Monday, July 6, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.

THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

A PEACH COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY IS FACING FIVE COUNTS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION...ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.

G-B-I AGENT CRAIG ROTTER WITH THE PERRY OFFICE SAYS..... 55-YEAR OLD AUBREY TOUCHTON WAS ARRESTED A WEEK AGO AFTER INVESTIGATORS FOUND FIVE IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON HIS HOME COMPUTER.

VANESSA RUFFES SPOKE WITH NEIGHBORS AND PEOPLE WHO KNEW TOUCHTON WHO SAY...THEY'RE SHOCKED.

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ASHAVIA JONES, FORT VALLEY

"An outgoing teacher. Nice. Funny."

EIGHTH-GRADER ASHAVIA JONES SAYS SHE'S ATTENDED FORT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR TWO YEARS...SHE SAYS BOTH YEARS SHE'S BEEN A STUDENT IN A MENTORING PROGRAM TAUGHT BY THIS MAN.

55 YEAR OLD AUBREY TOUCHTON...THE PEACH COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY WAS ASSIGNED AS A RESOURCE OFFICER AT FORT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL. A WEEK AGO HE WAS ARRESTED on charges of POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

VANESSA RUFFES

"Some students at Fort Valley Middle School say they're shocked to hear about Officer Touchton. They say he was always someone who got along well with students."

ASHAVIA JONES, FORT VALLEY

"I was shocked...real shocked. Because I wouldn't think that he'd have those or do that."

JONES SAYS MANY STUDENTS AT FORT VALLEY MIDDLE LOOKED UP TO TOUCHTON AND FELT COMFORTABLE TALKING TO HIM ABOUT ANYTHING.

SHE SAYS HE WAS A TERRIFIC mentor..AND CAN'T BELIEVE HE'D BE ARRESTED FOR SUCH A CRIME.

 

JOHNNY COPELAND LIVES IN TOUCHTON'S NEIGHBORHOOD...AND SAYS HE REMEMBERS WHEN THE SHERIFF'S DEPUTY MOVED IN A COUPLE MONTHS AGO.

JOHNNY COPELAND, FORT VALLEY

"You know he's only a couple of doors away. And if we have any type of emergency over here he'd be the guy that you would want to go to."

COPELAND SAYS HE RARELY SAW HIS NEIGHBOR...ONLY HIS PATROL CAR...BUT HE'S STILL SURPRISED TO HEAR THE NEWS ABOUT TOUCHTON.

JOHNNY COPELAND, FORT VALLEY

"I felt comfortable knowing there was a law enforcement officer two doors away from me."

JOHNNY COPELAND, FORT VALLEY

"It's a shock."

VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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TOUCHTON IS OUT ON BOND.

THE G-B-I SAYS THERE'S NO INDICATION THAT ANY OF THE IMAGES showed CHILDREN FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA.

SEVERAL OF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE ARREST ON 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM.

ONE PERSON WROTE...

THIS MAN WAS SWORN TO UP HOLD THE LAW TO SERVE AND PROTECT.

PEOPLE LIKE HIM GIVE GOOD AND DECENT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS A BAD NAME.

SOMEONE ELSE COMMENTED.... IF THIS PERSON IS GUILTY, THEN HE NEEDS TO BE PROSECUTED AND SENT TO PRISON. HOWEVER.... ON THE OTHER HAND, IF HE'S NOT GUILTY BUT A VICTIM OF THE INTERNET,

THEN HE DESERVES TO BE TREATED FAIRLY AND JUST.

THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY THE RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL..... NOT THE RIGHT TO BE PERSECUTED BY THE MEDIA PRIOR TO A JURY MAKING A DECISION.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION.

USE THE IN YOUR VOICE FEATURE ON 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM.

A WEEKEND FIGHT ENDED WITH ONE MAN DEAD AND ANOTHER IN JAIL.

A MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS..... 47-YEAR-OLD DWAYNE FARLEE WAS FOUND DEAD SUNDAY MORNING ON PORKIE DRIVE.

THE RELEASE SAYS FARLEE HAD FACIAL INJURIES AND WAS INVOLVED IN A FIGHT WITH 38-YEAR-OLD JAMES WILLIAM ROBERTS ON JULY 4TH.

