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Woman calls police to report fake drugs


ROCHELLE - A woman was arrested after she called local police to help "get her money back" after she was unhappy with the crack cocaine she purchased.

Juanita Marie Jones, 53, called Rochelle Police late Thursday after she purchased what she thought was a $20 piece of crack cocaine, according to police reports.

She told officers she broke the rock into three pieces and smoked one, only to discover the drugs were "fake." She took Officer Joel Quinn and Deputy John Shedd, of the Wilcox County Sheriff's Office, into her kitchen and showed them the drugs, police said.

She was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine.

Disguised agents arrest felon during gun show

SAVANNAH - Police and federal agents spent the weekend conducting an undercover operation at a gun show at the Savannah Civic Center.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police won't talk about the operation, but police reports show it led to the arrest of a convicted felon.

Chance Lamont Datts, 19, was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a pistol without a permit and possession of marijuana.

Undercover agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with officers from SCMPD's Tactical Reaction and Prevention unit, converged on the Civic Center for the two-day Eastman Gun Show.

State college will offer PGA management class

AMERICUS - Georgia Southwestern State University hopes to lure students who like golf and business.

The school is in the process of starting a Professional Golfers' Association of America-accredited professional golf management program. The program would be the first of its kind in Georgia and only the 18th in the nation.

Officials envision the program eventually drawing in hundreds of students from across the country, targeting many who might never have considered attending the nearly 2,500-student university in Americus.

Lobbyists give officials gifts worth $1 million

SAVANNAH - Dinners. Lunches. Drinks. Basketball tickets. Airline trips.

Lobbyists gave those and other items to Chatham County's state legislators during the first four months of this year.

The total tab: nearly $7,000.

It was part of $946,000 worth of gifts lobbyists rained on several state officials through April 30.

Reports to the State Ethics Commission found freebies for local lawmakers flowed mostly from advocates for health care interests and utilities.

- Edited from wire reports