Murder charges filed against Jones County man

A Jones County man was charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend earlier this week. 56-year-old James Don Parker is accused of killing 62-year-old Alan Helmuth, who was found dead at Parker’s house early Tuesday morning. Investigators say Parker and Helmuth fought sometime between 9 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday when Parker asked a neighbor to call 911. The two men lived within a half mile of each other on Stallings Road off U.S. 129 between Gray and Eatonton.

Rural hospital in Glenwood closes

Another rural hospital in Georgia has closed its doors. Lower Oconee Community Hospital located in Glenwood in southeast Georgia has closed due to financial problems, becoming the state’s fourth rural hospital to do so in the past two years. According to hospital CEO Karen O’Neal, the hospital is looking to restructure. O’Neal says some of the hospital’s 100 employees have been laid off. Residents of the area will now have to travel about 30 miles to Vidalia, Dublin or Eastman for emergency treatment. Eight rural hospitals have closed in Georgia since 2000.

Twiggs schools remain closed due to power outage

Twiggs County Schools are closed today due to a power outage. According to a spokesperson with the district, schools are closed for students, staff, and school-based personnel. Custodians, principals, and central staff should report to work at 8 a.m.

Purse snatcher strikes Thursday morning on Mercer Univ. Drive

The Bibb Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Robbery by Snatching incident that occurred at 4658 Mercer University Drive just before 9:20 a.m. Thursday morning. According a Sheriff’s Office news report, the 40 year old female victim was walking to her vehicle in the parking lot of the Summer Park Apartments. The suspect approached her and asked for the time and then reached to grab her purse. The victim attempted to fight off the suspect but was unsuccessful. He snatched her purse and ran. The suspect was described as a black male, 6 feet in height. He was wearing all black clothing with a red ski mask under a black hoodie. He was also wearing black Jordan tennis shoes with red trim. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-751 -7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Jones County man dies in Monday night fight

A Jones County man is dead after an argument with a friend. According to authorities 61-year-old Alan Helmuth and 56-year-old James Don Parker had been drinking and got into a fight Monday night. Sometime after daybreak Tuesday, Parker went to a neighbor’s house and asked someone to call 911. When deputies arrived at the home they found Helmuth dead on the living room floor. According to Jones sheriff’s Capt. Earl Humphries, Helmuth may have been shot. An autopsy is planned for today. Parker has not been charged but he is being held at the Jones County Jail. The two men lived within a mile of each other on Stallings Road.

WR police seek public's help in locating vehicle used in shooting

Warner Robins Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the owner or drivers of a Chevrolet Tahoe seen near the site of a fatal shooting last month. Police say the blue SUV “may be involved in the homicide investigation” at the Murphy USA Oil gas station in front of the Booth Road Wal-Mart. 32-year-old Monnie Joseph Brabham IV, died at the scene on January 23 after being shot with a shotgun. A police report suggests the killing may have been related to a car theft, but police have released few details in the case. Brabham drove a silver 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood. Police have not released descriptions of any suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mark Wright at 478-302-5387 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 478-742-2330.

School closings Wednesday 2-12-14

Public School Closings: Baldwin County closed Wednesday Bibb County closed Wednesday Bleckley County closed Wednesday and Thursday Dodge County releases noon Wednesday Dublin City, open Wednesday, no after school activities and two-hour delay Thursday Houston County closed Wednesday Jasper County closed Wednesday and Thursday Johnson County closed Wednesday Jones County closed Wednesday Monroe County closed Wednesday Peach County closed Wednesday Putnam County closed Wednesday and Thursday Taylor County closed Wednesday Telfair County closed Wednesday, staff reports at 10 Treutlen County closes at 1 p.m. Wednesday, closed Thursday for students, teachers report at 10 a.m. Twiggs County closed Wednesday Washington County closed Wednesday Wilkinson County closed Wednesday Wheeler County closing at noon Wednesday and closed Thursday Private School Closings: Bethany Christian Academy closed Wedensday Byron Christian Academy closed Wednesday Calvary Baptist Academy, Gray, closed Wednesday Christ United Methodist School, Warner Robins, closed Wednesday Covenant Academy closed Wednesday First Presbyterian Day School closed Wednesday Georgia Academy for the Blind closed Wednesday Georgia Pain Institute, Macon, closed Wednesday Gatwood Schools closed Wednesday GMC Prep, Milledgeville closed Wednesday Hope Academy closed Wednesday John Hancock Academy, Sparta, closed Wednesday John Milledge Academy closed Wednesday M.A. Evans Academy, closed Wednesday Middle Georgia Christian School closed Wednesday Montessori of Macon closed Wednesday Montessori Joy Learning Center, Reynolds, closed Wednesday Mount de Sales, closed Wednesday Sacred Heart Catholic School closed Wednesday Sinclair Christian Academy closed Wednesday St. Stephens Day School Milledgeville, closed Wednesday St. Andrews Montessori closed Wednesday St. Joseph's Catholic School closed Wednesday St. Peter Claver closed Wednesday Stratford Academy closed Wednesday Tattnall Square Academy closed Wednesday Twiggs Academy closed Wednesday Warner Robins Christian Academy closed Wednesday Warner Robins Montessori Academy closed Wednesday Westfield Academy closed Wednesday Westside Christian Academy closed Wednesday Windsor Academy closed Wednesday Woodfield Academy closed Wednesday College Closings: Central Georgia Technical College closed Wednesday Defense Acquisition University, two-hour delay Wednesday Georgia College, all campuses closed Wednesday Mercer closed Wednesday Middle Georgia State College campuses opening at noon Wednesday Miller-Motte Technical College closed Wednesday Oconee Fall Line Technical College, closed Wednesday University of Georgia, Griffin campus, closed Wednesday Virginia College, Macon, closed Wednesday Wesleyan closed Wednesday Day care closings: Bright Star Learning Center closed Wednesday, opening 11 a.m. Thursday Care A Lot Learning Center, all Macon locations closed Wednesday Central Fellowship Christian Academy closed Wednesday Children's Best Learning Center in Warner Robins closed Wednesday Children's Delight, Gray, closed Wednesday Childcare Network 131 and 214 in Milledgeville closed Wednesday Childcare Network (Macon), closed to all students, staff Childcare Network (Warner Robins only), closed Wednesday pre-k, staff to report Children's Center on Mulberry closed Wednesday Coliseum Child's Play Inc., Macon, closed Wednesday All Macon Childcare Networks closed Wednesday Gantts Preschool closed Wednesday Great Start Learning Center closed Wednesday Ingleside United Methodist Church preschool, closed Wednesday Happy Hour Service Center, closed Wednesday Head Start and Early Head Start in Bibb and Monroe counties closed Wednesday. Joshua House Early Care & Learning Center closed Wednesday Learning Right from the Start closed Wednesday LJ Adult Daycare, closed Wednesday Little Caterpillar's Development Center, Milledgeville, closed Wednesday Little People pre-k Learning Center closed Northside Prep, Macon, closed Wednesday Orchard Rise Child Enrichment Center, Cochran, closed Wednesday Puzzle House Learning Center in Byron closed Wednesday Stepping Stones, Byron, pre-k closed Wednesday Tattnall Wee Center closed Wednesday

