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UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

The Houston County Sheriff's Office identified the two people they believe are responsible for a string of burglaries.

Investigators arrested Jabrea Deanna Vason, 21, of Montezuma Thursday after a traffic stop on Macedonia Church Road in Pulaski County.

Eddie McTrail Allen, 32, of Americus, ran from the car on foot prompting a massive manhunt in the area of Macedonia Road and Hwy 26.

Perry man wanted in Tuesday shooting in Houston County

Perry man wanted in Tuesday shooting in Houston County


Houston County Sheriff's Office has issued an arrest warrant for a Perry man accused of shooting a woman Tuesday night.

Desmond Demund Ross, 22, is accused of shooting Crystal Samantha Grier, 26, of Elko in a front yard at 3360 Hwy 41 south in Elko, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Witnesses told deputies Ross shot her following an argument. He was last seen driving off in a green, 1994 Toyota Camry with Georgia tag PRA2688.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Lt. Dave Carrick at (478) 542-2080.


FBI now offering $20K reward for missing Putnam County woman

FBI now offering $20K reward for missing Putnam County woman

(WXIA) -- The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for any information about a missing Putnam County woman.

Just after noon Tuesday, Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers launched a specially equipped pontoon boat brought in from Lake Lanier to search a portion of Lake Oconee for 87-year-old Shirley Dermond.

She's been missing for exactly one week since the decapitated body of her husband, Russell, 88, was found in the garage of their nearby lakefront home.

Sheriff issues scam warning

Sheriff issues scam warning

Sheriff Bittick warns Monroe Countians about a scam making its way through Georgia.

He says scammers have found a new way to take victims' money.

Read the full release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office:

A new scam is making its way through Georgia and Sheriff John Cary Bittick is warning all citizens not to fall victim to this most recent scam.

As with most scams, the latest involves the victim turning money over to a stranger. But since most victims have learned the hard way that money shouldn’t be wired or transferred to an unknown bank account or banking institution, scammers have found a new way to take victims’ money.

Police: Man in 'altered state' causes lockdown at Perry school

Police: Man in 'altered state' causes lockdown at Perry school

Mossy Creek Middle School went on lockdown Wednesday afternoon as a precaution.

An "unauthorized person" entered the school and law enforcement was on the scene, according to Houston County Schools' spoksperson Beth McLaughlin. She said at no point was anyone in danger.

Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes says a man in an "altered state" came out of the woods, ran into the office and claimed someone was chasing him and his family.

Police on the scene called Richie Wilson Jr.'s family, who were all at work and police discovered no one was chasing him.

Dykes says the school was locked down as a precaution against the person allegedly chasing Wilson.

Wilson is charged with disrupting a school and a false report of a crime.


Scamming targeting Byron drivers

Scamming targeting Byron drivers

Byron police say they're looking for two men they say are targeting travelers and the elderly with a car-repair scam.

A police news release says the men spray brake fluid behind people's back tires. They tell the drivers they have a brake-line leak and that the car is dangerous to drive.

They also tell the drivers that they are mechanics at Jeff Smith Ford and Chevrolet in Byron, and one presents a fake ID.

Missing child found safe in Perry

Missing child found safe in Perry

A Florida woman who reportedly kidnapped her own daughter from Florida and drove her to Central Georgia is in the Houston County jail this afternoon.

Charity Chatman was arrested Sunday night on a warrant accusing her of interfering with custody.

An Amber Alert went out this weekend for 6-year-old Onnika Fisher of Jacksonville.

She went missing on Friday.

But the Amber Alert was lifted overnight, after the GBI reported that she was safe.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Department says the mother and daughter were located during a traffic stop in Perry, around 11:30 p.m.