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Jones Co. Budget Cuts Leave District Attorney Shorthanded

Some budget cuts in Jones County left a hole in the county prosecutors' office.

The assistant district attorney, Keagan Waystack lost her job while on the job. 

It happened last month on the first day of jury selection of the Pamela murder trial.

That's because the Jones County commissioners cut about 60-percent of the district attorney's budget.

That's nearly $90,000.

They decided to use that money to supply equipment for the county's EMA officers and to avoid increasing the mileage rate. 

District attorney, Fred Bright, and Waystack say they were blindsided by the decision.

"It was not the time to be able to process any of it, or have any opportunity to go to anybody because the murder trial needed to be my number one priority," Waystack says.

Some county officials seemed just as confused about what that meant for the D.A.'s office. 

Grand Jury Indicts Pesticide Company

A federal grand jury in Macon has accused a pest-control company of illegally spraying pesticides inside Georgia nursing homes.

The grand jury yesterday also accused the Alabama company, named Bio Tech Management, of covering it up.

The owner, Stephen Murray, and his company each face dozens of charges: one count of conspiracy, 10 counts of making false statements, 20 counts of falsifying records, 10 counts of mail fraud and 10 counts of unlawful use of a pesticide.''

That's according to a news release from Michael Moore, U.S. attorney for Central Georgia.

Adult Education Center Opens in Jones County

Wanted by Macon Regional Crimestoppers

Macon Regional Crimestoppers says these people are wanted on warrants in Middle Georgia. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 478-742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME.

1.   Cladoria Deltrice Valnor:
B/F      DOB   03-30-88        Age    26      507   265 lbs.
Wanted by the Macon Police Department for Forgery.

2.    Solomon Denard Bailey:
B/M      DOB   11-19-84        Age    28    506   245 lbs.
Wanted by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

3.    Ashley Young Balkcom:
B/F      DOB   02-14-84        Age    29      506   180 lbs.
Wanted by the Jones County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

Toddler's Grandfather Speaks Out On Jones Co. Drowning

Mike Lewis, the grandfather of a Jones County toddler who drowned on Friday, sat down with 13WMAZ on Monday afternoon.

He tells us 21-month-old Robert "Andrew" Moody died after wandering away from home in the blink of an eye.

"Andrew got out of the house somehow, perhaps through the garage, and stumbled down to the lake, just 150 yards away at most," Lewis said.

Lewis tells us he'll always remember a smiling blond-haired, blue-eyed toddler who loved to play peek-a-boo.

"Little Andrew was just a ball of fun and energy," Lewis said. "He's just in heaven now chasing butterflies... He just brought so much life to everybody around him."

Lewis says the family has been overwhelmed by the Hampton Lakes community that has poured out their support. 

Child with Cancer Gets Room Makeover

With a smile like Deven Jackson's, you would never know what he has been going through since February.

"It just makes me happy, I mean I just like to smile," said Jackson.

"We found out that Deven had a tumor growing on his brain and that his skull was deteriorating, from a disease called histiocytosis," said Valeria Jackson, his mom.

After Jackson had surgery to remove the tumor, his family thought everything would get better.

"About July we got a call, stating that the tumor was growing. And we had to start chemo.  That was the one thing we were praying for not to happen," said his mom.

Because of his treatment, at times he has to be isolated.
So his parents sectioned off  part of their room, creating a whole new space. And Rooms from the Heart, a non-profit that redesigns rooms for sick kids, is making it over.

During the reveal, Jackson got a dresser filled with books and games.

Child Dies after Falling in Jones County Pond

A boy has died after falling into a lake in a Jones County subdivision Friday afternoon. 

That's according to Captain James Clark with the Jones County Sheriff's Office.  

He says the child, who was under 2 years old, was in the water in the Hampton Lakes neighborhood.  That's off Highway 49.

The child was pulled out at about 5:30 p.m. and rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Captain Clark said, investigators don't know how exactly the child ended up in the lake.  He says the boy's father was home at the time.

The Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate.