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    Exactly one year after her son's death, Ahmaud Arbery's mother filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday seeking to hold not only the men accused of killing Arbery accountable but the prosecutors and police department that allowed the accused killers to go free for 74 days after Arbery’s death. Wander Cooper-Jones is seeking in excess of $1 million in U.S. District Court, according to the lawsuit. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was unarmed when he was accused of trespassing on the property of a South Georgia home, hunted down, and fatally shot Feb. 23, 2020, for doing little more than jogging, his family’s attorneys have said. Even though the Glynn County Police Department immediately obtained video of the incident recorded by William Bryan, a resident later charged with taking part in the murder, suspects Gregory and Travis McMichael weren't arrested until Thursday, May 7, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.  "Consistent with the Glynn County Manager's 2019 report describing the Glynn County Police Department's 'ongoing culture of cover-up, failure to supervise, abuse of power and lack of accountability,' when Glynn County police...
    By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - The mother of Ahmaud Arbery filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Tuesday against the three men accused of killing her son, a Black man who was chased down and shot dead as he jogged through his Georgia neighborhood. The $1 million suit, filed by Wanda Cooper on the anniversary of her son's death, also names police and other officials who did not initially bring charges in the case. It alleges the killing was racially motivated, stating that the defendants "were motivated to deprive Ahmaud Arbery of equal protection of the law and his rights by bias, animus, (and) discrimination." Filed in the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, the suit claims the Glynn County Police Department and prosecutors were part of a "deliberate effort to cover up Ahmaud's murder," as one of the accused killers was both a former police officer and investigator for the local district attorney's office. Neither Cooper nor her attorney Lee Merritt were immediately available for comment to Reuters. The Glynn County Attorney's office and the Glynn County District Attorney's...
    The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was pursued and fatally shot last year while jogging through a Georgia neighborhood, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging an attempt by police and prosecutors to "cover up" her son's murder. The suit comes exactly one year after Arbery was allegedly cornered and shot by a group of civilian men. On February 23, 2020, Arbery was jogging through a Brunswick neighborhood when he stopped at a construction site for a drink of water or to rest, the complaint said. As he continued his run, he was then allegedly pursued and then cornered by Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, who are both White. A third man, William Bryan, is also accused of boxing Arbery in with his truck before Travis shot him three times. More than two months after Arbery's death, the McMichaels were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault. The McMichaels told police they were acting in self-defense and believed Arbery was a burglary suspect. Bryan, who was charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit...
    More On: Ahmaud Arbery Judge denies bail request for Ahmaud Arbery suspect Ahmaud Arbery suspect wants prison release due to high blood pressure Ahmaud Arbery’s accused killers want ‘loaded words’ like ‘victim’ banned at trial Suspect in Ahmaud Arbery killing called DA from scene for help: prosecutors The mother of slain black jogger Ahmaud Arbery filed a $10 million federal lawsuit Tuesday — the one-year anniversary of her son’s death — accusing authorities in Georgia of trying to cover up the killing. Wanda Cooper said in papers filed in the Southern District of Georgia that prosecutors botched the case into her son’s death for months after he was chased down and shot by three white men, including a former cop. The lawsuit names the three men — Travis McMichael, his son Travis, and William “Roddie” Bryan — as well as prosecutors and police officers and officials in Glynn County. “For nearly three months, Glynn County police officers, the chief of police, and two prosecutors conspired to hide the circumstances surrounding Ahmaud’s death and to protect the men who...
