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Macon Store Searched in WIC-Fraud Case

Macon Police Financial Crimes and SWAT units along with the USDA searched Pink & Blue Variety Store as part of a search warrant for a WIC fraud investigation. 

According to a Macon Police Department news release, the 3707 Houston Ave. business is being investigated for using WIC vouchers for financial gain.

WIC is the federal program that provides nutritional help for pregnant women and mothers of young children. Needy families receive vouchers that help pay for healthy foods.

Corey Demetrius Mitchell of Atlanta was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was released on bond.

Ronnie Wyvis Zachary of Warner Robins was also arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was released on bond as well.

A 40-caliber glock, marijuana, electronic storage devices and records were seized during the search.

Records: PIT Maneuver Victim Had Previous Arrests

The driver who died after a 100-mph chase early Sunday had several previous serious driving charges, according to Bibb County arrest records.
They include an April case when Herbert Bruce Simpson III was charged with speeding, reckless driving, eluding police and cocaine possession.
The Georgia State Patrol says Simpson died on Bass Road in north Bibb County after troopers used the so-called "PIT maneuver" to stop him.
In that maneuver, a trooper uses his cruiser to tap the back-right side of the suspect's vehicle, causing it to spin out.
The state patrol says Simpson's SUV flipped and he died on the scene. He died around 2 a.m. Sunday.
The Bibb County records show that Simpson has several previous brushes with the law.

The records show that he faced nine charges in all from the April 3 arrest. He was released later that day on bond.

Macon Police Seek More Witnesses to Waffle House Shooting

Macon police put out a call Friday night for more witnesses to come forward in the deadly shooting outside a west Macon Waffle House.

Christopher Crowder, 20, was shot to death and two others were wounded early Sunday.

A police news release said "investigators know that many people were present at the Waffle House when the gunfire erupted. Anyone who witnessed the murder and shootings is asked to contact the MPD as soon as possible with information at 751-7500 . The case remains under investigation."

A suspect, Ashley Brown, surrendered Tuesday morning. Police have said they suspect a second person. They did not identify that person publicly.

Witnesses who spoke with 13WMAZ said Brown was not the triggerman.

Judge: Florida Company Can't Sell Progressive Christian Academy Without Permission

Judge: Florida Company Can't Sell Progressive Christian Academy Without Permission

A Bibb County Superior Court judge has ruled that a Florida company can't lease or sell Macon's Progressive Christian Academy without the court's permission. This ruling was made by Judge Edgar Ennis, Jr. 

In October, 13WMAZ reported that the former owner of Progressive Christian Academy, Betty Tolbert filed a lawsuit against Sunrise Enterprises. She claimed that they defrauded her out of her school and turned it into a for-profit company. 

Judge Ennis also ruled that the new owners cannot operate a school, under the name "Progressive" as this litigation continues through the courts. 

The court also ruled that Tolbert and her company, B. Johnson Ministries, have to give back their license to operate a child care facility at Progressive Christian Academy. 

Tolbert's lawyer, Lonzy Edwards, declined to comment on the lawsuit. 

Man Accused of Firing Shots in Downtown Macon

A man has been arrested after gunshots were reported near Cherry Street Lane in downtown Macon late Wednesday night.

According to a news release, police heard shots near the parking deck behind the Dempsey Hotel on Cherry Street at Third Street.

Backup arrived, and after realizing the gunfire was coming from 518 Mulberry St., they surrounded the building, partially cleared it and found a suspect inside.

Thirty-six-year-old Forest Perrin was apprehended on the scene and in the process of arresting him, a handgun fell out of his pocket.

He has been charged with burglary, reckless conduct misdemeanor, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting an officer.

Perrin was released on bond for $11,050.

Judge: 19-Year-Old Murder Suspect Will Get Hearing

A Bibb County magistrate says he will schedule a commitment hearing for 19-year-old murder suspect Ashley Brown, who surrendered Tuesday morning.

Brown was wanted on murder charges after 20-year-old Christopher Crowder was shot to death outside a west Macon Waffle House early Sunday morning. Xavier Phelps, 20, and Chanteira Granville, 19, were wounded.

Brown's attorney was not in court when he waived his right to a commitment hearing at his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.. Defense attorney Veronica Brinson later said she expected Brown's first appearance to be held Wednesday.

At a commitment hearing, the state explains why it's holding a defendant.  

Magistrate Cedric Leslie now says he will grant the hearing anyway. 

Brinson says she wants the commitment hearing to learn what evidence the state has against her client.

Two Rings Stolen From Downtown Macon Jewelry Store

It happened before Thanksgiving but Macon Police are still investigating the theft of two expensive rings from a downtown Macon jewelry store.

On November 21, police say two men went into the C.R. Rader Jewelers on Cherry Street and stole the two rings. Employees didn't discover the theft until closing that day.

According to a news release, one is a 2.24-karat white gold engagement ring, and the other is a 2-karat diamond white gold wedding band.

The name Alfred Levitt appears inside each.

Anyone with information on either of the suspects or the location of these rings is asked to contact MPD at 478-803-2560 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.