Government, business closings Wednesday 2-12-12

A number of governments and businesses decided Tuesday to close Wednesday. Governments Bibb County • Macon-Bibb County government offices will be closed all day Wednesday. • Bibb County DFACS office will be closed Wednesday. • Bibb County Superior Court jurors should not report to the courthouse Wednesday, but should call 621-6800 for more information. • The monthly board meeting of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections at 10:30 a.m. Thursday has been canceled, rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20. • All offices of the Macon Housing Authority will be closed Wednesday due to the expected bad weather. A decision on whether to open Thursday will be made Wednesday. • The Macon-Bibb libraries will be closed Wednesday. • The North Central Health District, based in Macon, and all 13 county health departments within the district closed at 3 p.m. Tuesday and will reopen Friday at 8 a.m. The counties within the district are: Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jasper, Jones, Hancock, Houston, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson. • The Macon Water Authority offices will be closed Wednesday. Customers who need to report an emergency, a service outage or to report a break should call 464-5656. Offices are expected to reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday. Go to for more information. Crawford County • Crawford County government offices are scheduled to be open Wednesday. Houston County • No decision had been made on whether Houston County government offices would be open Wednesday. • Centerville government offices are scheduled to be open Wednesday. • Perry government offices will be closed Wednesday. • Warner Robins government planned to be open for regular hours Wednesday. Jones County • Jones County government offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. Monroe County • The Monroe County Commission offices will be open Wednesday but will close if necessary. • Forsyth City Hall will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday and plans to close at noon unless weather dictates otherwise. Peach County • Peach County government may decide Wednesday hours after an 8:30 p.m. weather briefing Tuesday. • As of Tuesday afternoon, Byron government offices planned to be open for regular business Wednesday. • As of Tuesday afternoon, Fort Valley offices were planned to be open for regular business Wednesday. Robins Air Force Base • As of Tuesday night, Robins Air Force Base operations were proceeding normally. Employees will be notified of changes by their chain of command. Information also will be posted to the Robins Facebook page and recorded on the Robins Straight Talk Line at 478-222-0815. Twiggs County • Twiggs County government offices will be closed Wednesday and open at noon Thursday if road conditions allow. Businesses • River Edge Behavioral Health Center’s outpatient and administrative sites will be closed Wednesday. All residential/crisis sites will remain open. Staff should report for regular work hours on Thursday. • All Goodwill Industries’ truck-based donation locations will be closed Wednesday. Goodwill employees at all locations should plan for a 10 a.m. opening on Wednesday. Weather conditions will be re-evaluated early Wednesday and any changes will be announced. Other closings • The Breathe Easy Support Group at Coliseum Medical Centers scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled. • Georgia Department of Labor offices affected by the severe winter weather will be closed through Wednesday. Career Centers in areas of the state not impacted by the weather will follow normal hours of operation. The public may go to for updates

Winter storm watch issued for middle Georgia

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Middle Georgia and much of north Georgia that runs until Thursday morning. That watch could be upgraded to a winter storm warning later today. Gov. Nathan Deal has already declared a state of emergency for nearly a third of the state and metro Atlanta schools have canceled classes and told workers to home. Middle Georgia counties included in the winter storm watch area are: Bibb, Houston, Peach, Jones, Monroe, Crawford, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Baldwin, Washington, Upson, Putnam, Lamar, Hancock, Butts, Jasper and Taylor. A winter storm watch means that there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may affect travel. The Weather Service warned that ice accumulating on roads, bridges and overpasses would make travel treacherous, and accumulations on trees and power lines could bring down limbs and cause power outages. Temperatures should be back up to the 50s by Thursday.

Lawmakers will meet today to discuss Peake's HB 885

Lawmakers met at the state capital Monday to discuss House Bill 885. The Bill, sponsored by state Rep. Allen Peake, would allow Georgians access to a liquid form of cannabis for treatment or severe seizure disorders. The drug has extremely low levels of THC, which is the compound that makes you high. With the state legislative session half over, the bill must pass within the next 30 days or its dead for the year. A hearing for public comment is tentatively scheduled for Thursday in the House Health and Human Services Committee.