HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF...
HOUSTON COUNTY'S SUPERINTENDENT STOOD FIRMLY BY THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS SECURITY POLICIES... IN THE WAKE OF KIT COLBURN'S DISAPPEARANCE.
COLBURN WAS THE 10 YEAR OLD BOY WHO WALKED AWAY FROM SCHOOL TUESDAY MORNING... AND WENT MISSING FOR TWO DAYS.
HE WAS FOUND YESTERDAY... IN SOME BUSHES AT A HOME A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE SCHOOL. SUPERINTENDENT ROBIN HINES AND THE PRINCIPAL AT RUSSELL ELEMENTARY SAID.... THEY'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE... BUT IN THIS INSTANCE... THEY DON'T THINK ANYONE MADE AN ERROR.
<<nats- showing walkway
PRINCIPAL.. KEITH LAURITSEN... EXPLAINED IT ALL.
HE SAYS TUESDAY MORNING AT 8:45 KIT COLBURN CAME DOWN THIS WALKWAY... HEADED FOR HIS OFFICE.
Lorra Lynch Jones: "It was at this point Colburn had a choice. He could go straight through this gate and left to the principals office or take a right and head toward Kimberly Road. Of course, we know which decision he made."
nats- "he described going past the bike rack"
NO ONE NOTICED HIS ABSENSE FOR THREE HOURS... BUT LAURITSEN SAYS THAT'S BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS NOT ON A NORMAL SCHEDULE... FOR TESTING.
Keith Lauritsen: (50:40) "During that time, the teacher that sent him was not expecting him to return. Therefore, it didn't alarm her, that she didn't see him. She wasn't supposed to see him."
LAURITSEN DESCRIBED IT AS A PERFECT STORM... AND NOT ONE HE COULD'VE STOPPED WITH MORE POLICIES OR SECURITY.
Keith Lauritsen: (48:35) "We do want 'em to be safe here, but we don't want it to be a prison. We don't want to put fences and up and barb wire at the top or razor wire, but we want things to be as safe as possible."
SUPERINTENDENT ROBIN HINES SAYS MORE CAMERAS ARE COMING TO THIS SCHOOL AND ALL THE OTHER CAMPUSES ... AS A RESULT OF A RECENT PENNY SALES TAX FOR EDUCATION... BUT THE CAMERAS WON'T REPLACE AN EXPECTATION TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES.
Robin Hines: (59:59) "It's not out of the ordinary that a 5th grade student to be by himself in the school. They go to the office by themselves, they go to the restroom by themselves. They may run errands for teachers by themselves, that part of becoming a responsible adult. Were going to work that process and were going to continue to do that."
>> LAURITSEN SAID KIT COLBURN WAS NOT AT SCHOOL TODAY.
HE SAID HE AND OTHER ADMINISTRATORS ARE DISCUSSING DISCIPLINARY ACTION... BUT HAVE NOT MADE A DECISION YET ON WHAT THAT WILL BE.
LAURITSEN SAYS KIT'S FATHER HAS SUGGESTED THAT HIS SON WRITE A LETTER OF APOLOGY TO THE SCHOOL... AS PART OF HIS PUNISHMENT.
A FEW VIEWERS CONTACTED US WONDERING ABOUT SECURITY AT RUSSELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTER KIT COLBURN LEFT CAMPUS TUESDAY.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH SOME RUSSELL ELEMENTARY PARENTS AS THEY DROPPED OFF THEIR CHILDREN AT SCHOOL.
AUSTIN LEWIS HAS MORE ON THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SCHOOL'S SAFETY.
THINGS HAVE SETTLED DOWN OUTSIDE RUSSELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SINCE NEWS OF KIT COLBURN RETURNING HOME
BUT WHEN HE WALKED OFF CAMPUS TUESDAY...ONE PARENT WANTED TO KNOW HOW HE WAS ABLE TO JUST LEAVE.
Violet Hilton, Warner Robins: I am a little concerned that a child was able to walk off campus without anybody noticing and I know that Russell is a great school and I have never had any problems with any of the staff or faculty there, but uh, it is a little concerning.
OTHERS SAY THEY'RE NOT REALLY WORRIED AND TRUST THE SCHOOL.
Katie Eagle, Warner Robins:Russell's a really good school and I know he was on that fourth and fifth grade hall where it's separated from the school and maybe there need to more cameras back there now, but they had no reason to believe that he was going to do what he did and so I have no concerns what so ever.
Elizabeth Edelman, Warner Robins: A little bit but not really, I trust Russell Elementary staff, I know they are very concerned about the children. They now say they're going to buddy up students if they have to go to the bathroom or to the office or whatever. I, I trust Russell Elementary, I'm, I think highly of the school.
MOST FOLKS WE TALKED TO SAY WHILE THEY'RE NOT WORRIED...THEY HOPE THE SCHOOL MAKES SOME CHANGES.
