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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.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION SAYS THEY'RE INVESTIGATING COMPLAINTS ABOUT WORK ON A DITCH IN WARNER ROBINS.
THE BAY GALL RUNS FROM BYRON.. THROUGH CENTERVILLE AND WARNER ROBINS.. REACHING THE OCMULGEE RIVER.
THE CITY SAYS IT NEEDS DREDGING ... BUT AS LORRA LYNCH JONES SHOWS YOU... SOME PROPERTY OWNERS SAY... IT'S CAUSING PROBLEMS.
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DAVID BROWN BOUGHT 20 ACRES AND A POND IN 1981.
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TREES AND TRANQUILITY ALWAYS SURROUNDED HIM... BUT TWO MONTHS AGO.. SOME OF IT DISAPPEARED.
David Brown: (1:10) "I just don't want it to continue."
HE SAYS WHILE DREDGING PART OF THE BAY GALL DITCH... THAT RUNS ALONG ONE SIDE OF HIS LAND... CITY CREWS STARTED TO CLEAR AWAY TOO MUCH VEGETATION.
David Brown: (1:15) "I've got a problem with it eroding and going up toward my pond."
BROWN SAID HE CALLED THE CITY FIRST... THEN... PHONED THE STATE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION.
AT LEAST TWO OTHERS CALLED AS WELL... STARTING AN INVESTIGATION. THE CITY VOLUNTARILY STOPPED WORK WHILE THE E-P-D CHECKS OUT THE ISSUES... SAYS MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN.
Chuck Shaheen, Mayor of Warner Robins: (2:10) "We will work with them fully, making sure were in compliance with what their guidelines are."
HE SAYS THE PROBLEM COMES DOWN TO PERMITS... AND WHEN THEY'RE SURE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT ONE'S... WORK WILL BEGIN AGAIN.
Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: (#2) "Public Works Director Joe Musselwhite says the Bay Gall hasn't been dredged correctly since after the flood of '94. He calls this neccessary work to protect Warner Robins, should there be another flood like that one."
SHAHEEN SAYS THEY'RE AWARE OF BROWN'S CONCERNS... AND WILLING TO WORK WITH HIM.
Chuck Shaheen: (3:30) "What were doing is all within our easemants, but we will make sure we protect his home."
BROWN SAYS THAT'S ALL HE WANTS.... KNOWING THE WORK ITSELF...
David Brown: (2:05) "Dredging is fine."
IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF WARNER ROBINS.
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THE CITY DID NOT HAVE A PRICE TAG ON THE BAY GALL WORK... BUT SAID IT'S BEING PAID FOR OUT OF THE STORM WATER DRAINAGE FEE.
MUSSELWHITE SAYS THAT COSTS HOMEOWNERS ABOUT FOUR DOLLARS... TWENTY FIVE CENTS A MONTH.
E-P-D SPOKESMAN... KEVIN CHAMBERS... SAYS THEY'RE STILL INVESTIGATING...AND NO ONE'S BEEN CITED.

ABOUT 25 PEOPLE TURNED OUT IN TOOMBS COUNTY...TO URGE LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO PROSECUTE A DOG OWNER THERE.
IT'S THE CELEBRATED CASE OF THE DOG THEY CALL ALICE...ALTHOUGH HER OWNER SAYS SHE'S REALLY NAMED LIL MAMA.
THEY RALLIED OUTSIDE THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN LYONS....ASKING THAT THE SIX-YEAR-OLD PIT BULL.. BE GIVEN HER DAY IN COURT.
DOG LOVERS NATIONWIDE HAVE JOINED AN INTERNET CAMPAIGN SAYING THAT THE DOG'S OWNER SHOULD BE PROSECUTED... FOR KEEPING HER IN A SMALL BOX.
LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY THEY INVESTIGATED... AND FOUND NO CRIME.
BUT THOUSANDS HAVE TAKEN UP THE DOG'S CAUSE...AND ONE MAN TOLD BRITTINY BARBER HE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM KANSAS TO SHOW SUPPORT.
We drove 1200 hundred miles to be here and speak our voice for the animals that go unnoticed.
WHEN WE VISITED ALICE ....OR LIL MAMA....LAST MONTH.....SHE WAS NO LONGER LIVING IN THAT BOX...AND HER OWNER MOVED HER TO A 12-BY-12 ENCLOSURE.
A VETERINARIANS REPORT ALSO SAID THE DOG WAS IN GOOD HEALTH...AND THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF ABUSE.

JAPAN IS DENYING CLAIMS BY THE U-S NUCLEAR REGULATORY AGENCY ABOUT THE SITUATION AT A DAMAGED NUCLEAR PLANT.
THE CHIEF OF THE U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION SAYS ALL THE WATER IS GONE FROM ONE OF THE SPENT FUEL POOLS AT JAPAN'S MOST TROUBLED NUCLEAR PLANT.
JAPAN'S NUCLEAR SAFETY AGENCY AND THE PLANT OPERATOR DENY THAT.
THE DEATH TOLL FROM FRIDAY'S EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IS NOW ABOVE 43-HUNDRED..SOME SAY THE TOLL WILL PROBABLY TOP 10 THOUSAND.

