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How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

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34 Arrested in Dublin Drug Busts

Dublin police say they've arrested 34 people after a three-month drug investigation.

Lt. Ronnie Holmes said, "The Dublin Police, Area Crime Enforcement Team and the Gang Suppression Unit all worked together on a detailed operation between Oct. 17, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013, to arrest (these) individuals."

According to Holmes, the arrests happened between Jan. 31 and Feb.

He said, "Most of the arrests deal  with drug sales and some are charged with criminal gang activity, following three months of investigations. Many of the individuals were connected with selling either cocaine or marijuana or both."

All of those arrested are Dublin residents and Holmes said nine more arrests are expected Wednesday. Once those individuals are arrested, charges will total 141.         

Cpl. Eric Roland called the arrests "the largest ever inside the Dublin city limits." 

Store Clerk to Face New Charge in Spanking Case

Wrightsville's police chief says a Dollar General clerk accused of spanking a customer's son now faces a new charge: cruelty to children.

Emilia Bell was arrested last Thursday and originally charged only with simple battery. That was upgraded over the weekend to aggravated assault after authorities viewed the alleged spanking from a different camera angle.

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Wrightsville Police Chief Paul Sterling said it appeared that Bell struck the boy around 25 times with a belt.

Laurens County Investigating Two Homicides

Dublin and Laurens County investigators are looking into whether two gang-related homicides in three days are connected.

Dublin Police Chief Wayne Cain told 13WMAZ the first was a Saturday night home-invasion-style robbery and shooting.

In the second, he said, a man was found shot to death outside Dudley Tuesday night.

The chief identified the first victim as 21-year old Dwight Scott. According to the police, Scott was robbed at his East Mary Street home, then shot at point-blank range.

He said two people are being held for questioning in that case, although they have not been charged.

"After talking to numerous people, we have taken two persons into custody. Both are convicted felons that were found to be possessing weapons when we stopped them in a vehicle," Cain said. 

The two both had outstanding warrants against them, Cain said.

50 Pounds of Cocaine Seized in Laurens County

Savannah-area law enforcement says a traffic stop in Laurens County this summer was a key to a major drug investigation in two states.

At a Savannah news conference Monday, they said Laurens sheriff deputies seized about 50 pounds of cocaine during that July 3rd traffic stop on I-16.

They say deputies stopped two drug dealers who were driving the coke to Savannah.

Drug investigators for the Savannah-Chatham County Counter Narcotics Team said they've busted three separate drug rings, in coastal Georgia and South Carolina, with the help of other agencies.

They said they've charged a total of 39 suspects...and collected nearly 3 million dollars worth of drugs.

A news release from the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team says the 20-month investigation found three separate drug rings, mostly operating in Savannah.

Seven Charged with Conspiracy to Illegally Traffic Firearms

Seven Charged with Conspiracy to Illegally Traffic Firearms

Seven people were charged with conspiracy to illegally traffic firearms, according to a United States Attorney news release.

That comes after an undercover investigation involving the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives. The investigation aimed to find the people allegedly involved in selling firearms that were originally stolen during residential burglaries.

The seven were officially charged in a a federal indictment that was unsealed in federal court Monday.

The following people are charged with conspiracy to illegally traffic firearms: Terryon J. Norris, 24, Wrightsville, Georgia; Lakendon S. Brown, 23, Wrightsville, Georgia; Frank L. Wesley, 57, Wrightsville, Georgia; William T. Walker, 28, Wrightsville, Georgia; Kendrick L. Dixon, 30, Wrightsville, Georgia; Whitney T. Wittmer, 23, Wrightsville, Georgia; Mercedes D. Jenkins, 21, East Dublin, Georgia.