Eyewitness News at 6, September 14, 2012

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  Macon Police have two 16-year-olds...a suspect and his girlfriend in custody...right now after shots were fired near a school bus stop earlier this morning in West Macon. 
        Austin Lewis spent the day in the neighborhood and has more on what happened.
No students were injured when shots were fired near a school bus stop...
It all started here at the intersection of Sharon and Mimosa Drives in West Macon around 6:45 this morning. Students were waiting for the bus...when they and others around the neighborhood heard gunshots. 
<sinda Martin:I heard a gunfire and he says where are the boys and I says they are already on the school bus so I did not go outside, I didn't even look at window.  >
Now, a school official told 13WMAZ that shots weren't fired at the bus...and did not strike the bus. The school official said that students ran when they heard the shots and no one was injured. 
Shortly after that, then three schools, Westside High School, Weaver Middle School and Morgan Elementary School were put on a modified Code Yellow for most of the morning...it changed to a code green after early this afternoon when Macon police said they had a suspect in custody. 
Police said they had a 16-year-old juvenile suspect and his girlfriend/hat they were pulling the couple out of the woods  
Police tracked the couple for over an hour using the girl's electronic ankle monitor.
Now, a school official told 13WMAZ that shots weren't fired at the bus...and did not strike the bus. The school official said that students ran when they heard the shots and no one was injured. 
Shortly after that, then three schools, Westside High School, Weaver Middle School and Morgan Elementary School were put on a modified Code Yellow for most of the morning...it changed to a code green after early this afternoon when Macon police said they had a suspect in custody. 
Police said they had a 16-year-old juvenile suspect and his girlfriend/hat they were pulling the couple out of the woods  
Police tracked the couple for over an hour using the girl's electronic ankle monitor.
<Sinda Martin:What if the bullet came through the wall and I was in the bed, I have mother with me, almost 90 years old it could hit her. I would hate for that tragedy and I'm right here at the bus stop. >
Martin says she hopes after this...that her neighborhood can return to a quiet place. 
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
  Macon police say the male 16 year old ...Now faces charges of reckless conduct...and being a minor possessing a weapon. They say he was released to his father.
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 Also today... A westside high school student was taken into custody after bringing knives to school.
 Gowan says the knives were discovered this morning. 
      He would not describe the knives, say how many or give any further details on the case.
      He said the student was taken into custody by campus police.
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 A 14-year-old male student from Weaver Middle School remains at the Youth Detention Center tonight.. after he was charged with bringing a gun to school in his shoe..
     That's according to John Regan with the District Attorney's office.
     The boy had his preliminary hearing this morning in Bibb County Juvenile Court. 
    According to Bibb County Schools.. The small caliber handgun was discovered Wednesday morning..     
     The 7th grader told investigators that he found the weapon near some bushes while he waited to catch his bus.
     The news release says school officials got a tip about the gun from another school... and found the teen inside a classroom. 
    Bibb County Schools Director of Risk Mangement David Gowan says that's why the school was never on lockdown.
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  Knives...a gun...a boxcutter...and several fights. According to school officials...we've seen them all in Bibb County schools this week.
Monday, a 17-year-old female student at the alternative high school at Hutchings Career Center cut another student in the face with a box cutter.
  School officials say the girl snuck the weapon past metal detectors....
Then Tuesday, four students at Westside High School were arrested after two separate fights.
  Two 16 year old males fought in a classroom.... then a male and female student's argument in class turned physical in the hallway.
Wednesday, a Weaver Middle School 7th grader was caught with a gun hidden in his shoe.
  The gun was not loaded....and the student said he found the weapon while waiting for his bus that morning.
 Then this morning, shots fired near a bus stop sends students running for safety and put Westside High, Weaver Middle, and Morgan Elementary all on a modified code yellow.
And then later this morning...a Westside student was caught with knives.
  System safety leaders say no one was seriously hurt...in any of those cases.


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  School Board member Gary Bechtel says the rash of crime in schools this week shows the district hasn't been taking student discipline seriously. 
    Bechtel says it's not coincidence that these crimes have come out...  just after a report last week found there were problems with discipline.
     He says it looks like the district administration now is trying to excuse themselves from the blame in the report. 
< With the sudden increase or the knowledge of  these incidents this week, it makes you think that this can not be isolated.  A lot of this was probably going on over the last 18 to 20 months that the media, the community and the board members were not made aware of so that's some of the issue that I have.     >
The school board will have a called meeting on Monday. 
     Bechtel say members requested the meeting after the report was released last week.
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 A Houston County fire fighter could lose his job... After state troopers accused him of driving a fire truck under the influence of alcohol.
     Lorra Lynch Jones explains how Jordan Bouley wound up in jail... When he was supposed to be speaking to children about fire safety.
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<according to Houston Fire Chief Jimmy Williams.... Jordan Bouley was the only fire fighter on duty at this Carl Vinson Parkway fire station Thursday morning. That's when around 10 a-m, he left in a fire truck to give a public safety education course at Trinity United Methodist Church.>


<we got a call from a residence who noticed one of our fire trucks driving erratically and hit a mail box.>


Williams says Houston County called the Georgia State Patrol to 


give 23-year-old Jordan Bouley a breathalyzer test... Which allegedly found him under the influence of alcohol.
He was arrested and charged with DUI... failure to maintain lane... Hit and run... And a probation violation. According to Houston jail records... Bouley was on probation from another DUI arrest.


