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Bibb sheriff deputy arrested, accused of kicking handcuffed suspect


The Bibb Sheriff's Office arrested and fired one of its own Thursday morning for allegedly kicking a man in the chest.

92-year-old dies after falling down embankment outside of Macon nursing home


A 92-year-old was found dead early Friday morning after she reportedly fell down an embankment outside of John Wesley Villas off of Thomaston Road in Macon.

According to deputy coroner Lonnie Miley, Lucile Brown was last seen around 2 a.m. when she was escorted to the bathroom then taken back to her room. Miley said between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., she wandered outside from her room out of a side door of the nursing home.

A nursing home employee noticed the side door was open. He and another person searched outside and found her at the bottom of the embankment.

Bibb superintendent shares vision for upcoming school year

Students across Central Georgia are getting ready to head back to school.Class starts in many districts this coming Monday.

But the planning process is a year-round job for Bibb County Superintendent Curtis Jones, who is beginning his first full school year at the helm. Friday, 13WMAZ's Kristen Swilley sat down with him to ask about his long-term goals for academic achievement, his plans to work in tandem with charter schools, and more.

Graduation rates

Q: I think one of the biggest things that I took away from convocation was this goal that you announced saying that you wanted to have 90 percent graduation by 2025. Tell us how you arrived at that figure and how you're going to get us there.

Inaugural Pleasant Hill soap box derby race held


A dozen kids at a church summer camp started a new tradition off with a blast.

Strong Tower Fellowship's senior pastor Tom Anderson calls it the inaugural Pleasant Hill soap box derby race.

The summer campers raced down the hill on Gaillard Street, near the church.

11-year-old Khaleel Taylor had a strategy for winning.

"Well, the trick to making a car, it's about doing your best, make sure the steering wheel straight, the paint straight," says Khaleel. "It was kind of scary because you can't control it when you go downhill. I was going to crash into someone else."

Man robs Waffle House on Pio Nono Avenue

Bibb County deputies are investigating a robbery that happened at a Waffle House at 4285 Pio Nono Avenue early Friday morning.

According to a news release, an armed man came into the Waffle House and demanded money from the cash register. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled towards a neighboring hotel.

The man, the release states, was described to deputies as black, wearing a black bandana over his face, a tan colored "fishing style" hat, a black long sleeved shirt, black sweat pants, white gloves and white tennis shoes. The man's gun was described as a long barrel revolver with wooden hand grips.

No one was injured during this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Former OrthoGeorgia worker arrested again, accused of forgery

The woman accused of stealing more than $100K from OrthoGeorgia under a false name has been arrested again.

According to Macon-Bibb County arrest warrants, Melissa Zediker forged a signature back in April for a patient who did not give consent to sign his name on a confidential document. She is also accused of stealing more than $69,000 from her current employer within a short period of time.

According to the warrants, she has been charged with 12 counts of fiduciary theft and one count of 1st degree forgery.

Zediker was also arrested last week and charged with 41 counts of felony theft by taking after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 under a false name while working for OrthoGeorgia.

'Black Lives Matter' rally held in Macon

The Black Lives Matter movement was created in 2012 after the death of Trayvon Martin, and some local people want to send out the message that the phrase is more than just a hashtag.

Thursday night, a rally in Macon was held in Central City Park.

A group of about 50 marched around the park singing and holding signs.

They then gathered around the gazebo to talk about changes they believe are needed in the community.