WTOC Investigates

  Taxpayers will foot bill for archeological assessment for homeless shelter

Savannah taxpayers will now foot the bill for an “archeological assessment” in West Savannah.

  Home buyers face fierce competition in Savannah’s seller’s market

  WTOC survey shows community split over homeless shelter proposal

  More traffic changes ahead this summer for the new Islands Expressway bridge

  Savannah’s restaurant industry took a hit in 2020

  Georgia, South Carolina flunk ‘Gun Law Scorecard’

  March held against proposed homeless shelter in West Savannah

Continued Coverage

  FBI warns of virtual kidnapping scams, spoofing calls

  Sounding off: Veterans say their standard-issue earplugs caused hearing loss

  ‘I think it’s going to get worse’: More people living in homeless camps in Savannah

  Savannah alderwoman says she has no conflict of interest over property development proposal

  Questions over Savannah alderwoman’s opposition to homeless shelter, ties to competing proposal

  Families in crisis face uncertainty as applications for help surge

Terminated CEO will not get job back while lawsuit underway

A Chatham County judge ruled Wednesday, March 3, that terminated CAT bus CEO Bacarra Mauldin will not be getting her job back while her case is underway.

  CAT attorneys detail ‘excessive spending’ as a reason for CEO firing

Attorneys for Chatham Area Transit claimed the former CEO spent tens of thousands of dollars on legal advice about “routine issues.”

  Zero Balance: Customers say gift cards from resale website were drained

A customer says he bought hundreds of dollars in gift cards, but before he could use his balance, hundreds of dollars were drained from the cards. The BBB says it's had hundreds of similar complaints.

  Gov. Kemp reflects on Ahmaud Arbery’s death, promises changes in Georgia

Some change has come in the year since Ahmaud Arbery’s killing. Right now in the Georgia Statehouse, there’s bipartisan support for repealing the state’s citizen’s arrest statute.

  COVID variants hit Georgia; doctor warns of imminent spread

  City of Savannah works to collect $1.6 million in unpaid fines for blight

  State laws and the lack of government oversight leave a multi-billion-dollar DNA paternity industry unchecked

  Appeal by area hospitals halts plan to build Memorial Health’s freestanding ERs

  Pandemic isolation driving rise in romance-related scams

  WTOC Investigates: Pandemic fuels high-interest loan complaints, Georgia ranks No. 4 in the nation

  Data shows backlog, long wait for social security disability hearings

WTOC Investigates long wait times for social security disability hearings.

Georgia Attorney General to mediate a complaint about CAT board appointment, allegations law violated

WTOC has confirmed the Georgia Attorney General’s Office is handling a complaint about a recent board appointment to the Chatham Area Transit board.

  Debate over fire services heats up in Chatham County

There’s a passionate debate underway over fire protection in parts of Chatham County.

  Recent termination of CAT CEO to cost taxpayers

The recent termination of the CEO for Chatham Area Transit could end up costing taxpayers about $90,000.

  ‘No Surprises Act’ aims to stop surprise medical billing

A pandemic relief bill signed last month also includes a ban on surprise medical billing.

  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.

  Ga. & S.C. saw increase in gun sales in 2020

2020 was a tumultuous year that stirred-up uncertainty, and fear in many Americans.

  Asked and Answered: Filing taxes while on unemployment

The Georgia Department of Labor has paid more than $16.8 billion in benefits to unemployed Georgians since the beginning of the pandemic.

  Attorney says Arbery suspect’s health deteriorating in jail

An attorney for one of the men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery again has asked for his client to be released from jail because of his “uncontrolled high blood pressure.”

  WTOC Investigates: Declining Enrollment

The latest enrollment report is out in Georgia.

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

Most industries across the country have taken financial hits during this pandemic and athletics are no exception.

  WTOC Investigates: Concern over election flyers ahead of Georgia runoff

There have been a lot of political commercials and online ads leading-up to Tuesday’s runoffs. But people have also been bombarded with flyers.

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

The father and son charged in connection to the death of Ahmaud Arbery are asking that Arbery not be called a victim.

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

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, Bobby Christine says his team is hyper-focused on gang-related crime in Savannah.

  Asked & Answered: How to avoid home improvement pitfalls

More time spent at home during the pandemic has led to more home improvement projects. But before you jump into your dream renovation, there are some things you should consider.

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

The WTOC Investigates Team continues to follow a controversial proposal before Savannah’s City Council to move the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter to West Savannah. Some neighbors say they have serious concerns about the impact it could have on the community.

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

Thousands of Georgians are unemployed because of the pandemic and are still waiting on benefits.

  WTOC Investigates: Stolen guns connected to violent crime in Savannah

The sounds of gunshots and neighbors ducking for cover. It’s a scene that’s played out over, and over, this year in Savannah neighborhoods.

  Chatham Co. operations manager describes security measures for voting machines

Voting security is at the top of many voters’ minds.

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

The number of election complaints filed in the state of Georgia prompted the Secretary of State’s office to ask another agency for help.

  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

There is a separate GBI investigation that involves William “Roddie” Bryan, one of the defendants in the Ahmaud Arbery case.

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

Nurse practitioners are questioning their own education at some colleges. There’s no national standard on how to educate nurse practitioners, while medical education for doctors was standardized more than 100 years ago.

  Savannah Police on alert to keep the peace around the election

A newly published report warns of a high risk of militia groups around the election in Georgia.

  New affordable living apartments bringing some relief during housing crisis

A follow up to the elderly and disabled residents of the Chatham Apartments being forced to find another place to live.

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

Some tenants on the other side of an enormous wait list for affordable housing have found a better life in their new digs.

  Enrollment snapshot shows slight dip in student population at SCCPSS

WTOC’s Investigates team got the latest official enrollment numbers for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and they found the numbers show a slight drop in students enrolled.

  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.