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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.

Tumult over military sexual assault far from over

Tumult over military sexual assault far from over

WASHINGTON (AP) - The turmoil over how to end an epidemic of sexual assaults in the U.S. military is far from over as Congress haggles over legislative remedies and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain.

The Senate unanimously approved legislation this week to better protect victims within the ranks and ban the so-called "good soldier" defense to make sure a defendant's fate is determined solely by the evidence.

But the House has signaled it won't take up the bill immediately despite the momentum generated by the Senate's 97-0 vote.

The trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair at Fort Bragg, N.C., also may act as a referendum on whether more dramatic changes in the military justice system would curb the number of sexual assaults.

Airman convicted of sexual assault

Airman convicted of sexual assault

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A Team Robins service member was convicted late Saturday of sexually assaulting a female airman from his own unit. 

The defendant, a 16th Airborne Command Control Squadron senior airman, was sentenced to five years confinement in a general court martial convened by Lt. Gen.

Army sergeant sentenced to 28 years for assaulting her son

Army Times

An Army sergeant who recorded herself sexually assaulting her 3-year-old son has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Kimberly Epperson, 25, stationed at Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas, at the time, sent photos and videos of the child to then-Army Sgt. Wade Perkins via text message and e-mail using her phone, according to court papers. Perkins, 26, was her boyfriend at the time.

Epperson was sentenced Friday after she pleaded guilty Sept. 20 to federal felony production of child pornography.

Veterans High Invites Parents Affected by RAFB Furlough to Lunch

Veterans High Invites Parents Affected by RAFB Furlough to Lunch

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Veterans High School would like to invite Veterans High parents who are also Robins Air Force Base furloughed employees to enjoy a meal for only $3 on Aug. 16, 2014, between 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.  The school will offer a special lunch to include dessert.     

Principal Dr. Lionel Brown commented, “This is one small way that we can show our support for our Robins Air Force Base friends.  We’re all in this together!  Veterans High, in conjunction with our School Nutrition Program, would like to offer our parents this opportunity for a delicious meal at a very affordable price.”

Menu options for Aug. 16 follow.

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.

We have websites for these communities:

Dooly-Macon County
Warner Robins
obins AFB

These community websites are a place for you and your community members to share information.

To join our team and share with folks just like yourself, all you have to do is email us your email address and name whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

From there, we set up an account for you. This account lets you log in to your community site and post photo galleries, concerts, community events, 100th birthday parties, your concerns, latest creative projects, how-to advice and anything else you want people in your area to know.

Once you have an account, here are some examples of how you can stay involved Where You Live:

(These are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to come up with your own blog ideas!)

  • Post about your hobby: 
    Music reviews 
    Movie reviews 
    Local fashion


  • Are you that person who always takes photos at the high school's football games or at community festivals?  You can log in with your new account and create a gallery to show off your photos on our site.
  • Have a story idea that may need a reporter in our newsroom? Send us a news tip by emailing eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com
  • Where You Live is your space for public conversation.  Feel free to comment on others' articles. New ideas can crop up just from simple conversations with others.
  • See something bizarre around town? Take a (cell phone) photo and post it to your community site! Maybe someone else will know the background story.
  • Add an event to our community calendar. Click "Add an Event"  on your community site's event section.
  • Like" us on Facebook to include your local news, breaking news and weather warnings and watches in your Facebook feed.
  • Follow us on Twitter for breaking news and weather updates.