffey dead at 92

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Thomas F. "Tom" Coffey Jr., a veteran Georgia newspaper editor and Savannah community leader, died Sunday at 92.
By Jan Skutch

Friday, July 31, 2015

188-count indictment in Ga. elderly scam

SAVANNAH, Ga.  --  A woman who provided home health care for the elderly was charged Wednesday in a 188-count indictment  with exploiting a 91-year-old woman and financial credit ...
By Jan Skutch

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ex-court clerk indicted in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A federal indictment unsealed Monday charged longtime Chatham County Probate Court Chief Clerk/Court Administrator Kim Birge with stealing or embezzling more than $700,000 from ...
By Jan Skutch

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Judge Edenfield dies

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- U.S. District Judge B. Avant Edenfield died this morning at Candler Hospital. He was 80
By Jan Skutch

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Affair may compromise scores of prosecutions, feds say

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Federal prosecutors have identified more than 200 cases that could be affected because prosecutor and agent had 5-year extramarital affair.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Ga. tax worker admits charity theft

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A former employee in the Chatham County Tax Commissioner's office has admitted stealing almost $20,000 from an office charity fund
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Ga. lawyer arrested in $500,000 theft

A Vidalia, Ga., attorney has been arrested on charges of forgery and theft by deception in connection with a $500,000 civil settlement he allegedly never gave his clients.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

5th DUI could send Ga. woman back to prison

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Chatham County woman who spent more than 10 years in prison for the deaths of two people in a DUI-related two-vehicle crash in 2000 faces a return to prison after she was ...
By Jan Skutch

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

US judge chides Ga. hospital lawyers

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 ...
By Jan Skutch

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

Feds sue Savannah hospital

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The federal government on Friday sued Memorial Health Inc. and others for what it said were false and fraudulent claims for Medicare reimbursement.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ex-Savannah banker sentenced for fraud

SAVANNAH -- The former president/CEO of First National Bank on Tuesday was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison and ordered to repay his portion of more than $9.7 million.
By Jan Skutch

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

54 charged in food stamp fraud

A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Savannah charges 54 defendants for their alleged roles in a massive, statewide scheme to defraud the WIC and Food Stamp programs.
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Feds indict former Savannah police chief

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Former Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Willie Lovett pleaded not guilty Thursday to a seven-count federal indictment charging him with commercial gambling and extortion.
By Jan Skutch

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ex-Ga. cop sentenced in drug case

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Former Pooler, Ga., police officer John William "Billy" Stanley was sentenced Monday to 17 months in federal prison for knowingly attempting to hide a drug conspiracy while on the ...
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ga. judge cites lawyer ego for new trial

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A judge has ordered a new trial for a Savannah man after finding that his lawyer allowed his ego to interfere with providing him an effective defense.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wife killed Ga. soldier for insurance, feds say

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The wife of a slain Fort Stewart soldier schemed with her brother to kill her husband in exchange for a $160,000 insurance policy payout.
By Jan Skutch
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