Friday, September 2, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M ELEANOR LISSITZYN... THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

INVESTIGATORS CHARGED BALDWIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT SECRETARY... RICHARD O'NEAL... WITH TWO MORE CHARGES TODAY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BALDWIN COUNTY SHERIFF... BILL MASSEE.
MASSEE SAYS O'NEAL WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY... FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD... AND IDENTITY THEFT.
NOW... THE BALDWIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ADDING ANOTHER IDENTITY THEFT CHARGE... AND A MISDEMEANOR TO THE LIST.
MASSEE SAYS O'NEAL USED A JUVENILLE'S PICTURE... TO CREATE A FAKE FACEBOOK ACCOUNT... AND ENTICE CHILDREN.
HE SAYS.... SO FAR... THEY'VE LINKED HIM TO HAVING INAPPROPRIATE CONVERSATIONS WITH A 14 AND 15 YEAR OLD.
MASSEE SAYS THE G-B-I CONFISCATED O'NEAL'S HOME COMPUTER... AS WELL AS A STATE I-PAD AND STATE LAPTOP.
Bill Massee, Baldwin Sheriff: "We are finding more and more that with Facebook and with other social media, we are finding that we are having different type crimes, it's almost like the internet is the wild, wild, west. We are seeing more and more different things."
MASSEE SAYS O'NEAL WAS PUT ON ADMISTRATIVE LEAVE WEDNESDAY... AND A COURT DATE HAS NOT BEEN SET.

A NINETEEN YEAR OLD MACON MAN WAS CONVICTED OF MURDER TODAY... AFTER HE SHOT AND KILLED A ANOTHER TEEN... IN JULY OF 2010.
SHAWN KITCHENS WAS FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING RODRION GRAY... AFTER A GUNFIGHT BROKE OUT IN THE VILLAGE GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD ON JULY 27.
THE HOUSE WHERE THE FIGHT TOOK PLACE WAS LATER SET ON FIRE.
NO ONE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THAT ARSON.
ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELIZABETH BOBBITT SAYS KITCHENS WILL RECIEVE LIFE IN PRISON.

MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT MET WITH BIBB SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND AND COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN... SAM HART.. TO SWAP IDEAS TODAY.
REICHERT SAYS DALLEMAND SUGGESTED A BIBB BOARDING SCHOOL TO HELP KIDS WITH DISRUPTIVE HOME LIVES.
THE THREE ALSO TALKED ABOUT OPENING SCHOOL GYMS AFTER HOURS TO HELP STUDENTS STAY BUSY.
ANOTHER TOPIC OF DISCUSSION... HELPING DROPOUTS AND ABSENTEE KIDS GET BACK TO SCHOOL.
"There are some horror stories in which they find these children, with the power cut off, no food in the refrigerator, and there they are you know the eight year old staying at home like mamma told them or daddy told them, and away from school."
THE MAYOR SAYS THEY DIDN'T MAKE ANY DECISIONS ... OR DISCUSS ENFORCING A CURFEW ON TEENS UNDER 17.

BIBB COUNTY'S DISTRICT ATTORNEY IDENTIFIED THE MACON TEEN ACCUSED OF FATALLY SHOOTING A 16-YEAR-OLD LAST WEEKEND.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS SAYS (ROB-REE-ON) ROBREON LEE WAS FORMALLY CHARGED WITH MURDER... AGGRAVATED ASSAULT... AND OTHER CHARGES TODAY...
IT IS ALSO HIS 17TH BIRTHDAY.
HE'S ACCUSED OF SHOOTING (AR-QUEN-TREE-IS) ARQUENTRIS FOUNTAIN LAST SATURDAY OUTSIDE A TEEN PARTY OFF EISENHOWER PARKWAY.
FOUNTAIN DIED TWO DAYS LATER.
LEE WAS MOVED FROM THE... Y-D-C... TO THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL BECAUSE HE'S NO LONGER A JUVENILE.
WINTERS SAID A MAGISTRATE JUDGE DENIED LEE BOND EARLIER THIS WEEK.

