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Death penalty sought in Brunswick killings

BRUNSWICK - A prosecutor said Monday he will seek the death penalty for a 22-year-old man charged with killing his father and seven others in their Georgia mobile home before he cried in a frantic 911 call "My whole family's dead."

A Glynn County grand jury on Monday indicted Guy Heinze Jr. on eight counts of malice murder, one count of attempted murder and two drug possession charges.

September 15, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

Former judge pleads to corruption

MACON - A former Superior Court judge pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge Friday after striking a deal to avoid prison, ending a lengthy legal battle that toppled him from his post as one of rural Clinch County's most powerful politicians.

Prosecutors' agreement to drop 13 charges against Brooks E. Blitch III - and to seek probation instead of a prison sentence - stunned U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson, who took a 20 minute break to decide if he would accept the deal.

September 12, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

Robert Redford to shoot movie in Savannah

SAVANNAH - Robert Redford has chosen Savannah as the shooting location for his post-Civil War film about a woman who was hanged for aiding the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, city officials announced Friday.

Savannah's department of Tourism and Film Services said Redford plans to direct the movie "The Conspirator" this fall in Georgia's oldest city.

September 12, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Cumberland Island to be on quarter

ATLANTA - Cumberland Island has been chosen to represent Georgia on a new series of quarters to be issued by the U.S. Mint.

The series of quarters featuring national parks and other sites will be issued starting next year. Each U.S. state and territory will be represented in the series.

September 09, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Trails for area getting closer

The Liberty County Commission blessed a project that will soon link parts of Coastal Georgia with the rest of the East Coast through a recreation project spanning the height of the country.

September 09, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | State, National

Warrants: Brunswick victims were beaten

BRUNSWICK - Arrest warrants for a Georgia man charged with killing his father and seven others in their mobile home say the victims were all beaten to death with a blunt weapon.

September 09, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

Perdue appoints former Hinesville mayor to council

ATLANTA - Former Hinesville Mayor Tom Ratcliffe has been appointed to the Coastal Regional Commission Council of Georgia by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

September 07, 2009 | Staff report | State, National

Man who called in killings, charged for them

BRUNSWICK - The 911 call was chilling: A frantic 22-year-old told a dispatcher he had returned home from a night out to find his entire family dead in his father's mobile home.

After a week working a case so murky they could not say whether a killer was on the loose, police said Guy Heinze Jr. was responsible for the slayings he reported and charged him with eight counts of first-degree murder. Among the dead were seven of his relatives, including his father.

September 05, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

Man arrested after slayings granted bond

BRUNSWICK - A Georgia man who reported "My whole family's dead!" in a frantic 911 call, then was arrested on charges of evidence tampering, lying to police and drug possession, was granted bond Wednesday in his first court appearance.

Guy Heinze Jr., 22, was taken into custody hours after police Saturday found the bodies of seven people inside the family's mobile home. An eighth person later died at a hospital and the lone survivor, a young child, remains in critical condition.

September 02, 2009 | By Kate Brumback Associated Press writer | State, National

Brunswick slaying victims named

BRUNSWICK - The eight people slain in a weekend mobile home attack in coastal Georgia included a father and four older children and other members of an extended family, police and relatives said Tuesday.

September 02, 2009 | By Kate Brumback and Russ Bynum Associated Press writes | State, National

Frantic 911 caller: 'My whole family is dead'

BRUNSWICK - A frantic caller told authorities he had just come home to find several relatives apparently beaten to death and another barely breathing, according to a 911 tape released Monday from the weekend attack at a mobile home park in southeastern Georgia.

"My whole family is dead!" screamed Guy Heinze Jr., 22. "It looks like they've been beaten to death. I don't know what to do, man."

August 31, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

Killings put community on edge

BRUNSWICK - Toni Mugavin says she wonders if she needs to sleep with a gun under her pillow, afraid the killer of eight people at a Georgia mobile home is still on the loose and frustrated with the lack of information about what happened.

The eighth casualty came Sunday, a day after police discovered seven bodies and two survivors in one mobile home in Brunswick. The latest victim was Michael Toler, 19, who lived in the home and had been hospitalized Saturday. He is the first and only victim police have named.

August 31, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | State, National

Seven found dead in Glynn County

BRUNSWICK - The man who called 911 to report finding seven people slain in a dingy mobile home on a historic Georgia plantation was arrested on drug-related charges, though police refused to say Sunday whether he was a suspect in the killings.

Two people survived the attack, with brutal injuries.

August 30, 2009 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press Writer | State, National

DHS says furloughs won't hurt services

ATLANTA - The head of Georgia's social services department says a 12-day furlough plan won't affect critical services because they will still be available online.

Department of Human Services Commissioner B.J. Walker said child welfare and adult protective services will be available online during the 12 furlough days when the agency will completely shut down over the next year.

August 29, 2009 | Associated Press | State, National

State tax refunds trickle in

The Georgia Department of Revenue delivered 34,000 more refunds to residents last week and is on schedule to process more returns by the end of the month, according to a recent update from the department.

August 28, 2009 | By Jen Alexander McCall Correspondent | State, National

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5-year-old with cancer dies after town, celebrities make dreams come true

HOOD RIVER, Ore. — A little girl from Oregon with terminal cancer who went on a whirlwind of adventures in July and August has passed away.

September 18, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder | State, National

Why students dropping out of school to work actually hurt the workforce

U.S. dropout rates might be at a record low, but as many as 8,300 students still drop out of high school each day ...

September 18, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

Here's how much you'd have to make annually to buy a home in 27 metro areas

Deciding whether you can afford to live in your dream city might be as simple as taking a look at a new map.

September 16, 2015 | Payton Davis Deseret News | State, National

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