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    Newly released footage shows a crew of forensics experts spending nearly eight hours in a restricted section of a county elections office in Georgia conducting a review on behalf of Trump lawyers. The video appears to contradict testimony from a so-called alternative elector in Georgia named Cathy Latham, who claimed under sworn testimony that she was not involved in an alleged breach on that day and only briefly popped by the foyer and front desk, the Washington Post reported. TRUMP ALLIES PURSUED COPIES OF VOTER SYSTEMS IN SWING STATES: REPORT Latham, chairwoman of the Coffee County Republican Party, is under criminal investigation for participating in the so-called alternative elector scheme. During the fallout from the 2020 election, lawyers and allies of former President Donald Trump tapped a team of forensic experts at tech firm SullivanStrickler to audit election machines in a handful of locations across the country, including Coffee County, Georgia. The footage appears to show Latham visiting the elections office for about four hours, including in and out of areas where forensics experts conducted their...
    A new surveillance video shows several pro-Donald Trump operatives handling voting machine technology at a local elections office for hours, which raises questions about how those machines were breached that very day. The Coffee County Elections office has been under scrutiny ever since footage emerged on Jan. 7, 2021, when it was visited by Cathy Latham, Paul Maggio, and Scott Hall. Latham is the former Republican chairwoman of Coffee County who is currently being investigated for her role as a fake elector who falsely claimed that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Maggio was part of a tech firm hired by Sidney Powell to perform reported data extraction, and Hall is a Trump-supporting bail bondsman who Latham led to the Coffee County office along with Maggio. Latham is under fire over her court-filed claims that she “didn’t go into the office,” and the new video is likely to add to her woes as it shows her and her entourage inside the restricted area of the Coffee County elections office for hours. During this time, her team was seen working...
    Washington (CNN)A Republican county official in Georgia and operatives working with an attorney for former President Donald Trump spent hours inside a restricted area of the local elections office on the day voting systems there were breached, newly obtained surveillance video shows. The video reveals for the first time what happened inside the Coffee County elections office on January 7, 2021, the same day its voting systems are known to have been compromised. Among those seen in the footage is Cathy Latham, a former GOP chairwoman of Coffee County who is under criminal investigation for posing as a fake elector in 2020. CNN previously reported that Latham escorted operatives working with former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell through the front door of the elections office on January 7, 2021. The new footage appears to undercut previous claims by Latham that she was not "personally involved" in the breach. The new video, obtained as part of a years-long civil lawsuit in Georgia related to the security of voting systems there, shows Latham remained in the office for hours as those same operatives...
    On Tuesday, August 30, 2022, the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office (SWRDEO) and the Tift County Sheriff’s Office concluded a two-month drug trafficking investigation that resulted in the arrests of four people and the seizure of illegal drugs representing a combined value of $710,000.00. The following were arrested and charged: Travarious Mike, aka “T Mike,” age 27, of Tifton, Georgia – one count trafficking fentanyl Makylia Wilcox, age 24, of Winder, Georgia – one count trafficking fentanyl Lamar Watson, age 37, of Columbus, Georgia – one count trafficking methamphetamine Courtney Gear, age 47, of Tifton, Georgia – one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon On the day of the arrests, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Makylia Wilcox, with passenger Travarious Mike. During the stop, the vehicle was searched and resulted in the seizure of 1.2 pounds of suspected fentanyl.  Wilcox and Mike were arrested for trafficking fentanyl and taken to the Crisp County Jail. The...
    Owens said one person opened fire from inside the house and another from a nearby car. The deputies were able to alert police dispatchers to the shooting and call for backup, he recounted. At 9 p.m., the Cobb County Sheriff's Office reported the deputies had died from their injuries and that SWAT and FAST teams had arrived to confront the suspected shooter. The suspects were taken into custody around 12:15 a.m., according to WSB. \u201cTwo @CobbSheriff deputies died tonight in the line of duty while serving a warrant. SWAT and FAST teams are at the scene. The suspect is barricaded. \n\nWe will release additional information, including the names of the fallen deputies, as it becomes available.\u201d — Cobb County Sheriff\u2019s Office (@Cobb County Sheriff\u2019s Office) 1662685147 The two deputies had been with the sheriff's office for more than five years, Owens said. “Two wives have lost their amazing husbands,” Owens said. “Pray for us because we need it. Our hearts are broken here in Cobb County.” A neighborhood woman told WSB the community is shocked by...
    (CNN)Two sheriff's deputies in Cobb County, Georgia, are dead after attempting to serve a warrant, according to a tweet from the Cobb County Sheriff's Office.The suspect has barricaded themselves and a SWAT team is on the scene, the sheriff's office says. The situation "remains an active incident," the office said in an update at 9:48 p.m. ET. Authorities not yet released the names of the deputies or more details about the circumstances of their deaths.Cobb County is a suburban area northwest of Atlanta.This is a developing story and will be updated.
