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THREE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES HAVE TEN DAYS TO FILE AN APPEAL.... OR LOSE THEIR JOBS.

HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF CULLEN TALTON SAYS THAT'S BECAUSE THEY USED A PRESSURE WASHER ON A JAIL INMATE.

KATELYN HECK HAS MORE.

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HOUSTON COUNTY'S SHERIFF SAY HE PLANS TO FIRE THREE DEPUTIES FOR USING A PRESSURE WASHER...TO CLEAN OFF AN INMATE.

SHERIFF CULLEN TALTON SAYS IT HAPPENED ON JUNE NINTH...AFTER THE INMATE SMEARED FECES OVER HIMSELF....AND THE WALLS.

HE SAYS UNDER PROTOCOL...THEY SHOULD HAVE USED A HOSE TO CLEAN HIM....NOT THE PRESSURE WASHER.

HE SAYS THE INMATE WAS NOT INJURED.

BUT TALTON SAYS THE SHIFT SUPERVISOR....LIEUTENANT SHANNON PERRY...AND TWO SERGEANTS... MICHELE BECKHAM AND RYAN BURLESON....ARE SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY.... PENDING TERMINATION.

THEY HAVE TEN DAYS TO APPEAL.

TWO OTHER ARE SUSPENDED FOR TWO DAYS WITHOUT PAY....AND TWO MORE 5 DAYS.

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS NOT RELEASED THE INMATE'S NAME.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE JULY 31ST ELECTION BEGAN TODAY.

AS THAT ELECTION'S IN FULL SWING... CANDIDATES CONTINUE TO QUALIFY FOR RACES THAT WERE AT ONE POINT... SET FOR THE JULY 31ST BALLOT.

TWO NEW CANDIDATES QUALIFIED TO RUN FOR BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD POSTS TODAY.

BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS WHY THEY JUMPED IN THE RACE NOW...

IN THIS CAMPAIGN 2012 UPDATE.

AFTER TWO CANDIDATES.. AND A CURRENT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER FILED A LAWSUIT CHALLENGING THE DISTRICT MAPS... THE COUNTY AGREED TO USE THE NEW ONES... DRAWN FROM THE INFORMATION IN THE LATEST CENSUS.

THAT PUSHED BACK THE ELECTION FOR BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS.

THE REDISTRICTING... NOT ONLY POSTPONED THE SCHOOL-BOARD ELECTION.. IT ALSO REOPENED QUALIFYING FOR CANDIDATES FOR THE NEW DISTRICTS.

BUT AS YOU HEAD TO THE POLLS.. THE SCHOOL BOARD POSTS WILL STILL BE ON THE BALLOT... BECAUSE IT WAS TOO LATE TO CHANGE THEM IN LATE JUNE WHEN THE VOTE GOT PUSHED BACK.

When people come to vote they will see if on their screen, if they vote by mail there will be offices listed for board of ed. We are not allowed by a court order to count those. It's kind of similar to when a candidate withdrawls. you know we'll put out notices if you vote for this person it will not count."

AS PEOPLE STREAMED IN TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS TODAY.. TWO NEW CANIDATES QUALIFIED.

MICHAEL MCKEEVER ENTERED THE CONTEST FOR THE DISTRICT 1 SEAT.

THAT'S NOW A THREE-WAY RACE AGAINST INCUMBENT ELLA CARTER AND NEWCOMER BRENDA SUTTON.

MERRITT JOHNSON JOINED THE DISTRICT 3 RACE AGAINST INCUMBENT SUSAN SIPE.

ALL THOSE CANDIDATES...

IN BOTH RACES.... ARE DEMOCRATS.

ELECTIONS SUPRVISOR ELAINE CARR SAYS SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES WHO ALREADY QUALIFIED... WILL NOT HAVE TO REQUALIFY TO RUN.

SHE SAYS THAT ELECTION IS SET FOR AUGUST 21.. AND IF A RUNOFF IS NEEDED THAT WILL BE HELP ON SEPTEMBER 18TH.

THANKS BRITTINY.. IN ADDITION TO THE NEW CANDIDATES... DISTRICT 2 CANDIDATE THELMA DILLARD WHO WAS RUNNING UNOPPOSED, NOW FINDS HERSELF PITTED AGAINST A FRIEND.... ANGEL DAVIS HOPPER.

