East Point woman threatens police

A woman who treatened to kill white police officers appeared in an East Point court Wednesday afternoon. Ebony Monique Dickens was charged with dissemination of information to facilitate terroristic threats. The threats were posted on Facebook and included a call to action and specifics about her plan to kill atleast 15 police officers the following day. According to her public defender, Tracy Moran, Dickens has a Masters Degree in legal studies. Amidst her terroristic posts, Dickens referenced her right to freedom of speech through the First Amendment, explaining that the amendment does not explicitly prohibit her from saying "kill all cops." The judge set bond at 10,000 dollars and required Dickens to freeze all social media accounts.

Ava's law signed by Gov. Deal

A huge milestone in the fight against autism occurred Wednesday in Georgia as Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 429 into law. The bill requires insurance companies to provide 30,000 dollars of health care coverage each year, for the treatment of autism, to each child under age six with the condition. The bill, known as Ava's Law, will be effective for insurance policies that are issued or renewed on or after January 1st of next year. Georgia lawmakers believe the bill will facilitate early intervention, which can be key to helping children with autism acheive their full potential. Ava's Law also prohibits insurance carriers from withdrawing coverage or denying treatment to a person diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Ft. Valley investigates sexual assaults

Several cases involving rape and break-ins have been reported in Fort Valley this week. Authorities are investigating reports of sexual assault on Spencer Street and Julius Simmons Boulevard, also known as Alabama Avenue. The intruder entered both residencies through an open window.The victims describe the perpetrator as a black male between 20 and 30 years old, weighing between 130 and 150 pounds and appearing between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 10 inches tall. There also have been five other reports of break-ins said to have occurred between 3 and 5 am on Monday. The Peach County Task Force suspects a link between these recent incidents and attacks that occurred earlier in the month. Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese has reminded the public to lock their windows and doors to prevent home invaders. Anyone with information is asked to call Peach County Deputies at 478-825-8269.

Commissioner Tillman wants "Ban the Box" expanded

MACON-BIBB COMMISSIONER AL TILLMAN IS IN ATLANTA WORKING WITH A SPECIAL "BAN THE BOX" COALITION CONCERNING JOB APPLICATION QUESTIONS RELATING TO PAST CRIME ACTIVITY. MR. TILLMAN HAS BEEN PARTICIPATING IN A THREE-DAY FORUM ON BAN THE BOX CHAIRED BY ATLANTA AREA STATE SENATOR NAN ORRICK. THE NINTH DISTRICT MACON COMMISSIONER LED THE SUCCESSFUL BAN THE BOX EFFORT IN MACON WHILE SENATOR ORRICK DID LIKEWISE ON THE STATE LEVEL. THE PANEL WILL MEET TODAY WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SEEK A POSSIBLE EXECUTIVE ORDER TO BAN THE BOX NATIONWIDE.

Tobesofkee shooter charged

BIBB SHERIFF DAVID DAVIS SAY HIS DEPARTMENT HAS CHARGED THE MAN BELIEVED TO HAVE FIRED ON THREE FISHERMEN RECENTLY. HOLDING A NEWS CONFERENCE AT THE BIBB LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER, SHERIFF DAVIS SAYS 24-YEAR-OLD BASIL GHALI TURNED HIMSELF IN TO THE DEPARTMENT THURSDAY MORNING ALONG WITH THE PISTOL APPARENTLY USED IN THE INCIDENT ON MARCH 21st. HE WILL BE CHARGED WITH RECKLESS CONDUCT WITH A GUN. THE SHERIFF PRAISED THE THREE INVESTIGATORS WHO CONDUCTED THE PROBE AFTER WHAT THE SHERIFF SAYS WAS A BOTCHED JOB BY THE OFFICERS WHO ANSWERED THE FIRST CALL BY THE MEN IN THE BOAT . DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID COOKE SAYS HIS OFFICE WILL EXAMINE THE CASE TO SEE IF THE CHARGES FIT THE CRIME THAT NIGHT ON LAKE TOBESOFKEE.

