HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON.. AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX
WARNER ROBINS POLICE CHIEF SAYS AFTER A YEAR OF INVESTIGATIONS FOCUSED ON HIM... IT'S TIME TO GET BACK TO CITY BUSINESS.
THAT'S AFTER THE STATE AGENCY THAT ISSUES AND REVOKES POLICE CERTIFICATION... TOOK "NO ACTION" ON A CASE AGAINST BRETT EVANS LAUNCHED BY MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN.
LORRA LYNCH JONES TALKED TO EVANS ABOUT THE DECISION.
POLICE CHIEF BRETT EVANS SAYS HE CAME TO WORK MONDAY... RELIEVED.
Brett Evans: (7:03) "POST has a made a determination, no action will be taken on my certification."
A LETTER ARRIVED AT HIS HOME OVER THE WEEKEND FROM THE GEORGIA PEACE OFFICER STANDARDS AND TRAINING COUNCIL.
IT SAID... AFTER MONTHS OF INTERVIEWS... REVIEWING DOCUMENTS... AND A VOTE LAST WEEK.. THE AGENCY DETERMINED ALLEGATIONS AGAINST EVANS... MADE BY MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN.. DID NOT MERIT ACTION AGAINST HIS POLICE CERTIFICATION.
THAT REVIEW INCLUDED A LOOK AT A CITY POLICY VIOLATION... IN WHICH SHAHEEN SUSPENDED EVANS... FOR ALLEGEDLY SUPPORTING ANOTHER CANDIDATE DURING THE ELECTION.
Brett Evans: (:25) "The story is not what my opinion is. The story is not what I felt should've happened. The story is here are the facts."
HE SAYS THE FACTS SHOW HE DID NOT "FIX TICKETS"... "HOLD EVIDENCE"... OR COMMIT OTHER VIOLATIONS SHAHEEN ASKED POST TO INVESTIGATE.
EVANS SAYS HE'S NOT SURE WHY THE CONFLICT WITH SHAHEEN STARTED...
Brett Evans: (6:40) "He has not shared with me what his entire problem with me is.."
BUT EVANS SAYS HE HOPES POST'S DECISION RESOLVES ANY REMAINING ISSUES.
Brett Evans: (7:30) "From the onset, I've made it completely known, that I will work for this mayor and any other mayor that sits in that office, because that's the way it's supposed to be."
HE SAYS THE INVESTIGATIONS CREATED UNCERTAINTY AND STRESS AMONG HIS OFFICERS... AND AT HOME.
Chief Brett Evans: (4:56) "As my I try to seperate my work from my private life, of course some of it's spilled over."
BUT HE'S SAYS HE'S COMMITTED TO GETTING BACK TO POLICE BUSINESS... SERVING AND PROTECTING WARNER ROBINS
Chief Evans: (7:30- cover) "That's exactly what I am going to do."
>> EVANS SAYS HE'S NOT SURE WHY SHAHEEN REFERRED HIS SUSPENSION FOR A CITY POLICY VIOLATION... TO POST.
ACCORDING TO POST GUIDELINES... THAT'S ONLY REQUIRED FOR SUSPENSIONS 30 DAYS OR MORE.
EVANS' SUSPENSION WAS ORIGINALLY SEVEN... THEN REDUCED TO TWO BY COUNCIL.
MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN FAXED A STATEMENT SAYING.... "THE PEACE OFFICER STANDARDS AND TRAINING COUNCIL HAS NOT OFFICIALLY NOTIFIED ME OF THEIR DECISION REGARDING CHIEF EVANS.
HOWEVER, I AM SUPPORTIVE OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND HIGHLY RESPECT ALL OF OUR OFFICERS.
I WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS FORWARD
NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME MAY BE."
A JAPANESE NUCLEAR OFFICIAL SAYS TWO OF THE THREE REACTORS AT A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ARE SOMEWHAT STABILIZED.. BUT THERE'S CONCERN ABOUT THE THIRD ONE.
