Monday, February 21, Eyewitness News at 11

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    SEVEN CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AT THE MACON STATE PRISON IN OGLETHORPE ARE CHARGED WITH BEATING AN INMATE.
THE G-B-I SAYS THE INMATE WAS BEATEN DECEMBER 16TH...AS PRISONERS PROTESTED CONDITIONS AT SEVERAL STATE PRISONS.
    THE FAMILY OF THE ALLEGED BEATING VICTIM TERRANCE BRYANT DEAN SAYS.... WHAT THEY  DO KNOW.... IS THAT THEIR FAMILY MEMBER CAN BARELY WALK OR TALK SINCE THE INCIDENT.
    BUT AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS THERE ARE STILL MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.
Montgomery: "He coudn't even talk... He didn't want to walk for us because he couldn't even walk."
LATASHA MONTGOMERY SAYS WHEN SHE SAW HER BROTHER AT GEORGIA DIAGNOSTIC PRISON IN JACKSON... IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SHE EVER SAW HIM CRY...
Montgomery: "I just was happy to know he's alive."
TERRANCE BRYANT DEAN WAS SERVING A SENTANCE FOR ARMED ROBBERY AT MACON STATE PRISON ON DECEMBER 16TH... WHEN.... ACCORDING TO JOHN BANKHEAD WITH THE GEORIGA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS... DEAN ATTACKED A PRISON GUARD...
"This special team responded and they apparently went beyond reasonable force which lead to severe injuries to the inmate."
stand up: Montgomery says family members weren't allowed to see her brother for more than three weeks after the alleged beating... and they still don't know why it happened
Now she says Dean is disabled... Barely able to speak or walk... And he has no memory of how he got that way...
Montgomery: "We couldn't do anything and when I actually saw him for the first time in January just seeing him in that wheel chair knowning my brother was never in a wheelchair. 1:25
WILLIE B. DEAN IS DEAN'S MOTHER... SHE SAYS  HER BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT HE WON'T GET THE TREATMENT HE NEEDS IF HE STAYS IN JAIL...
"I want him to go see a doctor, take a head scan and all that." W4
MONTGOMERY SAYS JUST LIKE HER BROTHER WHO IS SERVING TIME FOR HIS MISTAKES... SHE EXPECTS THE OFFICERS TO PAY FOR THEIRS.... BUT SHE'S AFRAID WHAT STARTED OUT AS A TWENTY YEAR SENTENCE... MAY BECOME A LIFE LONG STRUGGLE...
"To know that he didn't go in like that... and it's probably going to be this way for the rest of his life. :57 IN4
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MONTGOMERY SAYS DEAN HAS SINCE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE AUGUSTA STATE MEDICAL PRISON WHERE HE'S RECEIVING PHYSICAL THERAPY....  
   ACCORDING TO THE G.B.I.... EACH OF THE SEVEN OFFICERS IS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND ONE COUNT OF VIOLATING THEIR OATH OF OFFICE.
    AN INMATE AT THE PRISON WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH BATTERY AGAINST AN OFFICER IN CONNECTION WITH THE INCIDENT.
    THE G-B-I HAS NOT RELEASED THAT INMATE'S NAME.

    A MACON POLICE OFFICER RESIGNED AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH RAPING A WOMAN WHILE ON DUTY.
   THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM CHIEF MIKE BURNS.
   HE SAYS THE VICTIM WAS A 19-YEAR-OLD HOUSTON COUNTY WOMAN...WHO SAID SHE WAS RAPED EARLY FRIDAY IN THE 4100 BLOCK OF PIO NONO AVENUE.
   THE CHIEF SAYS 29-YEAR-OLD CHRIS CAMPBELL....A THREE-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE... WAS ON PATROL WHEN THE ASSAULT HAPPENED.
   HE'S BEING HELD IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND....AND FACES A BOND HEARING TOMORROW.
   POLICE AREN'T RELEASING ANY MORE INFORMATION ON THE CASE.

    AN INMATE AT CENTRAL STATE PRISON IS DEAD AFTER AN APPARENT BEATING.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES.
      A STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SPOKESWOMAN HAD NO FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE DEATH.

