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St. Jude Dream Home tickets close to selling out

If you want a shot at winning the St. Jude Dream Home, you should not wait any longer to purchase a ticket.

The tickets are likely to sellout this weekend, says Maria Hultine, a St. Jude representative.

There's a limited number of tickets available. Of the 6,500 available for purchase, about 500 were left as of Friday afternoon.

The house in Warner Robins' "The Tiffany" neighborhood will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for tours.

It will be closed Easter Sunday.

Houston co. man sentenced for child molestation

A Houston County man convicted of molesting three young girls was sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole and life on probation Friday.

Tevin Carroll was convicted of three counts of aggravated child molestation on April 11th after a three-day trial, according to a news release from District Attorney George Hartwig.

Carroll must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He is also not allowed to have contact with the victims.

Prosecutor Mark Anthony said the victims were 7, 5 and 4 year-old girls. He would not comment on Carroll's connection to the girls.

A look inside a 911 dispatch center

Each year, during the second week in April, we take time to honor the men and women who serve as 911 dispatchers. They're the first ones you call in an emergency and 13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet went to Houston County to get a glimpse at how they respond to your calls.

Man arrested in Warner Robins robbery

A man was arrested Tuesday night after police were called to Lisa Drive in Warner Robins in reference to an armed robbery.

Police said Denzel Cortez Rutledge, 18, used a gun to rob another person at around 10 p.m. Tuesday at 61 Lisa Drive.

Rutledge is accused of entering an apartment there and taking several items from the victim including a cell phone, according to a Warner Robins police news release.

The victim gave responding officers the number to the stolen phone, police called it and heard the phone ringing inside of the apartment, the news release states.

Police found Rutledge and arrested him. He's being held at the Houston County jail.

Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime

Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

The fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act required the Defense Department to give affected beneficiaries a one-time option to continue in Tricare Prime.

And in accordance with the law, Tricare plans to send letters starting April 28 to those eligible to re-enroll. Beneficiaries will have until June 30 to make their decision.

But while roughly 177,000 Tricare Prime beneficiaries — mainly retirees and family members — were disenrolled from the Pentagon's health maintenance organization-style program when DoD reduced the availability of Tricare Prime to locations within 40 miles of an active or former military base, fewer than half will receive letters to re-enroll.

Veterans High Celebrates "Gatsby Day"

Veterans High Celebrates "Gatsby Day"

Students at Veterans High School put on their headbands and newsboy caps and took a trip to the past for 'Gatsby Day.'

After reading the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, they were able to experience the 1920's for themselves.

The event took place in the high school's media center and was decorated with artifacts from the novel.

Students were able to sit in a speakeasy, equipped with a soda bar, and cookie cigars.

"The students are completely involved," said Christie Wall, an English Lit Teacher, and the coordinator behind the event, "I mean, the level of thinking that goes into this kind of presentation and work is a lot."

"I think it's a great experience on helping us learn the book and helping us get a real picture of how it was back then," said sophomore Devin Wingate

Military appeals courts upholding sexting convictions

Military appeals courts upholding sexting convictions

Air Force Times

Troops have gotten in trouble for years for sending sexually explicit photos and messages over text message — even without much legal precedent.

Now, several decisions handed down by appeals courts in recent months demonstrate how military law is catching up to technological phenomena of "sexting" and text-stalking, say attorneys who specialize in military justice.

In what is perhaps the service's most notorious sexting case, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in February a superior officer's raunchy texts to younger enlisted airmen supported a charge of maltreatment, even if the subordinate airmen sent similar messages in return.

William Gurney, the former command chief who spent four months in jail before he left the Air Force with a bad conduct discharge for those and other misdeeds, had asked the appeals court to reconsider the charge.