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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.

A BODY FOUND BURIED IN THE WOODS IN CRAWFORD COUNTY WAS THAT OF JAMES "TREY" BYERS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.
GBI AGENT CRAIG ROTTER SAID BYERS WENT MISSING FROM TAYLOR COUNTY ON DECEMBER
18-TH.
HE SAYS THE AUTOPSY SHOWED THAT BYERS DIED AFTER BEING HIT IN THE HEAD.
LAST MONTH - INVESTIGATORS CHARGED 21 YEAR OLD CODY DANIEL JACKSON OF MUSELLA WITH BYERS' MURDER.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN IS IN TAYLOR COUNTY.
SHE'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

A MACON POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF RAPING A 19-YEAR-OLD AT A MACON MOTEL....STAYED FOR FREE...
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE LIBERTY INN'S OWNER DIPAK PATEL.
CHRIS CAMPBELL IS ACCUSED OF RAPE ... WHILE ON DUTY EARLY FRIDAY.
IN THE PAST... PATEL SAYS HE GAVE MACON POLICLE OFFICERS FREE ROOMS AS A COURTESY... BUT STOPPED LAST SUMMER.
BOFTA YIMAM HAS MORE.
NATS Patel, "If I were working that night the incident wouldn't have happened."

LIBERTY INN OWNER DIPAK PATEL IS REFERRING TO OFFICER CHRIS CAMPBELL... WHO'S ACCUSED OF RAPING A DRUNKEN 19-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AT HIS MOTEL.

Patel,
"upset unfortunate incident"

PATEL SAYS HE OFFERED PRECINCT TWO OFFICERS A FREE NIGHT'S STAY... ABOUT FOUR TIMES IN THE PAST COUPLE YEARS. HE SAYS CAMPBELL USED THE MOTEL MOST... TO GIVE A DRUNK OR HOMELESS PERSON A ROOM. PATEL CALLED IT A POLICE COURTESY... AND APPRECIATION FOR THEIR SERVICE.

Patel,
"We always have a problem at the motel, when we call 911, they come."

BUT PATEL SAYS THAT COURTESY CHANGED LAST SUMMER... AFTER CAMPBELL BROUGHT A DRUNKEN PERSON... WHO VOMITED ON THE FLOOR. THE MANAGER SAYS THE DAMAGE--COST THE MOTEL.

Patel, "I was very very cross and since then, I said no more rooms for any police man."

BUT CAMPBELL... DIDN'T HEED HIS WORDS. INSTEAD FRIDAY... CAMPBELL REGISTERED FOR A ROOM... WITH A NEW DESK WORKER... WHO LIKELY DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE POLICY HAD CHANGED. THEN CAMPBELL USED HIS BADGE... TO GET A FREE-BEE STAY. ACCORDING TO POLICE... THE ALLEGED RAPE HAPPENED EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.. BETWEEN ABOUT TWO-0-CLOCK AND FIVE-30.

Bofta Yimam
"Patel says none of his workers saw the 19-year-old until Friday around 11:30, checkout time, when Patel's wife knocked on the door and found the 19-year-old sleeping."

Patel,
"she said policeman brought me here"

PATEL SAYS THE TEENAGER DROVE OFF IN A VEHICLE... POLICE CHARGED CAMPBELL TWO DAYS LATER. THE INITIAL POLICE REPORT GAVE FEW DETAILS ON THE CASE... AND PATEL SAYS HE IS STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IT.

NATS "If I knew he was like that kinda man, we wouldn't give him you know, I would've complained"

PATEL HOPES ENFORCING THE POLICY KEEPS TROUBLE AWAY...BUT NOT THE OFFICERS WHO HELP PROTECT IT.

BOFTA YIMAM 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS SAID CAMPBELL ADMITTED TAKING THE WOMAN TO A HOTEL AND HAVING SEX WITH HER.
CAMPBELL SAID THE SEX WAS CONSENSUAL... WINTERS SAYS....THE WOMAN SAID SHE PASSED OUT AND NEVER GAVE CONSENT.
CAMPBELL RESIGNED FROM THE FORCE THIS WEEK... NO BOND HAS BEEN SET.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN MELANIE HOFMANN SAYS THE 19-YEAR-OLD WAS ISSUED AN UNDERAGE DRINKING CITATION BY ANOTHER OFFICER... BEFORE THE ALLEGED RAPE.

NEW BIBB COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND SPENT THE DAY AT WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL.
HE PLANS TO SPEND A FULL DAY AT EVERY SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT....AND THIS WAS HIS FIRST.
LAUREN DISPIRITO TALKED WITH WESTSIDE'S PRINCIPAL AND STUDENTS... ABOUT WHAT HIS VISIT MEANS TO THEM.
WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL LAURA PERKINS SAYS WEDNESDAY... SHE SHARED HER SCHOOL'S SEMINOLE SPIRIT WITH NEW SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND.

