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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.

Auburn quarterback cited for marijuana in Reynolds, Taylor counties

Auburn quarterback cited for marijuana in Reynolds, Taylor counties

Auburn University quarterback Nick Marshall was cited for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana in Reynolds, Taylor County.

According to Police Chief Lonnie Holder, the former Wilcox County High School standout was pulled over at 1:19 p.m. Friday for having a tinted windshield.

He was driving east on Georgia Highway 96 on the east side of Reynolds -- a town of about 1,000 people, halfway between Macon and Columbus.

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.

A big strikeout for "Big A"

A big strikeout for "Big A"

To members of the Bleckley Middle School baseball team, he's "Big A."  Otherwise known as Austin Rogers, he's an ardent fan of all the Cochran sports teams.  Royals football, Barons baseball, Knights basketball, Austin supports them all despite being sight disabled and attending Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon.

Rogers has been a regular in the dugout for the Barons and head coach Phillip Hart for the past few years servingas a manager.  At Saturday's Diamond Day non-region games played in Cochran, Austin got a chance to be involved.

Leading 10-1 in the seventh against Trinity, Hart made a pitching change.  Rogers came in, threw some warmups, then faced a batter.  Showing a form that'd make upcomig Hall of Famer Gred Maddux proud, Austin struck him out on three pitches.  He got a loud ovation from fans and congratulations from the home plate umpire.

Young Jeezy arrested again

Young Jeezy arrested again

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Rapper Young Jeezy posted bail late Tuesday after being arrested in Alpharetta Tuesday.

Jeezy, a Hawkinsville native, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was picked up on charges of misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement. He bonded out of jail before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Laurens Co. Man Charged in Shooting Death

Laurens County deputies arrested a 22-year-old man charging him with the shooting death of Mike Whittle.

Whittle, 51, was shot to death Thursday morning at about 6 a.m., about 15 feet from the front door of his trailer on Howard Road near the Laurens-Dodge County line.

Jesse Rowland was arrested by deputies and state troopers a couple of hours later, according to a sheriff's office news release. He is being held in the Laurens County jail.

According to family, Whittle has just turned 51 on Wednesday and they had dinner for his birthday.  They say they didn't noticed anything wrong until they got the call the next morning.

Whittle's son Andrew says he was able to track down Rowland and block him from getting away by hitting his car. He then called 911 and held Rowland until deputies arrested him around 8:15 a.m.

Whittle's father says investigators have taken his body to the crime lab in Atlanta.