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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

HOUSTON COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS SAY THEY STAND BY THEIR SCHOOL SECURITY POLICIES.
SUPERINTENDENT ROBIN HINES SAYS THEY'RE ALWAYS LOOKING TO IMPROVE... BUT IN THE CASE OF 10-YEAR-OLD KIT COLBURN... HE BELIEVES EVERYONE AT RUSSELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACTED APPROPRIATELY.
COLBURN WALKED OUT OF SCHOOL TUESDAY... AND WAS FOUND YESTERDAY MORNING IN SOME BUSHES A COUPLE OF BLOCKS AWAY.
Robin Hines, Houston Superintendent: (55:40) "As a result of this situation, that doesn't cause us to go into reactive mode at all. This is an on-going process that we do. As evidenced by our dedication of funds through the SPLOST to increase security, secured vestibules, that sort of thing. Most of the time, you're worried about trying to keep the outside from coming in, of course doors are locked and we have a process for getting in, that sort of thing- you don't lock 'em from the inside. People can leave. (cover-56:26) "I want to stress that the people at this school all the teachers did a wonderful job in this and will continue to do a wonderful job. Just like in all that we do, we want to get better."
RUSSELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL KEITH LAURITSON SAYS... THE SCHOOL WAS ON A SPECIAL SCHEDULE FOR TESTING TUESDAY.
HE SAYS UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES... COLBURN'S TEACHER WOULD HAVE NOTICED HIM MISSING RIGHT AWAY.
BUT BECAUSE OF THE CHANGE... COLBURN DIDN'T RETURN TO HER CLASS FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
LAURITSON SAYS THAT'S HOW THE STUDENT'S ABSENCE WENT UNNOTICED FROM 8-45 UNTIL NOON... WHEN HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BACK IN THE CLASSROOM.
Keith Lauritsen: (52:25) "I can't say that there's anything we could do to prevent that from happening. I know the teachers, they care very much about their kids. They want to make sure they know where they are at all times. They do. In the teacher's mind, he was either here in the office or in the other teacher's classroom. She never thought anything different. (52:45) "To a certain extent, were going to have to trust the kids, especially the older ones, that they're going to make the right choice. With the younger kids, there's much more supervision as far as going place to place."
LAURITSEN SAID KIT COLBURN WAS NOT AT SCHOOL TODAY.
HE SAID HE AND OTHER ADIMNISTRATORS ARE DISCUSSING DISCIPLINARY ACTION... BUT HAVE NOT MADE A DECISION YET ON WHAT THAT WILL BE.

A FEW OF YOU TOLD US YOU WERE CONCERNED ABOUT RUSSELL ELEMENTARY'S SECURITY AFTER KIT COLBURN WALKED OUT.
WE WENT TO THE SCHOOL THIS MORNING... TO ASK PARENTS HOW THEY FELT.
MOST OF THE PEOPLE WE SPOKE WITH SAID THEY WEREN'T CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY... BECAUSE THEY TRUST THE SCHOOL AND ITS STAFF.
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.
Violet Hilton, Warner Robins: Walking off campus is not a great idea and I hope this doesn't set a bad precedent for other kids that are having trouble at school or big imaginations, whatever may have been to make Kit walk off campus.
AND ALL OF THE PARENTS WE SPOKE WITH TOLD US THEY'RE RELIEVED THAT KIT WAS FOUND SAFELY 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.
THE COMMISSION GATHERED TODAY TO PREVIEW SOME OF WHAT THEY'LL DISCUSS DURING BUDGET HEARINGS IN TWO WEEKS.
HE SAYS THIS YEAR.... BIG TICKET ITEMS INCLUDE TWO-POINT-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS.
RICHARDSON ALSO SAID TAKING ON FIVE DEPARTMENTS AND NEARLY 100 EMPLOYEES FROM THE CITY WILL TAKE EXTRA BUDGETING.
HE SAYS THE COUNTY'S GENERAL FUND IS PROJECTED TO TOTAL ABOUT 80 MILLION DOLLARS.
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 DETAILS FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR DURING FOUR DAYS OF BUDGET HEARINGS STARTING MAY 21ST.