    Footage from a security camera shows a Georgia election official, who is being investigated for posing as a fake elector for Donald Trump, leading two pro-Trump operatives into a county elections office on the same day last year that a voting machine was breached.  Details of the video emerged on Tuesday. And it sheds more light on to efforts taken by Trump-linked lawyers to find evidence of fraud in the 2020 election, often with the help of local officials. The Georgia breach is already being investigated by the Georgia Bureau Investigation and may form part of the wider criminal probe by the Fulton County District Attorney. The two operatives seen in the video, Scott Hall and Paul Maggio, have already admitted accessing a voting machine at the request of Sidney Powell, a lawyer who took on a leading role in Trump's attempt to overturn the election, according to CNN. The video shows them being escorted to Coffee County elections office on January 7, 2021, by local GOP chairwoman Cathy Latham.  CNN and the Washington Post obtained video of a Georgia...
    By Kate Brumback | Associated Press ATLANTA — Two months after the 2020 presidential election, a team of computer experts traveled to south Georgia to copy software and data from voting equipment in an apparent breach of a county election system. They were greeted outside by the head of the local Republican Party, who was involved in efforts by then-President Donald Trump to overturn his election loss. A security camera outside the elections office in rural Coffee County captured their arrival. The footage also shows that some local election officials were at the office during what the Georgia secretary of state’s office has described as “alleged unauthorized access” of election equipment. Security footage from two weeks later raises additional alarms — showing two people who were instrumental in Trump’s wider efforts to undermine the election results entering the office and staying for hours. The security video from the elections office in the county about 200 miles southeast of Atlanta offers a glimpse of the lengths Trump’s allies went in service of his fraudulent election claims. It further shows how access...
    A group of election deniers made repeated visits to a Georgia elections office that is at the center of an investigation examining alleged breaches of voting equipment in the weeks after the 2020 election. Doug Logan and Jeffrey Lenberg, consultants from tech forensics firm SullivanStrickler, made several visits to the Coffee County elections office, according to video footage obtained by the Washington Post, indicating possible links between the two men and efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state. The newly discovered video footage offers more details into the county’s investigation of alleged attempts by Trump allies to copy election system data after the former president’s loss. DATA FROM ELECTION VOTING SYSTEMS SHARED WITH TRUMP ALLIES: REPORT The revelation comes after it was reported last month that data from election systems had been apparently downloaded dozens of times by several allies of former President Donald Trump and published online, according to the Washington Post. At least 10 people have downloaded election systems data from Michigan or Georgia from December 2020 to February 2021, prompting concerns...
    A newly-uncovered piece of surveillance footage is placing renewed scrutiny on an accused fake 2020 elector, and Donald Trump’s operatives who visited a Georgia county’s election offices on the same day that their voting machines were illegally breached. CNN obtained the footage from the Coffee County Elections office dated Jan. 7, 2021, and it shows 3 individuals entering the building. The trio was led Cathy Latham, a former GOP chairwoman of Coffee County who is under criminal investigation by state and federal prosecutors as one of 16 Republicans who signed certificates that falsely declared Trump the rightful winner of the 2020 election. One of the men Latham was seen escorting in the footage was Paul Maggio — an operative for the Atlanta tech firm SullivanStrickler, which was hired by the pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell. Powell reportedly paid SullivanStrickler to conduct a data extraction, and Maggio and Latham’s appearance at the county office was on the same day that their voting machines were allegedly breached.” From CNN’s report: Text messages, emails and witness testimony filed as part of a long-running civil...
    (CNN)A Republican county official in Georgia escorted two operatives working with an attorney for former President Donald Trump into the county's election offices on the same day a voting system there was breached, newly obtained video shows.The breach is now under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and is of interest to the Fulton County District Attorney, who is conducting a wider criminal probe of interference in the 2020 election. The video sheds more light on how an effort spearheaded by lawyers and others around Trump to seek evidence of voter fraud was executed on the ground from Georgia to Michigan to Colorado, often with the assistance of sympathetic local officials.In the surveillance video, which was obtained by CNN, Cathy Latham, a former GOP chairwoman of Coffee County who is under criminal investigation for posing as a fake elector in 2020, escorts a team of pro-Trump operatives to the county's elections office on January 7, 2021, the same day a voting system there is known to have been breached.The two men seen in the video with Latham, Scott Hall...
    Georgia’s Office of the Attorney General has entered into a settlement with CA Certificate Service, LLC, which also does business as GA Certificate Service, and its owner and sole employee, James Beard. The settlement resolves allegations that the company sent deceptive direct mail solicitations to Georgia small business owners offering to assist in obtaining a Certificate of Existence. CA Certificate Service would then charge $72.50 for completing the paperwork to obtain a Certificate of Existence, even though businesses can easily acquire a Certificate of Existence directly from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office for a mere $10. “We will not allow Georgia’s small business owners to be purposefully misled and tricked into turning over their hard-earned money for unnecessary services,” said Carr. “Companies that engage in this type of deceptive behavior and target our small business community in the process will be held accountable for their actions.” The Attorney General’s Office alleges that CA Certificate Service falsely represented that the fee it charges for obtaining a Certificate of Existence is...
