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73-year-old charged in Laurens County murder

73-year-old charged in Laurens County murder

A man has been charged with a Laurens County murder Monday afternoon.

According to a news release, EMS responded to an East Dublin home on Pace Lane for "an unknown medical call." When first responders arrived, they were told a person had been shot.

Sixty-two-year-old Melvina Dunlap was pronounced dead at the scene.

Roy Waters, 73, has been taken into custody and was charged with murder.

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.

Wheeler County Inmate is Back in Custody

According to the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, escaped inmate Raymond Rod Solomon is back in custody Wednesday night.  

Wheeler Sheriff Maurice Johnson said police got a tip around 7:30 pm that led to his capture. Solomon escaped from the booking area in the Wheeler County Jail Tuesday.
 

Johnson said Solomon walked a long distance from the jail, but they're not sure how he got to Hazelhurst where he has family.
The sheriff rode with Solomon to the hospital, but said the inmate didn't speak very much.

"He made maybe two or three statements, but he was real dehydrated, sleepy, mumbling, couldn't really understand what he was saying," said Johnson

Macon Man Charged with Laurens County Vehicular Homicide

Macon Man Charged with Laurens County Vehicular Homicide

Following a three vehicle accident in August, the Georgia State Patrol has arrested and charged a Macon man with the death of a Laurens County woman.

37-year-old Eddie Lee Carswell was charged with second degree vehicular homicide and following too closely in connection with the crash on August 20.

Gordy Wright, spokesman with GSP, said 66-year-old Joyce T. Graham died in a Macon hospital following injuries she received in the accident.

Wright said Carswell was arrested Aug. 21.

11 Arrested in Laurens County Drug Bust

Late last week, Laurens County deputies, federal DEA agents, a deputy U.S. Marshal and Georgia Department of Corrections canine teams executed search warrants at 7 residences located in the City of Dublin and in rural Laurens County . 

According to a news release from Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell, officers discovered approximately one kilo of cocaine, valued at over $80,000 when sold in street-level quantities.  The investigation also resulted in the arrests of suspects for Trafficking in Cocaine, Conspiracy to Traffick Cocaine, the impounding of 10 vehicles and the seizure of several firearms and approximately $14,000 in cash funds

Helena Police: Store Owner Shoots Robber

Helena's police chief says a package-store owner who shot a robber won't be charged.

Chief Glenn Giles says it happened around 4 p.m. Monday at the Helena Package Store. That's located on 8th Avenue.

Helena, population around 2,800, is in Telfair County, near the Wheeler County line.

Giles said two men entered the store and at least one of them was armed.

The store owner fired at them with a handgun, wounding one of them. The wounded suspect is in stable condition at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, he said.

The second robber got away, Giles said.

He could not provide a description of the second suspect and would not identify any of the people involved.

He referred further questions to Todd Lowery of the GBI's Eastman office, who could not be reached for comment.

 

We went to the store Tuesday; a woman there identified herself as the owner but declined comment.

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.