WATER LEVELS FELL TWICE TODAY INSIDE THE REACTOR... LEAVING URANIUM FUEL RODS EXPOSED AND RAISING THE THREAT OF A MELTDOWN.
OFFICIALS HAVE CONSIDERED SPRAYING WATER ON THE CONTAINER TO COOL IT.
FIREFIGHTERS USING PICK AXES AND CHAIN SAWS HAVE BEEN REMOVING BODIES FROM THE DEBRIS LEFT BY FRIDAY'S DISASTER.
MEANWHILE... A JAPANESE NEWS AGENCY REPORTS THAT 2 THOUSAND BODIES HAVE WASHED UP ON SHORELINES IN THE PROVINCE THAT TOOK THE FULL FORCE OF THE TSUNAMI.
THE HEAD OF ATLANTA-BASED SOUTHERN COMPANY SAYS THE CRISIS IN JAPAN ISN'T EXPECTED TO DELAY THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO MORE NUCLEAR REACTORS IN EAST GEORGIA.
HE SAYS THE COMPANY IS MONITORING EVENTS IN JAPAN... BUT IT REMAINS COMMITTED TO BUILDING TWO NEW REACTORS AT PLANT VOGTLE NEAR WAYNESBORO.
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MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ANNOUNCED HE'LL RUN FOR RE-ELECTION TODAY... DURING A CAMPAIGN EVENT AT HIS RE-ELECTION HEADQUARTERS ON COTTON STREET.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN HAS MORE ON WHY THE MAYOR SAYS HE NEEDS ANOTHER FOUR YEARS TO BRING MACON BACK TO LIFE.
nats"That's why I've decided to run for relection."
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ANNOUNCED MONDAY HE PLANS TO RUN FOR ANOTHER TERM.
nats "Four years ago I began a political journey."
A JOURNEY HE CALLS THE MOST DIFFICULT JOB OF HIS LIFE...
CITING THE DOWNTURN IN THE ECONOMY SHORTLY AFTER HE TOOK OFFICE...
THE MOTHERS DAY TORNADOS..
AND DECLINING CITY REVENUE AS THE MAJOR CHALLeNGES OF HIS TIME IN OFFICE.
BUT HE SAYS HE PLANS TO CONTINUE TO RISE TO THosE CHALLeNGES.
FOUR YEARS AGO... REICHERT CAMPAIGNED ON BRINGING UNITY TO A DIVIDED CITY... AT MONDAY'S EVENT HE ECHOED THAT PROMISE..
NATS "It's only when we work as a cohesive community that we will attain a future that we all want."
DURING HIS FIRST TERM REICHERT PROPOSED TWO ECONOMIC DEVLEOPMENT PROGRAMS... THAT AIM TO REVITILIZE THE DOWNTOWN AREA... CITY NEIGHBORHOODS... AND SHOPPING CENTERS LIKE THOSE ALONG EISENHOWER PARKWAY...
HE SAYS HE NEEDS MORE TIME TO SEE THOSE PLANS THROUGH...
"I have positioned myself to help make these proposals become a reality."
HE SAYS HIS UPCOMING CAMPAIGN WILL ONCE AGAIN FOCUS ON BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH THE SAME OBJECTIVE...
TO RESTORE MACON'S PROMInENCE IN CENTRAL GEORIGA... AND HELP IT BECOME THE BEST CITY IT CAN BE.
FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS SAYS HE'S PLANNING TO RUN FOR HIS OLD OFFICE.
BIBB COUNTY FIREFIGHTER PAUL BRONSON AND FORMER REPUBLICAN MAYORAL CANDIDATE DAVID COUSINO HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY'LL ALSO BE IN THE RACE.
DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN AND CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT MIRIAM PARIS'S NAMES HAVE ALSO BEEN MENTIONED AS POSSIBLE CANDIDATES.
A WARNER ROBINS MAN SAYS WHOEVER GRAFFITIED THE SIDE OF HIS HOME... CALLING HIM A "NAZI" WHITE SUPREMACIST AND A RACIST... IS A HYPOCRITE.