    (CNN)The Fulton County District Attorney's office slammed GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham's "extreme position" to have his subpoena quashed, saying he should be required to testify before the special purpose grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, according to a new court filing. "Senator Graham's repetition of his previous arguments does not entitle him to partial quashal, and the District Attorney respectfully requests that his motion be denied," Donald Wakeford, Fulton's chief senior assistant district attorney, wrote in a motion filed on Monday. The litigation over the subpoena is back before US District Judge Leigh Martin May of the Northern District of Georgia, who had previously denied Graham's motion to quash the subpoena. The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals has since instructed May to consider whether the subpoena should be partially quashed or modified in accordance with the Constitution's Speech or Debate Clause, which shields lawmakers from some law enforcement actions when it covers certain conduct that is part of lawmakers' legislative duties. Graham's attorneys argue that his calls to Georgia...
    According to the GBI, Dustin Tyler Burgess, age 34, of Ellijay, and Uriel C. Mendoza, age 30, of Copperhill, TN, were arrested on August 24 and both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of children. Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) agents received information of suspicious activity occurring at the address of 2064 New Franklin Church Road, Canon, GA. Agents obtained and executed a search warrant at the location and discovered an active methamphetamine conversion lab inside one of the buildings on the property. The structure was a horse stable being used to convert liquid methamphetamine to crystal methamphetamine for distribution. Due to the size of the lab, agents contacted the DEA Clan Lab Team to assist in the collection of evidence and disposal of hazardous materials. Agents seized approximately five kilograms of finished crystal methamphetamine and approximately 255 gallons of liquid methamphetamine solution. It is estimated the amount of liquid methamphetamine solution that the lab was likely...
    Like nearly every candidate for elected office, entrepreneur and former NFL star Herschel Walker, the Republican Party’s nominee for a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia, has been giving speeches since he announced his run for office. Unlike nearly every candidate for public office, Walker has been charging for those speeches. Not entrance fees for an audience to hear him speak, but actual speaking fees, paid by lobbying groups and even non-profits like a Boys & Girls Club in Georgia. And he’s racked up big money doing it as a declared candidate for elected office. The fees he says on his disclosure form he’s received range from $12,000 to $60,000. After having served as a U.S. Senator and then as a U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was flogged by Republicans for giving paid speeches after leaving the Obama administration, during the time she was a private citizen and far from declaring any intention to run for office. READ MORE: Herschel Walker’s Remarks Against Same-Sex Marriage Resurface: ‘Each State Can Just Stop All of That’ But Walker is making money as...
    (CNN)Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp asked a judge on Wednesday to throw out a subpoena from the Fulton County district attorney requiring the Republican governor to appear before the grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state.Kemp had been scheduled for a voluntary interview in July, his lawyers said in a court filing, but the interview was "unilaterally cancelled" after Kemp's legal team inquired about its scope. The district attorney's office then issued a subpoena, Kemp's lawyers said."Governor Kemp has ardently defended the rule of law in this state. Moreover, he welcomes opportunities to explain and defend his actions," a court filing from Kemp's lawyers said. "However, the Subpoena ignores -- and more importantly, the DA's Office has refused to account for -- the serious privileges it implicates in relation to the testimony of a sitting governor."The filing also argues that the subpoena is suspiciously timed to coincide with the "crescendo" in Kemp's reelection campaign and is not "driven by genuine investigative need for information."The Fulton County DA's office declined to comment....
    (CNN)Rudy Giuliani was ordered by an Atlanta-area judge Tuesday to appear in person on August 17 in front of the special purpose grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies violated the law in their efforts to flip the 2020 election results in Georgia. Lawyers for Giuliani, who served as an attorney for Trump during the 2020 election, are seeking to delay his appearance -- originally scheduled for Tuesday -- saying he shouldn't fly after he underwent heart stent surgery last month.Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney proposed that Giuliani explore land-based travel options. JUST WATCHED'You guys are not tough enough': Rudy Giuliani describes heated White House meetingReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCH'You guys are not tough enough': Rudy Giuliani describes heated White House meeting 08:29"John Madden drove all the way over the country in his big bus from stadium to stadium so one thing we need to explore is whether Mr. Giuliani could get here without jeopardizing his recovery and his health, on a train or on a bus or whatever it would be," McBurney said...
    Spencer Platt/Getty Images Prosecutors in Georgia used Rudy Giuliani’s Twitter account against him after he claimed his doctor advised him against traveling to the state to testify Giuliani was ordered by a Fulton County court last month to testify before a grand jury on Aug. 9. His testimony is sought as part of an investigation into efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results. On Monday, Giuliani filed a motion through his lawyer Robert Costello to delay the testimony. The former mayor of New York claimed he has been advised not to travel to other states or to fly. He cited a “medical procedure,” and offered a doctor’s note which advised air travel is not recommended. Stephen Fowler of NPR highlighted a tweet the DA’s office found featuring Giuliani allegedly in New Hampshire last week. Amazing. Giuliani said a recent heart procedure meant he couldn’t travel to ATL out of state …so the Fulton DA’s office found a tweet of Giuliani apparently traveling out of state. pic.twitter.com/LZONxwDxZz — stephen fowler (@stphnfwlr) August 8, 2022 In a response to the motion, the DA’s...
