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State Board Delays Decision on Cook's Clemency

A state board on Tuesday delayed a decision on convicted killer Andrew Cook's clemency request.

That's according to a Tuesday evening news release from the  Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, which did not specify when a decision is expected to be made.

Cook is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thurday night.

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Earlier Tuesday, the state board heard from Cook's friends and family petitioning for his death sentence to be commuted. 

Mother of Andrew Cook Murder Victim Speaks

Mary Hendrickson has been waiting 18 years for justice.

"I think that's what it was: the devil's work," she says. "When all that is going on, I was just thinking to myself: 'Well, the devil is not going to win. He's not going to win over my heart. He is not going to win.'"

She has to wait two more weeks to witness the death of Andrew Allen Cook.

Hendrickson declined to speak to us on camera, but did discuss her son, Grant Hendrickson, and his girlfriend, Michelle Cartagena.

The two Mercer University students were gunned down January 2, 1995. The investigation took about two years before Cook was arrested.

The wait and the wondering took a toll on Mary Hendrickson.

She says, "I suspected everyone I knew."

Police said Cook fired two guns 19 times at the couple on Lake Juliette. He was convicted in 1998 after his father, retired FBI agent John Cook, testified that his son confessed to murdering the couple.

Chase Ends at Galleria Mall in Warner Robins

The driver of a car that led police on a car chase through several counties was still in the hospital Wednesday night.

Several law enforcement agencies got involved as the car traveled at speeds over 120 miles per hour down 1-75 in Lamar County Wednesday morning.

After coming through Monroe, Bibb, and Peach Counties, the driver, 26-year-old Jeremy Haugabook of Stockbridge, took the Watson Boulevard exit.  

He ran several traffic lights and collided with two vehicles attempting to pass through an intersection near the Galleria Mall in Centerville.

Warner Robins Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh says at least one person was injured in the accident.

Sergeant Mike Maynard with the Georgia State Patrol said Haugabook ran from the accident scene, but was captured shortly after.

Second Macon Officer Charged with Stealing Tractor

A second Macon police officer has been charged with stealing a tractor from a plumbing business, according to press release from the Macon Police Department

Police arrested Jon Adam Wantz late Thursday afternoon. He, along with Troy Guidry, face charges of theft by taking, criminal trespass, and violation of the oath of office.

Guidry was arrested Thursday morning at his home in Monroe County and turned over Macon police, according to Monroe chief deputy John Wilkes.

Macon Police Chief Mike Burns said in a statement: 

18 Arrested in Monroe County Nightclub Raid

Eighteen people were arrested and over 100 citations were issued early Saturday morning in a raid on the Sugar Shack Lounge in Monroe County.

The sheriff's department says the nightclub was selling alchohol without a license.

Deputies and investigators with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office were joined by members of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office SWAT and drug units as well as state officers and agents.

According to a news release, they searched the nightclub on South Jackson Street in Forsyth around 1 am., finding crack cocaine and marijuana. Authorities also confiscated a large amount of alcohol. 

According to the news release, the following people were arrested and charged:

 

Police: I-75 Chase Began with Shoplifting Complaint

A 28-year-old Macon woman is behind bars this morning after leading several law enforcement agencies on a chase through three counties early Thursday morning.

According to a news release, Tabitha Michelle Whitehead has been arrested and charged with felony shoplifting, eluding police, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, failure to obey a traffic control device and driving without a license.

Police say the Walmart on Gray Highway reported a woman stealing four TVs and leaving in a beige Cadillac SUV with vanity plates around 2:40 a.m.

A patrol officer spotted Whitehead's vehicle on a nearby side street but she refused to stop, according to the release. Instead she headed northbound on I-75 towards Monroe County and into Butts County.

She was stopped by Monroe County officers near exit 205 after a tire blew out and she lost control. 

The TVs were recovered from Whitehead's SUV and returned to Walmart. 

Forsyth Hotel Guests Robbed at Gunpoint

Two men have been arrested after allegedly robbing a Ramada Inn in Forsyth.

According to Forsyth police, two men entered a hotel room at the Ramada Inn, waving a pistol and robbed the two occupants. 

Police say they took $500 in cash.

Adrin Turner, 23 years old, is charged with armed robbery and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Joshua Hicks, 22 years old, is charged with armed robbery.

Police are looking for a third suspect.

Warrants are out for a third suspect, but that person has not been