City of Savannah slow to transition to green cars

The City of Savannah unveiled its first two electric cars on Monday. They are a part of the Strategic plan to convert 15 percent of its fleet to hybrid or electric cars.

  Previous WTOC Investigations on sex crimes involving minors in GA

  Asked & Answered: Tracking and removing dangerous alligators

Local doctor sentenced to prison for prescribing narcotics to non-patients

  Changes underway at Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield following ‘housing crisis’ for military members

  WTOC Investigates: Fixing Fort Stewart

  SCCPSS facing lawsuit stating student raped on school bus in 2017

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  FBI launches program to track use-of-force

  EXCLUSIVE: Survey results show major problems with housing on military bases, including Fort Stewart

  Asked and Answered: City of Savannah gives tips on reporting issues with residential recycling

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

  Millions of dollars sit in reserves as HOPE covers less tuition

  Drug used to reverse overdoses on the rise locally

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  82 arrested in multi-state child exploitation operation, ‘Southern Impact III’

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has made 82 arrests in a multi-state child exploitation operation called, “Operation Southern Impact III."

  Patients of arrested Richmond Hill doctor still searching for new physicians

Given the scrutiny over opioid prescriptions, one doctor says pain management doctors are wary about bringing on new patients, but you do have a few options for help.

  WTOC Investigates: The hotel construction boom

It seems like everywhere you look in Savannah, another new hotel is under construction. In a WTOC investigation, Romney Smith looked into the numbers to see if we’re actually filling the hotels or building them too fast.

  FBI releases 2018 report on internet crimes

  Failed and Forgotten

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

  Efforts underway to improve enrollment, retention at Savannah State University

  Chatham County ranks high with opioid overdose ER visits

  Asked and Answered: GA retirees not receiving living adjustments

The recently-approved state budget for Georgia includes a two-percent pay raise for state employees. It’s the first in a while for them. However, some former state employees won’t get the same raise.

  Asked and Answered: Traffic issues on Highway 144

Simultaneous lane closures on 144 and Harris Trail last week frustrated many drivers, and the question we’ve been getting is: do the state and county communicate when they close down roads?

  WTOC Investigates: Airport arrival times

In a WTOC investigation, Romney Smith looked into which airlines rank highest and lowest for getting you to your destination on time.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

  Thousands of cars sold with bad odometer readings in Georgia, South Carolina

Most car owners have no idea. Carfax estimates it cost consumers more than $800 million in 2018. Carfax said more than 60,000 in Georgia have a false reading. In South Carolina, they say there are almost 18,000.

  Savannah River deepening hinges on never-before-used system

They’re currently in a testing phase for the new Oxygen Injectors on the Savannah River that started March 14th and continues for 59 days. The corps must prove it can pump enough oxygen to the riverbed, so the fish can survive once the river is 5 feet deeper.

  Local rape numbers on the rise

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it’s seeing an alarming trend when it comes to sexual assaults statewide. The numbers are trending upwards.

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

The Uniform Crime Reporting Act of 1988 requires federal law enforcement agencies to submit information about their cases to a federal database maintained by the FBI; however, those agencies are currently not submitting data, including information about hate crimes.

  Georgia EPD investigates illegal sewage dumping in Bryan County

A Georgia Environmental Protection Division investigation report revealed Bryan County contractors illegally dumped sewage debris on the ground just about 100 feet away from a drinking water well for the Waterways community.

  GA Senate passes bill legalizing cultivation, distribution of medical marijuana

The Georgia State Senate joined the House in passing a bill Friday legalizing cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana.

  Lawyers for man wrongfully arrested files notice to sue city of Savannah

An ante litem letter is a notice required by state law when you plan to sue a government organization. The city has 90 days to respond.

  Camden County’s proposed spaceport: Lifesaver or coast-killer?

You could watch rockets launch right off the Georgia coast if state and local leaders get their wish.

  Graves found under construction site on White Bluff Road in Savannah

A concerned citizen called the city saying there used to be graves on the property, and without him, the work would have continued.

Expansive SCOTUS ruling forces Savannah to abandon panhandling laws

If you’ve been in Savannah for a while, you may remember the city passing an ordinance banning panhandling years ago.

  CBD sales expected to boom in next 3 years

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It comes from cannabis plants but differs from marijuana in that it doesn’t contain THC. THC is the component of marijuana that gets you high.

  WTOC Investigates: Pre-St. Patrick’s fire inspections

Learn more about why every hotel, restaurant, and bar is inspected before the City of Savannah’s busiest weekend of the year.

  Numbers show big price tag for city of Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is a decades-old tradition in Savannah. It has become a huge part of the city, and in turn, a vital piece in the tourism industry for the Hostess City.

  New documents show why police arrested wrong person

Newly-obtained documents show an anonymous phone call and a photo lineup landed the wrong man in jail for more than three weeks. Last week, Savannah police officers dropped armed robbery charges on James McGill III.

  Kissing soldiers prohibited in St. Patrick’s Day parade

A military spokesman said it comes down to safety and respect of the military. However, Benedictine Military School is still telling people they can kiss the cadets.

  Savannah father demands answers over son’s wrongful arrest

Police released McGill from jail a couple weeks ago, seemingly admitting they got the wrong guy. We finally got word that they officially dropped charges last week.

  GBI needs more money to fight sex crimes with minors

WTOC looks into the funding issues facing the GBI.

  When are changes coming to the I-16, I-95 Interchange?

The most specific question we’ve gotten is, ‘When will lights be added to make the area not as dark at night?’ The short answer - not very soon.