Williams says the county has a zero tolerance policy for employees using alcohol or drugs on the job.
at policy is in place, but you would think it's common sense, especially in public safety.>


He says Bouley is now on unpaid, administrative leave... Pending termination.
Williams plans to meet with the rest of his firefighters next week to review county policies... And what he calls a "higher standard" for public safety workers.
<certianly, we do not condone this, and were not going to tolerate that in the department, and will do what it takes to make sure the public is safe.>
in Houston County, Lorra Lynch Jones, 13Wmaz, Eyewitness News.


 Williams says Bouley arrived on duty Thursday morning about 7 a-m... And was supposed to get off at 4 p.m.
     He says it's normal for only one fire fighter to be on duty per station... And that volunteers are brought in if there's an emergency.
     Bouley started working for Houston County fire about a year ago.
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  A volunteer firefighter from Lanier County, Georgia is charged with four counts of first degree arson.
    According to Insurance and Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens...43-year-old Johnny Ray Friskey of Lakeland is accused of setting fire to three vacant homes in the town..
   One of the homes was targeted twice.
    Investigators say they believe Friskey set the fires to gain favor within the community.
    If convicted..Friskey faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to 50 thousand dollars.
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In the Middle East...violent protests over an anti-Muslim film made in the U.S. continue.     At least four people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters..this week.
 This as the bodies of four Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya return home.
   President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took part in the transfer of remains ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base.
     Among those killed was Ambassador Chris Stevens.
     Stevens was the first U.S. Diplomat killed in the line of duty since 19-79.
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 The violence in the Middle East is the focus of today's web poll..
    Will this week's Mideast violence affect your vote for president?
   So far... 25  Percent of you say Yes...and  75 percent of you say No.
 To vote now... Visit 13WMAZ.com.
   Look for the question on the right side of the homepage.
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     With the feel of fall in the air many of you may be headed out to a football game this weekend.
     And if your plans take you out to eat dinner afterwards.. You may want to check in to see how some central Georgia hot spots did when the health inspector dropped in.
     Brittiny Barber joins us with our Restaurant Ratings.
     We're back in Houston County and we're starting off with our lowest scores.
Sonic Drive In at 805 Hwy 96 scored a 79.. A "c". That's after they received a 95 or an "A" on their last inspection.
     According to the report improper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use took place in the kitchen.. Which is a known risk factor for foodborne illnesses.
  Waffle House at 310 RUSSELL PKWY brought in a 78 or a "c"... After they had a 92 or an "a" on their last inspection.
     The health inspector found that food-contact surfaces were not cleaned or sanitized and that  food was not kept at the proper cold holding temperature.
   And Pekin Garden & Sushi at 30-70 WATSON BLVD received a 66.. Which is a "U."
     When they were last inspected they scored an 86  which is a "B".
     The report says Adequate handwashing facilities were not supplied & accessible.. And that's a known risk factor for foodborne illnesses.
     Now for a look at the top scores of the week.
   Allen's Stone Baked Pizzeria at 1-15 MARGIE DR raked in a 98.. an "a". They scored a 100 on their last inspection.
     And Taco Bell 1340 SAM NUNN BLVD PERRY has a 100.. At the time of their last inspection they got the same score.


Join us again tonight as we average our nominees last five scores to give you the winner of this week's Golden Spatula.>
    For all your Restaurant ratings just click on the features tab on our website 13-wmaz-dot com.
 You can search those by county.
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The annual Ocmulgee Indian Festival begins tomorrow morning , but for students the party began a day early.
Thousands from local schools gathered for a sneak peek of dances, stickball, and other Native American history ...


 Tribal members from across the country are in town for the program ... 
They say today's field trip was a great way to both have fun and educate students who sometimes have questions about Native Americans....
<are you a real Indian? Haha Or do you go around scalping people, and I said no, I mean it was done at one time but today in modern times it's a different story.. But you know we still carry on with our education for  our children, as well as the language that still is kept up with.  >


The festivities will be began at 10 am tomorrow morning at the Ocmulgee National Monument on Emery Highway.
Tickets are 2 dollars for children 6 through 12 ... 13 and over for 5 dollars ... and 2 dollars for military members who show I.D.

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