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  HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
  AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.


BIBB SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY AN APPLING MIDDLE SCHOOL SEVENTH GRADER BROUGHT AN UNLOADED GUN TO CLASS TODAY.
CAMPUS POLICE CHIEF DANIEL DECOURSEY SAYS THEY GOT A TIP FROM ANOTHER STUDENT...AND SEARCHED A CLASSROOM.
AROUND 1-15 THIS AFTERNOON... HE SAYS THEY FOUND MARIJUANA... AND SIX BULLETS ON THE 14-YEAR-OLD...AND THE COLT-32 REVOLVER INSIDE HIS CLASS BINDER ON THE FLOOR.
HE SAYS THE SCHOOL WAS PLACED ON CODE YELLOW FOR ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES.
CAMPUS POLICE ARRESTED THE STUDENT....AND DECOURSEY SAYS HE'S NOW AT A YOUTH FACILITY...FACING SEVERAL CHARGES.
THE RELEASE SAYS PARENTS WERE NOTIFIED BY PHONE AND EMAIL... AND WILL GET A LETTER HOME TOMORROW.


   TWO MACON POLITICAL HEAVYWEIGHTS COULDN'T AGREE TO DISAGREE AGREEABLY TODAY..
  STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT WENT BACK AND FORTH WHILE TALKING ABOUT RACE AND CONSOLIDATION DURING A TAPING OF WMAZ'S CLOSE-UP PROGRAM.
    AS RANDALL SAVAGE EXPLAINS.. THEY KEPT GETTING IN EACH OTHER'S FACE EVEN AFTER THE CLOSE-UP TAPING ENDED.
<< SENATOR ROBERT BROWN AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT DEBATED WHETHER BROWN'S HINDERING EFFORTS TO CONSOLIDATE THE CITY OF MACON...AND BIBB COUNTY.
  28:24 Robert Reichert: I can't explain the flip. If Sen. Brown says he was in favor of consolidation in the mid-1990s then what's the change and... how...
  Robert Brown: Have I said I was not in favor of it in 2000?
  Reichert: No, but your actions speak louder than words.
  Brown: What action?
  Reichert: We can't get dialogue from you in the legislature.
  Brown: Who are we?
  Reichert: I'm talking about last year..
  Brown: Who are we. You're not in the legislature. What dialogue you talking about we not having in the legislature?
  Reichert: I'm talking about the apparent lack of willingness to participate.
AND BROWN SAYS ENOUGH'S ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO BLAMING HIM...FOR CONSOLIDATION'S FAILURE.
   6:19 Robert Brown: I'm just simply tired of this whole perception and this innuendo and suggestion that Robert Brown is somehow the impediment to the restructuring or consolidation the Macon and Bibb County government.
 2:31:14 Robert Reichert: I think the bottom line is this: we can draw an analogy to a sack race at a Sunday School picnic where Sen. Brown's got one leg in the bag, and I've got one leg in the bag and the only way we're going to get anywhere is to go together.
  2:44:05 Robert Brown: Or either one of us get out of the bag.
 BROWN GOT PERSONAL AFTER THE CLOSE-UP CAMERA STOPPED ROLLING.
  1:00:02 Robert Brown: I'm not going to support your for mayor, but I don't know whether I'm going to run. But I'm not going to support you.
  RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ..EYEWITNESS NEWS.  
>>   THE TWO ALSO SPARRED OVER BROWN'S RECENT COMMENT ABOUT WHITE SHEETS....THAT SEEMED TO COMPARE GEORGIA REPUBLICANS TO THE KU KLUX KLAN. 
    BROWN SAYS THAT WASN'T HIS INTENT.
  IN A CLOSE-UP INTERVIEW LAST MONTH.. REICHERT CALLED IT RACE BAITING......SAYING SUCH REMARKS COULD DIVIDE THE COMMUNITY.
  YOU CAN CATCH CLOSE-UP IN FULL ON 13WMAZ AT NOON SATURDAY AND SIX A-M ON SUNDAY.