    Ahmaud Arbery's family filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday over his death, saying that the men who allegedly killed the 25-year-old violated his civil rights and that those who were part of the case engaged in a conspiracy to hide his murder. Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Arbery's death, timing his family's lawyer, Lee Merritt, said is symbolic. "We wanted to let the [family] know that the community, their attorneys, the legal system is still going to be held accountable and that we’re still fighting for them a year later," Merritt told First Coast News, a Florida station. NEW BODYCAM FOOTAGE OF AHMAUD ARBERY'S DEATH CONTRADICTS NEIGHBOR'S ACCOUNT OF WHAT TOOK PLACE The complaint, which seeks over $1 million in damages, accuses members of the Glynn County Police Department and two local prosecutors of being part of a "deliberate effort to cover up Ahmaud's murder," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The suit claims that a cover-up began once officers arrived at the scene of Arbery's death, which he succumbed to after he was shot three times by Travis...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia county and a resort are undoing the rest of a 38-year-old land swap after a judge ruled in 2016 that the county had illegally given away a park. The Glynn County Commission voted earlier this month to return some land to the Sea Island Co. that was part of an illegal 1982 land swap. Sea Island Co. had filed a legal action in October, The Brunswick News reports, seeking to reclaim its half of the nearly 40-year-old deal. “The transaction was based upon a mutual mistake of fact and law,” court filings state. The mutual mistake became apparent in 2016 when the Glynn Environmental Coalition and Sea Island resident Jane Fraser noted Twitty Park was not the county’s to trade away. Businessman T.L. Cain willed the property to Glynn County in 1924 to provide a public park and permanent access to Sea Island from St. Simons Island. If the county did not adhere to the terms of the will, ownership was to revert to Cain’s heirs. A judge ruled the county's 1982 trade...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia county has a new district attorney. Keith Higgins took the oath of office Monday as the newly elected Brunswick Judicial Circuit district attorney in a ceremony at Selden Park. Higgins' first official day as the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the five-county judicial circuit is Jan. 4, The News reported. The independent candidate defeated incumbent Jackie Johnson in the November election, securing 52.8% of the votes. Higgins acquired 8,500 signatures, more than double the amount needed, in order to run as an independent for the post. “I want to thank all the people who worked tirelessly to get me on the ballot and get me elected,” Higgins said. “I want you to know that I still need your help, along with the help of everyone else in this circuit.” Higgins has practiced law in Glynn County for more than 30 years, both as a defense attorney and as an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Brunswick district attorney's office for 23 years. The Mercer Law School graduate has been in private practice for the last...
    SHOCKING new police footage shows one of the men accused of shooting Ahmaud Arbery covered in blood and telling cops he "just shot a man." Glynn County Police Department released the footage on Wednesday which showed Travis McMichael, 34, with blood all over his arms moments after Arbery was allegedly gunned down in Georgia. 12Glynn County Police Department released bodycam footage Wednesday where Travis McMichael could be heard talkingCredit: Glynn County Police Department 12He had blood all over his arms moments after Arbery was allegedly gunned down in GeorgiaCredit: Glynn County Police Department 12Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot dead on February 23Credit: Alamy Live News The 25-year-old black man was shot on February 23 after allegedly being chased by the younger McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, 60. Minutes after Arbery was shot dead, police can be heard saying they know McMichael's dad, who is an ex-cop – just feet away from where Arbery's body is lying in the street. "I mean, I just shot a man. Last thing I've ever wanted to do in my...
    Each semester Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) recognizes students who have accomplished high academic achievement through the President’s List, Dean’s List and the Academic Achievement Award. The President’s List recognizes full-time students who earned a semester GPA of 4.00 and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The Dean’s List recognizes CPTC students enrolled full time who have earned a semester GPA of 3.75 – 3.99 out of a possible 4.0 and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students who enrolled in 6-11 credit hours during the semester and achieve a 3.75 or higher grade point average with a 2.0 cumulative GPA are awarded the Academic Achievement Award. The following Coastal Pines Technical College students earned academic honors during Summer Semester 2020, and are listed by county: Appling County Academic Achievement: Jailan Adams, Glenn Dukes, Elijah Green, Brandy Higgins, Trinettea Lee, Dallas Mansfield, Kristen Pearson, Brandi Sharpe, Tara Slaughter. Atkinson County Deans List: Sabra Dockery. Academic Achievement: Melissa Douglas. Bacon County President’s List: ILse Bocanegra, Connie Mercer. Deans List: Zachary Griffin. Academic Achievement: Rosaura Gonzalez, Samantha Gonzalez, Maria Huerta, Lindsay Johnson, Winter Thrift. Berrien County President’s...
