Thursday, February 23, Eyewitness News at 11

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<<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>

GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..

AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE SHOWED UP TONIGHT FOR A FORUM ABOUT BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND'S PROPOSED STRATEGIC PLAN.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT DALLEMAND WERE ON HAND AT SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL.
CANDACE ADORKA HAS MORE ON WHAT PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAD TO SAY.

THE SOUTHWEST HIGH AUDITORIUM WAS ONLY ABOUT HALF FULL... BUT FOR TWO AND A HALF HOURS... ABOUT 40 PEOPLE... PARENTS... DISTRICT EMPLOYEES... AND ONE CITY COUNCILMAN... SPOKE THEIR MINDS ABOUT THE MACON MIRACLE STRATEGIC PLAN.
JUST LIKE AT A REGULAR BOARD MEETING... BOARD MEMBERS DID NOT ADDRESS THE SPEAKERS... BUT BOARD PRESIDENT TOMMY BARNES SAYS THEY WILL POST RESPONSES TOMORROW ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE... AND ON THE SUPERINTENDENT'S BLOG.
HE SAID THEY WOULD REPLAY TO COMMON THEMES IN THE COMMENTS.
FOR EXAMPLE ONE CONCERN THAT KEPT COMING UP WAS DISCIPLE IN SCHOOLS.

"This is what I'm really scared of and I don't think it was really addressed. The whole approach for the future of discipline was really great but what I would have liked to seen was somthing that takes hold now.

PEOPLE ALSO ASKED FOR MORE DETAILS... MORE INFORMATION... EXAMPLES OF HOW PARTS OF THE PLAN WILL WORK.
SPECIFICALLY... PEOPLE WANTED TO KNOW HOW THE DISTRICT WOULD PAY FOR THE PLAN.

Henry Goss: If you vote on this plan without looking for a line-item budget and you know how much it's gonna cost you, if you vote for that, not good.
"What cost is? Numbers, we haven't heard anything about as far as cost. We know there is going to be a 23 possibly 26 million dollar savings which is also eroded down because of the changes in the plan, we appreciate the changes you're considering but we still have no idea of the cost. "

THE LAST TIME PEOPLE GOT THE CHANCE TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD... ALMOST THIRTY PEOPLE SPOKE... AND ONLY THREE SPOKE IN FAVOR THE PLAN.
THIS TIME... THE FEEL WAS MORE POSITIVE.
16 PEOPLE SPOKE IN FAVOR OF THE PLAN... AND EVEN MORE OFFERED WORDS OF SUPPORT EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT PARTS OF THE PLAN.
HERE'S WHAT SOME SAID.

Marvella Ivery, Participants"It doesn't take a rocket sceintist to see that this man came to change Bibb county in a good way, not in a bad way. He is not a dictator. He is coming to enhance what we already have in place, shift some thing around, so our kids can be prepared for the 21st century... not the 17th century"
Michelle Flowers, Participants: "I ask you tonight, that when you vote you think about all the kids in Bibb county. The many students who are failing right now and we will all pay for it. I don't care what side of town you live on, when this town and this community fails you won't even be able to sale your house to get out of it. Nobody will come here, nobody will live here, this system will die."

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD... SUSAN MIDDLETON SAYS NO DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR A VOTE.
SHE SAYS RIGHT NOW THE PLAN IS TO KEEP LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY'S FEEDBACK.
FRANK? LEAH?

THANKS CANDACE.
YOU CAN JOIN IN ON THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE MACON MIRACLE...

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THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

MACON POLICE SAY THEY'VE CHARGED A MAN WITH INCIDENT EXPOSURE AFTER SEVERAL COMPLAINTS FROM WOMEN.

A POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS 46-YEAR-OLD TIMOTHY MARCUS OF BYRON WAS ARRESTED AT HIS JOB IN PERRY THIS AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO THE GEORIGA SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY... MARCUS IS A CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTOR.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS MARCUS IS SUSPECTED OF EXPOSING HIMSELF TO SEVERAL WOMEN ON BUSY STREETS IN THE VINEVILLE AVENUE... FORSYTH ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD.

GAUDET SAYS MORE CHARGES ARE EXPECTED.
MARCUS IS ALSO ACCUSED OF VIOLATING PROBATION.
GAUDET SAID HE BONDED OUT OF JAIL TONIGHT..

A MACON WOMANS DIED AFTER A TREE FELL ON HER NEAR LAKE ARROWHEAD IN EAST MACON.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES.

