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

A MILLEDGEVILLE MAN WAS SCHEDULED TO LOSE PART OF HIS LEG TODAY AT A MACON HOSPITAL..
HE'S FIGHTING WHAT HIS FAMILY SAYS IS A FLESH-EATING BACTERIA.
KATELYN HECK SPOKE WITH THE SON OF 67-YEAR-OLD PAUL BALES.
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HIS SON SAYS PAUL BALES SLIPPED AND FELL ON HIS BOAT RAMP ON LAKE SINCLAIR ON MAY SECOND. MIKE BALES SAYS HIS DAD HAD A SMALL CUT ON HIS LOWER LEG... BUT JUST COVERED IT WITH A BANDAID. HE DIDN'T NOTICE THE CUT AGAIN UNTIL TWO DAYS LATER.
(SOT: he was playing golf on the thursday and friday after he injured his leg, sohe was unable to finish his round of golf on friday, he could hardly walk, so it was localized in that calf area where he got injured)
BALES WENT TO A MILLEDGEVILLE HOSPITAL ... THEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA TWO WEEKS AGO.
DOCTORS TOLD THE FAMILY THE BACTERIA KILLED MOST OF THE BLOOD VESSELS IN HIS DAD'S LOWER LEG. HIS SON SAID DOCTORS PLANNED TO REMOVE PAUL BALES' LEG BELOW THE KNEE SOMETIME TODAY.
(SOT:we dont know what his state is going to be after surgery, what hes going to be able and not able to do since he's advanced age, so unfortunately he's pretty weak right now.)
PAUL BALES HAS TWO OTHER SONS... AND SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN... NONE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
(SOT:its been some up and down moments, and i live in dacula georgia so outside of my job, im coming down here when im not at work so, just trying to be here for our father.)
MIKE BALES SAYS HE AND HIS DAD HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE AMPUTATION... AND HIS FUTURE.
(SOT: he knows exactly what we have to do and he just wants to get better, you know, he wants to stay with his family and watch his grandkids grow up so he's ready for it.)
BALES SAYS HIS FATHER HAD HEART BYPASS SURGERY 5 YEARS AGO... CAUSING POOR CIRCULATION... BUT NO OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

KATELYN HECK
13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> JANIE POULNOT WITH THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA WOULD NOT CONFIRM IF THE INFECTION FOUND IN PAUL BALES LEG CONTAINS THE FLESH EATING BACTERIA.
SHE SAYS BALES IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION.

MORE THAN 600 BIBB COUNTY STUDENTS END UP BEFORE A JUVENILE COURT JUDGE EACH YEAR.
THAT'S THE ESTIMATE FROM THE GEORGIA LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM.
ONE OF THEIR ATTORNEYS... VERONICA MCCLENDON... DRAFTED AN AGREEMENT AMONG THE SCHOOL DISTRICT... JUVENILE COURT JUDGES... LAW ENFORCEMENT... AND OTHER AGENCIES.
THEY WILL FORM A COMMITTEE TO TRY TO HELP STUDENTS BEFORE THEY LAND IN FRONT OF A JUDGE.
HERE'S GENERALLY HOW THE NEW PROTOCOL WOULD WORK.
STUDENTS WHO COMMIT A FELONY... LIKE BRINGING A WEAPON TO SCHOOL... OR ATTACK A TEACHER... WILL GO STRAIGHT TO JUVENILE COURT....AS THEY DO NOW.
NON-FELONY OFFENSES... LIKE FIGHTING WITH ANOTHER PERSON... WILL GET A WARNING THE FIRST TIME.
IF THE STUDENT DOES IT AGAIN... HE GOES BEFORE THE CONFLICT DIVERSION COMMITTEE... WHICH CAN RECOMMEND COUNSELING AND OTHER SERVICES.
AFTER THE THIRD OFFENSE... THOSE STUDENTS WOULD THEN BE REFERRED TO JUVENILE COURT..
MCCLENDON SAYS THIS PROTOCOL IS MEANT TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM WITH INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS... NOT TO BE A SLAP ON THE WRIST...
"and it also is not something that takes the power from the school district to discipline the child. The school district's code of conduct still applies, and the child still is liable to be punished by the school code of conduct, but it's just sayign we're not sending them to jevenile court on top of that."
THE AGREEMENT IS SET TO BE SIGNED FRIDAY...CANDACE ADORKA JOINS US WITH ONE OF THE MEN WHO WILL PUT HIS NAME ON THE DOCUMENT...

DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS IS ONE OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED IN THIS EARLY INTERVENTION PROTOCOL AGREEMENT... THANKS FOR JOINING US.
WHY IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOU SUPPORT? WILL IT WORK?
WHAT KINDS OF JUVENILE CASES DO YOU SEE... WHAT KIND OF KIDS?
AND HOW COULD THIS AGREEMENT AFFECT THAT SPECTRUM?
ABOUT 600 KIDS ON AVERAGE EACH YEAR... MAYBE MORE. DOES THAT NUMBER SOUND RIGHT FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT NUMBER?
ANY IDEA HOW MUCH THIS WILL SAVE TAXPAYERS AND LIGHTEN CASE LOADS?
WHAT'S THE DOWNSIDE TO THIS? THE POTENTIAL WAY IN WHICH THIS COULD BACKFIRE? COULD POTENTIALLY HARMFUL STUDENTS END UP BACK IN THE CLASSROOM?

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD NON-FELONY STUDENT OFFENDERS BE REFERRED TO COURT?
SO FAR... 60 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
AND 40 PERCENT SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

MORE ANIMALS ARE LEAVING MACON ANIMAL CONTROL COMPARED TO THE NUMBER COMING IN.
THAT'S GOOD NEWS FOR THE SHELTER.
THEY HAVE A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO WEEKS TO GET THEM ALL OUT OR ELSE THE CATS AND DOGS FACE EUTHANASIA.
JUDY LE HAS THAT STORY.
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BOOTS FOUND A HOME....
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AND SO DID THIS ONE...
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THE FURRY RESIDENTS SAW MANY INQUIRING FACES WEDNESDAY MORNING...INCLUDING A FAMILY LOOKING TO ADD A COUPLE MORE MEMBERS TO THEIR BUNCH.
sot kids - 43 i like the cats (boy). i lihe the dogs and cats (girl)
ERIN HUMPHREYS MOVED TO MACON FROM UTAH THREE WEEKS AGO AND FOUND OUT ABOUT THE JUNE 7TH SHUTDOWN USING OUR MOBILE APP.
sot erin humphreys - we had read the articles this morning about the shelter. we were actually on the way to get our licenses done, got lost and say the animal shelter sign so we thought we'd come take a look 106
GRANDMA CHERE (SHREE) WEAVED THROUGH THE CAGES WITH HER GRANDKIDS...
sot erin - she went off and found a cat...
sot chere humpherys - 38 the yellow cat seems like it was a little grown. i have a small dog at hoem already tht i walk. he keeps me mobile. 47
erin - 135 and i found a dog that caught my eye. she was just real sweet, mellow, we're a family of nine so we need a little calmness 145
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THE FAMILY HAD TO ADOPT OUT THEIR DOGS BEFORE MOVING TO MACON...SO NOW THEY'RE CHOOSING TO GO THROUGH THE SYSTEM AGAIN.
242 you know a little bit about the animal and stuff and two, why not save a life if you can 249
THEY ARE KEEPING THE NAME BOOTS..FOR THE PUPPY...BUT THEY KIDS ARE STILL TRYING TO DECIDE ON THE PURFECT CAT NAME.
JUDY LE...13WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP... JUST BRING YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE AND 75-DOLLAR ADOPTION FEE... IN CASH... TO THE SHELTER.
THAT FEE ALSO INCLUDES SPAY OR NEUTER... AND RABIES SHOTS.
MACON ANIMAL CONTROL IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8 A-M UNTIL 4-30 P-M.

