Spay-Neuter ordinance passed by council committee

The Public Safety Committee of Macon City Council passed a new ordinance Monday that requires the spaying or neutering of most cats and dogs. The ordinance passed by a vote of the 3-2 with Committee Chairman Virgil Watkins and Councilman Henry Gibson voting against it. It’s likely to come up for a full council vote in early October. The ordinance, sponsored by Councilwoman Nancy White, includes exemptions for breeding, service animals for the disabled, search and rescue animals, animals belonging to part-time residents and a few others. Owners of any unaltered animal would have to buy a permit. Pets would also have to be tagged and microchipped. Violators could be fined up to $500.

CB&T Bank donates land for new WR fire station

CB&T Bank has donated a plot of land to the City of Warner Robins. The 3.8 acre tract is located off an extension of Cartwright Drive near Highway 96. The land will be used for a new fire station. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of the year.

Macon man will be extradited to New York on weapons conspiracy charges

A Macon man arrested earlier this month is awaiting extradition to New York on gun conspiracy charges. The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 39-year-old Mark Winston on September 12 in Pleasant Hill. Winston was allegedly packing guns in pie tins and socks to ship to New York. Prosecutors say Winston supplied more than a dozen illegal weapons for sale in New York by sending them via express mail. For over a year, Winston and 35-year-old Walter Dandridge, of New York, sold more than 40 guns to an undercover detective in New York. Dandridge pleaded not guilty earlier this week to weapons and conspiracy charges.

17-year old faces multiple charges relating to August fight

A 17-year-old was arrested Friday and booked on multiple charges related to a large fight in August. According to a Macon police news release, alleged gang member Javarian Martez Roberson, of Mumford Road, was picked up by the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force around 3 p.m. Friday. Roberson is charged with criminal street gang activity, fighting, inciting to riot, unlawful assembly, probation violation and felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

S&S Cafeteria manager shot during holdup

The manager of S&S Cafeteria on Riverside Drive was shot during a holdup Friday. According to a Macon police report, three men wearing masks and all black clothing entered the restaurant after closing and demanded money. The manager was shot and the suspects fled the scene. The manager was treated at a local hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 751-7500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Former employee alleges sexual harrassment in lawsuit

A former employee at Chick-fil-A on Eisenhower Parkway has filed a federal lawsuit alleging supervisors at the restaurant retaliated against him when he complained about sexual harassment on the job. According to the lawsuit, 19-year-old Daniel Moncrief says that a fellow male employee made sexual comments and touched him inappropriately while on the job. Moncrief quit in 2012 after about 7 months of employment. He alleges the supervisors were present during some of the comments and inappropriate touching, but they didn’t take any action to stop the offensive sexual conduct. Instead, according to the lawsuit, the supervisors assigned him to work with the man and gave him additional work. Moncrief is seeking a jury trial, compensatory and punitive damages, and payment of attorney’s fees.

Seal-Logo contest for Macon-Bibb announced

The Macon-Bibb County Consolidation Transition Task Force, in cooperation with the City of Macon and Bibb County, is conducting a seal/logo design contest for individuals of all ages. The seal of the local government may appear on official documents, letterhead, business cards and promotional materials of Macon-Bibb County. For rules and information about the log on to: contest.maconbibb.us. All entries must be received by Friday, October 11, 2013. Entries will be judged on their creative, positive, and timeless representation of the community and/or local government.

Arrest made in Laurens County shooting death

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting death that occurred Thursday. At 6:21 a.m., the county’s 911 center was notified of a shooting victim on Howard Road. Authorities identified the victim as 51-year-old Michael Whittle, who was found lying in his yard. Deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers arrested 22-year-old Jesse Rowland several miles from the crime scene about 8:15 a.m. and charged him with murder. He is being held in the Laurens County jail. The sheriff’s office said there may be more arrests in the case. No other details have been released.

Boeing C-17 shut down could affect 300 workers

About 300 workers at Boeings Macon plant could be affected by the company’s shut down of its C-17 Glovemaster production line. Boeing announced the C-17 shutdown Wednesday. A Boeing spokeswoman said some employees may be offered jobs at other plants, and some may shift to other positions at the Macon plant. The company also has plans to continue its supply and spare parts program at least through 2017. According the Macon Telegraph, the Macon plant employs about 500 people and produces parts for the nose and wings on the C-17. The plant also builds replacement wings for the A-10 Thunderbolt attack plane and parts for the C-47 Chinook helicopter. Boeing said the biggest reason cited for the shutdown is the world economy leading to insufficient orders from other nations to keep the production going. According to a Boeing release, it has 22 C-17s to complete before the shutdown.

Woman sues Macon's Crown Candy Company

A Darien woman is suing Macon’s Crown Candy Company. 31-year-old Amanda Vaughn said she found live worms inside a pecan log snack this summer. In suit filed in Bibb County Superior Court this week, Vaughn says she bought the candy at Fred’s Super Dollar in Darien on June 13. She alleges that when she began eating the pecan log later that day she noticed the worms. She believes they were Indian meal moth larvae. She said became nauseous but did not require medical attention. In her lawsuit, Vaughn alleges that the store “represented” the candy as being new, that Crown Candy negligently manufactured the product and that the candy was contaminated. Vaughn says she experienced “severe emotional distress and anxiety from eating and otherwise experiencing the worms,” and is seeking compensation and a trial by jury. Vaughn is being represented by Melissa Cruthirds, a lawyer from Brunswick.

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