Eyewitness News at 11, 11-26-12

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Good evening.

Thanks for joining us.

I'm Frank Malloy.

And I'm Leah Johnson.

This is Eyewitness News at 11.

One in five high school students say they've been bullied on school property... According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Tonight Bibb County parents got a crash course on how to recognize the problem and prevent their child from becoming a victim.

Katelyn Heck has more.

Bullying.... For Valerie Fluellen... Parent of an 11th grade son... It was once a reality.

<my own son was bullied, he was in the 5th grade>

Fluellen says she stopped the problem early... By knowing the signs... And stepping in to help.

<we talked not only with him, but his teacher, his counselor, and his principal at the time, and we pretty much put it together what was going on>

The Bibb County Board of Education wants more parents to understand how to handle bullying and gang activity.

<we want to partner with our parents to keep them informed, so they can be in tune to things that they may come across at home to tip them off that their child may be having a problem in one of those two areas or they may be a victim in one of those two areas.>

They say things like aggressive behavior... Unexplained bruises... And a sudden desire to wear a certain color of clothing... Can all be indicators of a gang problem.

And signs like changing routes to and from school... Odd behavior... And depression... Could mean a child is being bullied.

<it's happening all the time and the biggest thing is going unreported.>

Courtney Bibb.... With the Board of Education police... Says parents should act calm... Talk with their child... And never promise a child you will keep the incident a secret.

She says ignoring the problem... Can lead to even bigger issues.

<we have the biggest problem of suicide because of bullying... We call it "bully-cide." it gets so bad and so traumatic they want to kill their self>

Officers say the bullying hotspots are bus stops... And the internet.

Katelyn Heck 13WMAZ Eyewitness News

Bibb County Schools will host 5 more anti gang and bully sessions... the next one is next monday at 7 p.m. At Central High School.

Bibb County Schools will host 5 more anti gang and bully sessions... the next one is next monday at 7 p.m. At Central High School.

Almost 400 Bibb county students received more of a flu vaccine than they needed-- and the north central health district is looking into how it happened.

Doctor David Harvey, director of the North Central Health District says the mixup has to do with a CDC recommendation to vaccinate some children under 9 years old twice.

<we gave over 13-hundred second doses. Of that, we found 383 of those children had actually had the two doses in the last two years, and really only needed one of the doses this year.">

Harvey says their investigation will iron out how the mistake happened, and how to prevent it from happening again.

But he says basically, the children's health records were not read properly.

The state of Georgia has earned an undignified distinction in the education world.

New data from the U.S. Department of education details four-year high school graduation rates for 2010-2011...and Georgia has the third lowest.

The rankings were based on a new method of calculation... Designed to create uniformity among all the states.

They show Georgia has a graduation rate of 67 percent... Putting it behind Nevada at sixty-two percent...and New Mexico with sixty-three percent.

The Department of Education further broke down the data by race and special populations.

In Georgia...

Only thirty percent of children with disabilities graduated in 2011...and only thirty-two percent of those with limited English skills.

Out of those students labeled as Economically Disadvantaged... Fifty-nine percent graduated.

The state with the highest graduation rate was Iowa. Data showed eighty-eight percent of students there completing high school.

Two men are charged with robbing an East Bibb County *adult store* last month.

One of them....is an employee of the business...the Xmart on Emery Highway.

The Bibb County sheriff's department says they've arrested Parris Shropshire...and Brandon Seabolt...in connection with the October 20th robbery.

Shropshire...the employee....is charged with fiduciary theft...and false report of a crime.

Seabolt is charged with robbery by intimidation.

The sheriff's department says they're looking for a third suspect.

Investigators also report the shop has been robbed a dozen times...in the past four years.

A Macon council committee decided to save SPLOST funds and dig out of their reserve balance to expand the development plan for Second Street.

The city administration proposed adding more property to the tax allocation district in that area.... Stretching over near Mercer University and Little Richard Penniman Boulevard.

Council members questioned if using SPLOST money for that project is legal... And at today's meeting... Decided to pull from the over one-hundred-and-70-thousand dollars left in their reserve.

<I don't want there to be any question of SPLOST funds being spent on anything other than projects that were specified in the SPLOST. So I think it's important to maintain the public's confidence in the process, and I think this is a project that's going to be beneficial. I think it's worthwhile to expend general fund money on that>

 

Council will hold a called meeting on the TAD expansion tomorrow at 6 o'clock.

And last week... A resolution to give ownership of Terminal Station to the Macon-Bibb Transit Authority... Led to a split vote among council members.

Larry Schlesinger.... Who could not attend that meeting.... Says he's in favor of the transfer.

His vote would have been enough to pass the resolution.

<I think a transfer would get that out from under our responsibility and in the hands of somebody who will definitely do a good job. The other reason is just that it opens up the transit authority itself, other sources of funding, which I think especially in this economic climate is very important.>

The mayor's office says Terminal Station will most likely be brought up again during the next full council meeting next Tuesday.

We've heard plenty of stories over the past few days about Black Friday enthusiasm turning to chaos.

And one Fort Valley man says a disagreement at a Wal-Mart store left him covered with cuts and bruises.

Warner Robins police recount things differently...

They say they needed a taser to restrain Tory Lahey after he struggled with about a half dozen officers.

It happened around 2 a-m at the Watson Boulevard Wal Mart.

Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh said the store reported that Lahey was acting suspicious.

An officer called for backup...after he would not cooperate.

