HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US...
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND CONTINUES HIS LISTENING TOUR OF HIGH SCHOOLS THIS WEEK...
AND THE DISTRICT SAYS ONE TOPIC THAT KEEPS COMING UP... IS SAFETY AND DISCIPLINE .
IN AUGUST 2009... AT BLOOMFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL...THE DISTRICT SAYS A HANDGUN WENT OFF IN A CLASSROOM.
SINCE THEN.. THEY'VE FOUND TEN OTHER GUNS AT BIBB SCHOOLS... FORCING SOME CLASSROOMS INTO LOCKDOWN.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SPOKE WITH STUDENTS.... ABOUT HOW GUN INCIDENTS... LOCKDOWNS... AND SEARCHES AFFECT THEM.
Christopher Jordan, Northeast High School, 9th grade, Macon: "they shut the door, put the curtain down over the window."
Nastassja Harrison, Rutland High School, 10th grade, Bibb County "didn't nobody know what was going on so everybody was pretty scared."
Christopher Jordan, Northeast High School, 9th grade, Macon "i hope they don't come in here, how did they get the gun in the school
Cailtin Mullaly, Macon, Miller Middle School: "one mishap and you wouldn't be there anymore"
BIBB STUDENTS RECALL THE FEAR OF LOCKDOWNS... MEANT TO KEEP THEM OUT OF HARMS WAY... WHILE OFFICIALS FOLLOW TIPS THAT SOMEONE'S BROUGHT A GUN to SCHOOL.
SISTERS ALEXIS MULALLY.. AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND CAITLIN.. WHO ATTENDS MILLER MIDDLE.. SAY THEy FEEL UNSAFE HEARING ABOUT GUNS FOUND IN SCHOOLS... LIKE MOST RECENTLY AT APPLING MIDDLE SCHOOL... AND BULLETS THAT TURNED UP IN A BOOKBAG AT MILLER.
Alexis Mullaly, Macon, Central High School i always worry sometimes when i hear about it when is it gonna come to central
Cailtin Mullaly, Macon, Miller Middle School: whenever anyones talking about they're gonna bring a gun to school and shoot up the place you don't know if you're the first one to go
Lauren DiSpirito, Eyewitness News: "Since the beginning of last school year, Bibb campus police responded to 11 incidents where people, mostly students, brought guns onto school property. They say no one was ever shot or hurt. Students say it distracts them from learning."
Nastassja Harrison, Rutland High School, 10th grade, Bibb County: my teacher, she like tried to keep the lesson going but everybody was too concerned about what was happening at the middle school to really pay attention to her
SOPHOMORE NASTASSJA HARRISON REMEMBERS A *CODE RED* AT RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL.
SOME STUDENTS TOLD US THEY THINK BULLYING OR GANG ACTIVITY CAUSE GUN INCIDENTS... BUT BIBB SCHOOLS POLICE CHIEF DAN DECOURSEY DISAGREES.
Dan Decoursey, Chief of Bibb Schools Campus Police: "A lot of them are show and tell I mean when I look at the majority of the guns that have been brought on campuses since I've been here they've been brought from the home, they're unsecured weapons from the home."
HE STANDS BY THE DISTRICT'S POLICY.. THAT RELYS ON TIPS AND RANDOM SEARCHES... TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF SCHOOLS.
Dan Decoursey, Chief of Bibb Schools Campus Police "I could pat students down everyday and I could use metal detectors anyday, and what's to ensure that we're still not going to get anything there?"
HARRISON SAYS IT'S SCARY ... KNOWING THAT ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.
Nastassja Harrison, Rutland High School, 10th grade, Bibb County: you never know like the gun can actually go off next time
THAT MAKES SOME AFRAID TO GO TO SCHOOL.
Cailtin Mullaly, Macon, Miller Middle School "I dread going to school in the morning sometimes because I don't know when it's gonna be me."
NO STUDENTS WERE INJURED IN ANY OF THE BIBB SCHOOL INCIDENTS IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.
STATE REPORTS SHOW ... 180 FIREARMS WERE FOUND ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES ACROSS GEORGIA IN THE LAST SCHOOL YEAR.
FOR MORE OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH CHIEF DAN DECOURSEY... AND MORE MORE ON WHAT THE DISTRICT IS DOING TO MAKE YOUR CHILD SAFER AT SCHOOL...VISIT OUR WEBSITE... 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
POLICE SAY A 12 YEAR OLD IS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED...AFTER BEING SHOT BY ANOTHER CHILD.
THEY SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 3-30 TODAY... AT A HOME ON THE 200 BLOCK OF TENNESSEE AVENUE. THAT'S OFF ELBERTA ROAD.
POLICE SAY TERRENCE ROUSE IS NOW IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THEY SAY ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CASE CAN CALL WARNER ROBINS POLICE AT 929-6911...AGAIN THAT'S 929-6911.
A HAWKINSVILLE MARINE WHO LOST PARTS OF BOTH LEGS...VOWS HE WILL WALK AGAIN.
