Wednesday, August 10, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.

AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS NOW HAVE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SHELLING OUT THE MONEY TO CLEAN UP METH LABS.

ACCORDING TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S 2011 FISCAL BUDGET... THEY CUT FUNDING FROM THE COPS-- OR COMMUNITY ORIENTING POLICING SERVICES PROGRAM... WHICH HELPED FIGHT METH PRODUCTION.

BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS US WHAT LOSING THAT FUNDING MEANS FOR LOCAL AGENCIES.

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Chief Deputy Billy Boney, Twiggs County Sheriff's office." All this junk that's what we have to dispose of."
CHIEF DEPUTY BILLY BONEY CLICKS THROUGH PICTURES OF DRUGS SEIZED BY THE TWIGGS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Boney: "They take all these pill and wash the coating from around them."
BONEY SAYS SINCE 2005.. THEY'VE FOUND 14 METH LABS IN THE COUNTY... AND NOW.. BUSTING THEM WILL COST LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BIG BUCKS.
Boney: "In an already strained budget that local sheriff's and poliCe chief's find themselves in.. It's really going to hurt our budget if we have to clean up a meth lab."
Sgt. John Horton: Macon Police: "Whatever agency finds a dump siTE or an active lab is responsible for the cost of that clean up."
MACON POLICE SERGEANT JOHN HORTON SAYS SINCE MARCH.. WHEN THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CUT FUNDING... THEY'VE BUSTED TWO LABS.... INCLUDING THIS ONE ON TRINITY PLACE.
Horton: "The last 2 here in Macon, one was found in a backpack in the Village Green area ways approximately 1,900$ and two or three weeks ago the one over in east Macon cost the taxpayers of Macon about $2300.
SHELLING OUT THE CASH FOR CLEAN UP... BECAUSE THE CHEMICAL CAN CAUSE MAJOR PROBLEMS.
Horton: "It becomes a hazardous waste site and those have to be clean up by OSHA and EPA regulation."
BUT EVEN WITH THE COSTS CLIMBING... LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SAY THEY'LL CONTINUE SUIT UP... TO BATTLE METH IN CENTRAL GEORGIA
Boney: "WE're not going to stop or slow down just because the funding not there. We'll have to make do with the funding that we have."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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ACCORDING TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S 2011 BUDGET... THE COPS PROGRAM HANDED OUT MORE THAN $500 MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANTS TO HELP WITH CLEAN UP.

THE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT'S USING THAT MONEY...TO SUPPORT OTHER PROGRAMS.

THE WARNER ROBINS LITTLE LEAGUE AL-STARS ARE ONE WIN AWAY FROM A RETURN TRIP TO THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES IN WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA..

WRALL KNOCKED OFF WEST VIRGINIA THIS AFTERNOON IN THE SEMI-FINALS..
DARNAY TRIPP WAS AT THE GAME..
HE'S HERE TO SHOW US WHAT HAPPENED..

THESE ARE THE GAMES THAT REALLY MATTER... WARNER ROBINS WENT SPOTLESS THROUGH POOL PLAY, BUT NONE OF THAT MAKES ANY DIFFERENCE IF THEY DON'T DELIVER IN THE ROUND OF 4...

THIS AFTERNOON BUDDY DEAL'S SQUAD WAS IN SEARCH OF A SPOT IN FRIDAY NIGHT'S REGION CHAMPIONSHIP... FIRST THEY HAD TO GET PAST WEST VIRGINIA...
TOP 1ST... BASES LOADED... AUSTIN BURNETTE SENDS A CHOPPER UP THE MIDDLE... WEST VIRGINIA GETS THE FORCE AT 2ND... JAKE FROMM SCORES ON FIELDERS CHOICE... 2-0 WARNER ROBINS...

BOTTOM 2ND... RUNNERS ON CORNERS... 2 OUTS... JACOB GILES GETS DAVID MCQUAIN SWINING TO GET OUT OF THE JAM... STILL 2-0...

TOP 4TH... LOGAN WILLIAMS SENDS A ROCKET TO RIGHT CENTER... BURNETTE SLIDES IN.. 3-0...

SAME FRAME... 2 OUTS... FROMM, BASE HIT TO RIGHT... SCORES MORRIS... 4-0...

