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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.

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.

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.

GBI aiding homicide investigation in Montezuma

GBI aiding homicide investigation in Montezuma

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Macon County Sheriff's Office are investigating a homicide in Montezuma. GBI spokeswoman, Sherry Lang, tells 13WMAZ it happened just after 2:00 p.m. Thursday at 53 Sidney Lane.

Responding deputies found 37-year-old Cameron McClendon dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Macon County Sheriff Charles Cannon requested GBI assistance in the case. No word yet on any suspects.

The GBI asks anyone with information to call the tip line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

Fourth Guard Pleads Guilty to Beating an Inmate

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal Prosecutors say a fourth Georgia corrections officer has pleaded guilty to his role in the beating of an inmate at Macon State Prison.

Officials said Thursday that 26-year-old Kadarius Thomas, a former supervisor at the prison in Oglethorpe, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Authorities say Thomas admitted to escorting an inmate to a gymnasium where he was attacked by several other Correctional Emergency Response Team officers.

Prosecutors say the inmate was attacked because he previously assaulted a prison supervisor. 

Officials say Thomas knew the inmate was injured and followed a supervisor's order to leave out any reference to unjust use of force in any incident reports. 

Thomas, of Americus, faces up to 20 years in prison. A deputy warden and seven corrections officers were indicted in the assault.