A CENTRAL GEORGIA WOMAN WORKS TO SPREAD STORIES OF INSPIRATION AND FAITH IN HER SPARE TIME.

HER PRIME AUDIENCE: RESIDENTS AT NURSING HOMES.

IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.. WE CAUGHT UP WITH HER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HER LOVE FOR MAKING PEOPLE SMILE... WITH THE HELP OF A STORY .

When did I start? There's no tellin'. I've always loved story telling.

nats: Mary lifted him from the manger and comforted him.

Priscilla Young feels like she's on cloud nine whenever she gets a chance to share a story from one of her favorite books.

sot: Every Bible story in this book has a special message for me first and then for those I tell to.

and she never grows bored of telling those stories, especially to people like those here at Baptist Village Retirement Communities in Macon.

sot: There's enough Bible stories in here to last me the rest of my life.

Young ... affectionately known as the "Bible Story Lady..." says she developed a love for Bible stories by growing up in church. People like Frances Harvey says she always looks forward to seeing and hearing from her.

sot: I love to hear them. They give you a lift. They just lift your heart and soul up. It does me that way.

It's the kind of feeling Young says folks have expressed to her over the years.

I have a scrapbook full of thank you notes and I cherish these. I've never thrown them away and I've got several scrapbooks just like this one.

She says she's just thankful for the opportunity to inspire through service.

I am blessed and I can see that those I tell a bible story to are blessed and that's reward enough for me.

YOUNG SAYS SHE'S A MEMBER OF VINEVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH AND OVER THE YEARS HAS TOLD THOUSANDS OF BIBLE STORIES TO CENTRAL GEORGIANS.

THAT WAS BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOE ALLEN... ASKING WHY SEVENTEEN SHELTER ANIMALS WERE EUTHANIZED IN BIBB COUNTY LAST WEEK, UNDER THE SHELTER'S NEW LEADERSHIP.

WHEN WE LEARNED COMMISSIONER ALLEN WAS CALLING A NEWS CONFERENCE WITH SOME QUESTIONS HE HAD ABOUT THE SHELTER'S OPERATION... WE HAD SOME QUESTIONS OF OUR OWN.

JENNIFER MOULLIET HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY TODAY.

THAT'S RIGHT FRANK... AND ACCORDING TO THE BIBB COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER... FIFTEEN DOGS WERE PUT DOWN THURSDAY... NOT SEVENTEEN AS COMMISSIONER ALLEN SAID.

Tom Wagoner, Macon: "We should not be killing and treating these animals the way we are doing it and I am emotional about it you don't need to do that like I said there's an old song, bless the beast and the children they have no choice they have no voice it is up to us to speak up for the children and the animals and I don't think we're doing that well."

 

I ALSO SPOKE WITH ANNE BRENNAMAN...AN ANIMAL ADVOCATE...FROM MACON PURRS AND PAWS HUMANE SOCIETY.

SHE WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THE INTERIM DIRECTOR'S COMMENT THAT EUTHANIZING ANIMALS...WAS LIKE A STORE ROTATING THE INVENTORY.

Anne Brennaman, Macon Purrs N Paws Humane Society: "If you rotate inventory that means pulling expired boxes with the dates off the shelf that does not mean taking a life unneccesarily there are very few animals down there that are unadoptable."

WHAT DID DEBORAH BIGGS... THE SHELTER DIRECTOR HAVE TO SAY.

I SPOKE WITH HER AT THE SHELTER AFTER THE NEWS CONFERENCE ... AND SHE WAS VERY UPFRONT WITH HER ANSWERS.

I ASKED ABOUT THE COMMENT SHE MADE ABOUT ROTATING INVENTORY IN THE SHELTER.

Deborah Biggs: "According to the state it's eighty dogs and twenty cats. However, if you if you walk through the kennel you'll see that we don't have eighty runs there are only thirty-four runs and there are six other runs that are in adoption or quarantine so you can't have one animal per run you have to have more than that they cause dog fights. Right now we even have animals housed outside because we don't have any room for them inside so while that number may be eighty legally it is not realistic for this facility."

Jennifer Moulliet: "And you say it's not realistic because it's not good to have multiple dogs in one cage it causes problems."

