Monday, December 5, Eyewitness News at 6

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

OUR TOP STORY AT SIX... A RENTZ MAN WILL SPEND LIFE IN PRISON FOR CHILD MOLESTATION...
THE DUBLIN D-A- CALLS THE CASE ONE OF THE WORST HES EVER SEEN.
ANDREW PAYNE WAS SENTENCED TO THREE CONSECUTIVE LIFE TERMS AFTER HE WAS CONVICTED ON THREE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED CHILD MOLESTATION.. ALL INVOLVING THE SAME CHILD.
BUT DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRAIG FRAZER SAYS PAYNE MAY HAVE MOLESTED UP TO TWENTY-FIVE OTHER CHILDREN... BOTH MALE AND FEMALE.
HE SAYS THREE OTHER ALLEGED PAYNE VICTIMS TESTIFED THAT HE'D MOLESTED THEM AS WELL....AND STATEMENTS FROM SIX MORE ALLEGED VICTIMS WERE READ INTO THE SENTENCE.
ACCORDING TO FRASER...SOME OF THOSE CASES MAY BE TOO OLD TO PROSECUTE.

A WILKINSON COUNTY WOMAN DIED LAST NIGHT... AFTER A TRAIN HIT HER CAR IN MCINTYRE.
AS CANDACE ADORKA FOUND... SOME PEOPLE IN THE TOWN SAY THE ACCIDENT... WAS UNUSUAL.
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***NAT TRAIN***
TRAINS CROSS MAINSTREET IN MCINTYRE SEVERAL TIMES A DAY...
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BUT SUNDAY EVENING... ONE OF THOSE CROSSING CLAIMED A LIFE.
76-YEAR-OLD VIOLA CARSWELL DIED WHEN AN EASTBOUND TRAIN HIT HER DRIVER'S SIDE DOOR.
"Ms. Carswell come form the flash food parking lot. Come through the gate, her car was struck right there on the main crossing."
POLICE CHIEF WAYNE AMERSON SAYS IT APPEARS CARSWELL TRIED TO BEAT THE TRAIN.
HE SAYS ONE OF HIS OFFICERS SAW THE WARNINGS THAT THE TRAIN WAS COMING.
"he heard the train coming. Saw the arms go down. After he walked into the police station is when the colision happened."
AMERSON SAYS HE OCCASIONALLY SEES SOMEONE IGNORE THE WARNINGS AND TRY TO BEAT THE TRAIN... BUT HE HASN'T SEEN MANY COLLISOINS
"this is only the second time here it's happened in my 21 years."
kim brown: "It just really surprised me because I don't see running a railroad."
KIM BROWN WORKS AT THE GAS STATION BY THE RAILROAD CROSSING
SHE SAYS A TRAIN-CAR COLLISION IS UNHEARD OF IN MCINTYRE.
"Most people stop. If they dont wanna wait they go up and around the overpass."
AMERSON SAYS THOUGH IT MAY BE UNCOMMON FOR PEOPLE TO DRIVE PAST THE SAFETY ARMS...EVEN ONE TIME COULD END IN TRAGEDY.
"I just hope everybody realises how dangerous these tracks can be and will be a lot more cautious when they cross these tracks."
CANDACE ADORKA.... 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL IS STILL INVESTIGATING.

A FORMER PEACH COUNTY ASSISTANT SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS SON ARE ACCUSED OF SELLING AN OLD SCHOOL BUS FOR SCRAP PARTS.
SPECIAL AGENT GARY ROTHWELL WITH THE G-B-I SAYS C-B MATHIS AND HIS SON CHRISTOPHER WERE ARRESTED LAST WEEK FOR ALLEGEDLY POCKETING 12-HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM THE SALE.
THE CASE HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.
THEY'LL DECIDE WHETHER TO ASK A GRAND JURY TO INDICT THE PAIR.
FORT VALLEY POLICE ALSO ARRESTED C-B MATHIS IN MAY FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING 120-DOLLARS IN SCHOOL PROPERTY.
IN A STATEMENT LAST SPRING... PEACH SCHOOLS SAID HE WAS SUSPECTED OF STEALING GASOLINE.

