Tuesday, January 31, Eyewitness News 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.. I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.. THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

THIS COPY OF AN INCIDENT REPORT RELEASED BY THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT... SHOWS SEVEN TEENS WERE ARRESTED IN AN ALLEGED RAPE AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL.
THE REPORT WAS RELEASED FOUR HOURS AFTER BIBB COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE REACTING TO THE INVESTIGATION.
THE REPORT SAYS THE ALLEGED RAPE HAPPENED BETWEEN 2 O'CLOCK P-M AND 3-10 P-M ON THURSDAY JANUARY 19TH... IN A BOYS' RESTROOM IN NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL.
THE DOCUMENT SHOWS THAT THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED THE FOLLOWING DAY... FRIDAY... JANUARY 20TH AROUND 6 O'CLOCK P-M.
IN THE NEWS CONFERENCE... DALLEMAND SAID HE WAS NOT AWARE UNTIL MONDAY THAT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION CAMPUS POLICE WERE INVESTIGATING... AND NOT MACON POLICE.
HE ALSO SAYS HE REQUESTED THE CAMPUS POLICE TO TURN THE INVESTIGATION OVER TO THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT ON MONDAY.
THAT'S ELEVEN DAYS AFTER THE ALLEGED RAPE HAPPENED.
JUST AFTER THE NEWS CONFERENCE... MACON POLICE SAID THEY HAD NOT YET FORMALLY BEEN ASKED TO INVESTIGATE.
DALLEMAND CALLS THE DELAYS QUOTE GAPS IN TIME... THAT THEY ARE ADDRESSING AND TAKING CARE OF... BUT HE WOULD NOT EXPLAIN HOW THEY PLAN TO DO THAT.
Romain Dallemand, Superintendent: "We do share deep regret over the incident that occured. We offer, I offer heartfelt apology, and we are taking strong measures to make sure that our students are safe."
DALLEMAND SAYS THEY ASSIGNED ANOTHER CAMPUS POLICE OFFICER TO MONITER NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL.
THE DISTRICT'S RISK MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR SAYS SO FAR... NO LETTER... E-MAIL... OR NOTIFICATION HAS BEEN SENT TO PARENTS AT THE SCHOOL.
David Gowan, Risk Management Director: "My job, when we have an emergency, is to respond and make sure we're following the procedures of the plan."
Amy Aubert: "Were the procedures followed correctly here?"
Gowan: "Not in this instance. We had gaps."
GOWAN SAYS HE'S NOT SURE IF AND WHEN A LETTER NOTIFYING PARENTS OF THE ALLEGED RAPE WILL BE SENT OUT.
HE ALSO SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW IF PARENTS WERE NOTIFIED IN A 2008 RAPE CASE THAT ALSO HAPPENED AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL.

MACON CITY COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO TAKE THE NEXT STEPS IN THE SECOND STREET PROJECT.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS C-H-A CONSULTING AGREED TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT FOR NEARLY 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
REICHERT SAYS THAT PRICING EXPIRED TODAY.
BECAUSE COUNCIL PASSED THE RESOLUTION... THEY CAN TAKE THE NEXT STEPS ON THE PROJECT.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY EASILY WON THE FLORIDA PRIMARY TONIGHT OUTDISTNACING HIS CHIEF CHLLAENGER NEWT GINGRICH..
CBS'S DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM IS IN TAMPA WITH THE LATEST ON ROMENY'S BIG WIN.
WHEN ASKED WHICH CANDIDATE RAN THE MOST "UNFAIR" CAMPAIGN,
VOTERS WERE ALMOST EVENLY SPLIT BETWEEN ROMNEY AND GINGRICH.

TWO PEOPLE ARE FACING MURDER AND ROBBERY CHARGES AFTER A MACON MAN WAS FOUND DEAD IN MONROE COUNTY THIS AFTERNOON.
ALLISON SELMAN-WILLIS WITH THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS TREVORIUS THOMAS WAS REPORTED MISSING OVER THE WEEKEND.
SHE SAYS INVESTIGATORS FOUND THOMAS' BODY IN AN ABANDONED HOUSE ON ZEBULON ROAD IN SOUTHERN MONROE COUNTY.
20-YEAR-OLD STEPHEN LOBER AND 21-YEAR-OLD ROBERT KYLE DOUGHTERY WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH MURDER AND ROBBERY.