CORPORAL TONY MULLIS WAS SEVERALY INJURED ONE MONTH AGO... IN AFGANISTAN... AND IS RECOVERING AT THE NAVAL HOSPITAL IN MARYLAND.
HE TOLD LORRA LYNCH JONES VIA SKYPE... WHERE HE GETS HIS DETERMINATION.
<<nats- (21:30) "What all you going to do today?
THE COMPUTER CONVERSTATION BETWEEN JEANIE... AND TONY MULLIS SEEMS TYPICAL FOR A YOUNG HUSBAND AND WIFE...
nats- "I've got therapy after this..."
ITS REALLY ANYTHING BUT AVERAGE.
nats- (20:234) "Hey man, hey buddy."
APRIL 5TH... THEIR SON CASON CAME INTO THE WORLD... A DAY LATER HIS DADDY LOST HIS LEGS.
AS CASON AND JEANIE RESTED IN THE HOSPITAL... CORPORAL MULLIS AND HIS FELLOW MARINES SEARCHED ABONDONED BUILDINGS IN AFGANISTAN.
Cpl Mullis: (12:10) "In that building, goin to the doorway, looking around I saw wires." (12:46-cover) "I looked into a window, took one step, and stepped off the path, and actually stepped on an IED. (13:10) "The feelings I felt as everything happened, it's indescribable."
(14:00) "When I picked up my head, I actually saw both my legs. My left leg was completely gone. My right leg, it was still connected, but how it was bent and turned, I just knew it was gone."
HE SAYS JEANIE AND CASON WERE THE FIRST THOUGHTS ON HIS MIND.
Cpl Mullis: (14;40) "All I could think, I was hoping I could make and be able to see my son."
A WEEK LATER... HE DID... THIS PICTURE SHOWING THE FIRST TIME THEY MET.
Cpl Mullis: (10:20) "That means a little more to me than anything."
HE'S ANXIOUS TO GET THEM BACK BY HIS SIDE.
nats- (21:00) "hey man. Daddy loves you."
JEANIE LEFT THE HOSPITAL TO TAKE CASON TO DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS IN HAWKINSVILLE... SHE CALLS THE LAST WEEK THE HARDEST PART.
Jeanie Mullis: (26:00) "Not being there with him"
SHE'LL RETURN SATURDAY... AND OVER THE NEXT YEAR... FATHER AND SON... MAY LEARN TO WALK TOGETHER.
(22:15) "I love you. I love you too. Bye. Bye."
JEANIE SAYS TONY WILL GET TWO PROSTHESES... AND HE'LL START WHAT'S EXPECTED TO BE AT LEAST A YEAR OF THERAPY NEXT WEEK.
THEY COUPLE PLANS TO COME HOME TO HAWKINSVILLE WHEN HE'S WELL.
YOU CAN HEAR MORE OF CORPORAL MULLIS' INTERVIEW.. INCLUDING HIS REACTION TO THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN... BY GOING TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.
LOOK FOR THIS STORY IN THE DON'T MISS BOX.
CENTRAL GEORGIA COMMUNITIES ARE ALREADY SEEING THE EFFECTS OF FEDERAL SPENDING CUTS... MADE O BALANCE THE BUDGET.
CONGRESS LAST MONTH AGREED TO CUT NEARLY 39 BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE REST OF THE FISCAL YEAR.
IN WARNER ROBINS... SERVICE GROUPS ARE GETTING LESS FEDERAL HOUSING FUNDING.
SHERRI WINDHAM WITH THE CITY'S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAYS THE CITY WILL GET 83 THOUSAND DOLLARS LESS FROM HUD. THAT NEARLY 17 PERCENT LESS.
OTHER WARNER ROBINS GROUPS AFFECTED INCLUDE MENTAL HEALTH... AND ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING FOOD... TRANSPORTATION... AND EMERGENCY SHELTER TO THE HOMELESS... LOW-INCOME... AND ELDERLY.
THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR IS IN FULL SWING DOWN AT CENTRAL CITY PARK THIS WEEK.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN IS AT THE PARK CHECKING OUT THE EVENTS... ELEANOR... WHAT'S GOING ON OUT THERE? FRANK... LEAH?
THANK YOU ELEANOR... SHE'LL HAVE A FULL REPORT FROM THE FAIR TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE BOUNTY HUNTER... WHO SHOT AT A FUGITIVE... IS OUT ON BOND.
MACON POLICE SAID DAVID HARPER... ALSO KNOWN AS A BAIL RECOVERY AGENT... FIRE SHOTS AT A SUSPECT'S CAR YESTERDAY... IN EAST MACON.
THE SUSPECT ESCAPED...AND HARPER WAS CHARGED WITH RECKLESS CONDUCT.
BOFTA YIMAM EXPLAINS THE BOUNTY HUNTERS' ROLE... AND WHY SOME BAIL BONDING COMPANIES DON'T USE THEM AT ALL.NATS Lutrina Wheeler
LUTRINA WHEELER SAYS WEDNESDAY STARTED LIKE ANY OTHER DAY AT HER JOB-- UNTIL
"I just heard bullets flying, and shootin' everywhere and I just told everybody to get down."
