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.
A Macon man is suing the Twiggs County Commissioners for what he calls "misuse of public funds," and one of the men being sued feels there should be a lawsuit.
"It takes lawsuits at times to bring stuff to the forefront," says Twiggs County Commissioner Tommie Lee Bryant.
Bryant agrees that his fellow commissioners haven't been responsible with taxpayer money. That's why Walter Ashby, a citizen of Twiggs County, is suing the board of commissioners. He says they violated a 1983 Court Order that says "having county crews and equipment work on private property is indeed illegal and constitutes an improper use of public monies..."
He says the commissioners violated that order by using taxpayer money for work at the Old Marion Baptist Church, private property that had at that time burned down.
"The county's broke--been broke. We're at $1.9 million in the hole right now," says Ashby.
Commissioner Bryant says he applauds Mr. Ashby's actions as a citizen of Twiggs County, but he also says he had no knowledge that public funds were being used to work on private property.
"If I had known about it, I would have gotten in touch with the sheriff," Bryant says. "I would have prohibited this from happening because the court ordered prohibits us from working on private property."
A hearing is scheduled for September 1 at the Twiggs County Courthouse. Ashby says he wants the commissioners to pay the money back used during the work at Old Marion Baptist. He also says, if the judge sees fit, they should be put in jail for 20 days for contempt of court.
"I'd hate to see it come to that, but I'm not the person making the call," Ashby says. "They had their opportunities before now to go ahead and get it fixed by reimbursing the county coffers the monies that had been spent. They should be good stewards of the counties money."
Ashby says he warned the commissioners five times that he was going to take the case to court. No one listened. Commissioner Bryant says that's because his fellow commissioners don't seem to care.
"They went ahead and did it because they don't care," says Bryant. "To me, if you know the law says you can't do something and you go and do it, you say 'Well, hey, what can the law do to me? I'm the law, I can do what I want to do.' I'm not sitting around that table to have friends. I'm a commissioner, and so I'm gonna do what the people have put me there to do."
41NBC tried reaching out to the other Twiggs county commissioners for comment, but we were told they were advised by their lawyer to refrain from comment.
It may have been late morning, but Tuesday Macon's Bloomfield neighborhood got together for "National Night Out." The Bloomfield Park Community Center played host to residents to help bring awareness to crime prevention. Event organizers want the public to know what resources are available to them.
"It is necessary because I think a lot of the youth in the area are honestly afraid of the police department. It has been, I think in this area, it has been a negative persona placed on the police department or fire department," explains Andrea Lee, Bloomfield Community Center Director.
Lee hopes the community and law enforecement can work hand in hand to keep the Bloomfield neighborhood safe.
Several neighborhood watch groups met tonight across the area for "National Night Out," and we'll bring you details tonight on the news at 11pm.
Tuesday morning Bibb County Commissioners voted 4-1 to let residents decide in November on whether to allow Sunday Alcohol Sales.
The resolution would allow stores to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday between 12:30 pm and 11:30 pm.
Commissioner, Joe Allen, says he personally will vote against Sunday Sales but says he supports letting the people decide.
" This is one of those issues that local government shouldn't have to set back on 5 individuals to decide what takes place. It should be left up to the majority of the people that are voters inside of Bibb County," says Allen.
Commissioner Bert Bivins was the only commissioner to vote against the resolution.
The Byron Police Department takes steps to save money and energy in this week's Middle Georgia Pride Edition of Going, Green, Saving Green.
The officers started a new paperless system a few months ago, and it's making their jobs a lot easier. Chief Wesley Cannon says, " Being able to find things in a computer sometimes is a whole lot easier than going to the records department looking through cabinets of old records."
The new computer program scans documents making everything a click away. Lieutenant Bryan Hunter says, "I can put in the description of what it is and click on it, and it will pull it up there for me."