Wednesday, June 29, Eyewitness News at 6

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Brook Wright: "They just were screaming at me and yelling at me to get my hands up and get out of the car and get on the ground."
A CENTRAL GEORGIA WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS THE VICTIM OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY... DURING THE HUNT FOR A ROBBER.
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON... FRANK MALLOY HAS THE EVENING OFF.
WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY COMING UP IN JUST A MOMENT... BUT FIRST...

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY IS TELLING SENATOR CECIL STATON...IT'S ALL OR NOTHING.
THEY CONFIRMED AGAIN TODAY THAT STATON'S COMPANY OWES THEM MORE THAN 50,000 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE SCHOOL SAYS IT GOT A CHECK FROM STATON YESTERDAY FOR NEARLY 25 THOUSAND...BUT THEY'RE SENDING IT BACK.
THEY SAY THEY WANT THE FULL AMOUNT HE OWES.
THE SCHOOL TODAY RELEASED A STATEMENT THAT SAYS...IN PART...
GEORGIA SOUTHERN IS RETURNING THE CHECK TO AVOID ANY CONFUSION THAT THE AMOUNT PAID SATISFIES THE CONTRACT. GEORGIA SOUTHERN CONTINUES TO COMMUNICATE WITH GEORGIA EAGLE MEDIA TO SEEK FULL PAYMENT.
STATON'S COMPANY.... GEORGIA EAGLE MEDIA OPERATES THE SCHOOL'S SPORTS RADIO NETWORK... AND ITS CONTRACT SAYS IT MUST SHARE ADVERTISING REVENUE.
THE COLLEGE IS ENDING THE CONTRACT THIS WEEK....BECAUSE OF THE UNPAID MONEY.
STATON HAS NOT RESPONDED TO OUR PHONE CALLS.
BUT TODAY...HE POSTED A STATEMENT ON HIS TV STATION'S WEB SITE....SAYNG THAT NEITHER HE PERSONALLY...NOR HIS COMPANY...OWE GEORGIA SOUTHERN ANY MONEY.
HE ALSO CALLED OUR REPORTING INACCURATE...AND IRRESPONSIBLE.
13WMAZ STRIVES TO BE TRANSPARENT IN ALL OF OUR REPORTING... SO WE WANT TO LET YOU IN ON HOW WE GOT THIS INFORMATION.
ALL OF IT CAME FROM THIS (show papers) OPEN RECORDS REQUEST TO GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY.
WE REVIEWED THIS STACK OF CONTRACTS... E-MAILS... AND LETTERS BETWEEN GEORGIA SOUTHERN AND GEORGIA EAGLE MEDIA.
WE THEN CONFIRMED THE INFORMATION... WITH A CALL TO THE UNIVERSITY SPOKESMAN... CHRISTIAN FLATHMAN.
YOU CAN REVIEW THE LETTERS SENT BETWEEN CECIL STATON AND ATHLETICS DIRECTOR SAM BAKER FOR YOURSELF... BY LOOKING FOR THIS STORY ON 13-WMAZ-DOT-com.
WE ALSO TRIED TO GET SENATOR STATON'S SIDE OF THE STORY... BY MAKING MULTIPLE CALLS TO HIS OFFICE IN ATLANTA AND MACON.
WE ALSO WENT TO HIS PUBLISHING COMPANY ON PEAKE ROAD... TO GIVE HIM A CHANCE TO RESPOND.
HIS ASSISTANT IN MACON... ZACH LOUIS... SAID STATON WAS NOT AVAILABLE AND HIS ASSISTANT IN ATLANTA... BETTY CONNERS... TOLD US SHE GAVE MR. STATON THE MESSAGE.
BUT STATON SAID HE WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE TO COMMENT FOR THE STORY... AND WAS ON HIS WAY TO COLUMBUS LAST NIGHT... WHEN THE STORY FIRST AIRED.
WE MADE MORE ATTEMPTS TO REACH HIM TODAY... BUT OUR CALLS AND E-MAILS WERE NOT RETURNED.

ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES AFTER A MAN ROBBED A DUBLIN GAS STATION... A GRIFFIN WOMAN SAYS OFFICERS ORDERED HER OUT OF HER CAR AT GUN POINT.
ON SUNDAY....DUBLIN POLICE SAY A MAN DRIVING A WHITE FORD EXPLORER ROBBED THIS NEIGHBORS EXPRESS GAS STATION.
BROOK WRIGHT ALSO DROVE A WHITE FORD EXPLORER NEAR DUBLIN THAT DAY... ON HER WAY HOME TO GRIFFIN.... WITH HER HUSBAND AND FIVE YEAR OLD SON.
SHE SAYS POLICE HAD A DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT... AND A LICENSE PLATE NUMBER... BUT STILL PULLED HER OVER.
SHE SAYS SHE WAS TERRIFIED WHEN ABOUT TEN OFFICERS SURROUNDED HER CAR... DREW GUNS AND AND YELLED AT HER TO GET ON THE GROUND.
THEY QUICKLY REALIZED SHE DIDN'T MATCH THE SUSPECT'S DESCRIPTION... BUT SHE SAYS THE EXPERIENCE LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION.
"The thing that upsets me the most is that my five year old is not a typical child. He's autistic. So you just can't explain what happened to him. He watched it all, and he was so upset he cried for two hours until he threw up."
WRIGHT WAS WITH HER HUSBAND... WHO IS A POLICE OFFICER FOR ANOTHER DEPARTMENT.
SHE SAYS WHEN HE IDENTIFIED HIMSELF TO THE OFFICERS.... THEY QUICKLY LEFT... WITHOUT APOLOGIZING.
SHE SAYS SHE'S UPSET THE STOP WASN'T HANDLED WITH MORE SENSITIVITY AND COURTESY... AND SHE FILED A COMPLAINT.
DUBLIN POLICE CHIEF WAYNE CAIN SAYS THE OFFICERS WERE "VERY PROFESSIONAL" AND COURTEOUS....AND HANDLED THE STOP PROPERLY.

THEFT ALLEGATIONS BROUGHT AGENTS WITH THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION TO THE WILKINSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE TODAY.
AS BRITTINY BARBER FOUND OUT... IT STARTED LAST WEEK... AFTER A PROSECUTOR REPORTED THAT SOMEONE MIGHT BE STEALING FROM THE TAX COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE.
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WEDNESDAY GBI AGENTS SPENT MUCH OF THE DAY INSIDE THE WILKINSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE AT THE TAX COMMISSIONERS OFFICE.

AGENT TOM DAVIS SAYS THEY'RE INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS OF THEFT.

Tom Davis, GBI Agent: "Basically all I can tell you at this particular time is that we were requested by the district attorney's office to look into some theft at the tax commissioners office.

TAX COMMISSIONER KVEIN RAUSCHER HAS BEEN IN OFFICE FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS ACCORDING TO THE COUNTY MANAGER DAVID FRANKS.

HE SAYS RAUSCHER AND FOUR OTHERS WORK IN THE OFFICE.

GBI AGENTS QUESTIONED SOME OF THE EMPLOYEES AND GOT INFORMATION OFF OF THE COMPUTERS IN THE OFFICE.

Tom Davis: "WE are conducting some interviews but we're primarily just imaging hard drives from computers and getting some documentation, some paperwork from the office."

THE INVESTIGATION SHUTDOWN THE TAX COMMISSIONERS OFFICE UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON CAUSING AN INCONVIENCE FOR SOME PEOPLE.

Angela Self, Danville: "I had came over here to take care of some business on my car and I find out that it's closed. It's disappointed very disappointing, because it reflects on our county it reflects on us as residents. I just makes everything look bad."

DISTRICT ATTORNEY FRED BRIGHT SAYS HE ASKED THE GBI TO INVESTIGATE THE THEFT ALLIGATIONS.

HE WOULD NOT COMMENT ON WHY HE ASKED FOR THE INVESTIGATION OR WHAT WAS ALLEGEDLY STOLEN.

