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EXCLUSIVE: DFCS dismissed abuse report before kids were found buried
 The girl said she saw something awful. Her neighbor, Elwyn “JR” Crocker Jr., an Effingham County boy, had been beaten by a woman for more than an hour. She said a woman whipped JR with a belt and told him to stop screaming. Afterward, he was forced to drop his pants to show off the belt’s marks.  The Division of Family...

Posted: 15 minutes ago

The girl said she saw something awful. Her neighbor, Elwyn “JR” Crocker Jr., an Effingham County boy, had been beaten by a woman for more than an hour. She said a woman whipped JR with a belt and told him to stop screaming. Afterward, he was forced to drop his pants to show off the belt’s marks.  The Division of Family...
Experts: Georgia man’s White House plot seems ‘fantastical’ but serious
 The plot sounded gruesome — and difficult to pull off: Drive behind the White House. Create a diversion. Use an explosive to blow a hole in the highly guarded building. Then storm inside and shed the blood of as many people as possible. But first, Hasher Jallel Taheb wanted to do a little sight-seeing in D.C., according to FBI documents...

Posted: a day ago

The plot sounded gruesome — and difficult to pull off: Drive behind the White House. Create a diversion. Use an explosive to blow a hole in the highly guarded building. Then storm inside and shed the blood of as many people as possible. But first, Hasher Jallel Taheb wanted to do a little sight-seeing in D.C., according to FBI documents...
Georgia man plotted attack on White House, authorities say
 Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a metro Atlanta man they said was plotting to attack the White House but instead got entangled with the FBI. Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was taken into custody in Gwinnett County while allegedly trying to exchange his vehicle for explosives. He later appeared in court in downtown Atlanta...

Posted: 2 days ago

Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a metro Atlanta man they said was plotting to attack the White House but instead got entangled with the FBI. Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was taken into custody in Gwinnett County while allegedly trying to exchange his vehicle for explosives. He later appeared in court in downtown Atlanta...
EXCLUSIVE: Before death, S. Georgia kids endured violent chaos at home
 Before the boy died and went into a secret grave by the family dog pen, Elwyn “JR” Crocker Jr.’s dad complained about the 13-year-old to police. The father claimed JR stole, fought when told to take a bath and was a “bully,” which was why he was homeschooled. Cpl. Kurtis Smith took the boy aside and asked...

Posted: 4 days ago

Before the boy died and went into a secret grave by the family dog pen, Elwyn “JR” Crocker Jr.’s dad complained about the 13-year-old to police. The father claimed JR stole, fought when told to take a bath and was a “bully,” which was why he was homeschooled. Cpl. Kurtis Smith took the boy aside and asked...
Would brutal Georgia murder have been prevented by Trump’s wall?
 As he made his case for a border wall in a prime-time national address, President Donald Trump pointed to the gruesome beheading of a 76-year-old Clayton County grandfather. But it was unclear Wednesday if the southern barrier that Trump is pushing for would have kept the man accused in the killing, Christian Ponce-Martinez, out of the...

Posted: 9 days ago

As he made his case for a border wall in a prime-time national address, President Donald Trump pointed to the gruesome beheading of a 76-year-old Clayton County grandfather. But it was unclear Wednesday if the southern barrier that Trump is pushing for would have kept the man accused in the killing, Christian Ponce-Martinez, out of the...
Trump mentions Georgia killing in border wall speech
 During Tuesday night’s speech to the nation, President Trump cited details of a recent Clayton County homicide – a gruesome killing involving dismemberment -- in making his case for constructing a wall along the southern U.S. border. The man charged with murder in the November case, Christian Ponce-Martinez, had moved...

Posted: 10 days ago

During Tuesday night’s speech to the nation, President Trump cited details of a recent Clayton County homicide – a gruesome killing involving dismemberment -- in making his case for constructing a wall along the southern U.S. border. The man charged with murder in the November case, Christian Ponce-Martinez, had moved...
Fifth arrest made in case of kids buried in Effingham
 Effingham County authorities have charged another person in connection with the deaths of two children found buried last month behind their family’s home. Mark Anthony Wright, 31, the brother of the children’s stepmother, has been arrested because investigators believe he knew of the abuse Mary and Elywn Crocker Jr. suffered,...

Posted: 10 days ago

Effingham County authorities have charged another person in connection with the deaths of two children found buried last month behind their family’s home. Mark Anthony Wright, 31, the brother of the children’s stepmother, has been arrested because investigators believe he knew of the abuse Mary and Elywn Crocker Jr. suffered,...
Police: Local escorts’ robbery plans turned deadly
 The scheme was simple: find a John, rob a John. Officials from across Georgia believe two escorts and an accomplice pulled it off a number of times in recent weeks, but three robberies turned violent, leaving two men dead and another injured. The suspects are Kiera Williams, 18, her boyfriend Cameron Jones, 20, and their acquaintance Ashanti...

Posted: 11 days ago

The scheme was simple: find a John, rob a John. Officials from across Georgia believe two escorts and an accomplice pulled it off a number of times in recent weeks, but three robberies turned violent, leaving two men dead and another injured. The suspects are Kiera Williams, 18, her boyfriend Cameron Jones, 20, and their acquaintance Ashanti...
U.S. Marshals search for Grinstead suspect now wanted in rape case
 Police said a man out on bond from charges related to the death of South Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead remained a fugitive Thursday amid new accusations of rape and false imprisonment after he allegedly assaulted two women on New Year’s Day. Bo Dukes, 34, fled his home in Warner Robins in a white 2013 Kia Sorento on Tuesday and...

Posted: 16 days ago

Police said a man out on bond from charges related to the death of South Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead remained a fugitive Thursday amid new accusations of rape and false imprisonment after he allegedly assaulted two women on New Year’s Day. Bo Dukes, 34, fled his home in Warner Robins in a white 2013 Kia Sorento on Tuesday and...
Georgia sees spike in deadly police shootings in 2018
 Georgia law enforcement officers were involved in 53 fatal shootings in 2018, a large jump from recent years, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The number, which included four cases where officers died after being shot, was up 77 percent from 2017, when 30 officer-involved shootings involved deaths. It’s...

Posted: 18 days ago

Georgia law enforcement officers were involved in 53 fatal shootings in 2018, a large jump from recent years, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The number, which included four cases where officers died after being shot, was up 77 percent from 2017, when 30 officer-involved shootings involved deaths. It’s...
Encryption is the biggest challenge for the next GBI head, Keenan says
 Retiring Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said the biggest challenge his replacement will face is rapid advances in technology that are making agents’ jobs more difficult. Keenan, who worked with the bureau for nearly 40 years, announced his retirement earlier this month and worked his last day in office Monday...

Posted: 18 days ago

Retiring Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said the biggest challenge his replacement will face is rapid advances in technology that are making agents’ jobs more difficult. Keenan, who worked with the bureau for nearly 40 years, announced his retirement earlier this month and worked his last day in office Monday...