TWO OF GEORGIA POWER'S FOUR COAL-GENERATING POWER UNITS AT PLANT BRANCH NEAR MILLEDGEVILLE.... MAY SHUT DOWN.
RANDALL SAVAGE HAS MORE ON THE COMPANY'S DECISION AND WHEN IT'LL TAKE EFFECT.
<<GEORGIA POWER SPOKESMAN JEFFREY WILSON SAYS THE COMPANY ANALYZED THE COST BEFORE CONCLUDING IT WOULD BE BEST TO SHUTDOWN TWO OF PLANT BRANCH'S POWER UNITS.
01 Jeffrey Wilson, Georgia Power spokesman: In doing that analysis, we determined that the cost of installing environmental controls on unit one and two would just not be economical to our customers. So that's why the decision was made.
HE SAYS THE FATE OF THE OTHER TWO UNITS REMAINS UNCERTAIN.
9:26 Jeffrey Wilson, Georgia Poqer spokesman: We're still evaluating units three and four, have not made any decision on those at this time.
WILSON SAYS SERVICE WON'T BE DISRUPTED BY THE SHUTDOWN.
3:12 Jeffrey Wilson, Georgia Power spokesman: What happens is all our plants located around the state, when they generate electricity, it goes onto the grid and customers are served from that grid. So we obviousy have other plants around that provide elecricity for those customers.
AND WILSON SAYS PLANT WORKERS WONT' BE LAID OFF.
1:47:16 Jeffrey Wilson, Georgia Power spokesman: We currently have about 280 employees at Plant Branch. After we decertify units one and two, we will have about 210 employees, and we plan to achieve that reduction through attrition as well as through offering plans for opportunities through other areAs of the company.
CONTINUED POWER FLOW AND NO JOB LOSSES SITS WELL WITH MILLEDGEVILLE RESIDENT GLENDA PARKER.
10:25:08 Glenda Parker, Milledgeville resident: As long as it doesn't impact the power supply or the power prices, that'll be good. But my main concern in the area is for the lake and lake residents would be the environmental impact.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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BEFORE SHUTTING DOWN THE TWO UNITS.. GEORGIA POWER NEEDS APPROVAL FROM THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION.
SPOKESMAN JEFF WILSON SAYS HE THINKS THE COMMISSION WILL VOTE ON THE REQUEST IN THE SPRING OF 20-12.
HE SAYS THE COMPANY WILL DECIDE LATER... ON THE OTHER TWO UNITS AT PLANT BRANCH.

THE PARENTS OF TWO LIZELLA CHILDREN INJURED IN AN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING LAST MONTH NOW FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES.
THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS 30 YEAR OLD GARY DAVIS.... AND 25 YEAR OLD LASHONDA HOPKINS... BOTH FACE A CHARGE OF RECKLESS CONDUCT.
ON FEBRUARY EIGHTH...THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THEIR THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY AND HIS ONE-YEAR-OLD SISTER WERE IN ONE ROOM WHILE THEIR PARENTS WERE IN ANOTHER.
THEY SAY THE BOY REACHED ONTO A SHELF... GRABBED A PISTOL AND ACCIDENTALLY PULLED THE TRIGGER.
THE BULLET GRAZED HIS THUMB AND HIS SISTER'S KNEE.
BOTH PARENTS WERE RELEASED FROM THE JAIL YESTERDAY.

LAST MONTH... WE TOLD YOU ABOUT A MACON MOTEL OWNER WHO SAID HE GAVE POLICE OFFICERS FREE ROOMS AS A COURTESY... TO DROP OFF DRUNK OR HOMELESS PEOPLE.
POLICE SAY FORMER OFFICER CHRIS CAMPBELL IS ACCUSED OF RAPING A 19-YEAR-OLD AT THE MOTEL... WHILE ON DUTY.
BOFTA YIMAM EXPLAINS HOW DOCUMENTS OBTAINED THROUGH AN OPEN RECORDS REQUEST... SHOW DETAILS OF AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION BY POLICE.
MACON POLICE DOCUMENTS GIVE US NEW DETAILS INTO THE ALLEGED RAPE OF A 19-YEAR-OLD BY OFFICER CHRIS CAMPBELL WHILE ON DUTY.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS INTERVIEWED SEVERAL OFFICERS.... INCLUDING OFFICER JASON OSTEEN.


BEFORE THE ALLEGED RAPE.....OSTEEN CITED THE WOMAN AND HER FRIEND FOR UNDERAGE DRINKING AT THE WHISKEY RIVER NIGHTCLUB...JUST BEFORE 2 A-M. HE ALSO CHARGED THE MAN WHO SUPPLIED HEM. OSTEEN SAYS HE TOLD THE TWO WOMEN TO LEAVE THE CLUB PROPERTY....BUT THEY DIDN'T.