IT'S DAY FIVE OF OUR 13 DAYS OF GIVING... AND WE'RE INTRODUCING YOU TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT NEED YOUR HELP MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
TODAY CANDACE ADORKA HAS MORE ON KIDS YULE LOVE...WHICH PUTS GIFTS UNDER THE TREE FOR FAMILIES WHO OTHERWISE COULDN'T AFFORD IT.
SHE SPOKE TO ONE LIZELLA WOMAN WHO SAYS KIDS YULE LOVE IS NOT ABOUT THE GIFTS... IT'S ABOUT THE SMILES THEY BRING TO A CHILD'S FACE.
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"This is when they were young.."
GWEN LANCASTER RAISED FOUR OF HER GRANDCHILDREN... THE OLDEST IS NOW 16.
"Everybody says he's got the prettiest eyes."
LANCASTER WORKED FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS BEFORE SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LIVER CANCER.
SHE NOW LIVES OFF DISABILITY INSURANCE... AND SHE SAYS THAT MADE CHRISTMAS TOUGH.
BUT LAST YEAR KIDS YULE LOVE STEPPED IN AND PROVIDED GIFTS.
"Best Christmas they ever had. And I mean they had bicycles and had a basketball goad and..."
Joe Allen: "That's what it's all about. Giving, taking care of one another."
JOE ALLEN STARTED KIDS YULE LOVE 26 YEARS AGO.
THEY ASK PEOPLE TO DONATE TOYS IN DROP BOXES AT HUNDREDS OF LOCATIONS AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA.
Joe Allen: "Something like this.... this will help a small kid, this is something that we need."
S/U: "Some locations like Buffalo's Cafe on Zebulon Road have gift tags hanging on their trees with a child's name and suggested gifts on it. Allen says when you drop off the gift where you got the tag, leave it unwrapped or in a gift bag and don't forget to attach the tag."
Joe Allen: "It's still hard on people to try to help one another, but it don't take very much to spend four or five dollars."
LANCASTER SAYS BECAUSE OF HER LIVER CANCER... DOCTORS HAVN'T GIVEN HER LONG TO LIVE AND THAT'S WHY SEEING HER GRANDKIDS HAVE A STORYBOOK CHRISTMAS MEANT SO MUCH TO HER.
"i wouldn't have been able to give them a christmas like the had, you know? But love goes a long way too."
THIS YEAR KIDS YULE LOVE WILL DONATE GIFTS TO ABOUT 15-HUNDRED CHILDREN IN HOUSTON AND BIBB COUNTIES.
AND LANCASTER SAYS THAT'S 15-HUNDRED OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE A CHILD AN UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS.
CANDACE ADORKA 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> ANOTHER PART OF THE GROUP... SENIORS YULE LOVE... PROVIDES GIFTS TO SENIORS AT NURSING HOMES AND OTHER FACILITIES WHO WOULD OTHERWISE GO WITHOUT.
AREA BUSINESSES USUALLY SPONSOR GIFTS FOR SENIORS YULE LOVE...
BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED... CALL SHELLY FAIRCLOTH AT 478 538 1363... AGAIN THAT'S SHELLY FAIRCLOTH AT 478 538 1363.

WITH HERMAN CAIN OUT OF THE 2012 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL SWEEPSTAKES... SOME POLITICAL PUNDITS SAY.. AND THE LATEST POLLS SEEM TO AGREE THAT FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH HAS RISEN TO THE TOP OF THE G-0-P FIELD.
POLITICAL SCIENTIST CLIF WILKINSON JOINS RANDALL SAVAGE TO DISCUSS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS.

WITH CHRISTMAS NOW LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY...SOME CENTRAL GEORGIANS ARE BUSY BRINGING HOME THE PERFECT TREE.
Nats of Tree Being Cut (3SECONDS)
ONE PLACE TO LOOK... THE SANDY CREEK CHRISTMAS TREE FARM IM TWIGGS COUNTY.
WHERE OWNER DONALD WATSON SAYS THEY OFFER SIX DIFFERENT VARIETIES...THAT RANGE FROM 10 TO 125 DOLLARS ACCORDING TO FARM OWNER... DONALD WATSON.
WATSON SAYS DESPITE THIS SUMMER'S SEVERE DROUGHT IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... HIS TREES HAVE GROWN BIG AND BEAUTIFUL DUE TO HIS USE OF DRIP IRRIGATION.
HE SAYS THE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM IS A FAMILY TRADITION THAT HIM AND WIFE BOTH ENJOY DOING EACH DAY.
Donald Watson, "The customers are all happy. I never been in any business before that has the customer this happy as they are here. Everybody is in a great mood, the children are entertained"
SANDY CREEK CHRISTMAS TREE FARM IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK....AT 58-89 HAMMOCK STREET IN TWIGGS COUNTY.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WHAT KIND OF TREE DO YOU HAVE?
SO FAR 79 PERCENT OF YOU SAY ARTIFICIAL.
14 PERCENT SAY PRE-CUT.
AND 7 PERCENT OF YOU CUT YOUR OWN.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

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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