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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES...THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

THE U-S SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE DECLARED 150 GEORGIA COUNTIES A DISASTER AREA.
THAT'S THANKS TO THE ON-GOING DROUGHT AND EXCESSIVE SUMMER HEAT
TWIGGS COUNTY FARMER JUDSON HERRINGTON HE SAYS YOU CAN SEE THE IMPACT OF THE DROUGHT.. THROUGHOUT HIS 25-HUNDRED ACRES OF CROPS...
OUT OF THAT HERRINGTON SAYS HE ONLY IRRIGATES ABOUT 13-HUNDRED ACRES... AND THAT'S WHERE THEY'LL SEE SOME BIG LOSSES THIS YEAR.
Herrington: "we basically have about $300-350 an acre in every of cotton. If you only make $100 lbs and it's bringing a dollar to a $1.20 at the most that's pretty queasy math."
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE... MOST OF THE STATE STILL FALLS INTO THE EXTREME DROUGHT CATEGORY

THE 2010 FATAL SHOOTING OF MELVIN WILLIAMS BY EAST DUBLIN POLICE OFFICER... JEFFREY DEAL... EXPOSED AN ISSUE IN HIS DEPARTMENT.
G-B-I INVESTIGATIVE RECORDS SHOW THAT... NEARLY THE ENTIRE EAST DUBLIN FORCE DIDN'T HAVE THE POWER TO ARREST LAST YEAR.
THAT'S BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T GET THE REQUIRED TRAINING IN THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE.
AMY AUBERT SPOKE TO A G-B-I INVESTIGATOR IN THE CASE... WHO SAYS OFFICER DEAL GOT THAT DEADLY FORCE TRAINING A MONTH AFTER HIS POWER OF ARREST EXPIRED.
BUT HE DID NOT FILE A WAIVER WITH THE STATE AGENCY THAT COULD REINSTATE HIS ARREST POWER.
AMY AUBERT HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY AND JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.
AMY?
THE INVESTIGATOR SAYS JUDGE DONALD GILLIS RULED YESTERDAY THAT DEAL HAD A CITIZENS POWER OF ARREST AGAINST WILLIAMS ... BECAUSE HE WAS THERE WHEN THE ALLEGED CRIME HAPPENED.
ACCORDING TO THE INVESTIGATOR... ANY CITIZEN CAN ARREST SOMEONE WHO COMMITS A CRIME IN THEIR PRESENCE.
BUT ONLY AN OFFICER CAN APPLY FOR A SEARCH WARRANT AND MAKE ARRESTS IN CRIMES THEY DIDN'T SEE.
WE ASKED IF ANY OF THE ARRESTS MADE BY EAST DUBLIN OFFICERS IN 2010 COULD BE THROWN OUT.
THE INVESTIGATOR SAYS... THAT DEPENDS ON CERTAIN FACTORS... LIKE WHETHER THE OFFICER TOOK OUT A SEARCH WARRANT ... OR IF THEY WITNESSED THE CRIME.
I CALLED DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRAIG FRASER...EAST DUBLIN POLICE CHIEF WILLIAM LEUCKE...AND POST.... THE GEORGIA PEACE OFFICERS STANDARDS AND TRAINING AGENCY.
THEY DID NOT RETURN MY PHONE CALLS TODAY.
LORRA?
POST IS THE AGENCY THAT CERTIFIES GEORGIA LAW OFFICERS...AND APPROVES THEIR ARREST POWERS.
THE G-B-I INVESTIGATOR SAYS POST RECENTLY REINSTATED DEAL'S ARREST POWERS...AFTER HE ASKED FOR A WAIVER.
BUT KENNETH GLASGOW... WHO REPRESENTS THE WILLIAMS' FAMILY... TOLD US THAT CHIEF LUECKE ALSO ASKED POST WEDNESDAY TO REINSTATE HIS ARREST POWERS ...AND THEY TURNED HIM DOWN.

