Eyewitness News at 6, 7/17/12

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I wish we could have been a little bit closer and I do miss you and I'm glad that you were a part of our family.

THAT'S THE SISTER IN LAW OF A YOUNG EATONTON WOMAN... KILLED LAST WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE STARTS IN ABOUT HALF AN HOUR... FOR SPECIALIST ERIKA ALECKSEN... AS A CHURCH FILLS WITH THOSE THERE TO REMEMBER HER LIFE.

HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.

THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

TODAY'S EVENTS BEGAN IN GREENSBORO.

THAT'S WHERE ALECKSEN'S BODY LANDED AFTER A BRIEF WEATHER DELAY.

AS THE PLANE CARRYING HER REMAINS TAXIED TO A STOP... HER FAMILY WAITED TO WELCOME THEIR SOLDIER HOME FOR THE FINAL TIME.

ON THE ROUTE TO EATONTON... SUPPORTERS PAID THEIR RESPECTS... INCLUDING SOME WHO DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ALECKSEN.

IN HER HOMETOWN... DISPLAYS OF RED, WHITE, AND BLUE ... SHOWED THE TOWN'S GRATTITUDE TO THE YOUNG WOMAN WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.

MOURNERS FOR ERICKA ALECKSON ATTENDED VISITATION AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH THIS AFTERNOON.

THAT WRAPPED UP JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO...

NOW, MORE PEOPLE FILL THE SANCTUARY FOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE.

JUDY LE SPENT THE DAY IN EATONTON.

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND TONIGHT'S SERVICE FOR ERICA ALECKSEN... YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE ON OUR WEBSITE.. BEGINNING AT 6:30.

WE WILL ALSO HAVE COVERAGE OF THE FUNERAL TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

MOURNERS FOR ERICKA ALECKSON ATTENDED VISITATION AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH THIS AFTERNOON.

THAT WRAPPED UP JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO...

NOW, MORE PEOPLE FILL THE SANCTUARY FOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE.

JUDY LE SPENT THE DAY IN EATONTON.

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND TONIGHT'S SERVICE FOR ERICA ALECKSEN... YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE ON OUR WEBSITE.. BEGINNING AT 6:30.

WE WILL ALSO HAVE COVERAGE OF THE FUNERAL TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

AFTER A PUBLIC OUTCRY....SAFETY CROSSING GATES SHOULD BE IN PLACE NEXT MONTH...AT A DEADLY RAILROAD CROSSING IN HOUSTON COUNTY.

. WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT THIS CROSSING THIS SPRING.. AFTER A FATAL ACCIDENT THAT KILLED A MOTHER AND CHILD.

NOW RAILROAD CREWS ARE AT WORK...THE IMPROVEMENTS ARE AHEAD OF SCHEDUE....AND NEIGHBORS ARE GLAD.

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>>nat pop train<<

STOP.. LOOK.. LISTEN.. ARE THE WARNINGS ON IGNICO DRIVE AS YOU APPROACH THE RAILROAD CROSSING AT HIGHWAY 247..

>>nat pop cars crossing tracks<<

CARS CROSS THE TRACKS HERE ALL DAY LONG.. JARROD WALKER CROSSES THE TRACKS TO GET TO WORK..

>>Jarrod Walker, Savannah Apartments"Pretty much yeah, every day, every other day, 4-5 days a week, something like that".<<

>>nat pop 247 traffic<<

WALKER SAYS.. THE INTERSECTION NEEDED MORE SAFETY EQUIPMENT.. BUT DRIVERS SHOULD BE AWARE.

>>Jarrod Walker, Savannah Apartments "Whether I see a traffic light or don't hear a train, I still look - there ain't no telling nowawadays, everybody's driving in their own little minds so you've got to drive for yourself and others.<<

9 YEAR OLD FELICIANO DOMINGO KNOWS WHAT THE LIGHTS AND SIGNS MEAN..

>>Feliciano Domingo, Savannah Apartments, "Every time I do that I ask my mom to stop so we can be safe.."<<

WORKERS WITH NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD WERE ON SITE WEDNESDAY.. AND A SPOKESPERSON CONFIRMS THE SAFETY UPGRADES WILL BE COMPLETE BY THE END OF AUGUST..

