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Former Macon Co. Prison Guard Pleads Guilty to Beating Inmates

A 24-year-old former prison guard has pleaded guilty to beating inmates, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Willie Redden was a member of the Correctional Emergency Response Team at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe.   Redden faces a maximum sentence of five years for his part in a 2010 conspiracy with other guards to injure inmates at the facility.

One inmate was beaten until he was unresponsive and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.

In Redden's confession, he said the assaults were intended to serve as punishment. To hide CERT's role in the beatings, he stated senior officers instructed him to falsify reports and use a cover story with investigators.

Missing Two-Year-Old Found Safe

A missing two-year-old has been found safely.

That's according to Warner Robins police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh.

She says two-year-old Sanyah Williams was reported missing late Sunday night.

The little girl was found just before 1 a.m. Monday asleep at a relative's house, according to Pugh.

She did not have any other details on the case.

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Some people in Central Georgia already follow these tips. Meagan Kusz of Macon said she regularly wears loose-fitting light colored dresses.

"It's really keeping me cool I think anything heavier would be unbearable I really don't feel that horrible right now," said Kusz.

But others we talked to said they have to break certain tips like construction workers, who have to strenuous work outside.

"We work outside putting in gas lines we have to stay in the sun all the time, so just can't avoid it," said Scott Chamberland of Macon.

But Chamberland said he combats heat on the job by drinking plenty of cold water and taking breaks.

However, a few Central Georgians said they just hope that the heat eases up soon.

"I like it in small doses, if we can get some clouds and some wind that would be nice," said Valerie Pollock of Warner Robins.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency has these tips on how to prepare for extreme heat:

Where Can I See Independence Day Fireworks?

Here's a list of places where you can see fireworks for Independence Day celebrations in your area.

Macon: Lake Tobesofkee, July 4, at Claystone and Sandy Beach Park. $3 per person, Children 6 and under are free. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.

Montezuma:  July 4, music at 6 p.m., fireworks at dusk

Cochran: July 4th Parade for kids at 11 a.m., Registration starts at 9 at the Cotton Peanut Museum. Kids should bring their bike, trike, scooter (or stroller). Adults can bring their own bikes as well.

Macon Ties All-Time Record: 108 Degrees

Saturday's high temperature soared to 108 degrees in Macon. That ties the all-time record high for the city first set on July 13, 1980.

An Excessive Heat Warning is now in effect for eastern portions of Central Georgia through 9 p.m. this evening.  A Heat Advisory is in effect for Monday.

13WMAZ Meteorologist John Boyer forecasts another record-breaking 104 degree high for Macon on Sunday . The record for this date is 103 degrees, set in 1954.

The National Weather Service says the heat index could hit 105 to 110 today.

The weather service described it as "a dangerous heat wave."

The weather service warns you to avoid the heat, take precautions and watch out for pets, children and the elderly.

Vienna Man Dies After Farm Accident

Vienna Man Dies After Farm Accident

Vienna volunteer firefighter Lee Harris Jr. died Saturday after a farm accident sent him to the burn center in Augusta last week.


“He was a good firefighter. He was a farmer, he loved livestock and getting children involved in livestock, and he loved his family very much," Assistant Chief Kenny Calhoun of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department says.

"He leaves behind a father, mother, wife and 2 children, a son and daughter.“

His funeral will be on Tuesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at Vienna First Baptist Church. (See Lee Harris Jr.'s full obituary here)

Lee Harris, Jr. was working on a piece of farm equipment Monday afternoon when he got sprayed with fuel and it ignited.

He was immediately rushed to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and then transported to the burn center in Augusta.

Vienna Man "Stable, but Critical" After Farm Accident

Vienna Man "Stable, but Critical" After Farm Accident

A Vienna volunteer firefighter is in "stable, but critical" condition after he was badly burned in a farm accident, Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Calhoun says.

Lee Harris, Jr. was working on a piece of farm equipment Monday afternoon when he got sprayed with fuel and it ignited.

He was immediately rushed to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and then transported to the burn center in Augusta.

Over 70 percent of his body was consumed.

Calhoun says the accident was not related to work with the fire department.