— Macon Co. sheriff says two bodies found over the weekend in a rural area are believed to be an Atlanta-based rapper and his cousin, a music promoter. Both had been missing for several days. Rapper Edward Reeves, known as Bambino Gold; and Kendrick Stokes, known as Skooly Kee Da Tooly, were reported missing Nov. 7. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the bodies were found in separate locations in Macon County, in eastern Alabama. Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson tells Al.com that both men were homicide victims, and that the bodies were found not far off roadways about three to four miles apart. Brunson said that a passer-by discovered the first body Friday evening. A deputy discovered the second body during a search of the area before dawn Saturday.
Gus Malzahn was named a semifinalist for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Thursday. Malzahn is one of 16 coaches to make the cut for the honor, which has been given annually since 1989. Voting for the 16 semifinalists begins today and runs through Dec. 11th, when three finalists will be announced. The winner will be named Dec. 26th.
Auburn Athletics will honor Hall of Fame basketball player Charles Barkley on Iron Bowl weekend with a Charles Barkley Appreciation night at the Friday night men’s basketball game vs. Winthrop followed by a statue unveiling ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m. in front of the Scholarship Entrance of Auburn Arena. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Barkley will also take part in Tiger Walk, beginning at 12:30 The final version of the statue will not be completed until spring, but the ceremony will feature a full-size replica until the permanent statue can be placed.
Auburn police located the body of a missing 67-year-old man in a culvert in the 3200 block of Lee Road 10 yesterday. The body of Auburn resident Charlie Lee Macon was found by authorities after family members of Macon called yesterday morning to report that they had found him. Macon, who had been missing since Monday, was pronounced dead at the scene, Mr. Macon appeared to have fallen approximately 8 to 9 feet to the concrete below the roadway. Macon often walked along the highways picking up cans, according to his family. His body was found in the culvert after family members spotted some bags with cans on the side of the roadway. No foul play is suspected at this time. Auburn Police and the Lee County Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate the case.
A Lee County judge ruled that enough evidence exists to move forward in a case charging two former Tiger Transit employees with sexually assaulting a female passenger. Judge Steven Speakman made the decision after a preliminary hearing yesterday morning at the Lee County Justice Center, sending the case to a grand jury. Testimony during the hearing described some of the details of what happened the night an 18-year-old Auburn University student was assaulted. The details are lengthy and can be read on our news partners OA Now website at oanow dot com. Tony Martin Patillo, 51, of Columbus, Ga., and James Don Johnson Jr., 32, of Auburn, each faces charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy in the Sept. 15 incident. Both men appeared in court Wednesday with their attorneys.