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Man pleads guilty in robbery where armed customer fired shots


A Sacramento, Calif. man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to robbing a Macon video game store in August.

Javon Britton, 34, entered Game Stop, 4659 Presidential Parkway, on Aug. 21 carrying a large black bag, according to a news release from United States Attorney Michael Moore.

After entering the store, Britton removed a large U.S. military surplus M1 carbine from his bag and ordered everyone to get on the ground. He took customers' cell phones and money. He then took about $492 from the cash register.

Macon store clerk takes gun from robber


Police are looking for two men accused of attempting to rob a Macon convenience store.

According to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, two men attempted to rob the Flash Foods at 3889 Vineville Ave.

One of the men pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded cash from the store's register.

The clerk then fought with the robber who was holding the gun and managed to take it away. The other robber ran away.

The clerk then forced the gunman out of the store and locked him outside.

No money was taken and no one was injured.

Anyone with information on the robbery or possible suspects is asked to call the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

UPDATE: Teen to be arrested next week for July fatal wreck


UPDATE:
A Bibb County man indicted Tuesday on homicide by vehicle and reckless driving charges will be allowed to complete an out-of-town trip before being arrested and released on bond.

District Attorney David Cooke said Wednesday that Grant Hoffman, 18, was traveling out-of-state on an extended road trip with his parents when the indictment came down.

Since then, Cooke said officials in his office discussed the situation with Hoffman's attorney and agreed to allow Hoffman to complete the trip and turn himself in to authorities when he returns to Macon next week.

Community leaders disagree with Ferguson decision


Across the nation and in Central Georgia, opinions are split over the decision not to indict a Ferguson Missouri police officer in the death of Michael Brown.

Some who think justice was ignored believe Ferguson is an example of the much bigger problem of racial profiling.

The decision was announced Monday night, but many were not happy with the news.

"Disappointed," says Macon NAACP president, Gwenette Westbrooks. "There has to be some change. "

"A lot of it is racial profiling," she believes.

Westbrooks is currently looking into three complaints of possible racial profiling to court.

These complaints include traffic stops with no ticket or citation and seemingly no probable cause for why they were pulled over.

County eyes locations for new Macon-Bibb senior center


After months of complaints that their current center is too small, senior citizens in Macon-Bibb could soon have the new and improved space they've been asking for.

Tuesday morning, a county committee asked for preliminary sketches of a new senior center.

It's the first tangible step they've made at the drawing board in using the $2 million dollars in 2011 SPLOST money set aside for this project.

Commissioners say they like the idea of adding a larger space to the Bloomfield Recreaction Center on Lions Place.

They've considered other sites like the Macon Health Club downtown and the Frank Johnson Recreation Center.

Bibb sheriff, county officials tackle pay disparities


On New Year's Day, when their departments merged, Macon police officers and Bibb County deputies became equals.

But their salaries didn't.

Now, deputies working the same job could be thousands of dollars apart.

Macon-Bibb Sheriff David Davis says he's trying to fix as much of that disparity as possible with salaries from vacant positions.

He plans to give raises in January for some former Macon police officers who are still underpaid and he hopes to build more raises into his 2016 budget.

But the sheriff's office isn't the only one affected.

Battling illegal dumping in blighted areas


The saga of illegal dumping continues in some blighted neighborhoods, despite the county's efforts to stop it.

We first told you about the mounds of abandoned trash on Churchill Street off Mercer University Drive in July.

Tuesday morning, Commissioner Virgil Watkins proposed blocking off both ends of that street with concrete barriers.

He calls the area a "haven" for illegal dumping, an offense that if caught, can result in a $500 fine.

But Burnesee Hill, the executive director of Manna Ministries, often cleans up the area.

She told commissioners that blocking off one street would only build the garbage piles elsewhere.