HE SAYS IT HAPPENED AROUND 2:15 THIS AFTERNOON.
JONES SAYS THE WOMAN WAS FISHING WITH A FRIEND AT THE LAKE NEAR BOWDEN GOLF COURSE WHEN THE WIND BLEW THE TREE DOWN.
MACON POLICE SAY THE VICTIM WAS 57-YEAR-OLD ETHEL MAE RIGGINS OF MACON.
THEY SAY... A WITNESS HEARD A BIG GUST OF WIND AND THE TREE CRACK TWICE... THEN FALL.
POLICE SAY RIGGINS DIED OF BLUNT-FORCE TRAUMA TO THE HEAD.

STACEY BLOOSDWORTH IS STILL TECHNICALLY THE SHERIFF OF WILCOX COUNTY.. EVEN THOUGHT HE WAS FORCED TO RESIGN ON TUESDAY.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO COUNTY CHAIRMAN LANIER KING..
HE SAYS THE GOVERNOR MUST SIGN OFF ON THE RESIGNATION BEFORE IT TAKES EFFECT.
KINGS SAYS HE DOESN'T HAVE A TIME FRAME ON WHEN THAT WILL HAPPEN.
RIGHT NOW HE SAYS CHIEF DEPUTY LONNIE CURRY IS IN CHARGE AT THE DEPARTMENT..
AND PEOPLE IN WILCOX COUNTY REMAIN DIVIDED ON HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT BLOODSWORTH.

dewayneHe really do a lot for the community and everything and eh really helps a lot of people out. If you really need a favor there's a person you can go to."
donna "He never kept his promises. There had been several times over the years that I had tried to reach him and went to talk to him about people in my own family that were having problems and he would either say he couldn't do anything about it or he wouldn't be there. He wouldn't answer the calls

ONCE THE GOVERNOR SIGNS OFF ON BLOODSWORTHS RESIGNATION... THE WILCOX COUNTY PROBATE JUDGE WILL APPOINT AN INTERIM SHERIFF UNTIL THE ELCTION IN NOVEMBER.

POLICE SAY THEY LIKELY WON'T CHARGE A MAN THEY BELIEVE TOOK TWO SMALL CHILDREN FROM AN ATLANTA AREA GAS STATION.. AND LATER LEFT THEM WITH FRIENDS.
DEKALB COUNTY POLICE SAY CHARLES WATSON TURNED HIMSELF IN LAST NIGHT.
THEY SAY THEY DON'T THINK HE INTENDED TO KIDNAP THE CHILDREN.
OFFICIALS SAY WATSON TOOK THE KIDS FROM A GAS STATION WHEN THEIR MOTHER DIDN'T RETURN WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF SPEAKING TO AN OFFICER ABOUT HER BROKEN DOWN CAR.
DETECTIVES SAY SHE WAS DELAYED BECAUSE SHE RODE WITH THE TOW TRUCK DRIVER TO DROP OFF HER CAR.
THEY SAY WHEN SHE RETURNED TO THE GAS STATION.. THE TWO TODDLERS WERE GONE.

A BONAIRE MAN SAYS HE NOTICED OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS MISSING FROM HIS BANK ACCOUNT.

SCOTT OSTROW SAYS WHEN HE CHECKED HIS ONLINE ACCOUNT... HE SAW SEVERAL CHARGES FROM COMPANIES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
HE SAYS HE USED HIS CARD THREE TIMES THE WEEK THE OVERSEAS CHARGES WERE MADE.
ONE OF THOSE PLACES WAS THE LA BERRY FROZEN YOGURT CAFE COMPANY IN WARNER ROBINS.
PRESIDENT OF THE LA'BERRY COMPANY... JACK LARGENT TOLD 13WMAZ YESTERDAY... THE COMPANY HAS TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR SEVERAL COMPLAINTS OF FALSE CHARGES.
OSTROW SAID HE HAS NOT CONTACTED LABERRY OR THE POLICE ABOUT THE PROBLEM WITH HIS CARD...SO IT'S NOT CLEAR WHERE THE BREACH HAPPENED.
BUT CHRISTINA OBRIEN FROM ROBINS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SAYS MANY CARD FRAUD CASES INVOLVE AN INDIVIDUAL NOT A COMPANY.

A lot oftimes it happens electronically, where they've done business with a merchant, and through a third party that the merchant uses to process their credit card transactions. And typically its someone who hacks into their system and they can actually access the card information that way.

