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REPORT: Driver of leaking canola oil truck aware truck was leaking


A truck driver accused last week of leaking canola oil for several miles on Bibb County roadways was instructed by a supervisor to drive to Atlanta even though they knew his load was leaking.

That's according to a sheriff's office incident report released Tuesday. William Tanksley, the driver, was arrested and charged with unsecured load/escaping debris in the May 12 incident.

The oil caused slick roads and three accidents along the interstate up to the I-75/I-16 split and beyond.

According to thereport, some Bibb patrol cars slid around the roadway as they followed the oil slick looking for the source. The truck finally was located and stopped on I-75 in Monroe County.

The report states Tanksley attempted to make a delivery at California Cereal Products at 4375 Mead Road, Macon, but he was refused because the container was broken and leaking.

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Shirtless man runs from traffic stop


Bibb County deputies chased a shirtless man who ran from a traffic stop through the Ingleside business district Tuesday afternoon.

Lt. Sean DeFoe of the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says the man was a suspect in a domestic dispute.

He said a witness reported that the man forced his girlfriend into a car at the intersection of Rogers and Ingleside Avenues around 2:20 p.m.

He drove about two blocks before being stopped on the 2100 block of Ingleside. That's where deputies stopped him, and the man ran off, DeFoe said.

Around 3:30 p.m., the man was still on the loose, DeFoe said. He said the woman had minor bruises and refused medical attention.

Anyone with information on the case can call the Bibb County Sheriff's Office at (478) 751-7500.


Robins Federal Credit Union Continues Support of Habitat for Humanity

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union recently made a corporate donation of $1,500 to the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to the corporate donation, a team of 12 Robins Federal Credit Union employees met at a home on Stratford Drive for Habitat’s “Women Build Day.” The team consisted of 11 females and one male from several Robins Federal Credit Union branches and departments.

Robins Federal Credit Union has partnered with the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity since 2008, and employees have frequently donated their time to construct Habitat homes.

Robins Federal Credit Union is a local non-profit financial cooperative with nineteen branches in central Georgia. Robins Federal currently provides financial services to over 160,000 members, with assets exceeding $2.0 billion. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the 16 counties Robins Federal serves.

Macon boy catches a surprise in the Ocmulgee River


Ten-year-old Michael Harrell had no idea how much talk would be generated surrounding his catch in the Ocmulgee River early Sunday.

He docked his kayak on some rocks along the river bank about 150 yards below the dam at Lake Jackson.

He casts his line and moments later called out to his father and grandfather, "I think I caught the big one!"

He pulled it in. It was a rainbow trout, about 16 inches.

His grandfather told him he's been fishing in the Ocmulgee River for 60 years and he's never heard of trout being caught there.

His catch was a rare one indeed for that body of water.

13WMAZ posted a picture of Michael and his catch on Facebook. It received more than 800 'likes' and dozens of people commented on the oddity of catching a trout in the Ocmulgee.

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Macon man assaults woman by whooping, hitting her


Bibb County sheriff's deputies responded to a call Saturday around 5 p.m. about a woman lying on the ground bleeding and crying on Rogers Road in Macon.

According to a sheriff's office incident report, Chad Turner and his wife were riding down the road and saw a man, 55-year-old James Richard Mullis, walking around a white Jeep. Mullis, also known as "Booger," then asked them for a ride.

Turner got out of the car to check on the woman, in which he noticed that 50-year-old Diane Hubert was crying and bleeding from her head, the report says. Hubert told Turner, in the report, that Booger assaulted her.

Turner also noticed Mullis's hands were bloody and was holding a bloody vodka bottle, the report states. Mullis told Turner, in the report, that "she was getting crazy and he whooped her."

Red Cross to Honor Local Heroes


This week, the Central Georgia Chapter of the Red Cross will recognize ten heroes.

All of them performed acts of extraordinary service in the community during the past year. One of them is Ray Rover, who founded the Street to Success program at the Houston at Heritage gym.

Tobesofkee water-park developer delays plans


The company developing a water park at Lake Tobesofkee is asking Bibb County to approve some delays in its construction schedule.

In a letter to the county, Jeff Franklin, the president of Spirit of America, says he needs to scale back his plans for 2015 to open the Sandy Beach Water Park by June 30.

Earlier this month, the company said their opening, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, was delayed due to rainy weather that slowed construction.

Now, Franklin is asking the county to approve changes in the agreement that allowed his company to build the water park on county property. Bibb and Spirit of America signed the agreement in October 2014.

Some of the proposed changes: