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Police Search for Missing Murderer

The Georgia Department of Corrections is looking for a convicted murderer, who failed to return to the Macon Transitional Center after work on Friday.

That's according to Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil.

Phil Mincey was sentenced to life in prison, after being convicted of murder in Dodge County in 1985.

Capt. Tony Winborn of the Dodge County sheriff's office says Mincey was convicted of killing 39-year-old Mary Ann Peacock Harris in March 1985. She was shot to death with a shotgun outside a home on Old River Road. Winborn had no other details on the case.

If you have any information please call the Dodge County Sheriff's office at 478-374-8131.

Redneck Circus Rolls in to Abbeville

The Redneck Circus rolled into central Georgia, bringing with it contests like the longest mullet, mud wrestling and tractor pulls.

"This is what a circus is," said Durty Dingus, the circus mascot.

It brought people from all over to Abbeville to show off their redneck pride.

"The kids around here we're all rednecks," said Sonya Hicks of Abbeville. "We love to mud bog. We love to ride the big trucks and the ATV's and the four wheelers."

For some, the events were the highlight, but for others it was more about the quality time.

Christy Richey, form Rochelle said, "This is what everybody forgets about. It needs to be like this more often."

"The family can actually get out and spend time together, said Wayne Taylor from Fitzgerald.

Organizers say people packing in throughout the weekend.

Durty Dingus said, "Probably a thousand people, 1,500 people and they're still coming in."

Police Ask for Help in Search for Runaway Teen

Authorities are asking for any information that will help them find a missing Newton County teen.

16-year-old Savonia Coney was last seen in Macon early Wednesday morning at Melody's Magic Mart on Rocky Creek Road.

Coney is a black female, standing 5'5" and weighing around 130 pounds.

According to a BOLO from Macon Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet, authorities believe Savonia has run away from home.

If you know anything about her whereabouts, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-877-CRIME.

Wounded Warrior Comes Home

Hundreds lined the streets in downtown Hawkinsville to honor their hometown hero, Marine Corporal Tony Mullis. In April, Mullis lost both of his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan.

"Emotions are running high today," says Mullis' mother, Cozetta Quigg.

People waved flags and wore yellow to welcome Corporal Mullis home.

"We're behind him, I may not have talked to him or known him personally but he was one that we sent over," says Laird Van Gorder of Warner Robins.

Mullis' brother, Dustin, says he can't wait to go fishing with Tony. "Glad he is coming home and can't wait to see him," said Mullis.

Four hundred motorcycles led the parade and the streets were guarded by United States Marines.

Several State Representatives showed their support for the guest of honor. Mullis' mother, Cozetta Quigg, who serves in the United States Air Force, says she wanted to show her son how proud she is  by wearing her dress blues.

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Man Killed in Dodge County Scooter Chair Accident

A man was killed in Dodge County Thursday afternoon after a pickup truck hit his scooter chair.

County Coroner Joe Smith says the 67-year-old man was riding the scooter chair when he was hit at 5th and Pine Streets in Eastman around 3:45 p.m.

Smith said the man was airlifted to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he died just before 7 p.m.

Smith did not release the man's name because the family has not been notified yet.

The Georgia State Patrol office in Helena said they had no information available on the accident.

Hawkinsville Prepares for Marine's Homecoming

"We'd like to give him a hero's welcome." says Leslie Sewell, Hawkinsville's Fire Chief.

Hawkinsville will welcome Marine Corporal Tony Mullis with a parade on Saturday.  The parade will start at noon on Saturday at the intersection of Commerce Street and Progress Avenue.

Mullis lost both of his legs in April when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, the day after his son Cason was born.

Gayle Ayers, owner of Wild Flowers Florist, says she delivered flowers to Mullis' wife that very day, just hours before they found out he had been wounded in combat.

"I've known Tony for quite some time. I did his flowers when they got married. I was there when he joined the church and was baptized, and he's just a terrific young guy that has really gone and made something great out of his life." says Ayers.