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Suspicious package found at Clayton County Animal Control

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A suspicious package found in a restroom at the Clayton County Animal Control building turned out to be harmless.

A volunteer found the package Friday morning, according to Clayton County Police Officer Danielle Rosa.

A bomb squad secured the building and x-rayed the package. They determined that it did not pose a threat, Rosa said.

No people or animals were harmed during the investigation. The package has since been removed from the building.

Clayton State Women's hoops are "Picture Perfect"

MORROW, Ga. -- As tournament time approaches the Clayton State Womens Basketball team is gearing up for another run at the NCAA Division II Championship. 

The Lakers are a perfect 24-0 and ranked #2 in the nation.

And contending for the NCAA title is expected at Clayton State. The Lakers are looking to extend their streak of NCAA tournament appearances to 9 straight. 

The Clayton State women made it to the Final 4 in 2007, Sweet 16 in 2008 and Elite 8 in 2009.

"It's just a part of the culture here", says Coach Dennis Cox, who led the Clayton State women to the NCAA Division II National title in 2011.

The Clayton State women clinched their third straight Peach Belt Conference Championship last week.Over the last three seasons, Clayton State has the best record in NCAA Division II women's basketball at 88-5 (.946 winning percentage).

Second suspect jailed in Rhode Island for cab driver killing

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Julius Ryan Thomas was taken into custody in Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday, and is awaiting extradition back to Clayton County.

The suspect, according to the United States Marshal Service, is being held at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

Thomas faces charges of felony murder, false statements, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Clayton County Police obtained warrants on Wednesday for Thomas, who is the second suspect involved in the murder of a taxi cab driver.

Clayton County Police Officer Daniella Rosa said Thomas was wanted for the January shooting death of Rosendo Casarrubias. He faces charges of murder, making false statements and conspiracy.

On Jan. 25, police were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle on Brookview Drive in Riverdale. When officers arrived, they found Casarrubias dead from a gunshot to his head, Rosa said.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Mattie's Call issued for Clyde Ragland

JONESBORO, Ga. - Police in Clayton County have issued a Mattie's Call for 69-year-old Clyde E. Ragland.

Ragland was last seen at Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale on Thursday. Police describe him as a black male, about 5-foot-11-inches tall, weighing about 210. He's got short black and gray hair, and brown eyes. Police said they believe Ragland is traveling on foot.

Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to telephone Clayton County Police at (770) 477-3747.

Clayton County police arrest alleged sexual assault suspect

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County authorities arrested 23-year-old Aamirr Philpot of Jonesboro on Thursday for alleged sex crimes.

According to Sgt. K.T. Hughes, Philpot has been wanted over the last two months for sex crimes he had been accused of committing.

Hughes said Philpot would lure his victims using a social media website. Philpot would rob and rape the victims at gunpoint when then agreed to meet with him.

Authorities arrested Philpot after an extensive search. Philpot is charged with rape, flase imprisonment and aggravated sodomy, and is being held in the Clayton County Jail.


Mattie's Call cancelled for missing Jonesboro woman

JONESBORO, Ga. -- A Mattie's Call has been cancelled for a missing Jonesboro woman who has dementia.

According to Phong Nguyen of the Clayton County Police Department, 73-year-old Lula Brown was located on Friday.

She was last seen around 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, where police believed she walked away her home of 404 Camp Hill Lane.