Man who shot father in 2007 could be released from psychiatric hospital

A man who has been held at Central State Psychiatric Hospital since shooting his father in 2007 may be released. 46-year-old Kelly Forehand was charged with murder in the May 30, 2007, death of his father, 71-year-old Louie Ellis Forehand. Forehand admitted to authorities that he shot his father several times at his Rivoli Drive home, using one of his father’s guns, and then sold the gun for drugs. Forehand has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and has been receiving treatment. Doctors testified at a Bibb County Superior Court hearing Wednesday that he no longer meets the criteria for in-patient commitment at the facility. A forensic psychologist said there’s a “low risk” for Forehand committing future violent acts as long as he takes his medication and doesn’t use illegal drugs. It’s been recommended that Forehand be placed on in a group home with 24-hour supervision. If Forehand violates terms of his release, he will be subject to arrest.

Flight instructor, student injured in plane crash

Two people were injured after a single engine plane crash at Herbert Smart Airport Wednesday. According to the Bibb Sheriff’s Office, the plane was piloted by 55-year-old Guy Foulkes of Macon. Foulkes and his student, 49-year-old Kelly Hague of Macon, were conducting “touch and go” training. The plane took off from the taxi way and was attempting bank to the right. Airport staff stated that the pilot experienced a wind shift, which resulted in the plane crashing down. Macon-Bibb Fire Fighters removed Foulkes and Hague from the plane and both were transported to a local hospital where they are listed in critical condition.

Commissioners approve extra money for Board of Elections

The Macon-Bibb County commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve more than $125 thousand in extra funds for the Board of Elections. The funds were initially approved in a committee vote last week. By a vote in this year's legislative session, state and local elections will now be held in May instead of July. The extra money will go toward the hire of three more staffers in preparation for the election.

WR police cvhief Evans proposes incentives to new police recruits

In an effort to encourage new recruits, Warner Robins police chief Brett Evans would like to offer incentives as way of enticing qualified candidates to join the department. During Tuesdays City Council meeting Evans mentioned offering a signing bonus, covering relocation expenses and giving a higher base pay for those with a college degree or military service. Several council members opposed the idea and there was no vote on the plan. Council also discussed whether to continue the annual 4th of July Celebration in Warner Robins. Blue Duck events has shown interest in partnering with the city to put on the Independence Day celebration and Mayor Randy Toms says other groups have also shown interest in partnering with city to sponsor the event. Council agreed to table the decision, but Toms hopes council will vote on the issue soon.

Houston jail inmate files complaint against Sheriff's department

An inmate has filed a complaint against the Houston County Sheriff’s Office claiming pain and suffering after a fall last year. 51-year-old Issac King Jr., who is jailed on a felony contempt of court charge, filed the complaint on his own behalf Thursday in federal court in Macon. He states he was on crutches with a broken leg when he requested a wheelchair for a Dec. 5, 2013, court appearance. He said he could not walk on his own power because he’d had surgery on his ankle. He alleges he was forced to walk on his crutches about 100 yards from the jail to the courthouse in belly chains and handcuffs and then fell as he was coming into the courtroom when his handcuff chains became entangled with one of his crutches. In addition to damages, King seeks payment of future medical bills and court fees.

Another suspect in 2013 firearms theft is arrested in Macon

A third suspect was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the theft of eight AR-15 rifles and more than 60 handguns from a Bibb County gun shop late last year. According to the Bibb Sheriff’s Office, four people broke into Classic Firearms on November 21 and stole more than $60,000 in merchandise. 21-year-old Telvin Keon Jackson was captured Tuesday around 12:30 p.m. after a short foot chase through North Park Shopping Center near Northside Drive and Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. The sheriff’s Special Response Team arrested Jackson on a warrant for the charge of burglary and two other warrants for theft by taking. He also faces charges for probation violation, contempt of court, criminal trespass, simple battery and battery-family violence. He is being held in the Bibb County. Shamarko Treyvonne Newson Jr. and Joshua Dewayne Logan were arrested Nov. 23, as co-conspirators in the gun shop burglary. Both are being held at the Bibb County jail without bond on multiple felony charges with holds from several other law enforcement agencies. Additional arrests are pending in connection to the case.

Byron woman killed Tuesday in South Bibb wreck

A Byron woman was killed Tuesday evening after colliding with a fuel truck on Hartley Bridge Road. 38-year-old Brandi Broome-Sorrow was driving a 2004 Pointiac Grand Am when she hit a Fuel South eighteen wheeler in the area between Oakview Club Drive and Bankston Lake Road. Sorrow was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. No other injuries were reported. Traffic on Hartley Bridge Road was blocked for several hours as the accident was cleared. Anyone with information in reference to this accident should contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500.

Heath Clark to oppose Talton in House District 147 GOP primary

Warner Robins resident Heath Clark announced Monday that he is seeking the Republican nomination for State House Representative District 147. Clark, the former vice chairman for the Houston County GOP and the first vice chair for the Eighth District GOP says he is running to give the people a choice. Clark will be running against incumbent Willie Talton.

Murder charges filed in 15-year old Dodge County case

More than 15 years after a drifter was killed in Dodge County two people have been indicted in his death. Dodge grand jurors’ indicted 53-year-old Ricky Lamar Jones on murder charges Monday. William Marcus Walters was killed in 1998. Investigators were tipped off about the murder in December 2013. Jones was also indicted on a charge of concealing a death. Jones’ wife, Irene, the victim’s sister, was also indicted Monday for allegedly concealing her brother’s death.

Meth lab found by construction workers

Construction workers remodeling a rental property in Lizella found a meth lab Monday night. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office hazardous materials team, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s removal unit were called in to take the chemicals and dispose of them. The lab was found around 5 p.m. at 4499 Dixon Road near Fulton Mill Road. If you have any information about the lab you should contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.