A Macon Police officer shot and killed a pit bulldog Monday evening as it was charging towards him. It happened on Clinton Road, near Shurling Drive.
One person had already been attacked by two pit bulls and had to be taken to the hospital after a bite severed an artery in his left arm. Witnesses rushed to his aid and tried to help control the bleeding. The victim was transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia by EMS.
When the officer fired the shot, the second dog ran into the woods. The dogs' owner later found the dog. He was cited for having unrestrained animals and agreed to take the surviving dog to animal control to be quarantined and tested.
Tonight Macon City Council members met with Middle Georgians to discuss their problems with Cox's recent removal of public, education, and government channels from their service. Many people say this is a disservice to people in the community who don't have digital cable.
Cox representatives say all of their customers in Middle Georgia can still access PEG channels without digital service if they have a digital-ready TV, or if they set up a digital box. Cox says they have offered that box free of charge since October of last year and that offer stands until January of 2012. However, many Middle Georgians aren't buying it.
"They're basically using this as an opportunity to get the box into somebody's home and then start charging them for it in January," City Council Member Tom Ellington said.
The town hall meeting sponsored by Unity-N-Community tonight brought the issue to the forefront. At the meeting, city council representatives and customers agreed that government channels shouldn't have gotten the boot.
"There are other analog channels they could move I would suggest QVC, for instance--the Home Shopping Network--the TV Guide channel," Ellington suggested. "I mean, those are nice things to have, but I hardly think those are more important than the business of holding government accountable and local access to television."
No Cox representatives were present at the meeting, an observation that upset WPGA owner Lowell Register, who's been fighting a legal battle with Cox since they told him they would no longer carry his station.
"The Federal Communications Commission ruled in July of last year that we are a must carry station and that and they cannot take us off the system," Register said.
In November of 2009, however, Cox informed Register that, under their agreement, they were "not required to carry WPGA's Digital Signal if the station ceases to be a Top-4 station." Earlier that year, WPGA stopped their affiliation with ABC, which Cox claims violates their agreement. Register said this and other disputes between Cox and its customers are difficult to solve when Cox isn't present.
"They've got the long arm of their financial ability to jsut forget things like this and ignore the citizens that are here tongiht I mean they don't have to respond to them--so they lose a few hundred customers--in the multibillion dollar environment of Cox--that's not a lot of money," Register said.
A shoplifting suspect led Bibb County Deputies on a hot pursuit tonight, before crashing her vehicle.
According to Sgt. Sean DeFoe with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, 39-year-old Belinda Diane Fitzpatrick was one of several shoplifters at the Kmart on Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. When a Kmart loss prevention employee pointed out Fitzpatrick's car to deputies, they attempted to pull her over. She then headed south, eventually making it to Upper River Road, and just inside the Jones County Line where she crashed her car. There were 3 other people in the car with Fitzpatrick- an 18-year-old, 14-year-old, and-4-year old, but no one was injured.
Fitzpatrick now faces numerous charges including felony shoplifting, felony eluding, and child endangerment. Deputies are still looking for the other shoplifting suspects. If you have any information, call 1-877-68-crime.
Tonight, parents and students in Peach County got a sneak peek at back-to-school fashion for fall, and it's all about uniforms.
A new dress code for the county requires students to wear either black, khaki, or navy blue bottoms with solid colored Polo's.
Drama teacher, and member of Fort Valley Arts Alliance, Monica Nix, put together a fashion show that provided students with various ways to spice up their uniforms. Nix wants students to see that despite the new dress code, there's still room for creativity and individual style.
"Well the idea that I was told, why they were going to a uniform was to try and make students equal, equitable. Everybody is the same, to give a little more continuity to the decorum of the classroom. To give them a chance to not worry so much about what they are wearing as opposed to studies."
She says specific restrictions vary by each school. Parents and students should check with principals for a full list of do's and don'ts.
Warner Robins City Council decided not to make a decision tonight about annexing two subdivisions in Houston County: Governor and Jasmine Estates.
Two members opposed the ordinance, meaning it will be voted on once again at the next meeting. Last week's pre-council meeting drew dozens of concerned citizens from both communities. They addressed council about, what they called, the surprise annexation of their neighborhoods into the city.
"Well it meant what it meant last week, I'm going to get annexed, but it's not so much like I said, being annexed. It's the way they did it, you know, we're not following procedures, and we're not doing it
Mayor Chuck Shaheen says although residents will have to pay higher taxes, there are benefits to living within the city limits. He says, they plan to spend two million dollars to repave all the roads in subdivisions that were annexed last year. Residents of Governor and Jasmine Estates can look forward to the same treatment when they officially become part of Warner Robins.