MACON POLICE HAVE ARRESTED THE TEENAGER THEY SAY SHOT A CLERK AT A MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE CONVENIENCE STORE LAST MONTH....
AND THEY SAY HE'S ALSO ACCUSED IN THREE OTHER ARMED ROBBERIES... AND AN AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN MELANIE HOFMANN SAYS 17-YEAR-OLD DIONDRA LAMAR WALKER WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY.
SHE SAYS THE FIRST CHARGES AGAINST WALKER STEMMED FROM AN INCIDENT ON SCHLEY STREET ON MARCH 20TH.
ACCORDING TO A POLICE REPORT... QUITO NEWBILL CAME HOME TO FIND A YOUNG MAN STANDING IN HIS YARD.
THE REPORT SAYS NEWBILL'S DAUGHTER CAME OUTSIDE AND LED THE YOUNG MAN INTO THE FAMILY'S HOUSE.
WHEN NEWBILL AND HIS WIFE TOLD HIM TO LEAVE... THE REPORT SAYS... HE SHOT AT NEWBILL BUT DIDN'T HIT HIM.
WALKER IS ALSO CHARGED IN THE APRIL 18TH ROBBERY AND SHOOTING OF A CLERK.
AT THE TIME... MACON POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAID THAT ROBBERY INVOLVED TWO MEN.
SHE SAID ONE OF THEM WENT INTO THE SUNRISE STORE ON MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE... ROBBED IT AND SHOT THE CLERK WHILE THE OTHER MAN STOOD OUTSIDE AS A LOOKOUT.
GAUDET SAID THE TWO MEN RAN AWAY AND ASHISH KUMAR PATEL WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL.
WE SPOKE WITH POLICE SPOKESWOMAN MELANIE HOFMANN TONIGHT...
SHE SAID SHE WASN'T SURE IF WALKER IS ACCUSED OF BEING THE SHOOTER OR THE LOOKOUT IN THAT CASE.
ACCORDING TO HOFMANN... WALKER IS ALSO ACCUSED OF THREE OTHER ARMED ROBBERIES...
THE H-AND-R FOOD MART ON HOUSTON AVENUE ABOUT TWO AND A HALF HOURS AFTER THE ROBBERY AT THE SUNRISE STORE.
A ROBBERY AT THE QUICK TRIP ON FORSYTH STREET ON APRIL 30TH...
AND THE DOLLAR GENERAL ON NAPIER AVENUE ON MAY SECOND.
WALKER'S BEING HELD IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL.

A WASHINGTON COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED... AFTER INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY FOUND NEARLY A POUND OF MARIJUANA AT HIS HOME.
SHERIFF THOMAS SMITH SAYS INVESTIGATORS WITH HIS OFFICE AND THE OCMULGEE DRUG TASK FORCE SEARCHED 27-YEAR-OLD DESTINY DEMORRISS SMITH'S HOME IN (WERE-THEN) WARTHEN THIS MORNING.
HE SAYS SMITH WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE... AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME.

THREE ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SAY THE DISTRICT RUINED THEIR REPUTATIONS WHEN DETAILS OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED CHEATING BECAME PUBLIC.
THE THREE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS SAY THE SCHOOL SYSTEM 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 DONATED 19-INCHES OF HAIR TO LOCKS OF LOVE. THEY GOT THEIR SPECIAL HAIRCUT IN THE SCIENCE ROOM AT WARNER ROBINS MIDDLE SCHOOL.
JUDY LE HAS THE STORY... IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.
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THIS IS NO ORDINARY DAY AT THE SALON
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ASHLEY LOWRY AND MARY BAGWELL ARE GETTING THEIR HAIR CUT AT WARNER ROBINS MIDDLE SCHOOL...FOR LOCKS OF LOVE
sot ashley lowry, 6th grade - 213 i feel 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
sot mary bagwell, 6th grader - 223 i am attached to it but i'm kind of glad i'm donating it so someone else can enjoy it.228
LOWRY HAS BEEN GROWING OUT HER TRESSES FOR TWO YEARS...AND BAGWELL...THREE YEARS.
standup - before the big chop, has has to be gathered into a pony tail or a braid. hair has to be at least 10 inches long. permed or colored hair is also accepted.
A QUICK SNIP...nat...AND A SIGH OF RELIEF...nat
THE STRANDS WILL BECOME HAIRPIECES FOR PEOPLE WHO SUFFER HAIR LOSS FROM ANY MEDICAL CONDITION. THE GIRLS DONATED A TOTAL OF 19-INCHES OF HAIR..
sot melanie mann, sci teacher - 135 i was expecting a few tears and now i'm the one teary eyed 138
MELANIE MANN TEAMED UP WITH LOCKS OF LOVE LAST YEAR...IN MEMORY OF HER MOTHER-IN-LAW.
sot mann - 216 not only do i remmeber the ones i lost because of cancer, but that also kids have a big enough heart to give of themselves 223
NEARLY TWO FEET OF HAIR WILL AMOUNT TO ABOUT FOUR WIGS.
JUDY LE, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS>>
THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THE SCHOOL HAS PARTICIPATED IN LOCKS OF LOVE.

MACON ANIMAL CONTROL RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS THIS MORNING FOR THEIR DONATIONS TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER.
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THE SINGING SAMS AND THE ROCKING CHAIR 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 CHAIR 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..

IF YOUR WEEKEND PLANS INCLUDE TAKING MOM OUT TO DINNER FOR MOTHER'S DAYS... YOU MAY WANT TO FIND OUT HOW A FEW CENTRAL GEORGIA EATERIES DID WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR STOPPED IN.
HERE'S THIS WEEKS RESTAURANT RATINGS.. WITH BRITTINY BARBER
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.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES' PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
MING'S RESTAURANT AT 46-50 FORSYTH RD... WITH A THREE SCORE AVERAGE OF A PERFECT 100.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE AT MING'S.. TUNE IN NEXT WEEK TO FIND OUT MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS. BRITTINY BARBER... 13 WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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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 42 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU SPEND 25 DOLLARS OR LESS.
28 PERCENT OF YOU SPEND BETWEEN 25 AND 50 DOLLARS.
14 PERCENT OF YOU SPEND BETWEEN 50 AND 75 DOLLARS ON GIFTS FOR MOM.
6 PERCENT FALL IN THE 75 TO 100 DOLLAR RANGE.
AND 10 PERCENT OF YOU SPEND MORE THAN 100 DOLLARS ON YOUR MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS.
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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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