Tuesday, September 27, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

HIGH WINDS FROM A MID-AFTERNOON HAIL STORM RIPPED THE ROOF OFF A MACON WAREHOUSE.
THE WAREHOUSE ON SEVENTH STREET IS OWNED BY WILLINGHAM SASH AND DOOR COMPANY....AND THEIR SUPERINDENT...BENTON POOLE...SAYS MACON LITTLE THEATRE STORED PROPS THERE.
HE SAID RAIN DRENCHED MANY OF THE ITEMS AFTER THE ROOF BLEW OFF.
POOLE ESTIMATED THE VALUE OF ALL THE PROPS STORED THERE AT FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. HE SAYS THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE ROOF AND OTHER BUILDING DAMAGE.
NOBODY WAS INJURED.
POOLE SAID IT LOOKED TO HIM...LIKE THE DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY CIRCULAR WINDS.

METEOROLOGIST MIKE FULLER HAS BEEN WATCHING THE WEATHER... HE'S JOINING US WITH AN UPDATE.
THANKS MIKE.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS HE'LL TAKE ANOTHER CRACK AT CONVINCING MACON CITY COUNCIL TO AUTHORIZE PAYING FOR SIX NEW POLICE OFFICERS... TO BOLSTER THE CITY'S YOUTH INTERVENTION DIVISION.
LAST NIGHT THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE VOTED NOT TO ACT ON HIS REQUEST.
REICHERT SAY'S POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURN'S PITCH MAY HAVE LACKED A CLEAR VISION ABOUT HOW THE OFFICERS WOULD BE USED.
BUT REICHERT SAYS HE PLANS TO GIVE COUNCIL MORE DETAILS WHEN IT COMES UP AGAIN.
HE ASKED THE CHIEF TO COME UP WITH A PLAN TO BEEF UP YOUTH ANTI-CRIME PROGRAMS
"It's a statement of emphasis on a new program, one that has been neglected and under funded in the past. We're going to elevate this program. We're going to decide as police department, that these services are important."
LAST NIGHT....PUBLIC SAFETY CHAIRMAN VIRGIL WATKINS SAID CHIEF BURNS' PLAN LACKED INNOVATION.
BURNS TOLD 13WMAZ THAT HE HOPED ADDING MORE OFFICERS TO EXISTING YOUTH PROGRAMS... WOULD REACH MORE KIDS.
BUT REICHERT SAYS HE WON'T BE SATISFIED WITH SPENDING THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ON NEW OFFICERS... IF THEY DON'T DEVELOP NEW PROGRAMS AND HE HOPES THE CHIEF AGREES.
"But I would hope what he was trying to say was if you don't do anything other than more of what we'd been doing that's really not going to be productive. What we really need to do is get a captain level position in that they can help design a new, better, enhanced service division for youth and intervention."
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ALSO SPENT A LOT OF TIME DISCUSSING THE ROLE OF POLICE IN KEEPING KIDS ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

JOINING US NOW IS 13WMAZ'S ELEANOR LISSITZYN WITH TONY LOWDEN OF THE STONE ACADEMY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM TO TALK MORE ABOUT YOUTH PROGRAMS... AND THEIR ROLE IN KEEPING KIDS ON TRACK.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... DO YOU THINK YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAMS PREVENT CRIME?
SO FAR 63 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT DOESN'T.
AND 37 PERCENT SAY YES... IT DOES.
YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

BIBB COUNTY D-FACS COULD CUT BENEFITS FOR FAMILIES IF THEIR THEIR CHILDREN MISS FIVE DAYS OF SCHOOL WITHOUT AN EXCUSE..
THAT'S ACCORDING AN ANNOUNCEMENT MADE BY LOCAL OFFICIALS TODAY....ON PLANS TO FIGHT TRUANCY.
AMY AUBERT EXPLAINS.
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Nats, kids

IN A NEWS CONFERENCE TUESDAY... COUNTY LEADERS BROUGHT TO LIGHT... TRUANCY IN BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS.

Lonzy Edwards: "We now understand the full implications of the problem, we recognize it's not just a city of Macon problem or County problem, it's a problem that affects all of us, the welfare of our community, the future of our community."

