A Bleckley County Sheriff's deputy tased and shot a Cochran man on the corner of Oak and Dykes Street.
Sheriff Harold Lancaster says two deputies tried to arrest Rasheen Wright Friday night for theft charges.
Judy Le has that story.
It started out as a simple arrest for theft
<It was a softball, baseball bat and some other athletic equipment>
But turned deadly when a deputy shot Rasheen Wright. His brother, George Wright, was with him that night.
<As the police came up, I was telling him to give the bat back because like...it ain't worth it about a bat>
Sheriff Harold Lancaster says one deputy was trying to handcuff the 31-year-old when he started to struggle. Then a second deputy tased Wright.
<I seen him pull his gun out, then the other one I see him reaching for one and I don't know, I think it was a taser gun. And I heard sounding like the taser gun that was going off and I just heard a shot>
That's where the stories start to differ.
<The suspect came out of his waist band with a pistol, pointed it at deputy who tased him and the second deputy had to use lethal force>
<It wasn't fair, I don't think. They said he had a gun, but I didn't see all of that. He didn't tell me about it or nothing>
Police say Wright was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he later died of a single gunshot wound.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is looking into the shooting...but Lancaster stands behind his deputies.
<(and they did it because there was another gun present. There was danger?) Yes, there was a definite threat>
<I want it to be over because I don't want to believe it's true (crying)>
Judy Le...13wmaz...eyewitness news
Lancaster says the two deputies have many years of experience-- one of them has been with Bleckley County Sheriffs office for almost 30 years.
He says they acted according to the training they've received, but George Wright says his brother did not have a gun.
A Warner Robins man will spend 20 years in prison for child molestation.
According to Houston County's District Attorney's office, 35-year-old Antoine Manigan plead guilty to molesting a 13 year old girl last year.
He was ordered to spend 20 years in prison, and 10 more years on probation.
In a written statement, District Attorney Deleshia Dixon said her office is satisfied with the-- quote-- harsh sentence.
Turning now to health news...
Most people associate tick bites with Lyme disease...
But a new a paper published in the journal "Zoonoses and Public Health," says the little bugs carry a variety of diseases... And the types vary in different regions of the country.
The blacklegged ticks in the Northern U-S that commonly bite humans can spread Lyme disease.
But that same type of tick in the South usually doesn't bite.
Researchers say In the East, ticks carry more than a dozen disease-causing agents.
The researchers recommend that if you do get a tick bite, save the tick in your freezer or a vial of alcohol so your doctor can better identify the dangers.
The Centers for Disease Control--- along with local health officials--- is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections in humans from turtles.
More than 160 people have gotten sick in 30 stats.
64-percent of those cases involved children under 10 years old.
Officials say its best not to buy small turtles from street vendors, websites, or pet stores.
They say the reptiles should not be kept as pets in homes with young children or with people who have weak immune systems.
They also say people should always wash their hands after handling any reptile or anything in the area where they live.
Health officials say it's the worst year ever for West Nile in Texas.... which has seen nearly half the country's deaths from the virus this year.
The Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services says at least 40 people have died from the virus in Texas... And have recorded at least 495 cases of "neuro-invasive" West Nile.. the most serious form of the illness.
That surpasses the entire year of 2003.... when Texas had 439 neuroinvasive cases and 40 deaths.
Federal officials say there have been at least 87 deaths nationwide this year.
Lakey says numbers are expected to increase through mid-October.
The Presidential candidates begin the post-convention push, trying to connect with voters in states that could determine the outcome of the election.
As Ines Ferre reports... It's a two month sprint to the general election, leaving both President Obama and Mitt Romney just a short time to make an impact.
((nats - chanting "romney romney romney"))
((NARR-1)) Virginia Beach, VA
MITT ROMNEY RALLIED A CROWD AT THE MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM IN VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA ---- A STATE WHERE HE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA ARE DEADLOCKED.
ROMNEY USED THE MILITARY BACKDROP TO FOCUS ON LOOMING DEFENSE CUTS.
((sot)) Mitt Romney
"The numbers of jobs lost in Virginia from these kind of cuts is between 100-200 thousand./////14:10:28 i will not cut our military i will maintain our military commitment."
