Stories by Wayne Ford

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Man charged after fight at kids ballgame

A Jackson County man said Wednesday he was made the "scapegoat" following his arrest on Saturday during a fight among a group of men attending a youth baseball game at Oconee Veterans Park in ...
By Wayne Ford

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bull kills Georgia cattle farmer

ATHENS, Ga. -- A bull allegedly killed a 75-year-old cattle farmer on Friday in his pasture near Hoschton, Ga.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Cause of UGA student death undisclosed

ATHENS, Ga. -- Although the cause of death for a University of Georgia student remained undisclosed, Athens hospital officials confirmed that no cases of bacterial meningitis have been treated at ...
By Wayne Ford

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Ancient Indian mystery near Athens

JEFFERSON, Ga. - There is a long-standing mystery in Jackson County that somewhere bordering the meandering North Oconee River was a sacred Native American Indian shrine called Yamacutah.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Family waited 26 years to report woman missing

ATHENS, Ga. -- A DNA analysis that provided a match between a missing Virginia woman and a skeleton found 26 years later occurred only because a relative of the woman went to police last year to ...
By Wayne Ford

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Ga. skeleton identified after 26 years

The mystery of an unidentified skeleton found in a remote section of Oglethorpe County 26 years ago was resolved recently when a DNA analysis identified the remains as those of a Virginia woman.
By Wayne Ford

2 charged in UGA student slaying

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke police remained tight-lipped Thursday on the circumstances that led to the shooting death of a University of Georgia student and the arrests of two Athens men charged ...
By Wayne Ford

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Family hopes poem can solve slaying

STAHAM, Ga. - Retired physician C.B. Skelton writes poetry. But few works ever penned by the doctor contained as much emotional urgency as did the poem he wrote at the request of a grieving father.
By Wayne Ford

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Slaying remains mystery

Three weeks have passed since a body was found in a burned vehicle in Elbert County, and it remains unidentified even as the Georgia Crime Lab is using DNA to establish an identity.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Ga. woman's body found by rural road

The body of an Athens area woman found Monday on the side of Georgia Highway 22 in Oglethorpe County has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.
By Wayne Ford

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Oconee man charged with fabricating own kidnapping in 2013

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- An Athens area man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he planned his own kidnapping to extort money that he and the kidnappers -- including two from Augusta -- ...
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
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