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Forsyth County man stole $350,000 using forged checks The Forsyth County Superior Court charged a local man with dozens of counts of forgery this week, following an investigation into a flurry of allegedly fraudulent checks that were deposited at several Forsyth County banks in early 2019. On Dec. 9, 2019, a local grand jury indicted Amer H.

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Georgia Ports Employees Share Holiday Cheer with CASA Kids For the past 17 years, GPA employees have delivered wrapped gifts for youths in the care of Savannah / Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates. "We are thankful for this opportunity to share a measure of kindness with children in our community who are experiencing real hardship," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Ga man pleads guilty to multi-state health care fraud conspiracy "Harrell and his co-conspirators will now have to pay for their own personal greed." "Medical identity theft from providers as well as patients in this case cost taxpayers millions of dollars," said Derrick Jackson, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S.

Early morning fire forces Baldwin family from home - Now Habersham A pre-dawn fire partially destroyed a mobile home near the Habersham County Airport on Sunday. The fire broke out inside a residence at 406 Oakland Meadows. Baldwin firefighters were called to the scene around 1:51 a.m. When they arrived, the family was safe outside of their burning home.

Ronda Rich: A wise old friend shared stories of Marty Stuart’s talent When I was newly out of college, I met a man named Don Light, one of Nashville's first country music power brokers, who became a friend and mentor. I always called him "Don Light." Many people did.

Gridlock Guy: Officer’s distracted driving crash should be wakeup call The exceptions for law enforcement and the minimal rules for civilians are only the low bars. Driving should be treated with gravity and anyone behind the wheel should aim higher. Officer Ramsey got demoted and prohibited from driving a Gwinnett County vehicle of any kind.

Trial to start Monday in Georgia's first-ever public records case Those text exchanges form the basis of the two criminal citations. "Th evidence will show that Ms. Garland acted in good faith and that the records requested by WSB-TV were produced within a reasonable amount of time," said Scott Grubman, Garland's attorney.

SUNDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Second half of weekend should be mild, dry With no rain in sight and a high of nearly 60 degrees, Sunday should be a good day to get outside.

Veatch and Mears Lead Chattooga to Record 3rd Place Finish at McCallie Invitational In a performance that shocked many spectators, the Chattooga Indians walked out of the McCallie Invitational Wrestling Tournament with a solid 3rd Place team finish.

WATCH Habersham County's Christmas Parade - Now Habersham Crowds lined Willingham Avenue in Baldwin Saturday for Habersham County’s annual Christmas parade. This year’s theme was A Hometown Christmas.

Sunshine greets holiday revelers at Helen Christmas parade - Now Habersham Thousands of people turned out in Helen today for the city's 50th annual Christmas parade. Unlike last year when it rained, parade-goers enjoyed the parade under sunny skies. The golden anniversary parade featured floats, costumed characters, and lots of candy.

Man Accused of Smacking Reporter's Rear on Live TV Is Charged The video has been seen 12 million times and liked about 736,000 times on Twitter. Supporters of Ms. Bozarjian zoomed in on the runner's face and the time stamp of the runners around him in the hope that someone could identify him. The Savannah Sports Council, which organized the run, said on Twitter the day after the event that it was helping Ms.

Forsyth County receives highest bond rating from three major agencies Officials recently announced the county had received the highest possible ranking from Fitch Ratings, after previously having the highest ratings from Moody's and S&P.

Dick Yarbrough: Some thoughts for Gov. Brian Kemp on his first year in office It is hard to believe it has been almost a year since you were sworn into office as Georgia's 83rd governor and the second member of the Nu Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha at our beloved University of Georgia. The other, of course, is Joe Frank Harris of Cartersville.

Looking back at five years of the Forsyth County transportation bond For all the positive accolades Forsyth County receives for its parks, schools and proximity to Lake Lanier, there is perhaps one complaint that arises more than any other, traffic in the county. Just over five years ago, county leaders took a big step to fix some of those problems.

Georgia woman sentenced for stealing Social Security benefits Nickolson has been sentenced for stealing over $150,000 in Social Security disability benefits that were intended for her deceased husband. "The money this defendant stole was intended for disabled people who cannot work," said U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak.

CBP Says Illegal Migration Down Again in November Customs and Border Protection enforcement actions decreased about 6% in November as compared to October and represent a 70% decrease since the peak of the crisis in May, according to a news release issued this week. November 2019 CBP Total Enforcement Actions are at 42,649.

Georgia Men Sentenced for Check Cashing Scheme Each man pled guilty in federal court to 1 count of conspiring to commit bank fraud and 1 count of aggravated identity theft. They admitted that they defrauded financial institutions by intercepting and stealing checks sent through the U.S.

Georgia real estate agent pleads guilty to defrauding clients Carol Michaelson, a formerly licensed real estate agent, pleaded guilty this week to defrauding her clients by faking property sales, forging contracts and deeds, and then pocketing her victims' money.

South boys best North for second region win For the Forsyth County News. South Forsyth opened Friday's game with a suffocating press that North Forsyth couldn't handle, and they went behind big early on. At 11-0, North head coach Brad Sokol finally decided to call a timeout and regroup his team.

North girls bounce back with sound win over South North Forsyth led by a slim margin over South Forsyth during the first half of Friday's game, but in the third quarter the Lady Raiders went on a scoring run led by Anna Gliatta, who scored eight points, six of which came from beyond the arc. From there, North coasted to the final buzzer to win 59-47 at home.

West boys top Central in competitive Domecoming matchup Forsyth Central's and West Forsyth's boys basketball teams ran out of their locker rooms on Friday night, into the kind of place that's hardly seen around the high school basketball landscape anymore.

West girls pull away late against Central to remain unbeaten On Friday night, one of Forsyth County's more exciting girls basketball rivalries got a fitting stage. For the past few years, the matchups between Forsyth Central and West Forsyth have been very competitive, with games often coming down to the final possession.

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