Wednesday, April 18, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

WE START WITH SOME BREAKING NEWS
THREE MEN FACE MURDER CHARGES...AND HOUSTON COUNTY OFFICIALS RIGHT NOW ARE LOOKING FOR MORE EVIDENCE... IN THE KILLING OF A MAN FOUND IN THE OCMULGEE RIVER.
THE HOUSTON SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NOW SAYS THE VICTIM AS 25-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN KLAFFKA OF WARNER ROBINS.
AND THEY'VE ACCUSED THREE WARNER ROBINS MEN OF KILILNG HIM.
27-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW PIKE, 29-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM SLATON AND 35-YEAR-OLD DANIEL SLATON OF WARNER ROBINS WERE ARRESTED AND HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER.
SO FAR..THEY'VE NOT RELEASED DETAILS ON THE KILLING....OR SAY HOW KLAFFKA DIED.
THIS AFTERNOON....CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATORS ARE WORKING UNDER A TENT OUTSIDE A HOME ON DIXIE TRAIL...OFF ELBERTA ROAD...IN WARNER ROBINS.
AUSTIN LEWIS IS ON THE SCENE....BUT SO FAR...INVESTIGATORS THERE WILL NOT COMMENT.
WE'LL UPDATE THIS STORY WHEN MORE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE...AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.

SOME PEOPLE SAY A CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE IS PUTTING THEIR HOMES AT RISK.
BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTIES AND THE CENTRAL GEORGIA JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY... ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO BUY PROPERTIES NEAR THE BASE TO PREVENT ENCROACHMENT.
AUTHORITY PROJECT MANAGER... CHAN LAYSON SAYS...IT USUALLY TAKES ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO KNOCK DOWN BUILDINGS ON THOSE LOTS... AND CLEAN UP DEBRIS.
BUT THEY'VE FALLEN BEHIND.
CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS SOME PEOPLE IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY SAY.... THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT.
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CHARLENE KENT AND LUCY DUKE ARE BEST FRIENDS... AND NEIGHBORS FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS.
"there are a lot of memories here you know..."
THEY SAY THEY DON'T PLAN TO SELL AND MOVE OUT... AS MANY OF THEIR NEIGHBORS HAVE... EVEN THOUGH THE EMPTY LOTS LEFT BEHIND ARE DRAWING STRANGERS.
"Cars are up and down this road. Where are they going? There's only 3 families down there, where are they going? And expecially at midnight?"
"I mean I've seen people from Hawkinsville here... the tags, coz I wrote them down."
TWO OF THE EMPTY LOTS SIT AT THE END OF KAREN SCARBOROUGH'S DRIVEWAY ON ZORA PLACE.
"this trailer stayed and they tore it down but they have not moved it and its been over 60 days. And this one over here was moved probably within the month."
THE CENTRAL GEORGIA JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY NOW OWNS THE LAND... AND THEY PLAN TO TURN IT INTO THIS.
"That will be the finished product...."
CHAIRMAN CHUCK ONEAL SAYS THEY FELL BEHIND ON THE CLEAN UP WHILE WAITING ON COUNTY FUNDS... AND HIRING A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR.
"we're behind it and I promise you we're going to have this cleaned up. We've gotten the means and we've gotten the people now so it'll be cleaned up."
HE SAYS CLEAN UP ON ZORA PLACE WILL START THIS WEEK... AND THE REST OF THE WAIT LIST SHOULD BE CLEANED IN ABOUT 45 DAYS.
"If they can get it all cleaned up, these people won't be riding up and down as much because they wont see anything out there."
ONEAL SAYS THERE ARE ABOUT 200 LOTS TO PURCHASE... BUT HE SAYS FROM NOW ON... THE CLEAN UP SHOULD GO A LOT SMOOTHER.
CANDACE ADORKA... 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> O'NEAL SAYS THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HAS PURCHASED 69 LOTS.
EIGHT OF THOSE LOTS HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP.

BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND AND TWO OTHER OFFICIALS WILL HEAD TO BELGIUM NEXT WEEK TO TOUT THEIR SUCCESS IN DRAWING UP THE MACON MIRACLE STRATEGIC PLAN.
THE TRIO WILL SPEAK IN GHENT ON THURSDAY TO A GATHERING RUN BY THE CENTER FOR APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY.
THAT'S THE GROUP THAT FACILITATED LAST YEAR'S PUBLIC SESSIONS AT THE MACON CENTREPLEX.... WHERE DALLEMAND ASKED FOR IDEAS ABOUT IMPROVING BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS.
REPUBLICAN ACTIVIST BILL KNOWLES OF MACON CONTACTED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S ATTORNEY RANDY HOWARD... WHO TOLD HIM THE DISTRICT WILL FOOT THE BILL FOR THEIR CONFERENCE FEE.
"It is a complete waste of the taxpayers money, I think Dr. Dallemand, if he wants to make this work, needs to be heree to make it work and not showboat and beat his chest and say what a great plan he has. He needs to put the plan in motion if it's going to work and quit taking credit for something that hasnt been done yet."
KNOWLES SAYS HOWARD DID NOT HAVE INFORMATION ON TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR THE GROUP.
DALLEMAND AND HOWARD COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT TODAY.

PEOPLE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT THE MILLEDGEVILLE 6-YEAR-OLD... WHO WAS HANDCUFFED BY POLICE.
WE FIRST BROUGHT YOU THAT STORY ON MONDAY... AND SINCE THEN...IT'S GOTTEN INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION.
JUDY LE WENT TO BALDWIN COUNTY TODAY...TO HEAR WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CASE.
6YO SALECIA JOHNSON GETTING HADNCUFFED AT SCHOOL HAS BEEN THE TALK OF THE TOWN. I'VE BEEN HERE ALL DAY TALKING TO PEOPLE TO SEE WHERE THEY STAND. BASED ON CHIEF SWICORD ACCOUNT YESTERDAY, SOME SAY THEY DON'T SEE WHERE THE POLICE WENT WRONG AND THAT THEY SUPPORT THE MPD 100-PERCENT. A RETIRED SCHOOL COUNSELOR TOLD ME THAT YOU DON'T GET CALLED INTO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE FOR NO REASON.
Jimmy wright mv 41 the police department? they're straight. they wouldnt doanythign to offend a child like that. 46
lon david gibson, macon, grad student 138 i think they handled it best htey could. tyrign to keep her from hurting herself and others 141
OTHERS ARE SAYING TO HANDCUFF A 6YO IS EXCESSIVE AND EXTREME EBCAUSE A 6YO DOESN'T KNOW ANY BETTER.
kim joris, the folks art 140 i think the first reaction is to always make sure the child is safe adn that the other children in this situation was safe too. i would hope that handcuffing is not the means...that had to hapen to make the child safe154
jared tolbret savannah, grad student 113 their hodl case is that if anyone is put in the back of a police car and takend own to the station they ahve to be handcuffed and what not. that's is jsut...i dont want to say its disgusting, but it shows you that ..as free as we are. how free are we that we can shackle six year olds 139
alexandria bell marietta, senior 234 ive heard of suituations where kinders brought gusn to school, i understand if that child was taken to the police station. jsut acting out of control? no. 240
YESTERDAY... SALECIA JOHNSON'S FAMILY SAID SHE'S ALLOWED TO RETURN TO SCHOOL MONDAY... BUT THEY HOPE TO ENROLL HER IN A DIFFERENT SCHOOL.

