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A violent night for one family, leaves a couple with injuries...we'll tell you how deputies in Houston County say it unfolded.
<The product is good. The health insurance that's being provided is good>
Defending the affordable healthcare act...what's working...what's not...and what's next... Tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.
I'm Frank Malloy.
More on those stories... Plus why a Milledgeville couple has been charged after the death of their child.
But before we get to all that... A review of some of the other stories that made headlines today.
Here's your Monday...October 21st... In sight and sound.
Those are some of the stories that are part of your world tonight.
Here at home...
we begin with a Milledgeville couple...
charged with the death of their own 2-month old baby last month.
A police news release says the child died on September sixth...in an apartment on North Lincoln Street.
The GBI medical examiner ruled that the child died from a blunt force trauma to the head...and called the death a homicide.
The release didn't go into any other details.
Police say the father...Tamarus Hartry...and mother Jessica Driskell...were arrested this past Friday.
Both are charged with Felony Murder and first-degree child cruelty.
We also have more information to share with you...
on a crime that authorities say, unfolded in another family's home Sunday night...as a man opened fire in his grandparents' home, sending two people to the hospital.
That story out of Houston county on the 500 block of Lake Joy Road... near the intersection of lake joy road...and sandefur road...
Jennifer Moulliet was there today.
around 11 sunday night... Houston county's 9-1-1 center received a call from inside this home.
The call was made by 67 year old Rosaline Livingston... She told an operator her grandson... Joshua allen cook shot her in the head... And he was still armed somewhere inside the house.
Captain Jon Holland with the houston county sheriff's office says Livingston and her 25 year old grandson were arguing because he was drinking alcohol inside her home.
<during the course of that conflict he obtained a 22 caliber pistol fired several shots and stuck her in the head one time... >
Holland says although Livingston was only struck once... There were shots fired all over the kitchen and living room.
<she went down and was able to crawl from the point to another room where her phone was located and during the time this was going on he went into a bedroom where his grandfather was at on the bed and shot him one time in the head >
<deputies responded and found 70 year old thomas livingston with a gunshot wound to his head... Restraining his 25 year old grandson >
<mr livingston I understand is less seriously injured by I don't know his condition, mrs. livingston received a more serious injury and i understand she went through some surgery today but i dont know her condition at this time >
25 year old joshua allen cook was released from the hospital this morning... He is being held without bond at the houston county detention center.
Charged with two counts of aggravated assault... In houston county jennifer moulliet 13wmaz eyewitness news. >
Captain Jon Holland says to his knowledge deputies had never been called out to the Livingston home before sunday night .
You may have seen or been through a law enforcement roadblock designed to catch crimes like DUI's.
But now, a Georgia Supreme Court ruling says a 2010 Bibb County roadblock may have violated someone's 4th Amendment rights.
The court ruled that simply setting up a roadblock for a vague purpose like catching criminals isn't specific enough,
and according to the ruling quote-- "cannot justify a regime of suspicionless stops."
Vanessa Howard says the roadblocks are common near her home on Anthony Road. She says they aren't very effective.
< "No I don't feel like it's necessary because a lot of times when you stop people, those are actually not the people that you're looking for, and then you're searching people's cars and random things that you do invading on their privacy that don't even pertain to them. " >
The fourth amendment deals with unwarranted or improper search and seizure.
This afternoon...I asked Mercer School of Law's professor David Oedel...why that applies to practices in Bibb.
<frank, the united states supreme court in 2000 issued a decision saying that you have to have a program that has a purpose other than general crime control, and apparently, for the last13 years, the bibb county program has not been in compliance with that supreme court decision and they got called out on it today by the Georgia Supreme Court when they invalidated a particular instance of somebody being stopped for a sobriety checkpoint here in Bibb County, here in downtown Macon actually. And they said that the Bibb County program was just for general crime control purposes and is unconstitutional. >
Sheriff David Davis says in light of the ruling, he plans on changing the wording in the department's written guidelines to make them more specific. Those guidelines will also be in effect for the new consolidated Sheriff's office in January.
In just over two weeks...Gray voters will decide whether to reelect their current mayor...or whether someone else will fill his shoes.
Gus Wilson has led the city for four years and is seeking re-election.
There's almost a twenty year age gap between the candidates.
He's challenged by Stephen Tingen...who runs a transportation business from home and removes bodies as a contractor for Bibb County.
The mayor hopes to concentrate on building a waste water treatment plant for city and further develop downtown Gray.
Tingen's focus is on schools and community involvement
<tingen - when you have a city event and you bring in the school in it, you bring your community in to it. So that makes Gray become the focus of the community
gus - we've got one part of town that's real pretty and we've got another side that's a bus light and some other things we'd like to change>
Early voting in Jones and several other Central Georgia counties... Continues through November first.
Election day is November 5th.
President Obama says I-T experts are working around the clock to fix problems with the online health insurance marketplace.
Some users looking to sign up for health insurance on the government website have complained of difficulty logging in, long waits, repeated failures.
The president admitted today there's no "sugar-coating" the problems with the site -- but said they will be fixed.
<"There's no excuse for the problems. And these problems are getting fixed. But while we're working out the kinks of the system, I want everybody to understand the nature of the problem. First of all, even with all the problems at healthcare.gov, the website is still working for a lot of people, just not as quick or efficient or as consistent as we want. And although many of these folks have found that they had to wait longer than they wanted, once they complete the process, they're very happy with the deal that's available to them."
He also underscored economic value as the bottom-line benefit..and pointed to high volume as the cause of some of the delays.
<The product is good. The health insurance that's being provided is good. It's high quality and it's affordable. People can save money, significant money, by getting insurance that's being provided through these marketplaces. And we know that the demand is there.>
Some Republicans have said the Obama administration should have considered delaying what they call the "rushed effort" to roll out the act.
Some have even called for health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius to step down due to the issues.
It wasn't quite the landing he expected..
A hot air balloon operator thought he was landing on the ground in North Atlanta this morning...only to realize, it was a retention pond covered with algae and other greenery.
By then it was too late for him and his four passengers.
Fortunately, the pond wasn't deep.
Everyone got out safely, but the hot air balloon had to pulled out...and then carried out of the wooded area to a waiting truck.
<10:12:13--"he did land here on purpose...OUTCUE..."we're gonna stop." 10:12:27> >
The balloon ride was a sunrise flight...one of two the balloon company does a day.
No reports of any injuries.