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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.


OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... POLICE ARE  INVESTIGATING A WARNER ROBINS HOMICIDE.
AMY AUBERT VISITED THE SCENE... AND TELLS YOU WHY NEIGHBORS SAY... THEY'RE SHOCKED TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN ON THEIR STREET.
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Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "Around 9:00 Tuesday night, a friend found the body of 47-year-old Joni Clements in her Westwood Drive home. According to a news release from the Warner Robins Police Department, Clements suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Clements' next door neighbor says he was up until about 10:00 that evening, and didn't hear anything--not even barking from the Clements' three dogs. He says the first thing he heard, was sirens. In October, 13WMAZ spoke with Clements as a member of a paranormal group. Some of the former "ghost hunters" came out to the scene this afternoon, but did not want to speak on camera. They say Clements was married with two grown children, and say she usually kept to herself. Amy Aubert, 13WMAZ, Eyewitness News."
>> WARNER ROBINS POLICE ARE ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO CALL DETECTIVE MARK WRIGHT AT 478-929-6911... AGAIN... THAT NUMBER... 478-929-6911.


THE PARENTS OF TWO TODDLERS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT ON TUESDAY.. COULD FACE CHILD NEGLIGENCE CHARGES IF ENOUGH EVIDENCE IS FOUND..
THAT'S ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN MIKE SMALLWOOD WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
THE SHOOTING HAPPENED AT THIS HOME ON COLUMBUS ROAD IN LIZELLA.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS A THREE YEAR OLD BOY GRABBED A PISTOL FROM A SHELF AND ACCIDENTALLY PULLED THE TRIGGER.
THE BULLET GRAZED HIS THUMB AND GRAZED THE KNEE OF HIS ONE YEAR OLD SISTER.
SMALLWOOD SAYS THE SHOOTING IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND D-FACS 
Captain Mike Smallwood, Bibb County Sheriff's Department: "Once we get our CIS reports and all, we'll turn it over to the District Attorney. One of the assistant District Attorney's will go over it and decide whether charges can be filed."
SMALLWOOD SAYS THE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN TREATED AND RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL.
HE SAYS THEY ARE BACK WITH THEIR FAMILY..


   A SECOND AMERICAN SHINGLE COMPANY EXECUTIVE TURNED HIMSELF IN TO FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES IN BIBB COUNTY.
   RICHARD JOHN STEFFY OF ALPHARETTA TURNED HIMSELF IN TO THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL  TUESDAY TO FACE 30 COUNTS OF THEFT BY CONVERSION.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN MIKE SMALLWOOD.
   LAST WEEK.... THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ISSUED ARREST WARRANTS FOR STEFFY AND TWO OTHER MEN. 
MACON POLICE LATER ADDED MORE CHARGES.
   ALL THREE ARE ACCUSED OF TAKING MONEY FROM DOZENS OF PEOPLE FOR ROOF WORK THAT WAS NEVER DONE.
   THE THREE MEN FACE UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON.
   STEFFY WAS BEEN RELEASED ON A 22 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.


     THE G-B-I HAS RELEASED THE NAME OF THE MACON NIGHT CLUB A TAYLOR COUNTY TEENAGER VISITED BEFORE SHE DIED THIS WEEKEND.
     G-B-I AGENT CRAIG ROTTER SAYS 17-YEAR-OLD JESSICA MORRIS AND THREE FRIENDS WERE AT ENVY NIGHTCLUB ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE SATURDAY NIGHT.
     ROTTER SAYS THE TEENS SOMEHOW GOT ACCESS TO PILLS AND ALCOHOL WHILE THEY WERE AT THE CLUB.
     MORRIS DIED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
     AN AUTOPSY YESTERDAY COULD NOT DETERMINE WHAT CAUSED HER DEATH.


ONE WEEK AFTER BIBB COUNTY'S NEW SUPERINTENDENT TOOK THE JOB... ROMAIN DALLEMAND SAYS HE'S LEARNING ABOUT HIS POSITION... AND THE DISTRICT.
DALLEMAND SAYS HE SPENT MOST OF THE PAST WEEK MEETING ONE-ON-ONE WITH ADMINISTRATORS.
HE SAYS STUDENT DISCIPLINE IS ONE OF HIS TOP PRIORITIES...SO HE REVIEWED GRADUATION AND EXPULSION RATES.
HE SAYS TOP ADMINISTRATORS ARE WORKING HARD....BUT THEIR EFFORTS NEED TO BE BETTER FOCUSED.
Romain Dallemand: "They're not all working toward the same goal or moving into the same direction, they're moving into different directions"
      DALLEMAND SAYS HE PLANS TO UNVEIL HIS 15-PAGE ENTRY PLAN AT TOMORROW'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.
      YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE AT 2:30 P.M.  ON OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
     YOU CAN ALSO WATCH TODAY'S INTERVIEW ON OUR WEBSITE.. LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON THE HOMEPAGE.