SEVERAL MACON RECREATION CENTERS ARE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONNING... AFTER THIEVES STRIPPED THE UNITS OF THEIR COPPER.
PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR DALE DOUGHERTY SAYS IT'S COST THE DEPARTMENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.
AS BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS.. IT'S KEEPING SOME CENTERS FROM OFFERING SERVICES.
<< AT BLOOMFIELD PARK... THE STAFF TALKS OVER THE HUM OF A LARGE FAN.
THAT AFTER THIEVES GUTTED THEIR AIR CONDITIONING UNIT
Andrea Lee, Bloomfield Park Director: "It was chaotic. It was a total mess. you had wires laying around. You had, I assume copper they had attempted to cut or had actually cut."
PARK DIRECTOR ANDREA LEE SAYS WITH NO COOL AIR... THEY HAD TO CHANGE THEIR DAILY SCHEDULES.
Andrea Lee: "We have to cut our senior dance program, our batton twirling program, and our karate program at this particular time."
MUSIC NATS
ACROSS TOWN AT NORTH MACON PARK.. A SIMILAR SITUATION.
Dianne Kent, Dance instructor: We canceled for one week...
SENIOR DANCE CLASSES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES CANCELED... WHEN THEIR FOUR UNITS WERE DESTROYED.
Ta Battle, North Macon Park Director: "Offices still don't have air we're using fans and stuff to stay cool."
AND THE LIST GOES ON ....
Dale Dougherty: "In the last five to six weeks we lost air conditioning units at Rosa Jackson, North Macon, Bloomfield Center, Freedom Park and unfortunately just a few days ago we lost the air conditioning unit here in center city park at one of the long buildings."
PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR DALE DOUGHERTY SAYS THE RECENT THEFTS HAVE COST BETWEEN 20 AND 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REPLACE.
A SIGNIFICANT HIT TO THE CITIY'S WALLET... THAT'S ALSO PUTTING A BURDEN ON EACH COMMUNITY.
Andrea Lee: "I feel like it's causing a setback on the community because we're trying to provide services for the community for our children for the adults for our seniors, different generations even to come and it's affecting them.
THEVIES LOOKING TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK ON THE COPPER... BUT LEAVING A LASTING IMPACT ON THEIR VICTIMS....
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BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> DOUGHERTY SAYS THEY'RE LOOKING IN TO SEVERAL OPTIONS LIKE BUILDING WALLS AROUND THE UNITS.
HE SAYS THEY'VE AlSO MOVED SOME TO THE ROOFS TO PREVENT THEFTS.

THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM DROPPED ONE CHARGE AGAINST WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL LAURA PERKINS.
PERKINS WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE IN JULY WHILE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATED HOW SHE HANDLED... A 1-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT.
PERKINS' ATTORNEY-- BRADFORD WILSON --SAYS THE DISTRICT... WITHDREW A CHARGE THAT PERKINS DIDN'T FOLLOW POLICY ON BIDDING OUT CONTRACT WORK.
THE DISTRICT NOW SAYS THAT POLICY WAS UNCLEAR.
THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A HEARING IN TWO WEEKS TO DISCUSS THE OTHER COMPLAINTS AGAINST PERKINS INCLUDING... ALLEGED INCOMPETENCE AND FAVORITISM.

DRIVERS ARE HITTING THE ROAD FOR THE LABOR DAY TRAVEL WEEKEND... AND GAS PRICES ARE DOING SOME TRAVELING OF THEIR OWN... UPWARD.
RIGHT NOW... ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A... THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR GAS IN MACON... IS 3-49 A GALLON... UP A PENNY FROM YESTERDAY... AND UP A DOLLAR FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR.
nats "fuel is 2.99 a gallon if you're not here you're out of your mind." :04
HUNDREDS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA DRIVERS GOT A BREAK FROM THOSE STEEP PRICES AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE QUICK SERVE GAS STATION ON EMERY HIGHWAY.
THEY SOLD GASOLINE FOR TWO NINETY NINE A GALLON... BUT THE GREAT BUY CAUSED A TRAFFIC JAM AND ONE POLICE OFFICER TOLD US POLICE WROTE OVER FIFTY TICKETS FOR PEOPLE BLOCKING THE ROAD.
"His second book of tickets already and look at that line back there."
"I seen it and I made a U-turn to come get two dollars and ninety-nine cent gas oh my god."
THE OWNER OF THE QUICK SERVE SAYS THE PRICE CUT STAYS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS THEY PULLED OFFICERS FROM THE GAS STATION THIS AFTERNOON...BECAUSE IT WASN'T HELPING THE SITUATION...AND WAS KEEPING THEM FROM OTHER DUTIES.
SHE SAID THE QUICK SERVE SHOULD HAVE ANTICIPATED THE RUSH... AND HIRED OFF-DUTY OFFICERS TO MANAGE THE TRAFFIC.

A WOMAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION TONIGHT... AFTER HER CAR FELL 35 TO 50 FEET OFF AN INTERSTATE-75 OVERPASS... NEAR ATLANTA.
INVESTIGATORS SAY THE WOMAN DROVE THROUGH A BARRIER AND OFF THE OVERPASS AROUND 10-30 THIS MORNING.
SHE LANDED IN A CONSTRUCTION SITE.. AND IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT AN ATLANTA HOSPITAL.
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED IN MORROW... ABOUT 15 MILES SOUTH OF ATLANTA.