OBRIEN SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD MONITOR THEIR ACCOUNTS ONLINE ON A REGULARLYL... AND REPORT ANY FALSE CHARGES IMMEDIATELY.

IF YOU'RE MAKING PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND... LET US HELP YOU OUT.

SCENE 13 IS COMING UP... AFTER THE BREAK... STAY WITH US.

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A LONG TIME AGO IN AN AGE FAR, FAR TOO AWESOME TO FORGET... PEOPLE WORE HEINOUS FASHIONS, GLAM ROCK WARRED WITH TECHNO, AND SYLVESTER STALLONE WAS ROCKY-IN' THE BIG SCREEN. NOW, SOME MAY SAY "THANK GOODNESS IT'S OVER!" BUT AS FOR ME - I SAY "MAY THE EIGHTIES LIVE FOREVER!"

OR AT LEAST THIS SUNDAY NIGHT! CAUSE THE SIXTH ANNUAL FOODIES AWARDS SHOW IS HAPPENIN' AND IT'S ALL ABOUT THE EIGHTIES! IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO THE FOODIES BEFORE - MIGHT I RECOMMEND THAT THIS BE THE YEAR YOU ATTEND? FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE FOODIES IS A CELEBRATION OF THE AMAZING LOCAL RESTAURANTS FOUND THROUGHOUT CENTRAL GEORGIA! THINK THE OSCARS OF LOCAL CUISINE. SECOND - THE FOODIES IS ONE OF THE MOS TENTERTAINING SHOWS YOU EVER DID SEE! THE OPENING ACT IS ALWAYS A GREAT SURPRISE...AND...WELL, IT'S MY SPECIALTY! THEN YOU'VE GOT GOOD STUFF HAPPENING ALL THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT TO KEEP YOU ROCKIN' IN YOUR SEATS. SO CHECK THIS - GET TICKETS NOW! HEAD ONLINE TO THE-GRAND-MACON-DOT-COM TO DO SO. THE PRE-SHOW PARTY KICKS OFF AT FIVE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE AT THE LIBRARY BALLROOM. THEN GET ON BACK TO THE GRAND BY SIX-THIRTY - PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT EARLIER - TO GET THE FULL FOODIES AWARDS SHOW EXPERIENCE. I'LL SEE YOU THERE!

OKAY, WE KICKED THINGS OFF ON SUNDAY...NOW LET'S HEAD BACK TO FRIDAY NIGHT, WHERE ONE OF THE GREATEST ACTS TO COME OUT OFTHE EIGHTIES HITS UP THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE! IT'S THE OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE! THE LEGEND OF JAKE AND ELWOOD COMES ALIVE THROUGH THE MUSIC AND COMEDY OF THIS LIVE CONCERT KINDA SHOW. COME SEE THE LIGHT THIS FRIDAY NIGHT - SEVEN-THIRTY. AGAIN - GRAB THOSE TICKETS AT THE-GRAND-MACON-DOT-COM.

GLORY BE! IN PERRY, SOME THEATRE FOLKS ARE GETTIN' A LITTLE BIT FRISKY!

THOUGH THE NAME MIGHT IMPLY OTHERWISE, THIS IS ONE SHOW THAT YOU COULD TAKE YOUR DEAR SWEET GRANDMOMMA TO SEE! AND SHE'D ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

THIS HILARIOUS SHOW OPENS FRIDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN-THIRTY! CALL 987-5354 TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR YOU CAN MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE AT PERRY-PLAYERS-DOT-ORG.

AND SPEAKING OF THEATRE, THIS WEEKEND IS THE ABSOLUTE LAST WEEKEND TO CATCH PURLIE VICTORIOUS AT THEATRE MACON! THE SHOW IS HAPPENING FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT - EIGHT O'CLOCK BOTH EVENINGS. CALL 746-9485 FOR RESERVATIONS.

AND THAT, GOOD PEOPLE, IS THAT! HOPE TO SEE YOU SUNDAY ROCKIN' THE BIG HAIR AND QUESTIONABLE FASHION CHOICES AT THE FOODIES! THIS HAS BEEN SCENE THIRTEEN...AND THAT IS A WRAP!


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AND ONE LAST QUICK LOOK AT TOMORROW'S FORECAST WITH CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES.



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LETTERMAN'S NEXT WITH ACTRESS KRISTIN CHENOWETH..

HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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