Byron police department awarded state grant

The Byron Police Department has been awarded a grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in recognition of being the coordinating agency of the Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network. The department expects to use about $7,500 of the $20,000 grant to buy new reflective vests, flashlights, computers and cameras for officers. Another $7,500 of the grant is earmarked for the Middle Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network to purchase incentive items for officers. The remaining $5,000 will be spent to offset travel expenses. The network includes law enforcement agencies in Houston, Peach, Bibb, Twiggs, Bleckley, Macon, Monroe, Dooly, Crisp, Pulaski, Wilcox and Turner counties.

Attempt made to smuggle drugs into Houston County Jail, five arrests made

Five people have been accused of attempting to smuggle prescription drugs into the Houston County jail. 26-year-old James Wesley Tolbert, of Warner Robins, and 33-year-old Ashley Nicole Mock, of Perry, were arrested this week after allegedly conspiring to obtain a narcotic and send it to 33-year-old Mac Jered McCain, of Fort Valley. McCain was being held on charges of financial card fraud and a Superior Court violation. Last week, 25-year-old Sonny Bennett and his father, 44-year-old Terry Ray Bennett allegedly conspired to purchase a drug and have it sent to the jail. Sonny Bennett was being held on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge and bail jumping warrant. In each case, a small amount of a prescription drug was found hidden in letters to the inmates. Tolbert, Mock, McCain, Sonny Bennett and Terry Bennett each were charged with using a communication device of a correctional facility to obtain illegal drugs, possession of controlled substance by a prisoner, possession of prescription drugs and conspiracy to violate the control substance law. Terry Bennett, Tolbert and Mock also were charged with possession with intent to distribute the prescription drugs.

Weapon stolen in Bass Pro Shop burglary recovered in Atlanta traffic stop

Bibb Sheriff’s Investigators and Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms Agents were notified Wednesday morning that one of the stolen AR-15 rifles from the Bass Bro Shop was recovered during a traffic stop in Atlanta Tuesday. According to the Atlanta Police Department, officers conducted a traffic stop with a Toyota Camry with a Louisiana license plate around 10 p.m. The vehicle was occupied by 3 males and a female. During the traffic stop officers recovered a stolen pistol, a stolen AR-15 rifle, a baggy of methamphetamines, and less than an ounce of marijuana. Officers discovered that the AR-15 was stolen from Bass Pro Shop located Bibb County due to the information that was placed on the National Crime Information Center database by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. It’s not known at this time if the persons arrested are the suspects directly connected with the actual burglary of the Bass Pro Shop. The suspects arrested by the Atlanta Police Department are 20-year-old Phillip Brandon Kemp. He is charged with Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon and Theft by Receiving Stolen Property. 22-year-old Trayvis Dwong Gray was charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of methamphetamines. 24-year-old Eric Stewart is charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of Marijuana and 20-year old Tonishia Lee was charged with Theft by Receiving Stolen Property. All four are from Atlanta. Kemp, Gray and Stewart are currently being held at the Fulton County Jail. Lee was released on a $5000.00 bond. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-746-9441 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME

4,000 base workers sent home on Tuesday

Some 4,000 civilian workers at Robins Air Force Base were sent home yesterday about four hours after reporting to work. The workers will now watch and await word on the impasse in Washington that has forced the government to shutdown. As they were handed their furlough notices, the workers were told to follow news developments about the funding impasse. The workers will be notified by supervisors when they can return to work. Not everyone at the base was furloughed, however. Those vital to base safety, like security officers and firefighters and those who work on planes, will remain on the job.

Spay-neuter ordinance passed by city council

Macon City Council passed a new ordinance Tuesday that pet owners must spay or neuter their dogs and cats. The ordinance, sponsored by Councilwoman Nancy White, passed 8-5 with two members absent. Beginning July 1, 2014, dogs and cats over the age of 6 months within city limits must be spayed or neutered. For $10, some dogs and cats can get unaltered animal permits. Those that are excluded from the procedure must be microchipped. Violators could be fined up to $500.

Man spots his stolen tractor being hauled on trailer

A Dry Branch man recovered his stolen tractor Sunday after spotting it as it was being hauled down Ocmulgee East Blvd on a trailer. The $62,000 Kubota tractor was stolen Friday. The man called authorities and a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy stopped the Ford Explorer towing the tractor and arrested 62-year-old Monte Dale Thompson of Macon. Thompson was jailed on a theft-by-receiving charge and later released on bond. According to the deputy’s report, the owner’s records matched serial numbers on the tractor and the trailer, which were returned to the owner.

Macon store preparing for official opening burglarized early Tuesday

Before it could open its doors to the public for the first time, a store on Bloomfield Drive was burglarized by two men. Around 2:13 am Tuesday, the men broke through the glass door of the new G Food Mart Sunoco on Bloomfield Drive and took two safes, one with nearly $3000 in it. They also caused about $500 in damage. Surveillance-video footage of the break-in showed the two men smashing their way into the store with a crowbar, kicking open an office door behind the counter and damaging the alarm system. According to a police release, both men were wearing dark clothes, hooded sweatshirts and gloves. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

Macon police say Monday shooting came during robbery

According to a news release Tuesday from the Macon Police Department an investigation has revealed that Monday’s shooting at a west Macon motel occurred after an attempted robbery. The homicide investigation revealed that 19-year-old Darius Washington was shot and killed at the Scottish Inn on Romeiser Drive by Douglas Wayne Jackson of Sandersville, while Washington was attempting to rob Jackson at gun point as he was leaving the hotel. It was also revealed that Darius Washington’s brother, Paul Washington, was at the motel at the time of the incident. Investigators currently are attempting to locate Paul Washington. If you have any information on his whereabouts please call the MPD at 751-7500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Former Macon police officer pleads guilty, will serve four years in prison

A former Macon police officer accused of stealing a tractor earlier this year pleaded guilty in front of a Bibb County Superior Court judge on Monday. Jon Adam Wantz is charged with theft by taking, criminal trespass, and violation of the oath of office for allegedly stealing a tractor from a Macon plumbing business in January. According to District Attorney David Cooke, Wantz will receive a sentence of 10 years, four of which will be served in prison. A trial date has not been set for Troy Guidry, the other former Macon police officer allegedly involved in the tractor theft.

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.