Thursday, February 24, Eyewitness News at 6

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<<opening for eyewitness news at six>>
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

A BONAIRE COUPLE IS ORGANIZING A SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH FESTIVAL THEY HOPE COULD DRAW UP TO AROUND A HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE TO THE CENTRALG EORGIA AREA...
IT'S CALLED HEROES MUSIC FESTIVAL... AND IT'S BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.
CHARLES AND SARA DEJOURNETT ARE ORGANIZING THE SHOW AND HE SAYS COUNTY OFFICIALS... LIKE MAYOR SHAHEEN... SUPPORT THE IDEA.
HE SAYS... FIFTEEN BANDS ARE SIGNED UP TO PERFORM AT THE FOUR DAY EVENT... AND HE HAS A ZONING PERMIT TO HOLD IT ON ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED ACRES IN PERRY.
BRUCE DOUGLAS OWNS THE FARMLAND THAT WILL BE USED FOR THE FESTIVAL.
HE SAYS... AFTER SERVING IN THE MILITARY HIMSELF... PROVIDING THE LAND FOR THE CELEBRATION MEANS A LOT TO HIM... THAT'S WHY... WITH SEVEN MONTHS TO GO... HE'S DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN... TO MAKE IT PERFECT.
Bruce Douglas, Perry: " We just want to try and stay ahead of everything by about a month or two. Gettin' all our ducks in a row, gettin' everything lined up."
RIGHT NOW... A FOUR DAY PASS TO THE FESTIVAL... COSTS SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS... BUT DEJOURNETT SAYS THAT PRICE GOES UP ON APRIL SECOND.
WE CHECKED WITH THE HOUSTON SHERIFF'S OFFICE...AND THE COUNTY COMMISSION OFFICE...THEY COULDN'T CONFIRM ANY DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL PLANS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FESTIVAL...VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM.

FOOD... DRINKS... MOVIE TICKETS.
THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE PERKS SOME MACON POLICE OFFICERS RECEIVE.
CAPTAIN JIMMY BARBEE SAYS OFFICERS CAN ACCEPT SOME PERKS... BUT SAYS FREE MOTEL STAYS MAY CROSS THE LINE.
WE FIRST REPORTED YESTERDAY.... THAT MOTEL OWNER DIPAK PATEL SAYS THE OFFICER WHO'S ACCUSED OF RAPE... RECEIVED THE ROOM---WHERE THE ALLEGED RAPE HAPPENED-- FOR FREE.
BOFTA YIMAM HAS MORE.
NATS Barbee

40-YEARS WITH MACON POLICE... CAPTAIN JIMMY BARBEE KNOWS PROPER PROTOCOL... INCLUDING OFFICERS WHO RECEIVE PERKS BECAUSE THEY SPORT A BADGE.

NATS "I draw the line at anything that's shady, anything that's not a common everyday thing."

HE SAYS COMMON THINGS...INCLUDE FREEBIES LIKE FOOD OR COFFEE. BUT MOTEL STAYS... NOT SO MUCH. LIBERTY INN MOTEL OWNER DIPAK PATEL SAYS FORMER OFFICER CHRIS CAMPBELL... STAYED FOR FREE FRIDAY...WHEN HE WAS ACCUSED OF RAPING A 19-YEAR-OLD WOMAN.

Barbee
"you're talkin about the officer using his position to get it, we're not going there, this case is still under investigation."

THE CAPTAIN CALLS POLICE PROTOCOL ON HANDLING OFFICER PERKS... BROAD... AND SAYS IT DOESN'T CITE PARTICULAR ESTABLISHMENTS AS OFF-LIMITS. HE SAYS OFFICERS SHOULD ALWAYS USE COMMON SENSE.

NATS Motel owner

PATEL SAID WEDNESDAY... THAT CAMPBELL AND ANOTHER OFFICER USED THE FREE MOTEL OFFER A FEW TIMES BEFORE... TO HELP SOMEONE WHO WAS DRUNK OR HOMELESS.

Barbee,
"that's not appropriate in my judgment."

BUT HE ADDS THAT NOT A CLEAR VIOLATION OF POLICY.

Barbee,
"that's between the motel and the citizens, I would not have done it."

HE SAYS SAYS THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO HELP SOMEONE WHO JUST NEEDS A PLACE TO STAY.

Barbee,
Depending on what kinda case it is the Salvation Army, safe houses for abused woman, there are telephone for family members."

BARBEE SAYS THE POLICE DEPARMENT IS A SOCIAL ORGANIZATION... BUT SAYS WHEN IN DOUBT---

"there's one motel that is open 24 hours and that's the Bibb County jail."

