Some of the events that affected the midstate from October through December

December 28, 2012 

Some of the events that affected the midstate from October through December

A look at some of the events that affected Middle Georgia:

October

5: Forsyth Street Ambulatory Surgery Center was among the medical facilities that received shipments of an injected steroid medication that was recalled by the manufacturer because of ties to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. In the midstate, 184 patients were identified as being possibly exposed from back-pain treatments they received. One Macon woman came down with meningitis, but she was not hospitalized.

6: Gail Spencer, 58, was fatally suffocated in her north Macon home. Charged in her death were Tracy Michelle Jones, 38, of Macon; Michael Brett Kelly, 18, of Macon; Courtney Nicole Kelly, 23, of Warner Robins; and Keith Anthony Dozier, 23, of Warner Robins. Embezzlement was believed to have been the motive in the slaying.

12: Three cases of West Nile virus in Houston County were confirmed. Those affected were a 10-year-old boy, a 65-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman. Each was hospitalized, and Charles Hendrix, the 65-year-old, died later in the month.

16: The Bibb County Commission approved a measure banning smoking in all parks and recreation centers except for Lake Tobesofkee.

19: An autopsy revealed that 87-year-old Christine Patton Cook, who was found dead in her north Macon home, was suffocated. Cook’s car had been stolen, and her jewelry box was ransacked. A 31-year-old man who had done yard work for Cook, Aurie Bonner III, was later charged with murder.

25: Jermontae Moss, 18, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus five years in the 2011 murder of Warner Robins Mexican food store owner Jose Marin.

November

1: Fort Valley State University President Larry Rivers announced plans to step down June 30, 2013.

6: David Cooke unseated incumbent District Attorney Greg Winters, winning the chief prosecutor’s job in the Macon Judicial Circuit.

13: Damon Jolly entered a plea of guilty on murder charges in the 2006 shooting death of Bibb County sheriff’s deputy Joseph Whitehead Jr. Jolly was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

18: Neva Jane Langley Fickling, the only Miss Macon -- and Miss Georgia -- ever to win the Miss America crown, back in 1952, died of cancer. She was 79.

26: HLS Cabinets, a Fort Valley business, was destroyed by a fire. Units from the Peach County and Fort Valley fire departments responded to the fire, which didn’t injure anyone.

December

1: Two Warner Robins child care centers, the Unique Tutoring and Individualized Children Academy, were closed by the state after it was determined that children there were in imminent danger. The state found violations of rules regarding transportation, appropriate supervision of children, criminal record checks of employees, and missing and incomplete files.

3: Natasha Latrice Freeman, 38, pleaded guilty to battery and making terroristic threats related to an April incident on a Bibb County school bus. Freeman chose to wear a sign proclaiming “I made a fool out of myself on a Bibb County Public Schools bus” instead of spending four weekends in jail.

The Bibb County Board of Education voted to extend Superintendent Romain Dallemand’s contract. Dallemand’s new term would start Jan. 1, 2013, and end Dec. 31, 2015. Dallemand accepted the contract.

4: Frank Louis Reeves, 73, was charged with murder in the shooting death of 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt in a parking lot dispute at a Bibb County gas station.

6: An argument in the parking lot of a Bibb County Waffle House led to gunfire that killed 20-year-old Christopher Crowder and wounded two others. Ashley D. Brown, 19, was charged with murder and two counts of aggravated assault in the case.

18: After failing to win support from Houston County and the school board, the city of Warner Robins halted its efforts to establish its first tax allocation district.

19: About 150 Middle Georgians filled Rosa Parks Square for a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre.

-- Compiled by Beth MacFadyen

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