    The U.S. Senate passed Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff’s bipartisan bill to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Atlanta Regional Office in honor of the late Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson on Thursday. “The bill designates the Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office in Georgia as the Senator Johnny Isakson Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office, or the Isakson VA Atlanta Regional Office,” the Senate Periodicals account said in a Tuesday tweet. The bill was passed unanimously as “S. 4359, Senator Johnny Isakson VA Regional Office Act of 2022.” “[This will] recognize a true legend of the U.S. Senate, an extraordinary father, husband, and representative of this state,” Senator Ossoff (D) said. Isakson was born in Fulton County in Atlanta on December 28, 1994 and graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1966 before serving in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972. “I was proud to co-lead this bipartisan legislation in the House and I applaud the Senate for unanimously passing the companion bill last night,” Representative Rick W. Allen (R-GA-12) said. He...
    (CNN)A Georgia judge on Monday blocked Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from investigating Burt Jones, a Republican state senator, as part of the investigation into efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election in that state. Jones is one of 16 fake Trump electors who signed on to the "unofficial electorate certificate" in a plan to subvert the Electoral College in the 2020 election. Jones is currently running for lieutenant governor in Georgia against Democrat Charlie Bailey. Willis hosted a campaign fundraiser for Bailey last month and donated to his primary campaign earlier this year. In his ruling, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said Willis' office may "ask witnesses about the Senator's role in the various efforts the State Republican party undertook to call into question the legitimacy of the results of the election. What her office may not do is make sure of any such evidence to develop a case against the Senator." Georgia judge declines to quash subpoenas for fake Trump electorsLast week, McBurney criticized Willis during a...
    In Fulton County, Georgia, which includes Atlanta, District Attorney Fani Willis has been conducting a thorough investigation of former President Donald Trump’s activities in her state following the 2020 presidential election. One of the Republicans Willis has been scrutinizing as part of her investigation is Georgia State Sen. Burt Jones, who promoted Trump’s false claim that the election was stolen from Trump in the Peach State. But on Monday, July 25, Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney barred Willis’ office from investigating Jones. McBurney, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Tamar Hallerman, didn’t bar other prosecutors from probing Jones’ post-2020 election activities. But he did bar Willis’ office from doing the investigating. “That means another set of prosecutors will determine whether to subpoena the Jackson Republican, whether to categorize him as a target of the investigation or whether any charges should ultimately be brought against him,” Hallerman reports. READ MORE: Fulton County DA may request Trump testify under oath as his allies are notified of possible indictments: report McBurney wrote, “An investigation of this significance, garnering the public attention it...
    (CNN)An Atlanta-area judge said Thursday he will not quash subpoenas for 11 of the "fake electors" who participated in a plan to subvert the Electoral College and are now targets of an ongoing criminal investigation.Judge Robert McBurney of Fulton County Superior Court said he would let the parties work out a framework with the Fulton County District Attorney's Office regarding their appearance before the grand jury and potentially invoking their Fifth Amendment rights. "I will not be quashing any of the subpoenas," McBurney said during a motion hearing. "I'm going to let the parties develop the framework they want to use as we go forward," he continued, adding that "It may be that the witnesses have very brief appearances in front of the grand jury."Court documents filed late Tuesday revealed that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis had informed all 16 of the individuals who signed an "unofficial electoral certificate" that was ultimately sent to the National Archives in late 2020 they may be indicted in her probe.Willis' office informed lawyers for those fake electors that the status change from...
    By Kate Brumback | Associated Press ATLANTA — The Georgia prosecutor who’s investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally interfered in the 2020 general election in the state has informed 16 Republicans who served as fake electors that they could face criminal charges. They all signed a certificate declaring falsely that then-President Trump had won the 2020 presidential election and declaring themselves the state’s “duly elected and qualified” electors even though Joe Biden had won the state and a slate of Democratic electors was certified. Eleven of them filed a motion Tuesday to quash their subpoenas, calling them “unreasonable and oppressive.” Also Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, agreed to file any challenges to a subpoena in the investigation in either state superior court or federal court in Georgia, according to a court filing. He had previously filed a motion in federal court in South Carolina trying to stop any subpoena from being issued to him there on behalf of the prosecutor in Georgia. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis last year opened a criminal...
    "Every day, it was, like, my job to find him," she said. Georgia Cold Case Solved After 23 Years www.youtube.com Ava finally stumbled upon a rendering of a murdered boy in Georgia and called authorities to suggest he might be the boy she once knew, William DaShawn Hamilton. NCMEC/screen shot “This case is a perfect example of why we never give up hope,” said Angeline Hartmann, Director of Communications at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. “For more than two decades, a woman in Charlotte followed her gut feeling that something wasn’t right. She made phone calls, scoured the internet and talked to anybody who would listen. We’re grateful she never stopped until she found that rendering of William online and gave investigators the missing piece to help solve this 23-year-old mystery. A huge thank you to the Dekalb County District Attorney’s Office, the Dekalb County Medical Examiner’s Office and Dekalb County Police for their hard work that brought us here today.” Investigators used DNA testing to confirm the boy's identity. Ava described...