    The Georgia district attorney, who was criticized for her handling of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting death, lost her reelection bid this week and put much of the blame on the case, which drew national attention. Keith Higgins, an independent, ousted Jackie Johnson, a Republican, who had served a decade as the top prosecutor in southeast Georgia's Brunswick Judicial Circuit. Johnson told the Associated Press that she believed Arbery's death played a major role in her defeat. "It was a very big factor," Johnson said. "I'm confident that when the truth finally comes out on that, people will understand our office did what it had to under the circumstances." Unofficial election returns Wednesday showed Johnson carried four of the five counties in her circuit. But Glynn County, where Arbery was killed and the circuit's most populous county, favored Higgins by a huge margin. Johnson called the newly-elected district attorney Wednesday morning to concede the race. "I congratulated him," Johnson said, adding that she "told him we want to have a very smooth transition into the DA's office." Arbery,...
    With less than three weeks until Election Day and amid one of the most watched contested elections in the state, the office of Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson is reportedly scaling back duties to avoid political repercussions. Documents obtained by AllOnGeorgia suggest that DA Jackie Johnson is refusing to work with the Glynn County Police Department as required by law. A Memo by a Glynn Co. PD Investigator Whom the District Attorney’s Office Would Not Advise An undated memo signed by Glynn PD Investigator Heather Savage says she contacted Liberty Stewart at the District Attorney’s office in September 2020 pertaining to one of her open cases. Savage stated in the memo that Stewart claimed the Glynn County police officers had thrown the District Attorney’s office “under the bus” in recent months, which exacerbated ongoing issues between the two agencies. Stewart allegedly stated that it was a common sentiment among the office that employees did not feel comfortable working with the GCPD, to the extent that there were concerns...
    The Glynn County Police Department recently sent three Officers who were selected to be assigned to the GCPD K9 Division to Highland Canine Training Center located in Harmony, North Carolina. The Handlers underwent a three week intensive training curriculum and successfully completed the program. All three are now nationally certified as Dual Purpose Canine Handlers. The Canines were imported from Europe and all are trained in Patrol Apprehension, Narcotics Detection, Article (Gun, Knife, etc) location and Scent Discriminate Trailing (Tracking) of individuals. All dogs are certified to detect a variety of narcotic odors which may be contained in various areas (vehicles, homes, buildings, warehouses, schools, etc). Since their return back to Brunswick, Georgia, K9 Roxy has already located Heroin and drug related objects (Spoons, Syringes) located in a hotel room. K9 Bety during an agency assist tracked a fleeing suspect who ran from a vehicle after a long chase, which started in Brantley County and ended in Glynn County. K9 Rossi located an amount of Methamphetamine and drug related objects...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia judge ruled Wednesday to throw out some criminal charges against three police officers, although remaining charges mean each is still on track to go to trial. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Anthony Harrison dismissed three charges of violating oaths of office against both former Glynn County Police Chief John Powell and former chief of staff Brian Scott, The Brunswick News reported. The judge also threw out three oath-of-office violation charges against former Glynn County officer David Haney. The judge refused to throw out perjury charges against all three men and witness tampering charges against Powell and Scott, who later became Vidalia police chief. Powell is still on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of his case, but is no longer police chief. The three are among four officers indicted on charges that they ignored evidence of a fifth officer consorting with a drug dealer. The charges followed the discovery that a Glynn County narcotics officer was having sex with two confidential informants. Allegations later emerged that evidence was suppressed in a fatal...
    Republican supporters along with residents, visitors and voters across Coastal Georgia will have the opportunity to celebrate patriotism on the water and the shore on Saturday, September 26. Interested participants can launch boats from any of the many coastal Georgia local docks and join in the celebration. The Three Rivers Patriots TRUMP 2020 Flotilla and Cartilla (Facebook page) provides information about the event that is expected to have boaters from Savannah to St. Marys in Georgia’s coastal waters displaying patriotic and campaign flags. In St. Marys, a cartilla of patriotically decorated golf carts will be begin at 9 a.m. in downtown St Marys lining up on Meeting Street. Participants will follow the lead cart and convoy down Ready Street, continuing on St. Marys Street, Bartlett, Conyers, crossing Osborne and repeating the route, occurring as the flotilla begins in the water. Boaters, carters, and pedal bikers are encouraged to decorate their vessels and vehicles with patriotic and campaign décor to honor and promote GETTING OUT and SECURING the November 3 VOTERS...
