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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.


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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."

Bibb School Board Names Two Finalists for Superintendent

The Bibb County Board of Education says educators from North Carolina and Minnesota are the two finalists to be their next superintendent.

The board voted unanimously Thursday to approve James Benfield, who's been a superintendent in four districts and currently is the head of Yadkin County schools in North Carolina; and Romain Dallemand, who's the superintendent in Rochester, Minnesota, as finalists for the job.

Board of Education President Gary Bechtel oversaw the vote at the board's monthly meeting.

"They're both very personable, good communicators and it's going to be a very difficult choice for the board to make because they are both very qualified," Bechtel said.

Superintendent Finalists Explain Why They Want To Lead Bibb Schools

     The Bibb County Board of Education met Saturday in Macon with two men who are in the running to become the county's next superintendent.

     They are both from out of state.

     Board members say they spent about one hour interviewing each candidate, James Benfield of Yadkin County Public Schools, N.C. and Romain Dallemand of Rochester Public Schools, Minn.

    Board President Gary Bechtel described the interviews as "conversations" between each candidate and the board, about the candidates' ideas for the district.  Board members say fellow members Susan Sipe and Tommy Barnes were not present for the interviews due to family obligations.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Make Stops in Central Georgia

The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have been campaigning in Central Georgia this week.

Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal made a stop in Houston County.

He's on a bus tour with other Republican candidates that pulled in to Warner Robins this morning at the Houston County Republican party headquarters.

Lorra Lynch-Jones will have more on Deal's visit later today.

Yesterday, supporters greeted Democrat Roy Barnes, when he stopped in Macon.

He traveled by bus from Forsyth to Macon to Fort Valley.

He made an appearance at Macon City Hall that was moved indoors due to the rain.  Some of the Macon Democrats who gathered there to greet him included city council members Tom Ellington, Miriam Paris and Larry Schlesinger and state representatives David Lucas and Nikki Randall.

Central Georgia Wrestlers Travel To Iowa In Search Of Titles

The wrestling season is off to an early start in Central Georgia. At Mid State Wrestling Academy in Bolingbroke, a group of students from the surrounding schools come to this small, tucked-away gym to train and prepare for their biggest accomplishment yet. On October 28, seven students from FPD, Mount de Sales, Howard, Perry, and Dublin Middle School will travel to Iowa to join the rest of their Georgia teammates as a part of Team Georgia in the USA Wrestling's Preseason Nationals in Iowa.

Two-time GISA wrestling champion Cole Wheeler from FPD hopes to continue his success during his transition from GISA to GHSA. John Cook, GISA state runner-up, follows from Mount de Sales to make this a GISA powerhouse team.  Tripp Gregory from Mount de Sales, Colter DeWees and Mason Graham from Howard, Trevor Red from Perry, and William Johnson from Dublin Middle round out the seven participants from Central Georgia.

Man Shot At Macon Apartment Complex

Macon police are looking into a shooting at an apartment complex on Log Cabin Drive.


Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says 19-year-old Antonio Bell was sitting outside at the Tara Apartments when two men and a woman walked up to him and shot him in the legs twice.

Bell was taken to the hospital. His condition was not available.


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