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) filed an official complaint to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Senator Raphael Warnock’s (D-GA) alleged misuse of campaign funds. According to a report, the Georgia lawmaker took campaign money to cover the cost of a lawsuit that pertained to events that occurred before he became an elected official. Federal election rules do not allow candidates to use campaign funds to cover personal expenses that would occur regardless of if the individual opted to seek office. According to the NRSC complaint, Warnock’s actions meet that criteria: “In sum, because the conduct that gave rise to the lawsuit occurred 15 years before Warnock ever sought or held federal office, the legal claims have nothing to do with Warnock’s now-status as a candidate or officeholder. These claims and the related expenses would, therefore, exist irrespective of Warnock’s election campaign or officeholder duties. And Warnock therefore may not use funds raised for his campaign — which donors contributed in good faith that their money would be used to help elect Warnock to office — to cover his...
    Georgia State Patrol (GSP) troopers investigated 11 fatal traffic crashes and local law enforcement agencies investigated 10 fatal traffic crashes resulting in 21 deaths across Georgia during the 78-hour Independence Day holiday travel period. The holiday period began Friday, July 1, at 6 p.m., and ended at 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 4. Local law enforcement agencies reporting fatalities include the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office (2), Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cobb County Police Department, Columbus Police Department, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Fitzgerald Police Department, Sandy Springs Police Department, and Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office. “Impaired driving is one of the leading contributing factors in the majority of fatal crashes troopers investigate during holiday travel periods,” said Colonel Chris Wright, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.  “We cannot stress enough the importance for drivers to refrain from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drive the posted speed limit, wear a seat belt, and don’t drive distracted. In addition to fatal crashes, GSP troopers investigated more than 390 traffic crashes statewide resulting in over 200 injuries. ...
    Georgia lieutenant gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Burt Jones (R-GA), right, shakes hands with former President Donald Trump on Sept. 25, 2021 in Perry, Georgia. Several unnamed Republican strategists reportedly fear that state Sen. Burt Jones’ involvement in the phony electors scandal in Georgia could come back to bite him in the ass in his bid for lieutenant governor this year. Jones is running against attorney Charlie Bailey, a Democrat, who is wisely going for his Republican rival’s jugular, calling Jones’ role as a “fake” elector “un-American,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reports. “Burt Jones doesn’t get to decide whose votes count and whose votes don’t … When you step in and say, ‘I am the official elector of this state and I am saying that Donald Trump won this state despite the law, despite the certification (of votes), we are saying this because we want it to be the case,’ there’s nothing more un-American, there’s nothing more unpatriotic than an action like that,” Bailey told the AJC.  RELATED STORY: Email obtained by prosecutors shows Trump’s campaign asked fake GOP electors for...
    ON WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation looked into an incident that took place at the Georgia Guidestones. The Georgia Guidestones is a monument located in the state of Georgia. 2The Georgia Guidestones pictured on March 30, 2017Credit: Reuters What is the Georgia Guidestones? In the state of Georgia, there is a granite monument known as the Georgia Guidestones. It is located in the city of Elberton, about 110 miles northeast of Atlanta. Erected in 1980, the monument has seen its home in Georgia for over 42 years. Many also refer to the monument as "America's Stonehenge," according to the Georgia Guidestones' official website. Read more on The US SunNATURAL WONDER Know about Yellowstone National ParkLAND OF BEAUTY What to know about Acadia National Park's hours, cost, and activities At 19 feet tall, the monument displays a 10-part message written in 12 different languages. According to the website, the stones display the message: "espousing the conservation of mankind and future generations." In addition, it serves a time-keeping purpose - the monument can be used as an...
    An apparent explosion has partially destroyed the Georgia Guidestones, a mysterious landmark in Elbert County. “The GBI and Elbert County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an explosion that destroyed the Georgia Guidestones near Elberton, GA,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. “The preliminary information indicates that unknown individuals detonated an explosive device at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6th.” (2/3) Elbert County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to discover the explosion destroyed a large portion of the structure. The Elbert County Sheriffs Office asked the GBI to assist with the investigation. GBI EOD are on scene conducting their examination of the site. — GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) July 6, 2022 “Elbert County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to discover the explosion destroyed a large portion of the structure,” according to GBI. “The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to assist with the investigation. GBI EOD are on scene conducting their examination of the site.” GBI is asking for the public to call the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office with tips about who might have vandalized the monument. The structure has...