WHEN OSTEEN APPROACHED THE WOMEN... THEY SAID CAMPBELL TOLD THEM NOT TO LEAVE. OSTEEN THEN AGREED....AND SAID THEY SHOULD STAY AND SOBER UP.

BOFTA YIMAM
"According to Osteen, Campbell walked up with one of the women...and said he was taking her to the Liberty Inn because she didn't want to wait for her ride. She picked up her keys out of her car.... and walked towards Campbell's car.

OSTEEN SAID HE TOLD CAMPBELL TO RETURN TO CHECK ON THE WOMAN'S FRIEND ... WHO WAS EXTREMELY DRUNK AND HAD THROWN UP. BUT OSTEEN LEFT AROUND 2-30....AND DOESN'T KNOW IF CAMPBELL EVER RETURNED.


SERGEANT JOHN AHLVIN TOLD INTERNAL AFFAIRS THE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS CAMPBELL ENTERED THE MOTEL... APPARENTLY GOT A ROOM KEY... DROVE TO THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING.. PARKED.. AND EIGHT MINUTES LATER... HE LEFT.

ALVIN SAYS THE VIDEO SHOWS CAMPBELL ENTERING AND LEAVING THE MOTEL SEVERAL DIFFERENT TIMES OVER A TWO AND HALF HOUR PERIOD. ALVIN SAYS THE YOUNG WOMAN...NEVER APPEARS IN THE VIDEO.

RECORDS SHOW THAT THE WOMAN SAYS SHE WOKE UP AT THE MOTEL...WITH NO CLOTHES ON. SHE AND HER FRIEND FILED A COMPLAINT WITH SERGEANT ALVIN AROUND 7 P-M THAT NIGHT. THEY SENT HER TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A RAPE TEST.

CAMPBELL HAS NOT BEEN INDICTED... AND HIS ATTORNEY LARS ANDERSON SAYS HE'S NOT GUILTY OF RAPE.

BOFTA YIMAM 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
THE DOCUMENTS SAY INVESTIGATORS ASKED ABOUT A DOZEN OFFICERS.....WHETHER THEY'VE ASKED OR RECEIVED A FREE ROOM AT LIBERTY INN.
THEY ALL SAID NO.
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 HAS RESIGNED FROM THE FORCE... AND HAS SINCE POSTED BAIL.

IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF MONEY IN RETIREMENT... SHERRI GOSS WITH ROSENBERG FINANCIAL GROUP IS HERE WITH SOME ADVICE.
SHERRI... RETIREES FACE ISSUES THAT THEIR PARENTS DIDN'T DEAL WITH... LIKE LIVING SO MUCH LONGER AND CONCERNS OVER SOCIAL SECURITY.
WHAT CAN THEY DO TO AVOID RUNNING OUT OF MONEY?

Sherri: The biggest thing is to recognize that expenses continue to go up after you retire. Property taxes, Medicare premiums, prescription drug costs--all of those things have gone up a lot in the past few years, but for many seniors, their income didn't go up to meet those increased expenses.

So we all need to recognize the cost of inflation. If you retire at 60 and need $3,000 to meet your monthly expenses, by age 75 you'll likely need over $6k to pay those same expenses.

The other actions that can help retirees avoid running out of money are:
1. Avoiding large losses in your retirement accounts. If you lose 50% of your portfolio, you have to make a 100% return to get back to even.

2. Planning for potential Long Term Care expenses. If you can, transfer this risk over to an insurance company by purchasing Long Term Care insurance so you don't have to use savings for these expenses.

3. Preparing for the loss of a spouse. If your spouse will have a pension and you depend on their income, they probably need to take the survivor option so that if they pass, you continue to receive some money. Think through this "worst case scenario" and make sure you will be ok if it happens.

This is all about risk management.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR SHERRI CALL HER AT 752-1374 OR EMAIL HER AT EYEWITNESSNEWS@13WMAZ.COM.
SHE'LL BE HERE UNTIL 6:30..

THERE'S JUST TWO DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE PINKEST PARTY ON EARTH.
THIS YEAR... ORGANIZERS SAY YOU CAN EXPECT TO TASTE EVEN SWEETER FLAVORS.
COORDINATOR LINDA MADDOX SAYS WET WEATHER TUESDAY DIDN'T SLOW PROGRESS SETTING UP RIDES AND FOOD VENDORS.
YOU'LL FIND SOME NEW TREATS TO MUNCH ON WHILE YOU STROLL THROUGH THE PARK.
MADDOX SAYS THEY'VE ADDED A GERMAN FOOD VENDOR...
BRU-STERS ICE CREAM...
AND SUGAR D'S SWEET SHACK
Drew Garland, Sugar D's Sweet Shack: "We do fried Twinkies, fried candy bars, fried Oreos, deep fried cheesecake if it's sweet and you try it, we fry it."
YOU CAN TRY ALL THE FRIED SWEETS YOU CAN IMAGINE FRIDAY... AS THE FESTIVAL KICKS OFF AT NOON IN CENTRAL CITY PARK.

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