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54-year-old Macon man found dead in pool


A Macon man was pronounced dead at a local hospital Sunday after he was found lying in the pool of his home.

According to chief deputy coroner Lonnie Miley, the wife of 54-year-old Jessie Johnson said he was doing yard work at his home located at 205 William and Mollies Walk in west Macon. About 45 minutes to an hour later, she said she found him in the pool.

Johnson was taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room around 1 p.m.

Miley said it's been ruled as accidental, but an autopsy will be performed.


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UPDATE: 73-year-old Jones County man found safely


UPDATE 2/7/16 4 p.m.:

Jones County police say Edward Braswell has been found safely and reunited with his family.

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A 73-year-old man from Jones County has gone missing.

According to the Jones County Sheriff's Office, Edward Braswell was last seen walking in Bradley Saturday around 11 a.m.

Police say Braswell has Alzheimers disease.

Braswell was last seen wearing a green flannel shirt, brown pants and a white hat.

Anyone with any information on Braswell's whereabouts can call the sheriff's office at 478-986-3498.


Central Georgia gears up for Super Bowl


 

"I didn't want to wait I had to have it," John Allen of Lizella said.

He took his brand new TV right off the shelf at Ken's Audio Video store ahead of Super Bowl 50.

"It's the one time of year where me my sons my friends everybody we get together and just have a good time," Allen said.

But owner Michael Jones says there is only one thing besides the big game that brings people together.

"When it comes to events like coming up right now they just want a big honkin TV and thats how that works," Jones said.

That means they have to stock up

"Super Bowl is a little bit like Christmas in the way that you have to have TV's stacked up and ready to go out the door," Jones said.
But after the big game, some try to bring them back.

Bibb coroner raises money to have Macon man cremated


Macon-Bibb coroner Leon Jones set out his quest last week to raise enough money to have a Macon man cremated.

Jones asked for the public's help to assist in paying to cremate Vernon Elrod, who died in January at an Augusta hospital. Jones said Elrod was a Macon native and had no family.

Jones said the Augusta-Richmond County coroner nor Macon-Bibb would pay to have Elrod cremated. He said the cremation cost $1,350, but with the support from the community, almost $2,000 was raised.

Jones said he had to send back $600 to those who sent in donations after the appropriate amount was raised.

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Two Mercer basketball players suspended


Two Mercer men's basketball players have been suspended from the team.

Jestin Lewis and Desmond Ringer's suspensions are not based on any involvement in the shooting death of a teammate earlier this week or anything to do with NCAA issues, according to a statement issued from Jim Cole, the director of Athletics at Mercer.

More details will be shared as they become available.


Police: 78-year-old Macon man missing


The Bibb County Sheriff's Office needs the public's help in finding a Macon man who was last seen by his wife outside of Medical Center, Navicent Health on Pine Street after 7 a.m. Thursday.

According to a news release, 78-year-old Robert Harris, Jr., was supposed to see a doctor for an appointment, but he never showed up.

The release states Harris has dementia.

Harris is described in the release as 6'2", weighs approximately 220 lbs, with gray hair but is balding. He was last seen wearing khaki pants, a gray sweatshirt, a forest-green colored jacket, shoes and a green and white baseball cap. Police say he is known to ride the bus and frequents the downtown area.

Anyone with any information on Harris' whereabouts can call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500.