Seven Dodge County High School (DCHS) Grappling Indians recently competed in the 3-AAA Eastern Sectional Tournament in Madison. Competing in a 16-man bracket against wrestlers from the entire eastern half of Georgia, four emerged with a ticket to the state tournament beginning this week in Macon.
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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield reported that it has been a victim of a cyber-attack and there was a breach involving the personal information of its policyholders. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is closely monitoring the Anthem security breach and want you to protect yourself if you think you may be an affected policyholder.
In late January, Anthem discovered the unauthorized access of consumer information including member names, member health identification numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, employment information and income data.
What is Anthem doing to protect my information?
Anthem notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation once the breach was discovered, and sent notices to Anthem consumers responding to consumer questions. Anthem is also working with a cybersecurity firm to evaluate the extent of the attack. They will be providing free credit monitoring and identify protection services to all who were affected.
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The Internal Revenue Service is warning citizens to be aware that there are tax scammers that will try to get your information.
An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license.
In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.
Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.
If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.
Note that the IRS will never:
1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill;
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NOTICE OF SEIZURE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY VALUED AT LESS THAN $25,000.00
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 16-13-49(n), any party claiming an interest in the following property is hereby notified that on January 15, 2015, said property was seized by the undersigned agency in Dodge County, Georgia:
SIX HUNDRED NINE DOLLARS ($609.00) IN UNITED STATES CURRENCY
You are further notified that you may file a claim within thirty (30) days of the second publication of this notice of seizure by sending a claim complying with the requirements of O.C.G.A. § 16-13-49 to the seizing law enforcement agency and to the district attorney by certified mail, return receipt requested.
This 23rd day of January, 2015.
Timothy G. Vaughn
Oconee Judicial Circuit
P.O. Box 1027
5401 Anson Avenue, Room 200
Eastman, Georgia 31023
SGT. GARY WIDENER
Eastman Police Department
P.O. Box 40
Eastman, GA 31023
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The Dodge County High School (DCHS) Squaws and Indians ended their regular seasons with two wins each last week. The Squaws defeated Toombs County 71 to 25 and Islands 73 to 14 while the Indians defeated Toombs County, 65 to 49 and Islands 61 to 59.
The tenth ranked Squaws finished the regular season 20 and four and a perfect 10 and zero in Region 1-AAA side A. The first place finish in the sub-region gives Dodge County the right to host the semi-finals and finals of the Region 1-AAA tournament on Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14.
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On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, a Dodge County citizen was awarded a check for $4,000.00 for a tip that he turned into the arson hotline. The tip was in reference to a structure fire in Dodge County in 2012 that helped lead to an arrest and conviction of the arsonist. Accepting the check on behalf of the anonymous tipster was Dodge County Sheriff Lynn Sheffield. Pictured (l-r) William Bishop with Georgia Arson Control, Inc., M. Dwayne Garriss, State Fire Marshal; Sheffield; Mike Patterson, Dodge County deputy; and James Atkins, Dodge County Fire Investigator. Citizens are reminded that tips can be called into the Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804 or locally to the sheriff’s office. (Photo by Tracey Graham)
The following arrests were reported by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office for the dates February 2, 2015 through February 9, 2015.
Christopher Wilson – 2/2/15 – one count terroristic threats and acts.
Travis Mizell – 2/3/15 – one count possession of Schedule III controlled substance; one count possession of methamphetamine; and one count possession of a drug related object.
Jacob Rogers – 2/3/15 – one count possession of methamphetamine; one count possession of marijuana; and one count possession of a drug related object.
Roscoe Nash – 2/6/15 – one count fleeing/attempting to elude; one count suspended license; and one count failure to maintain lane.
Garon Turner – 2/6/15 – one count simple battery and one count obstruction of officer.
Andrew Cravey – 2/9/15 – two counts deposit account fraud.
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office announces the following data for criminal and civil services for 2014: criminal arrests, 649 (includes new criminal charges, violation of probation and parole, child support, and outstanding warrants for other agencies); total number of inmates booked, housed and/or released for Dodge County and other agencies, 1,679; civil papers served, 930; subpoenas, 1,255; FiFa, 83; child support (civil action only), 364; temporary protective orders, 15.