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Milledgeville Police Continue Investigation Into Stabbing Death

Milledgeville Police Chief, Dray Swicord said police have one more witness interview to conduct in their investigation of a 19-year-old Eatonton woman that was stabbed to death Tuesday night. He said they expect to talk to the witness Thursday afternoon.

 
After the final witness interview, Swicord said the next step for investigators is the autopsy and toxicology reports, which could be available in a couple of weeks. He said until they have those results they won't be able to say whether it is a homicide or suicide.

Baldwin County coroner John Gonzalez identified the victim as Laura Baswell. He said she died of a stab wound to the chest around 11 p.m. Tuesday night at 1430 Vinson Highway, where her boyfriend Seth Glenn lives.

Glenn said Baswell stabbed herself. He said she was stressed and agitated Tuesday night and decided to take her own life.

Georgia Jobless Rates at Lowest Mark Since 2009

Georgia's jobless rate is at its lowest mark since March 2009.

Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says in January, unemployment sat at 9.2 percent.

That's a decline of two-tenths of a percentage point from December's 9.4 percent. 

A year ago, it sat at 10.1 percent. 

The Department of Labor also said Georgia gained more than 83 thousand jobs in the last twelve months.

According to a news release, that's the largest January to January job growth since 2006.

Locally, the Macon metro area added 1,300 jobs from January 2011 to January 2012, a 1.4% increase.

The Warner Robins area added 600 jobs in the past year.

 

Prep Hoops Scores For February 28

Here are your GHSA State Tournament Playoff Scores from Tuesday, February 28:

GHSA Girls:

AAAA

Alcovy 71  Warner Robins 62

Fayette Co. 54  Northside 43

AAA

Washington Co. 57  Westover 46

AA

Putnam Co. 53  Tattnall Co. 33

Brooks Co. 56  Southwest 52

A

Charlton Co. 85  Dooly Co. 82 (Overtime)

St. Francis 61  Hancock Central 19

Taylor Co. 45  Wilcox Co. 42

GHSA Boys:

Taylor Co. 81  Randolph-Clay 62

Dump Truck Wreck Causes Delays in Putnam County

Crew are still trying to remove a dump truck from a crash site in Putnam County.

Teresa Slade, 911 director for Putnam County, says around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon a construction dump truck hit a pick-up truck pulling out of Forest Lake Village.

The wreck shut down all lanes of 441, causing traffic to back up for over a mile. Slade says all lanes have been reopened, but traffic is moving slowly.

She said the crash did injure two people, but neither was life threatening.

Full Court Press: Tournament Edition Feb. 24

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Here are your GISA and GHSA Prep Basketball Tournament scores reportesd to 13WMAZ for Friday, february 24:

GISA Girls Semifinals at Georgia College

AAA:

Westfield 41  Stratford 28 

Arlington Christian 45  Westminster 33

AA:

Gatewood 73  Christian Heritage 66

Terrell 56  Briarwood 27

A:

Crisp Academy 50  Westminster Christian 22

Westwood 58  Grace Christian 22

GHSA Girls First Round:

Warner Robins 56  Effingham County 48

Monroe 49  Rutland 36

Trees Down, Traffic Light Out After Putnam County Storm

Trees are down along Georgia Highway 129 after a severe storm moved through Putnam County Friday morning.

That's according to a dispatcher with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

The Eatonton Police Department says the traffic light at the intersection of Highway 129 and State Route 441 is out after the storm.  Dispatchers say a crew from the state Department of Transportation is on its way to the scene to look at the damage.

Central Georgia's February Tornado History

Spring is still a few weeks away, but severe weather can strike Central Georgia ahead of schedule.  Twenty-one tornadoes have touched down during this time of year since modern record keeping began in 1950.

A majority of the storms formed in second half of the month when winter gradually transitions to spring.  With only a few exceptions, most of the tornadoes touched down during the afternoon and evening hours.

As is generally the case, most of these tornadoes were weak with five F0s, and seven F1s.  Seven reached the strong F2 level.  Only two were classified as severe F3s.

February tornadoes caused 3 fatalities and dozens of injuries.  The most damaging storm roared through Peach County in 1975.  Here's a list of each tornado with a brief summary of the impacts.  The information originates from the storm event database of the National Climatic Data Center.