HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US...
I'M LEAH JOHNSON.. AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
LAST WEEK....HIS CASE ATTRACTED NATIONAL ATTENTION...AND TONIGHT WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON 2-YEAR-OLD LOGAN VARNADOE... THE BONAIRE BOY BATTLING A RARE INTESTINAL DISORDER.
WE FIRST BROUGHT YOU THE TODDLER'S STORY LAST WEEK... AFTER HIS COUSIN'S LEMONADE STAND WAS ROBBED.
VANESSA RUFFES TALKED WITH LOGAN'S MOTHER APRIL VARNADOE BY PHONE FROM CINCINNATI...... TO GET AN UPDATE ON HIS TREATMENT
LAST TIME WE SAW LOGAN VARNADOE... HE WAS BOARDING A PLANE WITH HIS FAMILY... TAKING A WEDNESDAY FLIGHT TO THE CINCINNATI CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
TUESDAY... WE CHECKED IN WITH HIS MOTHER... APRIL VARNADOE BY PHONE... ON HOW THE TWO-YEAR-OLD WAS FARING.
(Varnadoe phoner)"It's been several, several tests. Have not gotten any results yet..."
(Logan hospital pic) "On Friday they repositioned-- with a new technique that they use up here-- what's called a GJ tube, it's a feeding tube that goes directly into the intestine... they repositioned that and actually over the weekend he was able to he was able to accept feeds through that tube which was wonderful news!"
MOM SENT US THIS PICTURE OF LOGAN'S LATEST EXAM... WHICH SHE CALLED A MANOMETRY TEST.
SHE SAYS IT COULD BE THE KEY TO FIGURING OUT WHAT'S CAUSING HIS DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS.
(Manometry pic) "It's literally a machine that has several wires and tubes going into Logan, which measures the contractions and timing of his intestines, the large and small intestine, the stomach, and esophagus."
AND SHE SAYS SHE COULDN'T ASK FOR BETTER MEDICAL ATTENTION... SHE SAYS TEN DOCTORS IN THE HOSPITAL'S UNIT ON DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS HAVE TEAMED UP FOR LOGAN'S CASE...
"They're all on the same page. They are wonderful! They are on top of it."
VARNADOE SAYS ONLY TIME AND TEST RESULTS WILL TELL HOW LONG THEY'LL BE AT THE HOSPITAL... BUT SHE HOPES TO HAVE AT LEAST A FEW ANSWERS ABOUT HER SON'S PUZZLING ILLNESS... THIS WEEK...
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> TODAY... A HOUSTON COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTED THE WARNER ROBINS COUPLE ACCUSED OF STEALING 130 DOLLARS FROM LOGAN'S COUSIN... WHILE SHE WAS RUNNING A LEMONADE STAND TO RAISE MONEY FOR HIM.
20-YEAR-OLD GAGE TURNER 21-YEAR-OLD AMBER UMBARGER EACH FACE ONE COUNT OF ROBBERY BY SUDDEN SNATCHING. LAST WEEK...UMBARGER WAS RELEASED ON BOND....WHILE TURNER REMAINS IN THE HOUSTON COUNTY JAIL.
MCDONALD'S IS LOOKING TO TAKE A SLICE OUT OF THE UNEMPLOYEMENT RATE.
IT'S A PART OF THE CHAIN'S NATIONAL HIRING DAY... AN EFFORT TO BRING MORE THAN 50 THOUSAND NEW EMPLOYEES ON BOARD... ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
AS AMY AUBERT EXPLAINS... ONE MCDONALDS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA HOPES TO ALMOST DOUBLE THEIR STAFF... THIS WEEK.
Nats: "Anyone make my two McDoubles?"
Nats, cash register
Nats: "Anything else for you ma'am?"
JEFFREY GLOVER HAS BEEN BEHIND THE COUNTER... FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS... BUT HE HAS BIGGER DREAMS... FOR HIS CAREER.
Jeffrey Glover, Jones: "My goal next is to move up to store manager, and from there to owner/operator."
AN OPPORTUNITY THAT BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF CAREER HUNGRY HOPEFULS... INTO STORES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
JEROME WOOTEN SAYS HE'S BEEN JOB HUNTING... SINCE GRADUATING FROM JONES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL... LAST SPRING... AND HOPES TO SAVE UP A LITTLE GREEN...
...BEFORE LEAVING FOR ALBANY STATE.
