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.

Bibb SAT scores show increase despite decline in math scores

The College Board released results of the 2013 SATs Thursday as taken for the last time by seniors. Among the results, Bibb County students showed improvements in reading and writing compared to 2012 data. While results show a slight decrease in math scores, the total combined score on the SAT went up 14 percentage points overall in Bibb County. In reading, scores increased overall in Bibb County by 12 percentage points, with the highest increases among students at Hutchings Career Center and Howard High School. In writing, scores increased overall in Bibb County by 3 percentage points, with the highest increases among students also at Howard High School and Hutchings Career Center. In math, scores decreased overall in Bibb County by only 1 percentage point. Interim Superintendent Dr. Steve Smith says that while Bibb County students showed overall improvement, the District is not where it should be when compared to state and national averages. To address the gap, the District is currently examining curricular support in all three subject areas and working with schools and principals to develop common assessments for grades kindergarten through 12 grade.

State parks will offer free admission on Saturday

If you are looking for something to do with the family Saturday, grab a picnic lunch and head to your nearest state park. Tomorrow is Your State Parks Day, it’s a day of free admission to state parks and historic sites. If physical labor is your thing, you can get involved in a project or activity to support your favorite park. So put away your wallet, grab your work gloves and enjoy a day of fun and service! In middle Georgia there are two nearby state parks, High Falls in Jackson and Indian Springs in Flovilla. Saturday’s clean up at High Falls involves cleaning up metal from an old dump site and at Indian Springs there will be a junior angler fishing rodeo. Participants ages 15 and younger are welcomed with an adult. Please bring poles, tackle and chairs. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about fishing while supporting our Georgia State Parks. Saturday’s free day is being sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

Former Houston County jail supervisor files lawsuit

A former jail supervisor has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Houston County, the sheriff and the former jail administrator. Rick West claims retired jail administrator Maj. Charles Holt discriminated against him and other black employees. West was fired in August 2010. The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, back pay, compensatory and punitive damages and attorney’s fees. According to the lawsuit, West was told he was fired for a July 2010 incident at Seanna’s Lucky Cabin off of Watson Boulevard involving himself and his girlfriend. However, the lawsuit contends that West was terminated “due to his race” and because “he was an African-American man who had dated white women.”

City employees will pay slightly more for insurance in consolidated government

When Macon and Bibb County consolidate next year city employees will pay about 30 percent of the premiums while the government will pick up the rest. Currently, city employees pay for 25 percent of their premiums, while the county contributes a set amount instead of a funding ratio. The new insurance plans have three tiers. The base cost for individual coverage under the cheapest plan is $77 per pay period, but discounts are available. Full family coverage would cost $242, but the discounts could bring that down to $197. Premiums will be higher for retirees under age 65. Information meetings for all city and county employees are to be held Oct. 15 and 16 in the Monument Room of the Macon Coliseum, with open enrollment November 4-15.

Cheddar's employee charged with altering charge slips

An employee at Cheddars restaurant was arrested after it was discovered she was altering charge slips. A customer called the manager of Cheddars and complained that there was an $8.00 unauthorized charge to their credit card after they ate at the restaurant. The store tracked 30-year-old April Zakeisha Johnson’s tickets from September 5 through September 15, 2013, and it was discovered that Johnson had altered 36 different transactions which totaled up to $151.94. On September 18 the manager approached an off duty Bibb Sheriff’s Deputy who was at the restaurant and discussed his findings. The off duty deputy arrested Johnson for Fiduciary Theft and called the Sheriff’s Office for an on duty patrolman to transport her to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Complex. Johnson bonded out of jail on September 19. This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are pending. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-746-9441.

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