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Milledgeville Chief: No Decision Yet on Fatal Stabbing

Milledgeville's acting police chief says they'll wait for final autopsy results before deciding whether a Tuesday-night stabbing was a homicide.

Dray Swicord says they've completed their preliminary investigation into the death of Laura Baswell of Eatonton.

Swicord says her death is a possible homicide, but her boyfriend told us Wednesday that she stabbed herself. She died at a home on Vinson Highway.

Swicord says they'll wait at leat a couple week for the autopsy results and toxicology tests before proceeding.

Baswell was 19 and a nursing student at Georgia Military College.

Eatonton Woman Fatally Stabbed in Milledgeville

Eatonton Woman Fatally Stabbed in Milledgeville

Milledgeville police say a 19-year-old Eatonton woman was stabbed to death Tuesday night.

Baldwin County coroner John Gonzalez identified the victim as Laura Baswell. He said she died of a stab wound to the chest around 11 p.m. at 1430 Vinson Highway, where her boyfriend Seth Glenn lives.

Glenn said Baswell stabbed herself.  He said she was stressed and agitated Tuesday night and decided to take her own life.

"I was sitting there looking at the TV," Glenn said. "She paced back and forth a couple of times. I heard a noise and she was there. She apparently had stuck herself with a knife."

"We're working this case as a homicide until evidence leads elsewhere," said Milledgeville Police Chief Dray Swicord. 

Swicord said Glenn had been very cooperative as detectives questioned him through the night, and would not call him a suspect. 

Parent Poll: Schools and Crime

Parent Poll: Schools and Crime

We’re reporting today on an alleged rape at Northeast High School in Macon.

Do you think your child's school is forthcoming with information about crime and violence at school?

If so, what are your concerns as a parent? How does this affect your children and family?

You can reply in the comments section below or feel free to share your insight with us at eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com

Georgia College Named State's Safest Campus

Georgia College Named State's Safest Campus


Georgia College ranks first No. 1 in the state for campus safety, according to StateUniversity.com.

“Thanks to the hard work of our Georgia College police officers
 and support from the university community, we are ranked as the safest campus in the state and one of the safest campuses in the nation,” said Interim President Stas Preczewski.  “We are very proactive in protecting our students, faculty, staff and property.”

Police Academy Accepting Applications

The Milledgeville Police Department is accepting applications for the 2011 Fall Session Citizen's Police Academy Enrollment.

The program gives participants a working knowledge of the MPD and promotes a relationship between MPD and the community it serves.

The program is open to clergy men and women, pastors, ministers, preachers (18 years and older) who live or work in the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin  County.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants per session.

If you are interested, call Lt. Gray at 478-414-4041.

Your certification of ordination is requested.

Crimestoppers Luncheon


The Rotary Club of Centerville hosts the fifth annual David Pierce Memorial Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18th at the Museum of Aviation, Century of Flight Building to benefit Crimestoppers and its Student Crimestoppers programs. Governor Sonny Perdue will be the guest speaker.

"In 2010, Macon Regional Crimestoppers' tipsters offered information leading to the arrests of 428 arrests from Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach and Twiggs counties on various charges.  More than $22,000.00 in stolen property was recovered, and more than $2,500.00 worth of drugs was seized. 

Those tips, which resulted in a payout of about $62,500.00 in rewards, were made possible because of the donations to the nonprofit organization. The program allows callers to remain anonymous when submitting tips on wanted people in an eight county area and receive up to a $1,000.00 upon the wanted person's arrest.