State Sen. Kennedy explains tax hike

BIBB STATE SENATOR JOHN KENNEDY MET WITH THE BIBB REPUBLICAN PARTY AT THEIR MONTHLY GET TOGETHER THURSDAY EVENING. THE FIRST TERM LAWMAKER SAYS PASSAGE OF THAT SOMEWHAT TAX INCREASE WAS A MUST TO HELP REPAIR THE STATE'S CRIPPLED HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE PROGRAM BECAUSE ROADS AND BRIDGES WERE GETTING INTO A DEPLORABLE CONDITION. HE SAYS THE BILLION DOLLAR PACKAGE WILL ALLOW MAINTENANCE LEVELS TO GET BACK UP TO THE EIGHT PERCENT OF BUDGET LEVEL. HE SAYD IN RECENT YEARS MAINTENANCE WAS BUDGETED AT TWO PERCENT OR LESS. IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME HUNDREDS OF BRIDGES FELL INTO THE UNSATISFACTORY LEVEL. THE SENATOR EARLIER THURSDAY TURNED UP AT THE KARENTS AND KEEPSAKES COCKTAIL AND CUPCAKE FUND RAISER AGAINST AUTISM GET TOGETHER. A BIG CROWD TURNED OUT FOR THE EVENT HOSTED BY KARENTS AND KEEPSAKES JULIE EVANS. SHE PRAISED SENATOR KENNEDY AND OTHER LAWMAKERS WHO FINALLY PASSED A BILL TO HELP DEFRAY COSTS FOR AUTISM THERAPY.

Hawkinsville church burns

THE WESTVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH CONGREGATION IN HAWKINSVILLE WILL BE MEETING ON THE FRONT LAWN THIS SUNDAY. THE CHURCH SUFFERED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE FROM A THURSDAY MORNING FIRE WHICH SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE LARGE BUILDING. FIREMEN FROM HAWKINSVILLE AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES SPENT FIVE HOURS CONTAINING THE BLAZE TO THE CHURCH PROPERTY. HAWKINSVILLE-PULASKI FIRE CHIEF LESLIE SEWELL SAYS NO CAUSE HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY LISTED AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BEGIN AT 11:00am. A SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION ACCOUNT TO AID IN THE REBUILDING OF WESTVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH HAS BEEN SET UP AT SUNMARK BANK.

High school student found safe

THE BIBB SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THAT MISSING RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT JOSHUA PHELPS IS SAFE AND APPARENTLY BACK HOME WITH HIS FAMILY. HE WAS REPORTED MISSING FEBRUARY 5th WHEN HE FAILED TO COME HOME AFTER SCHOOL. THE 18-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND SAFE IN DELAND, FLORIDA.

Former Hancock judge sentenced

A FORMER HANCOCK COUNTY PROBATE JUDGE WILL BE GOING TO JAIL FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS. 53-YEAR-OLD MARVA RICE PLED GUILTY TO CHARGES THAT MORE THAN $300,000 WERE DIVERTED FROM THE HANCOCK COUNTY TREASURY TO HER POCKETS FROM 2008 TO 2012. ONLY A PORTION OF THE LOSSES, SOME $63,000, WAS USED FOR THE PLEA DEAL. THE SENTENCE WAS HANDED DOWN IN MACON FEDERAL COURT.

Macon-Bibb Economic Outlook

ECONOMIC EXPERTS FROM MERCER UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA TOLD A LUNCH TIME AUDIENCE THURSDAY THAT 2015 AND 2016 LOOK VERY GOOD FOR THE MID-STATE COMMUNITY. ONE PLUS POINTED OUT TO THE BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENTAL AUDIENCE WAS THE ABILITY TO QUICKLY TRAIN NEW EMPLOYEES INTO THE WORK FORCE. GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND OTHER FEDERAL GUIDELINES SEEM TO BE A PROBLEM FOR MOST BUSINESS PEOPLE RECENTLY SURVEYED. THEY SAY THESE BARRIERS REALLY SLOW DOWN A COMMUNITY'S ECONOMIC GROWTH. ONE OF THE REASONS FOR A BRIGHT 2015-16 FOR THE MACON-BIBB COMMUNITY IS THE KUHMO TIRE PRODUCING FIRM WHICH IS NOW BUILDING BETWEEN MACON AND WARNER ROBINS IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY. THE FACILITY HOPES TO BE HIRING MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE AND OPEN SOME TIME NEXT YEAR.