Eyewitness News at 11, 8-3-12

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A labor day weekend gathering turned violent in Warner Robins Sunday evening...when an 17-year-old high school football player was shot in the back.

Northside Coach Kevin Kinsler says the victim is Austin Roberts... A senior defensive end.

Jennifer Moulliet canvassed the neighborhood around Camelia Circle to find out what witnesses saw.

{***SOT FULL***}

<it's usually a pretty calm and quiet during the day at night in the evenings sometimes you hear gun shots a road over and behind the houses>

But that calm... Ended during broad daylight sunday evening.

Jennifer Newton says the talk around her neighborhood is swirling around a shooting sunday night involving Austin Roberts... Northside football player.

<it's disturbing not necessarily if something were to happen in my front yard but it was in my front yard you know I lay awake all night thinking what if that could have been a stray bullet. >

She says a group of men were involved in a confrontation one street over... When a gun fell out of someone's pocket.

That's when someone else picked it up and starting shooting.

<the bullet actually went through one side and came out the other side >

Northside's Head Football Coach, Kevin Kinsler says Roberts is a Two-year starter as defensive tackle and a senior... And says he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

<he's pretty highly recruited and has done really well he's worked really hard in the weight room works hard on the field.>

Coach Kinsler says their team is like family and many of the players showed support for Roberts at the hospital.

<when things happen you have to pull together and overcome it you still have a job to do and you got to do what you got to do>

Coach Kinsler says Roberts was treated at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and released a few hours later...and is at home resting.

<he's a good young man he's working hard towards his goal and that's to go to college and play college football and hopefully this setback won't keep him from that. >

Jennifer Moulliet 13WMAZ eyewitness News.

Coach Kinsler says Roberts will likely not play in Thursday's game against Veterans High.

 

 

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME. Again that number is 1-877-68-CRIME.

Hundreds of gallons of sewage are flowing into the Ocmulgee River...a major source of water for the city.

 

Roland Neel, a homeowner on Pine Knoll Drive noticed that a sewage pipe that's normally 20 feet below the ground had burst ... Sending sewage across a normally dry creek behind his house, and into the Ocmulgee River....

Neel says he's tried desperately to get the Macon Water Authority to fix it... After more than 2 hours, someone finally showed up, but didn't give his name and was gone after 10 minutes ...

In the meantime, with gallons entering the river every minute, Neel says every second counts.

Hundreds of gallons of sewage are flowing into the Ocmulgee River...a major source of water for the city.

Roland Neel, a homeowner on Pine Knoll Drive noticed that a sewage pipe that's normally 20 feet below the ground had burst ... Sending sewage across a normally dry creek behind his house, and into the Ocmulgee River....

Neel says he's tried desperately to get the Macon Water Authority to fix it... After more than 2 hours, someone finally showed up, but didn't give his name and was gone after 10 minutes ...

In the meantime, with gallons entering the river every minute, Neel says every second counts.

<when you have twenty, thirty, forty gallons of sewage flowing into the river it looks like every minute is crucial in my book ... I feel like they should get out here as soon as possible.>

13WMAZ called the Macon Water Authority, and we spoke with water plant operator..Ronnie Evans. He said they had just changed shifts and weren't aware of the problem.

He said that if Neel had an issue with his water that he needed to call. When we responded that the Ocmulgee water affects people across the city, Evans said they'd look into it, and then hung up.

A Warner Robins woman is in jail tonight...accused of beating her dog with a club.

52-year-old Miranda Thomas is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Police arrested Thomas..after a witness reported the beating,

When officers responded to the 200 block of Ward street Saturday...they said the dog had several visible injuries.

The dog is being treated by veterinarian.

Thomas is being held on three thousand dollars bond.

A Tennessee doctor was arrested in Georgia...after police say he crossed state lines to have sex with a minor.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that 35-year-old Vikul Patel was arrested Sunday in Rossville, Georgia... by agents with the FBI-led Child Safe Task Force.

An F-B-I spokesman said Patel, a doctor of internal medicine, faces charges for attempted child molestation and violation of the computer pornography act.

That's after he allegedly began a series of chats with undercover agents about wanting to have sex with a child.

Georgia's largest school district is serving as the test lab for a new teacher evaluation system that could one day go statewide.

Gwinnett County will take part in the Race to the Top project...which is subsidized by federal money.

56 schools and more than 51-hundred teachers are participating in the expanded pilot...and 26 more districts could follow in the next two years.

Last year...a smaller test field served as a way to develop a framework for this year's efforts.

State officials are still awaiting the outcome of that...but are moving ahead with this year's more focused effort.

They're doing that by changing the criteria for teacher evaluations according to a rubric they say will drive higher student achievement.

Georgia's largest school district is serving as the test lab for a new teacher evaluation system that could one day go statewide.

Gwinnett County will take part in the Race to the Top project...which is subsidized by federal money.

56 schools and more than 51-hundred teachers are participating in the expanded pilot...and 26 more districts could follow in the next two years.

Last year...a smaller test field served as a way to develop a framework for this year's efforts.

State officials are still awaiting the outcome of that...but are moving ahead with this year's more focused effort.

They're doing that by changing the criteria for teacher evaluations according to a rubric they say will drive higher student achievement.

Charlotte is throwing a big party....

(NATS) MUSIC OR LAUGHING

...before the Democrats get down to business.

(NATS) JEFF BRIDGES MUSIC

Actor Jeff Bridges... entertained the crowd at Carolina Fest.