A REVIEW PANEL APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR COULD RECOMMEND SUSPENDING WARNER ROBINS COUNCIL MEMBER... JOHN WILLIAMS FROM OFFICE.
SPOKESMAN FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL... RUSS WILLARD... SAID THE PANEL MEETS TOMORROW TO REVIEW THE FELONY INDICTMENT AGAINST WILLIAMS.
LORRA LYNCH-JONES EXPLAINS.
<<IN NOVEMBER... A HOUSTON GRAND JURY INDICTED WARNER ROBINS COUNCIL MEMBER JOHN WILLIAMS... ON A FELONY COUNT OF MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO POLICE.
THE INCIDENT SURROUNDED A CITY ISSUED CELL PHONE... THAT WILLIAMS REPORTED LOST... AT A LOCAL WAFFLE HOUSE.
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SPECIAL PROSECUTOR ON THE CASE... CRAIG FRASER... CHOSE NOT TO REPORT THE INDICTMENT TO THE GOVERNOR... SAYING THE CRIME "DIDN'T RELATE OR ADVERSLY AFFECT" WILLIAMS SERVICE TO THE CITY.
SPOKESMAN FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE RUSS WILLARD SAID BY PHONE FROM ATLANTA... THAT FORMER GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE DISAGREED WITH FRASER'S DECISION.
HE SAYS PERDUE ASKED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO FORM A SPECIAL COMMISSION TO REVIEW THE CASE.... AND DECIDE IF IT WARRANT'S WILLIAMS SUSPENSION FROM COUNCIL.
Lorra: (:30) "Why would the governor have stepped-in?
Russ Willard: "You'll need to check with Governor Perdue on that. I believe he felt strongly that this case warranted suspension, so that's why he asked our office to step-in."
Lorra Lynch-Jones: "We couldn't reach the former governor for comment, but Willard called it "extremely rare" for a governor to request a review, if it's not first forwarded directly from the prosector."
THE REVIEW PANEL WILL BE MADE UP OF THREE MEMBERS... INCLUDING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TWO PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO SERVE ON OTHER GEORGIA CITY COUNCILS."
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THE PANEL WILL MAKE A RECOMMENDATION BASED ON THREE FACTORS:
DOES THE INDICTMENT RELATE TO WILLIAM'S POSITION AS A COUNCIL MEMBER... 
DOES IT ADVERSLY AFFECT HIS DUTIES...
AND DOES IT IMPACT THE PUBLICS INTEREST'S?
WITHIN TWO WEEKS... THE BOARD WILL FORWARD THEIR FINDINGS TO GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL.... WHO MAKE THE FINAL DECISION.... IF THE PANEL RECOMMENDS SUSPENSION.
STD>> JOHN WILLIAMS SAYS HE PLANS TO ATTEND TOMORROW'S ONE P-M HEARING IN ATLANTA.
HE DID NOT WANT TO COMMENT... BUT A LETTER SENT TO WILLIAMS FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE... INVITES HIM TO PRESENT EVIDENCE THAT MIGHT AFFECT THE PANEL'S DECISION.
WILLIAMS ATTORNEY... CHARLES COX... SAID HE EXPECTS THAT WILLIAMS WILL NOT BE SUSPENDED... BECAUSE HE DOESN'T BELIEVE THE CHARGE RELATES TO WILLIAM'S ROLE ON THE COUNCIL.


   SOME STATE LAWMAKERS THINK GEORGIA NEEDS TOUGHER LAWS AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION..
  THEY'RE PROPOSING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REQUIRE EMPLOYERS AND FARMERS TO CHECK THE FEDERAL COMPUTER REGISTRY TO VERIFY AN IMMIGRANT'S STATUS.
BUT THE GEORGIA FARM BUREAU AND FARMERS IN GENERAL DON'T LIKE THE PROPOSED LAW.. PRIMARILY BECAUSE THEY SAY ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A FEDERAL ISSUE.. NOT A STATE MATTER.
  JIMMY MONCRIEF RUNS A SIXTEEN-HUNDRED ACRE FARM IN CRAWFORD AND ADJOINING COUNTIES.. 
  HE AGREES IMMIGRATION IS A FEDERAL ISSUE.. AND THAT FARMERS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH ANY MORE GOVERNMENTAL PAPERWORK.
Jimmy Moncrief Crawford County Farmer: You ain't got time sometimes to go through a whole bunch of rigamarole. Farmers are not policemen. I don't see that farmers need to be involved in this at all. It shouldn't be our responsibility to find out whether a guy's legal or illegal or what.
   GEORGIA FARM BUREAU OFFICIALS DISCUSSED THE PROPOSED IMMIGRATION LAW WITH GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL AND TOP LAWMAKERS IN ATLANTA TUESDAY.
  AFTERWARDS.....DEAL TOLD REPORTERS THAT HE'S AWARE OF THE FARMERS' CONCERNS.. BUT HE HOPES THE LEGISLATION DOES NOT EXEMPT PARTICULAR GROUPS.


