Standoff ends when Perry man shoots himself

PERRY POLICE SAY A SIX HOUR STANDOFF IS OVER WITH THE PRIME SUBJECT TAKING HIS OWN LIFE TO END IT. 24 YEAR OLD ROBERT SPERRY SHOT HIMSELF AFTER POLICE HAD HIM CORNERED DURING TO PREDAWN HOURS TUESDAY. POLICE WERE FOLLOWING UP A COMPLAINT CALLED IN BY A FEMALE SAYING THE SATTERFIELD ROAD RESIDENT WAS THREATENED HER WITH A HAND GUN. THE VICTIM WHO LIVED AT THE SAME ADDRESS WAS FORCED TO DROP HER FOUR YEAR OLD BOY OUT OF A SECOND STORY WINDOW INTO THE ARMS OF AN OFFICER. SHE LATER GOT OUT THROUGH A DOORWAY. THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUEING THE PROBE INTO THE PERRY INCIDENT.

Prepare for detours on Highway 96 later in March

Highway 96 in Houston and Twiggs counties will be affected by railroad work later this month. The Georgia Department of Transportation also indicated the activity will prompt a very large detour route. On Saturday, March 22nd, the Norfolk Southern railroad will close the Highway 96 crossing in Bonaire at Highway 247. The Highway 96 intersection with U.S. Route 23 and Georgia 87 also will be closed between 6am and 8pm. The detour will be through Cochran or through Macon, making the trip over 40 miles instead of the normal 9 miles.

Price officially enters race for state senate

Dr. Spencer Price of Thomaston officially qualified last week for the state senate seat being vacated by Cecil Staton. Price is an emergency physician and director of emergency medicine at a central Georgia hospital. He is also a lieutenant colonel in the Georgia Army National Guard.

Third suspect arrested in shooting death of 16-year old last month

A 16-year-old boy is the third person under arrest for the murder of a Macon teenager last month. Damian Clayton was shot several times while at the Little League Baseball Firld on Anthony Road. Trayvon Starks joins two other teens now charged with the youngster's death. Jeddarrius Meadows, Jr., a 17-year-old and 15-year-old Roland Watson were arrested shortly after the murder and have apparently implicated Travon Starks.

Perry apartment residents won't have to move, for now

Residents of a West Macon apartment building will be relocated after an explosion involving a natural gas hot water heater. One man is reportedly in critical condition at the burn center in Augusta. The explosion caused foundation damage to the Hidden Lakes unit involved. The familys will be moved to other units within the complex off Mercer University Drive.

West Macon apartment dwellers relocated after heater exploded

Residents of a West Macon apartment building will be relocated after an explosion involving a natural gas hot water heater. One man is reportedly in critical condition at the burn center in Augusta. The explosion caused foundation damage to the Hidden Lakes unit involved. The familys will be moved to other units within the complex off Mercer University Drive.

Shooting leads to attempted murder charges against Macon man

A Macon man is being charged in connection with the shooting of another. 23-year-old Rodney Hawkins was arrested by Macon-Bibb authoritys after he reportedly fled the scene followin the incident at Villager Lodge on Harrison Road. The victim of Rodney Hawkins is 26-year-old Rodney Cooper, Jr. The Maconite is in stable condition from several wounds. Hawkins faces attempted murder charges.

Land acquisition for Ocmulgee Natonal Monument discussed at public meeting

A public meeting was held Thursday to discuss the expansion of the Ocmulgee National Monument. During the meeting park Superintendent Jim David explained that, if approved by Congress, the park could add as much as 2,100 acres to the monument’s existing 702 acres. David told the packed house that some of the land in question already is being held for the monument by the Archaeology Conservancy. Other property is currently owned by Macon-Bibb County or the Department of Transportation. Owners of private properties within the boundaries would be offered fair market value for the land but that landowners unwilling to sell wouldn’t be subjected to eminent domain or condemnation claims. The public has until March 21 to comment on the plan. Members of the public who wish to comment may download the document from the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at www.parkplanning.nps.gov. Copies also are available for review at the monument.

Bibb sheriff's department warns of new phone scam

The Bibb Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a new phone scam. According the sheriff’s office, the scammers are impersonating law enforcement, calling people and demanding money. During the calls, people are being asked to purchase Green Dot MoneyPak cards and provide the card information. According to the news release, sheriff’s deputies will never phone anybody asking for payment and neither will other police or court officers. Anybody suspecting they are a target of this scam is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 478-751-7500. More information on this and other scams can be found by calling 478-803-2710

Failed state inspection leads to suspension of landfill employee

One person has been suspended as a result of a failed state inspection of the Macon Landfill. Public Works Director Richard Powell suspended Larry Dunning for three days. Dunning is in direct charge of the landfill. Macon-Bibb County conducted a mock inspection of the site four weeks before a Georgia Environmental Protection Division inspector arrived. The problems brought to light by the city were not fixed before the state inspection in January. Dunning is accused of negligence. He is appealing the suspension, saying he was unfairly singled out and that the real problem was a lack of functioning equipment. Dunning has overseen the landfill since 2009. The landfill failed its January state inspection with a score of 65. A passing score is 75. It’s been an ongoing problem. In the past several years the Macon landfill has passed state inspection only once. According to Macon-Bibb County Public Affairs Director Chris Floore, steps are currently be taken to get the landfill back up to code.

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