And thousands of people collected pins, t-shirts and other souvenirs at the Labor Day celebration.

(SOT - TBD) I THINK IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO COME OUT AND BE TOGETHER

Democrats like Kirk Clay.. who travelled here from Washington, DC.. are having fun - but also eager for the convention to begin.

(SOT - Kirk Clay, Washington, DC)

THIS IS A MAGICAL MOMENT - FOR NOT JUST THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, BUT FOR ALL OF AMERICA. I BELIEVE WHAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS DONE FOR US REALLY PUTS US ON THE RIGHT PATH

(STANDUP RANDALL PINKSTON/CHARLOTTE, NC)

"This event honors American workers.. but North Carolina is struggling with unemployment well above nine-percent. As President Obama makes his way here he's on the defensive about the economy."

(SOT OBAMA) IT'S GOOD TO BE IN TOLEDO OHIO

In Toledo the President rejected Republican claims that the country is NOT better off than when he took office.

(SOT OBAMA) I BET ON YOU. I'LL MAKE THAT BET ANY DAY OF WEEK - AND BECAUSE OF THAT BET THREE YEARS LATER THAT BET IS PAYING OFF FOR AMERICA

President Obama accepts his party's nomination in Charlotte Thursday.

First Lady Michele Obama already took a tour of the stage where she'll give her speech - on day one of the Democratic National Convention. Randall Pinkston, CBS News, Charlotte

Again recapping the line-up tomorrow night.

First lady Michelle Obama follows the tradition... just as Ann Romney did last week...serving as Tuesday's headline speaker.

Former president Bill Clinton addresses the crowd Wednesday.

And the president's address is Thursday, when he's expected to officially accept his party's nomination.

On 13WMAZ-dot-com...we asked if you'll be watching.

Only 10 percent of you said yes... And 90 percent say...no thanks.

Vote now...we'll check back in on the totals at 11.

Welcome back to this Labor Day edition of Eyewitness News at Six.

So today in our newsroom...we wondered.. where exactly did the Labor Day holiday originate?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor.. it's the first Monday in September..

and was created by the labor movement.

The purpose of the holiday is to "celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country."

The first Labor Day was celebrated September 5th 1882....

Held by the Central Labor Union, a machinist union based in New York.

It was 12 years later that Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday.

It was originally celebrated with a street parade followed by a festival for the workers and their families.

Many people celebrating the American workforce...just wish they were part of it.

The most recent unemployment numbers from July show 8-point-3 percent of the American workforce are drawing unemployment.

That is down from the 9-point-1 rate of July 2011..

But five years ago, in 2007, the unemployment rate was 4-point-7.

On this Labor Day, hundreds of unemployed people in the Atlanta area claimed free groceries at the second annual "Labor of Love" event sponsored in part by the Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless Foundation.

Cars filed in, then people lined up at Lakewood Amphitheater.

One of those people was Marvin Hill.. who waited patiently to receive his bag of groceries..

Hill has been unemployed since 2009, when he was in a car accident.

Organizers hope the groceries will help people like Hill by cutting food costs..

< Awodele Omilami, Organizer: "We're hoping that when we provide them with the groceries, the money can be redirected toward rent and utilities to prevent these families from becoming homeless."

Marvin Hill, Unemployed:"I think I'll be batting 5,000 getting my stomach full, it'll help me forget about my pains and other things and help me get my ducks in a row.">

In addition to the 2,500 free bags of groceries handed out today, "Labor of Love" also offered job readiness seminars to attendees.

Now on this Labor Day...two men are seeking new jobs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mitt Romney mixed business with pleasure... quietly preparing for the first bi-partisan debate...while his running mate Paul Ryan was back out in front of the crowds.

Tara Mergener reports.

<Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan rallied supporters at East Carolina University

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Rep. Paul Ryan/ (R-WI) Vice Presidential Candidate

"AFTER FOUR YEARS OF GETTING A RUN AROUND, IT'S TIME FOR AN AMERICAN TURN AROUND, AND THE MAN FOR THAT JOB IS MITT ROMNEY."

((vo))

Ryan said a Romney administration would let individuals and small businesses keep more of their money with a simpler tax code.

 

((sot))

Rep. Paul Ryan/ (R-WI) Vice Presidential Candidate

"SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS COME AND THEY GET THEIR LITTLE CARVE OUTS IN THE TAX CODE. AND IF YOU DO WHAT WASHINGTON APPROVES OF, THEY MIGHT GIVE YOU SOME OF YOUR MONEY BACK. WE JUST WANT YOU TO KEEP YOUR MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE.

 

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Tara Mergener/ CBS News

On the Sunday talk shows Obama supporters gave muddled answers to the question "are americans better off than they were four years ago". Today,the democrats said the answer is "yes".

((vo))

But GOP leaders called that a reversal

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Reince Priebus/ RNC Chairman

THIS MUST MEAN THAT 23 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE FOUND JOBS, INCOMES HAVE GONE UP, GAS PRICES ARE GOING DOWN, POVERTY IS IN DECLINE AND THE DEFICIT HAS BEEN CUT, ALL IN THE LAST 24 HOURS."

((vo))

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney took his boat out today in New Hampshire. Romney will be staying off the Campaign trail during the Democrat's convention, opting to practice for his upcoming debate with president Obama.

in the practice debates, Republicans say the part of President Obama will be played by Ohio Senator Rob Porttman.

 

 

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