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Inaugural Tattnall Square Park Service Awards held

ID=27741045Thursday, Friends of Tattnall Square Park presented members of the community with their first-ever service awards.

3 people were recognized for their contribution to the community with a tree planted in their honor.

Julia Byron is a second grader at Alexander II and a big fan of Tattnall Square Park.

She was recognized for leading a fundraiser at her school for the park.

"That makes me feel, I mean, very, very special," says Julia. "I feel great now that I've done what I've done and I feel really glad."

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Macon woman, puppy attacked by pitbull

Macon-Bibb Animal Control had to take away a dog after a woman and her dog were attacked Wednesday morning on Shaw Drive.

Shunder Clowers, 44, told deputies when she let her small poodle-mix out in her backyard, a white and tan pitbull attacked, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office incident report. As she tried to rescue her dog, the pitbull bit her on the hand. Clowers told deputies this was the second time the pitbull attacked her dog. Cynthia Murphy, Clowers' neighbor, said when the pitbull left Clowers' yard, it went to her yard and also attacked her puppy.

The pitbull, according to the report, belongs to Murphy's son. Murphy said the dog had been staying at her house until three weeks ago when it attacked Clowers' dog the first time. Clowers' dog was also bleeding from its chest, and Clowers' hand was bleeding, the report states.

Retired police officer honored at funeral

ID=27686695Family, friends and Warner Robins law enforcement gathered at a funeral honoring a retired police officer that died this past weekend.

Charlie Sadlo was a retired Captain with the Warner Robins Police Department. He died on Saturday, which was also his birthday. He was 73.

The funeral took place at McCullough Funeral Home on South Houston Lake Road. The procession then traveled down Watson and Pleasant Hill Road to Magnolia Park Cemetery.

Macon woman says part of finger bitten off in fight

A Macon woman says another woman bit part of her finger off in a fight.

Deputies responded to the reported fight at Lilly Avenue and Elpis Street, around 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

A witness told them he saw Lawonder Murray sitting by the road, yelling, "She bit my finger off." The man said he found part of the finger in the road, the release states, put it in a cup of ice and called an ambulance.

Murray reported that the other woman bit part of her right index finger off while they were on the ground and spit it out, the release says. She knew only the woman's first name, Sherry. She said Sherry also bit her on the right ankle. An ambulance took Murray to a local hospital.

Anyone with information on the case can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

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Contamination cleanup to begin at former downtown Macon gas plant

Crews with Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power companies will be starting a major cleanup of a former gas plant in downtown Macon.

The site, located on a parcel located along Terminal Avenue near the intersection of Mulberry and 6th streets, was formerly a manufactured gas plant during the 1860s through the early 1880s.

The work is an effort to cleanup groundwater impacts below the ground surface associated with the former plant, according to a news release from Atlanta Gas Light.

The cleanup of a portion of the site between Mulberry and Walnut streets, north of 7th Street, was completed in 2002 and 2009, the news release states.

Company officials said the work is scheduled to start this week.

The cleanup is subject to Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division's rules and regulations, the news release states.

Deputy not charged in March shooting

District Attorney David Cooke said a Bibb County deputy acted properly when he shot and wounded a suspect in March.

That shooting happened on Triple Hill Drive, in Bloomfield. The sheriff's office said Raymond Kitchens fought with his wife and other family members inside their home.

Kitchens struggled with deputies who chased him through the neighborhood. According to Cooke, Deputy Ossie Cotton shot him after Kitchens threatened two other officers with a knife.

Cooke said the shooting was justified.

"Based on all the evidence presented to me, it was clear that this officer did not discharge his weapon until a threat was made towards his safety, and a deadly threat at that," said Cooke. "So, at that point, he had no choice but to fire his weapon."

Bibb deputy arrested, accused of hitting handcuffed woman in face

A Bibb County deputy who's accused of striking a handcuffed woman in the face while she was in his car in March was arrested.

Seth Conner, 23, was chasing a 25-year-old woman on March 19 on Mercer University Drive, according to a sheriff's office news release. Conner arrested the woman, placed her in the back of the vehicle and struck her in the face while putting on her seat belt, the release states.

During internal and criminal investigations, Conner was placed on desk duty, the release states.

Conner was also investigated for his actions when responding to a suicide attempt on March 20, the news release states.

Conner reportedly lost his temper, was verbally abusive and threatened to arrest the patient, according to the release. The sheriff's office found Conner to be in violation of the Rules of Conduct.