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UPDATE:Roads Remain Closed Due to Sinkhole in Downtown


Macon-Bibb Public Works and Georgia Department of Transportation crews are working overnight to repair a sinkhole on a Macon street.

Lieutenant Sean DeFoe with the Bibb Sheriff's Office says the sinkhole was reported to authorities at about 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening.

DeFoe says while the visible hole in the pavement is just the size of a coffee cup under the pavement the sinkhole is 8 feet deep, and 12 feet wide, and is in the northbound lanes of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Deputies have closed off all lanes of Martin Luther King Boulevard between Hazel Street and Hawthorne Street.

There is now word yet on whether any utility lines under the road are damaged or on how long repairs might take.


Macon-Bibb plans to expand recycling program


Macon-Bibb County is considering whether to spend $300,000 on garbage and recycling bins.

With hundreds of requests for the new bins, 13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo found out a little more about the current recycling options for Macon-Bibb.

Taking out your recycling is something Ashlee Hammonds does every other Thursday.

"I would say about 70% of our waste is recycling," she says.

Hammonds is part of a single stream pickup program that's only offered in certain areas inside the former Macon city limits. That means she can recycle things like bottles, cans, and paper products.

However, the program is limited.

Currently, only 2,000 homes are a part of the single stream pilot program, but if commissioners pass funding next week a thousand more homes could receive new recycling bins.

Interactive map details Macon-Bibb pedestrian fatalities


Bibb County leaders met last week to discuss ways to improve pedestrian safety in Macon.

In 2013, the county had more pedestrian deaths than Columbus, Ohio, Baltimore, Boston, and Washington D.C. Bibb, with its population of 150,000, even beat out the entire state of Maine, whose population is 1.3 million.

Here's an interactive map of pedestrian fatalities in Macon during the last four years.

Mobile users, click here.

 

 


FBI offers reward in gang shooting at Middle Georgia bar


MACON, Ga. (AP) - The FBI is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a nightclub shooting that left three men dead.

Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson said the reward is for tips that lead to the arrest of Tavarus Coney.

The FBI said in a statement that Bibb County authorities have obtained arrest warrants charging Coney with murder, aggravated assault and violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention act for his role in the Wings Café shooting on Dec. 12, 2014.

Several other suspects have been charged in the killings.

The FBI says the reward is in addition to a previously announced $1,000 reward from law enforcement.

Bibb murder suspect arrested in Virginia


Wednesday afternoon, a suspect in a Macon homicide was arrested by federal agents in Virginia and will be returned to Bibb County to face charges.

According to a news release from the Bibb Sheriff's Office, US Marshals arrested 20-year-old Steve Anthony Fort in Suffolk, Virginia.

Fort is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Javoris Butler, of Macon, on July 21st outside of a home on Houston Avenue.

Fort is charged with homicide, kidnapping, and armed robbery.

Fort is currently in a Virginia jail, but will soon be transported to the Bibb County Jail.

Historic Macon announces endangered list


The Historic Macon Foundation has a new list of properties that they say could be fading fast. Wednesday they unveiled what they called the Fading Five list.

"This particular home is one of the oldest homes in Macon," Sandra Bedgood-Aronson, co-owner of the Bonnybare-Bedgood House said.

Most people in Macon have driven past the large white house, behind the Mercer School of Law on Georgia Avenue many times, but few know its rich history. Built in the late 1830s, it was home to former mayors, state senators, and others who left a huge impact on Macon. One designed Central City Park and another started the Washington Free Library.

"Various generals during the civil war that came here as guest of this home and various things that happened in the town of macon in the 1800s that were recorded," Bedgood-Aronson said.

Bibb Sheriff: Body cameras coming early 2016


"It's not moved as fast as I hoped it would or I thought it would. It's one of those things. Do you want to do it right or right now?," said Bibb Sheriff David Davis. But body cameras are coming soon.

"We've had some of our deputies test out some body cameras so far and we're going to be testing out some more in the next few weeks," he said.

But he says lots of questions still need to be answered before they hit the streets, including finding cameras that are good quality and cost-effective.

"We've had cost estimates from as little as a couple hundred thousand dollars to nearly a million dollars," he said.

The Sheriff's Office got $275,000 this year from a settlement with business owners accused of running illegal gambling. They also have other money set aside for the cameras.