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Brunswick residents still reeling from tragedy

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Brunswick, population 15,000 with a per capita income of $23,400 a year, has been rocked by the economic downturn and elements of crime.

Residents Charles and Donna Earvin have lived there three decades and said Brunswick is not what it used to be. Thirteen-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot and killed in his stroller March 21.

"Everybody used to know everybody," said Charles Earvin.

Married 32 years, they've raised three children in this coastal Georgia community.

"It was nice back in the day," said Mrs. Earvin, "You didn't see all the crime you see today."

The Earvins blame a lack of trust in law enforcement for the crime problems.

"A lot of them wearing uniforms shouldn't be wearing uniforms," he said.

They also blame parents who they said refuse to teach and enforce strong moral values with their children.

Old Cisco location gets new life as Pilot

ST. MARYS, Ga. -- A popular destination across the border in Georgia for gas is reopening with new owners and 75 new jobs.

The Pilot Travel Center off Interstate 95 is taking shape for next Monday's opening.

Pilot is the new owner of the travel center that has been closed for several years and once operated under the Cisco name.

That operation was shut down following an investigation that revealed gas was mislabeled and pumps miscalibrated. The activity cost customers $7 million in 2005 and 2006.

Several people were prosecuted and are serving prison time.

The Pilot operation, according to the owners, is projected to generate more than $5 million in state and local taxes.

Some of the 75 new jobs have not been filled.  Applications are still be accepted on line, www.pilotflyingj.com.

CodeRED comes to Camden County

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. - The Camden County Sheriff's Office is offering a new service for keeping residents in the know.

Sheriff Proctor with the Camden County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that the CodeRED Emergency Notification Network is now available in Camden County.

CodeRED can be used to notify residents via phone of anything ranging from a rash of burglaries to a severe weather threat.

Both home phone numbers and cell phone numbers can be registered for the service. Notifications will come is as voice or text messages.

According to a Facebook post form the Camden County Sheriff's Office, registration information is, "guaranteed to remain private and will only be used to notify you in situations for which you signed up."

To sign up for CodeRED, click here. The CCSO stresses the service only works if you sign up for it.

$10,000 reward for info on Glynn County murder

GLYNN COUNTY, GA. - The Glynn County Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in an unsolved murder case.

Peter J. Alston, 40, was killed just before midnight on Jan. 28 while sitting in a Dodge Durango on the 2200 block of Cate Street, according to a release from the Glynn County Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Glynn County Police Department at 912-554-7802 or to remain anonymous as a Silent Witness call 912-264-1333.

Marijuana bust in St. Marys called 'substantial'

ST. MARYS, GA. - A "substantial" amount of marijuana and other contraband items were seized Friday from a St. Marys home.

Members of the Camden County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on Feb. 15 at a home on 4th Street, according to a Facebook post by the Camden County Sheriff's Office.

The post describes the bust as "substantial."

James Andrew Maddox, Jr., 41 was taken into custody and has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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.

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.