Bibb sheriff's department has new canine deputy

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office has two new deputies, Macon police K9 Handler Tim Rivers and his bomb-sniffing dog named Arco. Arco has spent the past five years working for the Macon Police Department. Rivers has been a part of the Macon-Bibb Bomb Squad for three years. Macon police members of the unit were deputized earlier this year so they could begin working cases in the county. The full Macon-Bibb law enforcement merger takes effect in January along with consolidation. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency paid for training and the department’s Explosive K9 vehicle through a Homeland Security grant. Under the provisions of the funding, Rivers and Arco will be on call for incidents across the state.

Monday shooting victim was likely trying to rob the man who shot him

According to a Macon police report, a 19-year-old who was shot to death at Macon Motel Monday may have tried to rob the man who shot him. Macon 911 received a report of a person shot just after 4 a.m. Monday. When officers arrived at the Scottish Inn on Romeiser Drive they found Darrius Washington, of Warner Robins, shot once in the left side of his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers spoke with Douglas Wayne Jackson Jr. of Sandersville who told them that two black males with handguns attempted to rob him. According to the police report, Jackson was able to disarm one of the suspects and shot Washington. He also fired at the 2nd suspect who fled the scene. It was unclear in the report whether Jackson fired his own gun, or if he fired a gun that belonged to one of the men he said tried to rob him. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said an altercation began in a room at the hotel and then spilled outside. Police have released few details on the shooting and the investigation is ongoing.

Video images of Bass Pro Shop burglary released

Bibb Sheriff’s Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects involved in a burglary that took place at Bass Pro Shop on Bass Road Sunday night at around 11:41p.m. According to report from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, four suspects broke through a glass door and entered the building. The suspects went to the gun area and used a crowbar to pry open the metal bars that secured the guns and took several AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. Investigators are continuing to review the video/surveillance and forensics evidence, and “look outs” have been sent to all surrounding law enforcement agencies. The Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms agency is also assisting in the investigation. Suspect 1 is described as a black male wearing a black shirt and shorts. Suspect 2 is a black male with a white t-shirt wrapped around his head, he was wearing a black t-shirt and shorts. He had on long pants underneath the shorts and white, mid cut tennis shoes with red trimming and red shoe laces. Suspect 3 is a black male wearing a black shirt and dark pants and light colored shoes. Suspect 4 is also a black male. He was wearing shorts and black short sleeve shirt with a white long sleeve shirt under his t-shirt. This incident is under investigation. Additional information will be distributed as it becomes available. Anyone with information in reference to the burglary or the suspects is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-746-9441 or the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Police hope Worth County arrest of Macon man will solve numerous local crimes

A 26-year-old man was arrested on multiple charge after Georgia State Patrol officers used spike sticks to stop him in Worth County. On September 22 a Macon police officer responded to the report of a stolen blue 2013 Lexus Hybrid. The suspect entered the home and the stole car keys and a briefcase. A short time later another officer observed a white male on Hardeman Avenue driving a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the driver did not comply. A chase ensued. Georgia State Patrol officers located the vehicle traveling southbound on I-75 around milepost 129. The driver traveled west into Worth County where a GSP officer used spike sticks to halt the vehicle. The suspect, 26-year-old Aaron West Joiner, was captured during a foot chase. The Georgia State Patrol issued Joiner 11 citations, including 4 felonies. Joiner was also wanted in connection with a burglary spree in Macon September 20 and the theft of a pick-up truck stolen in the 300 block of College Street. Macon Police charged Joiner with 12 Burglaries; 6 Entering Auto; 1 Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft by Taking Auto; and 2 Theft by Taking Auto. Additionally, a Harley Davidson motorcycle stolen by Joiner was recovered and returned to its owner. The investigation remains ongoing and more charges may follow.

Police arrest 16-year old woman after auto break-ins

A 26-year-old female has been arrested on entering auto charges. On September 20, a Precinct 3 officer responded to the 1300 block of Pio Nono Avenue after a report of an auto break-in and a lookout was placed on a beige Mazda pick-up truck. While patrolling the Pleasant Hill area on September 22, the same officer observed a truck matching the Mazda’s description. He initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Amanda Kay Herndon. Herndon was charged with 2 counts 1st Degree Burglaries. Entering Auto with Intent to Commit Theft, Theft by Taking, Possession of Schedule 3 Drugs, and Possession of Drug-related Items.

Two people shot Saturday outside Macon nightclub

Two people were shot outside Club Sinsations on Rocky Creek Road Saturday. When officers arrived at the club around 3:30 am, they were advised that a 32-year-old victim had been taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment for a gunshot wound to the torso. Officers were also told that a second person had been shot in the thigh and was also being treated at the Medical Center. The case remains under investigation. If you have any information on the incident, call the MPD at 751-7500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Man attempts to rob ATM Sunday at Mulberry Street bank

Macon Police are investigating an attempted robbery Sunday at the Wells Fargo ATM located at 484 Mulberry Street. The victim told police she withdrew money from the ATM around 1:54 pm. As she was returning to her vehicle, a black male, approximately 65-70 years old, was standing near her car. The suspect had his hand in a plastic grocery store bag as if it contained a gun, and demanded money from the woman. After she refused, he walked away and she left the scene. The suspect is described as 5'8" - 5'10" tall, he had a low haircut and was wearing black dress pants and a brown floral style dress shirt. If you can identify the subject or have any information on him or on this incident, please call the MPD at 751-7500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Want to buy a theater? Historic Cox Capitol is for sale

The historic Cox Capitol Theatre in downtown Macon is for sale. The building, including all fixtures and furniture, is listed at $900,000. Real estate firm Coldwell Banker Eberhardt & Berry says the theater will remain fully operational while it's on the market. The theatre is currently operated by the owners of the Rookery and Dovetail restaurants.

Alleged shoplifter eludes police after deupty told to end high speed chase

Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a high speed chase Thursday afternoon after a man attempted to shoplift a surveillance system and shirts from Wal-Mart on Zebulon Road. Employees reported seeing a man pushing a cart with a large package hidden inside one of the shirts. When they confronted him, the man fled the store with the shirts and left the package. The responding deputy said he spotted the suspect driving a black Dodge Charger and followed him from Foster Road to Tucker Road. The deputy turned on his lights as they approached Peake Road, where the car appeared to pulling over. The suspect sped off, and the deputy pursued him at speeds topping 90 mph. After turning on to Thomaston Road, the chase reached speeds of 110 to 115 mph with the suspect driving on both sides of the road. The deputy was told to end the pursuit at Mercer University Drive and Thomaston Road.

Layoffs announced at Medical Center

Central Georgia Health System, the parent company of The Medical Center of Central Georgia, has laid off about 50 employees as part of a plan to reduce its fiscal 2014 budget to account for potential loss of reimbursements due to health care reform, otherwise known as Obamacare. According to Chief Financial Officer Rhonda Perry, Central Georgia Health System anticipates potentially $30 million in losses because of reductions in reimbursement of Medicaid. The job cuts are part of a three-tiered approach to address the shortfall in the fiscal 2014 budget, which begins October 1. The hospital will save between $23 million and $25 million by working with various vendors to reduce costs. Employee reductions will lead to an additional $9 million in savings. That includes $2.3 million from non-management layoffs, about $1 million in management reductions, and $4.6 million from the elimination of open positions. The remaining $1 million will come from changes in hours and salary adjustments for some employees. The cuts were made across several units of Central Georgia Health System.