TROPICAL STORM LEE IS THREATENING TO WASH OUT LABOR DAY WEEKEND ALONG PARTS OF THE GULF COAST... INCLUDING HERE IN GEORGIA.
WARNINGS ARE UP FOR THE STORM FROM MISSISSIPPI TO TEXAS.
RANDALL PINKSTON HAS THE LATEST FROM NEW YORK.<<
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((NARR-1)) Lafitte, LA
A slow-moving rainmaker is threatening to dump as much as 20 inches of water in some Gulf areas over Labor Day weekend.
The Governors of Mississippi and Louisiana have already declared a state of emergency. Residents are being told to be prepared.

((SOT)) Gov. Bobby Jindal/(R) Louisiana
Make sure you've got an evacuation plan in place. Make sure you've got plenty of drinkable waters, non-perishable food items.

((NARR-2)) Grand Isle, LA
Some residents of Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island voluntarily left Friday.

((NAT SOT)) Darlene Lozier, Grand Isle: "I'm ready to go."

((NARR-3))
Others got their boats out of the water.

((SOT)) Brian Cifreo/New Roads Resident
"Didn't think the storm was gonna build up as strong as they're talking about now. So, just trying to get everything, the boat out of the water and the camp situated."

((NARR-4))
A storm surge could raise water levels two to four feet in some areas. But officials are confident about the 120-mile levee system that protects New Orleans.

(----NATS: Col Flemming cover with close up)
"This is one of the gates right here."

((NARR-5))
Floodgates installed after Hurricane Katrina have been lowered to prevent water from entering New Orleans.

((SOT)) Col. Edward Fleming/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
"We're confident the system will perform as designed."

((NARR-6)) Lafitte, LA
South of the city in Lafitte --- 84 year old Idamay Dard and her 89 year old husband live just three feet above sea level.
Their home suffered damage 3 years ago after from Hurricane Gustav.

((SOT)) Idamay Dard/ Lafitte, LA Resident
"At our age it would be hard go through that again./// (cover)You have to pick up everything. Everything has to go."

((NARR-7))
Lafitte's mayor predicts 30 percent of the homes - including the Dards' - could be in danger.
>> TROPICAL STORM LEE COULD ALSO CAUSE EVEN MORE PAIN AT THE GAS PUMPS... NEARLY HALF THE NORMAL U-S OIL PRODUCTION IN THE GULF OF MEXICO HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN UNTIL LEE PASSES.
CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES... WILL HAVE MORE ON THE STORM AND HOW IT'S EXPECTED TO AFFECT CENTRAL GEORGIA... COMING UP IN A BIT.

ARIZONA'S GOVERNOR SAYS SHE WON'T MOVE UP THE STATE'S 2012 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY TO THE END OF JANUARY.
THAT WOULD HAVE MADE IT THE NATION'S FIRST PRIMARY OF THE YEAR.
JAN BREWER SAYS SHE'S STILL OPEN TO MOVING THE PRIMARY TO AN EARLIER DATE.. BUT TOMORROW IS THE DEADLINE TO DECIDE.
THE REPUBLICAN SAYS SHE WANTS ARIZONA TO HAVE A LOUDER VOICE IN THE NOMINATION PROCESS... AND HOLDING THE PRIMARY EARLIER COULD HELP FOCUS A SPOTLIGHT ON THE STATE'S CONCERNS.
ARIZONA RISKED LOSING PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATES AS PUNISHMENT FOR THE DECISION.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND IS HERE... AND YOU MAY BE LOOKING TO GET OUT AND CELEBRATE.
BUT BEFORE HEADING OUT TO YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW THEY SCORED... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN. AMY AUBERT HAS THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
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WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK... STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
KING CHEF RESTAURANT AT 17-01 SHURLING DRIVE... SCORED AN 89... A "B"... COMING AFTER A 96... OR "A" ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... FOOD WAS NOT SEPARATED AND PROTECTED AND UTENSILS WERE NOT PROPERLY STORED.
THE REPORT ALSO SAYS GARBAGE WAS NOT PROPERLY DISPOSED.
AND TACO DOS AMIGOS AT 38-96 PIO NONO AVENUE IN MACON... SCORED AN 85... THAT'S A "B"... FOLLOWING A 91 OR "A"... LAST TIME.
THE HEALTH INSPECTOR SAYS FOOD WAS NOT HELD AT THE PROPER COLD HOLDING TEMPERATURE AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES WERE NOT PROPERLY IDENTIFIED... STORED... AND USED.
AND WINGS HOUSE AT 36-70 EISENHOWER PARKWAY... ALSO GOT AN 85... COMING AFTER AN 87... BOTH OF THOSE SCORES ARE "B'S."
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER...
MCDONALD'S AT 36-60 RIVERSIDE DRIVE WHIPPED UP A PERFECT 100... THAT'S AFTER GETTING A 99 LAST TIME.
SUBWAY AT 56-02 THOMASTON ROAD SERVED UP TWO PERFECT SCORES... ON ITS LAST TWO INSPECTIONS.
AND PAPA JOHNS AT 1-21 TOM HILL SENIOR BOULEVARD ALSO GOT A PERFECT 100... FOLLOWING A 98... LAST TIME.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO....
SUBWAY ON THOMASTON ROAD... WITH A 5-SCORE AVERAGE OF A 99.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT SUBWAY... JOIN US AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS... AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND IT UNDER THE FEATURES TAB.

