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Male mentors needed in Macon-Bibb

ommissioner Al Tillman and Mentors Project Executive Director June O’Neal put out a community challenge on Thursday, March 19 for males to mentor youth in Macon-Bibb County. According to Mrs. O’Neal, there are children asking for mentors so they can graduate and go to college or the military.

“We have almost 40 young men waiting for someone to step forward and help them be successful; these are young men that are looking for guidance and help from us,” said Mrs. O’Neal. “An hour a week can make all the difference in a child’s life. It’s up to us, the adults, to help them find their dreams.”

UPDATE: Missing Macon teen found safe


UPDATE: The Bibb Sheriff's Office says a missing teen was returned to her parents in Macon on Tuesday morning.

According to a news release, at around 2 a.m. Tuesday, a homeowner in the 2300 block of Charlene Terrace, called police after missing 14-year-old Zaynah Elizabeth Head showed up at the home, and said her parents were looking for her. Deputies arrived and took Head back to her parents' home.

Head was reported missing from her parent's home in the 500 block of Chickamauga Drive Sunday afternoon. Zaynah's father says his daughter is bipolar and had not taken her medication since Sunday. She was last reported to have been seen Monday morning around 9:00 in the Tindall Heights area.


Man hit in head during Macon home invasion


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A man who sells candy out of his home was robbed at about 6 p.m. Sunday on Winship Street.

William Kelso, 68, told authorities when he opened the door, three young males said they were there to buy candy.

Kelso invited them in and once they were inside, one of the suspects put a pistol against his head, then demanded he face the wall with his hands up.

He says two of the males pressed their guns against the back of his head, while the third ransacked the house.

Kelso says they took around $3,400 worth of jewelry and other items.

Macon man arrested, charged with animal cruelty


UPDATE:

A Macon man was arrested and charged after officers found an abandoned puppy and a dead dog in his backyard. That's according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

Brian Denegal was charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of cruelty to animals.

That came after a Macon-Bibb Animal Control Officer told deputies she received a call about dog fighting at the home.

A report says deputies found a dead dog next to a tree in the backyard on Case Street around 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Officers also discovered a puppy abandoned without food or water.

13 WMAZ's Claire Davis knocked on the door of the home, but no one answered. Denegal was released on bond Saturday.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opens Macon restaurant today


Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first Macon restaurant today.

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The new eatery is located at 120 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. near Chick-fil-A. The restaurant features a 320 square foot patio with seating for 22. The entire restaurant seats about 89.

Chipotle operates more than 1,500 restaurants with several in the Atlanta area.

"Normally we've got to drive all the way to Atlanta to get some of this food, now that they're opening here, Macon just got a little bit better now," said Germel Lewis, a customer.

Macon store owner said he's being "terrorized"


The owner of a Macon convenience store said he's being terrorized by some guys who keep coming into his business.

The males came into the store - Market Place, 1091 Clinton Road - on Friday at about 8 p.m.

They were wearing black hoodies with bandannas covering their faces, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office incident report.

The store owner told the males to leave, but they grabbed beers from the cooler, the report states.

The store owner grabbed a bat and a chain and chased the males into the parking lot, the incident report states. One of the males threw an object at the store owner, "causing visible bodily harm," the report states.

EEOC backs Mount de Sales band director in discrimination case


A federal agency says it's found reasonable cause to believe that Mount de Sales Academy discriminated against a gay teacher.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a Jan.30 determination in a complaint filed by Flint Dollar. He was the school's former band director.

In May, Dollar said, and the school confirmed, that his contract was not renewed after he announced he would marry his male partner.

Trustees at the private Catholic school, said Dollar's pending wedding violated the school's mission "to provide a high quality education based in teachings of the Catholic Church."

But the news led to protests and petitions by band students, parents and others.