BOFTA YIMAM 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
UNDER POLICY... BARBEE SAYS ANYONE CITED... AND THEN TRANSPORTED IN A POLICE VEHICLE... SHOULD BE TAKEN TO THE BIBB JAIL... NOT A HOTEL.
BARBEE SAYS BUSINESSES THAT OFFER OFFICERS PERKS... TYPICALLY WANT TO DRAW POLICE PRESENCE... AND SAY THANK YOU.
ACCORDING TO THE MACON POLICE MANUAL... OFFICERS SHOULD REFUSE ANY FAVORS... INCLUDING GIFTS... THAT MIGHT KEEP THEM FROM PERFORMING THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES...HONESTLY AND WITHIN THE LAW.

THE MOVE TO MERGE THE CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY TOOK A SMALL STEP FORWARD TODAY.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE'S BILL PASSED THROUGH A HOUSE LOCAL-GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE TODAY..
THE BILL CALLS FOR A VOTE ON CONSOLIDATION IN NOVEMBER..
IT GOES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR MONDAY.
PEAKE SAYS HE EXPECTS IT WILL PASS THE HOUSE EASILY AND THEN HEAD TO THE SENATE WHERE PAST CONSOLIDATION EFFORTS HAVE DIED.
MACON STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO FILE HIS OWN CONSOLIDATION BILL BUT BROWN HAS DECLINED TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S IN HIS BILL..

A MACON WOMAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION... AFTER WHAT POLICE CALL A DOMESTIC SHOOTING.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO POLICE SPOKESWOMAN MELANIE HOFMANN.
SHE SAID 34-YEAR-OLD DELILAH CARD CALLED 9-1-1 AROUND 4 A-M... FROM HER HOME ON ELL STREET.
HOFMANN SAYS 35-YEAR-OLD MAURICE WILLIAMS WAS ARRESTED ABOUT THREE HOURS.
POLICE CHARGED HIM WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT... AND HE'S NOW IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL.

GAS PRICES ARE DEFINITELY ON THE RISE.
ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A... YOU'LL PAY AN AVERAGE OF THREE DOLLARS AND 12 CENTS FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED IN MACON.
THAT'S UP FROM THREE DOLLARS AND NINE CENTS YESTERDAY.
SO WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS WHERE THEY FOUND THE LOWEST GAS PRICES IN THEIR AREA.
COMMUNITY WEB PRODUCER JACQUELINE JOHNSON TALLIED THE RESULTS.
jacqueline goes through the results of the facebook question
JOIN THE CONVERSATION... JUST VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ AND CLICK ON THE "LIKE" BUTTON TO BECOME A FAN.

AND TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HOW HIGH WILL GAS PRICES GO THIS SUMMER?
SO FAR... 27 PERCENT OF YOU SAY FIVE DOLLARS.
54 PERCENT OF YOU SAY FOUR DOLLARS
15 PERCENT OF YOU SAY THREE DOLLARS AND 50 CENTS
AND 4 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT WILL BE LOWER THAN THAT.
VOTE NOW.. LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE INSIDE OF THE DON'T MISS BOX.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LINED UP THIS MORNING... LOOKING TO SNAG A GOOD BOOK OR TWO AT MACON'S ANNUAL OLD BOOK SALE.
LAUREN DISPIRITO IS LIVE IN CENTRAL CITY PARK AT THAT SALE TO LET YOU KNOW HOW THE FIRST DAY IS GOING.
THE SALE KICKED OFF AT 10 A-M... BUT CROWDS LINED UP MORE THAN THREE HOURS BEFORE THAT.
SOME OF THEM BROUGHT LISTS.. OTHERS HAD SUITCASES OR EVEN A WAGON TO NAVIGATE THE AISLES.
ORGANIZERS SAY YOU CAN FIND ABOUT 150 THOUSAND BOOKS IN EVERY CATEGORY IMAGINABLE.
REGULARS SAY THEY GET HERE EARLY... PREPARED WITH A PLAN TO SNAG THE BEST BOOKS.
Thomas Riner, Lizella, 1-6: "There are other people probably looking for the good deals just as I am, so the early bird gets the book worm, or is that the early book worm gets the book."
Mike Edwards, Macon, 11-16: "I just start with the religious tables and when I get through here I'll walk around the rest of it and see what strikes me."
YOU HAVE UNTIL SEVEN O'CLOCK TONIGHT TO CHECK OUT DAY ONE OF THE BOOK SALE.
DOORS OPEN AT 10 A-M TOMORROW.
THE SALE RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS OFTEN TALKED ABOUT AT THE GLOBAL LEVEL... HOWEVER... DURING THE LAST 30 YEARS..WE HAVE SEEN SOME SLIGHT CHANGES IN CLIMATE PATTERNS IN THE SOUTHEAST..
HERE'S OUR WEEKEND METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON WITH MORE..
<<CENTRAL GEORGIA ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES IS UNIQUE. FROM BLAZING HOT SUMMERS TO COLD WINTERS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN... WE EXPERIENCE ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF WEATHER. OUR LOCATION PLAYS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN OUR ONE-OF-A-KIND CLIMATE.

