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Appling Principal's Brother Charged With Killing Family Members

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- Three burned bodies were found in a wooded area in Hephizibah, a suburb 15 miles outside of Augusta.

- The victims are the parents and younger brother of Appling Middle School principal Steve Jones. 

- Police arrested Ryan David Jones for the murder of his parents and brother. 

No Bond Set for Macon Mother Accused of Murder in Son's Death

by David Earl and Elise Brown, 13WMAZ.com

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

Jameshia Reid has been arrested and charged with murder after her 3-year-old son died early Thursday morning.

- Jarkarie Reid died early Thursday morning after he was apparently beaten and hospitalized, the Bibb County Coroner says.

- A commitment hearing is scheduled for June 6. No bond was set because of the murder charge.

No bond was set Thursday for a Macon mother accused of murder in the apparent beating death of her 3-year-old son.

Jameshia Desiree Reid, 24, made her first appearance in court Thursday to be asked if she understood the murder charge against her.

She was first arrested Wednesday evening on a child cruelty charge after her son, Jarkarie Reid, was hospitalized around noon that day.

Acting Supt.: Bibb Principal's Family Victims of Murder

by Chris Horne, 13WMAZ.com

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- Three burned bodies were found in a wooded area in Hephizibah, a suburb 15 miles outside of Augusta.

- Acting Supt. Susanne Griffin-Ziebart sent an email to Bibb schools employees saying the victims were family members of Appling Middle principal Steve Jones.

- Richmond County Sheriff's Office initially identified the victims as members of the Jones family but have since backtracked.

The Bibb County school district sent out an email Wednesday to employees saying one of their own had lost three family members to homicide.

Three burned bodies were found in a wooded area in Hephzibah, a suburb about 15 miles southwest of Augusta in Richmond County.

Bibb BOE Begins Process to Close, Reconfigure Schools

by Katelyn Heck, 13WMAZ.com

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- The Bibb school board OK'd the process to consolidate South Macon elementary schools, Barden and Burghard.

- That merger would save the district more than a half-million dollars.

- Board members also approved reconfiguring Jones and King-Danforth in East Macon.

The Bibb County school board plans to consider merging Barden and Burghard elementary schools.

Both schools have around 300 students and are within about a mile of each other.

If the board approves the merger, the district would close Barden and send students to Burghard. That would save the district around $510,000.

Before they can do that, state law requires the district to hold two public hearings. The board voted Tuesday night to start that process, but will have to vote on the official closing after those hearings.

Bibb Deputies Jump in Pond to Catch Runaway Suspect

One off-duty Bibb County deputy went from getting his tire changed to wading in a north Macon pond to catch a fleeing suspect.

That's according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

On top of that, Deputy Clay Williams was dressed in full honor guard attire having just come from a Monday ceremony with Governor Nathan Deal to pay tribute to a Bibb deputy who'd been killed in the line of duty in 1918.

Williams joined in the foot chase for a runaway suspect when he saw fellow Bibb deputy, Justin Leese, in pursuit from the Amstar Theater parking lot through the Wendy's parking lot and across Zebulon Road.

Macon Police Looking for Early Morning Armed Robber

An armed robber hit a Macon gas station early Monday morning.

According to a police news release, the robber opened the doors with a stick and entered holding a silver revolver.

Police say the robbery happened around 4:15 a.m. in the 2500 block of Riverside Drive. That's the Circle K gas station on the corner of Riverside and Pierce Avenue.

The robber wore black and gray Nike Air Jordans, a black ballcap, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black mask.

He took off towards Pierce Avenue with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was hurt in the robbery and police are still searching for the suspect. 

Anyone with information on this suspect can call the MPD at 751-7500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Lawyer: Family Will Ask to Send Reeves Back to Jail

by Bernie O'Donnell, 13WMAZ.com

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- Frank Reeves' lawyer says she'll ask a judge to send him back to jail because his family can't care for him.

- Reeves is accused of killing 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt at a gas station on December 4.

- The lawyer previously argued that Reeves' health was suffering with him incarcerated.