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News to know for Thursday

Jerome Markee Willis (Source: Georgia Department of Corrections/Twitter) Jerome Markee Willis (Source: Georgia Department of Corrections/Twitter)
Michelle Oliver (Source: Dougherty County Jail) Michelle Oliver (Source: Dougherty County Jail)
Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti) Electricity poles and lines lay toppled on the road after Hurricane Maria hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
Nicholas Gillison, 35 (Source: Facebook) Nicholas Gillison, 35 (Source: Facebook)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Good morning. Here is what you need to know to start your day. 

MISSING ALBANY TRANSITIONAL CENTER INMATE

Police are searching for an inmate that escaped from the Albany Transitional Center Wednesday night. Jerome Markee Willis was last seen wearing civilian clothes near North Washington Street. Willis is 5' 10" and weighs 156 pounds. If you see him, you're asked to call 911.

EXPLOITATION OF DISABLED OR ELDERLY ADULTS 

A Forsyth, Georgia woman charged with operating an unlicensed personal care home is due in court. Investigators found more than a dozen elderly or disabled persons living in what prosecutors describe as horrible conditions after raiding a number of her homes and properties including one in Albany. Oliver was arrested Tuesday at her home in Forsyth after investigators with several agencies searched a personal care facility on Flintside Drive and South Jackson Street in Albany. Officials began investigating in July when neighbors told police that residents renting from Oliver were begging for food. The investigation is still active and more charges against Oliver are expected. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the GBI office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080.

HURRICANE MARIA HITS PUERTO RICO

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies, twisted metal gates and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the U.S. territory Thursday. The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens of municipalities remained isolated and without communication after Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years.

MOSSYDALE SHOOTING

An Albany man remains in critical condition after he was shot twice at his home Wednesday. Police said Nicholas Gillison, 35, was shot in the head and the chest around 9 a.m. on Mossydale Lane. A neighbor who knew Gillison said this was a shocking event in a usually quiet neighborhood. So far, no suspects have been named. If you have any information about this shooting, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-TIPS.

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