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Georgia Power to close all ash ponds across Georgia

Georgia Power has announced it's moving to close all ash ponds associated with its power generation across Georgia.

There are two ash ponds at Plant Scherer in Juliette and Plant Branch at Lake Sinclaire in Milledgeville.

According to a news release, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce has decided to support this decision.

"Georgia Power has a long and distinguised history of delivering high quality, safe and reliable and affordable energy supplies to businesses, industries and communities across the state and this decision exemplifies that tradition, Chris Clark, the CEO and president of the Georgia Chamber, said in a statement.

Man arrested in N. Clark Street shooting in Milledgeville


A man has been arrested after allegedly firing shots into a woman's car around 8 a.m. Wednesday on North Clark Street in Milledgeville.

According to Major Richard Davis with the Milledgeville Police Department, Demarius Bolston was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after officers found a gun in his car. 

According to a news release, Rhonda Brown told police she was inside when she heard three gun shots. She looked out of a window, she told police, and saw a white Honda back out of her driveway.

When police arrived to the scene, they found two bullet holes in the rear bumper of a silver 1998 Honda Accord. Hours later, Bolston was arrested.

Davis said they don't believe this case is connected to the other drive-by shootings and appears to be a domestic dispute.

Suspect arrested, charged in Milledgeville shooting


A suspect in a shooting at the intersection of Prichard Street and North Elbert Street in Milledgeville was arrested Monday.

According to a news release from the Milledgeville Police Department, Terrance Simmons and four other men were standing in front of a home on North Elbert Street in the Graham Homes area, known as Boddie Projects wearing colors associated with the Boddie Project Bloods gang.

Simmons refused to be patted down after the other four were searched. An officer saw a firearm sticking out of Simmon's shirt. He took the firearm, grabbed Simmons and arrested him.

Simmons is being charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement, use of firearm by a convicted felon, criminal street gang activity and theft by receiving stolen property.

The release also states Simmons has no current connection to other recent shootings.

Two shootings in Milledgeville on Monday night


Two shootings in Milledgeville happened on Monday night according to a press release from the Milledgeville Police Department.

A man was treated for a gunshot wound on his hand Monday night. That's after Milledgeville Police responded to shots being fired near Wray Homes.

A press release from the Police Department says witnesses told police a male on foot fired at a brown Lincoln at the corner of Thomas Street and West Thomas Court. They told police the car and the shooter then left the area.

Later, the brown Lincoln was stopped by a Georgia College and State University police officer. One of the people in that car had been dropped off at Oconee Regional Medical Center where he was treated for the gunshot wound on his hand.

Reward increases to $10K in Milledgeville drive-by shootings


The reward for any information leading to an arrest of the people involved in 15 drive-by shootings in Milledgeville has increased to $10,000.

State Representative Rusty Kidd put up $3,000 of his personal money toward the reward. He said he will contribute an extra $500 Wednesday.

Kidd says two other business owners who want to remain anonymous put up $1,000 each of their own money.

Milledgeville business owner Dan Tomlin gave $2,500. Another $2,000 comes from the Milledgeville Police Department and Macon Regional Crime Stoppers.

Kidd says the community must come together to put a stop to the violence.

"I encourage other business owners to do the same," he said. "We need to put a stop to this. Hopefully this money will entice someone to come forward."

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

GCSU hosts forum on racism complaints about Milledgeville bar


The American Democracy Project hosted a "teach-in" Thursday Night on recent allegations of racial discrimination at a downtown Milledgeville business.

The forum was from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Museum Education Room at Georgia College.

Man sentenced to life without parole in Monroe double homicide


CORRECTION: This story originally incorrectly identified the gas station where the victims met their killers. It happened at the Marathon Gas Station on Riverside Drive, North Macon.

 

Marquez Martin was sentenced to life without parole on Thursday afternoon in Monroe County.

He was found guilty of murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and violating Georgia's gang act. Martin was involved in the deaths of Russell Jacobs and James Pittman Wood in May of 2013.

Prosecutors say Martin and three other people met the victims at a Marathon Gas station on Riverside Drive gas station and drove them to Woods' home near Juliette. They say Jordan Maxwell robbed and killed the men and Martin helped.