Laura Perkins, Principal: "it impressed me that he was curious about the make up of the staff what the staff believed and the students as well"

DURING HIS DAY-LONG VISIT PERKINS SAYS SHE AND DALLEMAND TALKED ABOUT THE SCHOOL'S ACADEMIC HISTORY.

Romain Dallemand, Superintendent: "I need to have the opportunity to speak with the individuals who are in the trenches who are doing the work so that they can share with me what's going on from their perspectives."

Lauren DiSpirito, Eyewitness News: "Dallemand met with Westside students, teachers and administrators, he toured classrooms and got a chance to check out how students use netbook laptops like this to do their work online."

Nats "this is my chance"

HE SAT DOWN WITH MORE THAN A DOZEN STUDENTS... AND LISTENED TO THEIR GOALS AND CONCERNS.

Juawn Jackson, junior: "Some of the hidden talent that some of our students have but are unable to develop because of some of the peer pressure that we have."
Samantha Walker, senior: "I've been in the situation where an adult wants to come talk to you but it's more of they're talking at you, he's actually talking with us"

PERKINS SAYS SHE TOLD DALLEMAND THE SCHOOL MAY NEED SOME CHANGES .. LIKE FLEXIBLE HOURS AND MORE ONLINE TOOLS... TO MEET STUDENT'S NEEDS.

Laura Perkins, Principal: "the message to me is he wants to find out who we are what we stand for what we're willing to do"

SHE SAYS SHE WAS GLAD HER NEW BOSS WANTED TO MEET HER STUDENTS AND STAFF...AND SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO THE CHANGES HE'LL BRING.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
13 WMAZ
EYEWITNESS NEWS
WESTSIDE OFFICIALS SAY DALLEMAND WRAPPED UP THE VISIT BY MEETING WITH THE FACULTY.
LAST FRIDAY... HE MADE A SHORTER VISIT TO EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT NORTHWOODS ACADEMY .

THE STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT HONORED STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT GRAY ELEMENTARY IN JONES COUNTY TODAY.
CHILDREN LINED UP OUTSIDE TO WELCOME JOHN BARGE AS HE ARRIVED BY HELICOPTER.
HE CAME TO CELEBRATE GRAY ELEMENTARY EARNING A SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD - ONE OF ONLY 22 HANDED OUT TO SCHOOLS AROUND THE STATE.
GRAY ELEMENTARY RECEIVED THE AWARD FOR STUDENT GAINS IN READING AND MATH SCORES.
Ginger Bailey, Board Chairman, "Gray Elementary is a very top notch school. It has a principal who loves the children and his staff and that's a big part of why they're so successful.
Caleb Rogers 5th Grader: "Our teachers do a good job here teachign us and helping us and we have all kinds of stuff we do." THE SCHOOL RECEIVED A TROPHY AND ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

A MACON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER IS IN THE HOSPITAL... WITH WHAT HE SAYS MAY HAVE BEEN A MILD STROKE.
CHARLES JONES HAS BEEN IN THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA SINCE MONDAY.
JONES SAYS HE VISITED HIS DOCTOR MONDAY ...BEGAN FEELING POORLY AFTER HE LEFT....AND RETURNED TO THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE.
JONES SAYS DOCTORS SAY HE MAY HAVE SUFFERED A MINI STROKE.
BUT HE SAYS HE'S FEELING MUCH BETTER NOW.. AND EXPECTS TO BE RELEASED SOON.
JUST OVER TWO YEARS AGO....JONES' HEART AND BREATHING STOPPED DURING A CITY HALL MEETING. HE WAS REVIVED BY FIRE CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS...WHO GAVE HIM C-P-R.
JONES IS 57.

THE WINTER STARTED OUT VERY COLD IN CENTRAL GEORGIA, BUT IT HAS WARMED UP LATELY.
THIS HUGE TEMPERATURE SWING BRINGS UP THE ISSUE OF GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE.
THESE PHRASES ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING... BUT CLIMATE CHANGE INCLUDES MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE WARMING OF THE EARTH.
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS CLIMATE CHANGE?
HERE'S MORNING METEOROLOGIST SONYA STEVENS WITH MORE.
THE WEATHER IS ALWAYS CHANGING, IT ALWAYS HAS AND IT ALWAYS WILL. BUT FOR THE LAST FEW DECADES, SCIENTISTS SAY THE OVERALL TREND HAS BEEN WARMER... AND WARMER. IN FACT, THE U.S. GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH PROGRAM SAYS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES HAS INCREASED A DEGREE AND A HALF OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS.

SCIENTISTS WHO STUDY CLIMATE LOOK AT THE LONG TERM PICTURE, NOT THE DAILY HIGH AND LOWS WE'RE USED TO SEEING IN THE 7 DAY FORECAST. HISTORY SHOWS THAT THE CLIMATE HAS NEVER BEEN CONSTANT...IT HAS ALWAYS CHANGED.

