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Man charged for $317M sale of virus masks that didn't exist

May. 28, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was charged in federal court Thursday with trying to swindle a foreign government out of $317 million by promising to sell it face masks to protect against the coronavirus with a huge shipment that never existed. Paul Penn faces up to 20 years in federal prison if...

This May 12, 2020, photo provided by Latonya Lark shows a turtle hanging halfway through the windshield of Lark's car in in Savannah, Ga. Lark and her brother were not seriously hurt after the turtle launched through the air and became lodged into the windshield of the car they were in, Lark told WSAV-TV. (Latonya Lark via AP)

Georgia woman, brother OK after turtle strikes car window

May. 26, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman and her brother were not seriously hurt after a turtle launched through the air and became lodged into the windshield of a car they were in. Latonya Lark told WSAV-TV she was driving in Savannah this month when she saw an object that looked like a brick quickly...

Need social distancing? Call in the linebackers

May. 24, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

As thousands of beachgoers - restless from the isolation and deprivation of being locked down because of the coronavirus - descend on the Georgia coast this weekend, one restaurant in Tybee Island has found a unique way to maintain social distancing requirements. They called in the linebackers. WJCL-TV reports...

Work to begin on $260M interstate junction near Savannah

May. 24, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Work is beginning on a $261 million project to overhaul the intersection of Interstate 16 and Interstate 95 near Savannah. A giant crane and other machinery have arrived to start driving piles for the work, the Georgia Department of Transportation said. Test pilings will begin to be...

This booking photo provided by the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office shows William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who was jailed Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Brunswick, Ga., on charges of felony murder and attempted false imprisonment. Bryan is the third person charged in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on Feb. 23, when a white father and son armed themselves and pursued Arbery after seeing him running in their neighborhood.  (Glynn County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Official: Investigation of Arbery slaying finished soon

May. 22, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's state investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery should be finished soon, the official in charge of the inquiry said Friday while the prosecutor who will try the case in court pledged to “make sure that we find justice” for a broken family and...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 16, 2020, file photo, a protester with an image of Ahmaud Arbery on a mask joins others gathering outside the Glynn County Courthouse for a rally to protest the shooting of Arbery in Brunswick, Ga. A video released Monday shows police in Georgia attempting to search Arbery's parked car in 2017 and when he refuses and attempts to walk back to the vehicle an officer tried to tase him. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Man who filmed Arbery shooting video charged in his slaying

May. 22, 2020 6:16 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia man whose cellphone video of Ahmaud Arbery’s fatal shooting helped reignite the case was charged with murder Thursday, making him the third person arrested more than two months after the slaying. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old William...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

May. 20, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ May 20 The Savannah Morning News on the appointment of a local judge to preside over the Ahmaud Arbery case: Overnight, Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley has gone from relative obscurity to the most closely watched jurist in America this side of...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 16, 2020, file photo, a protester with an image of Ahmaud Arbery on a mask joins others gathering outside the Glynn County Courthouse for a rally to protest the shooting of Arbery in Brunswick, Ga. A video released Monday shows police in Georgia attempting to search Arbery's parked car in 2017 and when he refuses and attempts to walk back to the vehicle an officer tried to tase him. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

2017 video shows Georgia officer tried to stun Ahmaud Arbery

May. 19, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — More than two years before he was fatally shot in a Georgia subdivision, Ahmaud Arbery had a tense confrontation in a public park with police officers who attempted to use a stun gun on him after Arbery angrily protested being bothered and refused to let them search his parked car....

American Indiana Vassilev, Aston Villa reach 2-year deal

May. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

American forward Indiana Vassilev has agreed to a two-year contract with Aston Villa after making his Premier League debut in January. The 19-year-old made his senior team debut on Jan. 4 against Fulham and made his first Premier League appearance 14 days later at Brighton. He has four appearances overall during...

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo combo of images provided by the Glynn County Detention Center in Georgia shows Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of the two men as he ran through a neighborhood. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

Outside judge named to preside over cases in Arbery slaying

May. 18, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A judge from outside the coastal Georgia community where Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot has been appointed to preside over trial proceedings of the two men charged with Arbery's murder, including one defendant with close ties to law enforcement. Court documents filed in Glynn County...