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Macon Officer Fires Shots at Domestic-Violence Suspect

CORRECTION: This story originally gave an incorrect number for the Macon police department. The correct number is (478) 751-7500.

A Macon police officer fired several shots at a suspect who allegedly struck a woman with his pickup truck, then hit a cruiser.

A police news release says it happened around 12:15 a.m. Friday outside 564 Rogers Ave. That's off Ingleside Avenue. Police say it happened after a domestic dispute at the home.

While a woman there talked to officers, police say Melvin Harrell got into his pickup and drove toward them.

Police say he struck the woman, knocking her into a yard, then a cruiser, where an officer was sitting.

An officer fired shots at Harrell, "to prevent further injuries and to save lives," and he drove away.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said they're investigating exactly how many shots were fired, and she could not describe where the officer was in relation to Harrell.

Nine Charged with Pimping, Prostitution in Perry Sting

Perry police say they arrested four prostitutes and five suspected pimps at Central Georgia hotels Wednesday.

They say the arrests came out of a sting aimed at finding victims of human trafficking, juvenile prostitutes and their pimps.

During the sting, Perry police, Macon and Atlanta FBI offices, Georgia Department of Corrections and Sandy Springs Police Department worked together.

They say they didn't find any minors involved. Instead, officials found four adult females and five males at Perry-area hotels.

Scott Mander, 39, Rodney Cooper, Jr., 26,William Redford, 30, Daniel Washburn, 29, all of Macon, and William Rowell, 54, of Warner Robins were charged with pimping.

Amanda Hulsey, 20, of Warner Robins, Kelly Roberts, 43, also from Warner Robins, Kristy Ussery, 22, of Macon and Judith Hammock of Lizella were all charged with prostitution.

All eight were being held Thursday in the Houston County jail.

Bibb Deputies Looking for Vehicle in ATM Theft

Deputies are looking for a man and his vehicle after he allegedly stole an ATM.

Around 3:37 a.m., the ATM was taken from Mid-South Federal Credit Union on Bass Road Wednesday morning, according to a news release.

Bibb County deputies saw a male with a baseball cap in a truck with a "large object in the back bed." Deputies lost him during a chase when he turned off his lights in an unlit area of New Forsyth Road.

They say the truck is a 1990s Chevy or GMC model truck and possibly "metallic blue" with "step sides" or "flares."

After the ATM alarm went off, deputies found a fork lift in the credit union's parking lot and saw that the ATM was missing.

If you have any information on this case, you can call the Bibb Sheriff's Office at 478-746-9441.

Bibb County Fugitive Found Passed Out in W. Va.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Lewisburg police didn't have to chase down a Georgia fugitive - he was found passed out in a vehicle.

Media outlets report police were called to a service station near the Lewisburg exit off Interstate 64 on Tuesday. That's where patrolman A.L. Workman found Derrick Lyndon Kimbrell in the vehicle.

Police Chief Tim Stover says the 23-year-old Kimbrell was wanted in Bibb County, for a probation violation stemming from making terroristic threats.

Kimbrell was taken to the Southern Regional Jail and awaits extradition proceedings.

The State Department of Corrections website shows that Kimbrell served time in state prison for terroristic threats and acts committed in Bibb County in 2010. He was released last December.

 

Ninth Suspect in Zodiac Shooting Arrested

The ninth suspect in the Zodiac Lounge shooting from July 5th has now been arrested.

On July 5th Jammoni Bland was shot and killed in the parking lot of the nightclub in downtown Macon.

In a statement, Macon Police say, following an anonymous tip, 29-year old Jimmy Lee Scott, III, was arrested, without incident in Sandy Springs.

Scott was interrogated at the detective center in Macon on Wednesday and taken to the Bibb County jail.

Major Charles Stone said Scott faces charges of attempted murder and participation in street gang activity.

Stone said the next steps involve working with the District Attorney to prepare for trial and even though all warrants have been served, the investigation continues.

He said any information that the public can provide will help. If you have information on the case, you can call Macon detectives at 478-751-7500.  

 

Driver Charged With Injuring Firefighter

The Warner Robins teen accused of driving into a Bibb County firefighter on Interstate 75 last month now faces three charges.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Department says Nayef Al-Shroof turned himself in just before noon Monday.

He's charged with causing serious injury, reckless driving and violating the state's move-over law.

Al-Shroof was in the Bibb County jail Monday night on $11,420 bond.

On July 11, Al-Shroof allegedly hit firefighter Eric John, who was responding to an accident on the interstate in south Bibb.

John remains in critical but stable condition at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Two More Zodiac Suspects Denied Bond

A magistrate court judge denied two suspects bond Wednesday in connection with the July shooting at the Zodiac Lounge in Macon that left one teen dead.

Andre Bonner is charged with charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and participation in gang activity and murder. Police said he shot 17-year-old Jammoni Bland.

But Bonner's lawyer, Melvin Raines II, said a witness mistakenly identified John Hollingshed as Bonner. He said the two men are both of similar height and weight and that pictures seen in the media only show Hollingshed.

"There are no pictures out there that even contain Mr. Bonner," he said. "So as far as if it's a matter of seeing someone on a surveillance tape, then it could just be a case of mistaken identity," added Raines.

However, he said he isn't implicating Hollingshed.