    Republican supporters along with residents, visitors and voters across Coastal Georgia will have the opportunity to celebrate patriotism on the water and the shore on Saturday, September 26. Interested participants can launch boats from any of the many coastal Georgia local docks and join in the celebration. The Three Rivers Patriots TRUMP 2020 Flotilla and Cartilla (Facebook page) provides information about the event that is expected to have boaters from Savannah to St. Marys in Georgia’s coastal waters displaying patriotic and campaign flags. In St. Marys, a cartilla of patriotically decorated golf carts will be begin at 9 a.m. in downtown St Marys lining up on Meeting Street. Participants will follow the lead cart and convoy down Ready Street, continuing on St. Marys Street, Bartlett, Conyers, crossing Osborne and repeating the route, occurring as the flotilla begins in the water. Boaters, carters, and pedal bikers are encouraged to decorate their vessels and vehicles with patriotic and campaign décor to honor and promote GETTING OUT and SECURING the November 3 VOTERS...
    In January, I discussed in this column a query from Glynn Galloway Jr. about the Galloway family, which occupied a historic farmhouse in Garrison. Since then, Glynn and I have been able to make some progress toward proving the link between John Galloway, a rope-maker from New York City and Orange County, and Thomas Galloway, the mysterious patriarch of the Putnam County branch. As is typical, the discoveries have come in bits and pieces. But I thought I would provide an update to demonstrate a strategy that might be helpful in tackling similar genealogical “brick walls.” In 1810, Glynn’s ancestor, George Galloway (then about 30), was living in Philipstown next door to Thomas Galloway. Glynn makes the reasonable assumption that the men were brothers and the sons of Philipstown patriarch Thomas, who had disappeared by then from Orange County records.  Searching back a decade in the 1800 census, we find a Thomas Galloway, who was considerably older (age 45-plus), as a head of household in Philipstown. He lived next door to John Barton, who, 10 years later, would show up...
    Glynn County voters won’t be casting ballots to decide whether or not the Glynn County Police Department should carry on in existence after a judge ruled that the referendum was unconstitutional. Atlantic Judicial Circuit Judge Charles Rose Jr., a circuit adjoining the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, issued the ruling last week alongside an injunction to keep the referendum off the ballot this coming November. The case came about after the Georgia legislature approved SB 38, allowing the state to abolish a county police department if the voters choose to do so, and SB 509, which contained the wording of a binding referendum on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department and transferring the agency’s operations and assets to the Glynn County sheriff, in June of this year. The referendum idea was sparked by Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson who brought the matter before a grand jury in 2018 in hopes of garnering a recommendation to place the issue on the ballot for voters to decide. After the grand jury made...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Voters can’t try to abolish an embattled Georgia police department that was wrapped in controversy even before the department oversaw the initial investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Charles Paul Rose ruled that the referendum on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department is unconstitutional. He also issued an injunction keeping the measure off the Nov. 3 ballot. County election supervisor Chris Channell told The Brunswick News the elections board would not appeal the decision. State lawmakers passed the referendum and Gov. Brian Kemp signed the measure amid troubled times for Glynn County police. The department’s chief and three former high-ranking officers were indicted in March on charges that they ignored an officer consorting with a drug dealer. And Glynn County officers brought no charges in February after Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by white men who armed themselves and pursued him after spotting Arbery running in their neighborhood. Charges in Arbery’s killing came two months later after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Voters can't try to abolish an embattled Georgia police department that was wrapped in controversy even before the department oversaw the initial investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Charles Paul Rose ruled that the referendum on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department is unconstitutional. He also issued an injunction keeping the measure off the Nov. 3 ballot. County election supervisor Chris Channell told The Brunswick News the elections board would not appeal the decision. State lawmakers passed the referendum and Gov. Brian Kemp signed the measure amid troubled times for Glynn County police. The department's chief and three former high-ranking officers were indicted in March on charges that they ignored an officer consorting with a drug dealer. And Glynn County officers brought no charges in February after Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by white men who armed themselves and pursued him after spotting Arbery running in their neighborhood. Charges in Arbery's killing came two months later after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Voters can't try to abolish an embattled Georgia police department that was wrapped in controversy even before the department oversaw the initial investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Charles