A MEMORIAL OF STUFFED ANIMALS AND FLOWERS IS CLOSE TO THE TRACKS.. A REMINDER OF THE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER WHO LOST THEIR LIVES HERE..

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31 YEAR OLD DONNELLE REID AND HER INFANT DAUGHTER KINSLEY DIED WHEN THEIR CAR WAS STRUCK BY A TRAIN AT THE CROSSING IN MAY..

THE CHILD'S FATHER.. WILLIE LYONS.. WAS CRITICALLY INJURED.. AND SURVIVED THE CRASH.

THE STATE SAYS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS.. THERE HAVE BEEN FIVE ACCIDENTS AND FOUR DEATHS AT THE CROSSING.

A MACON CITY COUNCILMAN WANTS POLICE TO LOOK INTO WHETHER SOME MACON MASSAGE PARLORS ARE VIOLATING A CITY ORDINANCE.

THE ORDINANCE... PASSED IN 2010....STEMMED FROM POLICE RAIDS ON SOME MASSAGE PARLORS THAT OFFERED SEX-FOR-HIRE.

THIS STORY STARTED AS A VIEWER TIP...THAT SOME OF THOSE BUSINESSES STAY OPEN PAST THE CITY-MANDATED CLOSING TIME.....ELEVEN P-M.

13 WMAZ REPORTERS BRITTINY BARBER AND RANDALL SAVAGE RECENTLY VISITED SEVERAL MASSAGE PARLORS...TO SEE IF THAT'S TRUE.

HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT THEY FOUND.

IT WAS AFTER 11P-M WEDESDAY JULY 11... WHEN WE HIT TO ROAD TO SEE IF MACON MASSAGE PARLORS WERE FOLLOWING THE LAW.

WE STOPPED BY ELEVEN BUSINESSES THAT HAVE LICENSES TO PERFORM MASSAGES UNDER A CITY ORDINANCE.

THAT TWO-YEAR-OLD ORDINANCE...SETS THE BUSINESS HOURS BETWEEN SIX A-M AND 11 P-M.

WE FOUND TWO OF THE ELEVEN MASSAGE PARLORS OPEN WHEN WE ARRIVED.

Randall: Are you open?

Charlie Echo: "We close at about 12:00 you know, everything you know we dont' do no massage."

THE WOMAN AT THE THE SAUNA HOUSE ON PIO NONO AVENUE TOLD US SHE CLOSES.. WHEN SHE WANTS TO... AND SHE EXPLAINED TO US THEIR SERVICES

Charlie: We do a ????, you know a sauna, honey.

Randall do you do body rubs?

Charlie Echo: "no uh-uh."

SHE OFFERED A SAUNA TREATMENT AND TOLD US THAT WAS ALL THEY HAD.. BUT SHE LED US PAST TWO BEDS ON HER WAY TO SHOW US THE SAUNA.

Randall:"What do you use these rooms for?

Charlie: "I sleep here.

Randall: You sleep here and how about this one?"

Charlie: I do too."

Randall: you sleep in both rooms?

Charlie: "Sometimes."

ACROSS TOWN ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE.. THE OPEN SIGN WAS LIT AT SEDONA TANNING SALON.

Randall: Are you open? We're with 13wmaz news...

door slams

Are you open for business?

Lady: Shakes head."

SHE ORDERED US TO LEAVE... AND TURNED OFF THE OPEN SIGN AS WE DROVE OFF.

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MACON CITY COUNCILMEMBER LARRY SCHLESINGER CO-WROTE THE ORDINANCE... AND HE'S SAYS IT'S ABOUT TIME TO REVISIT THE ISSUE.

Larry : "I think that that will probably come sooner rather than later especially with reports like you've shared with us."

SCHLESINGER.. A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL'S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE.... SAYS HE PLANS TO DISCUSS THE SITUATION WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMAND STAFF THURSDAY.

Larry "The fact that they were open at midnight would indicate to me that that there may be an effort to just circumvent the rules and play by their own rules which are not the community rules."

