Eyewitness News at 11; February 2, 2013

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Thank you for joining us for Eyewitness News at Eleven.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

Wrightsville Police Chief Paul Sterling says they plan to upgrade the charges Monday from simple battery to aggravated assault for a Dollar General store clerk accused of spanking a child.
Sterling says that's because footage shot at a different angle shows the clerk continuing to spank the child around 25 more times with a belt.
Austin Lewis spoke to the the 8-year-old child at the center of this and his father about what happened.
Logan Ivey, Wrightsville: "It's just heartbreaking me that it happened two days before my birthday, it's just, I I I don't like it, it happened two days before my birthday and I don't like it."
Logan Ivey says what he doesn't like...is how he ended up spanked at the Dollar General Store.
Logan Ivey, Wrightsville: "So I walked down this aisle and I seen the lady she started calling me a demon so I said I'll show you bad and I picked up a cookie and I threw it at her... so I tried to hide behind the counter and somehow she found me and started whipping me and I didn't have nowhere to go."
Ivey says the clerk hit his back with a belt.
Logan Ivey, Wrightsville: "I felt like I had five needles sticking in me then it really hurt I was screaming Momma."
Wrightsville Police Chief Paul Sterling says from the footage they have...Ivey was hit with the belt around 25 times by the clerk....which is why police changed the charges against the clerk to aggravated assault.
Jody Ivey, Wrightsville: "It wasn't a spanking, it was more or less a beating than a spanking the way she was hitting him. I don't know how to explain it and I don't want to think about it."
Logan Ivey, Wrightsville: "and I was crying real bad because she had actually hurt me when I had actually got up from when she stopped whipping me my pants were actually a little bit warm."
While the video of what happened inside the Dollar General hasn't been released... Ivey's family says it would provide more answers.
Jody Ivey, Wrightsville: "I just wish everybody could see the video because they can't, everybody makes comments about what it should be and what they should have done as far as the parent and all that, if they have seen the video it would be a lot different...cause it shows how many times she really hit him and how bad it was."
Logan's father describes his son as a typical boy....
"I mean he likes to play you have to get onto him just like any other kid he didn't deserve to be beat with no belt like that by nobody else."
Logan Ivey, Wrightsville: "It felt real real painful nobody should have that kind of torture to them it really hurts."
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

A Clark Atlanta University student is in jail tonight after a shooting over a pickup basketball game... Wounded another Morehouse College student.
In a statement... Morehouse officials said 21-year old Amir Obafemi was in jail in Fulton County for felony aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports injuried student... Cornileus Savage is still in the hospital after being shot in the forearm.
Four gun shots were also fired inside a Morehouse gym friday... And the basketball game between Morehouse and Clark Atlanta was cancelled tonight... Instead a "stop the violence" ralled was planned.

A small earthquake shook residents near the Georgia Tennessee line early this morning.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the 2.8-magnitude quake at 1:47 a.m. Saturday near the state line between {CO-HUT-TA} Cohutta, Ga., and Apison, Tenn.
David Metcalf, a 911 operator for Cohutta and surrounding Whitfield County, says six or seven people called after feeling the quake shake their homes.
But no damage was reported.
Geological Survey geophysicist Paul Caruso says at least one person reported feeling the earthquake in Kennesaw, Ga., about 80 miles away from the center.

The City of Macon wraps up its Macon A Difference resource fair Today.
The fair allowed more than 40 nonprofit organizations to set up booths and exchange ideas at the Macon Centerplex.
Keith Moffett..... with the city of Macon.... Says more than 100 people supported the cause of finding ways to make volunteer efforts better in the city.
The fair included workshops... and opportunities for nonprofit leaders to network.
Those who attended... say the fair will bridge the gap in providing services to people in need.
Roberta Treppa, Director, Family Advancement Ministries: "Those who come to us for help and we may not be able to serve them but it's always nice to be able to say but this is a place who does do what you need."
Pamela Rugen, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia: "I may have a volunteer that may want additional work and may be able to help with another organization."
Organizers say the next step is to set up focus groups that will target the needs of different communities.