          THE DEATHS OF TWO PEOPLE FOUND FRIDAY NIGHT IN MACON COUNTY WERE RULED MURDER-SUICIDE.
            THAT'S ACCORDING TO MACON COUNTY CORONER GROVER BARFIELD.
    HE IDENTIFIED THE COUPLE AS .. 70-YEAR-OLD COLONEL RILEY... AND 60-YEAR-OLD CORINE RILEY OF OGLETHORPE.
    BARFIELD SAYS THEY WERE FOUND DEAD IN THE GARAGE AREA OF THEIR HOME ON REUBEN ODOM ROAD.
    AN AUTOPSY WAS PERFORMED ON THE COUPLE SUNDAY.
    GBI AGENT DANNY JACKSON SAYS BOTH VICTIMS DIED FROM A GUNSHOT TO THE HEAD.
     JACKSON SAYS CORINE RILEY SHOT COLONEL RILEY IN THE HEAD...THEN TURNED THE GUN ON HERSELF.
    JACKSON SAYS THE COUPLE WAS MARRIED BUT HAD BEEN SEPARATED FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

    GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SAYS HE'S PLANNING A SWEEPING OVERHAUL FOR GEORGIA'S HOPE SCHOLARSHIP AND PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS.
     THE GOVERNOR SAID TODAY THAT HE HOPED TO CUT COSTS BY REDUCING HOPE AWARDS... CAPPING BONUSES TO LOTTERY EMPLOYEES... AND TRIMMING THE AMOUNT THAT RETAILERS RECEIVE FOR SELLING TICKETS.
     HE ALSO WANTS TO MAKE PRE-K A HALF DAY PROGRAM... BUT ADD FIVE THOUSAND SLOTS TO IT.
       THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP HAS PAID FOR MORE THAN ONE MILLION GEORGIANS TO ATTEND COLLEGE.
       DEAL IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE THE PROPOSED CHANGES AT A NEWS CONFERENCE TOMORROW MORNING.

    SOME LAND IN MACON'S RIVERSIDE CEMETERY COULD BE USED TO EXPAND THE I-75/I-16 INTERCHANGE.
    THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WANTS TO CHANGE HOW ABOUT EIGHT THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CEMETERY IS USED.
    THAT PORTION OF LAND... MARKED BY STAKES... WOULD BE USED TO EXPAND THE INTERCHANGE.
    MARY STANDARD OWNS EIGHT PLOTS NEAR THE PROPERTY.
    SHE SAYS SHE HOPES THE PROPOSAL DOESN'T BECOME A REALITY.
Mary Buford Standard, Plot Owner: "I makes me think where do I go from here. Who wants to be buried next to a concrete wall. In fact, you couldn't even get the backhoe in there to dig a grave."
    THE PUBLIC HAS A CHANCE TO VOICE THEIR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS AT A PUBLIC HEARING.
    IT TAKES PLACE TOMORROW AT THE BIBB COUNTY SUPERIOR COURTROOM ON MULBERRY STREET.
    THE HEARING STARTS AT 2:00 PM.

    TWENTY FAMILIES ARE TRYING GET BACK ON THEIR FEET AFTER AN APARTMENT FIRE FRIDAY.... AND YOU CAN HELP THEM GET THE ESSENTIALS THEY NEED.
    A BLAZE GUTTED A BUILDING AT THE HOUSTON LAKE APARTMENTS IN KATHLEEN... DESTROYING ALL TWENTY UNITS INSIDE.
    ANN STABLER IS JUST ONE OF MANY PEOPLE WITHOUT A PLACE TO LIVE.
    SHE CONSIDERS HERSELF AMONG THE LUCKIEST TENANTS... BECAUSE SHE'S SURE HER INSURANCE COMPANY WILL COVER THE SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGES...
    BUT SHE SAYS SHE KNOWS SOME NEIGHBORS WHO WILL HAVE TO START FROM SCRATCH.
Stabler "Being in the dark it was just scary, and knowing that some people were losing everything they had."    
    HOUSTON LAKE APARTMENTS HAS ORGANIZED A DONATION COLLECTION FOR THE FAMILIES.
    FUNDRAISING MANAGER HARRY CHILDRESS (CHILL-DRESS) SAYS FAMILIES ARE MAKING LISTS OF WHAT THEY NEED.
    TO DONATE...YOU CAN CALL HOUSTON LAKE APARTMENTS AT 478-987-4521. AGAIN THAT'S 478-987-4521.
    A REPORT FROM THE PERRY FIRE DEPARTMENT SAID THE BLAZE TOOK FIVE HOURS TO PUT OUT... BECAUSE IT SPREAD NEAR THE CENTER OF THE BUILDING.
    THE CAUSE IS STILL UNKNOWN.