stooksbury sot "we are also near two big bodies of water: the gulf of mexico, the atlantic ocean are really nearby, and at a global scale, even the pacific ocean is not that far away"

ALL THAT OCEAN WATER PLAYS A LARGE ROLE IN THE AMOUNT OF MOISTURE WE RECIEVE. THE AVERAGE YEARLY PRECIPITATION HAS DROPPED SLIGHTLY OVER THE LAST FOUR DECADES... ESPECIALLY IN THE SPRING... MEANWHILE... THE SOUTHEAST'S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE HAS RISEN SLIGHTLY... BY ABOUT ONE AND ONE HALF DEGREES ACCORDING TO THE U-S GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH PROGRAM.

ACCORDING TO JUDITH CURRY... THE CHAIR OF GEORGIA TECH'S SCHOOL OF EARTH AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES... HUMAN ACTIVITY

curry sot "...is probably having some impact, almost certainly having some impact, but whether that's dominating the natural variability in any way... you know... there's no particularly easy way to do that."

DURING THE LAST CENTURY... TEMPERATURES HAVE STAYED RELATIVELY CONSTANT WITH A SLIGHT INCREASE OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS. SOME CLIMATE MODELS SHOW THAT BY 2080 THE TEMPERATURES COULD RISE BY AS MUCH AS 4 TO 9 DEGREES... UP TO SIX TIMES THE INCREASE WE'VE SEEN SINCE THE 70S.

AS FOR RAINFALL... STOOKSBURY SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE COULD BRING US WETTER CONDITIONS BECAUSE WE ARE NEAR THE ATLANTIC AND GULF OF MEXICO. BUT THIS DOESN'T MEAN WE'LL BE SEEING FEWER DROUGHTS.

stooksbury sot "we may have more rain but because it's warmer, the plants will use more water, the evaporation of water from the soils will be greater. so it could be a situation where we could actually have more rain, but more drought because the plants are using more water and more water is evaporating from the soil."

BUT THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE FORECASTS AND AS STOOKSBURY EXPLAINS... THE SOUTHEAST IS PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT FOR THE CLIMATE MODELS TO PREDICT.

stooksbury sot "at the global level, we're probably in good shape of understanding what's going on, but particularly in the southeast, the models and all of the scientific literature points to the southeastern united states as being a place where we cannot get consistent results."

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL AFFECT OUR AREA... AND YOUR POSSIBLE ROLE IN IT... ARE STILL UNCERTAIN. A DEBATE SCIENTISTS WILL NO DOUBT CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE... FOR OUR AREA... AND THE PLANET AS A WHOLE. METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON, 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> FOR A COPY OF THE REPORT USED IN THIS STORY... JUST HEAD ON OVER TO OUR WEBSITE... 13WMAZ.COM LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON THE HOMEPAGE.

A GROUP OF STUDENTS TESTED THEIR ACADEMIC SKILLS IN A COMPETITION AGAINST THEIR PEERS.
HOUSTON COUNTY'S ACADEMIC BOWL FEATURED FIFTH GRADERS ENROLLED IN THE COUNTY'S GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM.
TEAMS OF SIX ANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT SOCIAL STUDIES...SCIENCE...LANGUAGE ARTS AND MORE.
JAN JACOBSEN IS THE DIRECTOR OF GIFTED EDUCATION..
SHE SAYS STUDENTS PRACTICE FOR THE COMPETITION USING WEBINARS AND PODCASTS.
THEY ALSO GET NEW QUESTIONS EVERY WEEK TO CHALLENGE THEIR KNOWLEDGE.
ONE FIFTH GRADER WE SPOKE WITH SAYS TALKED ABOUT HIS ACADEMIC BOWL EXPERIENCE..
"It was very scary at first but once you got into it, it began to come to you and you began to remember the questions from practicing. So, I'm just very glad we're making it to the next round."
SCHOOL LEADERS SAY THE COMPETITION IS A GREAT WAY TO BOOST STUDENT SELF CONFIDENCE AND INSPIRE THEM TO EXCEL ACADEMICALLY.

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