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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M LORRA LYNCH-JONES... FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR THE FORMER MACON OFFICER ACCUSED OF RAPE SAYS THE POLICE INVESTIGATION RAISES RED FLAGS.
CHRIS CAMPBELL IS ACCUSED OF RAPING A WOMAN AT THE LIBERTY INN ON FEBRURARY 18TH... WHILE ON DUTY.
LARS ANDERSON SAYS THE EARLY INVOLVEMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS ON THE CASE... COULD AFFECT THE OUTCOME.
BOFTA YIMAM HAS MORE.
Lars Anderson,
"We've said since we first took this case this case has more questions than answers."

DEFENSE ATTORNEY LARS ANDERSON'S CLIENT... FORMER MACON OFFICER CHRIS CAMPBELL... IS ACCUSED OF RAPING A WOMAN AT THE LIBERY INN... WHILE ON DUTY. ANDERSON SAYS THE INVOLVEMENT OF CAPTAIN MICHAEL SCHLAGETER IN THE CASE FROM THE START... RAISES RED FLAGS.

Anderson,
"When internal affairs is going to question a police officer an officer finds himself in a very difficult position they are in effect coerced into making a statement."

THE STATEMENT SIGNED BY CAMPBELL SAYS IF HE DOESN'T ANSWER THE QUESTION... HE'S SUBJECT TO DISCPLINE....INCLUDING FIRING. PLUS... IF HE GIVES A STATEMENT TO INTERNAL AFFAIRS... IT WON'T BE USED AGAINST HIM IN COURT. BUT ANDERSON SAYS IT APPEARS CAMPBELL GAVE HIS STATEMENT TO INTERNAL AFFAIRS.. BEFORE THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION WAS FINISHED.

Anderson
"The issue is when did Chris Cambell give this statement, not so much in terms of date and time, but in terms of who, which division of the police department was leading the investigation."

CHIEF MIKE BURNS SAYS HE REMOVED SCHLAGETER AS HEAD OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS... EFFECTIVE LAST SUNDAY.

ASKED IF THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE CAMPBELL CASE... BURNS SAID, "NO, BUT I WISH THERE HAD BEEN MORE QUESTIONS ASKED."

HE DID NOT EXPLAIN.

THE CHIEF SAYS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS AND INTERNAL AFFAIRS RUN SEPARATE INVESTIGATIONS...BUT THERE WAS NO PROBLEM WITH SCHLAGETER SITTING IN WHILE INVESTIGATORS QUESTIONED CAMPBELL.

BUT THE MACON POLICE ADMINISTRATIVE MANUAL SAYS... "INTERNAL AFFAIRS WILL ONLY HANDLE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVING MEMBERS OF THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT. CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS WILL BE HANDLED BY THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION AS PER CASE ASSIGNMENT PROCEDURES."

THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW IF INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVOLVEMENT WILL AFFECT THE CASE... BUT HE HOPES MORE EVIDENCE WILL SHED LIGHT ON WHAT HE CALLS AN INCONSISTENT INVESTIGATION.

BOFTA YIMAM 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
CAMPBELL HAS NOT BEEN INDICTED.
ANDERSON SAYS THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IS STILL PENDING.
BURNS SAYS POLICE INTERNAL AFFAIRS CAN USE INFORMATION GATHERED IN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION... BUT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS CAN NOT USE AN OFFICER'S STATEMENT FOR INTERNAL AFFAIRS.
CAPTAIN MICHAEL SCHLAGETER DID NOT RETURN OUR CALLS.