ADAM GUTZWILLER SAYS SUNDAY MORNING... HE DISCOVERED SOMEONE HAD SPRAY-PAINTED THOSE WORDS ON HIS HOUSE... AND VANDALIZED HIS CAR -- AND HIS GIRLFRIEND'S CAR.
BUT GUTZWILLER TOLD VANESSA RUFFES... THE DAMAGE GOES FAR BEYOND WHAT WAS DONE TO HIS PROPERTY.<<
"They essentially made themselves into a hating person that they tried to make me out to be."
ADAM GUTZWILLER SAYS HE WOKE UP SUNDAY MORNING TO A POLICEMAN AT HIS DOOR AND THIS... SPRAY-PAINTED HATE SPEECH ON THE SIDE OF HIS HOME.
HE SAYS A NEIGHBOR HAD CALLED THE POLICE.
"It was just upsetting that someone in the community would do something like that..."
GUTZWILLER SAYS WHOEVER VANDALIZED HIS HOME... ALSO PAINTED HIS AND HIS GIRLFRIEND'S CARS WITH SWASTIKAS AND LET THE AIR OUT OF THEIR TIRES.
HE SAYS THE FULL MONETARY DAMAGE HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED... BUT ESTIMATES IT COULD BE ABOUT 500 DOLLARS.
BUT THE BIGGEST HIT... HE SAYS... HAS COME TO HIS REPUTATION.
GUTZWILLER SAYS HE "TAKES PRIDE" IN HIS WHITE HERITAGE... AND SAYS THAT'S HIS RIGHT.
BUT HE SAYS WHAT'S WRITTEN ON THE WALL... IS NOT TRUE.
(Off cam) "You've never said anything... you've never acted racially derogatory...?" Gutzwiller "None. I keep to myself. I go to work. I wake up at 4 and go to work and come back home."
THE RACIALLY-CHARGED WORDS AND SYMBOLS ARE WASHED OFF OR COVERED UP NOW... BUT GUTZWILLER SAYS THE PEACE OF MIND LOST CAN'T BE REPLACED.
"If they went to that level... what would be a next level they would take? ... either targeting me or someone else in the community."
HE SAYS WHOEVER COMMITTED THE CRIME HAS A RIGHT TO THEIR BELIEFS... BUT CROSSED THE LINE WHEN THEY DISPLAYED THEM ON HIS PROPERTY. VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY THERE ARE NO LEADS IN THE INVESTIGATION YET.
SPOKESPERSON TABITHA PUGH SAYS WHOEVER COMMITTED THE CRIME WOULD MOST LIKELY BE CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL TRESPASS.
IN A LESS THAN AN HOUR....PEOPLE IN HOUSTON COUNTY WILL GATHER TO REMEMBER TWO SISTERS WHO DIED LAST WEEK IN A CAR CRASH.
THEY'LL PAY TRIBUTE TO LESLIE AND BRIDGET SULLIVENT....AGES 17 AND 11.
BOTH WERE HOUSTON COUNTY STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE WARNER ROBINS SOFTBALL COMMUNITY. THEIR VISITATION IS SET FOR 7 AT SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH...ON MOODY ROAD.
THE FUNERAL FOR LESLIE AND BRIDGET IS TOMORROW AT 4....ALSO AT SECOND BAPTIST.
WE PLAN TO LIVE STREAM THE FUNERAL ON 13WMAZ DOT COM TOMORROW.
THE CITIES VYING FOR THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME WILL GET TWO MORE WEEKS TO PLEAD THEIR CASE.
THE HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY IS ASKING THE CITIES TO SUBMIT ADDITIONS TO THEIR PLANS INCLUDING OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS WITH THIS EXTENSION... HOW THEY PLAN TO MAKE A DECISION BEFORE THE APRIL 15TH DEADLINE.
<< SEVEN OF THE NINE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY MEMBERS MET VIA CONFERENCE CALL ON MONDAY.
THE AUTHORITY GAVE THE FOUR PROPOSING CITIES TWO EXTRA WEEKS TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION... WHICH THEY HOPE BRINGS MORE MONEY TO THE TABLE.
