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Milledgeville toddler drowns in Lake Sinclaire


A toddler drowned in Lake Sinclair early Wednesday morning.

According to Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzales, the almost 2-year-old toddler wandered away from his parents' home. He was missing for about 45 minutes when he was found.

He was pronounced dead at Oconee Regional Hospital around 11:45 a.m.


One dead, 3 hospitalized in Milledgeville accident


One person is dead and three were rushed to the hospital after an accident involving a tractor trailer and two cars in Milledgeville.

The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. on East Hancock Street before the River Bridge across from the Salvation Army.

Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzales said he pronounced one person dead at the scene of the wreck. He has not released the victim's name yet.

One person was taken by ambulance to a Macon hospital while two others were taken to Oconee Regional Medical Center.

The tractor trailer was headed east on Hwy. 22 on the inside lane and a Nissan pickup towing a utility trailer was headed westbound, according to Georgia State Trooper Gerald Coffee.

A witness driving behind the tractor trailer told investigators that the Nissan suddenly turned into the tractor trailer's path, Coffee said, and the vehicles collided head on.

Students simulate driving under the influence


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Wednesday, Georgia College students got a chance to see how dangerous it is to drive under the influence behind the wheel of a simulated vehicle.

"We travel across the country. We go to a whole bunch of different colleges and high schools trying to raise awareness," says Blake Lopez with the 'Arrive Alive Tour,' a program that lets people experience what it's like to drive drunk.

"They decide how many drinks they want, and then we have them go through the simulator with a certain blood alcohol level," says Lopez.

More drinks make the field of view smaller and reactions slower.

Milledgeville man shot in head while driving


A man suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head while driving on Lake Drive in Milledgeville at about 4 p.m. Saturday.

Milledgeville Police Department sent out a news release about the incident Wednesday.

Antonio Smith, his girlfriend A'Shantis Hubert and their 2-month-old son were in the vehicle when a bullet grazed Smith's head which caused him to bleed profusely, according to a news release.

Hubert told a Milledgeville police officer they were leaving Smith's grandmother's home, also located on Lake Drive, when she heard a popping noise. Smith then realized he had been shot and drove himself to the emergency room at Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Milledgeville residents want a skate park


Ben Joiner has been skateboarding since he was 8 years old.

"Skateboarding is different than other sports," he explained, "You can never be picked last, you can never be put on the bench."

He and Troy Smith started a "Milledgeville Needs a Skate Park" Facebook page.

The goal is to raise $75,000 for the park and have the Baldwin County Recreation Department match it.

"We want to do an outdoor, public, concrete, free skate park," Joiner said.

Smith says he and Joiner built a skate park in 1998 out of wooden boards, only for it to be taken down by the city for safety concerns.

"Skateboarding is a lot more popular now, and it's on TV everywhere, so I think it would catch on quick," he said.

Solomon Mosely lives in California, but grew up in Milledgeville and says a skate park for the city can do more than just provide entertainment.

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.

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.