   THE CEO OF THE BANKRUPT AMERICAN SHINGLE COMPANY TURNED HIMSELF IN TODAY TO FACES DOZENS OF CRIMINAL CHARGES IN BIBB COUNTY. BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S CAPTAIN MIKE SMALLWOOD SAYS....
    CARLTON DEWAYNE DUNKO WAS BOOKED AT THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL AROUND TEN O'CLOCK THIS MORNING..
     LAST WEEK... THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE TOOK OUT WARRANTS FOR DUNKO AND TWO OTHERS ACCUSED OF TAKING MONEY FROM 30 PEOPLE FOR WORK THAT WAS NEVER DONE.
    THIS WEEK... MACON POLICE ADDED 15 MORE CASES.
    TODAY.... DUNKO IS IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL ON 64 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.
     HIS ATTORNEY BRIAN STEEL TOLD ELEANOR LISSITZYN THAT DUNKO QUOTE *COMMITTED NO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY* AND WILL GO TO TRIAL IF NECESSARY TO CLEAR HIS NAME.
    SMALLWOOD SAYS THE TWO OTHER AMERICAN SHINGLE EXECUTIVES ARE NOT IN CUSTODY.


ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE IS BEEFING UP SECURITY AND GOING MORE "HIGH-TECH" TO DO IT.
OFFICIALS SAY THE NEW SYSTEM USES BARCODES AND FINGERPRINTS TO IDENTIFY EMPLOYEES.
VANESSA RUFFES HAS MORE ON HOW THE TECHNOLOGY WILL HELP THE BASE KEEP BETTER TRACK OF WHO'S COMING IN.
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NATS, gate security


ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE SECURITY OFFICIALS SAY THE OLD METHOD OF PHYSICALLY MATCHING I-D CARDS TO BASE EMPLOYEES WHEN THEY COME THROUGH THE GATE SHOULD BE LARGELY DEAD IN A FEW MONTHS.


NATS


COMMANDER OF THE 78TH SECURITY FORCES SQUADRON... LIEUTENANT COLONEL THOMAS MOREA SAYS THE NEW WAY TO GO IS THE DEFENSE BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM... WHICH LETS A COMPUTER DATABASE DO ALL THE WORK.


Morea "We are able to produce a record of who showed up to the base, when they showed up, and when their ID card was scanned if need be."


IN THE NEW METHOD... SECURITY OFFICERS SCAN A BARCODE ON AN I-D WITH A HAND-SCANNER. THE DEVICE WILL SHOW THE EMPLOYEE'S PICTURE AND SAY IF THEY ARE ALLOWED ON BASE.


NATS


IF THERE'S ANY QUESTION ABOUT A PERSON'S IDENTITY... AN OFFICER CAN VERIFY THEIR FINGERPRINTS.


Standup "Morea says fingerprint data is used on most air force installations and is virtually 100 percent accurate for identification verification."


"If it's not your fingerprint, it's not you."


MOREA SAYS ALL 20 THOUSAND REGULARS ON THE BASE... INCLUDING ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICEPEOPLE... RESERVISTS... AND CIVILIANS WILL HAVE TO REGISTER THEIR FINGERPRINTS.


ONCE IN THE DATABASE... HE SAYS THE INFORMATION IS ACCESSIBLE AT ROBINS AND ANY OTHER AIR FORCE INSTALLATION ON THE SYSTEM.


"If we have some kind of notification that we don't want someone to come on the base, we can enter that person's name into the system. Then when the people approach the gate the guards are alerted."


