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Sister of man killed by hit-and-run speaks out

A Macon man's sister says she's in shock after her twin was hit and killed by a driver who took off.

According to Bibb County's coroner, Sunday night's death is the 5th pedestrian fatality this year. Deputies say the victim was trying to help his dog, which had been hit by another car just moments before.

Antonial White was crossing the north bound lanes after his dog was struck by a car.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says he was trying to get to the animal and that's' when another car, a black Cadillac Escalade, slammed into him and sped off.

Paramedics took White to the Medical Center Navicent Health, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead there.
His twin sister Cherri says she was very close with her brother.

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Macon Charter Academy starts at permanent location

It's a new day for Macon Charter Academy. After three weeks at the Macon Centreplex, the students and teachers began classes in their permanent location on Madison Street.

Monya Rutland school co-founder said this is one of the best days of her life after finally seeing her vision come to life.

"These walls speak perseverance. Anything worth having is worth waiting for, worth fighting for. I mean, we've all heard that, but we've lived that," Rutland said.

Students, parents, and teachers are also rejoicing at the sight of their new school they finally get to call home.

Parents like Dexter Morris said their children are looking forward to getting settled. "They're happy they're finally in a real school now instead of a coliseum, so I think they're gonna enjoy it," Morris said.

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Macon man killed in hit-and-run was tending to dog that was hit

UPDATE: Bibb County authorities said Antonial White, 38, was struck and killed Sunday by a hit-and-run driver after his dog was hit.

White was crossing in the north bound lanes of Pio Nono Avenue and Carroll Street at about 9:50 p.m. A vehicle hit his dog as he was crossing the road, according to a sheriff's office news release. As White went over to tend to his dog, he was struck by a Cadillac Escalade.

The vehicle didn't stop and continued north on Pio Nono Avenue after hitting White, the news release states.

White was taken by ambulance to Medical Center, Navicent Health where he was pronounced dead at about 10:36 p.m.

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Decomposed body found behind Macon home

The Bibb County Coroner's Office and Sheriff's Office are investigating a suspicious death after an unidentified woman's body was found in the backyard of a Southshore Drive home around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to coroner Leon Jones, the badly decomposed body is a white woman. 

Jones said the body was discovered by a neighbor. He told Jones he smelled an odor, went closer and noticed the body. He then called authorities. It's not clear who lived in the house.

An autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner Monday.

Jones said this is the first year Macon has had many decomposed bodies.

Anyone with information regarding the woman's identity or this case can call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Two men accused of robbery at river walk

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says it's arrested two men accused of robbing another man in Macon. It happened Sunday at the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail parking lot off Spring Street.

Deputies say Ernest Godwin was sitting in the passenger side of his van, when one of the suspects came up and hit him, then forced him out of the vehicle. A news release says they took cigarettes, and money out of Godwin's wallet. Godwin told them he was calling 911, and they ran off.

Macon Charter Academy students move into new building

After spending their first two weeks in the Macon Centreplex, the Macon Charter Academy is ready to hold class Monday in their new building on Madison Street.

Teachers spent Sunday moving in and setting up their classrooms. The open house planned for Sunday evening was cancelled, to allow staff more time to finish moving in furniture.

Co-founder Charles Rutland says crews spent the last two weeks putting the final touches on the school.

"We're very excited," he said about the open house, which will be rescheduled for sometime this week. "Our leadership team, principal and assistant principal, curriculum director and all of our teachers are moving in and moving furniture and getting established and ready for almost 800 smiling faces tomorrow."