•Sex offender: Randy Ryals, 36, of Waycross; charged with failure to register a new employment with the Ware County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Brian Newman, who supervises the registered sex offender program, received information that Ryals had failed to comply with the regulations of the registered sex offender program after gaining employment at a business in the 2100 block of Memorial Drive; Ryals was convicted in 2004 of aggravated child molestation in Laurens County; he was arrested Monday and placed in the Ware County jail where he remained this morning.
•Vehicle burglary: Stephon Smith, 17, of MLK Drive, Waycross, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Monday after he was identified as one of three who were breaking into vehicles in the East Waring Street area; a victim told police three men were entering the vehicles but two of them got away; Smith was taken to the Ware County jail on six counts of entering auto; Waycross police responded to calls at an apartment complex where six vehicles had been entered; Smith was found in possession of property from the vehicles; the other two remain at large this morning; Waycross police are continuing the investigation.
•Vehicle burglaries: several vehicles were entered on the west side of town in the Garlington Avenue and Isabella Street area some time overnight; Waycross police were beginning to receive calls early today and were responding to take reports.
•Scam: a resident in the 600 block of Linwood Drive received a letter and a check in the mail made out for $7,897 saying they have won $550,000 from Publisher’s Clearinghouse; the letter instructed the resident to cash the check but not to tell anyone because of confidentiality concerns; the resident said he had not entered any such lottery and did not try to cash the check; Ware County detectives encourage anyone receiving such mail to understand that it is a scam, the intent of which is to steal their money; lawmen advise to disregard and not to put any such checks into their personal accounts; once a check is deposited, the con man is then able to gain the victim’s banking account numbers and information; Ware County detectives are on the case.
•Financial fraud: a resident in the 500 block of Cherokee Avenue reported that someone used his banking information to make two transactions between June 2 and Monday in the amount of $1,758.50; the holder of the account said he had not authorized any such transaction; Ware County detectives are investigating.