Today is Super Saturday. To celebrate...volunteers prepared some tax returns to help you maximize your refund. Judy Le talked to a couple hoping for a big chunk of change...
To help residents manage their money, volunteers at the Buck Melton Community Center are providing free income tax assistance.
NaJat Middleton, Macon - "Make me feel better. you can't beat free."
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is a program set up by the IRS. If you make $49,000 or less, you are eligible for free tax help. The limit used to $28,000...but the IRS raised it to assist more people.
Laronda Eason, Buck Melton Ctr Manager - "Did an appointment about 10 minutes ago. That was about a $5,000 return."
NaJat (nah-jah) Middleton came with her boyfriend -- Johnny Moss -- hoping for more than penny and dimes/
"Need to fix my house up for my girls."
You can do your tax returns yourself...but there are a few round blocks along the way that might deter you from finishing...
" I tired and I had three things that were wrong so don't know what I did wrong."
"There are a number of credits people aren't familiar with so they would like a professional to go over those with them."
Johnny Moss, Macon - "A lot of time you have people that say they do taxes, but they're crooked."
It's a free service that allows you to walk away with more cash in your pocket
Judy Le eyewitness news.
To make appointments or get advice on your taxes...contact Buck Melton Community Center at 478-330-6272...again that's 478-330-6272.

Animal lovers gathered in Macon today to celebrate the fourth birthday of AC Pup.
He's been the spokes-dog for the animal shelter and Central Georgia CARES since he was 4 weeks old.
Instead of presents... A-C asked people to bring food and toy donations.
Patti Jones, Macon: "There are so many families that love their animals and for one reason or another have trouble feeding them, so we help with needy families. We also help with rescue groups. There are a number of rescue groups that associate with CARES and we just help them with food."
To learn more about AC Pup and Central Georgia CARES... You can check out their website... AC pup dot com

A five-year-old boy who is being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama has blankets and heaters, the Dale County sheriff said in an update this morning.
But he did not say much else about the efforts to get him out... five days into the hostage situation.
Manuel {MAN-WELL BA-YOR-KEZ} Bojorquez has the latest from Midland City... Alabama.
NARR: POLICE HAVE SHARED FEW DETAILS ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS WITH JIMMY LEE DYKES.
NARR:THEY ARE SPEAKING TO HIM THROUGH A 4-INCH VENTILATION PIPE CONNECTED TO HIS UNDERGROUND SHELTER. HIS 5-YEAR- OLD HOSTAGE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED ONLY AS "ETHAN".
Sheriff Wally Olson: "He's told us that he has an electric heater and some blanket inside. That he's taking care of him. He's also allowed us to provide coloring books, medication, toys. I want to thank him for taking care of our child."
NARR: POLICE WOULD NOT SAY IF DYKES HAS MADE DEMANDS. THE 65-YEAR-OLD ALLEGEDLY FORCED HIS WAY ONTO THIS SCHOOL BUS TUESDAY AND DEMANDED HOSTAGES. POLICE SAY DYKES SHOT (*AND KILLED) DRIVER CHARLES POLAND JUNIOR WHEN HE RESISTED. CINDY STEINER'S GRANDSON WAS ON THE BUS.
Cindy Steiner: "He sees the bus driver, he sees the man who did the shooting, he sees the blood, hears the gun - a lot of screaming," - THESE ARE THE NIGHTMARES HE'S HAVING ? "Yes."
NARR: ONE NEIGHBOR TOLD US DYKES SPOKE OF "MAKING WORLDWIDE NEWS SOMEDAY". OTHERS SAID HE WAS OFTEN HOSTILE...AND CONVINCED THE GOVERNMENT WAS OUT TO GET HIM. BUT WE'VE LEARNED DYKES IS A NAVY VETERAN WHO SERVED IN THE LATE 60's IN JAPAN AND CALIFORNIA WHERE HE RECEIVED AWARDS FOR GOOD CONDUCT.
A visitation service for Charles Poland Junior... The bus driver that was shot and killed during the incident Tuesday ... Was held tonight.
His funeral will be tomorrow.

Right before Super Bowl 47 kicks off tomorrow -- one of the smallest people on the field -- could serve as a big inspiration.
Jeff Glor is at the superdome with his story.
You can see Super Kid... Hunter Paulin tomorrow at super Bowl 47 right her on 13 WMAZ.

That is the show for tonight... We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com....
We'll see you tomorrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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