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Autopsy: Man Died from Accidental Neck Injuries

A man found dead in Macon early Saturday died from accidental neck injuries from a fall, his autopsy says.

Bibb County coroner Leon Jones says 52-year-old Carl Anderson died from blunt force trauma to the neck.

 

He said investigators don't know why he fell, but his death has been ruled accidental.

"Looks like he just fell over and struck his neck," Jones said.

 

 

Police say a passerby Anderson's body in the alley on Third Street Lane at Concord Street around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. That's just south of downtown. Earlier, Jones said there was some blood on Anderson's body but no obvious signs of trauma.

Jones said toxicology tests, expected within several weeks, should tell whether Anderson had drugs or alcohol in his system.

Macon police ask anyone with information on the case to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Suspect Wanted in Shooting after Basketball Game

Macon police are searching for a 33-year-old man they say shot another person after a basketball game.  

Investigators say Terico Balkam is wanted in the shooting. 

It happened Sunday night near Joe Davis and Kitchens Streets in east Macon.

According to a  Macon police news release, the victim was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he's listed in critical condition.  Police did not identify the victim.

If you can help police find Terico Balkcom, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME or Macon police at 751-7500.

Crowds Tour 'Secret Garden'

Folks from across the state came to Macon to catch a glimpse of some unique flowers at Macon's Hay House.

The 19th Annual Macon's Secret Garden Tour wrapped up Sunday.

Guest got a chance to browse and buy a variety of flowers including shrubs, native plants, and exotic flowers.

The tour also offered free seminars on gardening.

"It all started with gardens that you wouldn't be able to see just by driving around on the road. So we called it the secret garden tour because you had to actually walk back and see them," says Hay House Advisor, Diane Lewis.

Money raised from the tour helps support the national historic landmark.

Macon Councilman Discusses Anti-Gang Initiatives

In a Public Safety Committee meeting on Monday, Macon city council members plan to discuss some anti-gang initiatives.

Candace Adorka talked to Public Safety Chairman, Virgil Watkins, about what he expects for some of those plans.

Police Investigating Body Found in Macon

Macon police are investigating the death of a man whose body was spotted in an alley Saturday morning.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says a passerby found 52-year-old Carl Anderson's body in the alley on Third Street Lane at Concord Street around 8:30 a.m. The location is just south of downtown.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says there was some blood on Anderson's body but no obvious signs of trauma.

He says an autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the cause of death.

Macon police ask anyone with information on the case to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Central Georgians Celebrate Ronald Palooza

Middle Georgians withstood scorching temperatures for a little outdoor fun for a good cause.

Ronald Palooza 2012 kicked off in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Crowds shopped, listened to music, and kids could hop around in bouncy houses.

The event, staged by the Ronald McDonald House program, helps to raise money for families of seriously injured or ill children.

Proceeds from this year's Ronald Palooza will go toward building an addition to the current Ronald McDonald House in Macon. The current house has 13 rooms, and the group hopes to build 14 more to help more struggling families.

Jeremy Gaza says he supports the non-profit any chance he gets.

Thousands Gather For Bibb Relay for Life

People across Central Georgia stayed up late Friday to help raise money for cancer research with this year's Relay For Life.

Bibb County's relay stepped off at Al Sihah Shrine Park in south Macon.

Thousands of survivors and volunteers gathered to remember those lost to cancer and honor the survivors.

Oncology nurse Melanie WIlkinson says she came to show support because her patients are like family. "My favorite favorite time is the survivor lap," she says. "There is just not another feeling like seeing those survivors on the track and knowing that they survived cancer is just awesome."

Crawford County, Cochran, Hawkinsville and Eastman also held Relay for Life events Friday night.

You can see photos of Bibb County's relay in our slideshow.