Stories 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

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

Savannah officials knew of police misconduct, ex-cop says

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A former Savannah-Chatham police official on Thursday alleged that city, county and police officials knew of corrupt departmental misconduct and allowed it to continue.
By Jan Skutch

Friday, Aug 23, 2013

Woman impaled by tree branch wins $12 million from Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah woman was awarded $12 million against the city of Savannah on Thursday for devastating injuries she suffered when a tree limb fell and impaled her in a truck.
By Jan Skutch

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Savannah court manager arrested in drug probe

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Chatham County Superior Court case manager was arrested on Friday and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Savannah doctor accused of trading drugs for sex with strippers

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Savannah psychiatrist once honored for his community work will remain in federal custody on accusations he traded prescriptions and cash for sex with local strippers.
By Jan Skutch

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

Paula Deen case stays in federal court

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A federal judge has rejected an attempt to return a lawsuit against Savannah celebrity chef Paula Deen and her family run enterprises to state court, calling arguments by the ...
By Jan Skutch

Friday, July 27, 2012

Savannah woman pleads guilty to federal fraud charges

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million in federal funds in a scheme that netted more than $6 million in food stamps and nutrition-assistance benefits.
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Savannah lawyer sentenced in scheme

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah attorney on Wednesday was sentenced to nine months in federal prison in a counterfeiting scheme then released on bond, but not before he drew a stern admonition from ...
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Teen mom indicted in Savannah newborn death

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah woman was indicted on Wednesday on murder and related charges in the December slaying of her newborn son.
By Jan Skutch

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Paula Deen asks court to dismiss suit

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Attorneys for celebrity chef Paula Deen have urged a judge to dismiss a suit by a former employee.
By Jan Skutch

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Judge denies gag order sought by Paula Deen attorneys

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A judge rejected a gag order governing pre-trial comment in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the former general manager of restaurant with ties to Paula Deen.
By Jan Skutch

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

Chatham County bans pet bulldog for life

SAVANNAH - Oreo, a 60-pound pet bulldog that allegedly bit a neighbor's child, was banned from Chatham County for the rest of his life.
By Jan Skutch

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Mental evaluation for Savannah owner of 71 dogs

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Dog owner Daniel Golden will be required to undergo a mental health evaluation as part of a resolution to his keeping 71 dogs in his house.
By Jan Skutch

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

Ga. mom gets 45 years in infant's death

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Chatham County woman pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced murder charge in the 2009 death of her 3-month-old son and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
By Jan Skutch

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011

Savannah teen gets 45 years for shooting at cop

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah man has pleaded guilty in return for a 45-year sentence for criminal attempt to murder and related charges by firing gunshots into a patrol car driven by ...
By Jan Skutch

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Plane crashes on Ga. man walking Fla. beach

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Sometime Sunday morning, Ommy Irizarry posted a message on Facebook to mark his ninth wedding anniversary. Within hours he was dead.
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