LIKEWISE... HE SAYS... DURING HEIGHTENED SECURITY PERIODS... THEY CAN PROGRAM IN NAMES OF PEOPLE WITH CLEARANCE TO ENTER... MAKING GUARDS' JOBS EASIER... AND CLOSING THE GAP FOR HUMAN ERROR.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> MOREA SAYS ALL EMPLOYEES MUST REGISTER THEIR FINGERPRINTS BY JULY.
REGISTRATION LOCATIONS INCLUDE THE VISITOR'S CENTER AND ANYWHERE ELSE AN I-D CARD IS ISSUED.
HE SAYS THE NEW I-D SYSTEM WILL SATISFY A 2004 PRESIDENTIAL MANDATE THAT REQUIRES ALL MILITARY INSTALLATIONS TO STANDARDIZE THEIR CHECKPOINT PROCEDURES.
     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... DO WE NEED TIGHTER SECURITY AT U-S MILITARY INSTALLATIONS?
      SO FAR 83 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
     AND 17 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
     YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE.
      LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


     A STATESBORO MAN IS ACCUSED OF ROBBING A LAURENS COUNTY ADULT STORE...THREATENING THE CLERK WITH A KNIFE...AND STEALING HER CAR.
      A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS 29-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH SOUTHWELL IS CHARGED WITH ARMED ROBBERY..AND AUTO THEFT.
      IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT AT FANTASY WORLD...ON HIGHWAY 441 SOUTH.
      THEY FOUND THE STOLEN CAR TODAY....AND SAW THE SUSPECT WALKING NEARBY.
      THEY SAY SOUTHWELL MAY FACE FURTHER CHARGES.


   NEW BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT MET WITH HIS LEADERSHIP TEAM...ON HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB.
   SCHOOL SPOKESMAN CHRIS FLOORE SAYS........
ROMAIN DALLEMAND MET WITH ABOUT 15 ADMINISTRATORS THIS AFTERNOON FOR JUST OVER TWO HOURS.
   HE SAYS DALLEMAND TALKED ABOUT HIS PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION....AND DELIVERED A STRONG MESSAGE THAT HE BELIEVES....EVERY CHILD CAN LEARN.
   THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT WILL CONTINUE TO MEET ONE ON-ONE WITH STAFF TOMORROW


TWO PEOPLE ARE IN JAIL AFTER TWIGGS COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND A METH LAB IN THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK.
TWIGGS COUNTY CHIEF DEPUTY BILLY BONEY SAYS 26 YEAR OLD JAMES MATTHEW TANNER AND 30 YEAR OLD CASIE LYNN ADAMS WERE PULLED OVER MONDAY NIGHT ON HIGHWAY 57....ON A TRAFFIC STOP.
HE SAYS DEPUTY JEREMY JOHNSON SEARCHED THE PICKUP AFTER NOTICING THE COUPLE ACTING STRANGE.... AND FOUND A METH LAB IN A TOOLBOX.
BONEY SAYS THE METH-MAKING EQUIPMENT IS HAZARDOUS....AND QUICK TO EXPLODE.
Chief Deputy Billy Boney Twiggs County Sheriff Office "the product its self, that they are making is ruining lives you know inculding theirs and you know. We are veary serious about drugs and that kind of things in our community and we are not going to have it here in Twiggs County. 
DEPUTIES CHARGED BOTH TANNER AND ADAMS WITH MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINES.
TANNER ALSO FACES SPEEDING AND SEVERAL OTHER DRIVING CHARGES.
CHIEF DEPUTY BONEY SAYS THIS IS TWIGGS' 14TH METH LAB BUST...AND THEIR SECOND ON WHEELS SINCE SHERIFF DARRIN MITCHUM TOOK OFFICE IN 2004.


   A BYRON MAN DIED AFTER HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS MOTORCYCLE AND CRASHED INTO A DITCH JUST BEFORE 7 P-M LAST NIGHT.
A WARNER ROBINS POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS 46-YEAR-OLD JEFFERY DWAYNE MELTON LOST CONTROL OF THE BIKE WHILE TURNING ONTO VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL PARKWAY NEAR WATSON BOULEVARD.
THE MOTORCYCLE WENT INTO THE DITCH... EJECTING MELTON.
A PASSENGER ON THE MOTORCYCLE, 38-YEAR-OLD ELLEN GENEVA MELTON, WAS ALSO EJECTED. 
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN CALL 478-293-1038. 
            AGAIN.. THAT'S 478-293-1038.


