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Several break-ins and one vehicle stolen in Baldwin County

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Department is looking for the person or persons responsible for several vehicle break-ins and one stolen vehicle.

Captain Brad King told 13WMAZ that it happened Tuesday morning and they believe the break-ins and theft are connected.

King said, "It happened in the Allenwood subdivision and there was a report that in one of the vehicle break-ins someone stole a firearm. We later heard that shots were fired in the West End area around 5:30 this morning, and think that the shots came from the newly obtained weapon taken in the break-in."

King said that his department is continuing to investigate.


Facebook Threats Land Baldwin County Man in Prison

Facebook comments landed a Baldwin County man in prison for five years.

On August 9, 2012, Steven Martin posted a comment on Facebook describing his "desires" to be famous, and felt the only way to accomplish this goal was to walk into an elementary school and shoot someone.

The threat did not name a specific name or location.

The Milledgeville Police Department was tipped off about the post and immediately arrested Martin.

Martin received the maximum sentence of 5 years, with the first two in confinement and the remainder on probation.

Fred Bright, the District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial District, said the sentence sends a "no-tolerance" policy.

More Irish Than the Irish

More Irish Than the Irish

In last week's post I mentioned the O'Connor conference in Ireland next year.  While the conference is taking place in the author's ancestral homeland, it may surprise readers of this blog to learn that Flannery's opinions of  Ireland and its people were rather mixed. 

Her friend Ashley Brown said Flannery "had a  rather low opinion of Ireland.  She called Blarney Castle 'Baloney Castle.' 

That was worthy of Finnegans Wake." (At Home With Flannery O'Connor: An Oral History, p.113).  In a letter to Janet McKane, Flannery confessed, "I have never been greatly tied emotionally or sentimentally to my own Irish background.  The Irish in America are sometimes more Irish than the Irish and I suppose some of my indifference is a reaction against that." (The Habit of Being, p. 531). ... Read More

Milledgeville Jailer Charged with Sexually Assaulting Inmate

A jailer for the Milledgeville Police has been arrested and charged and fired for allegedly having sex with a female inmate.

The alleged sexual assault happened Tuesday evening between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Around 1:30 p.m. the next day, the woman filed her complaint against 40-year-old Jeffery Bernard Brown.

Brown is in the Baldwin County jail, Sheriff William Massey says.

Within 30 minutes of receiving the complaint, Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord contacted the GBI, agent Joseph Ricketson says.

Ricketson tells 13WMAZ he sent a crime scene analyst and two agents to investigate the claims. He says they found "enough probable cause" to justify charging Brown.

Swicord said Brown and the inmate allegedly had sex in a day room of the jail's women's dorm.

He would not describe the encounter, but said Brown would have faced a different charge if investigators hadn't believed the sex was consensual.

Suspect Arrested in Fatal Milledgeville Shooting

by Bernie O'Donnell, 13WMAZ.com


- Kenneth Simmons was shot to death outside a Milledgeville club early Saturday.

- Police there arrested Quintavious Horton, 21, for Simmons' murder.

- Two women have been arrested and a warrant issued for a third for making false statements and hindering the police.

Milledgeville police have arrested a man for a fatal shooting outside a rap concert early Saturday.

Major Reginald Hill of the Milledgeville Police says that 21-year-old Quintavious Horton has been arrested for the murder of Kenneth Simmons.

Hill says 22-year-old Simmons was shot outside the American Legion club at 430 West Martin Luther King Jr. Drive just before 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Baldwin County coroner John Gonzales says Simmons later died at the Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Milledgeville Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft

A Milledgeville man pleaded guilty to identity theft and filing false tax returns this week in federal court.

Maurice Hester pleaded guilty Monday to Mail Fraud, False Claims Against the Government, Theft of Stolen Government Money and Property and Aggravated Identity Theft, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.

He entered the guilty plea for filing false income tax returns and fraudulent claims for refunds. One claim included a fraudulent refund of over $600,000, the release said.

He pleaded guilty to filing tax returns in others' names and transmitting false refunds into his own bank accounts.

He's also charged with mail fraud for diverting mail from another taxpayer to intercept a U.S. Treasury check.

Hester is set to be sentenced on June 25.

The news release:

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

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