Tuesday, May 1, Eyewitness News at 6

10:07 PM, May 1, 2012   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
  • FILED UNDER

HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M FRANK MALLOY.
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

IF BIBB COUNTY VOTERS APPROVE CONSOLIDATION THIS SUMMER... THE SHERIFF WOULD BECOME THE TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL... AND LEAD THE COMBINED SHERIFF'S AND POLICE DEPARTMENT.
THREE DEMOCRATS ARE VYING FOR THAT JOB... CURRENT CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS....RETIRED CAPTAIN WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ALBERT HALL. ... AND RETIRED DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS OFFICIAL BILL LUCAS.
THEY JOIN RANDALL SAVAGE NOW... TO TALK ABOUT HOW THEY WOULD FIGHT CRIME...AND RUN A CONSOLIDATED COUNTY.
QUALIFYING HAPPENS LATER THIS MONTH...BUT SO FAR THERE ARE NO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES.
THE PRIMARY ELECTION TAKES PLACE ON JULY 31ST.

THE GEORGIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE COMES TO MACON TOMORROW TO MAKE SURE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS UNDERSTAND THE OPEN RECORDS LAW AND OPEN MEETINGS LAW.
STEFAN RITTER... SENIOR ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL... WILL DISCUSS STATE LAW WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND OTHER DISTRICT OFFICIALS.
LAST MONTH.... GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SIGNED A NEW LAW MAKING SOME CHANGES IN THE RECORDS LAW... AND RITTER WILL TALK ABOUT THEM.
THE PUBLIC AND THE SCHOOL BOARD ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
CANDACE ADORKA HAS MORE ON THE MEETING.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE SAYS THE FORUM CAME AFTER THE TELEGRAPH RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT THE SPEED WITH WHICH THE DISTRICT RESPONDED TO OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS, AND THE TYPE OF INFORMATION THEY RECEIVED IN RESPONSE.
WE CALLED SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE MEETING WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE...WE WERE TOLD HE WAS NOT AVAILABLE.
IN FACT....THE LAST TIME DALLEMAND AGREED TO SPEAK WITH 13WMAZ....EXCEPT AT A BOARD MEETING OR ANOTHER SCHEDULED EVENT...WAS ON FEBRUARY 15TH.
THE LAST TIME ANY OF HIS DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENTS WOULD SPEAK TO US... WAS MARCH 8TH.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE ISSUES WE'VE ASKED TO SPEAK TO DALLEMAND ABOUT...
WE'VE CALLED TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS 'MACON MIRACLE' STRATEGIC PLAN....
....WE ASKED FOR COMMENT ON BIBB COUNTY'S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE...NOW LISTED AT 51 PERCENT....... AND WHY 10 BIBB SCHOOLS MADE THE LIST OF THE STATE'S WORST.
WE ALSO ASKED ABOUT HIS SPENDING ON BUSINESS TRAVEL.
AND WE CALLED FOR REACTION WHEN HIS LAST SCHOOL DISTRICT...IN ROCHESTER MINNESOTA..SETTLED A LAWSUIT WITH A WOMAN WHO SAID SHE WAS FIRED....FOR RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT DALLEMAND'S SPENDING..AND OTHER PRACTICES.
HE AND HIS STAFF DID NOT RESPOND TO ANY OF THOSE REQUESTS.
TODAY... HIS SPOKESWOMAN STEPHANIE HARTLEY SAID DALLEMAND IS NOW BACK IN TOWN AFTER HIS FOUR-DAY TRIP TO BELGIUM...BUT WAS IN CABINET MEETINGS.
SHE SAID HE WOULDN'T HAVE TIME TO SPEAK TO US AT LEAST THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF MAY.
HARTLEY SAYS DALLEMAND WILL ATTEND TOMORROW'S MEETING WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.
IT'S SCHEDULED TO START AT 10-30 A-M IN THE BOARD'S MEEETING ROOM AT 484 MULBERRY STREET.
THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
WE'LL BE LIVE STREAMING IT AT 13-WMAZ-DOT-COM.

