WTOC Investigates

  Absentee ballot delays lead to questions about the process

Voting by absentee ballot is an issue that will take center stage this legislative session in Georgia.

  Attorney says Arbery suspect’s health deteriorating in jail

  WTOC Investigates: Declining Enrollment

  Pay to Play: Financial impact of COVID-19 testing on college athletics

  WTOC Investigates: Concern over election flyers ahead of Georgia runoff

Suspects charged file motion for Ahmaud Arbery to not be called ‘victim’

  WTOC Investigates: Federal investigators focusing on gun-related crimes in Savannah

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  Asked & Answered: How to avoid home improvement pitfalls

  WTOC Investigates: Salvation Army, neighbors passionately debate proposed West Savannah homeless shelter

  Ga. Department of Labor increases workforce as unemployment claims continue during pandemic

  WTOC Investigates: Stolen guns connected to violent crime in Savannah

  Chatham Co. operations manager describes security measures for voting machines

  Georgia Secretary of State’s office dealing with more election complaints than usual

  Attorney represents tenant pro bono in moldy apartment case

The pandemic has upended so many lives. That includes a public school teacher who was forced to move out of her apartment – but now has a lesson in resolve and gratitude.

  Lowcountry deputies partner with security guards

A Fripp Island security guard was involved in a deadly shooting. The case remains under investigation.

  Diocese of Savannah denies it knew about sex abuse allegations

The Catholic Diocese of Savannah responded to a new lawsuit about claims that it knew about the sexual abuse involving a priest and young boys; and conspired to cover it up.

  Asked and Answered: Voting in Georgia’s runoff election

As state and county election officials sort out the hand-count audit, one thing voters can expect is there will be a runoff election on Jan. 5.

  Details limited in sex crimes investigation against defendant in Ahmaud Arbery case

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

  Savannah Police on alert to keep the peace around the election

  New affordable living apartments bringing some relief during housing crisis

  Chatham Apartment resident finds new home; moving deadline extended for remaining residents

  Enrollment snapshot shows slight dip in student population at SCCPSS

  Tech giants police their own online campaign ads as government disagrees on regulation

Google has flagged all the major national campaigns for policy-violating ads. Facebook has also removed ads from major campaign funders - though sometimes it took days.

  State suing for cleanup costs of massive trash fire on Able Contracting site

It’s been nine months since the clearing of a site known as “Mount Trashmore.”

  New lawsuit claims Diocese of Savannah covered up allegations of child molestation

A new lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Savannah claims the Diocese covered up allegations of child molestation more than 30 years ago.

  WTOC Investigates: What are your options while housing investigations are paused?

Instead of interior housing conditions being investigated, the City of Savannah has referred tenants to a legal hotline.

  WTOC Investigates: Housing complaints go unchecked during pandemic

Housing complaints about unsafe living conditions in Savannah have gone unchecked during the pandemic.

Two fired Savannah officers also under investigation by Peace Officer Standards and Training Council

Two ex-Savannah police officers who were fired after a use-of-force investigation are now under investigation by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST).

  New Ga. law will add protections for surprise medical billing

Tara Conway channeled her frustration into a series of paintings after waiting for hours on hold to resolve a surprise medical bill.

  Daughter feels letdown by nursing home during mother’s battle with COVID-19

COVID-19 has hit several long-term care facilities in Georgia. A nursing home in Liberty County has had 72 positive cases among residents, which has resulted in 10 deaths.

  WTOC Investigates: What are police required to report about use of force investigations?

Video of George Floyd’s death in police custody sparked nationwide protests, and a call for police reform when it comes to use of force.

  WTOC Investigates: Wrongful death lawsuit filed after inmate dies at Appling Co. Jail

The disturbing video, WTOC obtained from the GBI, shows an Appling County inmate laying on the floor of his jail cell for almost five hours, getting no medical attention before dying. The family of Kelsey Rayner says his death in 2017 could have been prevented.

  Pet adoption disputes, scams on the rise during the pandemic

Disputes over pet adoptions are on the rise, and so are pet scams, according to the Better Business Bureau in Northeast Florida and the Southeast Atlantic.

  WTOC Investigates: Screven Co. chase began after attempted traffic stop for broken tail light

An incident report from the Department of Public Safety shows that a broken tail light is the reason why a state trooper pursued driver Julian Lewis on the night he was shot and killed.

  Oliver Police Department under review by state agency for writing illegal speeding tickets

Drivers who live around Oliver, Ga. say it’s a known speed trap – one that’s been talked about and written about for years.

  Chatham Co. Board of Elections moves polling site following COVID-19 ‘outbreak’ at church

A Savannah church is under investigation by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

  Potential for cyber crime when you return to the office

The “new normal” is contributing to the rise of cyber crimes.

  Social media quizzes can provide important info to cyber criminals

Now more than ever, people are using the internet to work, learn and stay connected. Providing criminals more opportunities for cyber-attacks.

  Asked & Answered: How reliable are COVID-19 tests?

Testing is a key component to getting out of a surge in new COVID-19 cases, health care expects have said.

  Hinesville family tired of dealing with sewage issue

A Hinesville family is dealing with a sewage problem at their Shady Oaks mobile home, off Oglethorpe Highway.

