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I have lived in Wilcox County for 72 years. I have four children and six grandchildren and I fear for their safety with the law that he is providing.
THE WILCOX COUNTY SHERIFF STEPPED DOWN TODAY AMID CRIMINAL CHARGES THAT INCLUDE BEATING A PRISONER AND LYING TO FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS ABOUT IT.
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US....I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...
TONIGHT'S TOP STORY....

WILCOX COUNTY'S SHERIFF APPEARED BEFORE A FEDERAL JUDGE AND AGREED TO RESIGN.
STACY BLOODSWORTH FACES CHARGES THAT INCLUDE BEATING A PRISONER AND LYING TO FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS ABOUT IT.
DOZENS OF PEOPLE DROVE UP FROM WILCOX COUNTY TODAY TO THE U-S DISTRICT COURT IN MACON TO SEE HIS DAY IN COURT.
THE SHERIFF AGREED TO RESIGN BEFORE A FEDERAL JUDGE THIS AFTERNOON... AS PART OF HIS BOND AGREEMENT.
U.S. ATTORNEY MICHAEL MOORE SAYS THEY WITHDREW THEIR PETITION TO DETAIN BLOODSWORTH BECAUSE HE AGREED TO THEIR BOND CONDITIONS.
SOME CALLED BLOODSWORTH A FRIEND AND A GOOD SHERIFF.
OTHERS SAY IT'S ABOUT TIME HE WAS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.
If you need help, he'l help you. If you need somehing he'll help you. He'll help you, he won't hurt you.
Its a sad day when you have tha tkind of law enforcement where someone who is sworn in to protect the law is a threat to law abiding citizens.
BLOODSWORTH ALSO POSTED A 25-THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND... AGREED TO PAY FOR AN ELECTRONIC MONITORING SYSTEM.. AND CAN NOT RUN FOR ANY ELECTED OFFICE WHILE THE CASE IS PENDING.
TWO OTHER DEFENDENTS IN THE CASE.... WILLIE JAMES CARUTHERS.. WHO WAS AN INMATE AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT... AND BLOODSWORTH'S SON AUSTIN WERE ALSO GIVEN BOND AGREEMENTS TODAY.
A FOURTH PERSON... CASEY OWENS DID NOT APPEAR IN COURT...

MORE THAN A HUNDRED AFRICAN-AMERICAN CENTRAL GEORGIANS NOW HAVE A NEW FINAL RESTING PLACE.
THEY WERE BURIED IN AN UNMARKED AFRICAN AMERICAN CEMETERY THAT WAS DISCOVERED IN 2007 BECAUSE OF A STATE HIGHWAY PROJECT.
SLAVES AND FREED MEN WERE BURIED THERE... DURING THE MID AND LATE 19TH CENTURY.
TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW SARDIS ROAD EXTENSION ...THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MOVED THEIR REMAINS THIS MONTH TO BETHEL A-M-E CHURCH IN BYRON.
FIVE OF THEIR DECESDENTS WERE AT THE NEW BURIAL SITE TODAY.
SOME OF THEM SAID...CONNECTING WITH THEIR ROOTS WAS AN EMOTIONAL TIME.
Rev. Skip MasonAtlanta: 4:45 I am very fortunate and my family is very fortunate that we can put our hands on and touch some of the tangible remains.
THE STATE D-O-T LATER HOSTED A PRESENTATION FOR THE FAMLIES ABOUT THE HISTORIC BURIAL SITE.
THEY DESCRIBED WHAT THEY FOUND ON THE SITE...AND HOW PEOPLE LIVED THERE DURING THE 1800S.