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

With sweeping tax code changes affecting this year's filings, experts from NerdWallet help explain how the changes will work for different people.

  The growing sex trafficking problem in Georgia

It happens statewide, but recently, the number of arrests spiked because of the Super Bowl.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

  Georgia, South Carolina two states out of five in U.S. with no hate crime laws

A hate crime in Georgia or South Carolina won’t cost you any more time in state prison than a random crime. The states are two of five that don’t have hate crime laws in the U.S.

  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Serious hate crimes from murders to attempted bombings do not show up in federal hate crime data, according to analysis by InvestigateTV.

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

Prosecutors say some state hate crime laws are so weak they "aren't worth the paper they're printed on."

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.

  McIntosh County Superior Court Clerk under investigation

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed an executive order to place the McIntosh County Superior Clerk of Court under investigation.

Sex offenders skirt Facebook ban

1.5 billions users access social media network Facebook every day-however Facebook admits that some of those users are not allowed to be on their platform.

  One year later: CCPD, SPD talk response times and staffing post demerger

The demerger meant the new departments needed new officers who could answer your emergency calls quickly, so WTOC requested staffing and response times for each in the first year.

  Couple on home remodel: ‘We want the dream that they sold us.’

A Hinesville couple said what was sold to them as a dream, turned into a nightmare. They chose Lowe’s for a home re-model over a year ago. They said the work is still not finished – despite forking out over $25,000.

  WTOC Investigates: Cost of healthcare

Hospitals around the country are now required to post the cost of their services online. This comes as the federal government aims to make healthcare costs more transparent.

Watching Your Wallet: How much could you earn if you invested your coffee money?

Financial experts from NerdWallet say saving and investing as little as $20 a week can amount to $170,000 in retirement money.

  Protect yourself from flooded cars

The same streets flood every time there is a bad rain. And every time, some drivers think they can make it through.

  WTOC Investigates: SSU Alumni Suspicions

More changes are being announced at Savannah State University this week. The Dean of the College of Business is planning to retire at the end of this year.

  Asked and Answered: Stopping bad odor from landfill

Residents living around Superior Landfill on Little Neck Road in Chatham County say the landfill and its odors continue to compromise their quality of life.

  Tybee Island included in FBI investigation into bogus bomb threats

The FBI is now investigating hundreds of bogus bomb threats around the country, including several here in the Coastal Empire. That includes the threat that was made on Tybee Island.

  Dozens evicted from Chatham County motel following court order

Dozens have been forced to leave the Thunderbird Motel on Ogeechee Road in Chatham County after a court order.

  Savannah City Council tours new Cultural Arts Center

Savannah Mayor and City Council members took a tour of Savannah’s new Cultural Arts Center on Thursday. It’s been under construction for the last two years and is expected to open in the early part of 2019.

  Another record-year expected in Savannah tourism industry

The city’s tourism industry employs about 27,000 people. The record years we’ve seen allow them to keep their jobs year-round, and it’s allowed the city to see money it had not seen before.

Financial options for Virginia College Students

WTOC is learning more about what options students who were enrolled at Virginia College have when it comes to school credits and student loans.

  Georgia agency investigating two former SSU officers

The Georgia agency that gives law enforcement officers their police powers is investigating two former Savannah State University campus police officers accused of sexual misconduct.

  Savannah Police Director’s progress to become certified as chief

We are learning more about when Savannah Police Department’s Director of Police Roy Minter will officially be certified in Georgia to hold the new title as Chief.

  Local business reacts to President Trump’s decision to postpone tariffs

A local business owner is weighing in on President Trump’s latest decision to postpone the 25 percent tariff increase on Chinese goods.

  WTOC investigates deadly Hinesville bus crash 1 year later

One year ago Wednesday, a school bus full of children was involved in a horrific bus crash in Liberty County.

  Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

While many people think about health and wellness resolutions for the new year, financial experts recommend thinking about money goals too.

  2 charged after Hinesville ransomware attack

Two Iranians are facing federal charges after the FBI says they were behind a nationwide computer hacking scheme targeting hospitals, cities, and public institutions.

  Savannah city leaders set to approve 2019 budget

Next week, Savannah city leaders will officially approve next year’s nearly $200 million spending plan.

  Proponents of jet fuel tax exemption hope it means lower prices for fliers

This month, the state legislature approved Governor Nathan Deal’s executive order to stop collecting sales tax on jet fuel. The move saves airlines millions of dollars which could mean cheaper tickets for you.

  WTOC Investigates: Gangland Rising

There's an old Chinese proverb that, as you're about to learn, can be applied perfectly to Savannah's growing violent crime problems.

  Board of Regents responds to SSU Alumni concerns

WTOC has learned 26 Savannah State University employees have been told their contracts will not be renewed next year. This comes following President Dozier’s announcement last month that they were considering making cuts due to declining retention rates.

  SC Gas Tax increase: Is it working?

According to an update from the state department of transportation, the 10-year goals for the agency are well ahead of schedule with the increased funding from the gas tax.

  Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Thousands of nuclear weapons workers are seeking compensation from a federal program that has ballooned far past initial projections - and some say they're being denied based on incorrect information.

  WTOC Investigates: Cold Coastal Housing Market

Unlike many cities in the U.S., where homes are selling within days of being listed, the housing market along the coast seems to be just the opposite.

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

A company offering to help people reduce their student loan debt is now under investigation. One St. Louis woman says her debt actually increased after trying to work with the company.

  Mice. Mold. Messes.

Hundreds of Americans live in deplorable rental properties and their landlord is the federal government. The properties need $50 billion in repairs. Uncle Sam now is hoping that private investors will save public housing.