Georgia teachers now have a chance to brush up on their knowledge of southern history. Mercer University is offering a five week intensive course on southern culture and every aspect of the cotton industry.
The class is funded by a federal grant from "National Endowment for the Humanities."
The course will be open to 25 teachers next summer.
Bibb County Sheriff Jerry Modena and Chief Deputy David Davis, flanked by their task force team, gave the results of their three month Metal Theft Task Force Operation.
The task force was put together to work exclusively on metal theft cases. The five officers on the force worked nine weeks to help slow down and deter the number of thefts occuring where metal was being stolen.
Sheriff Modena said the number of thefts had been steadily increasing when the price of copper started getting higher.
Starting in the last week of July and finishing the final week of September, the team put together some astounding numbers.
73 arrests made
48 arrest warrants obtained
49 illegally operated vehicles impounded
181 traffic stops
145 citations written
12% reduction in metal theft reports
Most metal thefts involved air conditioning units outside businesses and homes.
Lead investigator, Lt. George Meadows, said they concentrated their efforts in North Bibb County and in the Mercer University Corridor around the commercial areas.
Meadows suggests residents and business invest in an alarm system, or put up fencing around their A.C. units to help keep thieves away.
An accused armed robber was shot in the back, after police say he shot and took money from a 54-year-old man in Warner Robins.
It happened this morning just before 3 on Rolling Woods Circle. According to a news release from Warner Robins Police, the suspect approached the victim outside his house, then shot and robbed him. The victim then yelled for help, and his son came out of the house and shot the suspect.
The alleged robber then ran off, and was later found getting treatment for the gunshot wound at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
He is charged with Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery. The case is still under investigation.