Stories by Joe Kovac Jr.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Knife-wielding man caught near Lake Oconee murder site

EATONTON, Ga. -- A man with a "big knife" was caught earlier this week, puncturing tires on nearly two dozen cars in an exclusive Putnam County neighborhood where an elderly couple was slain last ...
By Joe Kovac Jr.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Slain couple stopped to ask directions, witness recalls

On Wednesday, Angela Kinnett wondered if she and her husband were the last to see the Runions before the Cobb County pair met their killer.
By Joe Kovac Jr.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Falcon attendance streak ends

MACON, Ga. -- One of the most enduring streaks in Georgia sports, one that spanned nearly half a century and 30 losing seasons, ended Sunday.
By Joe Kovac Jr.

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Lake slayings remain mystery

EATONTON, Ga. -- Three months since a Lake Oconee couple's brutal deaths, police, family say they have few clues.
By Joe Kovac Jr.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Married 55 years, died hours apart

MACON, Ga. -- John W. Newberry died in his living room, there in the house at the end of Macon's Dapleton Drive where he and his wife moved 30 years ago.
By Joe Kovac Jr.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Georgia Eagle scout on trial

FORSYTH, Ga. -- It was a harebrained deal, a ruse gone south from the get-go, an alleged scheme by a pair of Eagle Scouts to lure another young man to a secluded, ramshackle house, then handcuff ...
By Joe Kovac Jr.

Sunday, Aug 7, 2011

Macon murder suspect a mystery

MACON, Ga. -- He was the guy with the corkscrewy, grizzly-bear-colored mane. With the tired blue eyes of a bookworm who had just pulled back-to-back all-nighters. And perhaps he had. 
By Joe Kovac Jr.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

TV documentary shows 'rebel' side of Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel, will be shown Thursday in its television premiere on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
By Joe Kovac Jr.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Small Ga. county pulls crime off interstate

The big-city gal had just spent her Friday night in the Twiggs County jail.
By Joe Kovac Jr.
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