MACON POLICE SAY BOUNTY HUNTER DAVID HARPER FIRED SHOTS AT A CAR DRIVEN BY DYTUAN ERVIN..WHO'S WANTED IN MISSISSIPPI. THEY SAY HARPER FIRST... TALKED TO ERVIN AT PRECISION AUTO TUNE. ... BUT... ERVIN TRIED TO LEAVE. POLICE SAY HARPER TRIED TO STOP ERVIN FROM CAUSING AN ACCIDENT. .. SO HE FIRED MULTIPLE SHOTS AT ERVINS CAR...AIMING AT THE PASSENGER SIDE AND WHEELS.
Chief Deputy David Davis, Bibb Co. Sheriff's Office
"That is highly unusual
CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS SAYS SUSPECTS WHO USE BAIL BONDING COMPANIES.....MUST SIGN CONTRACTS THAT SAY THE COMPANY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING THEM SHOW UP IN COURT. THE BOUNTY HUNTERS MAKE SURE THEY DO...OR THE COMPANY LOSES THE BOND. DAVIS SAYS BOUNTY HUNTERS DON'T NEED A WARRANT TO CAPTURE A SUSPECT... AND CAN USE SOME FORCE... TO BRING THEM IN.
"But they have no special permission, special latitude when it comes to deadly force"
DAVIS SAYS THEY'RE CIVILIANS....NOT LAW ENFORCEMENT.
"Terry Genone with All State Bonding says they rarely use a bail recovery agent due to liability factors like excessive force. He says instead they ask employers or family members to pay the bail fee"
WHILE MANY BOUNTY HUNTERS...LIKE HARPER... AREN'T REGISTERED IN BIBB COUNTY... DAVIS SAYS THEY'RE EXPECTED TO NOTIFY THEM WHEN WORKING HERE. UNLESS... THEY SPOT A BAIL JUMPER IN A PUBLIC AREA... WHICH CAN BE DIFFICULT TO GIVE A HEADS UP.
"but if he's already pre-planned out I'm going to this address to look for this person it's a good thing for him to let the local law enforcement, jurisdcition know."
BOFTA YIMAM 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
HARPER...WHO LIVES IN MACON...DID NOT RETURN OUR PHONE CALL.
CHIEF DEPUTY DAVE DAVIS SAYS BOUNTY HUNTERS TYPICALLY REGISTER FIRST WITH A BOND COMPANY... THEN THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE RUNS A BACKGROUND CHECK.
HE SAYS BOUNTY HUNTERS CAN'T ARREST A SUSPECT... BUT CAN TAKE THEM TO THE JAIL..WHERE DEPUTIES WILL.
OUR PARTNER CAREERBUILDER DOT COM HAS SOME ADVICE TO MAKE SEARCHING FOR A NEW JOB A LITTLE EASIER.
EVERY WEEK AS PART OF JOB MARKET THURSDAY... WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THEIR JOBHUNTING TIPS.
TODAY... WE'RE SHARING ADVICE ON HOW TO MINE YOUR NETWORK.
FIRST... MEET NEW PEOPLE.
ASK PEOPLE YOU ALREADY KNOW TO INTRODUCE YOU.
IF YOU'RE TRYING TO MEET PEOPLE ON YOUR OWN... LOOK FOR GROUPS THAT YOU HAVE A COMMON THREAD WITH.
SECOND... BE LIKABLE.
PEOPLE TEND TO HELP PEOPLE THEY'RE COMFORTABLE WITH... SO SHOW THEM YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THEIR WORK...AND INDUSTRY.
FINALLY... GET OVER YOUR FEAR.
REALIZE THAT PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS WHEN THEY MEET SOMEONE NEW.
COMMON ACQUAINTANCES CAN MAKE THINGS EASIER.... BUT IT STILL MIGHT BE DIFFICULT.
FOR A LINK TO THE FULL ARTICLE ON CAREERBUILDER DOT COM... AND TO FIND OUT ABOUT JOBS IN YOUR COMMUNITY... VISIT THE JOB MARKET THURSDAY PAGE ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.
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SOME CENTRAL GEORGIANS GATHERED TODAY FOR PRAYER IN FRONT OF MACON CITY HALL.
"I believe that when we pray, we pray as a nation, that the guns will go out of the schools, that the drugs will leave the classroom."
TODAY WAS THE 60TH ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.
THE COVENANT ACADEMY GRAMMAR SCHOOL CHORUS ALSO TOOK PART ... ALONG WITH LEADERS ...AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
ONE WOMAN SAYS PRAYER HELPS HER COPE WITH THE MANY TROUBLES IN THE WORLD TODAY.
Anabel Cunningham, Macon "That our hope is in God, that our problems are far bigger than we are able to cope with and we need answers that only God can give us."
CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IN 1952 AND IN 1988 SET THE DATE AS THE FIRST THURSDAY OF MAY.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WILL YOU PRAY TODAY?
SO FAR 77 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
23 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE DON'T MISS BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.