GILES WENT THE DISTANCE, TOSSING A COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT... WARNER ROBINS SCORED 3 MORE IN THE 6TH... TO WIN 7-0... AND CRUISE INTO FRIDAY NI
JAKE FROMM; Momentum wise this is as good as it gets...

...come out with a lot of confidence and go out and play baseball

WRALL PLAYS THE WINNER OF TONIGHT'S FLORIDA-ALABAMA GAME IN THE CHAMPOINSHIP GAME FRIDAY NIGHT AT EIGHT..

THANKS DARNAY..

WE'LL HAVE MORE FROM TODAY'S GAME COMING UP LATER IN SPORTS. GHT'S TITLE GAME.

CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS CONTINUE WORKING ON THE LIST OF PROJECTS THEY'D LIKE TO INCLUDE ON THE ONE-CENT SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX REFERENDUM IN NOVEMBER.

REACTION VARIES TO THE PROPOSAL.. AND HERE'S WHAT A FEW PEOPLE HAD TO SAY ABOUT IT.

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Messick, Macon 0-22: "I think if that tax was actually to go to recreation and the courthouse I think that would be a good thing if it's one cent. We definitely need some recreation around here stuff for the younger people to do I see a lot of people just walking the streets and doing nothing, kids in my neighborhood just riding bicycles and they're stuck doing nothing really so I think that'd be a good thing."
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Street, Macon 23-32: I think we do need recreational, in fact some of our recreational facilities do need to be brought up to standard."
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Judd, Macon 33-52: "Extra taxing to improve a courthouse or something like that when the nation's economy is kinda jacked up as it is people are struggling left and right just to put gas in their vehicles put groceries on the table stuff like that and you're gonna want to put another tax on them?"
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Jones, Macon 53-1:03: "I think it would be a nice project alright, if I had a chance to vote on it I think I would. I think it would bring things together alright."

COMING UP LATER IN THE NEWSCAST... BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHAIRMAN SAM HART AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT JOIN US FOR A LIVE DISCUSSION ON THE ISSUE.

TOMORROW MAYOR REICHERT AND FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS WILL MEET AT 7 P.M. IN 13WMAZ'S STUDIO FOR OUR MAYORAL ELECTION FORUM.
THE TWO WILL FACE EACH OTHER IN NEXT WEEK'S RUNOFF ELECTION.

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE CANDIDATES... OUR PANEL - RANDALL SAVAGE, LORRA LYNCH JONES AND ANITA PONDER -- WILL USE YOUR IDEAS IN DRAWING UP THEIR QUESTIONS FOR REICHERT AND ELLIS.

POST YOUR QUESTIONS ON FACEBOOK OR EMAIL THEM TO US AT EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 13WMAZ.COM.

THERE'S TROUBLE IN THE BRIAR PATCH.

PUTNAM COUNTY SHERIFF HOWARD SILLS SAYS SOMEONE STOLE THE STATUE OF BRER RABBIT...FROM THE GROUNDS OF THE UNCLE REMUS MUSEUM IN EATONTON.
HE SAYS IT HAPPENED SOMETIME OVERNIGHT SUNDAY.


SILLS SENT US THIS PICTURE.
HE SAYS THIEVES STOLE THE 3-FOOT....250 POUND IRON STATUE...BUT LEFT THE GRANITE BASE.
THE MUSEUM HONORS THE WORK OF JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS...WHO COLLECTED THE SOUTHERN FOLK TALES ABOUT BRER RABBIT...BRER FOX....AND OTHER RESIDENTS OF THEIR MYTHICAL BRIAR PATCH.

SILLS SAYS ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE THEFT CAN CALL THE PUTNAM SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT 706-485-8557.
AGAIN THAT'S 706-485-8557.


ben gives three day forecast

THANKS BEN.. WE'LL HAVE MORE WITH COMING UP RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK.

AS WE GO TO BREAK.....

HERE'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S AVERAGE GAS PRICE IN MACON ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

MACON AND BIBB COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE JUST 5 DAYS TO COMPLETE THE LIST OF PROJECTS THAT WANT TO SPEND A LOCAL OPTIONS SALES TAX ON.

RADALL SAVAGE JOINS US KNOW WITH MAYOR REICHERT AND BIBB COUNTY COMMISONER SAM HART WITH MORE ON THE SPLOST ISSUE.



AND ONE LAST QUICK LOOK AT TOMORROW'S FORECAST WITH CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES.


THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.

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THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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