Katie Eagle, Warner Robins: I hope that they decide that need to do some renovations maybe this summer, to put some more cameras in and maybe have more adults more readily available to assist students from the classrooms whether they think they might need them or not.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> ALL THE PARENTS WE TALKED WITH SAY IT'S A RELIEF THAT KIT WAS FOUND AND IS BACK HOME.
BIBB COUNTY IS A LITTLE MORE THAN 13 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE HOLE FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR... THAT'S ACCORDING TO COMMISSIONER ELMO RICHARDSON.
COUNTY LEADERS GOT TOGETHER THIS MORNING TO PREVIEW SOME OF THE MAIN TOPICS THEY'LL DISCUSS IN BUDGET HEARINGS.
HE SAYS THEY HAVE A FEW BIG TICKET ITEMS THIS YEAR.. INCLUDING 2-POINT-8 MILLION DOLLARS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS.
THE COUNTY PLANS TO FINANCE MOST OF THAT COST... AND SPREAD IT OVER A FEW YEARS.
RICHARDSON ALSO POINTED OUT... TAKING ON FIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ALMOST 100 EMPLOYEES FROM THE CITY... WILL TAKE SOME EXTRA BUDGETING WORK THIS YEAR.
BIBB COUNTY'S GENERAL FUND IS PROJECTED TO ROLL IN AT 80 MILLION DOLLARS ACCORDING TO RICHARDSON.
fortunately we have some good reserves, hopefully we won't have to dip into those reserves, but we will balance the budget and i'm pretty positive that it will be balanced without a tax increase.
COUNTY LEADERS WILL IRON OUT THE DETAILS FOR NEXT YEAR DURING FOUR DAYS OF BUDGET HEARINGS STARTING MAY 21st.
A MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES AFTER A SEARCH AT HIS WASHINGTON COUNTY HOME THIS MORNING.
SHERIFF THOMAS SMITH SAYS INVESTIGATORS WITH HIS OFFICE AND THE OCMULGEE DRUG TASK FORCE SEARCHED A HOME IN WARTHEN... AND FOUND NEARLY A POUND OF MARIJUANA.
THEY ARRESTED 27-YEAR-OLD DESTINY DEMORRISS SMITH AND CHARGED HIM WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE... AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME.
A WARNER ROBINS MAN DIED THIS AFTERNOON... AFTER HE HIT A COLUMN ON INTERSTATE 75 THIS MORNING.
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S LIEUTENANT SEAN DEFOE SAYS 34-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM EUGENE DAVIS LOST CONTROL OF HIS PICKUP AND HIT THE CENTER COLUMN OF THE SARDIS CHURCH ROAD OVERPASS AROUND 8 A-M.
DAVIS WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA IN CRITICAL CONDITION... AND DIED AROUND 12-15.
THE ACCIDENT SLOWED NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON I-75 FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.
THREE ATLANTA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SAY THE DISTRICT RUINED THEIR REPUTATIONS WHEN DETAILS OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED CHEATING BECAME PUBLIC.
THE THREE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS SAY THE DISTRICT VIOLATED STATE EMPLOYMENT LAWS... AND BREACHED JOB CONTRACTS.
A REPORT ON THE STATE CHEATING INVESTIGATION WAS RELEASED LAST JULY.
IT FOUND CHEATING AT 44 SCHOOLS AND IMPLICATED ABOUT 180 EDUCATORS.
THE SCHOOL SYSTEM PUT THE THREE PLAINTIFFS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE... THEN TOOK STEPS TO FIRE THEM.
THE THREE SAY THEY DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES.
A SCHOOL DISTRICT SPOKESMAN SAID HE COULDN'T COMMENT ON THE CASE.
TWO SIXTH GRADERS AT WARNER ROBINS MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE GIVING TO THE COMMUNITY IN A SPECIAL WAY.
THEY DONATED 19-INCHES OF THEIR OWN HAIR TO LOCKS OF LOVE.
IT TOOK MARY BAGWELL...THREE YEARS TO GROW OUT HER HAIR..AND ASHLEY LOWRY..TWO YEARS.
BUT THEY CHOPPED IT ALL OFF AFTER SCHOOL TODAY FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
TODAY IS LOWRY'S SECOND TIME DONATING TO LOCKS OF LOVE. SHE SAYS GIVING HER HAIR TO OTHERS IS A GREAT WAY TO GIVE BACK.
BAGWELL SAYS HER GRANDFATHER IS HER INSPIRATION.
mary bagwell, warner robins middle school student: 46 "i wanted to cut my hair for locks of love because my poppop had cancer, and now he's a survivor. so i wanted to help out." 52
ashley lowrey, sixth grader: 213 "i fell it's more important to give back than to throw it all away and give it back to other children or adults who don't have hair." 220
THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THE SCHOOL HAS PARTICIPATED IN LOCKS OF LOVE.
THE 19-INCHES OF HAIR WILL HELP MAKE WIGS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HAIR BECAUSE OF MEDICAL CONDITIONS.