A WEAVER MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER...IS NOW IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL... ON A CHARGE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.
THAT'S ACCORDNG TO THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
SPOKESMAN LIEUTENTANT SEAN DEFOE SAYS A BIBB COUNTY JUDGE TODAY SIGNED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR SAMUEL MCPHEE..
AN INCIDENT REPORT SAYS A 14-YEAR-OLD WEAVER STUDENT LAST WEEK COMPLAINED THAT MCPHEE TOUCHED HIM INAPPROPRIATELY.
THE 23-YEAR-OLD MUSIC TEACHER WAS PLACED ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.

MEMBERS OF A MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE VOTED NOT TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S PLANS TO WIDEN FOREST HILL ROAD.
COUNCIL MEMBERS HENRY FICKLIN... LONNIE MILEY... AND ED DEFORE VOTED AGAINST A RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE THE STATE'S PROJECT.
COUNCILMAN TOM ELLINGTON SUPPORTS THE RESOLUTION. HE CALLS THE CURRENT PLAN OUTDATED AND TOO BIG.
STATE AND CITY OFFICIALS, AS WELL AS SOME PEOPLE IN THE CITY, HAVE DEBATED THE WIDENING FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.
ELLINGTON SAYS HE'S ASKED THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS TO UPDATE THE PLAN... BUT HE SAYS THEY'VE TOLD HIM IT'S TOO LATE.
Tom Ellington, Council: "While I'm not thrilled with what happened today, I am still hopeful that the end result can be positive, the we actually can move forward and do a reasonable redesign of Forest Hill Road that takes into account current, reall traffic counts and what's actually necessary."
WE CALLED THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR AN UPDATE ON THEIR PLANS... THEY DID NOT RETURN OUR PHONE CALLS.

ABOUT 22-HUNDRED HOUSTON COUNTY EIGHTH GRADERS SKIPPED THE MATH AND SCIENCE LESSONS TODAY.
INSTEAD... THEY LEARNED ABOUT SEX.. DRUGS AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF MAKING BAD DECISIONS.
THEY ATTENDED THE 21ST ANNUAL TEEN HEALTH FORUM AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS AND AGRICENTER IN PERRY.
EIGHTH GRADERS FROM HOUSTON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS LISTENED TO SPEAKERS... WHO TALKED ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.
THEY ALSO FOCUSED ON SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES... SHOWING SOME PICTURES THE KIDS CALLED SHOCKING.
MOST SAID THE FORUM WAS A GOOD EXPERIENCE.
Destine Hughes, Warner Robins: (39:20) "It's a good way to get kids to learn to wait for sex to get education. Education always comes first."
Logan Hensley, Perry: (37:00) "They cracked some jokes, made it entertaining and not so tense, kind of interactive. You learn a lot, and I think it will be helpful to a lot of teens in America."
PARENTS ALSO HAD THE OPTION TO ATTEND A FREE FORUM TONIGHT AT MIDDLE GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE TALKING TO TEENS ABOUT TOUGH SUBJECTS.

TONIGHT...HISTORIC MACON HONORS PEOPLE WHO BRING NEW LIFE...TO SOME OF THE CITY'S OLDEST BUILDINGS.
THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION GROUP IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT.
AND ONE PROJECT IN THE RUNNING FOR THEIR COMMERCIAL RESTORATION AWARD....IS THE PEACOCK BUILDING IN VINEVILLE.
(NAT 7 SECS : .....originally in the building)
ATTORNEY LARS ANDERSON BOUGHT THE FORMER PHARMACY....AND FURNITURE STORE.
IN 2004....AND HE'S SPENT MORE THAN 150-THOUSAND-DOLLARS TO PRESERVE
RESTORATION BEGAN LAST OCTOBER AND LASTED UNTIL MID-JANUARY..
ANDERSON HAS LIVED IN VINEVILLE FOR 18 YEARS...AND SAYS THE PROJECT IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST ONE BUILDING...IT'S ABOUT HIS COMMUNITY.
645 we live here in this part of town. it's very important, it's where we raise our children. i think this area...not only has it been a good place...but it will in the future. and for us to put a significant investmant both in the building and purchasing the building speaks volumes...not only to our commitment to this area, this building, but to our faith that this building and area are goign to remain strong 707
THE PROJECT PRESERVED MUCH OF THE 24-HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT BUILDING...FROM THE TIN CEILING INSIDE... TO THE ROOF.

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.

Most Watched Videos