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Inspectors head back to troubled Perry apartments

CIty of Perry inspectors today will return to the Crossroads Apartments, which faced a shutdown earlier this year due to alleged health and safety problems.

Fire Chief Joel Gray said fire inspectors and building inspectors are scheduled to view the complex at 2 p.m.

He said, as far has he knows, "Nothing has been complied with in the past 130-plus days" -- since the last visit by inspectors in April.

He would not comment on what action, if any, the city might take if inspectors find deficiencies there. He referred questions to Perry City Attorney David Walker, who could not be reached for comment.

The complex is located at 319 General Courtney Hodges Blvd.

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.

Barrel racing youth world championships in Perry

Young people from countries all around the world including Italy, Hungary and France are competing in the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championship.

"A timed event, they go in a clover-leaf pattern, just around three barrels. I mean it's as simple as that. Don't knock a barrel down, because if you do, it is all over," said Executive Director Sherry Fulmer.

Jaime Caballero, 17, made the trek from Panama. "I love horses, I love riding since I was little, so I like it. It's another way to, I don't know, feel wild, feel adrenaline," he said.

The clock is the judge and the faster you go the better. Fulmer said competitors can win more than $300,000 in cash and prizes. "But what they really all wanna walk away with from here is that world championship buckle," she said.

New members elected to the Houston Board of Education

Houston County Board of Education now has two new members. Hoke Morrow took the seat for Post 6, while Bryan Upshaw won for Post 7.

Morrow beat his opponent Sheila Ashley with 57% of votes. Upshaw had a significant lead over his opponent Tannya Duncan, winning 65% of the votes.

Both Morrow and Upshaw celebrated with loved ones late into the evening. We caught up with both of them after the final results came in.

Morrow, owner of Hoke Heating and Air in Perry, Georgia, celebrated at his business headquarters. He said he had mixed emotions after his win.

"Actually, I was excited, but when I figured out we had won when most of the precincts tallied in, I was a little bit nervous because now I got what I asked for. I feel like I've got the tiger by the tail," said Morrow.

Perdue cook plant closes after fire, investigation continues

A fire that happened at the Perdue Chicken Cook Plant in Perry is still under investigation and the facility remains closed.

Perdue Farms spokesperson Judy DeYoung says the cook plant will be at least partially closed Wednesday as well.

That department has 400 employees.

Houston County Fire Department has turned over the investigation to Perdue representatives.

DeYoung also said that investigators with the company were on-site Tuesday evaluating the cause of the fire, but that has not yet been determined.

The processing plant and the distribution center were not involved in the fire and continue to operate.

UPDATE: Equipment outside of Perdue plant catches fire

UPDATE: Equipment outside of Perdue plant catches fire

Equipment outside of the Perdue Farms in Perry apparently caused a fire at the plant Monday afternoon.

According to a news release from the chicken plant, the building that caught fire is the cooking plant. That building was evacuated and there are no reports of injuries, the news release states.

Houston County fire fighters are still on the scene.

Check back with 13wmaz.com for details and watch Eyewitness News at 6.


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.