A PIECE OF 9-11 HISTORY CAME TO REST AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TODAY.
THE AIR FORCE RESERVE UNVEILED A PIECE OF THE PENTAGON WALL... ALONG WITH THE REFLECTIONS OF A CENTRAL GEORGIA GENERAL... WHO SURVIVED THE ATTACK.
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STRIPES AND FATIGUES... SUITS AND CIVILIANS...
COMMANDOR OF THE AIR FORCE RESERVE... LT. GENERAL CHARLES STENNER WELCOMED ALL WHO CAME TO REMEMBER THE ATTACKS...
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AND THOSE SERVING FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS TO PROTECT.
Charles Stenner: (24:20) "Ever since 911, this is an entirely volunteer force. (cover with faces- Every single person that volunteered to go into whatever branch of the service knew they would be called to serve in a land far away."
THAT MESSAGE HIT HOME... WITH A REMINDER OF WHAT WAS LOST.. WHEN FLIGHT 77 CRASHED INTO THE PENTAGON.
Charles Stenner: (24"57) "That's a piece of the Pentagon wall. That's real. That came and was there on that day."
SO WAS BRIGADIER GENERAL LARRY DUDNEY.
Larry Dudney: (28:26) "After the plane hit, I don't know if it was 2 seconds, 20 seconds, two minutes. Everything just happened so quickly."
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THE PLANE CRASHED 200 METERS FROM HIS OFFICE... HE WOULD LATER RECIEVE AWARDS FOR HIS HEROISM... CREDITED WITH LEADING HIS STAFF TO SAFETY. THEN.. TRYING TO LOCATE OTHERS.
Larry Dudney: (27:00) "I lost a close personal friend that day. You think about those that didn't come back. You think about their families too."
DUDNEY CALLED THE STONE SLABS FROM THE CRUMBLED WALLS A FITTING TRIBUTE.. AND A LASTING REMINDER FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
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>> THE PENTAGON SLABS WILL BE KEPT AT AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND HEADQUARTERS AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE... AS A MOMENTO.
THEY WILL NOT BE ON PUBLIC DISPLAY.

MACON AND BIBB COUNTY LEADERS PROCLAIMED TODAY 'OTIS REDDING DAY'.
DOZENS OF FANS CAME DOWN TO THIRD STREET PARK AT LUNCHTIME... TO HONOR THE LEGENDARY SOUL SINGER... IN THE TOWN WHERE HE GREW UP... AND GOT HIS START.
JUNIOR JOURNALIST MAGGIE BREWER... SPOKE TO SEVERAL TEENS WHO PARTICPATED TODAY... ABOUT WHAT OTIS REDDING'S LEGACY MEANS TO THEM... AND TO MACON.
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THE VOICE OF OTIS REDDING... GREETED FANS AT THIRD STREET PARK... AS THEY CAME TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND MUSIC.
BUT DAUGHTER KARLA REDDING ANDREWS SAYS... IF HER DAD WERE HERE TODAY... HE'D WANT THE PARTY TO BE ABOUT THE FANS.
"We just want to thank you"
Maggie Brewer: "Not only is it Otis Redding Day in Bibb County, but it's also Otis Redding's 70th birthday. And we're down here celebrating in Third Street Park with Birthday Cake ice cream, one of Otis Redding's favorite foods."
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THE SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND... ROLLED OUT THEIR DRUMS... FOR THE PARTY.
TWELFTH GREADER TYNIQUA MYRICK SAYS IT WAS A BIG DAY FOR HER.
Tyniqua Myrick: "I was actually honored"
SHE SAYS REDDING'S MUSIC HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTY.
"I think he's brought a lot of fans and a lot of community down here, and a lot people to enjoy his music."
MUSIC THAT ADAM GORMAN SAYS... MAKES HIM WANT TO PICK UP THE GUITAR.
Adam Gorman: It makes me feel inspired, it really does. It makes me want to go out there and play more."
HE AND PAL DUSTIN MCCOOK PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR'S OTIS REDDING SINGER/SONGWRITER CAMP.
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MCCOOK SAYS... HE'S HAPPY TO STEP UP TO THE MIC IN HONOR OF A LEGEND.
Dustin McCook: "I feel it's about time because he's one of the greatest singers to have ever lived and coming from Macon Georgia it makes it even more sweeter."
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reporting from third street park.. i'm jj maggie brewer

"Not only is it Otis Redding Day in Bibb County, but it's also Otis Redding's 70th birthday.. I'm junior journalist Maggie Brewer... and I'll show you how bibb county is celerbating."
EVENTS CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND TO COMMEMORATE OTIS REDDIN OTIS REDDING DAY WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 10 P-M TONIGHT WITH MUSIC... ICE-CREAM AND GIVEAWAYS FOR FANS.... AT THIRD STREET PARK.
TOMORROW... YOU CAN JAM OUT AT AN "EVENING OF RESPECT" TRIBUTE CONCERT... BENEFITING THE BIG "O" YOUTH EDUCATIONAL DREAM FOUNDATION.
THE CONCERT STARTS AT 8.P-M AT MACON CITY AUDITORIUM.G'S 70TH BIRTHDAY...
FOR TICKET INFORMATION .... CALL 478-301-5470.
AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 301-5470.

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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