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Police academy now at Middle Ga. State


Future police officers now have a new place to train.

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth has opened a Bibb County location at Middle Georgia State College.

The opening ceremony is next week, but 67 recruits began training a month ago.

Nicholas Middleton is a cadet in an 11-week program at the academy.

"Policing is all about experience. So I'm gonna use the knowledge that I'm being taught here. Get my street experience dealing with people," said Nicholas Middleton, a cadet at the center.

He's spent six years in the Marine Corps and has experience in the Fayette County jail system.

But to be a deputy sheriff, he says he needs a different type of training .

Neighbors shaken by alleged Bibb deputy encounter, arrest


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Residents at the Cherry Tree Hill apartments say they've been shaken after they say Bibb County Deputy Kenneth Brown caused a scene in their neighborhood while allegedly soliciting a 14 year old pregnant girl for sex and pointing a gun in the face of a 19-year-old neighbor who tried to intervene.

UPDATE: Bond set for Bibb deputy in child sex case


Bond has been set at $55,500 for a Bibb County deputy accused of child sex crimes.

The deputy, Kenneth Lee Brown, 49, was arrested Tuesday and could lose his job after authorities said he approached a teenage girl to make "sexual contact" and repeatedly touched her in a sexual way, even though she asked him to stop repeatedly.

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A Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release says the encounter happened early Tuesday morning in the 2000 block of Old Clinton Road. Brown also reportedly pointed his gun at the girl and another teen, Kerwin Williams, age 19, during the confrontation.

Neighbors, church at odds over street name change


It's been Haywood Road for decades.

That's why some longtime neighbors don't want the street renamed for the late Reverend Marshell Stenson Junior, who served as pastor at Macon's St. Luke Baptist Church for 44 years.

Stenson died in December and church members asked the Macon-Bibb commission to rename the street, where the church sits, after him.

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Drivers practiced their routes Tuesday, but bibb schools say they need more drivers.


Drivers were out washing their buses and practicing their routes today. But Bibb County Schools' Transportation Department say their in need for more drivers. Regardless of the need, they say they are still prepared for the new school year.

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"We feel that we are ready to go for Friday. We have been looking at our routes. We've identified those routes. We've identified the staffing to make sure that the students are picked up and are brought home safely" say's Deputy Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan.

There may be delays with picking up students.

Autopsy completed on west Bibb teen accident victim


The driver in a fatal accident last week was driving 20 to 25 miles over the speed limit, according to an incident report from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

Driver Grant Hoffman told investigators he was going about 65 to 70 MPH, when he tried to negotiate a curve to the right. The vehicle started to fishtail and it felt like the front of his vehicle locked up.

The accident happened last Wednesday, just before midnight, on Zebulon Road west of I-475. Hoffman's passenger, Abigail Hinson, 17, died the day after the wreck.

Bibb County investigators are continuing to investigate the fatal rollover accident.

The posted speed limit in the area is 45 m.p.h., according to the incident report.

Under contributing factors, the report lists, "Exceeding Speed Limit, Driver Lost Control, Too Fast for Conditions."

Robins Federal Credit Union Announces New Managers

Warner Robins, Ga. — Robins Federal Credit Union would like to announce the newest additions to their management team. Billie Herndon, Forsyth Branch Manager, and Melanie Weatherspoon, Log Cabin Branch Manager.

Herndon has 38 years of banking experience and has worked for several financial institutions in the Forsyth area. She has been with Robins Federal for over 3 years. Herndon is married and has 3 grandchildren. She enjoys the outdoors, crafts and gardening.

Weatherspoon has over 15 years of banking experience and has been with Robins Federal for the past 12 years. She began working at Citizens Bank in 1999. Weatherspoon has a Bachelor of Science from Fort Valley State University and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. She enjoys writing poetry.