Tuesday, December 6, Eyewitness News at 6

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"He threatens young children and he likes real young children. Not 15 year old children, but 4 and 5 and 6 year old children."
LAURENS COUNTY'S DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS A CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER....WILL STAY IN PRISON FOR LIFE.
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT STORY IN JUST A MOMENT... BUT FIRST... TONIGHT'S TOP STORY...

THIEVES DROVE A TRUCK THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR OF MACON'S TARGET STORE... AND STOLE AN A-T-M.
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS US HOW MACON POLICE SAY OTHER STORES SHOULD LEARN FROM THIS BREAK-IN.
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AROUND 1:30 TUESDAY MORNING... FOUR MEN RAMMED A TRUCK THROUGH THE GLASS DOORS OF THE TARGET ON PRESIDENTIAL PARKWAY...
THIS SHOWS IT AS IT HAPPENED.. ON STORE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO...
YOU CAN SEE THE MEN... GET OUT OF THE STOLEN VEHICLE... GRAB AN A-T-M.. THEN LEAVE THE BUILDING... AND MACON POLICE SAY IT ALL TOOK LESS THAN FOUR MINUTES...
GRABOWSKI: they went in specifically for the atm.
MAJOR ROBERT GRABOWSKI... SAYS THEY'RE NOT SURE HOW MUCH MONEY THE THIEVES GOT AWAY WITH...
GRabowski: "The truck is at the crime lab being processed for fingerprints so on and so forth as well as the atm machine. Now the atm machine was recovered but the actual safe that was in the atm machine where the money is kept was removed.
GROBOWSKI SAYS CRIMES LIKE A-T-M AND SAFE THEFTS INCREASE THIS TIME OF YEAR... AND POLICE WARN STORES TO PROTECT THEIR PROPERTY AND MERCHANDISE BY THINKING ABOUT WHERE THEY PLACE THE PRODUCTS...
GRabowski: We've been in touch with store owners about moving the atm machine, moving the merchandiSe. don't put the actual item that you're selling inside the display. Put an empty display oput there and have the item some place else."
BACK AT TARGET.. CONTRACTORS WORKED TO FIX THE DAMAGE ON TUESDAY...
Erica Grove Executive of SAles Floor: "We opened up on time as normal we just want dto make sure that the guests are safe."
WITH SAFETY A TOP CONCERN... MANAGERS SAY THEY'LL CONTINUE WITH BUSINESS AS USUAL...
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> ACCORDING TO POLICE... THE TRUCK USED IN THE BREAK-IN WAS STOLEN.. IT WAS FOUND AT SHADOWOOD WEST APARTMENTS ON HIGHLAND DRIVE...
THEY LOCATED THE A-T-M ON EBENEZER ROAD.
BOTH ARE OFF MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE... NOT FAR FROM PRESIDENTIAL PARKWAY.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE THEFT... YOU CAN CALL CRIMESTOPPER AT 1-877-68CRIME...
THAT NUMBER AGAIN 1-877-68CRIME....

A WORKER ON A WHEELER COUNTY FARM SHOT A CO-WORKER TO DEATH THIS MORNING... AND THEN KLLED HIMSELF.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO TODD LOWERY OF THE G-B-I'S EASTMAN OFFICE.
HE SAYS IT HAPPENED THIS MORNING AT A FARM ON HOPE CHURCH ROAD.
LOWERY SAID HE COULDN'T RELEASE THE TWO MEN'S NAMES...OR DESCRIBE THEIR CONNECTION.
HE SAID THE GBI CRIME LAB WILL PERFORM AUTOPSIES ON THE TWO MEN TOMORROW.

