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Sheriff issues scam warning

Sheriff issues scam warning

Sheriff Bittick warns Monroe Countians about a scam making its way through Georgia.

He says scammers have found a new way to take victims' money.

Read the full release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office:

A new scam is making its way through Georgia and Sheriff John Cary Bittick is warning all citizens not to fall victim to this most recent scam.

As with most scams, the latest involves the victim turning money over to a stranger. But since most victims have learned the hard way that money shouldn’t be wired or transferred to an unknown bank account or banking institution, scammers have found a new way to take victims’ money.

Disabled Treutlen man gets probation in pot case

Disabled Treutlen man gets probation in pot case

A disabled Treutlen County man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years probation and a $1,500 fine for growing what he said was "medical" marijuana outside of his home.

Terry Altier was sentenced before a judge in Treutlen County Superior Court.

That came after lawyers argued his case for more than an hour.

One Dead in Hancock Fire

One person died in an Hancock County house fire early Monday morning.

The fire happened at 1950 Log Cabin Road in Sparta.

The two-story house was declared a total loss.

Glen Allen with the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's office says they believe the victim is 59-year-old Gary Spain, who was the caretaker of the property.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Jury Deliberating on Hancock Double Murder

Jury deliberations are underway in a Hancock County double-murder trial

That's according to Assistant District Attorney Stephen Bradley.

Brandon Charleston is accused of accused of shooting a Hancock County couple two years ago.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation  says back in September 2011,  34-year-old Darryl Scott and 31-year-old Dedria DeShay Green were shot in their home on Tommie Lane in Sparta.

Two children were living in the home also, But neither of them were hurt.

If found guilty, Brandon Charleston could spend life behind bars without chance of parole.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.



Trial Begins for Hancock County Double Murder

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man for shooting a Hancock County couple to death two years ago.

According to a news release, 19-year-old Brandon Charleston was arrested in June 2012 and charged with killing the pair on Sept. 11, 2011.

Hancock Sheriff Tomlyn Primus said 34-year-old Darryl Scott and 31-year-old Dedria DeShay Green were shot to death in their home at 141 Tommie Lane in Sparta.

The two were boyfriend and girlfriend, according to Primus.

Two children were reportedly living in the home as well, but they were not injured.

Charleston's trial is expected to begin in Hancock County Superior Court.


Four Arrested for BUI During Holiday Weekend

Four Arrested for BUI During Holiday Weekend

Lake Oconee News
By Billy Hobbs

Four persons arrested for Boating Under the Influence on Lake Oconee were among a total of 39 persons from across the state taken into custody for that particular offense on lakes in Georgia over the Memorial Day weekend, state authorities say.

Those charged locally included two cases in Greene County and one each in Morgan and Putnam counties.

Putnam Man To Appeal Life Sentence For Murder

A Putnam County man hopes the Georgia Supreme Court will overturn his conviction for shooting a man to death over a dead dog.

David Banks Brett is serving a life sentence for the murder of Jose Garcia-Castro in June 2011.

Brett accused Garcia of neglect after a dog in his care died. 

Court documents detailing the case say Brett told several people Garcia "needed his --- whooped for not carrying the dog to the vet."  On June 10, 2011, Garcia called Brett and confronted him about the things he had been saying.

According to witnesses, Brett hung up the phone and said, "I'll kill him.  He's not going to kill me," and he got a knife from the kitchen.

Brett, armed with a gun, and Garcia, armed with a knife had a brief exchange before Brett fired a single shot, killing Garcia.

Brett's attorney at his original trial argued Brett acted in self-defense because Garcia threatened him with a knife.