Georgians to pay taxes on Amazon buys

ATLANTA (AP) - A spokesman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgians who use Amazon.com will have to pay taxes on their purchases, though it's not clear when.

Amazon.com is not collecting sales tax from Georgia shoppers despite a new state law designed to snag the money from the world's biggest online retailer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last month. The new law went into effect at the start of 2013.

Deal's spokesman Brian Robinson says Georgia has the authority to collect the tax and "we're negotiating from this position." He tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he expects more details to be released in coming weeks.

Seattle-based Amazon has fought against charging its customers a sales tax elsewhere, leading to legal battles in some states.

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Death certificate of county commissioner signed by county coroner

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. -- The death certificate of a Glynn County Commissioner found dead in the Frederica River in December has now been signed by the county coroner.

The State Medical Examiner in Savannah ruled Tom Sublett's death a suicide.

His family's attorney tells First Coast News they have 30 days from the time the death certificate was signed to decide if they will request an inquest to try to dispute the suicide ruling

The coroner says Sublett drowned after being shot in the head. His hands were tied in front of him.

Man accused of faking bite by deadly black mamba

KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a man on trial in Georgia was seeking to become famous as someone who survived a deadly bite from a black mamba -- but they say the story was a hoax.

John K. Rosenbaum Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., is accused of touching off a desperate search for the snake in south Georgia after telling authorities he was bitten in November 2011. The snake is among the world's deadliest.

The Brunswick News reports that Rosenbaum faces charges of making false statements to authorities.

Prosecutors say he was hospitalized after a bite from his pet Egyptian banded cobra, but no black mamba was involved.

17-year-old charged with enticing child for indecent purposes

CAMDEN, GA -- A 17-year-old was arrested Monday on charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Dennis Gary Sheppard's arrest came when deputies responded to reports claiming a man was "acting strangely" and allegedly trying to entice children in the Point Peter area, according to a release from the Camden County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators with the CCSO stated they believe Sheppard was allegedly fixated on one particular victim and is accused of arranging his life to have as much time near the victim as possible, the release detailed.

Sheppard is also facing charges of criminal attempt to commit child molestation, according to the Camden County Camden County Sheriff's Office.

A statement from Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor said, "Sheppard's arrest possibly saved the 10-year-old victim from a terrible fate."

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Theatre Performance, "COLORBLIND," Celebrates Black History and Heritage

Theatre Performance, "COLORBLIND," Celebrates Black History and Heritage

Every so often, an experience comes along that has the power to open hearts, change minds, and inspire people to readjust their values. Such is the case of COLORBLIND, an original play that will be performed by St. Marys Little Theatre at Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys, Georgia, on February 22, 23, and 24, 2013.

Mardi Gras Festival Offers 5K Color Run, Parade, Ball and More!

Mardi Gras Festival Offers 5K Color Run, Parade, Ball and More!

The 19th annual family-friendly Mardi Gras Festival & Parade is coming up in historic St. Marys, Georgia on Saturday, February 9, 2013 with a theme of “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock & Roll.”    

Coastal Georgia Film Alliance Brings Award-winning Director to Camden to Shoot "The Prisoner"

Coastal Georgia Film Alliance Brings Award-winning Director to Camden to Shoot "The Prisoner"

Award-winning film director Mahmoud Shoulizadeh just completed the filming of “The Prisoner” in Camden County.

The story is about love, life, and death and centers on two former prison mates. One is on death row and is sentenced to be executed in a matter of days. When his buddy visits him in prison, he has one last request. Whether the doomed man’s request will be honored creates the tension that Shoulizadeh often incorporates in his films.