HE ACKNOWLEDGES THE ORDINANCE MAY NOT HAVE CURED THE PROBLEM OF PROSTITUTION AT MASSAGE PARLORS 100 PERCENT... BUT HE SAYS POLICE COULD DETERMINE IF ANY ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IS GOING ON AT THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS.

BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS

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IN THE PAST....LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE RAIDED BOTH SITES...AND CHARGED EMPLOYEES WITH SEX-RELATED CHARGES.

IN THE PAST....LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE RAIDED BOTH SITES...AND CHARGED EMPLOYEES WITH SEX-RELATED CHARGES.

TWO YEARS AGO.. OFFICERS RAIDED THE SEDONA TANNING SALON AND CHARGED AN EMPLOYEE WITH SEXUAL BATTERY AND KEEPING A HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION.

FOUR YEARS AGO, OFFICERS RAIDED THE V-I-P SPA AT 3266 PIO NONO AVENUE.. CHARGING EMPLOYEES WITH PROSTITUTION... MASTURBATION FOR HIRE... AND KEEPING A HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION.

THAT BUSINESS ON PIO NONO NOW HAS A NEW NAME....THE SAUNTA HOUSE.

IN THE PAST....LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE RAIDED BOTH SITES...AND CHARGED EMPLOYEES WITH SEX-RELATED CHARGES.

IN THE PAST....LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE RAIDED BOTH SITES...AND CHARGED EMPLOYEES WITH SEX-RELATED CHARGES.

TWO YEARS AGO.. OFFICERS RAIDED THE SEDONA TANNING SALON AND CHARGED AN EMPLOYEE WITH SEXUAL BATTERY AND KEEPING A HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION.

FOUR YEARS AGO, OFFICERS RAIDED THE V-I-P SPA AT 3266 PIO NONO AVENUE.. CHARGING EMPLOYEES WITH PROSTITUTION... MASTURBATION FOR HIRE... AND KEEPING A HOUSE OF PROSTITUTION.

THAT BUSINESS ON PIO NONO NOW HAS A NEW NAME....THE SAUNTA HOUSE.

COUNTY LEADERS AND ANIMAL ADVOCATES CONTINUE TO DEBATE THE FUTURE OF BIBB COUNTY'S ANIMAL SHELTER....AND EUTHANASIA POLICIES.

ANIMAL LOVERS SAY IT SHOULD BE A LOW-KILL SHELTER...WHERE HEALTHY....ADOPTABLE ANIMALS ARE NOT EUTHANIZED.

BUT SOME COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY ITS CAPACITY IS LIMITED... TOO MANY ANIMALS ARE DROPPED OFF THERE... AND NOT ENOUGH ARE ADOPTED.

"I'm sorry we cant go out and pick up this stray dog because we don't have any place to put it because you're not putting them out fast enough, you're not euthanizing. I do want to tell you that in the last 6 business days... Monday through Friday last week and Monday yesterday... there were calls that totaled 269 dogs and 85 cats that we did not respond to because we're full."

EARLIER THIS WEEK...ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER VAN VANDEWALKER RESIGNED FROM THE SHELTER...

ONE OF THE REASONS HE GAVE WAS THE FACILITY'S EUTHANASIA POLICY..

HE JOINS US NOW TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE ANSWERS TO THOSE CONCERNS.

BY THE WAY...WE OFFERED BIBB COUNTY OFFICIALS A CHANCE TO DISCUSS WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE SHELTER. COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR STEVE LAYSON SAYS NO ONE FROM THE COUNTY COULD TAKE PART IN THIS INTERVIEW... BECAUSE THEY CAN'T DISCUSS PERSONNEL ISSUES THAT MIGHT COME UP WITH MR. VAN-DE-WALKER.

IN THE PAST....LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE RAIDED BOTH SITES...AND CHARGED EMPLOYEES WITH SEX-RELATED CHARGES. IN THE PAST....LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE RAIDED BOTH SITES...AND CHARGED EMPLOYEES WITH SEX-RELATED CHARGES.

 

IN THE PAST....LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE RAIDED BOTH SITES...AND CHARGED EMPLOYEES WITH SEX-RELATED CHARGES. IN THE PAST....LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE RAIDED BOTH SITES...AND CHARGED EMPLOYEES WITH SEX-RELATED CHARGES.

 

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