DUBLIN'S DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS ANDREW PAYNE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED CHILDREN.. FOR FORTY YEARS..
D-A CRAIG FRASER SAYS PAYNE MOLESTED BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS.. AS YOUNG AS THREE YEARS OLD.
RANDALL SAVAGE HAS MORE ON THE CHILD MOLESTATION CASE THAT FRASER CALLS THE WORST HE'S EVER SEEN.
<<A LAURENS COUNTY JURY CONVICTED ANDREW PAYNE ON THREE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED CHILD MOLESTATION LAST WEEK.. DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRAIG FRASER SAYS THAT INVOLVED A SINGLE VICTIM.. BUT THERE WERE MANY MORE.
Craig Fraser, Laurens County DA: We know 10 absolutely right now. But they have talked with the possibility of 25 victims.
FRASER SAYS PAYNE WON'T BE PROSECUTED FOR THE OTHER SEX CRIMES.
Craig Fraser, DA: What happens is some of the victims are too young.Some of the victims the statute of limitations have ran. Some of the victims will hint at something has happened but is not wanting to come forward and talk about it.
FRASER SAYS PAYNE.. NOW 56.. BEGAN MOLESTING CHILDREN WHEN HE WAS A TEENAGER.
Craig Fraser, DA: He always seemed to prefer really young victims, five years old. We even had one that we think, well, was three years old, and it was a female, but we've had females and males in this case.
FRASER SAYS PAYNE KEPT VICTIMS SILENT BY THREATENING THEM.. OR THEIR FAMLIES.
AND MELANIE GUNN.. BOARD PRESIDENT OF STEPPING STONE.. AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS ABUSED CHILDREN.. .SAYS SOME VICTIMS FEEL ASHAMED.
Melanie Gunn, Stepping Stone Member: The whole thing about sexual abuse with children is there's a lot of shame connected with this type of crime. as we know about adult women who have been raped there's a severe under reporting of rapes in this country as well and we kind of expect children to come back in a room and tell us what happened to them and they're just not equipped to do that.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS..
>> SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DONALD GILLIS SENTENCED PAYNE TO THREE CONSECUTIVE LIFE SENTENCES.. AND WITH THOSE SENTENCES.. FRASER SAYS PAYNE WILL NEVER BE FREED FROM PRISON.

BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND STILL LIKES THE IDEA OF YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL... BUT NOT NEXT YEAR.
DALLEMAND RECENTLY SAID HE WOULD INCLUDE THE CONCEPT IN HIS STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE BIBB DISTRICT.... DUE OUT EARLY NEXT YEAR.
BUT IN A NEWS RELEASE THIS MORNING.... DALLEMAND SAID A YEAR-ROUND SCHEDULE IS OFF THE TABLE FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.
HE WROTE...
I CAN SAY WE WILL NOT HAVE YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL FOR 2012-2013.
THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF PLANNING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MAKE YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL HAPPEN AND WE DO NOT WANT TO RUSH THE PROCESS.
DALLEMAND SAYS YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS WOULD END THE STUDENTS' LEARNING LAG THAT HAPPENS EACH SUMMER.

WARNER ROBINS VOTERS STILL HAVE A LITTLE LESS THAN AN HOUR TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS AND DECIDE THE FINAL OUTCOME OF TWO RACES.
TWO CITY COUNCIL SEATS ARE UP FOR GRABS...
IN THE POST TWO CITYWIDE RACE... RETIRED CITY CLERK CAROLYN ROBBINS FACES BUSINESSMAN TIM THOMAS.
IN POST FOUR.. THE CANDIDATES ARE RETIRED BUSINESSMAN MIKE BRASHEAR AND ATTORNEY GENE HARRINGTON


WE'RE INVITING YOU TO JOIN THE HERO ARMY AND MAKE A HOLIDAY DIFFERENCE FOR SOME CENTRAL GEORGIA FAMILIES... WITH OUR 13 DAYS OF GIVING.
TODAY... WE'RE PROFILING A GROUP THAT GETS A JUMP START PREPARING CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL... BEFORE THEY EVEN LEARN TO TALK.
JENNIFER MOULLIET SHOWS YOU HOW YOU CAN GIVE A GIFT THAT WILL SHAPE YOUNG MINDS... AND HELP BUILD THEIR EDUCATION.
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nats "I think I can I think I can"

THREE YEAR OLD JOHN DOUGLAS KNOWS ONE THING.

John Douglas Windham, 3 years old: "They make me happy and they make me smile in the night time."

HE'S TALKING ABOUT HIS BOOKS...

nats "I knew I could I knew I could."

JOHN DOUGLAS HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF MONROE READS SINCE HE WAS ONE.

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THE PROGRAM AIMS AT STREnGHTHENING CHILDRENS' READING SKILLS BEFORE THEY START SCHOOL.