BIBB COUNTY AND THE CITY OF MACON HAVE REACHED A DEAL ON HOW TO HANDLE ABOUT A HUNDRED EMPLOYEE TRANSFERS THIS SUMMER.
NEARLY 140 CITY OF MACON WORKERS' JOBS WILL MOVE TO THE COUNTY THIS SUMMER.
TODAY COMMISSIONERS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A CITY PLAN THAT OUTLINES THE WORKERS' BENEFITS.
HERE'S HOW IT WOULD WORK.
THE CITY HAS ALREADY STARTED PAYING INTO PENSION FUNDS FOR ABOUT 70 VESTED EMPLOYEES.
THEY WILL GET TO KEEP THE CITY PENSIONS... AND THE COUNTY WILL SIMPLY CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR CITY PLANS.
THE REST HAVE BEEN WITH THE CITY FOR LESS THAN FIVE YEARS AND ARE NOT VESTED IN THE PENSION PLAN.
THE CITY PROPOSED THOSE WORKERS START WITH THE COUNTY AS BRAND NEW EMPLOYEES... BUT TODAY COMMISSIONERS UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO COUNT THEIR TIME WITH THE CITY TOWARDS THE TEN YEARS IT TAKES TO BE VESTED.
COMMISSIONER JOE ALLEN SAYS HE IS PLEASED.
"Like I told the employees earlier I said we're gonna take care of you and I was worried about those that had less than 5 years. They would be coming here and they would not have any type of service and they start as new employees. That was not right, I mean they didn't ask to come down."
THE CITY AND COUNTY ALSO WORKED OUT A DEAL FOR THE EMPLOYEES' HEALTH INSURANCE...AND THEIR LEAVE TIME.
COMMISSIONERS WILL TAKE A FINAL VOTE TONIGHT.
LAURA MATHIS WITH THE MID-GEORGIA REGIONAL COMMISSION SAYS CITY AND COUNTY H-R DEPARTMENTS WILL START MEETING WITH THE WORKERS MARCH FIRST TO GO OVER THE TERMS OF THE TRANSFER.

TODAY.... A CENTRAL GEORGIA FAMILY GRIEVED FOR THEIR DAUGHTER AND CONTINUE TO HOPE THAT INVESTIGATORS FIND HER KILLER.
AFTER 14 YEARS.... LATOYA BERRIAN'S KILLING REMAINS A COLD CASE.
JENNIFER MOULLIET SPOKE WITH THE FAMILY AS THEY HONORED HER BIRTHDAY.
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Tangelyn Berrian, mother: "Someone out here knows who killed Latoya."

EVERY YEAR....ON LATOYA BERRIAN'S BIRTHDAY...HER MOTHER TANGELYN VISITS HER GRAVE.

nats "happy birthday"
ON TUESDAY... LATOYA WOULD HAVE BEEN THIRTY FOUR YEARS OLD.
Jennifer Moulliet: "December second nineteen ninety seven, nineteen year old Latoya Berrian's body was found here on Chestnut Street. Fourteen years later her murder is still unsolved."

LATOYA WAS ONE OF FIVE... SHE HAD THREE SISTERS AND A BROTHER AND WENT TO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL.

Tangelyn Berrian. "She was sweet but she protected her family."

FORMER MACON POLICE CAPTAIN HENRY GIBSON INVESTIGATED THE CASE...HE SAYS THEY WORKED IT FOR A YEAR... BEFORE IT TURNED COLD.
Henry Gibson, Councilman: "There was always leads but there was nothing that was concrete that could even almost identify the assailant."

CAPTAIN JIMMY BARBEE SAYS BERRIAN'S BODY WAS FOUND BEATEN... AND LEFT BURNING ON A PILE OF TRASH.
HE SAYS SHE WAS LAST SEEN VOLUNTARILY GETTING INTO A CAR WITH A MAN AT THE INTERSECTION OF PIO NONO AND EISENHOWER PARKWAY.

Jimmy Barbee, Captain MPD: "Her lifestyle put her in a position where she got in touch with him. As far as knowing him by name, I don't think so. It was an opportunity that she took advantage of and that particular night it cost her, her life."

BARBEE WOULD NOT EXPLAIN FURTHER.

BERRIAN'S MOTHER SAYS SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HER DAUGHTER WAS DOING THE NIGHT SHE DIED.

"That's something I couldn't tell you she was a teenager."

BUT SHE SAYS HER DAUGHTER'S MURDER IS SOMETHING SHE WOULDN'T WISH ON HER WORST ENEMY.

nats "my heart is breaking and I don't know how much longer I can go."

