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Gambling raid money to benefit sexual assault, domestic abuse victims


Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence will benefit from some of the money awarded in the $1 million settlement stemming from the recent gambling raids on some convenience stores.

District Attorney David Cooke said the prosecutors share of the settlement is expected to be about $600,000. The Bibb County Sheriff's Department's estimated share is $300,000, Cooke said. He added that the remainder will go to the attorney who was hired to handle the civil lawsuit against those charged in the gambling raids.

The criminal charges are still pending, he said. Under terms of the settlement, Cooke said his office gets 65 percent of the money and the sheriff's department gets 35 percent.

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Planning and zoning defers rail spur decision a third time


Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning is putting off their decision, for a third time, on whether to build a rail spur in South Bibb County.

Both sides made their case at the hearing on Tuesday.

Water park developer explains delays


The developer of Macon's new water park at Lake Tobesofkee told county commissioners Tuesday he was overly optimistic about how quickly crews could complete the project, but says they're moving as fast as possible.

Jeff Franklin, president of Spirit of America Theme Parks and Development, says people should expect most of the major attractions, including a lazy river, slides and a kids splash pad area to be open by June. He says the wave pool will be added in 2016.

The $2.7 million project was slated to open Memorial Day Weekend, but Franklin says two weeks of rain and unexpected setbacks slowed crews down. He says the season will be extended to September to accommodate the delays.

"All of a sudden you realize, 'Hey! A 5,000-gallon tank needs to be put under the water slide. These are things you can't foresee," Franklin told 13WMAZ Tuesday.

Affordable housing for seniors planned in Macon


A Texas-based development company wants to build a new affordable housing complex for senior citizens in north Macon.

Bob Colvard of Roundstone Development told Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday the company hopes to put 84 units in a complex between Northside Drive and Elnora Drive.

Colvard estimates The Pines apartment complex is a $13 million project that will create 300 jobs during construction and two permanent jobs, once complete. The units would include amenities such as gated access, a pool, on-site laundry facilities, a refrigerator and microwave in each unit and more.

Subsidized rent would range from between $370-673 depending on the number of bedrooms, which ranges between one and four. Colvard says the company has applied for tax credits from the Department of Community Affairs to help offset the cost of the project.

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Victim's family: police didn't do enough


LaSmockie Fountain, a Macon woman, was found dead in her yard on Saturday. Then Monday, a person of interest in that case, was also discovered dead.

According to the coroner, that man is Derrick Booze, a victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. We've since learned that Booze had four active warrants for his arrest.

Today, Claire Davis obtained copies of those warrants and found out more about Booze's past from Fountain's family.

More than $5,000 worth of glasses stolen from Macon Lenscrafters


More than $5,000 worth of glasses were taken from Lenscrafters on Riverside Drive in Macon last Tuesday around 2 p.m.

An employee said one man came into the store, went to the bathroom and kept another employee busy while another man came in shortly afterward and began looking at Ray Ban and Oakley-branded glasses, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office incident report.

In a surveillance video, deputies saw the second man playing on his phone and looking at sunglasses, the report says. When no one was looking, he was seen grabbing a pair, looking at them and putting them in his pocket. The second man allegedly stole 37 pairs of glasses in 10 minutes.

Macon woman recounts rabid fox attack, capture


Brittany Fincher's mother Christy Slaughter had just dropped off a cup of coffee to her at her east Macon home.

Slaughter was giving a good-bye hug to her grandson when Fincher said a fox appeared from under her mother's car.

"It just slid out and it stood directly in front of me," Fincher recalled about the incident that occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at her home located near Peacock Recycling.

From the animal's posture, Fincher said she knew her family was in trouble.

"My words were 'what the heck' because I know a fox shouldn't be coming up to us," she said.

Slaughter then moved suddenly and the fox attacked her biting her right calf.

"She was shaking her leg trying to get it off and keep it away from my son," Fincher said.

The fox eventually let go of Slaughter's leg and Fincher said that's when her instincts kicked in.