Good evening, everyone.
Thank you for joining us. I'm Frank Malloy.
Our top story tonight at six... a wheeler county man allegedly kills his brother in law.
Today....a magistrate judge denied bond for the suspect...Steve Sutton.
It all started around 9 a.m. Sunday....when the Wheeler County Sheriffs Office and Glenwood Police answered a 911 call at Apple Village Apartments in Glenwood.
Elise Brown was in Wheeler County earlier today...and explains what they found.
<the guy that was laying out in front of the building and he had a gunshot wound to his stomach. And he said that steve sutton had done it. >
Steve Sutton is charged with shooting and killing his brother-in-law... Butch Anderson.
Susan is Butch's wife and that's Steve's sister.>
<I was sitting at the table eating my breakfast and then I heard a shot.>
Mamie Gibson....who doesn't want to be on camera.....says she then looked out her living room window.
<I knew somebody had fallen behind the hedges because I saw two people over there looking at him. >
She's not the only one who heard the shot.
<it was about 3 policemen outside and an ambulance. They was taking out a old man, and we had another woman on the porch crying. >
The Wheeler County Sheriffs Office also responded. Sheriff Maurice Johnson says it's a small town....where things like this don't usually happen.
<nobody wins in this. Everybody is close knit, everybody knows everybody, you got ties to both sides and you know it's just unfortunate for both families. >
Police say this is an ongoing investigation...and so far....they don't know the reason for the shooting.
Police say both men are 47.
The GBI is taking over the investigation.
The last homicide in Wheeler County was in December 2011....a murder-suicide involving two men who worked together on a farm.
A Jones County man who admitted robbing an elderly man in his home, and leaving him tied up to die....was sentenced to life in prison today.
In Jones County Superior Court....Tyrone Richardson pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in the 2008 killing of 76-year-old Joseph Kitchens.
That's according to District Attorney Fred Bright.
Richardson and another man were charged with breaking into Kitchens' Hungerford Road home in October 2008.
When Kitchens returned home.... Bright says, the two men tied him up in a chair with duct tape and left him there.
Kitchens' body was found six days later.
An autopsy says he died due to medical issues from being left in the chair.
Bright says Richardson will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
He has agreed to testify against his co-defendant....Terrence Burney... when his case goes to trial in October.,,the DA says.
One man is under arrest...and police are looking for another...after a robbery at gunpoint late last night.
Macon Police say it happened at the Marathon gas station in the 32-hundred block of Vineville Avenue.
Two armed men robbed a couple of other people who had stopped to get some gas.
Police say Leonard Alphonso Jenkins was one of the suspects. Officers caught and arrested him.
His record shows two prior arrests in the past seven months
Investigators are still looking for one other man in that case.
Police today also released dramatic pictures of another armed robber... holding an employee at a Family Dollar store at gunpoint.
They say it happened Friday night, just before ten' o'clock, at the Macon business on Houston Avenue.
The man walked into the store, aimed his gun at the employees...holding his weapon just inches from this woman's head... and left with cash from the register.
As you can see... He's wearing a hooded short-sleeved black shirt...with a white short-sleeved shirt underneath... Black cargo points...and white shoes.
His face is covered up by a mask.
If you know anything about either of those crimes... You can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers.
That number is 877-68-CRIME.
Today... The tipster was rewarded with three-thousand dollars from the Georgia Arson Control Program. The woman asked to remain anonymous.
People throughout the state can earn up to ten thousand dollars for helpful tips that lead to an arrest in an arson case.
Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says he hopes that will encourage more people to offer information to investigators.
<it helps all of our eyes to see things and what they see, what they saw prior to our arrival. The least of information is very valuable to us to solve a crime, because it's like putting puzzles back together.>
If you have any information on an arson case... You can call the Arson Control Hotline at 1-800-282-5804... Again that's 1-800-282-5804.
Voters in District One of the new Macon-Bibb government... Now have two options when they head to the polls.
Harold Young qualified for the race last week... And will run against previously unopposed county commissioner Gary Bechtel.
Young moved to central Georgia from California five years ago.
He says working as a pastor, businessman, and youth program director in Macon taught him the ins-and-outs of the community... And what it needs to grow.
<i want to bring more family-oriented events, businesses that we can really benefit from. A city this size, we have one movie theatre, one chuck e. Cheese, one bowling alley>
The elections are scheduled for September 17th.
August is almost upon us... And kids all over central georgia prepare to trade the backyards and diving boards... For back packs and white boards.
Some as early as this week...
Houston County students return This Thursday... August 1st.
Bibb County begins classes a week from today... On Monday the 5th of August
Laurens and Jones Counties will return on Tuesday... August 6th.
And Monroe students won't have to report for day one until Wednesday... August 14th.
There are mixed feelings of course...about when school should start back.
In our web poll at 13WMAZ-dot-com today... Only 17 percent of you said kids should head back to the classrooms before labor day.
83 percent prefer a later start.... After labor day.
We want to know what you think.... Weigh in now by looking for that poll on the right side of the home page.
With school just around the corner... We're reminding you about the state of Georgia's sales tax holiday.
As we've reported, that's August ninth and tenth.
You'll be able to purchase all your back to school necessities...from clothing to school supplies...without paying state tax on those select necessities.
Now we're not the only ones affected by this weather.
This rainy summer has been keeping us indoors ... And we're not alone. Bees are also choosing to stay dry inside their hives. Judy Le spent the day in Milledgeville talking to a beekeeper ... Judy?
Now I don't see any bees out here in our backyard garden...but today, I did have an encounter.
I found out just how much bees are possessive of their hive.
First .. The bees were flying to me ... Because the beekeeper said I smelled like flowers.
But then when they got close ... He said...they started stinging because my dark hair reminds them of a bear.
The bees are especially protective of their hive this summer... Because the honey they've collected is barely enough to keep them alive.
One hive box contains anywhere from 10 thousand...to 50 thousand bees.
Houston County's students are out performing the state average... When it comes to the graduation rate by nearly 6 points.
About 76-percent of their students earned a diploma last year.
To get that number higher... The system is opening a new school Thursday.
Lorra Lynch Jones explains how teachers at Edge Academy want to help students falling behind.. get ahead.
Counselors from the county's five high schools identified students who are behind... And could benefit from attending the Edge Academy.
They were invited... But participation is optional.
Once students catch back up on their work... They can return to their normal high school.
Many of you may have caught the movie '42' on the big screen....in all its glory.
The film chronicles sports legend Jackie Robinson's entrance into the white-dominated field of baseball...And it had several scenes shot in Macon.This Friday... You'll have a unique opportunity to watch those scenes...in one of the places you'll see on screen.
Helen Banas, with Macon Bibb Parks and Recreation... helped coordinate the event at Luther Williams Field...she talked to us about it at five.