HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US. I'M FRANK MALLOY
AND I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES...THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
MURDER SUSPECT STEPHEN MCDANIEL FACES SEVEN CHARGES OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE TILMAN SELF SIGNED THE SEVEN WARRANTS AGAINST MCDANIEL TODAY.
THE WARRANTS ACCUSE MCDANIEL OF POSSESSING FLASH DRIVES THAT DEPICIT ADULT MALES AND FEMALES ENGAGING IN SEXUAL ACTIVITIES WITH UNDERAGED BOYS AND GIRLS.. THE WARRANTS ALSO SAY THE FLASH DRIVES SHOW UNDERAGED CHILDREN ENGAGING IN SEXUAL ACTIVITIES.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED.
SHE SAID THAT'S BY ORDER OF POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS AND BIBB COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS.
MCDANIEL'S LAWYER ...FLOYD BUFORD...SAYS THE CHARGES RESULT FROM PHOTOS THAT THE G-B-I SAYS IT FOUND ON MCDANIEL'S COMPUTER..
INVESTIGATORS SEIZED THE COMPUTER IN THE ON-GOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE MURDER OF MERCER UNIVERSITY LAW GRADUATE LAUREN GIDDINGS.
STATE LAWS DEFINE CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AS POSSESSING MATERIAL THAT DEPICTS CHILDREN IN SEXUAL SITUATIONS.
THE D-A SAYS THAT'S A FELONY...AND EACH COUNT COULD CARRY A SENTENCE OF FIVE TO 20 YEARS.
MCDANIEL IS ALREADYIN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL... CHARGED WITH THE MURDER IN THE GIDDINGS CASE.
HE'S ALSO ACCUSED OF TWO BURGLARIES AT THE APARTMENTS WHERE THEY BOTH LIVED... BUT POLICE SAY THOSE CHARGES ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE GIDDINGS CASE.
GEORGIA'S SECRETARY OF STATE SAYS HE'S SIDING WITH BIBB COUNTY...IN ITS BORDER BATTLE WITH MONROE COUNTY.
BRIAN KEMP ISSUED HIS RULING TODAY IN A DISPUTE THAT'S LASTED FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY.
AS AMY AUBERT EXPLAINS... THE DECISION KEEPS ABOUT 500 ACRES AND MORE THAN A MILLION TAX DOLLARS A YEAR IN BIBB COUNTY..
Brian Kemp, Secretary of State: "I find that Bibb County has met its burden of proof, and proved it's exceptions to the survey by preponderance of the evidence."
IN TUESDAY'S RULING... SECRETARY OF STATE... BRIAN KEMP... SAYS THE COUNTY LINE... WILL STAY AS IS.
THE COUNTIES DISAGREED OVER MAPS DRAWN THREE YEARS AGO BY SURVEYOR TERRY SCARBOROUGH. GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE PICKED HIM TO SURVEY THE COUNTY LINE FOR THE FIRST TIME... SINCE IT WAS CREATED IN 1822.
Brian Kemp: "It is therefore ordered that the survey, filed in this office, on March 27, 2009, is hereby set aside and shall not be recorded with the Secretary of State's office as provided for in Georgia Law."
KEMP SAYS HE EXAMINED HISTORICAL EVIDENCE... AND THE LAW... HEARD BOTH SIDES... AND VISITED THE SITE LAST MONTH.
AND FOR BIBB COUNTY... THAT'S GOOD NEWS.
Sam Hart, Bibb County Chairman: "We can go ahead and do our planning, and not disturb a bunch of people as it relates to school, as it relates to where they pay their taxes."
MONROE COUNTY CHAIRMAN JAMES VAUGHN SAYS THOSE TAXES AMOUNT TO ABOUT 1 POINT 2 MILLION DOLLARS... WHICH WILL STAY IN BIBB.
SO SOME IN MONROE... QUESTION THE DECISION.
Larry Evans, Monroe County Commissioner: "I always said if it comes down to the law it wouldn't be any problem after the findings were published, but if it comes down to a political situation, then that would have a barrier on it, which evidentally it has."
BUT KEMP'S RULING DOESN'T MEAN THE END OF THE CENTURY-LONG DISPUTE... HE SAYS THE TWO SIDES CAN NEGOTIATE... OR CALL FOR A NEW SURVEY.
CHAIRMAN HART SAYS BIBB COUNTY IS OPEN TO NEGOTIATIONS... BUT COMMISSIONER EVANS SAYS IT'S TOO LATE.
Larry Evans, Monroe County: "That passed some time ago. We tried to sit down, we tried to, before all of this got into the legal system, we discussed it somewhat informally."
SO EVEN WITH THE DECISION...BOTH SIDES AGREE.. THE DISPUTE MAY NOT BE OVER.
AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
MONROE COUNTY CHAIRMAN... JAMES VAUGHN... SAYS THE CASE HAS ALREADY COST THEM OVER ALMOST1 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE SURVEY AND ATTORNEY FEES....CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAYS IT'S COST BIBB COUNTY ABOUT HALF THAT AMOUNT..
PEOPLE LIVING ALONG THE BIBB-MONROE BORDER SAY KEMP'S RULING TAKES THEM OUT OF A LONG PERIOD OF LIMBO.
HOMEOWNERS IN THE TAYLOR TERRACE NEIGHBORHOOD SAID THEY FELT A SENSE RELIEF... YET SOME DISAPOINTMENT ABOUT THE DECISION.
<<nats- train blowing
A FEW TIMES A DAY...
TRAFFIC FROM THE RAILROAD... BREAKS THE QUIET OF THE TAYLOR TERRACE NEIGHBORHOOD.
IT'S NEAR RIVERSIDE AND WESLYAN DRIVES... A QUARTER OF A MILE FROM THE RIVER..
AND NEARLY ON TOP OF THE DISPUTED BIBB-MONROE BORDER.
Wynelle Spivey: (17:00) "I love the neighbors, the atmosphere everything."
WYNELLE SPIVEY MOVED IN 20 YEARS AGO... ALWAYS AWARE HER STATUS ON THE BIBB SIDE OF THE LINE COULD SHIFT.
Wynelle Spivey: (17:30) "Ive been keepin up with it, but little have I heard."
UNTIL TUESDAY... WHEN SHE LEARNED THE LINE WILL STAY PUT... AND SO WILL WHERE SHE PAYS HER TAXES.
Wynelle Spivey: (17:55) "Bibb County taxes are just outrageous!"
Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: (24:00) "We talked to a few other homeowners here on Taylor Terrace. They mostly agreed with Ms. Spivey. They were hoping the line would move them into Monroe County, mainly for the lower taxes."
Huey Reynolds: (2:00) "If the taxes were cheaper, I'd probably been interested in it."
HUEY REYNOLDS KNOWS A SHIFT IN THE LINE COULD HAVE ALSO CHANGED THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT... INSURANCE RATING AND WHO THEY CALL IN EMERGENCIES.
BUT RETIRED AND HAPPY WHERE HE'S AT.. REYNOLDS SAYS ITS NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
Huey Reynolds: (2:55) "I'm glad it's like it is. At least I know what I got."
IT'S PEACEFUL...THE DISRUPTIONS ONLY OCCASIONAL
nats- "Get's kind of aggrivating sometimes."
MUCH LIKE A BORDER DISPUTE... ONE THAT COULD INTERUPT THE QUIET OF TAYLOR TERRACE.. AGAIN.
LAND SURVEYOR... PHILLIP BROWN... SAYS PEOPLE ON THE BORDER MIGHT HAVE SAVED A FEW TAX DOLLARS IF THE DECISION MOVED THEM INTO MONROE COUNTY.... BUT THEY WOULD HAVE PAID MORE FOR INSURANCE.
HE SAYS THATS' BECAUSE MONROE'S FIRE PROTECTION RATING... IS LOWER THAN BIBB'S.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD MONROE COUNTY FIGHT THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S BORDER-LINE DECISION?
SO FAR 67 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
33 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
A 5 POINT 9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE CENTERED NORTHWEST OF RICHMOND... VIRGINIA RATTLED MUCH OF THE EAST COAST THIS AFTERNOON.
THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SAID THE EARTHQUAKE WAS 3.7 MILES DEEP AND WAS CENTERED IN MINERAL..VIRGINIA.
THE QUAKE SENT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE SPILLING INTO THE STREET A BLOCK FROM THE WHITE HOUSE... WITH OTHER BUILDINGS EVACUATED IN NORTH CAROLINA AND TREMORS FELT AS FAR AWAY AS NEW YORK CITY.
13WMAZ VIDEOJOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN FELT THE EARTHQUAKE AT THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES IN WILLIAMSPORT.
SHE AND SUZANNE LAWLER SENT US THIS VIDEO.
Kimberly Burden: "Hi, I'm videojournalist Kimberly Burden and I'm coming to tell that I did feel the earthquake. I was down in the press room when the table started shaking and the computer started shaking and it was like two other people down there with me. We all looked at each other and we was like 'what was that?' and found out it was an earthquake. And oh my gosh, I've never felt it before, but it was really small, wasn't anything to, you know, write home about. But it was just something that I've never felt before. So, you know, that was it. In Williamsport, I'm Kimberly Burden."
WE'LL HEAR MORE FROM KIMBERLY AND SUZANNE A LITTLE LATER IN THE NEWSCAST..
THE SOUTHEASTERN COAST IS WATCHING HURRICANE IRENE SPIN CLOSER... AND SOME ISLANDS IN THE CARIBBEAN ARE GLAD TO SEE THE STORM GO.