ACCORDING TO A DOCUMENT FROM THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT... TRUANCY IS DEFINED AS FIVE OR MORE UNEXCUSED ABSENCES DURING A SCHOOL YEAR...

LAST YEAR... MORE THAN 3 THOUSAND KIDS FELL INTO THAT CATEGORY... MORE THAN 12 HUNDRED KIDS HAD 15 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES... AND 10 STUDENTS MISSED MORE THAN 90 DAYS.

Marjorie Almand, DFCS: "These statistics cry for help. The children cry for help and we can't sit by anymore and let this continue to happen to our children because a life, a future is there."

MARJORIE ALMAND...DIRECTOR OF BIBB COUNTY DFCS... SAYS THEY'RE WORKING WITH BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS... TO GET PARENTS ON BOARD.

Marjorie: "The community needs to be aware that they are contributing to the problem in that they are not getting involved."

ALMAND SAYS ON THE FIRST TRUANCY OFFENSE... DFCS COULD CUT 25 PERCENT OF THE TEMPORARY AID FOR NEEDY FAMILIES CHECK... ON THE SECOND OFFENSE... THEY COULD TAKE THE ENTIRE CHECK.

Marjorie: "That's the way they pay their rent, that's the way they pay any other expenses in the house... their electricity, their gas."

BUT SHE COULDN'T SAY EXACTLY WHEN THAT WOULD HAPPEN.

Marjorie: "It will surprise me if we ever even have to enforce that."

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS DFCS PLANS TO ADD AT LEAST TWO NEW LINES TO A RESPONSIBILTY FORM THAT PARENTS AND GUARDIANS MUST SIGN BEFORE APPLYING FOR THE TEMPORARY AID... THE NEW TEXT SAYS PARENTS MUST MAKE SURE KIDS ARE GOING TO SCHOOL... AND PARENTS MUST BE INVOLVED THROUGH ACTIVITIES LIKE PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES.

AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND SAYS HE WANTS TO INVOLVE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IN FIGHTING TRUANCY... AND IF YOU SEE A SCHOOL-AGED CHILD WALKING THE STREETS DURING SCHOOL HOURS... DALLEMAND WANTS YOU TO CALL DFACS AT 478-751-6051.
AGAIN... THAT NUMBER... 478-751-6051.
YESTERDAY WE TOLD YOU A STORY ABOUT "TROOPER"....AN ABUSED DOG TRYING TO GET BACK ON HIS FEET AND INTO A LOVING HOME.
TODAY...MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE HAVE DONATED MONEY AND FOOD.
WE WANT TO WARN YOU... THIS VIDEO MAY BE DIFFICULT TO WATCH.
KIM TANNER WITH OLD CAPITOL PET CARE IN MILLEDGEVILLE SAYS SO FAR... PEOPLE HAVE RAISED 920 DOLLARS FOR "TROOPER".
HE WAS BROUGHT TO OLD CAPITOL PET CARE ON SEPTEMBER 18TH WITH SEVERE INJURIES.
TWIGGS COUNTY INVESTIGATORS SUSPECT HE WAS DRAGGED BEHIND A VEHICLE.... FOR MORE THAN A MILE.
OLD CAPITOL HOSPITAL SAYS PEOPLE INTERESTED IN HELPING TROOPER CAN CALL 478-453-9288... AGAIN THAT NUMBER.... 453-9288

