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State orders Macon daycare to close

A Macon daycare is facing closure because state investigators say a child was left in a van for more than four hours.

That's according to the state Department of Early Care and Learning.

They say it happened Monday at the Charlotte's Web Day Care at 4060 Napier Ave.

The agency yesterday issued an order for an emergency closing, used when they believe children's health and safety are in imminent danger.

But the daycare has appealed, and a state judge will hear the case on Tuesday.

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American Legion officer charged with stealing $5,300

The former commander of a Macon American Legion post is accused of stealing nearly $5,300 from the post.

Kenneth Maye, age 59, of Lizella was arrested Thursday and charged with fidicuiary theft by taking, according to the Bibb County jail. He was released later Thursday on $4,050 bond.

According to an arrest warrant, Maye admitted to investigators that he took a $5,293 check from a game-machine company and put it in his personal account instead of the post's safe or bank account.

Maye told investigators he believed the post owed him the funds because he had contributed his own money to the post's game-machine payouts.

But post officials told investigators that Maye was not authorized to keep the check. The arrest warrant was issued April 8, and Maye surrendered to the jail Thursday, according to jail records.

GEICO adding 500 new Macon jobs


With more than 5,000 employees, GEICO is Macon-Bibb's largest private employer.

Now, they're planning on adding another 520 new jobs by the end of the year.

Assistant VP of Claims Suzanne Worthen says a combination of business growth and Macon employees transferring to other locations has led to the large amount of new job opportunities.

Worthen says the new positions include sales, service, claims, and emergency road service, all jobs handled at their Macon call center.

The salary range for the positions range between $28,000 and $40,000, depending on the job.

Middle Georgia State College Holds Gaming Workshop

Diego Lizarazo is a Developer Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. He stopped by Middle Georgia State College to lead a gaming workshop.

"One of the examples that I was showing them was made by a high school student in just a little over two weeks in his free time," he said.

Will Haggerty, a freshman at Houston County High School, has wanted to do game design since he was in seventh grade.

He says programming is a field that people at any age can appreciate.

"If you're 40, or if you're my age, 15, you're gonna understand it," Haggerty said.

"If you like games, it's a great way to understand how to create games, and it's an industry that's growing, but also because it's a really cool way to start learning how to program," Lizarazo said.

He says programming is important to learn because different types of jobs are becoming more dependent on technology.

Macon-Bibb Crime Files

Thursday files

: April 15

Incident type:
Warning for animal restraint violation

1900 block Canterbury Road

A deputy was called out to the location at about 9:45 p.m. in reference to a fight. When he arrived he was met by two men who was complaining about their neighbor's pit bull. The men said the dog has been a problem in the neighborhood frequently running loose. While they were arguing with the dog's owner about the issue, the dog charged at one of them. One of the men then shot and killed the dog. No charges were filed and the dog's owner received a warning for failure to restrain her animal.

Sheriff's office looking for Walgreens robber

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding someone they said robbed Walgreens at 1280 Gray Highway on March 18.

The sheriff's office said a man, armed with a handgun, entered the store and demanded money from the clerk.

No one was injured during this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Rutland student charged for handgun in car

A Rutland High School student was charged with having a loaded handgun inside a car in the school parking lot.

That's according to Stephanie Hartley, spokeswoman for the Bibb County school district.

She said it happened Wednesday, April 9.

The 17-year-old boy apparently switched cars with a parent, and the car he took to school had advertisements on the outside for stun guns, pepper spray and other self-defense items.

When school officials looked inside, they saw pepper-spray canisters inside, in plain view, and decided to search the car.

That's when they found the loaded handgun in the trunk, along with several "stun guns" or Tasers.

She could not describe the type of gun, but said it was never inside the school.