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Trial date delayed for 3 Bibb Co. deputies accused of corruption


Lawyers for three former Bibb County sheriff's deputies accused of corruption say they need more time to review records from nearly 20,000 phone calls and texts connected to the case.

Decarlo Latimore, Jimmy Denson and Arthur Howard's lawyers found out more about the evidence Wednesday morning at a federal court hearing in Macon.

The three, along with Jermaine Hill, were arrested last July on federal corruption charges.

Hill, who reportedly cooperated with the FBI in a sting operation that targeted his fellow deputies, has already pleaded guilty in the case.

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The Back Burner restaurant reopens under new owners

The Back Burner is under new management and had its grand reopening Wednesday.

"Everything is gonna be homemade. We don't have cans or [have] stuff come frozen. Nothing is gonna be frozen," said Julio Rosas, the executive chef and co-owner.

Rosas is no stranger to The Back Burner. He worked there 8 years ago, alongside the restaurant's old owner, Chef Christian Losito.

Rosas left to work at another restaurant, but returned to The Back Burner last year.

Losito offered the business to Rosas and his wife, Karen and they accepted.

While Losito had around 6 items on the lunch menu, Rosas has double that amount with dishes like eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, and steak and eggs.

Commission working to budget new fire station

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new fire station took place on Donnan Road in November 2013.

Since then, however, nothing has been done.

"We haven't seen or heard anything," says John Gibson, owner of Gibson's Garage.

We spoke with Gibson more than a year ago, on the day county officials held a ceremony at the site.

Now, he's wondering what happened.

"They shouldn't have had the groundbreaking," says Gibson. "It's like they're throwing little tidbits out there to keep the people quiet, and that's not right."

With his son being a firefighter, he thinks the project is necessary.

"The response time would be a lot quicker," he explains.

From the location on Donnan Road, the closest fire station is #102 by the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, but that's almost 25 minutes away.

UCONN students rebuild Macon


7 students from the University of Connecticut are spending their winter break in Macon, and they aren't here for a vacation. They're here to build a wheelchair ramp for one handicapped man in west Macon.

Debra Rollins, Executive Director of Rebuilding Macon, said the students are here for 3 days to volunteer their time to repair homes for elderly and disabled homeowners. Rollins said they receive applications from the homeowners, and after meeting with them that's when volunteers come in.

"We go out and inspect the houses, see what they need and then try to find the right team to do the work," said Rollins.

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Cleanup continues after explosion

Clean up continues one day after a bus was intentionally blown up on the set of The Fifth Wave.


The explosion caused damages to store fronts and residential units on Cotton Avenue.

But tidying the streets is just the beginning of restoring damages on the downtown road. Inside the boarded buildings, more work awaits.

Macon-Bibb Commissioners want to reduce violence

Macon-Bibb Commissioners want to reduce community violence. Commissioners Al Tillman and Virgil Watkins want commission to back community intervention workers.

"A focal group of folks already out in the community that's doing good work," said Tillman.

Like trying to prevent gang violence by working with members. And promoting education and entrepreneurship through various workshops.

"If somebody's got an opportunity to go back to school and become educated, that's less time they're gonna be spending on trying to think about robbing and committing a crime," said Tillman.

Tillman wants to provide funding for the groups involved. "Grassroots organizations, that's doing good work that never have an opportunity to go out and get funding," he said.

UPDATE: Man shot Friday in east Macon dies, arrest made


UPDATE: A 20-year-old man died at the hospital late Friday after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest earlier that day.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office arrested Demarcus Smith, 16, charging him with murder and criminal street gang activity.

The Sheriff's office says the shooting was connected to a Macon gang.

Smith is legally a juvenile but he's being charged as an adult after a fatal shooting.