HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US. I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT TODAY TOLD MACON'S POLICE CHIEF HE WANTS TO START ENFORCING THE CITY'S TEEN CURFEW LAW.
REICHERT MET WITH POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS THIS MORNING... TO TALK ABOUT HOW TO DO THAT...AND ABOUT THE REST OF HIS CRIME FIGHTING AGENDA.
THE CURRENT CITY LAW SAYS KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF SIXTEEN MUST BE OFF THE STREETS FROM MIDNIGHT TO FIVE A.M.
if you pick one up and put him in a squad car you've taken the squad car out of service, because you can't ride the child around in the back of a squad car.
So you've got to have a place to take them and we're looking at opening up one or more of the recreation centers and using them as temporary facilities to house the kids until the parents can come to the recreation facility and pick them up."
HE SAYS HIS CURFEW PLAN WILL HIT THE PARENTS....WHO'LL HAVE TO PICK UP THEIR KIDS....AND PAY A TICKET.
"I think it would be fair to at least a heads up, hey, we're going to start enforcing curfew and if you're child is one of the ones that's out it's gonna cost you money, because interestingly enough it's the parents that get the citaiton."
REICHERT SAYS HE PLANS TO MEET WITH BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL'S SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND ON FRIDAY MORNING TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE SCHOOLS CAN HELP..
"I hope to be able to use city drug dogs and firearm detection dogs in the schools."
REICHERT SAYS HE'S WORKING ON WHERE TO FIND MONEY IN THE BUDGET TO PAY FOR POLICE YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAMS.
HE PLANS TO PRESENT A PROPOSAL TO CITY COUNCIL NEXT WEEK.
YESTERDAY DEPUTY CHIEF MIKE CARSWELL SAID PEOPLE COULD START TO SEE MORE POLICE PRESENCE IN AREA'S LIKE BLOOMFIELD AND VILLAGE GREEN AS SOON AS TODAY.
WE DROVE THROUGH THOSE AREA'S AND NOTICED POLICE PATROLLING...
BUT SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS THE DEPARTMENT IS STILL FIGURING OUT HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE MAYOR'S PLAN.
SHE SAYS CHIEF MIKE BURNS MET WITH COMMAND STAFF TODAY TO WORK THROUGH THE DETAILS.
THE MAYOR'S PLAN CALLED FOR MORE INVOLVEMENT BY THE CHURCHES... POLICE AND SCHOOLS TO REACH OUT TO TROUBLED YOUTH.
HERE TO WEIGH-IN ON THE PROS AND CONS OF THE PLAN ARE HENRY GIBSON AND JAMES HAND.
MR. GIBSON IS A RETIRED MACON POLICE CAPTAIN AND RECENTLY ELECTED CITY COUNCIL MEMBER.
MR. HAND IS DIRECTOR AT THE FRANK JOHNSON RECREATION CENTER IN UNIONVILLE.
BOTH ARE VERY ACTIVE WITH THE COMMUNITY'S YOUTH.
- What do you think of Mayor Reichert's plans to address the youth crime problem?
- Do you think it goes far enough to make a difference?
- Mr. Hand- You spend time each day with teens. What kind of support do you need to really reach these teens?
- For teens that are already in trouble, how do you turn them around?
THE MAYOR'S COMMENTS COME AFTER AN ARREST IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 16-YEAR-OLD ARQUENTRIS FOUNTAIN THIS WEEKEND.
A POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS THE 16-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT WAS BROUGHT FROM THE LOCAL Y-D-C TO THE DETECTIVES BUREAU LAST NIGHT.
POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASED HIS NAME.
MAYORAL SPOKESMAN CLAY MURPHEY SAYS THE TEEN WAS PICKED UP FOR ANOTHER CHARGE AFTER THE SHOOTING... AND INVESTIGATORS REALIZED HE WAS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN SATURDAY NIGHT'S SHOOTING.
FOUNTAIN WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD SATURDAY NIGHT OUTSIDE A TEEN PARTY AT A BALLROOM ON EISENHOWER PARKWAY.
POLICE SAY FIGHTING BROKE OUT AMOUNG THE TEENS AS THEY LEFT THE BALLROOM.
FOUNTAIN'S KILLING WAS ONE OF SEVERAL TEEN SHOOTINGS IN MACON OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS.
MACON POLICE HAVE ARRESTED SUSPECTS IN TWO OF THOSE SHOOTINGS AND HAVE A WARRANT OUT FOR A THIRD.
THAT INCLUDES THE 16-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED YESTERDAY AND ACCUSED OF SHOOTNG FOUNTAIN..
YESTERDAY - POLICE ARRESTED 17-YEAR-OLD TREVARUS KENDRICK FOR THE AUGUST 24TH SHOOTING NEAR A SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL BUS STOP.
KENDRICKS IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT...TAKING PART IN GANG ACTIVITY...AND THEFT BY RECEIVING STOLEN AUTO.
A MACON POLICE REPORT SAYS KENDRICK HIMSELF WAS SHOT TWO DAYS BEFORE THE VIRGINIA DRIVE SHOOTING. THE REPORT SAYS A BULLET GRAZED HIS LEG.
