A joint effort by middle Georgia law enforcement agencies is helping to crack down on drug trafficking in the middle Georgia area.
The Bibb County Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office of Macon, Byron Police Department, Warner Robins Police Department, United States Postal Service, and the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, all assisted in this investigation that began in mid-August. By early October, eight people were arrested for their involvement in drug trafficking.
Houston County law enforcement let the dogs out today for their 2nd annual K-9 training session.
Officers put the dogs to the test, simulating real life situations. Most of the animals used are detection dogs, specializing in narcotics, which is a growing problem here in Middle Georgia.
Other dogs are trained as cadaver, explosive device, and criminal detectors.
"We have more folks running from us, we're seeing more dope in central georgia and without these dogs, our jobs would be that much harder trying to stop the criminals in central Georgia," says Lt. Mike Stokes of the Houston County Sheriff's office.
The K-9 training sessions will be going on all week.
A new resource center for Macon's homeless is in the works. DePaul USA announced today that it will launch a 175,000 dollar capital campaign for the organization called Daybreak. The money will allow the purchase of a 6,000 square foot warehouse at 174 Walnut Street. The building will also be renovated. Executive Director of DePaul USA says the facility will provide health care, educational services, and recreational services for the homeless. Several churches throughout the city of Macon are helping to fund Daybreak's operations.
Day two of the wild series starts out on solid ground, but quickly takes me 15,000 feet into the sky, for one of the craziest things I have ever done in my life.
I'm not sure what prompted man to think that jumping out of an airplane would be a good idea; but when man began to fly planes, it's likely man began to contemplate that jumping out of that flying plane would be a good idea.
"It's just, you're doing something you're not supposed to do. There's always that element of 'what if'?" David Clark of Skydive Atlanta explains.
The guys and gals who work at Skydive Atlanta, typically jump out of a plane several times a day.
Clark says every jump is different, and every jump is exciting.
"Up there, gravity is no different than it is down here. It's kind of hard to describe...it's exhilarating," Clark says.
So to help put into words the feeling of falling 15,000 feet through the skies, I suited up and left earth for the ride of a lifetime.
It takes seven minutes to climb to our jumping point. With nearly 3 miles of air between me and perfectly solid ground, standing in a doorway of the plane getting ready to jump, suddenly seems like it might not be a good idea...
But I'm committed to bring you the story, so with Clark and I strapped together for my first tandem jump, I take my leap of faith. And screamed like a little school girl, until I couldn't scream any more.
But what a rush.
The free fall lasts about one minute before Clark pulls open the parachute. Once we're floating, it's time to relax and take in the scenery.
The float takes about 10 minutes, and it's actually quite peaceful. It's quiet, calm... and awkward being strapped to another man when you're 10,000 feet above the earth.
But it is unlike any other feeling I've ever experienced in my life. If you've never felt the rush of jumping out of an airplane, it is my suggestion you get out and take the plunge.
Once you do, you've earned the bragging right to say you've taken off in more planes than you've landed.
The case building against Stephen McDaniel in the murder of his neighbor, Lauren Giddings, is getting stronger.
Today, a Grand Jury formally charged the McDaniel on 1 count of murder and 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children. This decision means there is enough evidence for the district attorney's office to head to trial.
McDaniel has been in jail since July 1, on unrelated burglary charges. Murder charges were added in early August after a search revealed hacksaw packing, which was believed to have come from the murder weapon, in McDaniel's apartment.