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People in Waycross Protest Police Shooting

WAYCROSS, Ga. -- They're demanding answers and marching for their neighborhood. A few dozen protestors at Garlington Heights want to know why 26-year-old Andrew Poole was shot by Waycross police.

It happened last Thursday, while officers were searching for a person of interest in a murder case -- inside an apartment complex. The G-B-I says the officer ran into Poole inside an apartment unit, felt threatened and open fire.

Shelando King says she's the one who called police about the person of interest. But now knowing that someone unrelated to case got shot, she's rethinking that decision to call police.

The march lasted about 30 minutes. Organizers hoped to get 300 people to march. Far fewer showed up.

Record MegaMillions Jackpot Won't Do Much for Ga. Education

Written by Marc McAfee & Jon Shirek, WXIA

ATLANTA -- At half a billion dollars, the MegaMillions lotto jackpot is now higher than it's ever been. And as more and more tickets are sold, it's only getting higher. The sign on Peachtree Road said $476 million Wednesday morning, and by the afternoon it had risen to $500 million.

Almost 840 million tickets have been sold nationwide since late January, the last time anyone won a MegaMillions drawing. About 33 million of those sold in Georgia.

On Wednesday afternoon, people were buying about 150,000 tickets an hour in Georgia.

The extra lottery tickets sold for this big jackpot will definitely help education in the state.

No one knows, yet, by how much.

But it will not be enough to cover the shortfall.

Escaped Ga. Prisoner Captured

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Police have taken an escaped prisoner from a work detail into custody.

Captain Jay Wiggins, Director of the Glynn County Emergency Management Agency, said Coty Benefield was arrested by Glynn County Police and corrections officers Thursday morning.

Wiggins said a Code Red notification call was placed to St. Simons Island residents Thursday morning letting them know Benefield had been captured.

Wiggins said he was arrested shortly after 8:30 a.m.

Benefield escaped Tuesday from a work release program in Glynn County.  Benefield was clearing debris from a drainage ditch when he left the detail.

Benefield had been serving a burglary sentence at the Appling Pre-Release Center at Baxley.

Was There a Tremor in Georgia?

First Coast News received numerous reports this morning from our Southeast Georgia viewers and on our social media outlets about feeling some shaking around 8:15.

We put calls into the United States Geological Survey, the Georgia Air National Guard and the National Weather Serice. 

None of the agencies could confirm any sort of geological disturbance.

However, if you'd like to report feeling a disturbance you can report it on the USGS website. Or, if you felt it, share your experience by using the Facebook comment form below this story.

Naked South Florida Fugitive Arrested in Kingsland

Naked South Florida Fugitive Arrested in Kingsland

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A fugitive from Brevard County was arrested in Kingsland after police found him sleeping in his van naked.

Police were told to be on the lookout for Matthew Ibarra, a 21-year-old from Melbourne, who was wanted for several felonies, including aggravated battery committed against his grandparents.

Police were looking for a green 1998 Ford conversion van and were told that Ibarra may be staying at a hotel along I-95 between Jacksonville and Savannah.

Kingsland Police found Ibarra sleeping in his green, 1998 Ford conversion van at the Fairfield Inn on East King Avenue.  Ibarra was sleeping naked in the van at the time, according to a press release from Lieutenant Todd Tetterton of the Kingsland Police Department.

Tetterton said when police woke Ibarra up he refused to open the door or the window.  Ibarra made it appear he was going to get out of the van, but instead started the engine and tried to escape.

USA Network’s “Royal Pains” to Film in St. Marys

USA Network’s “Royal Pains” to Film in St. Marys

ST. MARYS, GA—A production crew of 35 were in St. Marys this past Monday finalizing the plans for the filming of “Royal Pains” to take place March 19-25. The popular TV series is in its third season on the USA Network and centers around a doctor who makes house calls to the rich and famous residents of The Hamptons.

Come For The Swamp, Stay For The Trains

FOLKSTON, Ga. -- If the sound of a train whistle sounds like the perfect, soothing lullaby to fall asleep to, then there's a new place in Folkston you'll probably enjoy.

"People come here from all over the world," said Dixie McGurn.

McGurn owns a store/restaurant on Main Street called Whistlin Dixie. 

But Dixie and her husband also just bought some lodging for train enthusiasts.

"We've got the Roadmaster's Lodge, and the caboose," she said.

Both are just a few feet from the CSX railroad tracks that run directly through the heart of downtown Folkston.

McGurn, a former mayor of the south Georgia town, said tourism is a major part of their economy. 

Folkston is known as the Gateway to the Okefenokee Swamp, which brings thousands to the area every year.

But, as Dixie said, folks travel from as far away as Europe and Canada to see the trains.