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May 29, 2019 Page 3B JR orter Monroe County Hospital has informed former patients that a hacker rnay have accessed some of their personal information with a cyber attack into the hospital's man- agement company, Navicent Health. An investigation determined the hacker accessed employees' email accounts and could've viewed patients' names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers and limited health information. However the hospital said that its investigation did not identify any "specific activity" around patient information and that it is not aware of any former patient experiencing fraud or identify theft as a result of the security breach. The hospital said it learned of the hacking on March 26, and notified law enforcement and sought help from computer experts to determine whether patient data was at risk. The hospital sent letters to affected patients on May 24, informing them that they can call 1-800-491-4302 from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to learn more about the breach. Hospital authority chairman Mac Brown apologized to patients for the incident. "The privacy and protection of patient information is a top priority for us," said Brown. "We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this incident may cause to our patients." By Richard Dumas than raising property taxes because to evaluate county services and mo- it would also charge tax-exempt tioned to contract with Carl Vinson property owners, noting there are Institute for all four services, which Monroe County Commissioners presently 555 tax-exempt proper- was seconded by District 4 corn- are hiring the UG s Carl Vinson ties in the county, missioner George Emami. Institute of Government to study Hedges, who said there are nu- After about 25 minutes of discus- how much more the county should merous ways in which a fire service sion, commissioners approved by a be charging for fire and water fee could be assessed, then sug- 3-1 vote to spend $20,000 to allow service, gested asking the Vinson Institute Carl Vinson Institute to evaluate all County manager Jim Hedges to propose fees for water, landfill four services with Evans the lone said Monroe County is losing and building inspection while also dissenter. about $2.4 million annually on evaluating whether to implement District 3 commissioner John water ($1.1 million), landfill ($1.2 a fire service fee. Hedges said the Ambrose was absent from the May million) and building inspec- Vinson Institute would charge 21 meeting. tion ($66,000) once depreciation $20,000 to analyze all four services is factored in. Hedges added that at once or $6,000 per service. He In other Board of Commission- the county's fire/EMS services will said the study would begin on Aug. ers' news: also need to grow with the county's 1 and would be completed by year's population and said the county's end. Monroe County Commissioners general fund and SPLOST collec- District i commissioner Larry spent $16,113 on Tuesday, May 21 tions won't sustain anticipated fire/ Evans said he opposes a fire service on training materials for the E-911 EMS growth. Hedges said there's fee, saying citizens would view it as department. been a 30 percent increase in fire/ yet another tax. Evans also balked At the request of Monroe County EMS call volume over the past six at hiring the Carl Vinson Institute, E-911 director Tim Self, commis- years, saying the county has the capabil- sioners bought three Dell comput- Therefore, Hedges asked com- ity in house to do that work, using ers with two monitors each in the missioners to consider charging a Georgia Department of Commu-total amount of $5,613 as well as fire service user fee, which he said nity Affairs (DCA) data. four licenses for Computer-Aided is charged by other local govern- Despite Evans' concerns, District Dispatch (CAD) from Temple- ments in Georgia. Hedges said 2 commissioner Eddie Rowlandbased Synergistic Software, Inc. in the fire service fee would be fairer said he wants an independent party the total amount of $10,500. t I- By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.nef A Barnesville man faces a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after a two-vehicle wreck on Old Post Road in Culloden on April 24, Regel Roshawn Perkins, 32, was arrested alad charged with having no insurance, operating a vehicle with no registration, driving while license expired and display- ing tags that belong to another vehicle. According to the incident report, at about 9 a.m a male witness, identified as Eddie Rowland, told Dep. Jaleel Brown of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office that he heard a crash involving a copper 2004 Chev- rolet S10 truck and a white 2004 Chevrolet Corvette. Rowland said when he went outside to render aid, he save the dreadlocked black male S 10 driver, later identified as Perkins, run inside an Old Post Road home. Rowland told the home's female resident, Deandria Laniece Smith, that the S10 driver had run inside her home. Row- land then saw a black man and Monroe County Dep. Jaleel Brown inspects a copper Chevrolet truck involved in a hit-and-run wreck with a white Chevrolet Camaro on Old Post Road on April 24. (Photo/Will Davis) black woman exit the home and try to leave in a Mercury Grand Marquis. Rowland approached the Grand Marquis, and the man, later identified as Denarius D. Rutherford, said he had nothing to do with the wreck. Rowland then got the Grand Marquis' tag information and told Brown he suspected Rutherford might have been the S10 driver who fled the scene. The male Corvette driver, James Wilbur Brice, told Brown he was headed eastbound on Old Post Road when the $10 pulled out of a driveway and hit his Corvette's left front fender. Brice said he saw the SI0 driver get out and run past his car but said he was distraught over his air bag deploying. Smith told Brown that she and Rutherford went to give aid to Brice. She said she didn't know that the SI0 driver had run inside her home, disputing that Row- land had already told her. She then denied Brown access to the home. Brown determined the S i0 truck's tag came back to a blue Hyundai Sonata Sport registered to a Forsyth woman, identified as Ashley Bush. The $I0 did not have insurance and its registra- tion was cancelled. Later that afternoon, Forsyth Police Inv. Tellas Daniels told Brown that Rutherford had iden- tified the $I0 driver as Perkins and said Perkins had fled because he had arrest warrants. Macon Regional Crimestoppers needs the public's help in locating these wanted persons for arrest. Macon Regional Crimestoppers offers rewards of up to $2,000 for tips that lead to ar- rests. Leads or "tips" can be provided to Crimestoppers through its tip line at 478-742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME or via its online tip submission, and all tipsters will remain anonymous. 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