GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.
MOST CITY OF WARNER ROBINS EMPLOYEES WILL SEE A BOOST IN THEIR PAYCHECKS STARTING THIS MONTH.
COUNCIL APPROVED A NEW PAY SCALE TONIGHT IN A FIVE TO ZERO VOTE.
LORRA LYNCH JONES EXPLAINS WHY THE MAYOR AND ONE COUNCIL MEMBER CAUTIONED THE REST OF THE GROUP ABOUT STARTING THE SCALE NOW.
<<nats- mayor calls for the vote
FIVE HANDS WENT UP IN FAVOR OF THE NEW PAY SCALE...
THE SIXTH... DARON LEE.... CHOSE NOT VOTE... AFTER HE AND MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN SAID THEY WANTED TO DO IT... JUST NOT NOW.
Chuck Shaken: "26:40) "He's for it and Im for this, no question, but to get this done in like two weeks, it's not good business sense.
SHAHEEN SAID IT SHOULD'VE WAITED UNTIL THE NEW BUDGET YEAR... WHICH STARTS IN JULY.... BUT COUNCIL MEMBER MIKE DALEY DISAGREED.
Mike Daley: (14:40) "I think its very, very important people understand why there is a sense of urgency to go ahead and implements this and go ahead and use $199,180.66"
THAT'S THE COST TO START THE PAY ADJUSTMENT... RECOMMENDED BY THE CARL VINSON INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. THEY SAID MANY EMPLOYEES RECEIVED A LESSER PAY THAN IN CITIES OF SIMILAR SIZE.
Mike Daley: (21"00) "This is what this is all about is adjusting and paying the people that deserve the money and deserve the money now. They don't deserve it three months from now. They don't deserve it July 1st. They deserve it right now."
SHAHEEN SAYS IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF EARNING THE PAY... BUT HOW IT WILL AFFECT NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET AND THE CITY BENEFITS PACKAGE.
Chuck Shaheen: (27:41) "In the long run, the way health care is changing, it could affect the benefits package, it possibly could, absolutely."
HE SAID PAYING FOR THE MOVE NOW... COULD RESULT IN A LEANER BUDGET NEXT FISCAL YEAR... BUT SAID RAISING TAXES WILL NOT BE AN OPTION.
Chuck Shaheen: (25;40) "That's going to be a challenging thing to do, but we'll take the challenge, try to make the best out of it."
>> DALEY SAID THE LOWEST PAID EMPLOYEES MAKING ABOUT SEVEN DOLLARS AND HOUR WILL NOW EARN ABOUT TEN DOLLARS AN HOUR.
HE SAID ALL BUT ABOUT 40 OF THE CITY'S 525 EMPLOYEES WILL GET A PAY ADJUSTMENT.
THE OTHERS ARE ALREADY MAKING AT OR ABOVE THE RECOMMENDED WAGE.
MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEMBERS DELVED INTO A FULL AGENDA TONIGHT.
BUT ONE HOT TOPIC... SENT A COUNCIL MEMBER TO DO A LITTLE HOMEWORK OF HIS OWN.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS STILL HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING PUTTING OFF MINORITY BUSINESS CONTRACTS.
Nats, Lucas: "That is what he's saying"
Ellington: "One at a time, please."
Lucas: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. That is what he's saying, Mr. Defore."
IN AN APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING... COUNCIL MEMBERS GOT AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS ON GETTING CONTRACTS WITH MINORITY BUSINESSES.
Nats, Moffett: "We are not in opposition to this, we want it."
IN A WORK SESSION LAST WEEK... MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ASKED COUNCIL TO DELAY THE START DATE TO AUGUST FIRST.
Tom Ellington: "The immediate effective date requires some things that the adminstration is not yet equiped to do. and they're working to get that capacity in place as rapidly as possible."
AT LAST WEEK'S MEETING... COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE TOLD THE CITY CONTRACTED OUT 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO MINORITY BUSINESS OWNERS... BUT THEY WERE NOT GIVEN THE OVERALL CONTRACT TOTAL.
WHEN ASKED AGAIN THIS WEEK... MAYORAL STAFF... STILL DIDN'T KNOW THE TOTAL CONTRACT AMOUNT.
Nats: "Mr Watkins?"
BUT AFTER A WEEKEND OF HOMEWORK... ONE COUNCIL MEMBER... CAME PREPARED WITH ANSWERS.
Watkins: "I recieved a report from our city's clerk's office. That detailed all the contracts or commitments that our city had outstanding."
COUNCILMAN VIRGIL WATKINS SAYS... OF THE 30 MILLION DOLLARS IN CONTRACTS... LESS THAN 100 THOUSAND WAS SPENT ON MINORITY BUSINESSES.
Watkins: "To me, those numbers are unacceptable. And there is a variance between what was presented last week and what I found."
THAT VARIANCE... THE 200 THOUSAND DOLLAR DIFFERENCE IN HIS FINDINGS... HE SAYS... COULD BE BECAUSE NOT ALL INVOICES ARE GOING THROUGH THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.
BUT HE SAYS... HE'S STILL WAITING ON AN OFFICIAL ANSWER.
THE ORDINANCE GOES BEFORE FULL COUNCIL AT TUESDAY'S MEETING.
AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
THE ORDINANCE GOES BEFORE FULL COUNCIL AT TUESDAY'S MEETING.
COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS SAYS SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE RECEIVED E-MAILS FROM CURRENT CITY CONTRACTORS SAYING THEY'RE AGAINST CONTRACTING WITH MINORITY BUSINESSES.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ALSO DISCUSSED THE IDEA OF USING SPLOST FUNDS TO REPAIR AND MAINTAIN ROADS AND SIDEWALKS.
THEY FOCUSED ON THE AREA ALONG LOG CABIN DRIVE BETWEEN HOLINGSWORTH ROAD AND MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE.
COUNCILMAN LOUIS TOMPKINS SAYS THE ROADS AREN'T VEHICLE FRIENDLY... AND CALLS HIMSELF A BELL RINGER FOR THE PROJECT.
Tom Ellington: "I think we do want to do something in that area, but we want to go back through normal budgeting channels rather than picking out one particular project and legislating it."
THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE POSTPONED THE PROJECT... AS THEY WAIT FOR SPECIFIC COSTS TO COME IN.
TOMORROW AFTERNOON... THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING AND DISMEMBERING MERCER LAW GRADUATE LAUREN GIDDINGS WILL GO BEFORE A JUDGE.
STEPHEN MCDANIEL WILL ENTER A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY AT A 2 P-M ARRAIGNMENT.
AFTER THAT... JUDGE PHILLIP BROWN WILL HOLD A BOND HEARING.
FRANK HOGUE... ONE OF MCDANIEL'S ATTORNEYS... SAYS THE DEFENSE TEAM AND THEIR CLIENT ARE GOING INTO TOMORROW WITH A GOOD FEELING.
"i fully expect the bond to be reasonable, which means not excessive, which means he can post it. If he can post it, he's out of jail while we work on his case. And I expect that he will comply with the conditions of the bond, that he won't be a flight risk, that he won't be a danger, that he'll work with his lawyers and prepare his case in the appropriate way. I fully expect that."
HOGUE SAYS BOND ISN'T TYPICAL IN DEATH PENALTY CASES... BUT HE SAYS MCDANIEL IS ENTITLED TO ONE BECAUSE THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY WAITED TOO LONG TO PRESENT AN INDICTMENT.
BEFORE MCDANIEL IS RELEASED... THE JUDGE WOULD ALSO HAVE TO SET BOND IN A SEPARATE CASE WHERE HE'S ACCUSED OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION.
HE OR HIS FAMILY WOULD HAVE TO PAY BOTH BOND AMOUNTS.
THE WOMAN FOUND DEAD AFTER A MACON HOUSE FIRE FRIDAY DIED OF A SINGLE GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BIBB COUNTY CORONER LOEN JONES.
YVONNE JACKSON WAS FOUND IN HER HOME ON PATTERNSON STREET.
THE MOTHER OF THREE ATTENDED NEW HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH... AND SANG IN THE CHOIR.
HER CHILDREN MOVED IN WITH THEIR FATHER ADRIAN... AFTER THE COUPLE SEPARATED SEVERAL YEARS AGO.
