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Macon Police: Man Admits Shooting Himself in Thigh

A Macon homeowner has been charged with reporting a false crime after he told police a stranger shot him in the thigh Wednesday when he opened his door.

According to a police news release, Macon Police detectives visited Drexel Holton at his Sugarloaf Circle home in north Macon Thursday and he "admitted he shot himself."

He had originally told police that when he opened his door on Sugarloaf Circle Wednesday after hearing a noise. He told police that when he opened it, a man he didn't know shot him in the upper thigh.

He was charged with a false report of a crime and was taken to jail. He was released on $1,300 bond.

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Macon Man Charged with Laurens County Vehicular Homicide

Macon Man Charged with Laurens County Vehicular Homicide

Following a three vehicle accident in August, the Georgia State Patrol has arrested and charged a Macon man with the death of a Laurens County woman.

37-year-old Eddie Lee Carswell was charged with second degree vehicular homicide and following too closely in connection with the crash on August 20.

Gordy Wright, spokesman with GSP, said 66-year-old Joyce T. Graham died in a Macon hospital following injuries she received in the accident.

Wright said Carswell was arrested Aug. 21.

Macon Police: Burglar Caught Pawning Stolen Items

A man was charged with burglary after items he allegedly stole from a home were found at a pawn shop.

Macon Police say they were able to track down a home burglar after he pawned items at a local pawn shop. They were able to pull surveillance video from the store and put a lookout for the suspect.

Once they found him in his car, police say, they also found some of the victim's belongings in his car.

William Johnson was charged with burglary first degree and theft by deception. 

Monroe County also had a warrant out for his arrest for burglary.

Jury Convicts Bonner of Murdering Elderly Macon Woman

A Bibb County Superior Court jury convicted 31-year-old Aurie Bonner III of murder Wednesday in last year's killing of 87-year-old Christine Patton Cook.

District Attorney David Cooke says Bonner was sentenced to life without parole after the jury handed own its verdict. Superior Court Judge Howard Simms presided over the case.

Bonner was convicted of killing Cook on October 18, 2012 in her home on General Lee Drive. According to an autopsy, Cook was smothered.

The jury began deliberations after lunch and reached its verdict a short while later.

 On Oct. 25, 2012, Bonner had to be carried into court by six officers for his first appearance after resisting entering the courtroom.


Former Houston Jail Guard Charged with Jewelry Theft

A former Houston County Sheriff's Detention Officer has been arrested and charged in a string of North Bibb County jewelry thefts.

Investigators found 15 pounds of stolen jewelry, old coins and flatware, according to a release.

The release says Blaine Hellwig would go around with his girlfriend and her home-cleaning service. While she was busy cleaning a home, he'd go through and steal items.

Hellwig worked as a Detention Officer for the Houston County Sheriff's Office from 2006 to 2007, according to Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton.

Officials believe he acted by himself and that his girlfriend was not involved. The girlfriend's clients are being contacted so that items can be returned to the owners.

Hellwig was charged with 16 counts of Fiduciary Theft and bonded out at $8,550.00.

People who used "Interior Cleaning" as a service and have belongings missing can call Investigator Jack Cleveland at (478) 621-5650.

Man Posts Bond After He's Charged With 588 Counts of ID Theft

Macon police say they've charged a man with 588 counts of fraud and identity theft.

They identified him as 26-year-old Jaydeep Patel. He was arrested Thursday and posted a bond of $49,700 bond Monday afternoon, according to the Bibb Jail inmate website.

Police say Patel was a middle man for an international loan scam.  Police say Patel took people's information and used it to open debit and credit cards.

They say he withdrew around $190,000 from ATMs in the Macon area, and say this is also part of a national scam.

Macon Police say the international operation may have connections to India, but that Patel is a U.S. citizen.  They were first made aware of the situation in April.

Patel was was arrested at the Houston Mart on Houston Avenue, where he worked.

Macon police say they're still investigating alongside the U.S. Secret Service and the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, and may make more arrests.

Macon Police Arrest Two in Home Burglary

Macon Police say they've arrested two people in connection with a burglary that happened in the Pinedale-Ashland area.

When officers arrived the victims were able to give descriptions of the people that broke into their house.

Police say that within 45 minutes, an officer spotted the vehicle at Melody's Magic Mart on Rocky Creek Road and apprehended all three suspects.

Additionally, they reported that they recovered a portion of the stolen items that the officer  found in the suspects' vehicle. 

Police charged Candy Gerrea Ponder with, Burglary, Probation Violation - State Court, Contempt of Court - City. Bond set at $5,700.

They also charged  Quanterio Zurell Moses with  Burglary, Bench Warrant - State Court.  Bond set at $5,700.

They arrested a third person who is a juvenile.