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It is miserable out here"
"Even in the shade, I'm sweating, its hot"
"We come outside and we cool off just a little bit AHH!!!"
 THAT'S ONE WAY TO COOL DOWN ON A DAY WHEN THE MERCURY KEEPS INCHING ABOVE THE 100-DEGREE MARK.
GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
 I'M CANDACE ADORKA, AND THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
WE ARE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS INTO SUMMER AND ALREADY...  TEMPERATURES TOPING 100 DEGRESS  ACROSS THE STATE AND THE SOUTHEAST...
 THE GEORGIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SAYS YOU SHOULD TAKE ACTION TO BE SAFE IN THE HEAT WITH THESE TIPS
FIRST.... NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS ALONE IN CARS.
 WEAR LIGHTWEIGHT, LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING.
 AND AVOID STRENOUS WORK DURING THE WARMEST PARTS OF THE DAY.
 THE MOST EFFECTIVE THING YOU CAN PROBABLY DO... IS SPEND AS MUCH TIME INDOORS WITH THE AIR CONDITIONING ON.
FOR MORE TIPS ON STAYING HEALTHY AND SAFE DURING EXTREME HEAT... CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ-DOT COM...   
 AND FOR A BETTER IDEA HOW LONG THIS HEATWAVE WILL STICK AROUND... WE TURN TO METEROLOGIST JOHN BOYER...
JOHN AND CANDACE DISCUSS HEAT
 LIKE YOU SAID THE OFFICAL TEMPERATURE IS 108 TODAY... BUT SOME THERMOMETERS OUT IN CENTRAL GEORGIA BEG TO DIFFER....
 THAKE A LOOK AT THIS PICTURE FROM A VIEWER... THIS CAR THERMOMETER SAYS 111 OUTSIDE... AND 109 INSIDE THE CAR...
CANDACE: AND THIS ONE CLAIMS THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE TO BE 109... JOHN.. WHY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OFFICIAL TEMPERATURE AND THESE OTHER THERMOMETERS?
JOHN AND CANDACE TEMPERATURE DIFFERENCE
 THANKS JOHN.
TURN TO FOUR
 AS WE APPROACH THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY.... THE STATE OF GEORGIA SAYS IT'S CRACKING DOWN ON PEOPLE WHO DRIVE DRUNK.
 HARRIS BLACKWOOD... DIRECTOR OF THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY... SAYS ONE IN FOUR CAR ACCIDENTS IN GEORGIA INVOLVE ALCOHOL.
HE SAYS WITH GAS PRICES DECREASING... THE NUMBER OF CARS ON THE ROAD WILL INCREASE AND THAT MEANS A HIGHER CHANCE OF DRUNK DRIVERS.
 THE OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY URGES EVERYONE TO DESIGNATE A DRIVER IF THEY PLAN TO DRINK... OR SIMPLY BOOK A HOTEL ROOM.
BLACKWOOD SAYS A DUI ARREST STAYS ON RECORD FOR 55 YEARS AND CAN COST UP TO 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FINES AND FEES.
A 68-YEAR OLD MAN WAS LOCKED UP AFTER A DRUG BUST FRIDAY NIGHT... BUT NOT BEFORE A VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL.
 ALTON LEON JACKSON WAS TREATED FOR CHEST PAINS AND CUTS FROM SHATTERED GLASS.
 ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE, MACON POLICE APPROACHED A GROUP OF MEN LOITERING IN THE PARKING LOT OF LIBERTY INN OFF PIO NONO AVENUE. 
 AS THE OFFICERS GOT CLOSER, EACH PERSON IN THE GROUP BEGAN TO WALK AWAY IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, EXCEPT FOR JACKSON... HE RAN.
ONE OFFICER FOLLOWED AND SAW JACKSON TRYING TO EAT THE DRUGS HE CARRIED IN HIS HAND.
 WHEN THE OFFICER TOLD HIM TO STOP AND PLACE HIS HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK, HE REFUSED AND BEGAN FLAILING HIS ARMS TO AVOID BEING HANDCUFFED.
