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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.

Selling Hair bows For Support

Two little girls are using hair bows for help.

Lucas Payne, son of their assistant principal Andy Payne, has Leukodystrophy.

When Maggie Brown and Paige Morath heard about Payne, they were ready to help.

They started by drawing pictures of animals and selling them for $1.

Once they realized they could do more, they decided on hair bows.

At $5 a piece, the girls have started the small organization, Loops for Lucas.

School gives "Snack Sacks" for hungry students

When the lunch bell sounds at Perry Primary students make their way into its cafeteria for a hot meal.

But not every pair of little feet that walk those hallways is headed for a hearty meal when they head home for the weekend.

"It's not fair that one child has all of these benefits of life and another child has so little, so we do everything we can to make up that gap," Perry Primary's Principal Elgin Mayfield said.

It's why Perry Primary became one three Houston County Schools to offer nutritious food over the weekend to those who might otherwise go without.

Surprised to know hunger is a problem in Houston? Principal Mayfield says he's seen the issues for years.

"There's some wonderful professionals who live in Houston County, and there are also a high number of poverty families that live in Houston County," Mayfield said.

Rapraeger free on probation, for now

Rachel Rapraeger, the woman who admitted giving women false mammogram results, has gotten a temporary reprieve from detention.

Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig says Rapraeger is out on probation until there's space for her at one of Georgia's Probation Detention Centers, or PDCs. Only three of 12 PDCs accepts female inmates.

On Tuesday, Rapraeger admitted she told more than 1,200 women their mammograms came back clean, even though they were never read by a doctor.

Rapraeger pleaded guilty to ten counts of reckless conduct and one count of computer forgery. Judge Katharine Lumsden sentenced her to one year's probation for each reckless conduct count, and up to six months in a state detention center.

Rapraeger pleads guilty, sentenced in superior court


Rachel Michelle Rapraeger was accused of telling more than 1200 women their mammograms came back clean, although a doctor never read the results.

The case has been going on for a few years, and many thought Rapraeger would see a trial by jury, but instead she was offered a plea agreement.

Her attorney, Floyd Buford told 13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet if it did go to trial, the prosecution would have a tough time, because there was a lack of evidence.

Rapraeger sentenced in mammogram case

A former radiology technician accused of mishandling more than 1,000 mammogram results will spend up to six months in a state detention center

Rachael Rapraeger pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 counts of reckless conduct and 1 count of computer forgery.

That was part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

She was sentenced as a first offender.

Judge Katherine Lumsden sentenced her to:

  • 12 months probation for each count of reckless conduct (misdemeanor)
  • On one count of computer forgery (felony), she was sentenced to 10 years. She will serve 160 to 180 days in a state probation detention center.
  • She was ordered to pay $12,500 fine

She will report Thursday morning to be taken into custody.

Southern Bridle Farms takes on Henderson Village


A few months ago, 13WMAZ reported that Henderson Village in Perry closed its doors. Now, two families that are no strangers to the venue business are bringing the place back to life.

"We're hiring some full time people to do nothing but the grounds and getting it back up," explains Jim Marshall.