POLICE ALSO HAVE TWO WARRANTS OUT FOR ANOTHER SUSPECT IN THE VIRGINIA DRIVE SHOOTING.
21-YEAR-OLD DONTAVIS JACKSON FACES CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND TAKING PART IN GANG ACTIVITY.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN... JAMI GAUDET SAYS THEY'RE NOT COMMENTING ON WHICH SUSPECT....ACTUALLY SHOT THE TWO WESTSIDE STUDENTS NEAR THE BUS STOP.
GEORGIA IS AMONG THE DOZEN STATES WITH THE HIGHEST OBESITY RATES.
IN OUR FOUR PART SERIES 'THE CUTTING EDGE-OBESITY'... CANDACE ADORKA IS LOOKING AT THE PROBLEM IN CENTRAL GEORGIA AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT.
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION CONDUCTS A PHONE SURVEY EACH MONTH... WHICH THEY USE TO ESTIMATE HOW MANY OBESE PEOPLE THERE ARE IN EACH COUNTY.
IN CENTRAL GEORGIA ... NUMBERS FROM 2008 SHOW THAT THE RATE WAS MORE THAN 30 PERCENT... THAT'S ROUGHLY 144-THOUSAND PEOPLE.
THAT'S UP 13 PERCENT FROM 2004.
I SPOKE TO A FATHER AND DAUGHTER IN PEACH COUNTY... ... WHO SAY THEY ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO AVOID BEING PART OF THAT STATISTIC.
Rae: "I've gotta make a change. I've just really gotta make a change."
16-YEAR-OLD RAE TAYLOR WEIGHS 295 POUNDS.
DOCTORS TOLD HER IF SHE DIDN'T MAKE A CHANGE... SHE'D HAVE DIABETES BY AGE 20.
Rae: "i just get really sick sometimes because of my weight... sometimes I can't walk, I can hardly breathe, throw up, puke and all that."
HER ADOPTED FATHER... ALSO NAMED RAY TAYLOR... SAYS HE KNEW SHE NEEDED HELP.
Ray: "She's a beautiful young lady and I love her to death and I would do anything for her andI want her to be healthy and I want her to have a good life."
MR. TAYLOR SAYS AT 240 POUNDS... HE ALSO NEEDED HELP... SO IN JANUARY... THEY BOTH SIGNED UP FOR 13 WMAZ'S WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM... IT STARTS WITH THE HEART.
Ray: "they told me I had to run a 5-k I thought that was the funniest joke I'd ever heard."
BUT HE WENT THROUGH THE PROGRAM... MOTIVATED BY HIS DOCTOR'S WARNING THAT HE WAS BORDERLINE DIABETIC.
Ray: "I'd go back and think of my father, you know..."
MR. TAYLOR SAYS OBESITY AND DIABETES RUNS IN HIS FAMILY... AND LED TO HIS FATHER'S DEATH.
Ray: "They had to remove his leg and he got blood clots from that and then he had a stroke and then he had a heart attack and died. So I can tell you it can kill ya quick."
BOTH TAYLORS MADE PROGRESS IN THE PROGRAM... YOUNG RAE LOST 25 POUNDS... BUT SHE SAYS SHE STILL HAS A DAUNTING TO-DO LIST.
Rae: "Be smaller, eat better, exercise, lose weight. I wanna be a nurse someday so I need to fix my eating now."
>> WE'RE ARE NOW JOINED BY PROFESSOR DAVID DAVIS... SOUTHERN STUDIES PROFESSOR AT MERCER UNIVERSITY FOR 4 YEARS... AND MIKE CANTRELL... OWNER OF THE CANTRELL FITNESS CENTER IN WARNER ROBINS AND ONE OF THE COACHES ON IT STARTS WITH THE HEART.
Why are the Obesity rates in Central Georgia so high and what are the effects on one's health and the community?
· David Davis, Mercer University Professor of Southern Studies, Currently editing a book titled Meat, Meal and Molasses: Southern Literature and Food ways.
o The south as a region has the highest obesity rate in the country, what is it about the region that contributes to the problem of obesity?
o What is unique about our area that makes it susceptible to high obesity? That will pose a challenge to getting obesity under control?
o Soul food is often brought up as the culprits in Southern obesity rates. Is that the case?
o Do these cultural, socio-economic factors make obesity impossible to reduce?
· Mike Cantrell, Physical Therapist, Dietician, Owner of The Cantrell Fitness center in Warner Robins, It Starts With The Heart fitness coach.
o More than 30 percent of Central Georgians are obese, so what? Why is this something those who are obese should worry about (health effects, reduced quality of life)? The whole community (reduced productivity, increased medical costs)?
o What are some colorful/popular/silly/legitimate excuses you've heard from people that create a barrier to getting healthy?
· Relevant stats
o Potentially a map showing the change in obesity rates over time.
o 2010 Obesity Rate in Georgia 29.6 (according to CDC) compared to 33.3 % nationwide. Another 36% of Georgians are considered overweight.
o Estimated cost of obesity: $2.4 Billion a year ($250 per Georgian) according to Georgia department of Community health based on 2004 study.
o 72% of adults in Georgia consume less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
o 54% of adults don't meet CDC recommendations for physical activity.
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