MACON ANIMAL CONTROL RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS THIS MORNING FOR THEIR DONATIONS TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER.
THE SINGING SAMS AND THE ROCKING HORSE RANCH PARTNERED WITH CENTRAL GEORGIA CARES TO DONATE FOOD AND SUPPLIES TO THE SHELTER.
THE SINGING SAMS IS THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE GEORGIA GOOD SAMS R-V CLUB.
THEY CHOSE THE ANIMAL SHELTER AS THEIR MONTHLY CHARITABLE PROJECT.
THE GROUP'S DONATIONS INCLUDED FOOD... BOWLS AND LEASHES.
bea petrie, singing sams member: "i think it's going to help them greatly because these animals need the food and all the other goodies that we have donated to them."
ROCKING HORSE RANCH IN MONROE COUNTY GAVE BEEF BONES TO THE SHELTER.
CENTRAL GEORGIA CARES ALSO ANNOUNCED A NEW RECYCLING CAMPAIGN THAT WILL HELP PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL..
WITH MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND UPON US... YOU MAY BE PLANNING TO TAKE MOM OUT FOR A SPECIAL DINNER.
BUT BEFORE YOU DO THAT... LISTEN TO HOW A FEW RESTAURANTS DID WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR SHOWED UP.
BRITTINY BARBER JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK... STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES....
JOSHUA CUP COFFEE.. ON WASHINGTON AVENUE... SCORED AN 83... A "B"... THAT COMES AFTER A 100 ON THEIR LAST REPORT.
THIS TIME IT SAYS THE PERSON IN CHARGE WAS NOT PRESENT OR DID NOT DEMONSTRATES KNOWLEDGE AND PERFORMS DUTIES
IT ALSO SAID ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WERE NOT SUPPLIED & ACCESSIBLE.
BOTH ARE KNOWN RISK FACTORS FOR FOOD BORNE ILLNESSES.
AND CHEDDAR'S CASUAL CAFE AT 40-40 RIVERSIDE DRIVE SCORED AN 80.. WHICH IS A "B".. THAT'S AFTER THEY RECEIVED AN 86.. ALSO A B" ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
THE REPORT FOUND THAT TOXIC SUBSTANCES WERE NOT PROPERLY IDENTIFIED... STORED OR USED
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK..
TACO BELL ON BLOOMFIELD ROAD BROUGHT IN A 100.. THAT'S AFTER ANOTHER 100 ON THEIR PREVIOUS REPORT.
MING'S RESTAURANT AT 46-50 FORSYTH RD... RECEIVED A 100.. ON THEIR LAST REPORT THEY ALSO GOT A 100.
AND OLE SMOKEHOUSE BBQ ON EISENHOWER PARKWAY RECEIVED A 100.. THEIR LAST REPORT.. ANOTHER 100.
A TIGHT RACE THIS WEEK... BUT JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THE WINNER OF THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA..
FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK THE LINK UNDER THE FEATURES TAB... AND YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE LATEST RATINGS FROM YOUR COUNTY.
IT'S NOT EVERYDAY THAT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK IN THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION.
BUT THREE NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS DID...
... AND IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
JAI'KEL ROBINSON... WESLEY PASKETT... AND KENYAN CALLUM OPENED THEIR E-O-D EXHIBIT TO THE PUBLIC TODAY.
THE EXHIBIT IS PART OF A PROGRAM AT NORTHSIDE CALLED PIE... OR PROFESSIONAL INTEREST EXPLORATION.
IT WORKS TO EXPLAIN THE DETAILS OF EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSALS.... AND MORE.
JOHN BELL... WITH THE U-S AIR FORCE WORKED WITH THE STUDENTS DURING THEIR TWO SEMESTERS OF RESEARCH.
John Bell, U.S. Air Force: "They have done an outstanding job. The future students need to be thoroughly involved with it and have an active roll...learn as much as they can about the subject they're involved with.
THE EXHIBIT WILL STAND UNTIL NEXT YEAR'S SENIORS HAVE A SHOT AT THE PROGRAM.
YOU CAN SEE IT FOR YOURSELF... FROM 9 A-M TO 5 P-M... EVERYDAY.
WITH MOTHER'S DAY THIS WEEKEND... YOU'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME IF YOU HAVEN'T SNAGGED THAT PERFECT GIFT FOR MOM.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL WANTS TO KNOW... HOW MUCH DO YOU SPEND ON MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS?
SO FAR 44 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU SPEND 25 DOLLARS OR LESS.
28 PERCENT OF YOU SPEND BETWEEN 25 AND 50 DOLLARS.
15 PERCENT OF YOU SPEND BETWEEN 50 AND 75 DOLLARS ON GIFTS FOR MOM.
5 PERCENT FALL IN THE 75 TO 100 DOLLAR RANGE.
AND 8 PERCENT OF YOU SPEND MORE THAN 100 DOLLARS ON YOUR MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS.
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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.