Robert Highsmith, Music Hall of Fame Authority: "The four proposing cities will have two weeks.. that is March the 28th to submit additional information on their proposals, to enhance their proposals, to modify their proposals in any way they deem appropriate.
FOR THE GROUP RALLYING TO KEEP THE MUSEUM IN MACON... THE EXTENSION IS GOOD NEWS
Blake Lisenby, Hall of Fame Inc. "I feel sure that we can raise more money and tweak our proposal in certain ways to address some of the concerns that the authority members have."
Brittiny Barber Eyewitness News: " A top concern is money.... Executive Director Lisa Love says the 350 thousand dollars in state funding for this year has already been spent."
Lisa Love, Executive Director: "Right now we are operating solely on earned income. Based on where we are now and our projections in revenue we will definitely... um we may be able to limp through June 30th, but really at this poitn that's all dependent on our revenue for the remember of March, April and May."
THE STATE DEADLINE IS APRIL 15TH... BUT THE AUTHORITY PLANS TO MAKE A DECISION ON MARCH 31ST.
THEY COULD AWARD THE MUSEUM TO ONE OF THE PROPOSED CITIES.... WHICH ARE MACON, ATHENS, WOODSTOCK AND DUNWOODY.....OR DECIDED NOT TO GIVE IT TO ANY OF THEM...
WITHOUT SOME EXTRA FUNDING... THE MUSEUM MAY CLOSE.
Blake Lisenby : "We would be very disappointed to see the museum, the building close We're sure we can avert closing the building."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME HAS FACED DECLINING REVENUE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.
THE STATE CUT FUNDING LAST YEAR FOR BOTH THE MUSIC AND SPORTS HALL OF FAME.
TONIGHT AT ELEVEN...
Helen Stephens, Warner Robins: "Losing my vision, losing my ability to drive, I guess is the worst thing that ever happened to me."
WITH THAT LOSS OF MOBILITY... MANY HOUSTON COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS LIKE HELEN STEPHENS DON'T HAVE DEPENDABLE MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION.
THERE'S NO PUBLIC TRANSIT... AND ONE NON-PROFIT VAN SERVICE RECENTLY SHUT DOWN... ANOTHER ONE PICKED UP THE LOAD... BUT THE OWNER SAYS THE NEED IS TOO GREAT... AND SHE'S HAVING TO TURN CLIENTS AWAY.
LORRA LYNCH-JONES EXPLAINS WHAT'S NEEDED TO KEEP THE VANS ROLLING.... AND HOW A LACK OF SERVICE IS AFFECTING SOME SENIORS HEALTH.
THAT'S TONIGHT AT ELEVEN.
FIFTH GRADERS AT ALEXANDER TWO MIDDLE SCHOOL LEARNED SOMETHING NEW ABOUT MATH WITH A SLICE OF SOMETHING SWEET.
MATH TEACHER LAURA BELL DEDICATED MARCH 14TH AT ALEX 2... AS "PI DAY."
PI... WHICH IS RECOGNIZED AS THE DECIMAL NUMBER 3-POINT-1-4... CAN HELP STUDENTS FIND THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF A CIRCLE.
TEACHERS AND STUDENTS CELEBRATED WITH PIE FOR DESSERT DURING LUNCH.
BELL SAYS THE KIDS ALSO SET UP STATIONS AND PLAYED MEASURING GAMES WITH EACH OTHER.
SHE SAYS IT'S A FUN WAY FOR STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT MATH AND TEACH OTHERS WHAT THEY KNOW.....
"When they are just taught something, when they are just listening, they are not actively involved. But when they have to make sure someone else understands, their understanding has to be so much stronger and they make sure that they know what they are talking about when they have to teach it to somebody else." THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THE SCHOOL HAS CELEBRATED PI DAY.
BELL SAYS THE STUDENTS ARE GRADED ON HOW WELL THEY CAN TEACH OTHER STUDENTS HOW TO USE PI AT THEIR STATIONS.
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