Today, followers of Pastor Onslow Ross were in downtown Macon to show support for the man they say was wrongly sentenced to ten years in federal prison. In 2008, Ross was convicted on several counts of bank fraud and money laundering from his church, Reaching Souls Cathedral of Praise.
Now, he has a new team of defense attorneys who filed a habeas corpus claim stating his old attorney left out important information and evidence from his trial. If the claim is accepted by the government, Ross could reappear in court again soon to try and prove his innocence.
Bibb County Campus Police add 15 new police cars to its fleet. The cars are apart of the 2010 Capital Improvement Program funded by the Education Special Options Local Sales Tax.
Chief Daniel DeCoursey says, "What we've had to do in the past is sometimes we'd have some officers coming on later on in the day to handle traffic type situations. We'd actually have our officers sitting around and waiting to get a vehicle."
Army Specialist Mark Downer of Warner Robins died August 5, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces.
Downer and his unit were in the Kandahar Province when insurgents attacked them with a rocket propelled grenade.
Downer was a combat medic with the first Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, based out of Fort Drum, New York.
Downer's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Medic Badge.
Downer was 23 years old, and is survived by a child, and his mother and father. He joined the Army in December of 2009, and was deployed with his unit in March of 2011.·