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Capricorn Studios Receives One Bid at Auction

From the drawing boards to the auction block: That's the story of Macon's historic Capricorn Studios, which went up for bid again Thursday night. 

The old building is at 536 Broadway.

The only bid received on the property was for $125,000 at an
auction that took place at 7 p.m. at the Macon Marriott City Center on
Coliseum Drive. The auction house Hudson & Marshall ran the auction.

Bill Bonbrake from Bolingbroke was the only bidder on the property and could be the new owner if the bank accepts his bid.

He says he wants to use the building as an investment property.

Back in the 1970s, the Allman Brothers and other Southern rock groups made music there.

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Bibb School Board Scheduled to Pick Superintendent Tuesday

Bibb County school board president Gary Bechtel says the board is scheduled to pick the district's next superintendent Tuesday.

Friday afternoon, he said the board will meet at 7 p.m. that night to decide between their two finalists, James Benfield and Romain Dallemand.

They met in closed session Tuesday to discuss the two men, but the meeting ended abruptly when some members appeared to walk out. Bechtel was one of them.

Shoppers Flock to Christmas Made in the South

Christmas is coming early in Macon, as eager shoppers geared up for the 18th annual Christmas Made in the South show.

Dozens lined up in the Macon Centreplex lobby to get first dibs on all the arts and crafts.

From sparkling jewelry, to Christmas ornaments, artwork, and everything in between, organizers say there are more than 300 vendors set up.

That includes about 100 new booths for people to browse and shop.

Some say coming out to do early holiday shopping is a tradition shared among friends.

Lendy Watson and Alana Sibley, friends from Gray, say they try to come to the arts and crafts show together every year.

Watson says, "this is just something I look forward to every year, so we just try to come, and it's good to hang out with a buddy when you are looking for Christmas stuff and they've got some really neat stuff here too."

"It gets that feel of Christmas already," says Sibley.

Annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk

Saturday, Nov. 6

At the Georgia National Fairgrounds

9:00 a.m. Kicks off with Purple Pancake Breakfast

Complete with "create your own toppings" buffet, hot coffee and juice.

9:45 a.m. Walk Warm-up with a professional exercise instructor.

10 a.m. Walk Festivities

11:30 a.m. Awards Presentation & Closing Ceremony

Top fundraisers will be recognized.

In addition to the walk, music, refreshments, family fun activities and informational exhibits will be available.

For more information, visit www.alz.org/georgia.


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Police Have 'Persons of Interest' in Patel Shooting

Macon police say they're investigating "persons of interest" on last week's killing of a west Macon store clerk.

They also say there's now a $5,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest in the Oct. 27 shooting of Vishnu Patel.

At a news conference this afternoon, Macon Regional Crimestoppers Chairman Warren Selby says $1,000 of that will come from Crimestoppers and $4,000 from anonymous donors.

"We've had this before in our program, where we have (donations) whether it's family members or others in the community, that will step forward and give money," said Selby.

Three men robbed Patel and two other store employees as they left the Sprint Foods Store at 3911 Napier Ave. last week. One of the robbers shot Patel several times when he took too long to get out of a van.

Macon Man Accused of Hiding Weapon in Baby Carriage

A Macon police officer says he saw a loaded gun fall out of a baby carriage, just as a couple removed the baby.

Now, a Macon man is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

A police incident report says it happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, at a store at Millerfield and Jeffersonville roads.

The officer says he saw the couple take the baby out of the stroller, collapse the stroller and lift it into a car. He says he heard something metal fall to the ground and saw a gun barrel wrapped in baby blankets.

When the officer questioned 33-year-old Cedric Rozier, he said Rozier tried to hide what was inside the blankets.


The officer said it was a working rifle, loaded but without the wooden stock.

He arrested Rozier after learning that he is a convicted felon, the report says. Rozier told him he found the weapon up the road.

Reicherts Report Debit-Card Fraud

More than 100 Maconites have told police they've been the victim of financial card fraud in recent weeks. Now the mayor is one of them.

A Macon police report says the wife of Macon Mayor Robert Reichert this week reported $191.88 in false charges on his debit card.

His spokesman, Andrew Blascovich, says the Reicherts noticed the bogus charges last week: $100 at an Olive Garden in Phoenix, Ariz., and $91.88 at a Red Lobster there.

Blascovich says the Reicherts haven't been to Phoenix recently. He said they notified their bank, which advised them to file a police report.

Last week, Macon police say they've asked the Secret Service to help them investigate a wave of credit and debit-card fraud cases. Police said Central Georgia victims often report large purchases made in far-off cities they've never visited.