ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE (41NBC/WMGT) - Officials at Robins Air Force base are investigating after they say a mechanic died of an apparent suicide.
Houston County Coroner Daniel Galpin says 51-year-old Robert Davis died this morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators say he shot himself on base, but died off base later in the morning.
According to Robins spokesperson, Chrissy Miner, the man was a civilian worker in the 402nd Maintenance Wing.
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is looking into Davis's death.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Flanked by city hall, Macon mayor Robert Reichert stood next to city council members, and the founder of the national organization known as The Peace Keepers, to promote what is known as National Peace Week.
The group talked about the importance of people joining forces to help police deter crime. Peace Keepers founder, Dennis Muhammad, explained how smaller cities like Macon, are taking over as being the number one crime spots in the country. His theory is to use peaceful measures in neighborhoods to solve that issue, and help keep crime out.
Peace Keeper volunteers stand out in their bright orange shirts with the words 'Present Peace' written on the front. Volunteers help police by going into a neighborhood, stand in a group, in their orange shirts, and promote messages of peace.
"Any time you see 50 to 785 men and women in orange shirts...they can go into the worst corners and be standing for one hour. I don't think no drug dealer is going to sell no drugs that time. I don't think there's going to be no crime and violence," Muhammad says.
Peace Keepers is a national organization, with a total of 15 cities participating in Peace Week.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - More than 200 students from schools across Bibb County showed up to protest Superintendent Romain Dallemand's Macon Miracle plan.
Organizers of the protest were hoping to speak with Dallemand, however he nor any of his deputy superintendents were present at the Board of Education.
According to Director of Risk Management, David Gowan, the school officials were at a training session that was not held at the Board of Education.
Protest organizer, Tanner Pruitt, told 41 NBC," They're still putting filters on our open communication."
Brett Felty, who also helped plan the event, said " They knew this was occurring. We understand they have a lot of stuff going on, but what's more important than listening to students?"
Pruitt and Felty, both seniors at Central High School, planned to present Superintendent Dr. Romain Dallemand 2 petitions, letters from students, and a 12 page packet of their suggestions for the Macon Miracle, but they were not allowed inside of the building.
Gowan told the pair he was acting as a liaison for the students and Dallemand. He took the documents from the students and promised to hand deliver them to the superintendent.
"I will do my best to meet him [Dallemand] later today if I can. Obviously, these kids are passionate about this," says Gowan.
Tanner Pruitt and Brett Felty plan to keep asking to meet face to face with Superintendent Dallemand. They tell 41 NBC their fight to improve Bibb County Schools is far from over.
BUTLER, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Residents of Taylor County are ready to go to work, the problem is, there's no work to be found. "You drive 50 or 60 miles for a job or you don't work," says Cynthia Jones of Butler.
That's why the county decided to spend more than $500,000 on a speculation building back in 1997.
"This spec building would land a potential prospect that would be able to create a vast number of jobs for the people of this county," says Commissioner Patty Bentley, Taylor County.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Wednesday kids at Alexander II Elementary School jumped for a cause. About 550 students in grades K-5th stayed active to bring awareness to heart disease. Kids also raised money for the American Heart Association. The little ones enjoyed the break from their text books.
"We're jump roping, we're spinning a ball and we're jumping and we're doing it again and again," said Barrett Moody, Alexander II.
"It's jump rope for the heart and we have fun and then we get to do limbo and the slide," said Janiya Latimore, Alexander II.
P.E Coach Jim Mills says the three day event is a great way to teach kids the importance of staying active. This is the 8th year Alexander II has participated in "Jump for the Heart."