MACON FIREFIGHTERS GOT OUT ON THE GREEN TODAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY.
AND IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
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THE MACON-BIBB FIRE DEPARTMENT HELD THEIR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AT BOWDEN GOLF COURSE FOR THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION.
THE EVENT BROUGHT OUT MORE THAN 150 PLAYERS.
FIREFIGHTERS ALSO COLLECTED DONATIONS ALL OVER TOWN... TRYING TO FILL THEIR BOOTS .
CAPTAIN RICKY BLAIR WITH THE MACON-BIBB FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS MDA IS A CHARITY THAT HITS CLOSE TO HOME.
Ricky Blair, Captain "We've got one firefighter that works with us, his son was stricken with it just a few years ago and now he is in a wheelchair. We've got a retired firefighter who has been retired ten years or so and he has been stricken with it the last two years. He is in a wheelchair now so you never know which one it could effect"
BLAIR SAYS THEY RAISED ABOUT 15,000 DOLLARS AT THE GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR MDA.
THAT MONEY WILL BE USED TO PURCHASE ITEMS AND SEND KIDS TO CAMP.
YOU CAN WATCH THE M-D-A TELETHON THIS SUNDAY... FROM 6 P-M TO MIDNIGHT... RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ
WE'LL HAVE THE TELETHON FROM SIX UNTIL EIGHT... THEN YOU CAN WATCH BIG BROTHER HERE FROM EIGHT TO NINE... OR MOVE WITH THE TELETHON TO 13-POINT-3.
AT NINE... WE'RE BACK ON THE MAIN CHANNEL UNTIL MIDNIGHT.
UNLIKE YEARS PAST... THIS YEAR'S TELETHON WON'T CONTINUE ON MONDAY.... SO YOU'LL NEED TO CALL IN YOUR DONATION SUNDAY NIGHT.

ONE CENTRAL GEORGIA COUPLE GOT A SHINY NEW PAIR OF WHEELS TO KICK OFF THEIR LABOR DAY WEEKEND... AND IT WAS FREE.
KENT WILMORE... AND HIS WIFE BELINDA... WON A BRAND NEW 20-11 JEEP LIBERTY JET... AFTER KENT PLAYED THE JEEP OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TICKET FOR THE GEORGIA LOTTERY.
THE JEEP COMES WITH 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF CUSTOMIZED PARTS THAT THE COUPLE PICKED OUT.
ALL TAXES ON THE VEHICLE ARE PAID FOR.
THE JEEP OUTDOOR ADVENTURE IS A GAME BY THE GEORGIA LOTTERY.... WHERE PLAYERS CAN ALSO WIN 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE WILMORES ARE FROM JONES COUNTY...AND KENT SAYS HE'LL GIVE THE JEEP LIBERTY TO HIS WIFE.

THE MACON ARTS ALLIANCE IS DISHING UP A MUSIC MENU FOR THE NEXT WEEK.
THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE STORIES YOU'LL FIND... ON THE MACON PAGE... OF OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
TOMORROW... YOU CAN CATCH... CHRIS CRIDER AND FRIENDS... AS THE OPENING ACT ON CHERRY STREET... AND BACK CITY WOODS AT THE HUMMINGBIRD.
SUNDAY... YOU CAN HEAD TO GATEWAY PARK FOR AN OUTDOOR CONCERT... AND THURSDAY THE ACTION WILL BE AT THE 5-6-7 ON CHERRY STREET.
FOR A FULL LIST INCLUDING DETAILS AND TIMES... HEAD OVER TO THE MACON PAGE IN OUR WHERE YOU LIVE SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
JUST LOOK FOR THE SECTION IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

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