IRWINTON'S CITY CLERK AND STREET MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR ARE ACCUSED OF TAKING MONEY FROM THE CITY.
ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION... CITY CLERK LISA BROOKS AND SUPERVISOR ROGER FORD TURNED THEMSELVES INTO THE WILKINSON COUNTY JAIL TODAY.
THEY SAY WILKINSON COUNTY D-A FRED BRIGHT ASKED THEM TO INVESTIGATE AFTER AN AUDIT REVEALED THE MISSING MONEY.
AUTHORITIES WON'T SAY HOW MUCH MONEY IS MISSING.

TELEVISION PERSONALITY DICK CLARK.. THE LONGTIME HOST OF AMERICAN BANDSTAND DIED OF A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK TODAY AT THE AGE OF 82.
HE PRODUCED NUMEROUS T-V SHOWS.. FROM THE 25-THOUSAND DOLLAR PYRAMID GAME SHOW.. TO T-V'S BLOOPERS AND PRACTICAL JOKES..
BUT FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS.. DICK CLARK COUNTED DOWN TO MIDNIGHT IN NEW YORK ON NEW YEAR'S EVE..
HE HASN'T BEEN IN THE PUBLIC EYE MUCH SINCE A 2004 STROKE LEFT HIM PARTIALLY PARALYZED AND WITH SLURRED SPEECH.
CLARK'S SIGNATURE SIGN-OFF WAS ALWAYS.. "FOR NOW, DICK CLARK... SO LONG."
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

HE'S A COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND.. WITH FORTY NUMBER ONE HITS..
BUT MERLE HAGGARD SAYS.. HE'S JUST GLAD TO BE ALIVE..
BRITTINY BARBER SPOKE WITH HIM TODAY.. ABOUT THE ILLNESS THAT FORCED HIM TO CANCEL HIS LAST SHOW IN MACON.. AND HOW HE'S BEEN DOING SINCE THEN.
>> Brittiny Barber speaks with Merle Haggard about his tour, which includes a make-up date in Macon for a concert Haggard cancelled in January. Haggard talks about how he was treated for penumonia and why Macon is close to his heart now.<<
HAGGARD WAS INDUCTED INTO THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME IN 1994.
THERE ARE STILL SOME FLOOR AND BALCONY SEATS AVAILABLE FOR NEXT WEEK'S SHOW AT THE CITY AUDITORIUM IN MACON.

TOMORROW... YOU'RE INVITED TO DISCUSS WHETHER THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SHOULD EXPAND THE OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT.
THE AGENCY WILL HOST A PUBLIC MEETING TOMORROW EVENING FROM FIVE UNTIL EIGHT P-M AT THE OGMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT VISITOR CENTER ON EMERY HIGHWAY.
IT WILL INCLUDE AN OPEN HOUSE AND A PRESENTATION.
AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HAVE YOU EVER VISITED THE OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT?
SO FAR 73 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... YOU HAVE.
AND 27 PERCENT SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE HOMEPAGE.


TWO JONES COUNTY SENIORS HAVE MORE THAN GRADUATION ON THEIR MIND.. THEY'VE GOT A BOTTOM LINE TO THINK ABOUT..
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES.. STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART..
JOEL SHIVER AND SAVANNAH HAMILTON BEAMED WITH PRIDE THIS MORNING AT THE RIBBON CUTTING FOR THEIR SECOND-HAND STORE.. JUST PEACHY.
THE PAIR STARTED WORKING FOR SAVANNAH'S MOM AT HER STORE IN MILLEDGEVILLE..
WHEN IT CLOSED.. THEY DECIDED TO BRING THE BUSINESS TO DOWNTOWN GRAY.. A MOVE THAT IMPRESSED THE JONES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE..
>>Kathy Jo Gordon, Jones Co. Chamber of Commerce: " Quite frankly it's very admirable of these two to have this type of vision at this age...being seniors in high school. ". <<

THE CHAMBER VOTED TO GIVE THE TEENS A DISCOUNT ON CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP.. MAKING THEM THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS EVER.
JUST PEACHY IS LOCATED ON GORDON STREET IN DOWNTOWN GRAY.



















































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