       BALDWIN COUNTY FIRE RESCUE SAYS FIREFIGHTERS WERE KEPT BUSY WITH NEARLY 20 CALLS THIS WEEKEND.
       THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE STORIES YOU'LL FIND ON THE MILLEDGEVILLE PAGE OF THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
     A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE DEPARTMENT SAYS FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO 18 INCIDENTS... SOME OF WHICH INCLUDED A CAR ACCIDENT... THREE FIRES... FIVE E-M-S CALLS AND SEVEN GRASS FIRES.
       THE RELEASE SAYS ONE OF THE BUILDING FIRES WAS STARTED BY A GRASS FIRE THAT GOT OUT OF CONTROL.
      FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE INCIDENTS... AND TIPS FROM BALDWIN COUNTY FIRE RESCUE ON KEEPING YOUR BRUSH FIRE UNDER CONTROL... VISIT THE MILLEDGEVILLE PAGE OF THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

    IF YOU THINK ABOUT FAIRS IN HOUSTON COUNTY... IT'S PROBABLY THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR IN PERRY THAT SPRINGS TO MIND.
    BUT YEARS BEFORE THAT FAIR CAME ABOUT...  THE BIGGEST CARNIVAL IN THE COUNTY MADE ITS HOME IN WARNER ROBINS.
    LORRA LYNCH-JONES INTRODUCES YOU TED PULSIFER... THE MAN WHO OPERATED THE HOUSTON COUNTY FAIR... AND STILL HOLDS ITS HISTORY.
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WALK THROUGH THE GATES OF THE OLD HOUSTON FAIRGROUNDS WITH TED PULSIFER...
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YOU'LL ONLY HEAR THE WIND IN THE WEEDS... AND SEE RUST COVERED RELICS OF CARNIVAL'S PAST.
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BUT PULSIFER ENVISIONS 28 YEARS OF MEMORIES... AND THOSE BRING THE HOUSTON COUNTY FAIR BACK TO LIFE.
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Pulsifer: "We were the mom and pop fair for a number of years."
PULSIFER CAME INTO THE BUSINESS... BY WAY OF THE AIR FORCE.
ORIGINALLY FROM MAINE... HE MANAGED OFFICERS' CLUBS WORLDWIDE... AND RETIRED TO WARNER ROBINS IN 1971.
THAT'S WHEN FRIEND... AND FORMER MAYOR RALPH JOHNSON... APPROACHED HIM ABOUT RUNNING THE FAIR FOR THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
Ted Puslifer: "I said I didnt' know anything about running a fair. He said excuse me, what did you do at the base? I said, well I served drinks and food for anybody that came into the club. He said, and? I said, and what? I said I don't understand. He said, didn't you run with some USO shows overseas and didn't you have entertainment in your clubs? Didn't you do that here? That was like turnin on a light bulb. I said, I can do that. I been doing it ever since."
AFTER ELEVEN SUCCESSFUL YEARS OF CROWNING FAIR QUEENS... RUNNING DIRT DERBYS.. AND GIVING LOCAL ACTS A STAGE... PULSIFER BOUGHT THE FAIRGROUNDS FOR 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS.... A GENEROUS OFFER FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
Pulsifer: "Don't ever forget where you come from. I owe my community, whatever I can do."
PULSIFER AND HIS FAMILY PAVED FAIRGROUNDS BOULEVARD THEMSELVES... A FOUR LANE TO EASE TRAFFIC. HE FOCUSED THE FAIR ON CHILDREN... SENIORS... AND THE HANDI-CAPPED.
HE ALSO HAD SOME FUN.... ONCE TAKING ON A TRAPEZE ARTISTS' CHALLENGE.
Pulsifer: "He never could get a fair manager to go up the highwire on the motorcycle under the trapeze. I said, you got the wrong guy, because I'm a motorcylce guy!"
SEVERAL YEARS LATER... IN 1990... PULSIFER SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK... AND WITH THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR GROWING IN PERRY... DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO SHUT DOWN.
Pulsifer: "Nobody is indespensable or not replacable. As long as you know that in your heart, you shoot a blind eye to the 50 acres across the street that held the best fair in the state of Georgia for a county fair."
BUT HE CAN'T COMPLETELY FENCE IT AWAY... .
IT WAS A LONG PART OF HIS LIFE... AND FOREVER A MAIN ATTRACTION IN THE HISTORY OF HOUSTON COUNTY.
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    AT 78 - PULSIPHER IS STILL INVOLVED IN THE BUSINESS... HELPING TO FIND TALENT FOR SHOWS STATEWIDE.

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