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Former Wheeler DFCS Office Director Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

Former Wheeler County and Telfair County DFCS Office Director pleaded guilty to racketeering.

While working for the DFCS offices in Telfair and Wheeler counties, Valaree Dubberly opened Walmart business credit card accounts for DFCS and charged thousands of dollars for herself, according to the Office of the Attorney General.

She allegedly stole about $10,959.50 from the state through her scheme of opening the credit cards, then using the credit cards to purchase gift cards that she then used for personal purchases.

Dubberly was the office director in Telfair from 1990-2008 as well as the director in the Wheeler County office from 2007-2008, before they terminated her.

She has been sentenced to five years of probation, 250 hours community service, a $1,000 fine and restitution of $1,838. 

She had already surrendered the rest of the money before her guilty plea.

Cochran Police Search for Two Robbers

Cochran police are searching for two men who allegedly robbed a convenience store Tuesday night.

Two men robbed a Flash Food Mart on Second Street around midnight, Cochran Police Chief Key McGuire says.

Investigators say both robbers were armed when they came into the store and demanded money.

The GBI is helping with the investigation.

If you have information on the case, you can call 478-934-4282.

Dodge Co. Murder Victim ID'd, Two Suspects in Jail

The Bleckley County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim of an apparent homicide.

They say Dazmon Sanders, 33, died after he was shot, according to a release.

His body was found on Cook Road near the Dodge County line, a day after he was reported missing.

Police believe he was shot while being robbed.

Magic "Deonte" Fuller, 18, and Printess Stanley, 25, are in jail, charged with felony murder. They're being held without bond.

Sanders was originally from Cochran but had most recently been living in Atlanta. The Georgia Department of Corrections website says he'd been convicted of drug charges five times since 1997 and served four prison terms.

More charges are pending and the GBI and the Bleckley Sheriff's department continues to investigate.

Man Now in Custody for Murder in Bleckley County

The Bleckley County Sheriff's Office says they now have a murder suspect in custody.

Katie Yearty of the sheriff's department said he was arrested Friday and is now in the county jail.

He's 18-year-old Magic Fuller.

The sheriff's office says he's a suspect in the death of a man from the Atlanta area found Monday in Dodge County.

The sheriff says Fuller is 6-foot-1, 150 pounds.

He's got removable gold plate teeth and tattoos.

He also goes by the name Deonte Fuller.

The sheriff says Fuller is armed and dangerous.

So far, the sheriff has not released the name of the victim.

He says they're waiting for the GBI crime lab to confirm his identity.

A second suspect in the killing is already in custody, but his name has also not been released.

If you have any information on the case, you can call Bleckley County Sheriff's Office at 478-934-4545 or the GBI's Eastman office at 478-374-6988.

Man Killed in Bleckley Co., Car Set on Fire

One suspect is in custody and another is being sought by officials in Dodge County after a body was found on Cook Road, near the Bleckley County line.

Bleckley County Sheriff Harold Lancaster says the victim, who has not been identified yet, drove his girlfriend's rental car from Atlanta to Cochran, where he has family.

The man then went to a nightclub in Hawkinsville with two others Friday night. 

Lancaster says investigators think the man was killed afterwards and his car was set on fire near Falcon Road in Cochran.

Another car was later found broken down in Cochran. The keys to the burned rental car were inside.

The victim's body was found Monday in a Dodge County ditch off of Cook Road.

Two Men Charged in Two Dodge Co. Homicides

The GBI says they've arrested one man and are looking for a second in connection with two recent murder-armed robberies in Dodge County.

GBI spokesman Todd Lowery says Jeffrey Madison was arrested today and charged in last Friday's killing of Jimmy Gay and last month's death of Greg Giddens.

He's charged with two counts each of murder and armed robbery.

They're looking for a second man, Nathaniel Cummings, of Eastman. He faces the same charges in those cases.

Lowery would not say how Gay and Giddens died, but said both men were robbed.

He also said the connection between the suspects and the victims is unclear.

"These appear to be random, but we don't know that yet," he said.

According to Lowery, 50-year-old Greg Giddens was found dead in his Eastman home on May 12.

DNA Results Confirm Remains Are Missing MGSC Student

by Chris Horne and Tom George, 13WMAZ.com


- Human remains recovered in Hawkinsville have been identified as 19-year-old Jmaal Keyes.

- Keyes went missing April 25 from the Cochran campus of Middle Georgia State College.

- Robert Kane Rolison, 17, was charged in Keyes' murder after remains were found his home.


Human remains found at a Hawkinsville site last week have been confirmed by DNA tests as Jmaal Keyes, the Middle Georgia State College student that went missing April 25.

That's according to a GBI news release.

Keyes' biological parents provided a DNA sample to authorities who matched it to remains found near the home of 17-year-old Robert Kane Rolison.