2009-10-07 / Community

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Bainbridge -Willie Miller is in jail charged with aggravated assault after knocking out a man with a beer bottle for no apparent reason.

Shorty Loredo and his girlfriend, Leanne Peppers, were sitting in his carport at 712 Fleming Street talking and drinking a beer. Willie walked up to Shorty and hit him in the face. When Shorty got up to push him away, Willie struck him in the head with a 40 ounce beer bottle, knocking Shorty unconscious.

The two were familiar with Willie, but Leanne Peppers did not know his name. She did know that much of the time he stayed at a house immediately behind theirs on Monroe Street. She pointed him out to officers who took 53-yearold Willie Miller into custody.

Willie James Miller, 53, of 114 Fluitt Road, Attapulgus, was charged with aggravated assault, possession of drug-related object and terroristic threats and acts.

Blakely - A cold storage worker at Birdsong Peanuts has died from injuries he received in an accident at approximately 2 p.m. Monday afternoon at the company's cold storage warehouse on Bay Street in Blakely.

Howard Thompson, 23, suffered critical injuries when he was reportedly caught in a conveyor belt. He was transported by ambulance to Early Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries before being air lifted by helicopter to Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was later transferred to a Birmingham hospital where he died Monday night.

In a statement released Tuesday, the company stated, "We were saddened to learn this morning that Howard Thompson died from injuries he sustained while working at Birdsong Peanuts' cold storage facility in Blakely. He was a good worker and will be missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family."

The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation. As a matter of both policy and practice, Birdsong and its employees are committed to working in a safe and responsible manner.

Camilla - A normal everyday disturbance call in Baker County Saturday night led to gunfire on Bouie Road.

Orcha Mackeroy called Newton police on his brother, 53-year-old Terry Mackeroy.

Orcha Mackeroy had asked his brother to leave his home and go home to his trailer next door. Terry Mackeroy refused to leave and continued arguing with family members.

When a deputy got there, he was unable to handcuff Terry Mackeroy to arrest him.

The deputy tried to calm down the suspect. Witnesses say the deputy used pepper spray as well as his baton to try and get the situation under control before drawing his gun. The suspect got loose from the deputy, shots were fired and hit the suspect in the side.

Terry Mackeroy is recovering from that wound.

The case has been turned over to the GBI for further investigation by the Baker County Sheriff's Department.

Cairo - A disagreement prior to the kickoff of the Cairo vs. Monroe football game resulted in Cairo High School Director of Bands Johnny Folsom being handcuffed and arrested as his band marched into Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.

Folsom was charged with simple battery on a police officer after he and two assistant band directors attempted to go into the stadium after the assistants were allegedly directed to wait outside the stadium until the band entered.

The band director was later released on a $1000 bond after being transported to the Dougherty County Jail for booking.

Supt. Dr. Tommy Pharis declined to comment on the incident. "As long as there is an on-going investigation, I do not think it would be appropriate for me to comment on a personnel issue," the superintendent stated.

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