Lynn Anderson, Milledgeville: "It's just like we've always been together and just knowing that he was gone and I'll never see him again, was the hardest thing I ever had to do."
A BALDWIN COUNTY FAMILY MOURNS THE LOSS OF A 72-YEAR-OLD FATHER AND GRANDFATHER... AS HIS STEPDAUGHTER AND HER BOYFRIEND STAND ACCUSED OF SHOOTING HIM TO DEATH.
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I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
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THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX..... WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT STORY IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS... BUT FIRST TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.
SOME STRONG STORMS ROLLED THROUGH CENTRAL GEORGIA THIS AFTERNOON... BRINGING STRONG WINDS AND SOME SMALL HAIL IN AREAS.
FOR THE LATEST... WE JOIN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IN THE WEATHER CENTER. ben gives three day forecast
BEN INTERVIEWS MICHELE TREPTOW ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED.
ANOTHER BIG STORY TONIGHT - A MILLEDGEVILLE FAMILY REACTS TO THE MURDER OF 72-YEAR-OLD MANDLE CHARLEY WATERS..ACCUSED IN THE CASE - WATERS' STEPDAUGHTER AND HER BOYFRIEND.
AND THE FAMILY SAYS... THEY'RE NOT SURPRISED.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... LOVED ONES SAY THE FAMILY MAN WOULD'VE DONE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING... FOR THE STEPDAUGHTER WHO ULTIMATELY TOOK EVERYTHING.
Nats: "I just miss him so much."
FOR LYNN ANDERSON... NEWS OF HER STEPFATHER'S MURDER... HIT HARD.
Lynn Anderson, Milledgeville: "Knowing that he was gone and I'd never see him again was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but knowing that a family member took him was even harder."
72-YEAR-OLD MANDLE CHARLEY WATERS... WAS SHOT TO DEATH LAST FRIDAY.
BUT WHEN BALDWIN COUNTY DEPUTIES ARRESTED HER HALF SISTER... 23-YEAR-OLD ASHLEIGH RICKS... AND HER BOYFRIEND 36-YEAR-OLD ANDRE BROWN WEDNESDAY... FOR MURDER AND ARMED ROBBERY... IT CAME AS NO SHOCK.
Lynn Anderson: "Ashleigh is a very troubled child, it started back when she was a teenager, she stayed in troubled in school, she's been in and out of jail in several different counties for several different things."
Nats, flipping paper
BADLWIN COUNTY SHERIFF... BILL MASSEE... SAYS THIS IS RICKS FOURTH ARREST IN BALDWIN COUNTY... IN 2008 SHE WAS PICKED UP ON 32 COUNTS OF DEPOSIT ACCOUNT FRAUD... AGAINST WATERS.THAT SAME DAY... HER STEPDAD FRONTED THE MONEY... TO BAIL HER OUT.
Lynn Anderson: "This was a child that he raised from a baby and she killed him."
ANDERSON SAYS WATERS STEPPED IN AS A FATHER FOR ASHLEIGH... PICTURED HERE AS A TODDLER... WHEN HE MARRIED THEIR MOTHER IN 19-90.
AND SEVERAL YEARS AGO... HE ADOPTED ASHLEIGH'S DAUGHTER...CAYLIN... NOW FIVE.
ANDERSON SAYS IT ALL HAPPENED... FOR A QUICK BUCK.
Anderson: "I want her to be able to tell me why she had to take his life, because 7,000$ is not worth a life."
SHE SAYS... HE CARRIED AROUND WADS OF CASH EVERYDAY.
Anderson: "I've talked to him, and said Poppa, you know you got way too much money on you, why don't you put it in the bank? And says I'll never be away from home without enough money to get back. And now he has so much money he didn't make it back."
IT HAPPENED AT KEMP AVENUE AND LEWIS COURT.
THE SHERIFF SAYS WATERS WAS GIVING RICKS AND BROWN A RIDE TO HER MOBILE HOME.
Sheriff Massee: "not only was he the victim by his stepdaughter, we even think he was the victim by his own handgun."
MASSEE SAYS THEY BELIEVE RICKS STOLE THE SEMI AUTOMATIC GUN FROM WATERS HOME...AND BROWN SHOT HIM TWICE IN THE BACK... THROUGH THE DRIVER'S SEAT.
WITNESSES SAY THE TWO RAN TO THE MOBILE HOME... LESS THAN A MILE AWAY.
FAMILY MEMBERS SAY WATERS HELPED SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE AROUND TOWN...PEOPLE CALLED HIM POPPA.
Anderson: "He's gonna be missed so much, he did everything."
AMY AUBERT 13WMAZ EYEWINTESS NEWS.
>> ANDERSON SAYS WATERS WAS A LONG-TIME EMPLOYEE AT SHAW'S INDUSTRY... WHICH SHUT DOWN SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
SHE SAYS RICKS IS INVOLVED IN THE BLOODS GANG... AND SHERIFF MASSEE SAYS THEY'RE INVESTIGATING WHETHER THAT IS TRUE.
MASSEE SAYS THE PAIR COULD FACE THE DEATH PENALTY... OR LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR MURDER AND ARMED ROBBERY.
MACON POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING IN WHICH A MAN WAS GRAZED IN THE LEG BY A BULLET..
IT HAPPENED ABOUT AN HOUR AGO ON COCHRAN AVENUE..THAT'S NEAR SHURLING DRIVE IN EAST MACON.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS THE MAN CAME ONTO SOMEBODY'S PORCH ON COCHRAN AVENUE AND SAID HE'D BEEN SHOT ABOUT A HALF BLOCK AWAY.
SHE SAYS HIS INJURIES DO NOT APPEAR TO BE LIFE THREATENING.
