Stories by Wayne Ford

Thursday, June 19, 2014

2 Augustans plead guilty in extortion case

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- Two of the four people accused of kidnapping a Farmington, Ga., man at gunpoint in November and demanding a ransom of $100,000 recently pleaded guilty to charges that landed ...
By Wayne Ford

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cops pursue mystery EMT at Ga. wreck

A north Georgia woman could face criminal charges after she stopped at an ambulance wreck on Saturday in Bishop, Ga., where she put on a stolen paramedic's coat and offered medical assistance.
By Wayne Ford

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ga. man vows to fight bigamy arrest

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. -- Danny Lee Bradley took a woman's hand in marriage during his lunch break on Valentine's Day in Jefferson.
By Wayne Ford

Monday, April 14, 2014

3 dead in Ga. restaurant shooting

Authorities believe a 46-year-old Franklin County man killed the owner of a German-style restaurant on Lake Hartwell on Sunday before abducting and killing his ex-wife and then himself.
By Wayne Ford

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Teen jailed for keeping bank mistake

An Athens area teen bought a convertible BMW, clothing and food with money mistakenly put in his bank account in early March, but law enforcement authorities say he also bought himself some trouble.
By Wayne Ford

Friday, March 28, 2014

Teen takes money after bank mistake

A banking error created a fat bank account for a north Georgia teenager, whom Madison County sheriff's deputies said went on a spending spree and pocketed $20,000 in cash.
By Wayne Ford

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Skeleton found near Athens

The partial skeleton of a human found this week in Banks County near Athens was transported to the State Crime Lab Thursday to see what forensic scientists can determine as to its identity, ...
By Wayne Ford

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

2 charged in youth group theft

COLBERT, Ga. -- Two board members of a parent-led youth sports organization were recently charged under the state's racketeering law with stealing more than $10,000 from the association, ...
By Wayne Ford

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Ex-UGA registrar worker facing charges

ATHENS, Ga. -- A former employee of the University of Georgia registrar's office was charged Friday with 61 counts of felony fraud that allege he accessed personal data in the office on at least ...
By Wayne Ford

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Georgia stable fire kills 18 horses

BISHOP, Ga. -- A suspected electrical fire raged through the stable of a horse farm in Bishop early Friday morning killing 18 horses, destroying the barn and causing damage estimated at close ...
By Wayne Ford

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

4 arrested in Ga. hunter's shooting

Northeast Georgia sheriff's deputies arrested four people this week after authorities said they lied about the facts concerning the shooting of a deer hunter the day after Christmas.
By Wayne Ford

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

Kidnap victim feared worst from suspects

An Oconee County man kidnapped on November 14 said he was surprised by the suspects while getting dressed for work.
By Wayne Ford

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

Augusta suspects arrested in Athens area kidnapping

WATKINSVILLE, GA. -- More suspects including one from Augusta have been arrested in the Nov. 14 kidnapping of an Athens area man who was held for ransom, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said Friday.
By Wayne Ford

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Georgia meth raid yields albino deer

When Jackson County Sheriff's investigators raided the home of a suspected methamphetamine dealer last week, they recovered stolen guns and a stuffed albino deer.
By Wayne Ford

Monday, July 8, 2013

Arrest in 12-year-old Ga. slaying

The Elbert County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in a 12-year-old unsolved murder case.
By Wayne Ford

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Man's disappearance baffles Ga. family

UNION POINT, Ga. -- Alzheimer's patient Charlie Lawson's mysterious disappearance four weeks ago from his home now has his family wondering if he really did wander into the nearby forest as ...
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cops called to quell softball fracas

JEFFERSON, Ga. -- A heated dispute between coaches at a weekend girls' softball tournament near Athens resulted in the ejection of two opposing coaches and the forfeiture of the tournament's ...
By Wayne Ford

Friday, March 22, 2013

'Mime' attacks UGA student

ATHENS, Ga. -- A woman seemingly dressed like a mime attacked a 20-year-old University of Georgia student as she walked to class.
By Wayne Ford

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ga. teacher charged in teen's fatal overdose

WINDER, Ga. -- A Barrow County Middle School math teacher was arrested on charges she arranged a drug delivery to her teen babysitter, who died after ingesting the drugs.
By Wayne Ford

Top headlines

Commission rejects tax jump

Seven commissioners nixed a proposed tax increase Monday that would cost a typical homeowner $70 a year, leaving the countywide millage unset with just a few days to meet state deadlines.
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