PAUSE FOR PREROLL
IT'S GREAT HANG UP DAY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS... AND WE'RE BREAKING DOWN THE RESEARCH BEHIND THE PLEDGE.
WE WENT TO THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION TO FIND THE NUMBERS.
NOW... IN 2009... THE N-H-T-S-A SAYS MORE THAN 33 THOUSAND 800 PEOPLE WERE KILLED CRASHES ON U-S ROADS.
MORE THAN 54 HUNDRED OF THEM... 16 PERCENT... WERE KILLED IN CRASHES THAT INVOLVED DISTRACTED DRIVING.
OF THAT NUMBER... 18 PERCENT... NEARLY A THOUSAND... OF THOSE DEATHS INVOLVED REPORTS OF A CELL PHONE AS A DISTRACTION.
THE SAME YEAR... AN ESTIMATED 2-POINT-2 MILLION PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN CAR CRASHES IN THE U-S.
OF THOSE... AROUND 20 PERCENT... 448 THOUSAND... INVOLVED SOME FORM OF DISTRACTION.
AND 24 THOUSAND CAR CRASH INJURIES REPORTED A CELL PHONE AS A DISTRACTION.
THAT'S ABOUT FIVE PERCENT.
AMONG A THOUSAND DRIVERS IN FATAL CRASHES... WHO WERE REPORTED TO HAVE CELL PHONES AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH...
...386 WERE DRIVING A CAR.... 475 WERE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A LIGHT TRUCK... 63 WERE ON A MOTORCYCLE... 75 WERE DRIVING A LARGE TRUCK... AND THREE WERE OPERATING A BUS.
ALL OF THESE NUMBERS WERE FROM 2009... WHICH WAS THE LAST YEAR THE N-H-T-S-A HAD RESEARCH AVAILABLE FROM.
YOU CAN JOIN THE GREAT HANG UP AND PLEDGE TO KEEP YOUR MIND ON THE ROAD AND OFF THE PHONE WHILE YOU'RE DRIVING.
JUST VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND LOOK FOR THE PLEDGE UNDER THE "FEATURES" TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.
AFTER YOU SIGN... WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU AND SHARE YOUR STORIES DURING OUR GREAT HANG UP DAY ON THE LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH.
JUST EMAIL THE-GREAT-HANG-UP AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

ONE OF SEVEN SCHOOLS IN THE STATE AND... THE ONLY ONE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA TO BE NAMED A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL... CONTINUED TO CELEBRATE THEIR AWARD.
BLUE-BELL ICE CREAM POPPED IN AT SHIRLEY HILLS ELEMENTARY IN WARNER ROBINS TO HAND OUT A COOL TREAT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS.
JENNIFER MOULLIET (MOO-LAY) WAS THERE TO CATCH THE CELEBRATION.
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"truck pulling up"

:07 Dr. Traci Jackson, Principal: " Students are being recognized today for doing such a great job of course on CRCT and helping us to become a National Blue Ribbon School."

"truck door opening"

:21 Taylor McCleese, 5th grader: " I love bluebell ice cream so I was like YAY I love it it's so good."

David Smith, Territory Operations Manager, Blue Bell Ice Cream: "Right around 700 cups"

"there's you a spoon"

: 30 David Smith, Territory Operations Manager, Blue Bell Ice Cream: "It's something they can look forward to knowing that they've achieved and say hey look we've accomplished this and we're getting an ice cream party."

"everybody excited about the ice cream party? high five"

"thank you"

Dr. Traci Jackson, Principal: "i've told them that everyday is a celebration and this is just part of that celebration."

"vanilla"

David Smith, Territory Operations Manager, Blue Bell Ice Cream: " it's something Bluebell likes to do for blue ribbon schools as well as teacher of the year."

"good"

Taylor McCleese, 5th grader: "It's great this is a great school."

"this is good ice cream"

Dr. Traci Jackson, Principal: " It's not about me, it's about the students and the teachers that work diligently everyday."

"gotta go back to work now."

"students walking down the hallway"

"congratulations Shirley Hills"

>> THE PRINCIPAL AT SHIRLEY HILLS SAYS EVERYDAY THIS YEAR IS A CELEBRATION A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO SHE SAID SHE EVEN RODE A MOTORCYCLE FOR AN ASSEMBLY.

A BROADCASTING LEGEND....SIXTY MINUTES COMMENTATOR ANDY ROONEY...OFFERS HIS FINAL ESSAY THIS SUNDAY
C-B-S- NEWS ANNOUNCED A FEW MINUTES AGO THAT THE 92-YEAR-OLD ROONEY WILL STEP DOWN HIS FROM HIS REGULAR SUNDAY NIGHT SPOT.
SUNDAY'S COMMENTARY...WILL BE HIS ONE THOUSAND....NINETY-SEVENTH....FOR SIXTY MINUTES.
ROONEY HAS SPENT NEARLY 60 YEARS WRITING FOR NETWORK TELEVISION.
HIS JOURNALISM CAREER....BEGAN DURING WORLD WAR II.
YOU CAN WATCH SIXTY MINUTES SUNDAY'S HERE ON 13WMAZ

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