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Police Seek 'Persons of Interest' in August Homicide

Macon police are looking for three men wanted for questioning in a 2010 murder.

Spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says Wendell Ford was shot and killed during a robbery on Forest Avenue West in August.

Gaudet says investigators want to speak with 20-year-old Dewayne Felton, 19-year-old Rashad "Shabba" Mays and 35-year-old Jetterance Adiah Taylor. She says the three men may have information on the case.

According to Gaudet, the men are persons of interest, not suspects, in the case.

If you have any information, you can call Macon police at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

14 People Accused in Major Meth Bust

Officers in three counties arrested 14 people last week in connection with what they call a major meth ring.

SLIDESHOW: 14 arrested in meth bust

Thefts Drive Macon Crime Increase in 2011

 

A big increase in thefts drove up Macon crime numbers in 2011.

Overall, crime in the city of Macon increased 5 percent last year, according to Macon police numbers released Monday.

VIEW: Macon Crime Stats

That was largely due to a 13 percent increase in all types of thefts. There were 5,114 thefts in the the city in 2011, 591 more than the year before.

Homicides, robberies, aggravated assaults and auto thefts were all down last year. Homicides dropped by nearly half -- 22 in 2010, 13 last year.

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Bibb Deputies Find $20,000 Worth of Drugs

Investigators with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office arrested two men Saturday and charged them with trafficking cocaine.

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

The release says 46-year-old Steven James Besso and 41-year-old Kenneth Miquel Spigner were found with 6 ounces of powder cocaine. It says the drugs have a street value of about $20,000. 

Investigators also seized over $900 in cash.

The men are being held at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.

Bibb County Crime Rose 5 Percent in 2011

Crime in Bibb County rose 5 percent last year.

 

That's according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

They say some categories were down, including aggravated assaults, armed robberies and both commercial and home burglaries.

 

The increase was largely due to a big 19 percent jump in thefts. There were more than 171 more thefts last year than in 2010.

 

And the sheriff's department says that's mainly due to rising prices that caused more thefts of copper and other types of metal.

 

They say those thefts dropped later in the year after deputies arrested dozens of people on metal-theft charges.

The report covers crime in Bibb County's unincorporated areas; Macon police have not released their crime figures for 2011.

Malik Brown Sentenced for Assault on Photographer

 

A Macon man was sentenced to four years' probation after admitting assaulting a news photographer at Macon City Hall.

Malik Brown pled guilty Tuesday to two counts of criminal damage to property and one count of assault. He was accused of assaulting the Telegraph's chief photographer, Woody Marshall, after a December 2010 news conference by Sen. Robert Brown.

Brown was sentenced to four years' probation, a $1,000 fine and 500 hours' community service. Judge Tillman Self also ordered him to pay Marshall and the Telegraph $1,533.24 in restitution for damaged photo equipment.

Brown told the judge he had attended anger-management classes.

Brown apologized to Marshall in open court. His attorney told 13WMAZ that Brown worked night as a bouncer and that job had an effect on how he reacted.