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Jury Finds Former Medical Center Nurse Not Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Patient

A jury found a former Medical Center of Central Georgia nurse not guilty of sexually assaulting a patient.

That's according to Bibb County Assistant District Attorney Pam White-Colbert. 

She says James Purvis was accused of touching the breast area of a patient, as well as rubbing her shoulders and trying to kiss her in March 2009.

She says Purvis was no longer employed by the Medical Center following the incident.

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Neighbors Ask to Fly Planes from Tobesofkee

Head out to Lake Tobesofkee and you can expect to see ducks, boats and jet-skis cruising across the water, but if some neighbors have their way, you might add airplanes to that list.

Quinton Cotton loves to take his boat out for a spin on the lake, but for a pilot, gearing up a float plane would make it even better.

"It's just part of our make-up. It's part of our life, so why not bring the water and the airplanes together here," he said.

In a written proposal to the county, Cotton says pilots would land only in a set area, not including the heavily populated parks at the lake. He says they would restrict hours and not land or take off on weekends and holidays.

Cotton says he has close to 50 signatures on a petition to allow floatplanes at Tobesofkee.

Tobesofkee Director Doug Furney says he's looking into the proposal, like accidents involving the planes. He says he has not found any in Georgia so far.

Bibb Schools Read for the Record

Kindergarten and Pre-K students at Sonny Carter Elementary covered the gym floor to set a record for reading.

Ingrid Evans Brown, the school's family engagement coordinator says kindergarten classes across with nation will read the same book at the same time Thursday to set the record. 


13WMAZ's Frank Malloy helped them by reading "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats.

A crowd of more than 100 students cheered and read along with Frank.

Brown says while they hope to help break the reading record, they also want to get children excited about reading.

"Reading kind of sets the fundamentals for babies. Readers make leaders, and we want them to excel so we really push them to read," she said.

Seniors and High Schoolers Tailgate in Monroe

Call it a party for all generations.

High school students joined seniors from the Bolingreen Health and Rehabilitation Center for a tailgate party.

Cheerleaders, coaches, and football players from high schools in Bibb, Monroe and Jones counties attended the event.

This is the tailgate's third year. Coordinators say the event grows larger each year, with more groups asking to participate.

Folks got game day food hot off the grill and heard words from former University of Georgia and NFL player Kevin Butler.

The center says they also have guests from other assisted living homes in the area. They says it's a time for the community to come together.

"We're trying to show that our generation, you know, can interact and not just be all into technology and things," said Kasey Gordon, a senior at Jones County High School.

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Police Say Robbery was Motive in East Macon Shooting

Macon police say robbery was apparently the motive in Wednesday's fatal East Macon shooting.

In a news release, police say they found large amounts of alcohol and a small amount of drugs at the 665 Peachtree St. home where Antonio Middlebrooks was killed.

Police say they're still investigating and interviewing witnesses in the case.

They say 911 received a call just after 10:20 a.m. Wednesday  More than a dozen investigators responded to the scene.  

Jones says Middlebrooks was shot multiple times in his upper  body and died on the scene.  Capt. Jimmy Barbee says the mother was in the back part of the home when the shooting happened.    

Superior Court Judge Candidates Speak to Voters at Forum

The candidates for Bibb County Superior Court Judge attended a forum with city council and school board candidates Thursday night at Macon City Hall.

Howard Simms, Morris Carr and Jim Barnes are running for the bench.

Simms stepped down as Bibb County District Attorney in June to run for judge. 

He says, his decades of legal experience make him the best candidate.

 "I bring a unique perspective to the bench.  We don't have a state level prosecutor on our bench anymore, we used to have one and we need that prosecutor's perspective now more than ever," says Simms. 

Morris Carr grew up in Macon and attended Mercer Law School  before opening his private practice.

He says the job would involve dealing with a lot of cases involving family issues such as child custody and divorce.

Carr says those are  both issues he has dealt with a lot in his private practice.