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'Spirits in October' Brings Living History to Macon

Visitors looking to get into the Halloween spirit took a tour of Riverside Cemetery Thursday evening to learn about some of Macon's most interesting historical figures.

About eighty people took the walking tour and learned about the stories behind some of the tombstones.

Suzanne Doonan is the Managing Director of the Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy and helped organize the event.

She says the tour includes a variety of historical figures.

"We have sports figures, we have murderers, missionaries, saints and sinners and everything in between," says Doonan.

People walked around to different grave sites and were greeted by actors reenacting the lives of different figures.

They included Chester Burges, who was acquitted of murdering his wife in 1960.

Visitors were also introduced to Solomon Humphries, a slave who was freed in the 1800's and went on to become a blacksmith in Macon.   

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Armed Man Robs East Bibb Family Dollar Store

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is looking for the man who robbed a store in the eastern part of the county Wednesday evening.

Sgt. Sean DeFoe with the department says a man came into the Family Dollar store at 3656 Jeffersonville Road around 8:45 p.m. with a gun.

DeFoe says the man demanded money from the register, then ran from the store with some cash.

He says no one was injured.

If you have any information, you can call the Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

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Macon Police Investigating Wave of Card-Fraud Cases

Macon police say they've asked the Secret Service to help them investigate a wave of credit and debit-card fraud cases.

Sgt. Keith Woodford says they've gotten more than one hundred of reports in the past two weeks and said he reviewed 15 new cases Wednesday morning.

He said the reports are coming from people who made purchases at several downtown Macon businesses and a variety of local banks. The cases don't seem to involve any single business, he said.

Woodford suspects many of the cases may involve the use of "skimmers" -- electronic devices installed in a business's card reader that steal your personal information and transmit it to an unauthorized person.

And unlike most card-fraud cases, which involve online purchases only, Woodford said many of these recent cases may involve thieves who actually created phony cards.

He said the fraudulent purchases typically totaled $200 to $800 each.

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In Some Places, Halloween Comes Early

Many Central Georgia communities, including Macon and Warner Robins, will hold trick-or-treat activities on Saturday, Oct. 30.

But depending on where you live, little ghouls and goblins could be visiting on Friday or Sunday nights.

In Forsyth, Halloween comes a little early on Friday, Oct. 29.

Children were already getting in the Halloween spirit on Wednesday at Forsyth United Methodist Church.

They dressed up in costumes, visited a 'spooky room', and made themed crafts.

And that's just the beginning for children in Forsyth.

Pre-kindergarten children in the city will have the chance to trick-or-treat with their schools at participating businesses in the downtown area Friday morning.

Elementary school kids will have the same opportunity Friday evening from 5:30-7:30.

 According to Mayor Tye Howard, all children are invited to trick-or-treat in Forsyth on Saturday, Oct. 31. 

Macon Gas Station Says Thieves Took Safe, $3,000

A Macon gas station worker says thieves took an expensive safe and $3,000 in cash early Thursday, police say.

The burglary happened at the Shell Station, 2700 Riverside Drive just
before 2 a.m, according to a police report.  That's between Lee
Road and Burrus Road.

When police arrived, they found the front entrance door
pried open, a crowbar on the floor behind the counter and a keypad cut
from the alarm system, the report said.

Rakesh Patel told police his steel safe is valued at $4,500 and was
stolen along with the $3,000 in cash that was inside the safe, the
report said. 

Patel said the safe contained two nights' of cash.

A surveillance video shows three people dressed in all black wearing
gloves taking the safe out of the store, police say.


Woman Says M.P.D Violated Her Rights, Delayed Medical Treatment

A woman says Macon Police violated her civil rights and delayed her from getting medical treatment after pulling over her car on Sept 30.

Sheila Ross says her brother was driving her through downtown Macon when she began to feel sick. She says she had recently undergone surgery and was having chest pains.

"I called my doctor's office, I said 'my chest is hurting what can I do?' They said go to the emergency room," says Ross.

Ross says her brother ran two red lights at Mulberry and Second Streets before a police cruiser cut them off across the street from the Bibb County Courthouse.

She says about half a dozen police officers approached her car with their guns drawn, yelling at her and her brother to get their hands up.

"It was the most life-threatening situation I have ever experienced in my entire life," says Ross. "I'm thinking they're going to kill us."