   A LIZELLA MAN DIED TODAY AFTER A MOTORCYCLE WRECK THIS WEEKEND.
   39-YEAR-OLD THOMAS CHRISTOPHER CARMICHAEL OF LIZELLA DIED AT A MACON HOSPITAL FROM HEAD INJURIES.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS
    CARMICHAEL WAS IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOR TWO DAYS AFTER HIS MOTORCYCLE WAS STRUCK FROM BEHIND SUNDAY EVENING ON HARTLEY BRIDGE ROAD.
    JONES SAYS THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING THE CASE. 
    ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN CALL THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-746-9441.
    AGAIN THAT'S 478-746-9441.


     A MINNEAPOLIS WOMAN WAS CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY AFTER POLICE SAY SHE TRIED TO MAIL A PUPPY TO ATLANTA IN A SEALED BOX WITH NO AIR HOLES.
      A POSTAL SERVICE SPOKESMAN SAYS WORKERS GOT SUSPICIOUS WHEN THE BOX SUDDENLY FELL OFF THE COUNTER AFTER SHE LEFT.
      INSPECTORS OPENED IT AND FOUND A FOUR-MONTH OLD POODLE MIX INSIDE.
      A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAYS THE PUPPY DIDN'T HAVE FOOD OR WATER.... AND WOULD HAVE DIED IN AN AIRPLANE'S CARGO HOLD IF THE WORKERS HADN'T OPENED IT.
     THE WOMAN WAS CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY.
      THE PUPPY WAS TAKEN TO THE CITY'S ANIMAL SHELTER.


     WE'RE ONE MONTH INTO 2011... WHICH MEANS YOU'VE HAD A MONTH TO WORK ON YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION.
      TODAY... WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS HOW WELL THEY WERE KEEPING THOSE RESOLUTIONS.
     ONE PERSON REPLIED... "NOT GOOD AT ALL.  THINK I WILL TRY THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY TO WORK ON IT."
     SOMEONE ELSE WROTE.. "DOING GREAT! 
STARTED WORKING OUT IN OCTOBER 2010.  VOWED TO CONTINUE.  STILL GOING STRONG... BETTER EATING HABITS.  
SO FAR... 40 POUNDS LIGHTER."
     AND A THIRD PERSON COMMENTED... "DIDN'T MAKE ANY THIS YEAR... SO I'M DOING GREAT."
      YOU CAN JOIN US ON FACEBOOK AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR RESOLUTION IS GOING... OR JOIN ANY OF THE OTHER CONVERSATIONS ON THE PAGE.
      JUST VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ AND CLICK ON THE "LIKE" BUTTON TO BECOME A FAN... THEN USE THE "SUGGEST TO FRIENDS" FEATURE TO GET YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS INTO THE DISCUSSION.
      DON'T FORGET... WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR OUR NEXT FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY.


     EVERY WEEK... WE FEATURE HEALTH INSPECTION SCORES FROM BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY IN OUR RESTAURANT RATINGS.
     BUT NOW... YOU CAN FIND OUT HOW YOUR LOCAL RESTAURANT SCORES... NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE.
     IT'S JUST ONE OF THE FEATURES ON THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
      JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
      USE THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" BOX IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOMEPAGE TO SELECT YOUR COMMUNITY... THEN CLICK ON "MORE NEWS" TO HEAD OVER TO THAT AREA'S PAGE.
      SCROLL DOWN... AND YOU'LL FIND RESTAURANT RATINGS UNDER "COMMUNITY RESOURCES" ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE.
       SO FAR... WE'VE ADDED SCORES TO THE DUBLIN... FORSYTH... PERRY AND WARNER ROBINS PAGES... BUT MORE AREAS ARE COMING SOON.
      IT'S OUR WAY OF BRINGING YOU MORE NEWS WHERE *YOU* LIVE.






















































































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