THEY SAY THEY'RE REMAINING STRONG DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
Joshua: "Im feeling alright because I know where she's at. She's in heaven. I know where she at so it's alright."
ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT... JACKSON'S CAR WAS TAKEN TO THE CRIME LAB AS EVIDENCE.
THE BIG DANCE HAS ENDED FOR ANOTHER YEAR... AND ONE TEAM STANDS VICTORIOUS AS THE N-C-A-A MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS.
KENTUCKY AND KANSAS FACED OFF TONIGHT... WITH THE TITLE ON THE LINE.
KENTUCKY WAS LOOKING FOR ITS EIGHTH NATIONAL TITLE... WHILE THE JAYHAWKS WERE LOOKING FOR CHAMPIONSHIP NUMBER FOUR.
KENTUCKY LED THE ENTIRE GAME... AND PULLED OUT THE VICTORY... 67 TO 59... WITH EASE.
BEN WILL RUN DOWN HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GAME... COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IN SPORTS.
A FORMER TAYLOR COUNTY FOOTBALL STAR IS SCHEDULED TO DIE THIS MONTH FOR A 1991 CRIME SPREE.
ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.. DANIEL GREENE WILL BE EXECUTED APRIL 19TH.
COURT DOCUMENTS SAY.. THE CRIMES OCCURRED AT A CONVENIENCE STORE IN REYNOLDS.. WHERE GREENE ROBBED THE STORE.. STABBED THE CLERK.. AND FATALLY STABBED A MAN WHO HAPPENED TO WALK INTO THE STORE AT THE TIME OF THE ROBBERY.
GREENE GOT JUST 142 DOLLARS AND 55 CENTS.
FROM THERE.. GREENE WENT TO THE HOME OF A COUPLE IN MACON COUNTY HE HAD WORKED FOR..
HE GOT THEIR CAR KEYS.. THEN STABBED BOTH THE MAN AND HIS WIFE.
THEN GREENE DROVE TO ANOTHER CONVENIENCE STORE IN WARNER ROBINS.. WHERE HE GOT MONEY FROM THE CLERK.. THEN STABBED HER AS WELL.
BEFORE THE TRIAL.. GREENE CONFESSED TO THE CRIMES.. SAYING HE NEEDED MONEY TO BUY CRACK COCAINE.
BUT DURING HIS TRIAL.. GREENE TESTIFIED THAT HE SMOKED A CIGARETTE THAT MUST HAVE BEEN LACED WITH DRUGS.
THAT TRIAL HAD TO BE MOVED BECAUSE OF PRE-TRIAL PUBLICITY.
ALL OF GREEN'S PRIOR APPEALS HAVE BEEN REJECTED.
SEVEN PEOPLE DIED AND THREE OTHERS WERE INJURED AFTER A SHOOTING AT A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN OAKLAND CALIFORNIA.
TONIGHT... POLICE HAVE NAMED THE SUSPECT.
THEY ARRESTED 43-YEAR-OLD ONE GOH SHORTLY AFTER THE SHOOTING.
TERESA GARCIA HAS THE DETAILS.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA POLICE SAY THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MASSACRE AT A PRIVATE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE. THE CAMPUS OF OIKOS UNIVERSITY WAS TURNED INTO A CRIME SCENE LATE MONDAY MORNING WHEN SHOTS RANG OUT.
SOT - 16:38:56
"we heard gunshots... Somebody said somebody's got a gun..."
POLICE AND SWAT TEAMS RESPONDED QUICKLY - ESCORTING THE SCARED AND WOUNDED FROM CLASSROOMS, AND MOVING THE BODIES OF VICTIMS OUTSIDE.
SOT - Rex Waggener
"they carried a bunch of bodies out - couldn't tell if they were alive or dead."
STANDUP BRIDGE: A SUSPECT MATCHING EYEWITNESS DESCRIPTIONS OF THE GUNMAN WAS ARRESTED AT A SHOPPING CENTER A SHORT DISTANCE FROM CAMPUS.
POLICE TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY AND TOWED HIS CAR.
"It's unknown what the relationship was between the shooter and any students or the university itself.. Those are the details our investigators are following up right now."
THE SCHOOL SERVES THE AREA'S KOREAN COMMUNITY AND OFFERS CLASSES IN NURSING, MUSIC AND THEOLOGY. STUDENT DEBORAH LEE SAYS DURING THE SHOOTING, SHE TRUSTED IN HER FAITH.