STATE LAWMAKERS MOVED CLOSER TO ENACTING A TAX OVERHAUL PROPOSAL THAT WOULD CUT INCOME TAXES BUT ADD A SALES TAX ON AUTO REPAIRS.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE.. A MACON REPUBLICAN TELLS RANDALL SAVAGE.... THAT THE REVISED TAX PLAN IS A GOOD ONE.
4:27:22 That's the one service that we have added the sales tax to.
THAT'S STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE.. A MEMBER OF THE SPECIAL TAX REFORM COMMITTEE. HE'S DISCUSSING THE STATE SALES TAX LAWMAKERS PLAN TO SLAP ON LABOR CHARGES FOR AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS.
BUT IT'S NOT WELCOME NEWS TO KENNY JONES.. SERVICE MANAGER FOR SUTTON ACURA IN MACON.
Kenny Jones, Service Manager Sutton Acura: I don't like, don't agree with it. Never like to pay any tax.But they pay it on the parts, which I think is plenty.
AND IT'LL ADD ABOUT FOUR DOLLARS AND EIGHTY CENTS TO THE AVERAGE REPAIR BILL.
Kenny Jones, Service Manager Sutton Acura: Usually, the average repair as far as labor, about $120 across the board.
THE LABOR TAX DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH TIM JOYNER.. A SERVICE REPAIR CUSTOMER.
Tim Joyner, Repair Customer: My main concern is I'm against any additional tax right now. One of the main reasons is before you come asking for more money, I want you to tell me what you're doing about cutting spending.
WHILE ADDING THE LABOR TAX.. LAWMAKERS DITCHED THE PROPOSAL TO TAX SUCH THINGS AS HAIR CUTS.. GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.. AND VET VISITS.
Allen Peake, State Representative: We have eliminated all of the nasty stuff that people have been sending us emails and phone calls about. We've heard our constituents and we're going after a little more narrow approach to the tax reform. But it's a good one.
PEAKE ALSO SAYS THE REVISED TAX PROPOSAL REDUCES STATE INCOME TAX FROM SIX PERCENT TO FOUR AND A HALF PERCENT.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
PEAKE SAY A KEY ELEMENT IN THE REVISED TAX OVERHAULIS THAT IT ELIMINATES THE SALES TAX ON ENERGY USED IN MANUFACTURING.
HE SAYS THAT'S SIGNIFICANT..... BECAUSE THE COST SAVINGS WILL LEAD TO JOB CREATION THROUGHOUT THE STATE.

WE BROUGHT YOU A STORY MONDAY ABOUT A WARNER ROBINS PROGRAM CALLED
"CHUNK-A- JUNK"... INTENDED TO RID THE CITY OF JUNK CARS.
THE KEEP WARNER ROBINS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION PARTNERED WITH A LOCAL TOWING SERVICE... OFFERING FREE TOWING AND A TAX WRITE OFF DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL
MANY OF YOU RESPONDED TO THIS STORY ON OUR FACE BOOK PAGE....
AMBER DYKES WROTE "WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO GIVE THEIR 'JUNK CAR' AWAY FOR FREE WHEN THEY CAN SELL IT? I DON'T UNDERSTAND."
DAVID BISHOP WROTE "I'LL BE HAPPY TO PICK UP JUNK CARS FOR FREE. WHY? BECAUSE I CAN GET AN AVERAGE OF 450 BUCKS AT MACON IRON."
IN RESPONSE TO YOUR INTEREST IN THIS TOPIC... WE CHECKED OUT SOME OPTIONS AND POSSIBLE RETURNS FOR JUNK CARS.
<<nats- talking about property
JERRY WALKER OWN'S SIX ACRES OF LAND COVERED IN NATURAL BEAUTY....
nats- opens gate
BETWEEN THE FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS... HIS TWO OLD BEATERS DON'T ALWAYS BLEND IN.
nats- (185:30) ) "Nissan sumthin."
HE'S THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING RID OF THEM...
(185/;54)"just to get 'em out of the yard."
BUT NEEDS TO KNOW HIS OPTIONS. HERE'S SOME:
(TAKE GFX)
DONATE FOR A TAX WRITE OFF: CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT TERRY PARKER SAYS IF AN ORGANIZATION LIKE MEALS ON WHEELS OR GOODWILL USES IT FOR THEIR CHARITY... YOU CAN DEDUCT THE KELLY BLUE BOOK VALUE.
IF THEY SELL IT... YOU DEDUCT THE SALES PRICE.
(TAKE GFX)
SELL THE CAR TO A RECYCLING YARD: CHIP KOPLIN AT MACON IRON SAYS THEY PAY ABOUT 600 DOLLARS FOR HEAVY TRUCKS... ABOUT 200-DOLLARS FOR CARS. YOU TOW IT... OR A PAY A WRECKER TO GET IT THERE.... WITH PARTS AND FLUIDS REMOVED.
(TAKE GFX)\
SELL FOR PARTS: BOB'S AUTO SALVAGE IN BYRON SAYS THEY BUY PARTS... BASED ON WHAT THEY NEED AT THE TIME. IF YOU WANT THE CAR CRUSHED... THEY PAY "CLOSE' TO THE VALUE OF STEEL... WHICH FLUCTUATES. IT'S HIGH NOW.... WITH BOB'S ESTIMATING IT AROUND ELEVEN DOLLARS PER 100 POUNDS OF METAL. FIGURE IN 100 DOLLARS FOR TOWING.
nats- "I'd rather sit here and look at them than give them away."
WALKER SAYS THE OTHER OPTIONS SEEM LIKE MORE TROUBLE THAN MONEY.
nats- grandkids
AND HE PLACES A HIGHER VALUE ON TIME.
>>
MOST WRECKER SERVICES WILL COME GET YOUR JUNK CAR FOR FREE... THEN RE-SELL IT FOR SCRAP.
SOME SERVICES OFFER TO PAY CASH WHEN THEY PICK-UP YOUR CAR... THEN... RESELL IT TO MAKE A PROFIT.
THE ADVANTAGE TO PARTICIPATING IN THE KEEP WARNER ROBINS BEAUTIFUL CHUNK-A-JUNK PROGRAM.... ACCORDING TO DIRECTOR DEBRA JONES... IS THAT YOU CAN WRITE OFF THE 100-DOLLAR TOWING FEE ON YOUR TAXES.
PLUS... YOU DON'T HAVE THE HEADACHE OF SELLING PARTS... OR NEGOTIATING PRICES.

