Wednesday, May 2, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

WEAVER MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER SAMUEL MCPHEE IS STILL IN JAIL TONIGHT ON CHARGES HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A STUDENT.
TODAY... A MAGISTRATE COURT JUDGE SET MCPHEE'S BOND AT 45-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE CHARGES CAME AFTER A STUDENT SAID MCPHEE TOUCHED HIM INAPPROPRIATELY.
THE 23-YEAR-OLD MUSIC TEACHER CAME TO THE BIBB COUNTY
L-E-C COURTROOM DRESSED IN AN ORANGE JUMPSUIT WITHOUT HANDCUFFS.
HE STOOD IN FRONT OF JUDGE JANE REEVES WITH ATTORNEY ELIZABETH LANE STANDING AT HIS SIDE.
THE JUDGE SET BOND AND PROVIDED GUIDELINES.
THOSE INCLUDE... NO CONTACT WITH THE STUDENT OR HIS FAMILY.
MCPHEE IS ALSO NOT ALLOWED NEAR SCHOOLS... OR CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS OLD.
ELIZABETH LANE DECLINED TO COMMENT ON THE CASE OR CONFIRM THAT SHE'S MCPHEE'S ATTORNEY.

SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMEND... HIS CABINET AND TWO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WERE AMONG A CROWD OF ABOUT FIFTY PEOPLE LISTENING TO A STATE LAWYER EXPLAIN OPEN GOVERNMENT LAWS TODAY.
GEORGIA ATTORNEY GENERAL SPOKESWOMAN LAUREN KANE SAYS THEY HELD THIS MORNING'S INFORMATION SESSION AFTER CONCERNS ABOUT HOW THE DISSTRICT HANDLED OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS.
AFTER THE MEETING... DALLEMAND SAID THE DISTRICT OPENLY SHARES INFORMATION.
"Well you need to know we do have a process in place that our in-house follows dilligently and I know that he's on top of all the requests. And we have been responding to the requests appropriately and in a timely fashion and unfortunately if you request something you may not get it immediately when you want it but we do provide the information that are requested to everyone and so the purpose for this training really is what I call it was to make sure that everyone understands what the law says."
WHILE DALLEMAND SAYS THE DISTRICT PROMPTLY RESPONDS TO ALL OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS... THAT'S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.
WE FILED REQUESTS FOR DALLEMAND'S TRAVEL COSTS IN RECENT MONTHS.
KATELYN HECK FILED A REQUEST LAST MONTH FOR RECEIPTS... RESERVATIONS AND OTHER SPECIFIC TRAVEL EXPENSES.
SCHOOL BOARD LAWYER RANDY HOWARD SENT US A BUDGET LINE ITEM SHOWING DALLEMAND'S BUDGET... BUT NOT THE ACTUAL SPENDING DOCUMENTS.
WE CONTACTED HOWARD'S OFFICE TO FOLLOW UP THIS AFTERNOON.
WE'LL UPDATE YOU ON THOSE RECORDS WHEN WE GET THEM.

ANYONE WHO THREATENS AN OFF-DUTY OFFICER... JUROR... OR COURT WORKER WILL NOW FACE FELONY CHARGES.
KATELYN HECK SPOKE WITH THE TWIGGS COUNTY OFFICER WHO STARTED RESEARCH FOR THE NEW LAW AFTER A MAN WITH A GUN SHOWED UP AT HIS HOME.
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WHEN MAJOR JAMIE MCDANIEL PULLS IN HIS DRIVEWAY... HE BECOMES A REGULAR HUSBAND AND DAD.
BUT IN 2007... ONE DAY AFTER HE GAVE A MAN A TICKET FOR A WINDOW-TINT VIOLATION......HIS WORK... FOLLOWED HIM HOME.
(SOT: i was outside with my two kids and my neighbor called and said a man had driven by my house several times and he saw him go into the corn field by my house)
INVESTIGATORS FOUND A LOADED GUN AND A KNIFE IN THE FIELD WHERE MCDANIEL HAD APPROACHED THE MAN.
(SOT:if it wasnt for my neighbor calling me, theres no telling what could have happened that day.)
THE INTRUDER ONLY FACED A MISDEMEANOR CHARGE... A PUNISHMENT MCDANIEL SAYS DOESN'T FIT THE CRIME.
(SOT:When we take this uniform off and we come home, there should be a charge worse than a misdemeanor. that's not deserving of you coming to my house to where i live with my family and my children, my wife in my safe zone.)
AFTER HEARING HIS STORY... REPRESENTATIVE BUBBER EPPS SPONSORED A BILL TO HELP OFFICERS REST A LITTLE EASIER WHEN THEY HANG UP THEIR UNIFORM FOR THE DAY.
GOVERNOR DEAL SIGNED THE BILL TUESDAY.... THE LAW NOW MAKES IT A FELONY....TO THREATEN OFF-DUTY OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
(SOT:i think officers will feel better knowing that if someone threatens them because of something they did to carry out their duties... that they'll get away with more than just a slap on the wrist.
MCDANIEL SAYS HE FEELS SAFER KNOWING HIS DUTIES AS AN OFFICER... WON'T COMPROMISE HIS LIFE AS A DAD.
(NATS)
KATELYN HECK
13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> THREATENING AN OFF-DUTY OFFICER WILL NOW RESULT IN A MAXIMUM OF FIVE YEARS IN PRISON AND A POSSIBLE FINE OF UP TO FIVE-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