    By Amanda Shaw | WHNS via CNN ELBERTON, Georgia (WHNS) — Multiple law enforcement agencies and a bomb squad are responding to an explosion at the Georgia Guidestones. The Guidestones, which are located along Highway 77 in Elbert County, are heavily damaged. At least one of the monoliths making up the landmark has been destroyed. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said unknown suspects detonated an explosive device around 4 a.m., destroying a large portion of the structure. GBI’s bomb disposal unit, the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Elbert County Fire Department are all on the scene of the investigation. No suspects have been identified yet in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office. The Georgia Guidestones have been called “America’s Stonehenge.” The granite monoliths were built in 1980 after a man using the pseudonym “Robert C. Christian” approached the president of Elbert Granite Finishing Company about commissioning them. Elberton is nicknamed the “Granite Capital of the World.” Each piece of the 20-foot...
    GeorgiaElectionInvestigation-62c59ad6c518e66f01... Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office has opened an inquiry into whether the state Democratic Party flouted a state election law, according to a new report. His office is reviewing whether a Democratic Party field building near Atlanta that opened in May is too close in proximity to a nearby polling center, a possible violation of a state election law mandating a 150-foot minimum distance, a spokesperson told Fox News. "The law in question in Georgia is pretty plain," Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project, told the outlet. "At the very least, what they're doing is bending the rules, or maybe taking a tape measure and saying, 'We're 151 feet away.'" LINDSEY GRAHAM FIRES BACK AT FULTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND CHALLENGES SUBPOENA The field office, located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, is positioned close to Sherwood Event Hall, which was recently used for voting in the primary and runoff elections in the Peach State. Georgia law prohibits electioneering within 25 feet of a voter, according to Snead. Electioneering...
    Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” that his hat is off to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis because she is investigating former President Donald Trump’s action after the 2020 election “very aggressively.” Anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said, “Now you already had your Georgia hearing. It feels like a month ago. It was a matter of a couple of weeks ago. The Georgia hearing with Brad Raffensperger, who we know is a witness in the grand jury in Georgia. Today, we get a flood of subpoenas for that grand jury, including for United States Senator Lindsey Graham. What did you see in that? Did you see a pattern in those subpoenas that went out today?” Schiff said, “Yes, the Fulton County district attorney, hats off to her, it’s pursuing this very aggressively, the fake elector plot, the attempt to interfere with the secretary of state’s office, with the secretary of state in particular. The calls, the urging, the false claims of fraud, the false presentation about that video that took place at the State Farm Arena...
    (CNN)A three-year-old boy died after being left in a hot car for nearly three hours in Columbus, Georgia, Sunday, according to a county coroner's office. The boy, Kendrick Engram, Jr., had arrived home with his grandmother and several other children at approximately 5:30 p.m., following an afternoon of them attending church and running errands, according to information obtained by the Muscogee County Coroner's Office as part of its report on the child's death.The grandmother told investigators she believed all the children got out of her SUV when they made it home, the coroner's report stated, and she then went to her bedroom. Kendrick's mother was at work at the time and had met with the group at a nearby Walmart earlier during her lunch break, the report said. A toddler died after being left in a car -- hours later, his father took his own life, police sayNearly three hours later at around 8:15 p.m., Kendrick's uncle used the SUV to drive to a Wendy's restaurant and was unaware the boy was in the back seat, according to the report....
    (CNN)Three children are dead and their mother is facing murder charges after authorities received a 911 call of a woman allegedly trying to stab her children during a house fire in Georgia, officials said.Deputies with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic disturbance Friday evening at a home in the city of Rockmart, roughly 40 miles from Atlanta, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Deputies and firefighters entered the home to rescue the occupants and extinguished the fire, police said.Paulding County detectives and fire investigators, agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and investigators from the state fire marshal's office were working at the scene, the news release stated.Seven children were found inside the home, two of whom were pronounced dead, the release said.Read More"Two juveniles were pronounced deceased on scene: a 3-year-old with multiple apparent stab wounds and 9-month-old. Three additional juveniles, ages 5, 9, and 11 were transported to local hospitals. The remaining two juveniles, ages 14 and 16 did not appear to have injuries," the sheriff's office said.The 5-year-old later died from...
    Sketch provided by GBI The Georgia Attorney General’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest who has a tattoo on his chest that matches, or is similar to, the sketch on the flyer below. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards. Call the tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) Text CRIMES (274637) Submit a tip online by visiting www.STOPCrimeATL.com To further assist with the identification process, the Attorney General’s Office is also asking tattoo parlors and law enforcement entities in both Georgia and Florida to share the sketch.
    Larry Steven Grogan has been charged by a federal grand jury with the murder of U.S. Postal Service mail carrier Asa Wood, Jr. In connection to the murder, Grogan is also charged with assault on a federal employee using a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm resulting in death, and felon in possession of a firearm.                                                                                                                “Asa Wood dedicated his life to serving his family and his community,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “His murder is tragic and heartbreaking. The exceptional joint investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Banks County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the defendant’s arrest, and we are committed to seeking justice for Mr. Wood and his family.” “The...