SHOPPERS IN GRAY HAVE A NEW CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO GROCERIES.
HARVEY'S HELD ITS GRAND OPENING THIS MORNING.... WITH AISLES FILLED WITH PEOPLE CHECKING OUT THE NEW STORE AND LOOKING FOR BARGAINS.
THE COMPANY SAYS THEY HIRED 68 TO RUN THE STORE.
AS FOR SHOPPERS... THEY SAY THEY'RE GLAD TO SEE A NEW BUSINESS IN GRAY.
Shirely Gault:Haddock: "I am so glad they've got competition in Gray because we always need to have a choice.
Cheryl Reedy: GRay: I think it's great for both stores you know because every body can get deals at both stores. laughs"
FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.... INGLES HAS BEEN THE ONLY GROCERY STORE IN GRAY.
THE MANAGER OF INGLES DECLINED TO SPEAK TO US ON CAMERA.
BUT HE DID SAY THAT THEY'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 13 YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE COMMUNTIY.

TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SUPERMARKET CHOICES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
SO FAR 53 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES
AND 47 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO
TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.. AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE INSIDE OF THE DON'T MISS BOX.
IF YOU'RE CONSIDERING EARLY RETIREMENT... THERE MAY BE A MAJOR EXPENSE THAT YOU'RE NOT THINKING ABOUT.
SHERRI GOSS IS HERE WITH ROSENBERG FINANCIAL TO SHED SOME LIGHT.
SO... SHERRI.. BEFORE PEOPLE RETIRE... WHAT ARE ALL THE THINGS THEY SHOULD CONSIDER?

Sherri: The biggest thing to know is how much income you'll have, and what your monthly expenses really are. Plus, the fact that because of inflation, someone who retires today with an income of $3,000/mo may need more like $6,000/mo in 15 years. You have to really take a hard look at everything and make sure you're going to be ok.

I've been meeting with a lot of people lately who want to retire, really bad, but there's this one expense that is preventing them from doing it, and that is health insurance.

What you pay for health insurance while you are employed is discounted because you are in a group, and, your employer is likely picking up the majority of the expense. Once you are retired, and you can't go on Medicare until you're age 65, you have to get your own coverage, so here are your options and you need to research them well:

1. Consider buying Cobra coverage under your employer's medical plan so you can keep the group rate. You'll be paying 100% of the premium, but it will cost less than individual insurance. You can typically buy up to 18 months of coverage after you terminate employment, so this might get you to age 65.

2. If Cobra is not an option, or will run out before age 65, consider a high deductible plan. Although you will pay more if you have a health problem, your premiums will be lower and you are protected in the event that you have a catastrophic health event.

3. Find a part-time job that offers medical insurance.

4. Work longer. That is, honestly, the tough call that people are having to make. It may not be what you want to do, but it might be the smartest thing to do, considering your overall retirement picture.

FOR PEOPLE IN SOME PARTS OF AFRICA... GETTING CLEAN DRINKING WATER CAN BE A DAILY CHALLENGE.
BIBB COUNTY EIGHT-YEAR-OLD WINN MURRAY JOINED THE HERO ARMY TO HELP BUILD WELLS TO SUPPLY CLEAN WATER.
THIS MONTH... THE SPRINGDALE THIRD GRADER AND OTHER STUDENTS LUGGED JUGS OF WATER AROUND SCHOOL... RAISING AWARENESS AND MONEY FOR WELLS IN AFRICA.
SO FAR... *WINN'S WELL PROJECT* HAS RAISED ABOUT SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS...WHICH IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO BUILD ONE WELL.
AT ALEXANDER TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.. SOME THIRD GRADERS SAY THEY'RE PROUD TO HELP.
Kristen Gilbert, Alexander II School: "Having every 15 seconds a child dies that's... a lot"
Jaden Deuley, Alexander II School: "I feel really glad inside because I get to help kids on the other side of the world."
TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE... 13 WMAZ DOT COM.


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