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Amanda Corna

Amanda is a producer and anchor for 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. She comes to Macon from Watertown, NY where she was a reporter, fill in producer and anchor for three years at WWNY. She covered everything from hundred year old birthdays to the shooting death of a New York State Trooper. She also earned a Syracuse Press Club Award for her feature story "A Cheer for Keslie," about a young woman with down syndrome who joins her high school cheer team and is accepted and loved by her squad. Amanda is originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, a small town in the western part of the state. She attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated in May 2014 with a B.A in Media Arts Production. From there she went on to get her master's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University. When she's not working, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending quality time with her fiancé, family and friends.

Men wanted for questioning for theft by taking case in Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County Sheriff’s Investigators need help finding two men.

Investigators say they want to speak with them about a theft by taking case that happened at the Exxon at 1105 Gray Highway in Macon. Pictures of the men are below.

Men wanted for Exxon theft by taking case. Photos provided by: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

If you know who they are or have any information that could help with the case, call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at (478)751-7500, Investigator D. Putnam at (478) 952-1678, or the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Investigators looking for man who shot, killed another man at Chevron in Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County Sheriff’s Investigators are searching for a man they say shot and killed another man at a convenience store in Macon Sunday night.

Investigators say the shooting happened at the Chevron at 584 Emery Highway just before 10 p.m.

Investigators say 27-year-old Greg Watkins Jr. was shot while inside the Chevron. He was driven to Coliseum Medical Centers, where he was pronounced dead by Macon-Bibb County’s Coroner.

Investigators say the man they’re looking for had on a white t-shirt, camouflage pants, and white shoes.

Chevron shooting suspect. Photos provided by: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

This is an ongoing investigation. If anyone has any information about this shooting, please call the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500, Investigator Robbie Parks at (478) 951-7518, or the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Daybreak Interview: Junior League of Macon’s Rock N’ Rides

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)— If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend, the Junior League of Macon has an event you may be interested in.

The women’s organization is hosting its annual Rock N’ Rides this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Soar Academy on Riverside Drive in Macon.

Stephanie Wilkerson, the chair person for the event, joined 41NBC News at Daybreak to share more details about the event.

Click on the video to hear what Wilkerson had to say.

Dog of the week – Bella

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)— Bella is a 3 year old Staffordshire bull terrier mix. She’s calm, sweet and gets along with other dogs, cats, and kids.

She’s also in need of a forever home.

You can adopt her at All About Animals Rescue in Macon. Anyone that goes to the shelter to adopt is required to wear a mask. 

To learn more about the rescue or to look at pictures of some the animals that are up for adoption, visit the shelter’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/allaboutanimalsmacon/

“Keep your eyes and ears open”: Crescent House hosts 8th annual Child Abuse Prevention Symposium

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)— Keep your eyes and ears open. That’s the message from Atrium Health Navicent’s Crescent House.

Wednesday, the advocacy center partnered Resilient Middle Georgia for its 8th annual Child Abuse Prevention Symposium. Topics discussed during the free, virtual event included child abuse, suicide, trauma, and building connections.

Organizers say now that schools and youth sports are re-opening, adults need to be watchful and notice signs of child abuse.

“We do know they have been isolated,” said Kemberlie Sanderson, Crescent House Manager. “So the more people that are around them the better off we’re going to be and have the opportunity for them to tell them if there’s been anything going on.”

The Crescent House also reports that more teens are talking about suicide. Sanderson’s advice to parents is to keep communication open, monitor activities, and watch over your children’s internet activity. She says treat your child’s time online like you would treat a trip to the park and be aware of what’s going on.


Man found shot in the head in downtown Macon, woman taken in for questioning

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)— The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death after deputies found a 50-year-old man in a car with a gunshot wound to the head early Friday morning.

Deputies say they found the man in a White Jeep Wrangler on Cherry Street near Second Street at 12:20 a.m.

Deputies say they found a pistol in the Jeep next to the man. He was taken to Atrium Health Navicent, the Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies say a 57 year old woman was in the Jeep with the man when they found him. She was taken to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. No charges have been filed at this time.

There is no information on what lead up to the shooting or how it happened at this time.

The shooting is being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at (478)751-7500 or the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Medical Segment: The importance of Occupational Therapy Month

MACON, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – If you ever needed help recovering from an injury, you may have had an occupational therapist by your side. Occupational therapists are celebrated the entire month of April because it is Occupational Therapy Month.

Kaitlyn Salter, an occupational therapist from Atrium Health Navicent, joined 41NBC News at Daybreak to share what she does and why it’s important.

Click on the video to hear what Salter had to say.

32nd annual Dogwood Festival in Perry rescheduled

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — The 32nd annual Dogwood Festival in Perry has a new date after being canceled last weekend.

According to a post on the festival’s Facebook page, the new dates are Saturday April 24th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday April 25th from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Festival will also be returning to it’s original spot in Downtown Perry. This year’s festival was originally scheduled for April 10-11 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, but was canceled because of the potential for severe weather.


UPDATE: Houston County man convicted of murdering his grandmother, sentenced to life in prison

UPDATE: The man convicted of murdering his 81 year old grandmother will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Houston County Superior Court Judge, Bo Adams, sentenced 33-year-old Jared Carter to life in prison plus five years for the use of a knife Wednesday.

Judge Adams called the crime “cruel and evil.”

“At the end of it all, you ended her life,” said Adams. “You’re convicted of ending her life which is unconscionable in and of itself, but then the means you took to end her life was really egregious.”

The prosecution presented its final argument in court Wednesday, calling Carter “heartless.”

Prosecuting attorney, Alicia Gassett, believes life in prison is a fair sentence.

“He is going to be spending a lot of time in prison for this, you know, so I do believe justice was served,” said Gassett.

Judge Adams said Carter will have the possibility of parole in the next 30 years.


HOUSTON COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A man accused of killing his grandmother has been found guilty of murder.

According to a news release from the Houston County District Attorney’s Office, 33 year old Jared Carter was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime for the death of his grandmother, 81 year old Valearia Mann.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Carter lived with his grandmother at her home in Warner Robins. In the weeks leading up to her death, Mann told people she was afraid of her grandson and wanted him out of the home. According to the news release, Mann’s best friend testified at Carter’s trial. She said that Mann told her, “If anything happens to me, he did it,” referring to her grandson.

The news release went on to say that Mann reported her grandson prior to her murder. She claimed her grandson was verbally and emotionally abusive and made her feel unsafe. The news release went on to say that Adult Protective Services reached out to the Warner Robins Police Department who checked on Mann a week before her death. Mann told a detective with the Warner Robins Police Department that she did not want Carter to get into trouble and asked the detective to check back in another week.

A week later, on June 9th, 2018, Mann was found murdered in her home. According to the news release, Mann suffered blunt force trauma to the head and was stabbed in the chest with a large knife.

Jared Carter was ultimately charged with Mann’s death. He’s being held in the Houston County Detention Center in Perry awaiting sentencing hearing.


Man shot in lower back in Macon early Monday morning dies

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A man is dead after being shot in Macon early Monday morning.

According to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, 48-year-old Parrish Forester was shot in the lower back on Mumford Road at West Napier Avenue.

Macon-Bibb County Coroner, Leon Jones, said Forester was pronounced dead just before 3:00 a.m. at Atrium Health Navicent, the Medical Center.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office does not have information on a suspect or a motive for the shooting at this time.

The shooting is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at (478)751 -7500 or the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.