FOURTEEN DEMOCRATS AND NINE REPUBLICANS QUALIFED FOR BIBB COUNTY OFFICES ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE QUALIFYING FOR THE 20-12 ELECTIONS.
ON THE DEMOCRATIC LEDGER.. COMMISSIONERS JOE ALLEN AND LONZY EDWARDS QUALIFIED FOR RE-ELECTION TO THEIR SEATS.. DISTRICT FOUR FOR ALLEN..
DEMOCRATS TOM HUDSON AND SUSAN SIPE QUALIFIED FOR THEIR SCHOOL BOARD SEATS.. DISTRICT FIVE FOR HUDSON.. DISTRICT THREE FOR SIPE.
ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE.. MACON BUSINESSMAN TOM WAGONER QUALIFED TO RUN FOR CHAIRMAN OF THE BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION..
WAGONER SAYS HE'D TAKE A BUSINESS MENTALITY TO THE JOB.
Tom Wagoner, Republican Commission Candidate: I finally just decided that it's time for business people to get back involved and let's start running this thing like a business.
ALSO ON THE REPUBLICAN LEDGER ARE POLITICAL NEWCOMER ROBERT ABBOTT WHO QUALIFIED FOR THE DISTRICT FOUR COMMISSION SEAT NOW HELD BY JOE ALLEN.. AND ANGELA FREEMAN.. A VETERAN EDUCATOR.. WHO QUALIFIED FOR THE DISTRICT THREE SCHOOL BOARD SEAT NOW HELD BY SUSAN SIPE.
THREE REPUBLICANS QUALIFIED FOR THE DISTRICT THREE COMMISSION SEAT NOW HELD BY ELMO RICHARDSON WHO ISN'T SEEK RE-ELECTION.. THEY ARE FORMER CORONER ED BOND.. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GARY BECHTEL.. AND REAL ESTATE AGENT MALLORY JONES.
QUALIFYING RESUMES AT 9 A.M. THURSDAY

IN HOUSTON COUNTY... THE SLATE OF ELECTED OFFICIALS IS
SUPERIOR COURT CLERK CAROLYN SULLIVAN... THE LAST ELECTED DEMOCRAT IN THE COUNTY... QUALIFIED TODAY... TO RUN AS A REPUBLICAN.
SULLIVAN SAYS SHE WAS A LIFELONG DEMOCRAT... BUT SHE COULDN'T SUPPORT THE PARTY'S AGENDA... OR PRESIDENT OBAMA.
Carolyn Sullivan, Superior Court Clerk: "I feel like when you put your name on a ballot with that party that you're... people have a right to assume you're supporting them because that's what it appears. And I did not think that was fair to the voters or myself because I don't believe in that philosophy."
COUNTY GOP CHAIRMAN AARON HUFSTETLER SAYS HOUSTON COUNTY WAS PREDOMINATELY DEMOCRAT WHEN HE CAME TO TOWN IN THE 1980s... BUT THE TIDE HAS GRADUALLY TURNED.
HUFSTETLER SAYS ALL OF THE PARTY'S ELECTED REPUBLICANS QUALIFIED THIS MORNING... INCLUDING JUDGES... THE TAX COMMISSIONER... THREE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND SHERIFF CULLEN TALTON.
HE SAYS HE DOES NOT EXPECT PRIMARY CHALLENGERS FOR ANY OF THEM.
JUSTIN TABOR HE SAYS... WHO ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR THAT HE WOULD RUN FOR SHERIFF... HAS APPARENTLY DROPPED OUT OF THE RACE AND HAS NOT QUALIFIED.
WE COULD NOT REACH TABOR FOR COMMENT

STUDENTS.. FACULTY AND STAFF AT ONE BIBB COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WANTED TO HONOR THEIR PRINCIPAL AS SHE PREPARES FOR RETIREMENT..
DOCTOR JACQUELINE WALDEN IS RETIRING AFTER NEARLY 35 YEARS AS AN EDUCATION..MORE THAN 20 OF IT IN BIBB COUNTY...
TODAY..STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT RILEY ELEMENTARY HONORED DR. WALDEN WITH SONG..AND DANCE..
A PORTRAIT UNVEILING WAS ALSO PART OF THE FESTIVITIES..
THE KIDS SOLD CANDY TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE PORTRAIT.
<<<Since I have been here at Riley I've always felt like this was a family. here at riley I feel like all of these babies truly belong to me. it's bittersweet leaving but i know there are other things that I must answer to other things that I need to do
THERE WILL ALSO BE A PROGRAM SUNDAY..WHERE DOCTOR WALDEN'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY CELEBRATE HER RETIREMENT..


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