Neighborhood watch and crimestoppers are two ways for every citizen to actively fight crime. Law enforcement from Macon and BibbCounty met with citizens tonight to bridge the gap between the public and help initiate more community awareness to put crime in its place.
"We're serving notices to criminals that Macon is probably a place that they don't want to operate," said Deputy Chief Mike Carswell of Macon Police
Carswell addressed around one hundred people at city hall joining law enforcement for the national night out, an effort to combat crime with citizen involvement.
Every weekend hundreds of people hit the Ocmulgee River for a three mile float from Dames Ferry down to Popes Ferry. These landings are often covered in trash, and dangerous to get in and out of.
Chad Childs, a Jones County resident, has a petition signed by nearly 10,000 people, supporting his effort to make both of these landings county or state parks. He hopes this will be enough to get Jones and Monroe County Commissioners on board with his plan.
25-year-old Stephen McDaniel is charged with Felony Murder, according to the inmate search on the Bibb County Sheriff's Office website.
McDaniel has been a person of interest in the murder of Mercer Law grad, 27-year-old Lauren Giddings, that happened on June 30. At this time we can not confirm he is charged in this particular incident. However, McDaniel has been the focal point in this case, as Gidding's neighbor at the Barristers Hall apartment complex in downtown Macon.
We do know Macon Police Chief Mike Burns met with the Bibb County DA and Assistant DA today, along with the FBI to discuss details in this case.
Macon Police sent out a news release tonight announcing they will update the media on the Giddings homicide tomorrow afternoon, but say they will not provide any further information at this time.