 DURING THE STRUGGLE TO RESTRAIN HIM, POLICE SAY JACKSON JERKED AWAY AND FELL THROUGH THE GLASS WINDOW OF ONE OF THE ROOMS.
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 JACKSON IS CHARGED WITH PROBATION VIOLATION, CRIMINAL TRESPASS, CRIMINAL DAMAGE AND COCAINE POSSESSION.
 HE'S BEING HELD IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL  ON 11-AND-A-HALF THOUSAND DOLLARS' BOND.
THE NORTH CENTRAL HEALTH DISTRICT IS ASKING PEOPLE TO BE MORE ALERT AROUND ANIMALS ACTING STRANGELY... ESPECIALLY DURING THE DAY.
 IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS... ONE FOX TESTED POSITIVE FOR RABIES...ANOTHER TWO WERE PUT DOWN BECAUSE THEY APPEARED RABID.
 ONE MAN IN WILKINSON COUNTY ENCOUNTERED A STRANGE FOX ON HIS MORNING RUN...
 nat - i was running the median in a straight line here until it came back from behind and i started to do the dance here. you can see all the zigs and zags.
 PETER ROBINSON SAYS THE FOX LUNGED AND SNAPPED AT HIM SEVERAL TIMES... AND APPEARED RABID.
 HE USED WATER BOTTLES TO DEFEND HIMSELF AND WHEN THAT DIDN'T WORK...THE 46-YEAR OLD SAYS HE STARTED KICKING THE ANIMAL TO STOP IT FROM ATTACKING.
 HE SAYS HE LEARNED A VALUABLE LESSON.
 
i will not listen to music while i'm running anymore. i wasn't listening to it at the time, but i had it with me. and if i had my earphones in, i would've never heard it coming from behidn me.
 THE FOX DID NOT HURT ROBINSON... BUT TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION...HE SAYS HE STARTED VACCINATING AGAINST RABIES.
 TONIGHT ON EYWITNESS NEWS AT 11... JUDY LE HAS MORE FROM ROBINSON... AND HIS STAND OFF WITH THE FOX.
GOOD NEWS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS ACROSS THE U-S.
 PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED A BILL THAT PUTTS OFF INTEREST RATE INCREASES ON NEW LOANS.
HE SIGNED A ONE-WEEK EXTENTION THAT BUYS TIME FOR THE FULL BILL CONGRESS APPROVED FRIDAY TO REACH THE PRESIDENT'S DESK.
 OBAMA IS EXPECTED TO SIGN THE FULL LAW WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.
 WHEN HE DOES... IT WILL END A STANDOFF OVER STUDENT LOANS... AND MAINTAIN INTEREST RATES AT 3 POINT 4 PERCENT FOR CERTAIN LOANS.
 IF CONGRESS HADN'T ACTED, RATES WOULD HAVE DOULBED TOMORROW.
 LONGTIME BIBB COUNTY OFFICAL...TOMMY OLMSTEAD...WAS LAID TO REST TODAY.
 OLMSTEAD DIED ON WEDNESDAY FROM AN UNDISCLOSED ILLNESS.
 HE WAS 83-YEARS-OLD.
 AUSTIN LEWIS REPORTS MANY PEOPLE GATHERED TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO THE PUBLIC SERVANT.

IN MORE THAN 4 DECADES OF PUBLIC SERVICE IN BIBB COUNTY...FAMILY FRIENDS...AND COMMMUNITY LEADERS MADE THEIR WAY TO VINEVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SATURDAY...FOR TOMMY OLMSTEAD
District Attorney Greg Winters: I don't think we have known yet what we have lost he was such a good man, Macon Bibb County Middle Georgia lost a great man this week.
nats of the funeral
THE LEADER WAS HONORED...AS A TRUE STEWARD OF THE COMMUNITY...BY OVER 100 PEOPLE THAT INCLUDED LEADERS LIKE COMMISSIONER SAM HART...DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS...DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS...AND BIBB COUNTY SHERRIF JERRY MODENA.
