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6 held in over 100 Houston County car break-ins

ID=13769337Houston County authorities arrested five men, a juvenile and are looking for another in connection to more than 100 car break-ins.

The arrests come after the Houston County Sheriff's Office and Warner Robins Police Department conducted an investigation throughout the entire county. The investigation lasted several weeks, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Arrested were Marlon Washington, 20; Ja'Corey English, 18; Justin Ali, 20; Ronnie Tice, 18; and Tyrone Caruthers, 18. A juvenile was also arrested.

Authorities are still looking for Tommell Dean, 21.

Thrift Store Benefits Cancer Research

For some people, particularly women, shopping cures a lot of ills.

In this case, it can actually help cure childhood cancer.

Sarah Thorton opened Joshua's' Smiles Thrift store on Moody Road in Warner Robins last month.

She did it in honor of her son, 11-year-old Joshua Thorton.

The Hilltop Elementary student

died last September after fighting leukemia.

UPDATE: Houston schools discuss child's 'Nerf gun' suspension

After a couple of days into the school year, fourth grader Ramsey McDonald of Warner Robins was given what he thought was a fun assignment.

Bring in some of your favorite toys to talk about.

"They were trying to get the kids to know each other," his father, Scott McDonald said.

The Miller Elementary School student told his father Friday night he was going to bring in his iPad and a couple of toys.

His father didn't think much about it and said "OK."

McDonald learned it wasn't OK when he received a call from the school Tuesday.

"They told me my son brought a weapon to school and they asked me if I was aware," McDonald said Wednesday. "I asked them what it was and they said it was a plastic Nerf gun."

Body found at Lowe's parking lot

Houston County police are investigating a body found Thursday night outside a Lowe's Home Improvement store on Watson Boulevard.

A witness told 13WMAZ that he saw police removing the body from a car.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Parson and Houston County coroner Danny Galpin both said they had no further information on the death.

Check back with 13WMAZ,com for updates on this story today.

Kathleen man who shot grandparents gets 50 years

A Kathleen man pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Houston County court to two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault.

Joshua Allen Cook, 26, was sentenced to 50 years and will serve 30 years in prison for trying to kill his grandparents. Cook shot Thomas and Rosylin Livingston at their Lake Joy Road home Oct. 20, 2013.

Just before 11 p.m. that night, Cook first fired several shots at his grandmother in the kitchen area and ultimately shot her twice in the head, according to a news release from the Houston County District Attorney's Office. He then went to the bedroom where his grandfather was sleeping and shot him once in the head. The grandfather was able to grab the gun just as it went off, the news release states. Livingston was able to take the gun from Cook and restrain him until Houston sheriff's deputies arrived, the news release states.

Train and truck collide in south Houston

No one was injured when a 18-wheeler collided with a train Wednesday morning in south Houston County.

It happened around 10:20 on the Highway 247 spur near Sand Bed Road.ID=13694889

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the truck driver said the accident happened after his brakes failed.

He said he swerved to avoid a row of trucks ahead of him, crossed the road and ended up striking the train.

Norfolk Southern Railroad says that caused some minor damage to one of the rail cars.

Three injured in Warner Robins shooting


A Warner Robins man says he was playing cards in his garage with friends early Wednesday when someone opened fire on them.

Three of them were injured in the shooting.

It happened around 2 a.m. on the 400 block of Alabama Avenue.

That's off Elberta Road.

Kenneth Hammonds, who's 23, said someone masked in a blue bandanna came up and started firing, at least 20 times.

One of the bullets hit his knee.

You can still see blood spatter and the bullet holes inside the home.