IN WILKINSON COUNTY BRITTINY BARBER 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> TOM DAVIS WITH THE GBI SAYS TAX COMMISSIONER KEVIN (RAW-SURE) RAUSCHER RECENTLY HAD SURGERY AND WASN'T IN HIS OFFICE TODAY.
BUT THEY PLAN TO QUESTION HIM AS PART OF THE INVESTIGATION.

AN ARGUMENT AT STORE IN EAST BIBB COUNTY LED TO A SHOOTING THIS MORNING.
ACCORDING TO WITNESS STATEMENTS... 21 YEAR OLD TAVARES WILLIAMS AND ANOTHER MAN WERE ARGUING OUTSIDE THE FAMILY DOLLAR ON JEFFERSONVILLE ROAD.
WITNESSES SAY THE SECOND MAN PULLED OUT A GUN AND SHOT WILLIAMS IN THE CHEST.
WILLIAMS IS IN STABLE CONDITION AT THE HOSPITAL.
NO ONE ELSE WAS HURT.
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO IDENTIFY THE SHOOTER.
THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING INTO WHETHER THIS SHOOTING IS RELATED TO ONE OVER THE WEEKEND... IN KING'S PARK IN EAST BIBB COUNTY.

ONE CANDIDATE FOR MACON MAYOR SAYS HE'D TRY TO REDUCE CRIME... BY IMPROVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CITY'S PEOPLE.
IF ELECTED... C-JACK ELLIS SAYS HE WOULD APPOINT A POVERTY TASK FORCE.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SHOWS YOU WHAT ELLIS WANTS THAT TASK FORCE TO ACCOMPLISH.
C. JACK ELLIS WANTS A TASK FORCE TO CREATE A STRATEGIC PLAN TO REDUCE POVERTY BY HALF OVER THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS.

C. Jack Ellis, Candidate for Mayor "that is a tall task but it is doable"

THE DEMOCRAT AND FORMER MAYOR SAYS HE TALKED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.. EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ABOUT THEIR CHALLENGES.

C. Jack Ellis, Candidate for Mayor: "All of them have convinced me that until we reduce poverty, until we tackle poverty in this city that we will do very little to reduce crime."

HE SAYS POVERTY HAS INCREASED SINCE HE LEFT OFFICE.

C. Jack Ellis, Candidate for Mayor: "We have a very prosperous state but we cannot be this island located in our state, this island of despair this island of poverty."

Lauren DiSpirito, Eyewitness News: "If elected, Ellis says he'd set up the task force within a week of taking office, and he's already picked who he'd want to serve on it."

HE WANTS MACON CHIEF PUBLIC DEFENDER LEE ROBINSON TO LEAD THE GROUP.
HE ALSO WANTS SYLVIA MCGEE... FORMER INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT... BILLY PITTS... WHO WORKED FOR THE CITY'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION AND DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND CHILD SERVICES HEAD MARJORIE ALMAND TO SERVE..

HIS IDEAS INCLUDE ADDING JOB TRAINING... SIX-MONTH SUBSIDIES FOR EMPLOYERS THAT HIRE MACON WORKERS... AND PROVIDING CHILD CARE AND TRANSPORTATION.

C. Jack Ellis, Candidate for Mayor: people get out of poverty when they're working, people get jobs by being qualified to work and when all of those things coalesce together we will see a reduction in crime

WHEN WE ASKED ELLIS ABOUT THE PRICE TAG...-HE ADMITTED...IT WOULDN'T BE CHEAP.

C. Jack Ellis, Candidate for Mayor: it could cost millions, it's costing millions to have people living in poverty, that's costing us millions

HE SAYS HE WOULD ASK FOR STATE AND FEDERAL MONEY TO COVER COSTS.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
13 WMAZ
EYEWITNESS NEWS
ELLIS.... PAUL BRONSON... ROBERT BROWN AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ARE RUNNING IN THE JULY 19TH MAYORAL PRIMARY.
EARLY VOTING IS ALREADY UNDER WAY AT THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFF PIO NONO AVENUE.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... WHO DO YOU TRUST MOST... LOCAL... STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?
SO FAR 47 PERCENT OF YOU SAY LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
29 PERCENT OF YOU SAY STATE.
AND 24 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU TRUST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE MOST.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