Commissioner Sam Hart: Tommy Olmstead was really truly a public servant who worked across this community to make it better, he worked in county government he worked in city government and he negotiatied just as hard for the county when he was part of it as he did for the city.
TOMMY OLMSTEAD SERVED AS MACON'S MAYOR...A BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER...A STATE SENATOR...AND A GEORGIA COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN RESOURCES.
LEADERS SAY HE SERVED CENTRAL GEORGIA...ON EVERY LEVEL.
District Attorney Greg Winters: he was someone you were proud was here, who lived here, he was a great example of our community and he was someone you could point to and was someone you could point to and was just a good man.
nats of the procession
OLMSTEAD'S LEGACY...IS SOMETHING THAT THOSE HERE WON'T FORGET.
Commissioner Sam Hart:  his impact goes from county wide to state wide. This man has been a tremendous impact on the state of georgia.
Chief Deputy David Davis, Bibb County: what he has done for this community as mayor and as chairman, you are not going to hold those positions without making a mark on this community.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
OLMSTEAD WAS LAID TO REST AT RIVERSIDE CEMETERY
WILDFIRES ARE STILL SCORCHING ACRES ACROSS COLORADO.
 THE WALDO CANYON FIRE IS THE LARGEST IN STATE HISTORY AND ITS BURNING THROUGH LAND IN COLORADO SPRINGS.
 SOME OF THE PEOPLE EVACUATED ARE NOW MAKING THEIR WAY BACK HOME.
 DREW LEVINSON JOINED A FEW OF THEM AS THEY ASSESSED THE DAMAGE.
(--NATSOUND LINDA WALKING HER DOGS 2ND TIME SHE SAYS IT--)
"YOU HAPPY TO BE HOME?"
Linda Burton just came home after sleeping three nights at a friend's house.
She and her fiancé evacuated....
(DISSOLVE TO FIRES)
...when the Waldo Canyon wildfires crept to within blocks of her home.
(NAT SOUND GARAGE DOOR OPENS)
She was thrilled to be back but shocked to find her car was gone-stolen.
(--SOT-- )
"IT WAS A 2008 MAZDA MIADA, LIMITED EDITION"
The also broke into her house
(NATSOUND SHOWING WHERE THEY CAME IN--)
"THEY CAME IN THROUGH THIS WINDOW HERE"
(--VIDEO OF RANSACKED ROOM--)
They ransacked the place. They took jewelry and a computers.
(SOT: LINDA BURTON/FORMER EVACUEE)
"IT'S ALMOST AS BAD AS THE HOUSE BEING BURNED DOWN BECAUSE YOU FEEL VIOLATED THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT PREY UPON VICTIMS THAT ARE ALREADY SUFFERING SO YEH, VICTIMIZED, I FEEL LIKE I HAVE HIT BY A TRAIN."
(--NATSOUND UPACKING CAR--)
Pat White was still unpacking Saturday.
She took her most precious belongings including the flag that draped her father's coffin . He was a world war two veteran.
She says it was stressful not knowing whether her home survived the fires.
(--SOT PAT WHITE--)
"IT'S REALLY GREAT TO GET BACK AND GET BACK TO WORK AND JUST BE HOME IN MY OWN BED"
(--STANDUP DREW LEVINSON REPORTING--)
Thousands of other residents still can't return to their homes. They live too close TO WHERE THE WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN OUT OF CONTROL.
They're still staying in shelters or at friend's homes.
(--SOT FROM NEWSER 10:08:36--)
"WE ARE WORKING AS AGGRESSIVE AS WE CAN TO GET PEOPLE BACK HOME AND BUSINESSES BACK TO WORK"
Firefighters say they are making progress. But they also say the fires could burn for another 3 weeks.
FIREFIGHTERS SAY THE FIRE ON THE EDGE OF COLORADO SPRINGS IS ABOUT 30-PERCENT CONTAINED.
 MORE THAN 350 HOMES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.

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