A MACON MAN FACES FOUR YEARS OF PROBATION AFTER HE ADMITTED TO ASSAULTING TELEGRAPH CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER WODDY MARSHALL AT CITY HALL IN 2010.
MALIK BROWN PLEADED GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND ONE COUNT OF SIMPLE ASSAULT.
ON DECEMBER 30TH 2010... AT A NEWS CONFERENCE FOR THE LATE STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN - MALIK BROWN PINNED WOODY MARSHALL AGAINST A WALL AND KNOCKED HIM DOWN.
TODAY IN COURT... BROWN APOLOGIZED TO MARSHALL.
BROWN'S ATTORNEY SAYS HIS CLIENT ATTENDED ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS... AND IS SORRY FOR WHAT HE DID.
Franklin Hogue, Brown's Attorney: 00:21 He did damage to Mr. Marshall's property and hurt him and so he took responsibilty for that today and did the honorable thing and apologized to him.
BROWN FACES FOUR YEARS OF PROBATION... A THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE... AND MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED DOLLARS RESTITUTION TO MARSHALL AND THE TELEGRAPH.

A BIBB COUNTY DAY CARE IS CLOSING ITS DOORS FRIDAY... LEAVING PARENTS TO LOOK FOR A NEW CHILDCARE SOLUTION.
PARENTS AT BRIGHT STAR LEARNING CENTER ON PRICE ROAD RECEIVED A LETTER ABOUT THE CLOSING FROM THE CENTER'S DIRECTOR THIS MORNING.
ACCORDING TO THAT LETTER... THE BANK HAS DECIDED TO SHUT DOWN BRIGHT STAR WEST.
THE LETTER DOES NOT EXPLAIN FURTHER.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CARE AND LEARNING ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO USE THEIR PROGRAM... CALLED "ALL GEORGIA KIDS."
THEIR CONSULTANTS CAN HELP PARENTS FIND DAY CARES IN THEIR AREA.
SOME PARENTS SAY THEY APPRECIATE ANY HELP WITH FINDING A NEW CENTER ON SHORT NOTICE.
When you're a single mom, you have to work to pay the bills, and if you don't have anywhere to take your kids, you can't go to work. So, therefore, you can't pay your bills. It's kind of a lose-lose situation.)
PARENTS CAN CALL THE ALL GEORGIA KIDS PROGRAM AT 877-255-4254. AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 877-255-4254.

IF YOU'RE SUFFERING FROM TABLET ENVY... THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13 HAS A FEW OPTIONS FOR YOU.
SUMI DAS RUNS DOWN A FEW HOT TABLETS THAT WON'T BREAK THE BANK.
The hottest tech toy this year? It's the tablet. In fact, tablet ownership climbed to 12 percent in 2011 from 8 percent in 2010.
(Accenture) If you're in the market for a tablet computer, here are some tips on getting the best model for your budget.
In the world of tablets, the iPad reigns as king. The Ipad 2 starts at 500 bucks-and works just fine if you already have Wi-Fi internet access say at home or at Starbucks. It'll cost you more if you want to use it on then go b/c you'll need the 3G model which starts at $629.
Kindle Fire by Amazon was clearly a holiday winner. And while the Kindle fire has fewer apps, shorter battery power and less storage space, it's $200 price tag is appealing to new tablet user.
Don't discount tablets from other well known companies.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 has similar functioning to the iPad, with a price tag of $500. CNET editors like the Sony Tablet S, another Android-based tablet in the same price range but with gaming features that surpass the iPad.
Finally be on the lookout for cheaper cutting edge tablets in 2012.
The Asus Memo 370T won the best tablet category at the Consumer Electronics Show. ($250) But if you're really just into reading books and magazines electronically-you may want to forgo the tablet experience and check out eReaders like Barnes' and Noble's Nook-or Amazon's Kindle--coming in at a very savory $79 dollars.
No matter what device you choose-make sure it's one that fits your life...AND your budget.
For CBSNews, I'm Sumi Das, CBS Moneywatch.com.
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IT'S THE LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH... WHICH IS GREAT HANG UP DAY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE HOLDING CELL PHONES TO THEIR EARS WHILE DRIVING DROPPED FROM SIX PERCENT IN 2008.. TO FIVE PERCENT IN 2009... THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD...
HOUSTON COUNTY BUSINESS OWNER DOUG WOODY INVESTED IN A HANDS FREE SYSTEM FOR HIS TRUCK...
HE SAYS HE SPENDS MOST OF HIS WORK DAY BEHIND THE WHEEL... AND WHEN HE'S IN HIS VEHICLE... HE'S USALLY ON THE PHONE...
LT. WILTON COLLINS WITH THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS TECHNOLOGY LIKE TEXT TO TALK AND HANDS-FREE CAN MAKE IT SAFER TO USE PHONE... BUT HE SAYS THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS SAFE DISTRACTED DRIVING...
WOODY SAYS USING THE TECHNOLOGY MAKE HIS DRIVE SAFER....
Woody: "You don't have to touCh anything. The phone rings I can answer it by voice. I need to make a call I can make a call by voice. I need to dial a number that not in my phone book I can do the entire procedure by voice."
WOODY SAYS THOSE FEATURES HELP HIM KEEP HIS HANDS ON THE WHEEL.. AND EYES ON THE ROAD...
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