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Former Houston Jail Guard Charged with Jewelry Theft

A former Houston County Sheriff's Detention Officer has been arrested and charged in a string of North Bibb County jewelry thefts.

Investigators found 15 pounds of stolen jewelry, old coins and flatware, according to a release.

The release says Blaine Hellwig would go around with his girlfriend and her home-cleaning service. While she was busy cleaning a home, he'd go through and steal items.

Hellwig worked as a Detention Officer for the Houston County Sheriff's Office from 2006 to 2007, according to Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton.

Officials believe he acted by himself and that his girlfriend was not involved. The girlfriend's clients are being contacted so that items can be returned to the owners.

Hellwig was charged with 16 counts of Fiduciary Theft and bonded out at $8,550.00.

People who used "Interior Cleaning" as a service and have belongings missing can call Investigator Jack Cleveland at (478) 621-5650.

Arrest of 4th Person in Houston Double Homicide Investigation

Houston County Sheriff's Capt. Jon Holland confirmed Friday morning a fourth arrest in connection with the double homicide that happened this week.

19-year-old Amy Patricia Walker was charged Thursday afternoon with tampering with evidence and concealing the death of a person, according to the Houston County detention website.

Holland told 13WMAZ that Walker has been taken into custody after evidence determined she had a connection to the murders of two men.

The bodies of 30-year-old Shaland McConnell and 32-year old Ruben Miranda, both from Jonesboro, were found early Monday in a wooded area.

Already in custody and charged with murder are; 19-year-old Thomas A. Kelley of Byron, 21-year-old Coleman L. Crouch of Warner Robins and 20-year-old Justice B. Evans of Macon.

Evans and Coleman were also charged with tampering with evidence and concealing the death of someone. 

Houston Homicide Victims Identified

The Houston County Sheriff's Department identified the victims of the double homicide in Houston County.

They are Shaland McConnell, 30 years old, and Ruben Miranda, 32 years old. They're both from Jonesboro, according to a release. 

Officials had to verify their identities before contacting the families because neither body had identification on them.

And third man is in custody, charged with murder in connection to the Houston County double homicide.

Sheriff's Captain Jon Holland says deputies picked-up Justice Bernard Evans early Wednesday morning in Bibb County. Evans is from Macon.

He is being held in the Houston County Jail, charged with two counts of murder, two counts of concealing the death of another and one count of tampering with evidence.

Double Homicide in Houston County

Two men are dead after an apparent double homicide in Houston County.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office learned that the two were shot and killed at a Chadwick Road house, according to a release.

The sheriff's office believes the two men were shot at the residence and then dropped off at a different location. 

After responding to the call at 5 a.m., they found the bodies around 12:30 p.m. Monday in a wooded area near Highway 41/49 and North Houston Lake Road.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the sheriff's office at that scene. Rodney Wall with the GBI office in Perry says the bodies were found in a remote location of the woods, too far from the road to be seen.

Deputies have one person in custody related to the crime, but the investigators are still pursuing leads in the case.

Houston Teacher Charged With Child Cruelty

Warner Robins police this week arrested and charged a Houston County school teacher with child cruelty.

VIEW: Theresa Umbarger Incident Report 

The Lake Joy Elementary teacher, Theresa Umbarger, says she's innocent.

Warner Robins Police accused 40-year-old Umbarger of leaving her granddaughter unattended, because she was drunk.

Nine Charged with Pimping, Prostitution in Perry Sting

Perry police say they arrested four prostitutes and five suspected pimps at Central Georgia hotels Wednesday.

They say the arrests came out of a sting aimed at finding victims of human trafficking, juvenile prostitutes and their pimps.

During the sting, Perry police, Macon and Atlanta FBI offices, Georgia Department of Corrections and Sandy Springs Police Department worked together.

They say they didn't find any minors involved. Instead, officials found four adult females and five males at Perry-area hotels.

Scott Mander, 39, Rodney Cooper, Jr., 26,William Redford, 30, Daniel Washburn, 29, all of Macon, and William Rowell, 54, of Warner Robins were charged with pimping.

Amanda Hulsey, 20, of Warner Robins, Kelly Roberts, 43, also from Warner Robins, Kristy Ussery, 22, of Macon and Judith Hammock of Lizella were all charged with prostitution.

All eight were being held Thursday in the Houston County jail.

Driver Charged With Injuring Firefighter

The Warner Robins teen accused of driving into a Bibb County firefighter on Interstate 75 last month now faces three charges.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Department says Nayef Al-Shroof turned himself in just before noon Monday.

He's charged with causing serious injury, reckless driving and violating the state's move-over law.

Al-Shroof was in the Bibb County jail Monday night on $11,420 bond.

On July 11, Al-Shroof allegedly hit firefighter Eric John, who was responding to an accident on the interstate in south Bibb.

John remains in critical but stable condition at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.