     TONIGHT'S POSSIBLE WINTRY WEATHER IS ALREADY HAVING AN IMPACT.
     BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE DELAYING THE START OF SCHOOL THURSDAY...BY TWO HOURS.
     ALL CENTRAL STAFF AND ADMINISTRATORS SHOULD REPORT TWO HOURS LATE.
     DISMISSAL WILL BE AT THE NORMAL TIME.


ONE YEAR AFTER A JONES COUNTY TEEN WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A SCHOOL BUS... FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE STILL REMEMBERING.
THE ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH FALLS AS A GRAND JURY DECIDES WHETHER TO INDICT THE MAN DRIVING... 63-YEAR-OLD WAYNE GRAHAM.
DURING A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL THIS MORNING... LOVED ONES PROMISED NEVER TO LET GO OF WHITE'S MEMORY... BUT VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS... THE FAMILY SAYS THEY'RE READY TO CLOSE THE CASE.<<
Nats "As you grow up and your lives keep changing... always remember."


TEARFUL WORDS FROM COURTNEY WHITE'S MOTHER VICKI WHITE. IN A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL WITH THOSE CLOSEST TO THE TEEN... PEOPLE REMEMBERED THE GIRL'S SPIRIT.


Vicki White "She always had an idea cooked up of some sort." Meghan Johnson "She always did you know. We'd pack a lunch and go down to the waterfall."


FAMILY SAYS THEY PLANNED THE VIGIL TO MARKTHE DATE AND TIME OF THE 14-YEAR-OLD'S DEATH... SO AT 6:30 IN THE MORNING... PEOPLE GATHERED IN THE DARK... AT THE CORNER OF GRAYSTONE CIRCLE AND CHAPMAN ROAD... WHERE WHITE DIED.


Vicki White "I felt like everything needed to stop, just for a second, for Courtney"


LAST FEBRUARY THE JONES COUNTY HONORS STUDENT WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A SCHOOL BUS AS SHE RAN TO CATCH IT.
THE DRIVER WAS 63-YEAR-OLD WAYNE GRAHAM.
AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT... OFFICIALS SAID HE KEPT DRIVING. HE TOLD THEM HE DIDN'T KNOW HE HIT WHITE.


THE WHITES SAY THEY NEVER HAD HARSH FEELINGS FOR GRAHAM AND DON'T WANT TO SEE HIM PUNISHED... BUT THEY DO WANT A CONCLUSION TO THE CASE.


Vicki White "I need some closure and I need to know how and why, exactly."


WHILE AWARE A JONES COUNTY GRAND JURY IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE WEDNESDAY WHETHER GRAHAM WILL FACE CHARGES... THEY AND OTHERS SAY THEIR THOUGHTS ARE JUST WITH COURTNEY.


Melissa Smith "We all love her very much and she will always live on in our hearts."


HEARTS... LOVED ONES SAY... THAT ARE STILL MENDING A YEAR AFTER HER DEATH.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS. THE JONES COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SAYS WHILE THE GRAND JURY DECISION WILL BE MADE TODAY... RESULTS WILL NOT BE RELEASED UNTIL THEY ARE PRESENTED IN AN OPEN COURT.
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STUDENTS AT ONE MACON SCHOOL ARE JUMPING THEIR WAY TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
ALEXANDER TWO KICKED OFF ITS SEVENTH ANNUAL JUMP ROPES FOR THE HEART FUNDRAISER.
KINDERGARTEN BROKE INTO GROUPS AND ROTATED TO DIFFERENT STATIONS SETUP IN THE GYM.
THE STATIONS HAD EXERCISE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS LIKE JUMPING ROPE, HULA HOOP, A BALANCING BEAM, AND HOP SCOTCH.
FIRST THROUGH FIFTH GRADES WILL ALSO PARTICIPATE THIS WEEK.
COACH JIM MILLS SAYS JUMP ROPES FOR THE HEART IS A GREAT WAY TO LEND A HAND TO A GOOD CAUSE.
JIM MILLS  "We've had kids that brought in money for today, brought in a dollar and fifty cents, seventy cents and that's really from the heart because they are not getting a prize for that, that is just what they had in their pockets and put it in envelopes.  So my heart goes out to them they gave as much as they can possible have give"
THE SCHOOLS RAISED MORE THAN THIRTY FIVE THOUSANDS DOLLARS OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS... THIS YEAR THEY SET A GOAL OF FIFTEEN DOLLARS A CHILD.
STUDENTS WHO GIVE FIVE DOLLARS OR MORE RECEIVE A THANK YOU GIFT FOR RAISING MONEY.
THE FUNDRAISER RUNS UNTIL FRIDAY.


    THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
   THE EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC IS UP NEXT.
   HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.



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