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City of Vienna Seeks New Chief of Police

City of Vienna Seeks New Chief of Police

The City of Vienna seeks a new Chief of Police.

They are accepting applications until 5 p.m. on August 31, 2013.

See all requirements and how to apply.

Four Arrested for Giving Midstate Inmates Contraband

Georgia prison officials say four people were arrested last week for sneaking contraband into three central Georgia prisons, according to a news release.

One is a correctional officer and another a volunteer at the prison. The others were visiting an inmate.

Officer Byron Mcrae, an employee at Telfair State Prison, was arrested June 25 after an inmate was found with 12 bundles of tobacco wrapped in electrical tape. An investigation led back to Mcrae who was charged with violation of oath of office and trading with an inmate.

Accused Macon Co. Shooter Surrenders to Police

Five days after a 36-year-old man was shot in Montezuma, Massie Deleon Larry turned himself in for the crime.

According to a news release, officers were trying to get a search warrant related to the shooting, which happened on May 31, when Larry contacted police. 

He was arrested in Oglethorpe.

The victim, Tyrone Gill, remains in the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon recovering from two surgeries for his wounds. 

He was reportedly shot in the abdomen. Police met him at the Flint River Community Hospital.

Police say the shooting was the result of a disagreement between Gill and Larry.

Larry has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, 3rd degree cruelty to children and discharging a firearm from a public street.

The shooting remains under investigation.

One Shot, Hospitalized After Fight in Montezuma

A 53-year-old Montezuma man was airlifted to Macon after a fight during which he was shot.

Police have arrested and charged 29-year-old Deon Lamar Smith for shooting Geoffrey Larry several times "in the leg area," according to a news release.

Smith was receiving treatment at the Flint River Community Hospital for a head injury when he was arrested.

He told officers Larry hit him in the head, which is why he shot Larry, who was later taken by helicopter to the Medical Center of Central Georgia. 

Smith is in the Macon County jail on four counts of aggravated battery and one charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The shooting is still under investigation.

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

We have websites for these communities:

Dooly-Macon County
Warner Robins
obins AFB

These community websites are a place for you and your community members to share information.

To join our team and share with folks just like yourself, all you have to do is email us your email address and name whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

From there, we set up an account for you. This account lets you log in to your community site and post photo galleries, concerts, community events, 100th birthday parties, your concerns, latest creative projects, how-to advice and anything else you want people in your area to know.

Once you have an account, here are some examples of how you can stay involved Where You Live:

(These are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to come up with your own blog ideas!)

  • Post about your hobby: 
    Music reviews 
    Movie reviews 
    Local fashion


  • Are you that person who always takes photos at the high school's football games or at community festivals?  You can log in with your new account and create a gallery to show off your photos on our site.
  • Have a story idea that may need a reporter in our newsroom? Send us a news tip by emailing eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com
  • Where You Live is your space for public conversation.  Feel free to comment on others' articles. New ideas can crop up just from simple conversations with others.
  • See something bizarre around town? Take a (cell phone) photo and post it to your community site! Maybe someone else will know the background story.
  • Add an event to our community calendar. Click "Add an Event"  on your community site's event section.
  • Like" us on Facebook to include your local news, breaking news and weather warnings and watches in your Facebook feed.
  • Follow us on Twitter for breaking news and weather updates.

Montezuma Police Re-Certification Ranks in Top 15 Percent

Montezuma Police celebrate this week as their re-certification ranked in the Top 15 Percent in Georgia.

According to a release, the department has decreased the town's crime rate by over 66 percent in the past two years.

This marks the third time the department has received the award in the thirteen years they have sought the certification.

Re-certification helps law enforcement review and improve effectiveness and acknowledges that agency practices match "progressive professional standards." 

The Montezuma Police Department had to meet 129 standards to receive this recognition.

Woman Charged in Montezuma Baby Hoax

A woman has been charged with making a false statement to law enforcement after rumors circulated about a baby in a dumpster.

According to a news release, police received an influx of calls regarding a baby being found in a dumpster over the New Year holiday.

Police say Alexis Boland was charged after she admitted to initially fibbing to police.

She told police she wanted to play a joke on a co-worker by telling them she found a baby in the dumpster. Customers overheard her and the rumor began.

When first interviewed by police, Boland described talking to the E-911 Center and giving the baby to "two cops who were riding in a white patrol car with red and blue markings."

None of the patrol cars are white with red and blue markings, no one brought a baby to the hospital and there was no record of her call to the E-911 center, police chief Eric Finch says.