Deborah Biggs: "Yes it's not good for the welfare of the animal because sometimes they get into fights especially at feeding time. We do have animals that get along but we have other ones that do not we have at least one right now that's dog aggressive."

Jennifer Moulliet: "Now last thursday when you put down fifteen animals were you at capacity or near it?"

Deborah Biggs: "We were near it that is correct under the legal capacity when all was said and done they still had only two open runs."

Jennifer Moulliet: "Now would you call that rotating the inventory?"

Deborah Biggs: "Well I know that I've been quoted as saying that but that's not what I said about these particular animals. The analogy I used was if you keep going into the same place and you have the same number you know the same type of animals somebody is going to go somewhere else and if you have five black lab mixes obviously you need to get rid of a couple of them so you can make room for other animals to come in so that you'll have a variety of animals for adoption."

Jennifer Moulliet: "Now when you mean get rid of does that mean put them down?"

Deborah Biggs: "Well put them down, send to rescue obviously the best choice is to send them to rescue with other groups and from there to other states."

Jennifer Moulliet: "I spoke with some rescue groups and they told me that they weren't notified until Tuesday of last week that there was going to be euthanization. Do you want to respond to that?"

Deborah Biggs: "You can go on the on borrowed time facebook and look at a post from June 29th that said that they had talked to our staff here and that we were going to euthanize. I personally spoke with Donna the week prior to that from borrowed time and told them 'Please tell them don't wait start coming now you know we are at capacity we can't take in anymore animals.'"

Jennifer Moulliet: "Now would you like to respond to allegations that you were fired from your previous job in Florida?"

Deborah Biggs: "Yes I was not fired you can go look it's public record, I resigned my position."

Jennifer Moulliet: "Why did you resign?"

Deborah Biggs: "Just a lot of reasons I am at a point in my life where I don't want to work at an animal shelter five days a week, three-hundred and sixty-five days a year and my husband is disabled so I want to spend more time with him."

 

WAGONER...A REPUBLICAN...IS CHALLENGING BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION.

WE ALSO SPOKE TO HART TODAY...HE SAYS HE PLANS TO TALK TO ANIMAL CONTROL STAFF ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE SHELTER...AND THE FULL COMMISSION MAY DISCUSS THE MATTER NEXT WEEK.

TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN... SOME POLICE OFFICERS HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE NEW LAWS GOVERNING THE WAY COPPER IS BOUGHT AND SOLD. WE'LL EXPLAIN WHAT THOSE ARE.

AND... THE ISSUE OF A CURFEW FOR MACON TEENAGERS SITS ON CITY COUNCIL'S AGENDA.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT ACTIONS COUNCIL MEMBERS TAKE.

PLUS... THAT MAL-WARE VIRUS PREDICTED TO KNOCK TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OFF-LINE... SO FAR APPEARS TO BE WITHOUT ANY TEETH.

OUR COMPUTER EXPERT WILL BE IN TO TALK ABOUT THE WORLD-WIDE WEB DISASTER... THAT WASN'T.

THAT'S ALL AHEAD TONIGHT... ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

THE WARNER ROBINS CHAPTER OF THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS GAVE A MACON FOUNDATION ITS TOP HONOR TODAY.

 

THE GROUP AWARDED THE JONES FOUNDATION THE AMERICAN EAGLE AWARD FOR A 10-THOUSAND DOLLAR CONTRIBUTION

 

THAT CAME... STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.

 

CHAPTER COMMANDER ELDON WILSON SAYS THE D-A-V WAS STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET THIS SPRING.

THE GROUP BARELY HAD ENOUGH TO PAY THE RENT ON THE OFFICE... WHERE THEY HELP FILES OF VETERANS CLAIMS FOR BENEFITS.

THE CHAPTER DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON DONATIONS... BECAUSE THEY DON'T RUN A CLUB... LIKE SOME OTHER VETERANS SERVICES GROUPS.

WILSON SAYS THE MONEY IS ENOUGH TO COVER OPERATING COSTS FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR.

Eldon Wilson: (20:56) "We will be able to keep our office doors open. We will be able to help more vets."

 

THE WARNER ROBINS D-A-V IS STAFFED BY VOLUNTEERS MONDAY... WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM NOON TO FIVE.

THEY SERVE ABOUT 40 VETERANS EACH MONTH.

 

 

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