It's not uncommon for people to share false information with an officer to avoid jail time, but who would expect someone to lie to police to intentionally land behind bars?
Well, Columbus Police said Devonta Bellamy did just that when he admitted to crimes on July 3 that he didn't commit. On July 9, Bellamy appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court, where he pleaded no contest to the false information charge stemming from the incident.
He was sentenced to 30 days in the Muscogee County Jail under a $250 bond.
Columbus Police Officer Jason Carden said Bellamy went to the Muscogee County Jail around 9:30 a.m. and told authorities that he broke into several vehicles and residences in the area.
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The man led police to residences and vehicles he supposedly targeted, and officials spoke to the individuals who owned that property. Bellamy even pointed out a stranger's car that he claimed to have damaged, the officer testified.
The so-called victims told police that they weren't burglarized. Carden said he later learned that the damaged vehicle was involved in a wreck and was apparently abandoned.
After the truth was revealed, Bellamy told authorities numerous times that he wanted to go to jail, but didn't explain why, Carden said.
Unless he posted that $250 bond, Bellamy got exactly what he allegedly hoped for.
This isn't exactly what he hoped for, but it's something, right?
Mark Cantrell, the District 6 representative on the Muscogee County School Board, has been an advocate of using the vast yellow space of school buses for advertisements. Well, the district has done exactly that on one particular bus, but it's generating bus driver applicants instead of the revenue Cantrell has sought.
Last month, the transportation department placed a bus -- at first a short one, then a regular-size one -- on the Muscogee County Public Education Center's grass at the corner of Macon and Rigdon roads. Hanging on the side of the bus facing the street is a sign advertising job openings for bus drivers.
That got a Chatterland scout curious, so he asked the district a bunch of questions, because that's what he gets paid to do. (Unfortunately for him, he doesn't get paid per question.)
First of all, Chatter Central applauds the creative and cheap (er, cost efficient) advertising approach. communications director Valerie Fuller shared the credit with human resources coordinator Beverly Langston, interim operations chief David Goldberg and transportation director Frank Brown.
"We also worked with our print shop and Kendrick High School graphics on signs and banners to bridge the concept with the visuals as well as a bus as a backdrop," Fuller said in an email to the L-E.
At the beginning of this week, MCSD had 20 vacancies for bus drivers after finishing last school year with about 220 drivers, Fuller reported.
Since the bus ad debuted, she said, the district has three potential drivers recommended for processing and two approved to be substitutes.
Baby Boomers? Just who are they? Ancient history?
Those could be the rhetorical questions posed by a Better Business Bureau email newsletter Wednesday that espouses ways to attract the presumed "it" consumer of today -- those millennials born between 1980 and 2000.
As everyone knows, the so-called "Baby Boom" generation came from the explosion of births following the end of World War II. It's the more than 75 million Americans born between the years 1946 and 1964.
It's a generation generally classified as too optimistic and self-centered and wealth-seeking for its own good. In essence, the "me" generation.
Now come the "millennials," a group generally thought of as being less loyal to an employer, open to change in a constantly changing world, always in search of the meaning of life, in need of recognition and rewards for a good job and, of course, being highly tech savvy.
Whatever the respective traits, the feeling one gets is that the aging Baby Boom generation is all but dead as a mainstream consumer, with the BBB newsletter offering tips for marketing to this current wave of youth.
"The Millennial Generation is now as large, if not larger, than the Baby Boomers, so they are a popular target for advertisers and marketers," the email says.
In a nutshell, the BBB tips say businesses need a strong social media presence or they face irrelevance. In social media, remain factual or risk being discovered as "less than honest" and having that tweeted to everyone they know.
Speak in sound bites because the generation doesn't have time for "long-winded" presentations. Remain transparent and responsive to millennial customers' needs and questions.
And, finally, build relationships because, like consumers before them, they value sincerity with those who deal with them.
Of course, if you operate a business and want to keep doing things the Baby Boom way, that's your prerogative.
After all, it's highly likely that the death of that generation has been greatly exaggerated.