2013 in review: April-June

December 23, 2013 

2013 in review: April-June

April

18: A shooting review board unanimously ruled that Macon police officer Clayton Sutton was justified in the December shooting of Sammie “Junebug” Davis Jr. outside a Pio Nono Avenue grocery store. Except for a minor procedural mistake, Sutton was cleared of any wrongdoing in the episode.

18: After beginning the year in exceptional drought, the Middle Georgia area was clear of any drought conditions due to weeks of rainfall in early spring, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported.

23: The DreamWorks Studios film “Need For Speed” began filming in downtown Macon. The movie’s cast members included Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton.

25: The Bibb County Board of Education voted 6-2 to approve an anticipated 87 layoffs to narrow the school system’s $18.7 million budget shortfall.

26: Macon Police Chief Mike Burns, who took the job in May 2005, announced that he would retire at the end of May.

30: After years of planning, budget issues and location obstacles, Warner Robins held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new law enforcement center.

May

1: Fire destroyed the Pactiv Advanced Packaging Solutions plant near the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in south Bibb County, leaving about 200 people without jobs.

23: Jameshia Desiree Reid, 24, was charged with felony murder in the death of her 3-year-old son, Jakerie. An autopsy later showed that the child died from head injuries.

27: A Piper PA-32 aircraft crashed about one mile northeast of Robins Air Force Base, killing two men from Greenville, S.C.

June

3: Steve Smith, who served as a Central High School teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal early in his career, was sworn in as interim superintendent of Bibb County schools.

7: Col. Chris Hill took command of Robins Air Force Base’s 78th Air Base Wing from Col. Mitchel Butikofer in a ceremony at the Museum of Aviation.

13: Jennifer Caffee and three of her daughters were killed when their south Macon home caught on fire. Three other family members survived the fire.

30: Larry Rivers stepped down as president of Fort Valley State University after a seven-year tenure that included balanced budgets, increased enrollment and a spruced-up campus.

-- Compiled by Beth Gadd

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