Paul Rose ruled that the referendum on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department is unconstitutional. He also issued an injunction keeping the measure off the Nov. 3 ballot. County election supervisor Chris Channell told The Brunswick News the elections board would not appeal the decision. State lawmakers passed the referendum and Gov. Brian Kemp signed the measure amid troubled times for Glynn County police. The department's chief and three former high-ranking officers were indicted in March on charges that they ignored an officer consorting with a drug dealer. And Glynn County officers brought no charges in February after Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by white men who armed themselves and pursued him after spotting Arbery running in their neighborhood. Charges in Arbery's killing came two months later after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Voters can’t try to abolish an embattled Georgia police department that was wrapped in controversy even before the department oversaw the initial investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Charles Paul Rose ruled that the referendum on abolishing the Glynn County Police Department is unconstitutional. He also issued an injunction keeping the measure off the Nov. 3 ballot. County election supervisor Chris Channell told The Brunswick News the elections board would not appeal the decision. State lawmakers passed the referendum and Gov. Brian Kemp signed the measure amid troubled times for Glynn County police. The department’s chief and three former high-ranking officers were indicted in March on charges that they ignored an officer consorting with a drug dealer. And Glynn County officers brought no charges in February after Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by white men who armed themselves and pursued him after spotting Arbery running in their neighborhood. Charges in Arbery’s killing came two months later after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over...
    By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia Superior Court judge could decide on Friday whether voters have the right to dissolve a county police department accused of mishandling of the killing of Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in an incident caught on a cellphone video that went viral. The video of the Feb. 23 death of Arbery, 25, in the coastal city of Brunswick sparked outrage across the country, with civil rights activists saying it marked yet another example of the attack of an innocent Black man. A former Glynn County police officer, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, were charged with murder and aggravated assault, but only after state authorities stepped in about two months after the shooting. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Glynn County police department to determine why charges were not brought earlier even though authorities had possession of the video. Police say Gregory McMichael saw Arbery jogging through his neighborhood outside of Brunswick and said he believed Arbery looked like a burglary suspect. The elder McMichael called his son and the...
    The Georgia county at the center of the Ahmaud Arbery controversy is suing the state to stop a referendum on abolishing the beleaguered Glynn County police department. The county commission filed a lawsuit late Friday arguing that a new state law allowing voters to decide in November whether to scrap the county police agency and hand law enforcement authority over to the sheriff is unconstitutional, The Brunswick News first reported.  State lawmakers approved the binding referendum in the spring after Arbery's death. MURDER OF AHMAUD ARBERY, CLAIMS OF RACISM, CRONYISM THRUSTS GEORGIA TOWN INTO NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was shot and killed Feb. 23 after Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael, a White father and his son with ties to the Glynn County police department and the district attorney's office, armed themselves and pursued Arbery, who was jogging through their neighborhood just outside the coastal city of Brunswick. A third man, William "Roddie" Byran, a neighbor of the McMichaels, joined in their pursuit of Arbery and recorded the shooting with a cellphone. The Glynn County police department was initially in charge of...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The commissioners of a coastal Georgia county where Black man Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot after being pursued by armed white men are suing to stop a referendum on abolishing the county police department. The Glynn County Commission filed the lawsuit Friday, The Brunswick News reports. The report said the lawsuit argues that a state law mandating the November vote is unconstitutional. The referendum would seek to abolish the county police agency and hand law enforcement authority over to the sheriff. State lawmakers approved the binding referendum in the spring after Arbery’s February shooting death, though the referendum effort has its roots in scandals that took place earlier. Glynn County commissioners have opposed that effort, saying two local Republican lawmakers are trying to help their political ally, Sheriff Neal Jump. Arbery was fatally shot last Feb. 23 when a white father and son armed themselves and pursued the unarmed 25-year-old man, who was running in their neighborhood, according to authorities. More than two months passed before Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, were charged with...