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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.

Disabled Treutlen man gets probation in pot case

Disabled Treutlen man gets probation in pot case

A disabled Treutlen County man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years probation and a $1,500 fine for growing what he said was "medical" marijuana outside of his home.

Terry Altier was sentenced before a judge in Treutlen County Superior Court.

That came after lawyers argued his case for more than an hour.

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