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Georgia prisoner sentenced for running drug operation behind bars

MORGAN, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - A Georgia inmate is sentenced to an additional 25-years in prison for running a drug trafficking operation from behind bars. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Edwin Murillo from Gwinnett County was communicating with people on the outside to distribute meth.


Newton student wins 2019 State Young Georgia Authors Contest

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County School System is pleased to announce Newton High School freshman, Arriana Gross, won the statewide ninth-grade Young Georgia Authors Contest competition with her entry, “The Seeds.” Gross previously won first place at both the school district and regional level.


Why are so many people getting rare cancers in this small Georgia town?

In Waycross, there’s a tale about a boy who got a surprise while playing outside one day. He was behind his home on Brunel Street. This was back in the middle of the 20th century in a working-class neighborhood on the southeast side of the railroad yard. He got ahold of some matches. The boy was nea


Reality show 'Wife Swap' looking for Georgia families

Have you ever wondered if the grass is greener in another home? Do you want to see what you can learn from a family that is far different from yours? Do you need to take a break from your spouse and kids?


Amy Arnold among finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year

State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced recently the 10 finalists for 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Among the finalists is Colham Ferry Elementary School teacher Amy Arnold.


E. coli outbreak from tainted ground beef expands to Florida, Georgia

ATLANTA - At least 156 people in 10 states have been infected with E. coli after eating tainted ground beef at home and in restaurants, federal officials said. Of the people infected so far, 20 have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. No deaths have been r


GBI: Man dies after being found unresponsive in North Georgia

CALHOUN, Ga. — Calhoun Police have called on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to help investigate a man's death. According GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles, James Balston was taken to a local hospital after he was found unresponsive, and he later died. He was 47.


Georgia mother convicted in stabbing death of husband, 4 children

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The mother accused in the deadly stabbing of her husband and four of her children in July 2017 was convicted and sentenced Tuesday. Isabel Martinez, 35, was convicted on five counts of murder and one count each of aggravated assault and cruelty to children in t


Wilcox deputies looking for person who did doughnuts in church parking lot

ABBEVILLE, Ga. — The Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a doughnut bandit, but not the kind you eat. A car rolled into the parking lot of a church and began doing donuts.


Georgia Gets $10.3 Million To Combat Opioid Crisis

Georgia now has millions more in federal funding for addressing prescription and opioid drug abuse. The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities recently received a $10.3 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will expand access to m


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp highlights his first 100 days in office

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp marked his first 100 days in office on Wednesday by launching a statewide tour to meet with citizens from across the state and highlight his accomplishments from his first weeks as the Peach State's chief executive.


Lonnie Shaw trial jury selection completed, opening statements begin Wednesday

MACON, Ga. — Jury selection for the Lonnie Shaw trial began Tuesday morning around 10:00 a.m. and ran late into the evening, but Shaw is used to waiting. It’s been nearly 3 years since Peach County Deputy Brandon Williams shot Shaw on his front porch.


Warner Robins Development Director Gary Lee's appeal hearing set for Wednesday

The City of Warner Robins' Development Director will get a chance to appeal his suspension on Wednesday. Last month, a Houston County grand jury indicted Gary Lee on two counts of falsely reporting a crime and one for making a false statement.


Murder suspect booked in Newton County

COVINGTON, Ga. - Accused murder, Keondre Bernard Preston, was booked into the Newton County Jail Monday afternoon after his arrest Sunday morning in Cordele. According to his arrest/booking report, the 18-year-old was booked into the Newton County Jail at 1:54 p.m. on charges of aggravated assault,


Thai ice cream franchise opening Warner Robins location

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A Thai ice cream franchise will open a location soon in Warner Robins. Kyle Billig, the CEO of Sweet Charlie's, says the ice cream shop will open in the former Stevi B's location on Highway 96. Billig founded the franchise with his brother back in 2015.


Teen shot outside Warner Robins apartments

A Warner Robins teen went to the hospital after someone shot him outside some local apartments Monday night. Acting Warner Robins Police Chief John Wagner says just before 11:30 p.m. officers responded to a call of shots fired on the 1100 block of Kathleen Bynum Drive off Elberta Road. When they got


Covington murder suspect arrested in Cordele

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - A Covington murder suspect was arrested in Crisp County Monday morning, according to the sheriff’s office Facebook. Keyondre Preston, 18, of Decatur, was apprehended after a number of agencies assisted in the early morning arrest, in connection to an April 8 armed robbery.


Moody reaches milestone, but Red Devils have mountain to climb

Four hundred in the win column is a nice, round number that most high school baseball coaches never reach. Jackson's Mickey Moody quietly got there last week after 21 years split between the Red Devils' dugout and Spalding's. Getting Nos. 401 and 402, however, figures to be monumentally tougher, and


Annual Book Sale coming to Georgia National Fairgrounds

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- The Houston County Friends of the Library are working hard to set up for the 15th Annual Old Book Sale. The annual event will be at the Georgia Grown Building at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.


Chunk-A-Junk program benefits Warner Robins

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Keep Warner Robins Beautiful hosts its ‘Chunk-A-Junk’ Program this week in an effort to keep the community clean. The program was set up to help get rid of junk cars in Warner Robins and the surrounding areas.