Jerome Wooten, Gray: "You know, so I can have a little money before I go off to college next year, and just pay for my housing and stuff."
HE'S ONE OF MORE THAN THIRTY PEOPLE... WHO SIGNED IN AT THE MCDONALDS IN GRAY... WITH HOPES OF SCOOPING UP...
Nats, scooping fries.
...A NEW CAREER.
Rod Roberts, Store Manager: "New energy is always exciting; we always have room for one more good person."
ROD ROBERTS MANAGES THE RESTAURANT ON GRAY HIGHWAY... AND SAYS HE HOPES TO WELCOME BETWEEN 15 TO 20 NEW TEAM MEMBERS... THIS WEEK.
Nats: "52 cents, outta 1?"
FOR JEFFREY GLOVER... NATIONAL HIRING DAY... IS ANOTHER FAST-PACED DAY... IN THE FAST FOOD BUSINESS.
Nats: "It'll be right up, okay?"
AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
MCDONALDS ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA HOPE TO HIRE 150 PEOPLE THIS WEEK.
ACCORDING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR... NEARLY HALF A MILLION GEORGIANS ARE OUT OF WORK.
GEORGIA COLLEGE STUDENTS WILL HAVE TO PAY UP TO 450 DOLLARS MORE PER SEMESTER IN TUITION AND FEES STARTING THIS FALL.
TODAY... THE STATE BOARD OF REGENTS VOTED TO RAISE TUITION TO DEAL WITH A MASSIVE SHORTFALL CAUSED BY STATE BUDGET CUTS... SKYROCKETING ENROLLMENT... AND DRIED-UP FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY.
GEORGIA'S 35 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE SET TO LOSE 346 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING FOR THE FISCAL YEAR STARTING JULY 1ST.
THE G-B-I IS EVALUATING ABOUT A DOZEN COMPLAINTS AGAINST ROBERTA'S CHIEF OF POLICE.... ACCORDING TO SPOKESMAN CRAIG ROTTER.
HE SAYS POLICE CHIEF M.K. MARCANTEL CALLED THE GBI LAST WEEK AND ASKED THEM TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS ABOUT HIS CONDUCT.
ROTTER WOULDN'T COMMENT ON WHAT THE COMPLAINTS ARE ABOUT.
HE SAYS THE GBI WOULD ONLY INVESTIGATE CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT... AND THEY'RE LOOKING INTO THE ALLEGATIONS TO SEE IF AN OFFICIAL INVESTIGATION IS WARRANTED.
WE COULD NOT REACH CHIEF MARCANTEL FOR COMMENT....AND ROBERTA MAYOR BECKY SMITH WOULD NOT COMMENT.
A MACON BUSINESS IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TO FIND SOME BURGLARS.
A POLICE REPORT SAYS FOUR MEN BROKE INTO KEN'S STEREO STORE ON MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE AND GOT AWAY WITH A TRUNK FULL OF ELECTRONICS.
AS CANDACE ADORKA EXPLAINS.... THE BUSINESS IS OFFERING A CASH REWARD TO ANYONE WHO CAN HELP PUT THE CRIMINALS IN JAIL.
EACH TIME MICHAEL JONES LOOKS AT THE SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE OF HIS STORE BEING BURGLARIZED, IT'S A LITTLE EMOTIONAL.
"it feels terrible.... I will never understand why anyone would wanna take from another, it blows my mind.
THE FOOTAGE SHOWS MASKED MEN DRIVING UP TO KEN'S AUDIO STEREO STORE... THEN LOADING WHAT POLICE SAY IS A SILVER OR GRAY BUICK CENTURY... FULL OF ELECTRONICS.
"they were only in here about 2 and a half minutes and to get away with a tremendous amount of value... it's amazing how much they took."
Standup: "jones says the theives crawled through hthese bars in the door and only picked items they knew would fit, like 32-inch toshiba and Sony flat screen TVs."
"It's truly amazing that men and TV's got through those small gaps. They obviously cased us out before."
KEN'S IS OFFERING A 5-HUNDRED DOLLAR CASH REWARD FOR ANY TIPS THAT WILL HELP CATCH AND CONVICT THE BURGLARS.
JONES SAYS THAT SEEMS LIKE THE ONLY WAY THE BUSINESS CAN RECOUP ITS LOSS. HE SAYS THE THIEVES TOOK ABOUT 4 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF EQUIPMENT...AND THAT'S LESS THAN THEIR INSURANCE WILL COVER.