PART OF A NORFOLK SOUTHERN TRAIN WENT OFF TRACK IN MONROE COUNTY.
AMY AUBERT WAS AT THE SCENE... WHEN CREWS STARTED CLEARING THE CARS... AND SAYS MOVING THE TRAIN WASN'T EASY PROJECT.
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Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "According to a news release, at around 8:30 Wednesday morning, 18 Norfolk Southern Corp. train cars derailed from the track-- some of those cars you can see just behind me. The release from Norfolk Southern Corp. says the 48-car train was traveling Northbound and came off the track about 4 miles north of Juliette. Shane Cook, with the Monroe County Emergency Services, says the train was carrying the hazardous and flammable chemical, chlorobutane. The release says the chemical did not leak, when some cars derailed. Work crews are out here with equipment to move these cars from the track. One worker explained the derailment to me as a piece of metal on the track literally just turning over. So far, the reason for the derailment is unknown. In Monroe County, I'm Amy Aubert, 13 WMAZ, Eyewitness News."
>> A NEWS RELEASE FROM NORFOLK SOUTHERN SAYS CREWS WILL WORK AROUND THE CLOCK TO GET THE CARS BACK ON THE RAIL... AND FIX THE TRACK.
IT'S EXPECTED TO RE-OPEN THURSDAY.
THEY SAY 25 TO 30 TRAINS A DAY USE THAT LINE....AND THEY'RE BEING RE-ROUTED UNTIL THEN.

WE'RE HITTING THE ROAD WITH OUR DAY TRIP DESTINATION TOUR... AND TODAY'S TRAIL LED US TO MILLEDGEVILLE AND THE OLD CAPITAL MUSEUM.
IT SITS DOWNTOWN ON THE CAMPUS OF GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE.
THE MUSEUM OFFERS TEN GALLERIES OF HISTORY... FROM THE NATIVE AMERICANS TO THE SETTLEMENT OF MILLEDGEVILLE.
YOU CAN ALSO CHECK OUT A ROTATING GALLERY THAT EXPLAINS GEORGIA'S COTTON HISTORY.
THE MUSEUM OFFERS CHIPMUNK TOURS FOR KIDS AGES THREE TO EIGHT.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AMY WRIGHT SAYS THE TOURS INCLUDE PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES TO KEEP THE CHILDREN BUSY.
Amy Wright, Executive Director: "We have a sandbox that is filled with all kinds of artifacts that boys and girls can dig through the sandbox and find shards of pottery and arrowheads and identify those and we also have a table where there are objects for young people to handle to explore and to touch and feel."
ON JULY 15TH THE MUSEUM WILL HOST ITS 5TH ANNUAL ARTIFACT IDENTIFICATION DAY.
YOU CAN BRING IN AN OLD ROCK FROM YOUR BACKYARD AND HAVE AN ARCHAEOLOGIST TELL YOU HOW OLD IT IS.
FOR INFORMATION ON ADMISSION PRICES... VISIT 13 WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THIS STORY.

YOU CAN NOW EXPERIENCE A BIGGER AND BETTER MOVIE WITH THE ALL NEW IMAX SCREEN AT AMSTAR 16 IN MACON.
MANAGERS CUT THE RIBBON THIS MORNING TO OFFICIALLY WELCOME THE GRAND IMAX THEATER TO BIBB COUNTY.
IMAX LETS THE AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE A BETTER QUALITY PICTURE AND SOUND.. ALL IN 3D.
AFTER THE RIBBON-CUTTING.. GUESTS COULD TAKE IN A 45 MINUTE PREVIEW OF AN IMAX FILM.
SOUTHERN THEATERS AND IMAX ALSO DONATED ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
THE THEATER HELD A SPECIAL SHOWING OF TRANSFORMERS- DARK OF THE MOON IN IMAX LAST NIGHT.
TRANSFORMERS IS CURRENTLY SHOWING ON THE SCREEN.
THE NEXT FILM WILL BE HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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