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Police: Burglar entered Milledgeville Mall through roof


Police say they're looking for a burglar who reportedly entered the Milledgeville Mall by rappelling down through a skylight.

Detective Scott Goodwin said it happened around 5:00 a.m. Thursday.

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The suspect lowered himself on a rope that was tied to a rafter and seemed to fall part of the way down.

He says the burglar ripped back the lower window pane at Kay Jewelers. The suspect made it inside the store, but apparently got scared off when an alarm sounded, leaving empty-handed.

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Former property manager of Milledgeville complex arrested for burglary


The former property manager of the Pecan Hills Apartment complex has been arrested for burglary.

Holland Rhyne is accused of keeping a set of keys to the complex after quitting her job more than a year ago. Residents of the complex followed Rhyne when she returned and saw her enter the laundry room and take all of the coins out of the machines, according to a Milledgeville police news release.


2nd suspect arrested in 2013 Milledgeville armed robbery


A second suspect has been arrested in connection to the 2013 armed robbery of a Millegeville convenience store.

According to Major Reggie Hill of the Milledgeville Police Department, on Wednesday, investigators arrested 30-year-old Tabius Diunite Ellis, and charged him with armed robbery.

The first suspect, 40-year-old Ernest Greene Jr. of Atlanta was arrested in August 2013, after a search warrant execution on his home turned up a sawed-off shotgun that was stolen from Baldwin County. Greene was charged with armed robbery, 2-counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime possession of a sawed off shotgun, theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction of an officer and giving false statements.

Milledgeville and Baldwin Co. closer to consolidation


Milledgeville and Baldwin County are one step closer to becoming a unified government.

A consolidation bill yesterday passed through the Georgia Senate after passing the House earlier this month.

Under House Bill 67, the two would become one.

Even though the legislation had a lot of opposition from city officials, the bill made it through the General Assembly.

Now, Governor Nathan Deal can sign off on it or veto it.

Under the new government, people would elect their commissioners, mayor, and vice mayor.

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Ethics report criticizes Milledgeville city manager


An ethics professor's report says Milledgeville's city manager should be reprimanded, censured or asked to resign.

The report says manager Barry Jarrett acted against the public's best interest, when he urged city council members to punish a bank president who wrote a critical letter to the editor.

On a tape of their conversation, Jarrett says, "What's wrong with retaliation? That's the way you do business."

The council later voted to pull $5 million out of the Century Bank & Trust.

Ga. Military College partners with Middle Ga State


A new partnership between Georgia Military College and Middle Georgia State means some students are eligible for automatic college acceptance.

The president of Georgia Military College, Lieutenant General William Caldwell, and president of Middle Georgia State College, Dr. Christopher Blake, signed an agreement Tuesday afternoon.

The agreement between the two schools allows students from GMC to apply associate degree credits from their classes to have more advanced standing or transfer into Middle Georgia State.

Students can be automatically accepted to Middle Georgia as long as they maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

The school presidents hope this partnership will put more students on track to getting a four-year degree.

GIVE Center seeks male role models for youth


A service group at Georgia College is looking for more men in the community to step up and volunteer.

13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo went out to the GIVE Center in Milledgeville to find out why.

"Strong enough to care," it's the name of a new initiative within the Give Center at Georgia College.

Kendall Stiles is the director of the GIVE Center, she explains what the initiative is all about.

"It is about volunteering but it's more about caring, and finding guys that have a cause."

Stiles says the goal is to get more male role models out into the community and schools, to mentor younger boys.

Dillon Johnstone says a statistic sparked his interest in volunteering.