Investigators in Houston County say hired gunman may have shot wrong man

According to investigators, a man who was hired to kill a Houston County man last month may have shot the wrong man. During a hearing Thursday it was learned that in May 2013, Devasko Lewis had run two trucking companies that were shut down, in 2008 and 2011, for repeated safety violations. Under a federal order, Lewis was prohibited from running any other trucking company. In 2012, the indictment says, Lewis started a new company, Eagle Trans, and Corey Daniels filed false documents claiming that he, not Lewis, was the owner. A federal grand jury indicted Lewis, Daniels and two other men last year. They were charged with conspiracy and making false statements. As a result of the case, Lewis allegedly hired Jamarcus Clark to "harm or intimidate" Daniels. Instead, Jamarcus Clark shot and killed Kerry Glenn, Daniels’ uncle, at his Perry home on January 14. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.

Stolen car recovered in local lake

A stolen Honda Accord was recovered in a lake adjacent to College Park Apartments Thursday afternoon. The vehicle was stolen earlier in the day. Bibb sheriff’s deputies found the car after responding to an accident with injuries emergency call. When deputies arrived at the apartments on Williamson Road in Macon, they found the gold-colored sedan submerged at the edge of a lake. Macon-Bibb Fire Department rescue divers did not find any accident victims in the lake. They hooked a line to the car, and a tow truck lifted it out. The Accord’s tag and VIN number matched a vehicle reported stolen from Pharr Avenue about 3 a.m. Thursday.

Shooting, car theft reported Thursday at Macon apartment complex

The Bibb Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident that took place at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Colony West Apartments located at 5284 Bloomfield Road. It was reported that 20-year-old Assad Butler of Macon was sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex when he was approached by 18-year-old Roderick Michael Lofton, of Macon. Lofton displayed a handgun and the two men began to struggle. Butler was shot in the left leg. Lofton jumped into Butler’s vehicle and sped off. Butler was transported to a local hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. Warrants have been issued for Lofton. The stolen vehicle is described as a 2000 Honda Accord, silver in color. The Georgia license plate that should be displayed on the Honda is PJI4300. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Twiggs resident accuses commissioners of misusing money, audit called

A Twiggs County resident is accusing county commissioners of misusing money. As a result Twiggs County Commissioners are now asking the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts for an audit. Chris Bowen, a Twiggs County resident and former CFO, says money collected through the Special Local Option Sales Tax from 2004 to 2009, was used to pay back a debt that the development authority acquired, when it purchased 500 acres of land in the county. All commissioners, with the exception of Donald Floyd, voted and approved the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts audit.

Jones, Gray officials meet to discuss SPLOST ideas

Jones County Commissioners and the Gray City Council met Wednesday to discuss SPLOST budget ideas. Previously a percentage of the money went to the city and the rest to the county. The City of Gray is pushing for the same percentage of revenue it’s received in the past. However, with new budget constraints, the county says the previous percentage may not be possible. Jones County Commissioner Daylon Martin suggested that the city and county could share costs on multiple projects that would help the city bear the lower percentage of tax revenue. The penny sales tax revenue could be used to renovate a library, build a new animal control facility and add more green space to the county.

Macon woman charged with aggravated assault with motor vehicle

A Macon woman was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle after striking a man with her vehicle. According to The Bibb Sheriff’s Office the victim, a 37-year-old man, was part of a group of people confronting 25-year-old Karenthia Bell for keying a Lincoln Town Car belonging to her ex-boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend told deputies that Bell aimed her car toward the victim, who was blocking her exit, and hit him. Emergency dispatchers received several calls from people who saw Bell’s white Honda Accord on Cedar Street with the victim clinging to the hood. Deputies found the victim almost a mile away from where he was struck. He had cuts on his fingers from holding on to the hood of the car. Bell denied the charges. She is currently at the Bibb County jail with a $14,830 bond.

Two arrests made in Warner Robins brawl

Warner Robins police have arrested two suspects involved in a brawl that occurred last month at Warner Robins High School. According to a police report, on January 29, at 12:48 pm, officers responded to the parking lot of the school after a report of a fight. Upon arrival it was learned that several persons were attacked by a larger group of individuals after a snowball fight. The group of approximately thirty began throwing snow at each other but then a few individuals of the group began to jump on a parked vehicle that was on scene. One of the victims approached the group to talk about damaging the vehicle when he was physically attacked. Several more individuals then joined in on the assault. When witnesses came to the aid of the victim and they too were assaulted. Three people received minor injuries during the incident. Due to a photo of the incident that has been circulating on social media investigators were able to identify two suspects. 17-year-old Shymalik Raekwon Mitchell was arrested Wednesday and charged with Aggravated Assault. 17-year-old Terrell Antonio Boyd was arrested Wednesday and charged with Battery. The incident is still an active investigation. Additional arrests may be pending upon further investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Justin Clark at 478-302-5384 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 478-742-2330.

Cecil Staton won't run for re-election

Macon state Sen. Cecil Staton announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election this year. Staton said he wants to spend more time with his family and focus on his business. Staton, a Republican, has held the District 18 seat since 2005. The district includes all of Crawford, Monroe, Peach and Upson counties and parts of Bibb and Houston counties.

Gordon employees file racial discrimination charges against city and mayor

Four city of Gordon employees have filed charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that racial discrimination has created a hostile work environment since Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue took office Jan. 6. Three of the complainants are white. A fourth employee is black, as is the mayor. Macon attorneys Charles E. Cox and Brian Jarrard represent the four employees. They confirmed that the EEOC charges have been filed and that the city has received notice.

Snowfight escalates into brawl, draws police investigation

Warner Robins Police are investigating a brawl that occurred at Warner Robins High School on January 29th. Maj. John Wagner, assistant chief for the Warner Robins police, said warrants are being sought in the case. He said the charges may range from battery to aggravated assault. According to a news release Tuesday, about 30 people were participating in a snowball fight at the school when a few of them began to jump on a vehicle in the parking lot. Someone approached the group to talk about damage to the vehicle and was “physically struck.” More people joined in on the assault, and police say when witnesses came to the aid of the victim, they were beat up, too. Three people sustained minor injuries. The school was closed at the time due to the weather. A photo of the assault has been circulating social media, and detectives were able to identify some of the people involved in the incident from the picture. Police ask anyone with information in the case and those involved to contact Clark at 478-302-5384 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 478-742-2330.