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AND I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...
OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... BIBB COUNTY PRESCHOOLERS THROUGH THIRD GRADERS WILL START LEARNING MANDARIN CHINESE... IN AUGUST.
THAT'S PART OF THE TIMELINE THAT SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND UNVEILED FOR THE MACON MIRACLE STRATEGIC PLAN.
CANDACE ADORKA IS AT THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT... SHE JOINS US NOW WITH AN UPDATE... CANDACE?
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THE SEARCH IS ON TONIGHT FOR TWO MEN POLICE SAY TRIED TO ROB A MACON CONVENIENCE STORE...THEN SHOT THE CLERK.
THE POLICE REPORT SAYS...THE CASHIER, ASHISHKUMAR PATEL... WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER.
ACCORDING TO A FRIEND, PATEL WAS HIT IN THE BACK AND HAS BEEN RELEASED.
AUSTIN LEWIS SPOKE WITH THE MANAGER OF A NEARBY STORE WHO SAYS HE CALLED FOR HELP..
S-J FOODS ON MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE...IS RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM SUNRISE STORE...
ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES HERE...SAW WHAT WAS GOING ON
Michael Dixson, Macon, Manager at SJ Foods: 00:40 One of my stockers came in and told me that it looked like something was going down across the street and I said okay, we need to probably call 911 so that's what I did.
MACON POLICE SAY TWO MEN TRIED TO ROB THE SUNRISE STORE WEDNESDAY NIGHT...AND SHOT THE CLERK.
DIXSON SAID AT THE TIME...HE KNEW SOMETHING WASN'T RIGHT AT THE STORE.
Michael Dixson, Macon, Manager at SJ Foods: 01:08 So they asked me if I could give them a description and I said I couldn't give them a description because I didn't really have anything to go on other than to call them and I kept telling them there's a robbery in progress, I don't know exactly why they haven't called you yet, but I assume somebody got hurt.
Michael Dixson, Macon, Manager at SJ Foods: 02:08 I wanted to hear sirens right away, I guess that was kinda of impossible, I wanted to make sure that nothing more serious could have happened.
ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT...THE MAN WHO SHOT ASHISHKUMAR PATEL WAS WEARING A GREY HOOD AND A GLOVE.
DIXSON SAYS WHEN ROBBERIES LIKE THIS HAPPEN...IT MAKES HIM THINK OF HIS STORE'S OWN SECURITY.
Michael Dixson, Macon, Manager at SJ Foods:When it happened over there, I imediately closed my little bullet proof glass and everything that's all basically you can do.
ALONG WITH THE BULLETPROOF GLASS AT THE REGISTER...
DIXSON SAYS AT S-J FOODS THEY HAVE 16 CAMERAS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE STORE...
Michael Dixson, Macon, Manager at SJ Foods: we have our system cameras along the sides so we can see. We have monitors so we can montior while sitting inside, the sliding bullet proof glass door.
NO MATTER WHAT HOW MANY SECURITY CAMERAS ARE AT THE STORE.. DIXON SAYS... NOTHING TAKES THE PLACE OF KEEPING YOUR COOL..
Michael Dixson, Macon, Manager at SJ Foods: Sometimes when robbers come in their main intention is to get money and for the clerks and the managers and the owners cooperate as much as possible, because not only their safety is involved, their customers, their safety as well.
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>> ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE SHOOTING CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
THAT NUMBER AGAIN 1-877-68-CRIME.
HOUSTON COUNTY INVESTIGATORS BELEIVE A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS BEATEN... STRANGLED AND DUMPED INTO THE OCMULGEE RIVER.
CAPTAIN ROBERT CLARK SAYS THEY CHARGED THREE MEN WITH JUSTIN KLAFFKA'S MURDER... AND EXPECT MORE CHARGES TO FOLLOW.
SEAN CLARK CALLS THIS SCENE... A WALK WITH HIS DAUGHTER AND DOG... TYPICAL OF DIXIE TRAIL.
Sean Clark, Warner Robins: (24:30) "Real good neighborhood, real quiet, lot of kids around here."
HE THOUGHT THE MEN WHO MOVED IN THIS TRAILER A FEW WEEKS AGO... WOULD FIT IN.
Sean Clark:(25:15) "I saw them outside, barbecuing, having a good time."
