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Bullet fired into Macon home shatters window, gets stuck in Bible

It was the middle of the night, the wee hours of a recent Wednesday, when a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a “shots fired” call in southwest Macon. A woman in her 50s who lives on O’Hara Drive North, not far from Bloomfield Drive and Rice Elementary School, told the deputy that someone had “shot into her residence,” the deputy’s report of the Oct. 9 incident noted. The woman said she had been asleep and that her brother woke her when the shooting happened. No one was hurt. The brother later told the deputy that he was awake when he heard a boom. “He dropped to the floor and could feel glass hit his face,” the deputy’s report said. “He stated that he could hear a car speed away.” The bullet that pierced with window, the brother soon learned, had struck a Bible on a bookshelf. The deputy was informed the bullet was inside the Bible. Someone retrieved the spent round, which the deputy collected as evidence.

Dispatches: A 31-year-old Macon woman was jailed on a shoplifting charge Oct. 8 after a worker at the Walmart on Zebulon Road reported seeing the woman placing items in bags at the self-checkout but not paying for them. A sheriff’s report said the woman claimed the items that weren’t paid for — a dental kit and a dog-nail trimmer — had, unbeknownst to her, stuck to other items she had scanned. Video surveillance, however, was said to have shown that “none of the items were stuck together,” and that she had held them in the same hand while scanning other items while purposely not ringing up the ones in question. . . . A Macon man recently informed the cops that someone cussed at him and “threw a billiard ball and struck his vehicle.” The alleged ball thrower later told a sheriff’s deputy that the other guy had approached him with a stick and that, yes, he had cussed at the stick-toter but denied throwing anything. . . . A Macon man who recently reported the theft of a window-unit air conditioner said someone he knows may have seen the culprit a few days earlier trying to take the air conditioner. A sheriff’s report identified the person seen earlier as “a guy from the neighborhood named ‘Leprechaun.’”

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Joe Kovac Jr. covers crime and courts for The Telegraph with an eye for human-interest stories. A Warner Robins native, he joined the paper in 1991 after graduating from the University of Georgia.