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Twiggs Co. storm damage likely caused by EF1 tornado


Monday morning's severe weather destroyed a mobile home in Twiggs County.

Billy Boney, chief deputy for the sheriff's office, says winds picked up the full-sized trailer at 2473 Long Road and turned it sideways.

Twiggs County man offers reward for missing tortoise


When Paul Glassman first bought him from a breeder eight years ago, Larry only weighed about 50 grams.

The Sulcata tortoise grew to about 50 pounds taking up much more space in Glassman's house. Over time, he also took up more space in Glassman's heart.

Larry also grew to be quite strong.

Two weeks ago, he broke out of a concrete enclosure in Glassman's Twiggs County yard where he keeps three other tortoises.

He's been gone ever since.

Owner upset after deputy shoots dog

Jesse Jones says around 9:30 a.m.Tuesday, he took two of his dogs out to his backyard.

The Twiggs County deputy was delivering a civil suit to a person who didn't live at his home.

"They saw the deputy coming around the corner and they went at him as to see who is," said Jones, "Not to attack him, just to see who he was and he pulled his gun and fired off one round."

After that shot, Jesse Jones's oldest pitbull, Doughboy, was dead.

"He said he felt like he was in danger and that was his split second reaction..to shoot the dog," said Jones.

"He could have tased him, he could have pepper sprayed him, he could have given my fiance a chance to, you know, say something to him," said Jena Rhea Paul, Jones's fiance.

She says Doughboy has never attacked anyone, and that the deputy made a horrible mistake.

Two accused of robbing Twiggs Co. Huddle House


Jeffersonville water problems close Twiggs Co. Schools

Twiggs County Schools were closed Wednesday due to a problem with the Jeffersonville water system.

Jeffersonville Mayor Shannon Hart says at about 7:00 Wednesday morning, the pump that pumps water into the city's water tower failed, decreasing water pressure throughout the city.

Hart says city workers repaired the pump, and it was functioning normally around 8 a.m.

Mary McCollough, Chief Finance Officer of Twiggs Public Schools, told 13 WMAZ that all schools within the Twiggs School District will be closed Wednesday, due to the low water pressure.

Jeffersonville woman sentenced to prison for fraud

A Jeffersonville woman was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for defrauding the government and her employer of more than a half-million dollars.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney's office says Jackie Elvine, also known as Jackie Young, was sentenced Wednesday to 63 months by federal Judge Marc Treadwell. In January, she pleaded guilty to health-care fraud, aiding in preparing a false return and false claims against the government.

According to the news release, Treadwell ordered her to pay $372,008.88 in restitution.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Elvine, 39, started a tax-preparation service in Jeffersonville, Young's Financial Billing Service, and prepared hundreds of false returns from 2008-2010.

At least 61 of those included fraudulent tax credits for first-time home buyers, the release says. Those claims totaled $283,683.

Man accused of robbing Twiggs Co. truck stop

A Wilkinson County man is accused of robbing a truck stop with a rifle.

Christopher Scott Henson was arrested about four hours after the robbery, according to Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum.

He said it happened before 6 a.m. Sunday at the 96 Truck Stop on Highway 96.

Henson allegedly entered the store with a rifle and wearing a bandanna over his face and took $140 from the cash register.

But Mitchum says store video caught Henson's Ford Bronco on tape and store employees later identified him.

He was arrested around 10 a.m. in Wilkinson County. Mitchum said the robber used the money to buy crack cocaine.

Henson appeared Monday before a magistrate judge. He was denied bond and remains in the Twiggs County jail.