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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.

Blood drive

Blood drive

Sandersville DJJ Business Manager Charged with Theft

A business manager at the Sandersville Regional Youth Detention center has been arrested and charged with 21 counts of felony theft.

That's according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

The release says James Sanders, the Administrative Operations Coordinator for the Washington County facility, was arrested Monday afternoon by Baldwin County Sheriff's deputies.

DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles says Sanders was already on suspension after a discrepancy in sales deposits turned up during an audit.

Sanders is accused of withdrawing cash illegally from the agency meal account, and replacing it with personal checks.

According to DJJ, a bounced check led to Sanders' arrest. Investigators found he'd allegedly deposited more than $2,000 in his own bank account.  






How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

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Sandersville Man Shot to Death in Home

Sammie Haynes was shot to death in his Sandersville home late Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reports.

Special Agent-in-Charge Todd Lowery tells 13WMAZ that he sent GBI agents from the Region 12 office to assist Sandersville Police with the investigation.

"Right now, it's an unsolved murder," Lowery says. 

He adds that the authorities are following leads but are not ready to publicly identify a suspect.

Washington County coroner E.K. May says Haynes, 54, was fatally shot in the neck and pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. Thursday in the Washington County Regional Hospital. 

May estimated the shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at Haynes' home on Floyd Street in Sandersville.

The GBI was called in early Thursday morning between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., but local police remain the lead agency.

Calls to the Sandersville Police have not been returned.