      A Hall County work-release inmate who left the jail Monday, June 6, 2022 for a job interview is at large after removing his ankle monitor. Jerry Lamar Thomas, 31, of Gainesville left the Hall County Jail on Barber Road at 5:45 p.m. for a job interview at Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation on Industrial Boulevard in Gainesville. Jail officials said they received a call from Pilgrim’s Pride at 6:20 p.m. saying Thomas never showed up for the appointment. At 6:25 p.m., the jail received an alert indicating Thomas’ ankle monitor had been removed. Thomas was last arrested on May 9, 2022 on drug possession charges. He had been court-ordered to participate in the work release program. Thomas is white, 6’3”, 185 lbs. with close-cut strawberry blonde hair. He has a number of visible tattoos on his neck, face and arms. Anyone who sees Thomas or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.   News Release
    (CNN)An Atlanta-area district attorney investigating Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results has subpoenaed half a dozen officials from the Georgia secretary of state's office, according to copies of the documents obtained by CNN. The flurry of activity comes as a special grand jury is set to begin its work of investigating the former President and his allies on June 1. A person familiar with the investigation said secretary of state officials are not alone in receiving subpoenas in recent weeks, as the Fulton County district attorney's office has ramped up its investigative activity.Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis subpoenaed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Interim Deputy Secretary of State Gabe Sterling, General Counsel Ryan Germany, former Elections Director Chris Harvey, Legislative Liaison Victoria Thompson and former Chief Investigator Frances Watson, according to copies of the documents.The subpoenas call for the witnesses to testify on dates from early to mid-June. Raffensperger, who has previously said he would comply with a subpoena, appears slated to be one of the first witnesses to testify on June 2. His call...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s secretary of state is expected to appear next week before a special grand jury in an investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to meddle in the 2020 election in the state. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has been summoned to appear before the special grand jury Thursday, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request. Five other people in his office have received subpoenas to appear in early June and the office has received a subpoena for documents. Trump directed his ire at Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, after the secretary of state refused to bend to pressure to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s narrow presidential election victory in Georgia. On Tuesday, Raffensperger won the Republican primary in his quest for reelection, defeating a Trump-endorsed challenger. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened the investigation soon after she took office in January 2021. She made clear when she requested a special grand jury earlier this year that one purpose for doing so would be to issue subpoenas...
    State Representative Marie Metze (D-Atlanta) today announced that she will retire from the Georgia House of Representatives. She will continue to serve the remainder of her current term in office, which will expire when the Georgia General Assembly convenes for the 2023 legislative session. Rep. Metze also issued the following statement: “After thoughtful prayer and consideration, I have decided to retire from the Georgia House of Representatives to spend more meaningful time with my family. Serving as the state representative for House District 55 for the last seven years has been a distinct privilege and a journey I will never forget. While I may be retiring in January, I am committed to serving as a voice for my constituents during the remainder of my time in office.” Representative Marie Metze represents the citizens of District 55, which includes portions of Fulton County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2015 and currently serves on the Economic Development & Tourism, Higher Education, Interstate Cooperation and Special Rules committees.
    Nearly 100 dogs were rescued recently as a result of an investigation into animal fighting in three Georgia counties. The investigation, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, culminated in the execution of seven search warrants in Laurens, Johnson, and Washington counties, with a total of 96 dogs rescued, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The animals rescued in the operation are in the custody of the USDA for evaluation. The continuing investigation, with the assistance of personnel from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, targets animal fighting operations in the Southern District and beyond.
    A Georgia Republican Party poll watcher looks over voting machine transporters being stored at the Fulton County Election Preparation Center . A rural Georgia election supervisor, Misty Hampton, never trusted the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. So she had no issue allowing someone, with a similar conspiracy theory into her election offices to potentially compromise voting equipment. And that ain’t all of it.  Hampton openly revealed to The Washington Post that she willingly allowed Scott Hall, a Big Lie advocate and CEO of Anytime Bail Bonding in Griffin, Georgia, into her election offices to prove “that this election was not done true and correct.” Hampton also recorded a video of the Dominion Voting System machines used in Coffee County, Georgia, in order to show that they could be manipulated. The video went viral, opening questions into the security of the system. The password for the server was written on a Post-it Note and stuck to the computer—visible to anyone viewing the video. RELATED STORY: Lawyers in Marjorie Taylor Greene reelection suit file motion to add 'Marshall law' text as...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger ruled on Friday that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14) can remain on the state’s ballot in the upcoming midterm elections. The ruling is in response to a quest by some residents of the state to boot Greene off the ballot due to statements regarding the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol. According to Raffensperger, the challengers did not provide enough evidence that the lawmaker is not qualified to hold office, adding that her political statements are “a question for the voters of Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.” “Judge Beaudrot issued his Initial Decision on May 6, 2022, finding that Challengers have failed to prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence and that Respondent is qualified to be a candidate for Representative for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Judge Beaudrot’s Initial Decision and Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law are hereby ADOPTED. Therefore, IT IS HEREBY DECIDED that Respondent Marjorie Taylor Greene is QUALIFIED to be a candidate for the office of United States Representative for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District,” the ruling said....