SOT - Pipe 4 R11 16:45:45
"i'm a Christian.. I knew that God protects me, so I was OK."
SO FAR, NO WORD ON A MOTIVE.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE VICTIMS IS PLANNED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT IN OAKLAND.
TOMORROW ON EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNIN', CHIEF MIKE BURNS OF THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE JOINING STEPHANIE SUSSKIND AT THE NEWSDESK.
WE'LL BE ASKING HIM ABOUT A FEW DIFFERENT TOPICS, INCLUDING ANY EXPECTATIONS HE HAS FOR STEPHEN MCDANIEL'S HEARING TOMORROW.
WE'LL ALSO BE TALKING ABOUT MACON-BIBB CONSOLIDATION.
YOU MAY REMEMBER UNDER THAT PLAN, THE SHERIFF OF BIBB COUNTY WOULD BECOME THE CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY, WHILE THE ROLE OF POLICE CHIEF WOULD BE PRESERVED AS AN APPOINTED POSITION.
JOIN US AS WE DISCUSS THAT LEGISTLATION WITH CHIEF MIKE BURNS, TOMORROW ON EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNIN' AT 6:30.
ROBOTS NOW LEND A HAND DURING LUNG SURGERIES AT COLISEUM MEDICAL CENTER.
DOCTOR LAURA REED MANEUVERS THESE MECHANICAL LEVERS TO MOVE TWO ROBOTIC ARMS DURING SURGERIES.
THE THREE DIMENSIONAL CAMERA ALLOWS HER SEE ALL SIDES OF THE PROCEDURE WHILE SITTING ALMOST TEN FEET AWAY FROM THE PATIENT.
THIS TECHNOLOGY DEBUTED AT COLISEUM THREE YEARS AGO... AND ORIGINALLY HELPED WITH HEART SURGERIES.
DOCTOR REED STARTED USING THE MACHINE FOR LUNG PROCEDURES AT THE END OF FEBRUARY.
for the thorascopic surgeries we did, the instruments were very rigid. they didnt have any joints that we could manipulate and get around things. with the robotics its just like your own wrists and you can manipulate the instruments such that you can do much more and with a lot less surrounding trauma to the tissues
REED TRAVELS TO OTHER HOSPITALS INCLUDING THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA TO USE THE TECHNOLOGY FOR LUNG PATIENTS THROUGHOUT THE AREA.
A GROUP FROM AUGUSTA PAID A VISIT TO A MACON HOME TO LEND A HELPING HAND.
THEY ARE MEMBERS OF A DISASTER RECOVERY TEAM THAT SPECIALIZES IN REPAIR WORK.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH THEM IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.
WHEN THEY'RE NOT BUSY RESPONDING TO DISASTERS.. THE GROUP COMES TO CENTRAL GEORGIA TO VOLUNTEER WITH REBILDING MACON.
LEE CARTER IS A MEMBER OF THE AUGUSTA BAPTIST DISASTER RECOVERY SERVICE.
HE SAYS HE AND HIS TEAM STARTED COMING TO THE AREA AFTER THE MOTHER'S DAY TORNADOES HIT.
CARTER ENJOYS HELPING OTHERS SO MUCH THAT HE LEFT HIS CAREER AS A COLLEGE PROFESSOR AT A SCHOOL IN AUGUSTA.
"People call me doc because I taught bio chemistry at the medical college for about 30 years until it got where my teaching at the medical college interfered with me doing this work, so I gave up my job so I could do this."
CARTER SAYS OVER THE YEARS... THEIR TEAM HAS MADE ABOUT 10 TRIPS TO MACON.
THEY HAVE A TOTAL OF SIXTY MEMBERS WHO THEY DISBURSE TO DIFFERENT AREAS FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS.
WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT WHERE YOU LIVE... AND TODAY WE'RE HOPPING ON OVER TO MILLEDGEVILLE.
AT THIS MONTH'S FIRST FRIDAY IN DOWNTOWN MILLEDGEVILLE... YOU COULD BE ON THE HUNT FOR EASTER EGGS... WHILE YOU TAKE IN THE LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS.
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