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ROUNDUP: Woman killed in Moultrie housefire

MOULTRIE, Ga. — A 36-year-old Moultrie woman was found dead in her home Saturday after firefighters responded to a report of a house fire.

The Moultrie Observer reports that Amanda Lee Martinez apparently died after being overcome with smoke. Coroner Verlyn Brock told the paper that while the exact cause of death is under investigation, it appears to be smoke inhalation.

Around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to a home at 504 Fourth St. S.W. in Moultrie and found heavy smoke and fire coming from a rear bedroom. State fire investigators say that no working smoke alarm was found in the home.


Grand jury indicts woman in deadly shooting

MOULTRIE, Ga. — A Colquitt County grand jury has indicted a woman in connection with the shooting death of her live-in boyfriend.

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The Moultrie Observer

Gina Ann Thompson

The Moultrie Observer reports that a grand church indicted Gina Ann Thompson, 44, on charges of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The paper reports that Thompson initially told investigators that 54-year-old Johnny Crawford, who was her live-in boyfriend, was shot by an intruder who broke into their home June 21.

Investigators charged Thompson when they say elements of her story didn't add up.


Americus-based 'Habitat' sending mobile units to Northeast for Sandy rebuild

AMERICUS, Ga. — Americus-based Habitat for Humanity is sending, for the first time, a fleet a mobile units to assist in rebuilding parts of the Northeast destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

The Americus Times-Recorder reports that Chevy donated 19 panel vans, filled with tools and equipment donated by Lowes and Robert Bosch Tool company out of North Carolina, to send to storm-ravaged parts of New Jersey and New York.

Chevy also donated five 15-passenger vans for the company to use.

“The Habitat Mobile Response Units are an exciting new offering from Habitat for Humanity that will assist families who need help with critical home repairs,” Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International, told the paper. “With winter upon us and many families in need of support, these response units will facilitate our efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are immensely grateful to all the volunteers who will work alongside these response units this week and in the months ahead, and to Chevrolet, Lowe’s and Bosch for their generous donations.”