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Ryan Duke gets 10 years, already eligible for parole

Ryan Duke gets 10 years, already eligi…

May 23, 2022 by Staff Reports

By Kristen Kitchens Following a two-week trial in the death of Tara Grinstead, Ryan Duke was acquitted last Friday for her 2005 murder but was found guilty of concealing a death after he admitted to the crime on the stand during his testimony. This morning, Ryan was sentenced to serve ten...

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Ryan Duke found not guilty in murder of Tara Grinstead, only convicted on concealing death

Ryan Duke found not guilty in murder o…

May 20, 2022 by Staff Reports

By Kristen Kitchens On Friday morning, at 11:30 a.m., Ryan Duke was found not guilty by an Irwin County jury following 7 hours of deliberations. As expected following Ryan's admission, the jury did find him guilty on one count of concealing the death of another. Sentencing for the charge will take...

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Third suspect indicted on murder charges in death of Vann Brown

Third suspect indicted on murder charg…

May 19, 2022 by Submitted

By Kristen Kitchens Jason Anderson, one of the men who was previously indicted on a misdemeanor charge in the 2020 homicide of Vann Brown, has now been indicted on two counts of murder, making him the third person charged in being responsible for Brown's death. Justin Anderson, who was one of the...

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Alexandria Bowen indicted, jailed for alleged involvement in fiance's heroin arrest

Alexandria Bowen indicted, jailed for …

May 18, 2022 by Staff Reports

By Kristen Kitchens     Alexandria Bowen, whose fiancĂ© was arrested earlier this year in the "largest heroin bust in Coffee County," was indicted and recently arrested on charges of trafficking and tampering with evidence. Bowen is accused of assisting her fiancĂ©, Skylar Merson, in the operation and concealing Merson's handgun during the...

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Ryan Duke takes stand, accuses Bo Dukes of killing Tara Grinstead

Ryan Duke takes stand, accuses Bo Duke…

May 17, 2022 by Staff Reports

By Kristen Kitchens     Ryan Duke, the man accused and currently on trial for the killing of Irwin County teacher Tara Grinstead, took the stand this morning and accused Bo Dukes, his former best friend, of killing Grinstead.     Duke testified that he was not only the person not responsible for Grinstead's murder, but...

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Early voting still underway, over 1,000 ballots cast so far

Early voting still underway, over 1,00…

May 16, 2022 by Staff Reports

By Kristen Kitchens Early voting for Georgia's 2022 primary election kicked off on Monday, May 2, and will wrap up this Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Coffee County Elections Office. According to Coffee County Elections Office Supervisor Rachel Roberts, 1,002 locals had already cast their ballot in this year's primary as...

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Bowen, Merson receive additional charges in alleged heroin operation

Bowen, Merson receive additional charges in alleged heroin operation

By Kristen Kitchens     Just two days after her arrest last week, 28-year-old Alexandria Bowen received additional...

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Operation Quality-of-Life discovers numerous violations in city

Operation Quality-of-Life discovers numerous violations in city

On the morning of April 29, 2022, the City of Douglas Quality-of-Life Task Force patrolled...

Sports

Four Trojans compete in state track meet

Four Trojans compete in state track meet

Four Trojans represented Coffee High at the state track meet in Columbus: Kate Merritt, Chris...