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Inmate Dies at Macon State Prison

Inmate Dies at Macon State Prison

An inmate at Macon State Prison has died from undisclosed causes.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan confirmed Tuesday that a Macon State inmate had died and that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

But Hogan declined to disclose additional information about the inmate including his name and when and how he died.

That's the second time in two weeks that DOC officials have declined to release information about an inmate.

Two weeks ago, inmate Philip Mincey walked away from his work-release program and was on the lam for several days before he was captured.

Mincey had been sentenced to life after being convicted of murder in Dodge County.

At the time of the escape, DOC officials declined to disclose details such as where Mincey was assigned to his work release program, who released him to work release and whether Mincey would be charged with escape for walking away from the program.

Bleckley picks up football win at Southeast Bulloch

Bleckley picks up football win at Southeast Bulloch

A somewhat healthier Royals football team took the field in Brooklet Friday night looking for their first win of 2011.  Taking advantage of a Yellow Jacket fumble, Tavon Ross hit Jaquante Burns for a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first to put Bleckley on top.  Blake Lucas had a 41-yard field goal with 1:41 left .  In the second quarter, BCHS got the first of several defensive stops when they stiffled SEB on an attempted fourth and 10 conversion from the Royal 31.  Dre Pitts returned a put 78 yards in the final minute.  Though the kick was blocked, BC led 16-0 at halftime.

Lady Royals win Gold Bracket of Jeff Davis Mid-Season Classic

Lady Royals win Gold Bracket of Jeff Davis Mid-Season Classic

Fifth-ranked Bleckley had little time to be upset over their eight-inning loss to Dodge Thursday as they traveled to Hazelhurst  for the Jeff Davis Mid-Season Classic.  In their one Friday game, BCHS edged Appling County 2-1.  Playing in the gold bracket Saturday, the Lady Royals opened with a 6-3 win against Bacon County.  SunnyKate Darsey and Kelsey Darsey were both 1 for 2.  BCHS used a three-run bottom of the third, and a four-run fifth to defeat Wheeler County 7-1.  (Kelsey) Darsey was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.  Emmie Meadows and Lana Maddox were both 2 for 4.

MGC Statement: Arrest of Escaped Prisoner Phil Mincey

MGC Statement: Arrest of Escaped Prisoner Phil Mincey

Middle Georgia College confirmed that escaped prisoner, Phil Mincey, was arrested off campus on a dirt road adjacent to the Cochran campus.  There was no evidence reported to show that he had ever been on the campus.

Lady Royals fall in eight innings to Dodge County

Lady Royals fall in eight innings to Dodge County

Though Thursday's Bleckley-Dodge softball game was in Eastman, there was a sense of deja vu about the evening.  Both teams would strand runners.  It took eight innings again to decide a winner.  The difference this time is that it would be BCHS who made a key error late. 

Trailing 3-2 in the third, Taylor Little's solo home run tied the score.  An Emmie Meadows single made it 4-3 Lady Royals.  Dodge tied it in the fourth. 

Though BC had a runner at third with no outs in the top of the fifth, she would be left stranded. 

BCHS got out of a two on, no out jam in the bottom of the inning.  Another scoring opportunity for Bleckley in the seventh, runners at second and third with one out, produced no runs.  Dodge had the bases loaded with two outs in their half of the inning but Marlee Bryan struck out Blakelyn Bundick to end the threat.

Sheriff: Tip Led to Phil Mincey

Escaped Dodge County murderer Phil Mincey was recaptured in Bleckley County Wednesday evening after a tipster told authorities where to find him.

That's according to Bleckley County Sheriff Harold Lancaster.

He said Mincey was arrested on the campus of Middle Georgia College after six days on the lam.

Bleckley deputies assisted the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task force in the arrest, he said.

Mincey, convicted of a 1985 murder in Dodge County, did not return last Friday to his work-release center in Macon.

Lancaster said officers looking for him contacted Mincey's family and warned them about the consequences of helping him.

He said one person contacted the fugitive task force and said Mincey was looking for a ride Wednesday from Middle Georgia College. He said they found Mincey on campus, "trying to fit in."