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Police: suspects drive car into Covington business, steal guns

COVINGTON, Ga. — Four suspects are on the run Monday after they broke into a Covington business and stole several weapons.

The incident happened just after 3 a.m. Monday morning at the Shots Fired gun store located on Washington Street. 

Investigators are asking the public to be on the lookout for the four suspects and three vehicles that may have been involved in the incident.

Police say the first male was armed with a black hand gun wearing a black hoodie, black pants, and an orange glove. Another male was wearing a grey hoodie, tan pants and brown shoes. The third male was wearing a blue hoodie, jeans, and red or purple shoes with white shoe strings. The forth male was wearing a black coat, black pants, camouflage hoodie, and red and black shoes. 

5-year-old killed on school's playground

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Students and teachers at a Newton County school are grieving after the sudden death of a child on Monday.

Officials with the school released a statement Wednesday afternoon shedding light on the tragic incident that apparently occurred on the playground of Newton County Theme School.

"We are struggling to comprehend the heartbreaking accident that occurred Monday afternoon and are grieving the loss of such a beautiful little girl," the statement read.

Five-year-old Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl died after she was climbing on a piece of playground equipment and "experienced an emergency," according to Covington police.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner's Office discovered that the child died of accidental asphyxia after getting caught on the playground equipment.

UPDATE: GBI testing confirms human remains are of 'most wanted' criminal

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Georgia Bureau of Investigation testing has confirmed that skeletal remains found in late December belong to a wanted sex offender David Lee Sheffield.

Woman found at hospital after going missing from Kroger parking lot

12/8/2015 UPDATE: Police say no foul play was involved. Click here for more. 

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga.  -- Plenty of questions remain after a 61-year-old woman was found at a hospital after being reported missing from a grocery store parking lot Monday afternoon. 

According to the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Brenda Thompson had last seen in her vehicle at the Kroger located on Highway 20 in Covington, Ga. Her husband said he went into the store to purchase medications from the pharmacy. When he came out, both Thompson and the vehicle were gone.

Police: Newton County woman wasn't kidnapped

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators now say that a 61-year-old woman found at a hospital after going missing Monday afternoon wasn't kidnapped.

A Mattie's Call was issued on Monday after Brenda Thompson and her vehicle went missing from a Kroger parking lot. Her husband told police that Thompson has dementia and could not drive the car.

The vehicle was later involved in a crash, and Thompson was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. 

Dashcam video shows arrest of suspects in Walmart death

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. – Two suspects accused of fatally running over a woman in a Covington Walmart parking lot appeared in court on Wednesday.

Stephanie Rodriguez and Brandon Smith are charged with murder, aggravated assault and other felonies in the purse snatching death of Marsha Johnson outside a Covington Walmart.

“Each of them has some criminal history, but nothing to the extent of this series of armed robberies,” said Officer Allan Seebaran.

Suspects in fatal Walmart robbery face Georgia judge

COVINGTON, Ga. – Two suspects accused of running over and killing a woman in a Walmart parking lot during a robbery were extradited to Georgia on Tuesday.

Brandon Smith, 27, and Stephanie Rodriguez, 37, made their first appearance in court where they head their official charges -- Felony murder in the death of 65-year-old Marsha Penn Johnson. Police said Smith backed his car over Johnson after she refused to give up her purse in the parking lot of Walmart in Covington on Nov. 16.

Their official bond hearing will be next week.