PUERTO RICO IS WORKING TO CLEAN UP AND DEAL WITH HEAVY FLOODING... DOWNED TREES AND OTHER DAMAGE LEFT IN IRENE'S WAKE.
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR PUERTO RICO... MAKING THEM ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE.
MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE LOST POWER WHEN THE STORM CUT ACROSS THE ISLAND THIS WEEKEND... AND ONLY A PORTION OF THAT POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED.
FOR THE LATEST TROPICAL OUTLOOK... AND YOUR THREE DAY FORECAST... LET'S JOIN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IN THE WEATHER CENTER.
THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE IS INVITING ITS CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES TO TAKE BUYOUTS OR EARLY RETIREMENTS.
IT'S PART OF AN AIR FORCE PLAN TO CUT AROUND 4 THOUSAND CIVILIAN JOBS NATIONWIDE.
HE SAID PEOPLE CAN START APPLYING FOR THOSE BUYOUTS TOMORROW... AND THE WINDOW RUNS THROUGH SEPTEMBER SEVENTH.
THE BASE PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT WILL NOTIFY PEOPLE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE.
BIRDSONG SAYS ROBINS HAS MORE 13 THOUSAND CIVILIAN WORKERS... AND JUST OVER 2 THOUSAND ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE BUYOUTS.
THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES FOR THE PEOPLE IN PENNSYLVANIA.
NOT SINCE 1969 HAS A WILLIAMSPORT TEAM MADE IT TO THE BIG EVENT.
TONIGHT WRALL TAKES ON KEYSTONE IS A BIG PRIME TIME MATCHUP.
SUZANNE LAWLER AND VIDEO JOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN SPOKE TO THE SLUGGERS ABOUT THE UNIQUE EXPERIENCE.
Suzanne Lawler, Eyewitness Sports Well tonight we've got the game against Keystone and you can bet later on this evening every one of these seats is going to be filled to capacity. The boys say that's no problem. They've played in front of big crowds before.
Ryan Thompson, Pitcher We're talking about how we like the big crowds and its going to be fun beating a team. We know that they have a good team and its going to be a big struggle, it should be a dog fight.
Buddy Deal, Coach They're backs against the wall just like ours is they're playing in front of the home crowd 40-thousand people hoping they're going to win their backs against the wall and you know what they're playing WRALL. I hate it for them.
Suzanne Lawler, Eyewitness Sports Lets look at the numbers, the first Keystone game they brought in over 41-thousand people. Now last night when we played Kentucky we saw 12-thousand folks in the stands. The Warner Robins parents had some concerns that they were all going to get a seat with Keystone bringing in so many people but that's no problem because the Little League office issued tickets. WRALL got 250 of them so everybody will be here for the big game. Reporting alongside videojournalist Kimberly Burden, Suzanne Lawler 13WMAZ Eyewitness Spors.
>> COMING UP IN SPORTS... COACH BUDDY DEAL EXPLAINS WHY THE KIDS HAVE EXPERIENCED A BIT OF A HITTING SLUMP IN WILLIAMSPORT.
PENDING THE GAME RUNS ITS NORMAL AMOUNT OF TIME AS OPPOSED TO THE NINE INNING GAME WE SAW LAST NIGHT.... WE WILL HAVE REACTION FROM THE TEAM TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.
MACON AND BIBB COUNTY PLAN TO ANNOUNCE SOME GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS TOMORROW.
MAYOR'S SPOKESMAN CLAY MURPHEY SAYS THE NEWS INVOLVES NEW HIRING AT A LOCAL COMPANY.
HE SAID THE ANNOUNCEMENT INVOLVES FEWER THAN 100 JOBS.
BUT HE WOULD NOT DISCLOSE ANY FURTHER DETAILS.
THE MACON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION PLANS ITS ANNOUNCEMENT AT 11 TOMORROW....AND WE'LL HAVE DETAILS... ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT MIDDAY.
NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER AND STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR JADUN MCCARTHY WILL RECEIVE NATIONAL ATTENTION NEXT WEEK.
A CREW FROM CBS's "THE EARLY SHOW" VISITED NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL TO PROFILE MCCARTHY FOR THEIR WEEK-LONG EDUCATION SERIES.
EARLY SHOW PRODUCER CHASE BODINE SAID THEY WANTED TO PROFILE MCCARTHY BECAUSE HE GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND AS A TEACHER.
MCCARTHY SAYS IT'S OVERWHELMING... BUT HE HOPES THE SPOTLIGHT FOCUSES ON THE DISTRICT... NOT ON HIM.
but it is a bit overwhelming. I don't teach for the accolades or teach for the recognition. But I'm certianly glad we're getting some spotlight that is shining positively on the great things we're doing in Bibb County and Northeast.
JADUN MCCARTHY'S STORY IS SCHEDULED TO AIR ON THE EARLY SHOW... MONDAY AUGUST 29 BETWEEN 8 AND 9 A.M.
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