WE'LL UPDATE THIS STORY WHEN MORE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE ON 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.
ONE MONTH AFTER EIGHT PEOPLE WERE SHOT WITHIN FOUR HOURS... MACON POLICE SAY THEY'RE LOOKING AT PERSONS OF INTEREST... BUT NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.
OVERNIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 12TH AND 13TH.... SIX MEN WERE SHOT AT ONE PARTY.. AND TWO OTHERS IN DRIVE-BYS.
BRITTINY BARBER SPOKE WITH MACON POLICE... WHO SAY NONE OF THE EYEWITNESSES WANT TO COME FORWARD WITH INFORMATION...
yea we're making headway....
FOR 35 YEARS... LT CARL FLETCHER HAS WORKED TO PUT CRIMINALS BEHIND BARS... BUT HE SAYS ONE OF THE MOST FRUSTRATING THINGS ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS.... IS WHEN PEOPLE WHO SEE A CRIME... REFUSE TO TALK TO POLICE....
Fletcher: "It's been a problem as long as I've been here... We cant do it ourselves and it's just so frustrating when you've got 10 eyewitnesses to a crime, that you walk up to them and say what did you see? " I ain't seen anything I don't know anything I ain't got to talk to you."
Brittiny Barber: "Just over a month ago on a night where eight people were shot across Macon, six men were shot here at this home on Berkner Ave. and police say as bullets flew over 100 people werE here at the time."
Fletcher: "Not only do we have citizens who are not cooperating with the police the victims are not cooperating with the police."
FLETCHER SAYS OF THE SIX SHOT... FIVE DECIDED NOT TO TALK TO OFFICERS....
Fletcher: "What they tell us is police don't have to live in this neighborhood, we do, so we come down there and give a statement we got to go right back and be labeled a snitch."
ON TOP OF THAT... SOME PEOPLE DON'T TRUST POLICE... AND FLETCHER SAYS THAT'S A BATTLE THEY FIGHT EVERYDAY...
Fletcher: "Start trusting us more than they're trusting us because we're all here to serve them and make their lives a lot easier and safer..."
WITHOUT THE HELP EYEWITNESSES.... FLETCHER SAYS IT COULD TAKE LONGER TO SOLVE CRIMES... AND MORE PEOPLE COULD GET HURT IN THE MEAN TIME...
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> FLETCHER SAYS MACON POLICE ARE KEEPING POSSIBLE SUSPECTS... UNDER CLOSE WATCH.
BUT HE SAYS WITHOUT THE COOPERATION OF THE VICTIMS.... IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH TO PROSECUTE THEM.
IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ON THESE OR ANY OTHER CRIMES... POLICE ASK THAT YOU CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT
AGAIN THAT'S 1-877-68CRIME
HOUSTON COUNTY BROUGHT HOME YET ANOTHER AWARD FOR ITS OFFERINGS FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES.
BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK MAGAZINE NAMED IT AMONG THE BEST PLACES IN AMERICA TO RAISE YOUR KIDS IN 2009 AND 2010.
NOW... AS LORRA LYNCH JONES TELLS YOU... A NATIONAL NON-PROFIT CALLED AMERICA'S PROMISE...ALSO SAYS IT'S ONE OF THE TOP COMMUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.
AT CHERISHED CHILDREN'S... DIRECTOR DEBBIE STEPHENS SAYS THEY SPECIALIZE IN QUALITY... AFFORDABLE DAYCARE FOR WORKING PARENTS.
Debbie Stephens, Cherished Children: (43:35) "This service is definitely needed in our community."
SHE SAYS NEARLY 100 CHILDREN COME HERE EACH DAY WHILE THEIR PARENTS WORK OR GO TO SCHOOL.
THE STAFF PREPARES CHILDREN FOR THE FUTURE.
STEPHENS SAYS FORTUNATLY... MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT HOUSTON COUNTY CONCENTRATE ON THE SAME GOAL.
Lorra Lynch Jones: "Cherished Children is part of a larger group called Kids Journey. That's the umbrella for the all the numerous organizations in Houston County that help children succeed."
nats- reading to children
ELIZABETH MITCHUM SAYS KIDS JOURNEY COORDINATES SCHOOL... GOVERNMENT AND NON-PROFIT SERVICES TO MEET FAMILIES NEEDS.
Elizabeth Mitchum: (27:40) "We identify what were doing in the community, who is serving who, where there may be gaps in service, where we need to address issues not being met."
MITCHUM WROTE THE APPLICATION OF THE AMERICA'S PROMISE AWARD.
SHE'S SAYS WINNING IT WILL LIKELY HELP BOOST HOUSTON'S REPUTATION AS A GOOD PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY.. AND HELP ATTRACT FUTURE FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS.
Elizabeth Mitchum:(28:09) "It's going to bring us more under the spotlight and say look what great things were doing."
THE AWARD ALSO COMES WITH A 25-HUNDRED DOLLAR GRANT....
quick nats- daycare
ITS MONEY STEPHENS SAYS IS INCREASINGLY HARD TO FIND.
Debbie Stephens: (43:30) "With the economy the way it is right now, grant money is very important thing."
SHE SAYS EVERY PENNY SUPPORTS THESE SERVICES... AND HOUSTON'S EFFORTS TO MAKE IT A TOP NOTCH PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO LIVE.
STD>> MITCHUM SAYS THE GRANT MONEY WILL BE AWARDED TO A LOCAL CHILDREN'S SERVICE ORGANIZATION ON NOVEMBER 3RD.
THERE WILL BE A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF THE AWARD AT THE WELLSTON CENTER IN WARNER ROBINS.
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TODAY PEOPLE ALL OVER MACON ARE WEARING PINK FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH... AND WE WANT TO SEE PICTURES OF IT.
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