Stories by Russ Bynum

Monday, May 23, 2016

Georgia approves $7.5 million for joint seaport

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia Ports Authority approved $7.5 million Monday for the first big steps toward building a new seaport terminal on the Savannah River, to be operated jointly with South ...
By Russ Bynum

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ex-Savannah pastor charged with stealing $250,000 from his church

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The former pastor of a historic Savannah church stole more than $250,000 in tithes and offerings from church members over the course of a decade.
By Russ Bynum

Monday, April 25, 2016

Deputy charged in pepper-spraying of restrained inmate

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Chat­ham County sheriff's deputy was fired Monday and charged with a felony after an investigation found she used pepper spray to punish a jail inmate who spit in her face ...
By Russ Bynum

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Trucking firm settles in crash that killed nursing students

The employer of a tractor-trailer driver blamed for a fiery interstate crash that killed five Georgia nursing students last year is settling wrongful death suits with the victims' families.
By Russ Bynum

Georgia man fakes disappearance to escape child porn charges, police say

Authorities say a kayaker reported missing off Georgia's coast is believed to have faked his disappearance to escape a court appearance on child-porn charges.
By Russ Bynum

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Imprisoned peanut exec won't have to pay salmonella victims

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A former peanut company executive serving a 28-year prison sentence won't have to pay money to victims of a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to his Georgia plant, a federal judge ...
By Russ Bynum

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Georgia sheriff sued by family of man who died in jail cell

A Georgia sheriff is being sued in federal court by the family of a 21-year-old Savannah man who died in a cell after he was shocked by a Taser while strapped to a restraint chair.
By Russ Bynum

Deal did 'right thing,' Isakson says

SAVANNAH, Ga. - U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said Wednesday that Georgia's governor "did the right thing" by vetoing a proposed religious-exemptions law opposed by major corporations, though he said ...
By Russ Bynum

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Ga. conference studies Zika mosquitoes

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Mosquito-control workers are asking automotive retailers to get rid of old tires in the Florida Panhandle, lining up laboratories to test the insects for the Zika virus in New ...
By Russ Bynum

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Growth slows at seaports after record-setting 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Georgia's busy seaports are beginning to see business slow down after a record-smashing 2015 in which shipments of containerized cargo through Savannah jumped a whopping 11.7 percent.
By Russ Bynum

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Jekyll Island to study deer threat

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Jekyll Island's governing board voted Tuesday to spend four years and $150,000 to study whether the state park's maritime forests are threatened by too many hungry deer.
By Russ Bynum

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

Confederate artifacts returned to Savannah River

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Leather boots, the hilts of swords - even a stray earring - were among the nearly 30,000 artifacts recovered this fall from the wreckage of the sunken ironclad Confederate gunship ...
By Russ Bynum

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Director jailed inon-set death asks for early release

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A movie director sentenced to jail for the on-set death of a camera assistant asked a Georgia judge to set him free less than a year after he began serving time for the fatal train ...
By Russ Bynum

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

Ga. burial for San Bernadino 'hero' victim

Those close to Shannon Johnson knew him to be fearless - whether he was moving across the country to pursue love, rescuing stray animals in the path of a wildfire, or trying to shield a co-worker ...
By Russ Bynum

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Escaped suspect in Georgia sheriff's death recaptured hours later hiding in dense woods

SAVANNAH, Ga. - It took more than 10 hours and about 100 law enforcement officers to catch Jim Edward Lowery. Deputies surrounded him late Tuesday after he was spotted ...
By Russ Bynum

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Man charged in Georgia sheriff's death escapes jail transfer

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A prisoner charged with killing a Georgia sheriff slipped out of his leg shackles and used them to smash a patrol car window Tuesday, escaping deputies who were transferring him to ...
By Russ Bynum

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Georgia man faces prison again for stealing sea turtle eggs

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Less than two years after he was released from prison, Lewis Jackson found authorities waiting for him as he boarded a ferry boat on remote Sapelo Island carrying a cooler full of ...
By Russ Bynum

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Ex-deputies avoid conviction for manslaughter in jail death

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Two former sheriff's deputies were acquitted Friday of involuntary manslaughter charges but still face prison time after being convicted of related crimes in the death of a ...
By Russ Bynum

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

3 charged in beating death of Savannah inmate to stand trial

SAVANNAH, Ga. - A few hours after he went to jail on a domestic violence charge, 21-year-old Mathew Ajibade was found dead in a cell following a violent brawl with deputies that led to him being ...
By Russ Bynum

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Salmonella: Sentencing for managers who helped convict boss

ALBANY, Ga. - They were star witnesses who helped convict their old boss, a former peanut executive who got the harshest sentence ever for a U.S. producer in a food-borne illness case.
By Russ Bynum
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