Eyewitness News at 6, 3-1-13

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Hello everyone. Thank you for joining us.

I'm Frank Malloy.

And I'm Leah Johnson.

This is Eyewitness News at Six.

First tonight... A Bibb County man who's in jail says he was assaulted and and that jail officers are partly to blame..


Tom George joins us in the newsroom with more, Tom?

That's right ... He says he was sitting in his cell, when other inmates were let in and beat him up ... And now, he's filing a complaint, saying his rights were violated.

First tonight... A Bibb County man who's in jail says he was assaulted and and that jail officers are partly to blame..

Tom George joins us in the newsroom with more, Tom?

That's right ... He says he was sitting in his cell, when other inmates were let in and beat him up ... And now, he's filing a complaint, saying his rights were violated.

For almost 4 years ... The Bibb County jail has been the home of Ronald Shane Turner...

He's awaiting trial for murder and assault ... But in January he claims he became victim while in his cell....

According to a complaint he filed....he was assaulted by three other inmates and jail officers may have been to blame..

< The greivance alleges that sometime after 10 pm when inmates are supposed to be locked in their cells, an officer opened all the cells on Turner's block and then allowed three other inmates from a different block to come in.. That's when he says they came into his cell and beat him up. >

Turner says the men threatened to take his stuff... Then, one man hit with him with a brush, making him fall to the ground... Then the others began hitting and kicking him... He says he was denied medical help until early the next morning...

< And the medical people when they showed up at 4 am in the morning to give him his insulin for his diabetes, they noticed how badly he was beat up, the abrasions to his head, his ear, his inner ear, thus and so, and the medical people called in a special doctor just to see him that morning. >

He says after he was assaulted, he heard the officer on duty telling the men who beat him up that they were making him look bad.

The officer said he let the men just to speak to their friend on the same block...and that the assault...could get him fired.

On February 18th, Turner filed a formal complaint stating "nothing being done about my assault."

Friend Jeanne Sublett says she delivered the documents to the Sheriff's office.

What happened to turner...she said...is not fair...

< The consensus in people's minds is that once you go to the jail, you've just lost everything .. You just lost all your rights, you lost everything .. That's the general consensus, but that's not the actual facts of life.>

Now I spoke with the Bibb County Sheriff's office. They would not comment on the complaint....

but confirmed that they are aware of it, and are investigating.

Tom, thank you, keep us posted on that investigation as it progresses.

The finger-pointing over the forced budget cuts that take effect in about six hours is well underway in Washington.

President Obama met with top Congressional leaders at the White House this morning.

After the meeting, the president spoke at a press conference, using no uncertain terms.

<We will get through this. This is not going to be a apocalypse as some people have said, it's just dumb and it's going to hurt, it's going to hurt individual people and it's going to hurt the economy overall but if Congress comes to it's senses a week from now, a month from now, three months from now, then there's a lot of open running room there for us to grow our economy much more quickly. >

The cuts add up to 85-billion dollars across federal agencies. Among them.. The department of defense.

Lorra Lynch Jones delves into what, if any immediate effects, could hit Robins Air Force Base, in the weeks ahead.

Leah, I'm with Chrissy Miner... Many may recognize her as a 13WMAZ meteorologist, but Chrissy is also involved with 21st Century Partnership...a group that advocates for the interests of Central Georgia's large military community.

Chrissy, the deadline is midnight.... But are there any real changes we'll see immediately?


When do furloughs go into effect?

What's the first area to feel the pinch?


Do you have hopes of a post-deadline resolution that would be satisfactory?

Chrissy Miner, thank you for your time.

This week's flooding has the Ocmulgee River churned up...and treacherous in some spots.

And first responders say...that's a good reason to stay out of the river...until it's back to normal.

One teen learned that lesson today...when his kayak capsized near the Route 18 bridge...between Jones and Monroe Counties.

Monroe EMA director Matt Perry says rescue crews scrambled to the river

to find him...but he made it to shore on his own.

< The EMA directors all up and down this river have been saying for two weeks now to stay off of it. This is nothing to mess around with. This river will kill you, so if you're thinking about recreational activities on the river go somewhere else. >

Perry says the teen

was returned to his parents safe and sound -- but a bit chilly.




Heavy hits on the footall field sometimes draw the most biggest cheers from the crowds... But for athletes...sports injuries are no game.

A bill now in the Georgia General Assembly would require coaches to pull young athletes from games...if they show symptoms of a concussion.

House lawmakers today approved the bill...by a vote of 161-7. It now heads to the state Senate.

The new plan would require schools to give an information sheet to parents about the dangers of concussions and head injuries.

Student athletes would be pulled from games if they showed any of those symptoms. Those students would also have to be cleared by medical professionals before returning to play.

13WMAZ's Katelyn Heck told you about the dangers of concussions and head injuries in a series of special reports back in January.

She talked to Jeff Hopp with the Georgia Concussion Coalition about how the legislation would help educate parents, athletes and coaches.

<for the parents and the athletes it would be a one of two page thing that they would sign off on and would be updated as needed. For the coaches that would be some sort of course. Ideally some sort of online course where coaches would not have to travel to do it.>

A similar bill failed to pass last year because legislators were concerned it would be a financial burden on school systems.

Got a taste for green eggs and ham?

Tomorrow is Dr. Seuss's birthday...

Giving many schools a chance to celebrate his works today.

Lindsey Elementary school in Warner Robins capped off Read Across America week with a few guest readers...

And even served green eggs and ham for breakfast.

Houston county Schools superintendent Dr Robin Hines was one of the school's visitors...

And took time to read a couple of books to the kids in Ms Barnes' fifth grade class.

<reading is important and obviously it is... These kids do a great job. To read and use appropriate use of the English language is so important. It's going to help them on down the road, and these kids are well on their way doing a great job.>

Read Across America Week is a national event.

If he were still alive, tomorrow would be Dr. Seuss's 109th birthday.


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