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The commissioners of a coastal Georgia county where Black man Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot after being pursued by armed white men are suing to stop a referendum on abolishing the county police department. The Glynn County Commission filed the lawsuit Friday, The Brunswick News reports. The report said the lawsuit argues that a state law mandating the November vote is unconstitutional. The referendum would seek to abolish the county police agency and hand law enforcement authority over to the sheriff. State lawmakers approved the binding referendum in the spring after Arbery’s February shooting death, though the referendum effort has its roots in scandals that took place earlier. Glynn County commissioners have opposed that effort, saying two local Republican lawmakers are trying to help their political ally, Sheriff Neal Jump. Arbery was fatally shot last Feb. 23 when a white father and son armed themselves and pursued the unarmed 25-year-old man, who was running in their neighborhood, according to authorities. More than two months passed before Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, were charged with...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A judge has refused to throw out an indictment alleging that a former police officer in a coastal Georgia county ignored evidence that another officer was consorting with a drug dealer. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Anthony Harrison upheld the indictment on Thursday, The Brunswick News reports. Harrison rejected an argument that former Glynn County Police Lt. David Haney didn't have sufficient legal representation when he testified before a grand jury in February. Attorneys for Haney argued that the charges should be dropped because one of his three attorneys was denied access to the grand jury room. Although Harrison said it was not clear why Adrienne Browning was barred from the proceedings, her absence did not warrant dropping the charges. Harrison has not ruled on similar motions to quash charges by Haney’s three co-defendants. Also charged are Glynn County Police Chief John Powell, former department chief of staff Brian Scott and former police Capt. David Hassler. The 20-count indictment alleges crimes including perjury, violation of oath of office and influencing a witness. The charges stem from...
    A Glynn County woman will spend nearly five years in federal prison for stealing and selling dozens of firearms. Elaina Carter, 38, of Brunswick, was sentenced to 57 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood after pleading guilty to Possession of Stolen Firearms, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Carter also will be required to serve three years of supervised release after completion of her prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system. “Elaina Carter could be the poster child for demonstrating that theft is the typical route for firearms making it into the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “It’s fortunate that she sold these stolen guns to licensed dealers, and that vigilant law enforcement officers brought an end to her serial thefts.” According to court documents and testimony, Carter stole and pawned numerous items from June 2018 to January 2019, including 37 firearms. She has previous convictions on state charges in Glynn County...
    William Bryan One suspect in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case is now the subject of a sex-crime investigation in Georgia, according to an NBC News reports. Both local and state police are involved in the probe of William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation in a tweet Friday confirmed that its investigators are engaged in the inquiry by request of the Glynn County Police Department. “On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, the Glynn County Police Department requested that the GBI initiate a sex crimes investigation based on allegations made against William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, Jr. The investigation is active and ongoing,” the agency said. On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, the Glynn County Police Department requested that the GBI initiate a sex crimes investigation based on allegations made against William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr. The investigation is active and ongoing.— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) July 17, 2020 READ MORE: Ahmaud Arbery murder suspects plead not guilty in court Although no details of the specific crimes or other parties involved have been disclosed at this time, the GBI has stated that...
    By JAMES CRUIKSHANK, The Brunswick News BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A well-crafted story can turn a seemingly hopeless situation into an unexpected triumph. For storyteller Kelly Greene, known by her friends at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library as “Ms. KK,” her service to the community is nothing short of triumphant. Greene lived in Glynn County for seven years before recently moving to western North Carolina, but for the past two years, she prioritized “spreading joy like jelly” with her endearingly bubbly storytelling. “It’s interesting the way life changes throughout the years and the kind of different hats you wear,” she said. For Greene, becoming a storyteller was a long time coming, and perhaps was a “hat” she was destined to don. “I have an acting and improv background,” she explained. “I always remembered a storyteller that came to my middle school. She made an impression on me, especially since being a kid can be so confusing and tough sometimes.” Greene’s reminiscence motivated her to leave the corporate world behind and pursue her passion of proliferating positivity to children through her love...