Pugh said officers found a stolen credit card...and that Lahey admitted to medical workers that he was on methamphetamine.

He was charged with theft by receiving...and obstructing an officer.

Lahey said he was given the card by a business client...and that officers overreacted.

Police plan to charge two suspects with attempted murder after a shooting over a parking space at another Walmart, this one in Tallahassee.

An arrest affidavit shows Earl White III and Tiffany Yancey were captured in Grady County, Georgia, on Saturday.

They face charges of attempted robbery with a firearm, attempted murder and possession of firearm by convicted felons in connection to the store shooting.

The affidavit says Yancey pointed a gun at a female, demanding "everything in your purse."

Police say White then shot and injured the woman and a male passenger outside the store.

The suspects fled, but were later captured in Georgia. They will be charged after being extradited to Florida.

We've heard plenty of stories over the past few days about Black Friday enthusiasm turning to chaos.

And one Fort Valley man says a disagreement at a Wal-Mart store left him covered with cuts and bruises.

Warner Robins police recount things differently...

They say they needed a taser to restrain Tory Lahey after he struggled with about a half dozen officers.

It happened around 2 a-m at the Watson Boulevard Wal Mart.

Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh said the store reported that Lahey was acting suspicious.

An officer called for backup...after he would not cooperate.

Pugh said officers found a stolen credit card...and that Lahey admitted to medical workers that he was on methamphetamine.

He was charged with theft by receiving...and obstructing an officer.

Lahey said he was given the card by a business client...and that officers overreacted.

Police plan to charge two suspects with attempted murder after a shooting over a parking space at another Walmart, this one in Tallahassee.

An arrest affidavit shows Earl White III and Tiffany Yancey were captured in Grady County, Georgia, on Saturday.

They face charges of attempted robbery with a firearm, attempted murder and possession of firearm by convicted felons in connection to the store shooting.

The affidavit says Yancey pointed a gun at a female, demanding "everything in your purse."

Police say White then shot and injured the woman and a male passenger outside the store.

The suspects fled, but were later captured in Georgia. They will be charged after being extradited to Florida.

Some people who opted to stay out of the black Friday fray may have chosen to shop online.

And historically...today is designated as Cyber Monday... but it looks like many people just couldn't wait until today to start buying online.

New figures from comScore, an Internet analytics firm, show shoppers in the U-S spent more than a billion dollars in online shopping on Black Friday.

That's up 26 percent compared to last year and marks a new record.

And today...another record setting day.

Bigad Shaban adds up the profits.

ELI NATAN LOGGED ONTO THE INTERNET AT 2 IN THE MORNING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BUSIEST ONLINE SHOPPING DAY OF THE YEAR.

(---SOT: Eli Natan, Promoting Group---)

"What's better than sitting at home in your bed, while you're watching 11 o clock news, and shopping."

HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF CYBER MONDAY PRICING TO BUY COMPUTERS - NOT JUST FOR HIS BUSINESS, BUT ALSO FOR THOSE ON HIS HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST. NATAN RUNS AN INTERNET MARKETING COMPANY AND SAYS HE'S SPENT THE LAST 5 MONTHS COACHING BUSINESSES ON HOW TO CAPITALIZE ON THE INTERNET'S BIGGEST SALES DAY.

(---SOT: Eli Natan, Promoting Group---)

"if you can get the most users on a cyber Monday to buy from you, you have the whole entire year to market to those users and (1:36:51) if you can get one great deal to get everyone in, then you upsell on a bunch of other products, accessories (:56)

RETAIL EXPERTS EXPECT CYBER MONDAY TO BE A 1.5 BILLION DOLLAR DAY. IT'S A STRONG END TO A SOLID OPENING WEEKEND FOR THE 2012 HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON. (GFX) ALMOST A QUARTER BILLION PEOPLE WENT SHOPPING SINCE THANKSGIVING, AND SPENT MORE THAN 59 BILLION DOLLARS. THAT'S UP 14 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR. BY MID-DAY MONDAY, ONLINE SALES WERE UP 24 PERCENT FROM 2011.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST PLAYERS IN ONLINE RETAIL IS AMAZON. ITS PHOENIX SHiPPING CENTER IS THE SIZE OF 28 FOOTBALL FIELDS. HERE, CYBER MONDAY MEANS PROCESSING MORE THAN 200 ORDERS... PER SECOND.

(SOT - MARK PULLEY)

"They need to come up with a new word for busy. We've probably been on hyperdrive."

STANDUP BRIDGE:

WHILE ONLINE SALES ARE HEATING UP, THEY STILL ACCOUNT FOR ONLY ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF ALL HOLIDAY SHOPPING.

AND THE BEST NEWS FOR RETAILERS IS: THANKS TO AN EARLY THANKSGIVING, THIS YEAR'S SHOPPING SEASON IS AS LONG AS THEY COME.

Statistics show that, when you're making those online purchases, Americans are doing more shopping than ever on mobile devices.

Paypal and IBM reported seeing a huge influx of mobile shoppers throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

In fact - a large majority of people shopping on tablets were using iPads.

But what are they buying?

Tablets are more popular now than laptops, says a report from NP-Display-Search, and they've been one of the most popular purchases over the past few days.

There are several factors playing in, including the cheaper ticket prices on i-Pads.

Plus - windows 8 is designed to work on tablets - and companies ordered more to prepare for a tablet gift surge this holiday.

So basically, as you've been doing your holiday shopping-- odds are, some of you were buying iPads with your iPads.

 

 

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