    Mum is is the word from the Georgia Attorney General’s office after several of its counterparts this week cut ties with its national organization, called the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Attorney General Chris Carr’s office did not return several comment requests from The Georgia Star News seeking clarification about whether the state intends to remain a part of NAAG. The AGs of Texas, Missouri and Montana sent a letter to Iowa Attorney General Thomas Miller (D), the president of NAAG, announcing that they would be leaving the group over its left-wing shift. They followed Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, who last year severed his state’s ties with NAAG. “The attorneys general of Texas, Missouri and Montana have decided to withdraw our states’ membership from NAAG,” said a letter penned by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R). “While we have been a driving force for NAAG’s success – both financially and on key issues – the Association’s leftward shift over the past half-decade has been intolerable. Indeed, this liberal bent has fundamentally undermined NAAG’s role as a ‘nonpartisan national forum’ that...
    North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn's lawyer argued Tuesday in court that the Republican lawmaker cannot be pushed from the November ballot for saying former President Donald Trump's supporters should 'fight' in advance of the January 6 Capitol attack.  Lawyer James Bopp Jr., who is also representing Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in a similar lawsuit, told a panel of three judges in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, that the Constitution leaves the decision on whether someone is disqualified to serve in the U.S. Congress to members of that body, not the states. Bopp said Cawthorn 'vigorous[ly] denies that he ever engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, the country he loves.'  North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn's lawyer argued Tuesday in court that the Republican lawmaker cannot be pushed from the November ballot for saying former President Donald Trump's supporters should 'fight' in advance of the January 6 Capitol attack A lawsuit filed against Cawthorn by North Carolina voters suggests he should not be eligible to run for Congress over his participation in the pro-Trump rally...
    Former President Donald Trump released a short statement Friday highlighting a story about the net worth of his political rival Gov. Brian Kemp (R), which has reportedly grown by millions since he took office. “ICYMI: “Kemp’s net worth grew by more than $3M since he took office” said the headline from Trump’s statement. ICYMI stands for “In Case You Missed It.” The one-sentence statement simply directed recipients to a story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Kemp’s wealth increase. “Gov. Brian Kemp’s latest financial report reveals his wealth has grown by more than $3 million since he took office in 2019, thanks partly to a string of real estate holdings and business investments that appreciated in value,” that story says. Trump, who has endorsed former Senator David Perdue (R-GA) in this year’s gubernatorial race, used the report to suggest that Kemp is making money off of his office. The former president has made it a personal goal to battle Kemp for what he sees as a betrayal after the 2020 election, where he lost Georgia by a slim margin to President Joe Biden....
    The Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a homicide that was discovered at 11:00 AM on Wednesday April 20, 2022. The body of 44 year old James William Wimbley was found at his residence located at 1846 E Highway 136 Lafayette, Georgia.  The victim was deceased from a single gunshot wound. Investigators believe Wimbley was killed sometime after 11:00 PM on Tuesday April 19, 2022. The victim’s body has been transported to the GBI crime laboratory for an autopsy. Investigators are asking for the public’s help with any information on this case. Det. Sgt. Jeremy Reece can be contacted at [email protected] or 706-638-1909 Ext 1240.  Special Agent Steve Rogers, Jr., can be contacted at 706-624-1424. Anonymous tips can be submitted at www.walkerso.com.
    (CNN)Her critics say she fomented the January 6 insurrection, but Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene can't remember much about it.The congresswoman who prides herself on being a provocateur used variations of that theme -- "I don't recall" -- more than 50 times during testimony in a Georgia courtroom last week.The hearing about whether to disqualify her from seeking reelection took place on Friday -- before CNN published text messages on Monday in which Greene, in the weeks after Election Day 2020, suggested to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that then-President Donald Trump could declare martial law to change the results of the presidential election.RELATED: Mark Meadows' 2,319 text messages reveal Trump's inner circle communications before and after January 6Amnesia about January 2021 is in the air. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was caught in a lie, or an epic bout of forgetfulness, when he said last week he never considered calling on Trump to resign -- before reporters for the New York Times produced audio of him doing just that.Read MoreThere's a big difference between lying, which isn't...
    Following the issue of an Amber Alert late Thursday night out of Hilton Head, South Carolina, the suspect was located early Friday morning in Statesboro at Park Place Apartments and taken into custody. The child was also located unharmed. From Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office: Just after 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2022, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Marsh Side apartments on Hilton Head Island regarding an abduction. At the scene, deputies learned that 25-year-old Jairus Housey, who was armed with a handgun and wearing a ballistic vest, forced his way into an apartment and assaulted the mother of his child. Following the assault, Housey left the apartment and drove off with his 10-month-old child in a Hyundai Sonata. Deputies made contact with Housey via telephone. Housey advised deputies he would kill the child, law enforcement officers and himself if he was pursued. In the investigation, the Hyundai Housey was driving was tracked to Jasper, Colleton and Hampton counties. Law enforcement agencies in those jurisdictions located and pursued the Hyundai,...