GOVERNOR DEAL ALSO SIGNED A BILL ALLOWING PEOPLE LIVING IN THE GEORGIA WAR VETERANS HOME TO BE CHARGED A FEE.
VETERANS WHO LIVE AT THE HOME WILL BE CHARGED UP TO 682-DOLLARS A MONTH.
THAT'S WHAT THEY GET FROM THE OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AS A MONTHLY ALLOWANCE.
ERNIE SIMONS... DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND MEMORIALS AT THE HOME... SAYS NOT EVERYONE WILL BE CHARGED.
INSTEAD... HE SAYS... THEY'LL LOOK AT EVERYONE ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

A CENTRAL GEORGIA VETERINARIAN USUALLY PRACTICES HIS TRADE ON HORSES.
BUT FOR THE PAST YEAR... GEORGE McCOMMON TOOK HIS SKILLS TO AFGHANISTAN.. WORKING MOSTLY ON DONKEYS.
McCOMMON RETURNED FROM A YEAR LONG DEPLOYMENT WITH THE GEORGIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ABOUT A WEEK AGO.
HE'S NOW TENDING TO HIS HORSES AND TELLING STORIES OF HIS TIME WITH THE AFGHAN PEOPLE.
WHILE THERE... HE SAYS HE TAUGHT THEM ABOUT PROPERLY FEEDING AND CARING FOR DONKEYS... SHEEP.. AND GOATS.
McCOMMON HELPED BUILD RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MULTI-NATIONAL FORCES AND THE AFGHANS.. SAYING IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE WORK AMERICAN TROOPS ARE DOING OVER THERE.
George McCommon, Macon: (35:25) "There's still people on the front line. I don't think people realize that. I think we hear what's going on in Kabul, what's going in Bagrham. We don't hear about the all the things going on in the provinces, which is really where the Afghan people are."
McCOMMON JOINED THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD 18 YEARS AGO.
WHEN NOT ON DUTY... HE'S AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF VETERINARY SCIENCES AT FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY.

SEVERAL STUDENTS AT RUTLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL RAISED MONEY THROUGH THE JUNIOR MISS HURRICANE PAGEANT TO GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY.
THE GIRLS HELD A RECEPTION TODAY TO HAND OUT OVER TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS TO VARIOUS CHARITIES.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
STUDENTS AND FACULTY GATHERED IN THE MEDIA CENTER TO CELEBRATE... AND GIVE A THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY... JAY'S HOPE... AND THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
BROOKE WRIGHT SAYS HER ORGANIZATION IS THRILLED THAT THE YOUNGER GENERATION IS GIVING BACK.
Brooke Wright, American Cancer Society: "We provide wigs, transportation to and from treatments the Hope lodge in Atlanta provides free night stays for cancer patients so that money will go directly there and help patients here in Bibb county."
SHIONA DRUMMER... TEACHER OF THE YEAR AT RUTLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL... SAYS IT'S THEIR FIRST JUNIOR MISS HURRICANE PAGEANT BUT IT WON'T BE THEIR LAST.
SHE SAYS THEY PLAN ON DONATING ANNUALLY.

FOLKS LOOKING FOR A GOOD READ OR AN OUT-OF-PRINT BOOK MAY WANT TO CHECK OUT THE HOUSTON COUNTY OLD BOOK SALE STARTING TOMORROW.
THINGS KICK OFF AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS AND AGRI-CENTER.
TODAY... FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY WORKED ON LAYING OUT THE SELECTIONS.
ORGANIZERS SAY THE SALE IS ONE OF CENTRAL GEORGIA'S LARGEST... WITH 70 CATEGORIES TO BROWSE.
Georgette Lipford, Houston County Friends of the Library: "Last year we added three new categories. This year and last year we have a category for vampire paranormal books... which didn't exist the first year we had our sale. That was not really a genre."

Pamela Yates, Houston County Friends of the Library: "Sometimes we do something special...this year we're gonna have a bunch of fairytale books to kind of go with that television show Once Upon A Time."
THE SALE STARTS AT 10 A-M TOMORROW... AND RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY.
IT'LL COST YOU FIVE DOLLARS TO GET INSIDE.

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IT'S TIME TO CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ON OUR WHERE YOU LIVE SITES... AND TONIGHT WE'RE LOOKING AT THE WARNER ROBINS PAGE.
THIRTEEN SCHOOLS WILL JOIN IN HOUSTON COUNTY'S SPECIAL OLYMPICS FRIDAY.
THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION SAYS ABOUT 350 STUDENTS FROM THIRTEEN SCHOOLS...... KINDERGARTEN THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE WILL COMPETE IN THE FUN.
ABOUT 200 VOLUNTEERS WILL ASSIST WITH EVENTS LIKE THE 50-METER WALK/RUN...SOCCER SKILLS...LONG JUMP...AND WHEELCHAIR EVENTS.
FOR MORE ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN HOUSTON COUNTY...HEAD OVER TO OUR WARNER ROBINS WHERE YOU LIVE PAGE.

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