    The three Georgia men accused in the shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery pleaded not guilty on Friday before a judge in a Glynn County courtroom. Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, have been charged with murder and aggravated assault, while their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, who recorded the killing and initially claimed he had done so because he was a good Samaritan, has been charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. The McMichaels had their hearings first. Father and son, dressed in matching orange prison jumpsuits, sat on opposite ends of a long table while their attorneys appeared via video conference. MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING AHMAUD ARBERY USED RACIAL EXPLETIVES AFTER SHOOTING HIM, COURT HEARS Bryan, brought in separately, also pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. Bryan has frustrated investigators by changing his story multiple times throughout the course of the investigation, giving different accounts of his role in Arbery's death. He has, however,  maintained his innocence. His attorney Kevin Gough says he's having a "hard time" behind bars and argued his...
    ATLANTA (AP) — A bill to let local voters decide whether to abolish the scandal-plagued Glynn County police department has gone to Gov. Brian Kemp for his approval or veto, having gained support in the Georgia legislature after the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. The state House voted 159-3 on Monday to approve Senate Bill 504, creating a nonbinding advisory referendum on whether to abolish the department and hand its law enforcement responsibilities back to the elected county sheriff in unincorporated parts of the coastal Georgia county. A separate measure that would make the referendum binding passed the House on Friday by a vote of 152-3 and is pending before the Senate. If that also passes in the waning days of this legislative session, it would fall to Kemp to decide how much power to give the county’s voters to decide the issue in November. Glynn County commissioners oppose both measures, saying two local Republican lawmakers are trying to help their political ally, Sheriff Neal Jump. Arbery was fatally shot on Feb. 23 when a white father...
    An effort in Georgia to disband county police departments advanced Friday with the passage of a Georgia House bill that would allow voters to decide whether to keep those departments, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. House Bill 866 passed easily with a 152-3 vote Friday and will now advance to the state Senate for further consideration. The bill aims "to provide a method for the abolition of a county police department and returning the law enforcement functions of such department to the sheriff of the county." Glynn, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties in the Atlanta metro area have county police departments. In counties were there are two law enforcement agencies in Georgia, the sheriff's office manages the jail while the county police department enforces state and local laws. The primary motivation behind this version of the bill, which has failed in the past, is the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in February and the handling of that situation by the Glynn County Police Department. A similar Senate bill, authored in response to alleged issues with Glynn County PD, failed...
    The three white Georgia men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery will be in front of a Glynn County judge Thursday morning for their preliminary and bond hearings. Ex-cop Gregory McMichael, 64, his son, Travis McMichael, 34, and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, 50, have all been charged with felony murder in Arbery's death. The McMichaels have also been slapped with aggravated assault charge while Bryan, who shot the cellphone video that was leaked on social media and triggered a national outcry, has also been charged with criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. VideoAccording to police reports, the McMichaels went after Arbery, trapping and shooting him four times while Bryan filmed it. The leaked cellphone video fueled the national outcry and demands for justice for Arbery. At Thursday's hearing, Glynn County Chief Magistrate Judge Wallace Harrell will determine whether there's sufficient evidence for the cases to go forward. AHMAUD ARBERY'S FAMILY LEGAL TEAM SAYS FEDS LOOKING INTO HOW LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HANDLED SHOOTING  VideoArbery's mother, Wanda Lee Cooper, and family attorney Lee Merritt will also be at the hearing, Fox News has learned. Arbery, an unarmed...
    (CNN)A cell phone belonging to one of the men charged with Ahmaud Arbery's death called 911 on February 23, shortly before Arbery died, according to Glynn County Police call logs. Although the Glynn County Police Department redacted the names in both the audio and dispatch call log from the February 23 calls to 911, CNN has confirmed that one of the two calls came from Travis McMichael's phone. The cell phone number matches previous calls to the Glynn County Police Department made by Travis McMichael on January 1 and February 11.Also in the Glynn County Police Department call log from February 23, a dispatcher wrote that the phone number listed in the call "comes back to Travis McMichael." Ahmaud Arbery killing being investigated as federal hate crime, family attorney saysThe 911 caller on February 23 does not appear to be Travis McMichael, but rather his father, Gregory McMichael. Read MoreOn the audio from the call, before and during the confrontation with Arbery, we hear a man speaking to the Glynn County dispatcher for about 20 seconds before he is heard...
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