BUT THURSDAY HE FOUND OUT POLICE CHARGED BROTHERS.. WILLIAM AND DANIEL SLATON... ALONG WITH THEIR FRIEND MATHEW PIKE... WITH MURDER.
Sean Clark: (25:27) "It scared me. I have a 9-year-old daughter, who walks to school, the bus stop everyday."
THE MEN ARE ACCUSED OF KILLING 25-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN KLAFFKA HERE APRIL 10TH. CLARK SAYS THE THREE MEN GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WITH KLAFFKA... ABOUT A ROBBERY THEY ALL ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED EASTER SUNDAY.
HE SAYS THE MEN BELIEVED KLAFKAA SNITCHED ON THEM TO POLICE... SO ...ACCORDING TO POLICE.....THEY KILLED HIM AND DUMPED HIS BODY.
THIS MUG SHOT OF KLAFFKA IS FROM PRIOR ARRESTS IN HOUSTON COUNTY AND FLORIDA... WHERE HE LIVED BEFORE MOVING TO THIS MOBILE HOME PARK IN CENTERVILLE LAST YEAR.
Lorra Lynch Jones, Eyewitness News: (32:50) "Neighbors say they didn't know Klaffka well enough to talk about him on camera, but were able to give us some anecdotal information. He moved into the neighborhood about 10 months ago, first into a trailer down the street. Then, into this one with a girlfriend and two children. He also worked for a small landscaping company based in this neighborhood."
CAPTAIN ROBERT CLARK SAYS SOME KIDS... SWIMMING IN THE OCMULGEE FOUND HIS BODY SUNDAY... WITH NO I-D.
Captrain Robert Clark: (15:04) "The most prominent thing we were able to ID, he had several prominent tatoos."
HE SAYS LOCAL TATOO ARTISTS HELPED THEM IDENTIFY KLAFFKA... AND FINGERPRINTS FROM PAST ARRESTS CONFIRMED IT.
>> CLARK SAYS HE EXPECTS THAT THE SLATONS AND PIKE WILL BE CHARGED WITH ADDITIONAL CRIMES.
HE BELIEVES DRUGS WERE THE MOTIVE FOR THE ROBBERY.
BEGINNING TODAY... SOME VERIZON WIRELESS CUSTOMERS IN MACON MIGHT BE SURFING THE WEB... DOWNLOADING FILES...AND SHARING MUSIC FASTER THAN BEFORE.
JUDY LE DROPPED BY THE MACON CENTREPLEX TO GET IN ON THE 4-G LAUNCH.... IN TODAY'S GEEK 13.
(NAT 57_01: 347 sean how are you? doing good man. just hanging out here trying to get some breakfast..hope you're having a good time in there. its getting warmer out here 354)
DOZENS OF BUSINESSES STOPPED BY THE MACON CENTREPLEX FOR BREAKFAST WITH A SIDE OF FRESH TECHNOLOGY.
(NAT 55_02: with 4g lte, we are quoting 5 to12 megabits per second)
VERIZON LAUNCHED THE 4G NETWORK FOR IN MACON AND PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
AFTER THE PRESENTATION...PEOPLE VISITIED INTERACTIVE STAITIONS THAT DEMONSTRATED SPEED AND REAL-TIME VIDEO CAPABILITIES.
standup: this station is all about latency. that means there is very little delay in in the video seen here. the georgia farm bureau stopped by and said they would use this technology as part of their interviewing process
THE SERVICE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE PHONES...TABLETS...AND OTHER DEVICES THAT ARE 4G COMPATIBLE.
SOT JASON FAIRCLOTH, BCI INSTALLATIONS: 325 i really think we're going to start implementing these tablets and the ability to log video files on site when we're with the cutsomer so that what we say to the customer makes it to the team that is performing the work. 337
TO DEMONSTRATE HOW FAST 4-G IS... IMAGINE TAKING A FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK TO TOKYO. IF YOU TRAVEL AT A SPEED SIMILAR TO 3-G.. IT'LL TAKE 14 HOURS... UP THAT TO 4-G.. AND YOU'RE THERE IN 80 MINUTES.
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>> VERIZON'S 4G NETWORK WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO CUSTOMERS IN WARNER ROBINS.. PERRY AND BYRON.
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