Michelle Windham, Parent: "I think it's really promoted reading and has made him excited to start school."

JOHN DOUGLAS' MOTHER MICHELLE SAYS THE BOOKS COME ONCE A MONTH WITH COLORing SHEETS AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS...AND THEy're ADDRESSED TO HER SON.
Michelle Windham, Parent: "It's like a little surprise."

MONROE IS ONE OF AROUND SEVENTY COUNTIES IN THE STATE THAT OFFER A YOUNG READING PROGRAM... AND IT'S FREE.

Eddie Sheppard, Volunteer: "It does not cost the parent a thing."

EDDIE SHEPPARD VOLUNTEERS WITH MONROE READS AND SAYS ABOUT THIRTY PERCENT OF CHILDREN IN GEORGIA ARE BEHIND IN BEFORE FIRST GRADE.

Eddie Sheppard, Volunteer: " this program has shown to cut that number in half over three or four years."

Jennifer Moulliet: "Sheppherd says he estimates about 40% of children from birth to five years old in Monroe County are in the Monroe Reads program and he says it's never too early to start reading."

Eddie Sheppard, Volunteer: "The books they get from birth to age one are geared for children that age to capture their imaginations and get them interested and books and get them started."

BUT SHEPPARD SAYS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FREE BOOKS
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THEY NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

Eddie Sheppard, Volunteer: " It costs thirty six dollars a year to send books to one child."

THIRTY-SIX DOLLARS HE SAYS WILL HELP MORE KIDS LIKE JOHN DOUGLAS GET A HEAD START.

John Douglas Windham, 3 years old: "I think I read them one hundred times."

JENNIFER MOULLIET 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> YOU CAN GIVE TO MONROE READS BY BUYING A TEN DOLLAR TICKET FOR THEIR UPCOMING FUNDRAISER IN JANUARY... TREATS AND TRIVIA.
ALL MONEY EARNED WILL GO TO BUILDING A FOUNDATION IN READING FOR KIDS UP UNTIL THE AGE OF FIVE.
TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS OR SPONSOR A CHILD CALL VOLUNTEER EDDIE SHEPPARD AT 478-394-3533... AGAIN... 394-3533
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THIS STORY.

BIBB COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE GOING TO FIND A NEW WAY TODEAL WITH THE ABANDONED HOMES AROUND THE COUNTY.
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STEVE LAYSON ESTIMATES THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF ABANDONED HOUSES THAT FOSTER CRIME AND PULL DOWN PROPERTY VALUES... AND HE SAYS IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY TO TEAR DOWN THE HOMES.
TODAY COMMISSIONERS AGREED TO LET LAYSON FIND A CREATIVE AND LEGAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM.
COMMISSIONERS TOSSED AROUND IDEAS TO FIX THE PROBLEM... INCLUDING HEFTIER FINES... A FUND TO FIX UP THE HOMES... AND ASKING A JUDGE TO DEDICATE A DAY TO ABANDONED HOME CASES.

MAYORS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE OF GEORGIA MADE THEIR WAY TO MILLEDGEVILLE TODAY... TO TAKE PART IN THE FIFTY THRID ANNUAL MAYOR'S MOTORCADE.
(PAUSE FOR NATS FOUR SECONDS)
THE PARADE ROLLED ACROSS THE CAMPUS OF CENTRAL STATE HOSPITAL...
MAYORS FROM THE GEORGIA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE PARADE... HELPED TO RAISE MONEY.... AND BRING GIFTS FOR THOSE AT THE HOSPITAL.
ALL DONATED GIFTS ARE WRAPPED... AND GIVEN TO THE PATIENTS ON CHRISTMAS MORNING...
It's an honor to be here today to really speak up for those that, honestly, may not have a voice. So, we have an obligation as publice servants to give back to the community and it's a great for Anita to be able to do that I'm honored to accompany her today.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION... CONTACT CENTRAL STATE HOSPITAL'S AT 478-445-8270....AGAIN THAT'S 478-445-8270..
YOU CAN DONATE ANYTHING FROM CASH OR FOOD... TO CLOTHES OR ELECTRONICS.
THEY WILL ACCEPT DONATIONS ALL THE WAY THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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