SHE BELIEVES SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING AND SHE HOPES THEY COME FORWARD... UNTIL THEN SHE'LL KEEP HONORING HER DAUGHTER'S SPIRIT EACH FEBRUARY TWENTY-FIRST.

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JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CASE CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME. AGAIN...THAT'S 877-68-CRIME

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE NEWT GINGRICH WILL SPEAK SUNDAY NIGHT AT A LAMAR COUNTY CHURCH.
THE EVENT BEGINS AT 6 P.M. SUNDAY AT ROCK SPRINGS CHURCH.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO ABBEY SHIFLETT...ASSISTANT TO THE PASTOR.
THE CHURCH IS ON ROCK SPRINGS ROAD JUST OFF EXIT 201 ON INTERSTATE 75.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED.
SHIFLETT SAYS GINGRICH HAS APPEARED BEFORE AT ROCK SPRINGS FOR CHURCH FUNDRAISERS.
GINGRICH'S APPEARANCE COMES LESS THAN TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE MARCH 6 "SUPER TUESDAY" PRIMARIES... WHICH INCLUDE GEORGIA.

GINGRICH SAYS IF HE'S ELECTED... HE'D WANT THE U-S TO USE SOURCES OF AMERICAN ENERGY THAT ARE PRACTICAL AND AVAILABLE NOW.
HE SAYS THAT WOULD INCLUDE DRILLING FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS... AND USING COAL.
THE REPUBLICAN SAYS HIS POLICIES COULD BRING GAS BACK TO 2 DOLLARS A GALLON.
RIGHT NOW... GAS IN MACON IS 3-53 A GALLON ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A.... UP A PENNY FROM YESTERDAY.
SO TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL WANTS TO KNOW....
DO YOU THINK ANY OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES CAN BRING BACK 2-DOLLAR-A-GALLON GAS?
SO FAR 72 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO....
AND 28 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.

GINGRICH, RON PAUL, RICK SANTORUM AND MITT ROMNEY WON'T BE THE ONLY CHOICES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA ON SUPER TUESDAY.
PEOPLE IN EIGHT COUNTIES WILL DECIDE BALLOT QUESTIONS. THAT INCLUDES PENNY SALES TAX VOTES IN FIVE COUNTIES.
HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP.
IN DOOLY COUNTY, THEY'LL CONSIDER A TEN-POINT EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR SPLOST THAT WOULD PAY TO RENOVATE THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND FOR PROJECTS IN BYROMVILLE... DOOLING... LILLY... UNADILLA AND VIENNA.
MACON COUNTY VOTERS WILL BE ASKED WHETHER TO EXTEND THE SALES TAX TO RAISE UP TO 7-POINT SIX MILLION DOLLARS.
THAT WOULD BE USED FOR SCHOOL PROJECTS.... INCLUDING RENOVATING MACON COUNTY HIGH.
IN MONROE COUNTY, PEOPLE WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO EXTEND A SPLOST TO RAISE MORE THAN 30 MILLION DOLLARS THAT WILL BE SPLIT WITH THE CITIES OF FORSYTH AND CULLODEN.
AS WE REPORTED YESTERDAY... THE MONEY WOULD PAY FOR WATER AND SEWER IMPROVEMENTS.... ROAD AND BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION... A NEW EMERGENCY RADIO SYSTEM AND OTHER PROJECTS.
PEACH COUNTY VOTERS WILL DECIDE ON A 21 MILLION SPLOST THAT WOULD PAY FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS.... IMPROVEMENTS TO CITY AND COUNTY BUILDINGS... VEHICLES.... RECYCLING EQUIPMENT AND MORE. THEY'D SPLIT THE MONEY WITH THE CITIES OF BYRON AND FORT VALLEY.
TREUTLEN COUNTY'S BOARD OF EDUCATION IS ASKING VOTERS TO APPROVE A SPLOST TO RAISE ABOUT TWO-POINT SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS MILLION TO PAY OFF DEBT FROM SCHOOL-BUILDING PROJECTS.
THOSE VOTES ARE IN JEFFERSONVILLE..
...AND IN PUTNAM COUNTY. THE CITY OF EATONTON ALREADY APPROVED SUNDAY SALES LAST YEAR... SO NEXT MONTH'S VOTE ONLY AFFECTS UNINCORPORATED PUTNAM COUNTY.
AND FINALLY, IF YOU LIVE IN JONES COUNTY'S RIVER NORTH COMMUNITY....THERE'S A SPECIAL BALLOT QUESTION PAYING FOR MORE THAN A 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN BONDS TO IMPROVE THEIR WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM. RIVER NORTH IS A SPECIAL TAX DISTRICT....AND ONLY THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE WILL VOTE ON THE BONDS.
FOR POLLING PLACES AND HOURS IN EACH OF THOSE PLACES....CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BOARD OF ELECTIONS.

FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY IS BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE UNIVERSITY BY GIVING FREE YARD MAKEOVERS TO THREE PEACH COUNTY NEIGHBOTS.
MORE THAN 20 VOLUNTEERS CAME TO HELP IMPROVE THE AREA AND TO LEND THEIR HANDS IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY.
WE TALK TO ONE HOMEOWNERS WHO SAYS SHE IS GRATEFUL FOR THE TIME THE VOLUNTEERS HAVE PUT INTO HER YARD.... IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.
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Nats of Mrs. Jackson

WALZA JACKSON HAS LIVED IN FORT VALLEY ALL OF HER LIFE.

Walza Jackson "I think It's great"

Nats of Traffic

SHE SAYS THE CITY HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS.

Walza Jackson, "I can sit on the porch and see alot of traffic and stuff"

AND WITH FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY DOWN THE STREET FROM HER HOUSE... SHE TRYS TO KEEP HER YARD LOOKING BEAUTIFUL.

Walza Jackson "I try to keep mine up all the time because I want it to look nice and presentable when people come from out of town and they are everywhere going to the college"

BUT SHE SAYS AT 85 YEARS OLD... GETTING DOWN IN THE DIRT....CAN BE DIFFICULT.

Walza Jackson "I'm not able to work in the yard but I like for it to look nice but I can't dig no more"

Nats of Volunteers

THAT IS WHY THE UNIVERSITY DECIDED TO OFFER HELP TO SOME OF ITS NEIGHBORS.

Keishon Thomas, Housing Specialist "We wanted to beautify some of the area around the university for deserving homeowners"

HOUSING SPECIALIST... KEISHON THOMAS SAYS THE UNIVERSITY IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THE CAMPUS TO WORK TOGETHER.

Nats Volunteers

THEY CAME UP WITH "CLAW CRASHER" WHERE VOLUNTEERS WORK TO REVITALIZE YARDS FOR THREE PEOPLE.

Nats of Landscaper "We are going to put sod out right here and get these bushes in the ground and mulch in there"

Nats of Planting

Victoria King, Volunteer "Anything I can do within my community I will do"

Nats of Shelving

JACKSON SAYS SHE APPRECIATES THE HARD WORK AND TIME THE VOLUNTEERS PUT INTO HER YARD.

Walza Jackson "I thank them very much and I think they are doing a great job and I just love all of them"
>> THEY ALSO RECEIVED PRESSURE WASHING AND ENERGY AUDITS BY FLINT ENERGIES.
THOMAS SAYS THEY WILL HOLD ANOTHER YARD MAKEOVER IN THE FALL.

THE EAST DUBLIN REDNECK GAMES WILL RETURN THIS YEAR... FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.
THAT'S MAY 26TH.
THE GAMES USUALLY FALL ON THE SATURDAY AFTER THE FOURTH OF JULY.
EVENT COORDINATOR KEVIN CAULEY SAYS THEY MOVED THEM TO HELP AVOID THE SUMMER HEAT.
DETAILS FOR THIS YEAR'S GAMES WILL BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH.
ADMISSION IS FIVE BUCKS... AND THE PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO CHARITY.
TO SEE PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR'S EVENT AND STAY UPDATED ON THIS YEAR'S GAMES... JUST HEAD OVER TO THE DUBLIN "WHERE YOU LIVE" SITE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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