HE ALSO TOOK AIM AT FRIDAY'S TEPID JOBS REPORT - SAYING THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO TURN THE ECONOMY AROUND.
((sot)) Mitt Romney
"He doesn't have a plan, he doesn't have any ideas, and we gotta make sure he doesn't have any more days in the white house after January."
((NARR-3)) Seminole, FL
PRESIDENT OBAMA IS ON A TWO-DAY BUS TOUR THROUGH THE KEY BATTLEGROUND STATE OF FLORIDA.
HE CHALLENGED A REPUBLICAN CLAIM THAT THE COUNTRY IS HEADED DOWNHILL.
"When our opponents say this nation is in decline, they are dead wrong - this is America!"
THE PRESIDENT IS POSITIONING HIMSELF AS A CHAMPION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, SAYING AMERICA'S "BASIC BARGAIN IS AT STAKE."
"The bargain that says if you work hard it will pay off. the bargain that says responsibility will be rewarded and everybody's got a fair shot and everybody does their fair share."
TV AD CAMPAIGNS ARE EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY UNTIL ELECTION DAY.
POLLS SHOW FEWER THAN 10 PERCENT OF VOTERS ARE STILL UNDECIDED... IN ONE OF THE CLOSEST PRESIDENTIAL CONTESTS IN RECENT HISTORY.
Total ad spending in this race is expected to top one billion dollars.
Eight schools in Georgia have earned one of the country's top honors for academic excellence... Among them is Macon's own First Presbyterian Day School!
FPD along with the other 7 schools representing Georgia... are among 269 schools nationwide to be named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named the 219 public and 50 private schools Friday.
They will be honored during a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.
For a list of all schools named Blue Ribbon... Look for this story on our website at 13wmaz dot com.
Coming up after the break... We're taking you to events happening around Central Georgia Where You Live!
Videojournalist Kimberly Burden was pretty busy today...
The city of Perry is getting a little taste of the nation's capitol... As a traveling music exhibit from The Smithsonian comes to town... Plus
The Medical Center is breaking out some barbershop tunes and barbecue flavors... To encourage men to educate themselves on prostate cancer....
Those stories plus a look at your weather... When eyewitness news at six continues.
Over 200 Central Georgians threw on their running shoes this morning...all in an effort to support local children with diabetes.
These runners are pounding the pavement in a 5-K run and walk for Camp Little Shot...which holds a free summer camp for Central Georgian kids with diabetes.
The camp specializing in helping children with the disease better understand it and live with it.
<it's real easy to get caught up in what we do everyday in our lives and everybody has challenges of their own, but if you take the time to look around you can always find somebody else in need and maybe doesn't have the same means as you do. These kids, this is something they go through their whole life with and it's not a cure for it. They have to take medication and they have to live a completely different live style than a lot of their friends in school.>
The money raised from the 5k run and walk will go towards registrations fees for the children.
For more information on how you can help or get information visit the story on 13wmaz-dot-com.
A travelling music exhibit...all the way from Washington D-C has arrived in Perry.
The Smithsonian's New Harmonies finally made sweet music for the public to hear.
Central Georgians went to Perry Arts Center to learn more about the history of early American music.
This afternoon...a ribbon-cutting ceremony rang in the new music exhibit.
There was also a reception and a private perfoRmance by Robert McDuffie and Elizabeth Pridgen of Macon.
< "I went to the gospel and blues section first those are my favorite varieties of music but I was interested in the country and folk music as well.>
<I think it's beautiful. Mahalia Jackson was my admirers when I was a child. I learned to sing her song "move on up a little higher" that was my daddy's favorite>
The exhibit will end October 20th.
This month marks National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and here in Macon, the Medical Center of Central Georgia held an event to celebrate prostate cancer survivors...and bring awareness to the disease.
Check out some of the sounds of this barbershop quartet...this is all part of the Barbeque, Bowties and Barbershops event.
Guest learned how to lasso a bull and how to tie different knots from the Boys Scouts.
They also enjoyed some delicious BBQ and received information about prostate cancer through free health screenings and seminars.