BUT DAVID STOOKSBURY, THE GEORGIA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST, SAYS IT MAY BE MORE THAN JUST NATURAL CAUSES THAT ARE INFLUENCING THE CURRENT WARMING TREND SEEN ACROSS THE GLOBE.

David Stooksbury: "normally when you hear climate change we are referring to change that is human-induced vs long-term change without human involvement."

HE SAYS PARTS OF THE CLIMATE SYSTEM CHANGE NATURALLY... AND THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDS THAT.

David Stooksbury: " what we have seen though particularly in last 30 years is a warming that can't be explained by other natural causes such as the change in the earth's orbit, change in output from the sun, and so forth. the only thing that explains this change is that we have changed the mixture of gases in the atmosphere by."

GREENHOUSE GASES, SUCH AS CARBON DIOXIDE AND METHANE, TRAP HEAT IN THE ATMOSPHERE. MORE GREENHOUSE GASES MEAN MORE TRAPPED HEAT AND THEREFORE RISING TEMPERATURES.

JUDITH CURRY, THE CHAIR OF GEORGIA TECH'S SCHOOL OF EARTH AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES, AGREES THAT TEMPERATURES ARE ON THE RISE...BUT SHE QUESTIONS HOW MUCH IMPACT WE HAVE....COMPARED TO WHAT IS HAPPENING NATURALLY.

Judith Curry:"the fact that there is some warming from additional greenhouse gases i mean is disputed by only a few folks...pretty much everybody agrees with that. the question is how big is that relative to natural climate variability."

WHAT SOME SCIENTISTS QUESTION IS HOW MUCH MAN-MADE FACTORS, LIKE GREENHOUSE GASES, ARE DRIVING THE CURRENT WARMING TREND. THIS IS WHERE STOOKSBURY AND CURRY DIFFER. STOOKSBURY ARGUES IT'S MOSTLY OUR FAULT, WHILE CURRY SAYS...

Judith Curry:"We are the cause of some of it, how much of it we don't know. there is a lot of uncertainty."

THIS UNCERTAINITY IS HELPING TO FUEL THE DEBATE NOT ONLY HERE IN AMERICA... BUT ACROSS THE GLOBE.

Judith Curry: "huge political debate over climate which involves food and water and energy which involves about everything else. can't imagine a more complex scientific problem."

BOTH BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE DOING MORE TO LIMIT OUR EMISSION OF GREENHOUSE GASES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. METEOROLOGIST SONYA STEVENS, 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
WHILE THE HUMAN IMPACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IS STILL BEING DEBATED... SCIENTISTS CONTINUE THEIR RESEARCH TO FIND A CLEARER PICTURE TO HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL AFFECT THE SOUTHEAST.
TOMORROW NIGHT AT 6... METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON TAKES A LOOK AT WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE COULD MEAN FOR US HERE IN THE SOUTHEAST.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
HOW MUCH OF GLOBAL WARMING IS CAUSED BY HUMANS?
SO FAR... 25 PERCENT OF VOTERS SAY MOST OF IT.
44 PERCENT SAY SOME OF IT
AND 32 PERCENT OF VOTERS SAY NONE OF IT WAS CAUSED BY HUMANS.
TO CAST YOUR VOTE.. .VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL LINK IN THE DON'T MISS BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

SOME CRITICS CALL THE BOND SYSTEM....A REVOLVING DOOR...
Bofta Yimam, Eyewitness News
"You may remember the 2009 muder that happened outside the Riverview Ballroom. We'll tell you where the case stands and how the accused criminals got out on bond."
FIND OUT HOW THE NEW BIBB COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY IS WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CLOSE THAT DOOR.
BOFTA YIMAM WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THE SYSTEM... TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

TWO HOUSTON COUNTY STUDENTS BROUGHT HOME AWARDS IN A STATEWIDE WIDE CHALLENGE THAT PUT THEIR LITERACY SKILLS TO THE TEST.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
Nats of Armando Reading
THIRD GRADER... ARMANDO VIAS OF EAGLE SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PLACED FIRST IN HIS DIVISION AT THE STATEWIDE BRAILLE CHALLENGE LAST MONTH.
THE CONTEST INCLUDES READING COMPREHENSION, PROOF READING, SPELLING, READING TACTILE CHARTS AND GRAPHS, AND BRAILLE SPEED AND ACCURACY.
VIAS SAYS HE'S EXCITED THAT HE WON FIRST PLACE IN THE COMPETITION AND SO WAS HIS TEACHER... JUDY DINGLER.
Armando Vias "I feel proud of myself"
Judy Dingler "Houston County has one of the best programs for students with visual impairments, so yes we are excited that we have two of our students that won"
KINDERGARTNER...WILLIAM RANKINE ALSO PLACED IN THE CHALLENGE.
HE WON SECOND PLACE IN HIS DIVISION.
THE COMPETITION WAS HELD AT THE GEORGIA ACADEMY FOR THE BLIND IN MACON.
WINNERS TOOK HOME AN AWARD ALONG WITH A BRAILLE LABELER AND SOUND PUZZLE.

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