MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Community Health Works helped us compile a list of the top five health issues in Middle and obesity is on the list. County Health Rankings reports 31%of adults in Bibb County are obese, that's higher than the state's average and the national average.
"A lot of times I ate like it was the last day of my life," said Denice Clark, Macon.
Denice Clark was around 215 pounds at her heaviest.
"I've been heavy all my life. In fact in high school I had nicknames like hindenberg and blimp," remembered Clark.
The extra weight was affecting her physically and emotionally.
"Fatigued a lot of the time, tired a lot of the time," explained Clark.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A Bibb County woman is out hundreds of dollars after falling victim to a mystery shopper scam. Now she hopes to warn others before they make the same mistake.
Luvenia Lewis tells 41NBC she was told she'd get between $200 and $400 for each mystery shopper assignment she completed.
For her first assignment she received nearly $800. She was supposed to spend $50 at Walmart and evaluate the customer service. The rest of the money was to be taken to Western Union, where she would send the remainder of the money to another mystery shopper.
Once she completed her first assignment she received the second one. "It contained 3 checks of money orders," says Lewis.
That's when the scam began to reveal itself.
She was supposed to cash the checks and take them to Western Union, evaluate Western Union's customer service, and then send the money off to another mystery shopper in the Phillippines.
Lewis says "I never did make it to Western Union." Lewis says her bank never cashed the $3,000 the mystery shopper program gave her.
"They told me that the money orders were no good, and they cut off all ties between me and the bank," says Lewis.
Now she's out hundreds, but she considers herself one of the lucky ones. "It could have been worse. It could have been worse," says Lewis.
A lesson learned on her behalf; she doesn't want you to repeat.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- A Bibb County school was on lock down this afternoon after a police chase ended on school grounds. Hutchings career center was on lock down for about an hour this afternoon. According to police, two men were at the Wal-mart on Gray highway when someone called police about the two suspects shoplifting.
The suspects left the store in a white 1992 ford explorer. Investigators attempted to stop the vehicle while they were traveling down spring street toward downtown, that's when the driver made a sudden u-turn traveling in the opposite direction of traffic. The suspects drove onto I-16 west and then I-75 south. The suv's engine finally gave out.
The driver jumped out of the car running behind Hutchings Career Center. Several police officers chased the suspect on foot. Authorites arrested 30 year old Jerome Sharod Jarrell. Police say Jarrell has 12 previous arrests dating back to 2000.
More than a 160 blue ray dvd's were recovered. Police are still looking for the second suspect. If you have any information call crime stoppers at 1-877-68-crime.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Three Macon Police officers are out of a job tonight...and two of them are facing criminal charges.
Just after 5:00pm Wednesday, Macon Police announced that officer Freddie Fountain is facing termination for violating his oath of office and sexual assault of a person in custody. An investigation revealed that a shoplifting suspect talked her way out of getting arrested by offering to have sex with the officer. Police say he drove the woman to his apartment, where they had sex. She was not charged, but another woman arrested with her was.
Officer William Stewart, who also responded to that shoplifting call, is also being fired for violating city ordinance. He admitted he knew what officer Officer Fountain had done, and was dishonest when internal affairs officers questioned him. He does not face any criminal charges.
In a separate incident- Police say Officer Anthony Cason kept a 40-inch television that was mistakenly delivered to his apartment. UPS tracking information led police to his home, and when they searched the place, they found the TV and he admitted what happened. He's charged with theft by taking.
Internal Affairs Captain Jimmy Barbee said in a news release- "At the Macon Police Department, we are family, but we police ourselves. We are not above the law and never will be. This is a sad day for these three men and a teaching moment for MPD."