"Businesses get the bad end of the deal.... if you have a loss that's 5,000 or less, that money's gone. You just have to pay it out of your pocket, so I just think we oughtta be very proactive and that's why we say we'll just offer 500 bucks up front if you can help us find it."
CANDACE ADORKA, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> POLICE ARE LOOKING AT FINGERPRINTS.... SERIAL NUMBERS.... AND SURVEILLANCE VIDEO.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE CASE YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 877-68-CRIME.
THAT NUMBER AGAIN IS 877-68-CRIME
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE A MACON FACTORY.
ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES WAS RANKED ON THE SUPERFUND NATIONAL PRIORITIES LIST LAST FALL.
BRITTINY BARBER BREAKS DOWN WHAT E-P-A OFFICIALS TOLD THE BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION TODAY.
<< THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY GAVE AN UPDATE ON THE PROJECT HERE AT ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES
A LANDFILL AND WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT MADE THE PROPOSED SUPERFUND NATIONAL PRIORITIES LIST... WHICH IDENTIFIEs POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE FOR CLEAN UP.
THE COMPANY IS WORKING WITH THE EPA TO FIND AND REMOVE THE WASTE THAT COULD HAVE ALREADY EFFECTED NEARBY STREAM AND RIVERS.
Sherryl Carbonaro, Community Relation, EPA, "The contaminant of concern is PCB's and it's a by product of newsprint that was used in the process. It would be transferred with sediments down toward rocky creek and eventually into the Ocmulgee River."
THE EPA STARTED THEIR FIELDWORK ABOUT A WEEK AGO WHERE THEY TEST THE SOIL AND GROUNDWATER FOR PCB'S... THAT CAN CAUSE CANCER.
Sherryl Carbonaro, "Right now we're doing what they call a non-time critical removal action, which means they're going in. They're taking samples. They're going to take samples. They're going to look at those. Then they're going to try to come up with a remedy."
THE GA-EPD HAS A FISH ADVISORY ALREADY IN PLACE FOR THE OCMULGEE RIVER AND TOBESOFKEE AND ROCKY CREEKS.
AT ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES BRITTINY BARBER 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
E-P-A OFFICIALS WILL BE BACK IN TOWN NEXT THURSDAY.... APRIL 28TH....TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES.
IT STARTS AT 6:30 AT BRUCE ELEMENTARY.... THAT'S ON HOUSTON AVENUE.
THE E-P-A WILL GIVE DETAILS OF THEIR PLANS... AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WILL TALK ABOUT POSSIBLE HEALTH CONCERNS FOR NEIGHBORS OF THE PLANT.
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MORE T-V SHOWS ARE BECOMING AVAILABLE ONLINE... AND THAT MIGHT HAVE YOU THINKING OF CUTTING OUT THE CABLE TO SAVE SOME CASH ON BILLS.
BUT BEFORE YOU MAKE THAT CALL... WE HAVE A FEW THINGS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER.
GEEK 13 WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THE ART OF CABLE-CUTTING TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
ONE LUCKY PERSON WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO MOVE INTO A LUXURY HOME IN WARNER ROBINS.
Nats of Breaking Ground (3 seconds)
ST. JUDE HELD A CEREMONIAL GROUND BREAKING FOR THEIR DREAM HOME GIVEAWAY.
THE HOME IS A FIVE BEDROOM... THREE AND A HALF BATH LOCATED IN WARNER ROBINS IN A UPSCALE NEIGHBORHOOD CALLED THE TIFFANY.
THE 3,200 SQUARE FOOT HOME IS VALUED AT 350,000.00.
THE RAFFLE PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN MEMPHIS TENNESSEE...A PLACE. THAT MEANS A LOT TO THE JAMES AND SOLOMON FAMILIES.
The James "We are so thankful for what St. Jude has done to give us our son and it's a miracle"
"It's so important. It really gave us our son back and given us another year with him"
The Solomon's "St. Jude is a refuge more than a hospital. it provides hope, it provides healing"
13WMAZ WILL SHARE MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO BUY RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THE DREAM HOME... STARTING MAY SECOND.
THEY WILL COST 100 PER TICKET... AND WHEN SALES START... THERE WILL BE 6-THOUSAND AVAILABLE.
WE'LL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER IN AUGUST... DURING A LIVE BROADCAST RIGHT HERE ON 13-WMAZ.
AGAIN MORE INFORMATION... COMING YOUR WAY MAY 2ND.