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3 former Bibb deputies sentenced to 3 years probation


Three deputies facing corruption charges after an FBI sting operation were each sentenced to three years probation Thursday.

The deputies were accused of conspiring to rip off a drug dealer and sell his drugs to another dealer, among other things.

In March, Arthur Howard, Decarlo Latimore, and Jimmy Denson each pleaded guilty to one charge of theft of federal property.

Federal Judge Marc Treadwell said he felt three years probation was sufficient based on the evidence.

Under their plea deal with prosecutors, they got probation, but not prison time. They cannot own firearms or ammunition, and cannot work as law enforcement officers.

Macon man reports being shot at with kids in car


A man dropping his girlfriend off at a home at about 10 a.m. Wednesday was shot at by someone who was with a group of four or five men.

Robert Williams, 33, told deputies he had his two children in the car when he dropped off his girlfriend at his friends house at 2324 Chappell St., according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release.

Two of the males, who were wearing bandannas on their faces, tried to open the driver's side door, but Williams drove off. He heard gunshots and later found two bullet holes in the rear of his 2007 Cadillac CTS.

About a half hour before this incident - at this same Chappell Street address - Lorenzo Poole, 53, reported to deputies that two men, one armed with a gun, opened his screen door, but didn't enter the home. A man holding a shotgun then waved the weapon in the room. As they ran from the home, Poole said he heard a gunshot, the news release states.

Gunshots reported at north Macon shopping center


Bibb County deputies were called out to the Kroger shopping center on Zebulon Road at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night for a report of gunshots.

Responding deputies reported that there was a fight between a group of males near the alley between the shopping center and Am-Star Movie Theater.

A person in the passenger seat of a light blue Mazda 3 pulled up and fired five to six shots in the air, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release.

At about midnight, deputies were dispatched to the Quick-Med on Zebulon Road for a reported aggravated assault. A male there told officers he was beaten up by a group of guys. One of them displayed a gun.


Macon boy catches a surprise in the Ocmulgee River


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Ten-year-old Michael Harrell had no idea how much talk would be generated surrounding his catch in the Ocmulgee River early Sunday.

He docked his kayak on some rocks along the river bank about 150 yards below the dam at Lake Jackson.

He casts his line and moments later called out to his father and grandfather, "I think I caught the big one!"

He pulled it in. It was a rainbow trout, about 16 inches.

His grandfather told him he's been fishing in the Ocmulgee River for 60 years and he's never heard of trout being caught there.

His catch was a rare one indeed for that body of water.

Motorcyclist injured in Macon hit-and-run


Bibb County investigators are searching for the person who hit a motorcyclist on Shurling Drive in east Macon on Wednesday night.

Lieutenant Randy Gonzalez with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says Marcus Lamb, 45, of Macon wasn't seriously hurt when a green Lincoln Towncar hit his 2007 Honda CVR.

The Sheriff's Office says Lamb was headed west in the right lane, while the Towncar was in the left lane and tried to move over.

After hitting Lamb, Gonzalez says the driver just kept going.

Lamb was taken to Coliseum Medical Center for treatment.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (478) 751-7500.


Citizens Advisory Committee holding hearings


People interested voicing their concerns with the proposal to reduce the number of voting precincts from 37 to 26 have one more chance to do it.

The Citizens Advisory Committee is scheduled to hold its final hearing 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Macon-Bibb Government Building at 800 Poplar Street.

The eight member Citizens Advisory Committee heard mixed reactions to the county's proposal Tuesday to reduce the number of voting precincts.

Committee chair Quinton Tard says about 35 people attended the meeting and offered different opinions.

"Some felt that this would disenfranchise voters," says Tard.

Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas has pushed for voter registration and turnout for years. She agrees that reducing the number of voting precincts would keep some people from voting.

Zoning commission defers Macon rail spur decision - again


Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning is putting off their decision, for a third time, on whether to build a rail spur in South Bibb County.

Both sides made their case at the hearing on Tuesday.