  Records show teen charged with obstruction in Hutcheson case was arrested for DUI, hit-and-run a month earlier

A teenager was arrested for obstruction in the investigation of the shooting death of a 17-year-old in Statesboro.

  Police report reveals new details in deadly shooting of Statesboro teenager

New details are available from the police report about the shooting death of a teenage girl in Statesboro.

  WTOC Investigates: Analysis shows Savannah businesses received hundreds of millions of dollars in PPP loans

The U.S. Small business Administration released detailed information on loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Wednesday.

  Asked & Answered: Know your flight refund rights

New outbreaks of COVID-19 flare up across the nation and leaders consider restrictions for travelers.

  Asked & Answered: Who handles workplace safety complaints about COVID-19?

Concerns for workplace safety because of COVID-19 fall under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA

  Ahmaud Arbery’s death renews efforts to dissolve the Glynn Co. Police Department

Ahmaud Arbery’s death has reignited a plan to change the police structure in Glynn County.

  Lawsuit accuses Glynn County Police Dept. of corruption, negligence

Ahmaud Arbery’s family attorney has said corruption played a part in the initial police investigation and handling of Arbery’s death. While he says the family weighs its options to sue, another family already has sued Glynn County Police Department for how it handled a different case.

  911 calls show Greg McMichael previously confronted someone for break-ins

WTOC reviewed several years worth of 911 calls and incident reports within a two-mile radius of Satilla Shores, the neighborhood where Ahmaud Arbery was killed in February.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Attorney in Arbery case says person on video may have been getting water

The attorney for a man who owns an unfinished home involved in the Ahmaud Arbery case said Friday the person on video may have been getting water.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Suspect in Arbery case missed state-mandating training requirement while working as DA investigator

One of the suspects involved in the Ahmaud Arbery case retired from the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a criminal investigator for 24 years.

  Man charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s death called 911 nearly 2 weeks earlier

Newly released 911 audio from a February 11th incident gives more context to the Ahmaud Arbery murder investigation.

  911 calls, incident reports shed light on previous issues in Glynn County neighborhood

WTOC obtained 10 incident reports and radio communication logs from at least 5 prior 911 calls in Satilla Shores, the neighborhood where Ahmaud Arbery was killed in February by armed homeowners.

  GBI officially joins review of how prosecutors handled Ahmaud Arbery death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation joined Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr in reviewing how two district attorneys handled the early stages of the investigation into Ahmaud Arbery’s death, including why the prosecutors withheld possible conflicts from Carr’s office.

  Ahmaud Arbery shooting investigation is latest source of criticism for Glynn County PD

There are already deep concerns in Glynn County about the integrity of the police department and conflicts of interest in this case. Tuesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed the police department never requested the GBI come in and help investigate Arbery's death.

  Drug Dependence: COVID-19 weakens already fragile U.S. drug supply

Unlike many other countries, the FDA doesn't require a "made in" label on drugs, even though the federal agency estimates 80% of the ingredients and 40% of the finished drugs are manufactured overseas.

Some nursing homes now battling COVID-19 previously cited for infection-control failures

Multiple nursing homes battling coronavirus outbreaks previously had critical violations for infection control according to federal data analyzed by InvestigateTV.

Cases, deaths continue to increase as Georgia prepares to start reopening

The governor announced plans to ease business restrictions on a day Georgia announced the highest one-day death toll of the outbreak.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Asked and Answered: Businesss facing COVID-19 related fines

A $1,000 fine is what some Savannah businesses now face if they don’t follow the mayor’s “Shelter in Place” order.

  Asked and Answered: Are elective surgeries canceled?

Certain medical procedures and surgeries are being put on hold. A federal agency has given guidance and examples, but ultimately it comes down to doctor discretion.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  Asked & Answered: Daycare, gym closures - do I still have to pay?

Daycare for many parents is expensive. In some cases, the financial burden is like having a second mortgage.

  Are evictions allowed during a pandemic?

Several people have contacted WTOC to say their work hours have been cut and they're struggling to pay rent.

  Vacation rental companies change policies amid Coronavirus concerns

Vacation rental companies are changing their cancellation policies in the face of all the uncertainty. We’ve heard from concerned people wondering how to move a trip dates or get a refund.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

  Georgia Department of Labor outlines unemployment benefits

Thousands of Georgians will eventually start filing for unemployment. So how does that work, and how much will you get paid? The state is already seeing an uptick in partial unemployment claims.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  Arrests down, tickets up since marijuana ordinance change in Savannah

Is a recent change in punishments for marijuana possession making a difference in Savannah? The new ordinance allows officers to write a ticket for breaking a city code when someone has less than an ounce of marijuana. The department thinks the change is working.

  New method of DNA testing could help solve 1994 murder of Savannah teenager

A new method of DNA testing could help solve the 1994 murder of a teenage girl. Savannah Police say evidence preserved from back then could finally link a suspect to the crime scene.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Red light cameras: Are they working?

A WTOC Investigation found serious crashes have decreased in the years since the Savannah city leaders installed red light cameras at several intersections. However, it also uncovered a growing number of unpaid tickets.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

  Asked and Answered: How traffic lights get installed

We get a lot of questions from people asking about the process of putting in traffic lights in communities, especially in places that are growing quickly.

  Chatham Apartments residents scramble for new living space

An affordable housing crunch deepens for the elderly and disabled in Savannah.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.