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Milledgeville Man Resting After Partial-Leg Amputation

Paul Bales is resting after doctors removed part of his left leg due to a flesh-eating bacteria.

His son, Mike Bales, said (video) he talked to his father and showed him pictures of his grandchildren. (slideshow) 

He said his father is in stable condition and is anxious to get back home.

Doctors removed Paul Bales' left leg below the knee. His son said more amputation may be needed over the weekend, but they're not sure how much.

Lake Sinclair Visitors React to Infection Cases

Word about several cases of flesh-eating bacteria has been spreading across Central Georgia, but it's not necessarily keeping folks away from the water.

Some people at Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville on Thursday said they weren't worried about the disease, while others said the scary news has made them think twice before getting wet.

Irma Ballard took a day trip to Milledgeville from Oxford, GA, with her husband, and she said the questions surrounding the disease worry her.

"Going in the water or not going in the water," she said, "we have to find out where is this disease coming from and why we are getting this disease."

Charles Allen of Dublin went fishing on the lake to test out his boat. He said he was careful not to get cut, but otherwise, he isn't planning to cut down on trips to the lake.

Preventative Medicine Doctor Explains Flesh-Eating Bacteria

President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Professor of Preventative Medicine, at Vanderbilt University, Dr. William Schaffner explains the causes of Necrotizing Fasciitis. That's the bacteria known as the flesh-eating bacteria that has caused a Milledgeville man to have a partial amputation on his left leg.

Son: Flesh-Eating Bacteria Struck Milledgeville Man

The family of Paul Bales tells us today he's recovering and resting after doctors partially amputated his left leg, which was infected with the flesh-eating bacteria.

That's according to the man's son, Mike Bales of Dacula. 

MORE COVERAGE: Son says more amputation may be needed

Wednesday evening, Mike Bales told 13WMAZ that his father, Paul Bales (see slideshow) was out of surgery and in stable condition after his left leg was amputated below the knee.

Monticello Judge Resigns After Complaint

A Monticello-based judge resigned last week after a state investigation into whether he used his post for his personal benefit.

Judge John Lee Parrott resigned effective Saturday, May 19, according to a letter posted by the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission.

The commission says he resigned before a formal hearing was scheduled in his case.

He was a judge in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, which handles cases in Baldwin, Jones, Wilkinson, Hancock, Putnam and three other counties. Parrott's letter says he's served for 24 years.

The consent order between Parrott and the commission does not detail complaints against him, and a commission spokesperson said no further information was available.



At Least 12 Arrests Made in Identity Theft Ring

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office has arrested at least 12 people in connection with one of the county's largest identity theft investigations.

The 2-year-long investigation has strung the department in a web of separate fraud cases.

"This has been an unbelievable investigation," says Baldwin County Sheriff, Bill Massee.

Most recently, the department arrested 25-year-old O'shay Carswell and 24-year-old Quintonio Reyes.

Sheriff Massee says they cashed over $154 thousand worth of legitimate treasury checks in Baldwin County.

"In essence, it's in the right name, but to the wrong person. And the volume of dollars is unbelievable," Massee says.

The investigation started in 2010, when Georgia Military College reported someone was cashing fraudulent checks with their account information. This month, the same thing happened to the Oconee Regional Medical Center.

Bobcats Fall In Peach Belt Tourney

COLUMBUS, Ga. - West No. 1-seed Georgia College baseball team (29-21) saw its season come to a close Thursday evening at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship Tournament in a 12-2 loss to East No. 2-seed Francis Marion University (35-15).

The Bobcats put up the first two runs of the game in the very first inning, when a pair of hits set up a run-scoring groundout and single, but it would be all the GC bats could muster. FMU took the lead with a three-run third and never looked back.

The Patriots rattled off 17 hits with four doubles, scoring runs in all but one inning after breaking into the scoring column in the third.

All-PBC Second Team selection Matt Broderick (8-2) went six strong innings for the win, allowing just two runs. Leadoff hitter Michael Wilson set the table, going 4-for-6 with three runs.