AN AUTOSPY SHOWS FARLEE DIED OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO THE HEAD.

OFFICERS ARRESTED ROBERTS AROUND 3 P.M. SUNDAY.

THE RELEASE SAYS... HE'S CHARGED WITH MURDER AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF FARLEE.

HE'S BEING HELD IN THE HOUSTON COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.

BIBB COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS FILLED MACON'S TAX ASSESSORS OFFICE TO MEET THE DEADLINE FOR APPEALS.

2009 PROPERTY REVALUATIONS WERE SENT OUT OVER A MONTH AGO TO HOMEOWNERS.

TODAY.... MANY SHOWED UP AT THE TAX ASSESSORS OFFICE WITH APPEAL LETTERS IN HAND.

CHIEF APPRAISER...ANDREA CRUTCHFIELD SAYS... THEY'VE RECEIVED ABOUT TWELVE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED APPEALS.... BUT THAT'S NOT A FINAL ESTIMATE.

SHE SAYS THEY'LL BE WORKING ON THE APPEALS AND PROPERTY OWNERS CAN EXPECT TO HEAR BACK FROM THEM SOON.

Andrea Crutchfield, "If there is a change made to the property the tax payer will get another assessment notice in which they will have 21 days to appeal that assessment notice, and if there is not a change the tax payer will get a letter explaining that we did not make any changes and that we will be forwarding their appeal to the Board of Equalization"

CRUTCHFIELD SAYS PEOPLE CAN STILL FILE AN APPEAL.... JUST AS LONG AS IT'S POST MARKED BY TODAY'S DATE.

 

ALTHOUGH MACON'S BUDGET FOR 2010 WAS APPROVED LAST MONTH...MONEY TROUBLES ARE STILL ON THE MINDS OF SOME CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.

THIS AFTERNOON...MACON CITY COUNCIL'S APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TALKED ABOUT AN ORDINANCE TO REDUCE THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL'S SALARIES.

STEPHANIE SUSSKIND ATTENDED THAT MEETING...SHE JOINS US LIVE ON THE PHONE WITH THE LATEST...STEPHANIE?

COUNCIL MEMBER TOM ELLINGTON SPONSORED THE ORDINANCE.

WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY TONIGHT...ON EYEWITNESS AT ELEVEN AND AT 13WMAZ.COM.

TONIGHT.... WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL WILL TALK ABOUT RAISING THE PAY FOR BOTH THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

COUNCIL MEMBER TERRY HORTON MADE THE SUGGESTION AT THE LAST COUNCIL MEETING.

HE SAID THE MAYOR SHOULD GET 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS MORE EACH YEAR... BRINGING HIS SALARY TO 125-THOUSAND.

HORTON ALSO SUGGESTED RAISING COUNCIL'S PAY BY 24-HUNDRED DOLLARS A YEAR.

IF COUNCIL APPROVES THE MEASURE... THE PAY RAISES WOULD GO INTO EFFECT NEXT JANUARY.

LORRA LYNCH IS AT THE MEETING.

SHE'LL HAVE MORE TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11 AND ON 13-WMAZ DOT COM.

CENTRAL GEORGIANS ARE WAITING TO SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE ENERGY PLAN RECENTLY PASSED BY THE U-S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

THE BILL WORKS TO CONTROL THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...AND HAS THE STRONG SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA.

BUT SOME OPPONENTS HAVE RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL COST.

BOFTA YIMAM EXPLAINS WHY ONE LOCAL UTILITY WANTS CHANGES IN THE PLAN BEFORE IT EVER BECOMES LAW---

NATS MICROWAVE

KATHY WAITES HEATS UP HER COFFEE... AND TAKES A FEW STEPS ... TO HER HOME-OFFICE. THE PERRY BOOKKEEPER SAYS SHE ENJOYS THE PERKS OF WORKING FROM HOME...AND USING HER OWN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES.

Waites,

"My freezer, my refrigerator, an icemaker."

WAITES SAYS HER ELECTRIC BILL HAS REMAINED STEADY OVER THE YEARS...AND SHE WANTS TO KEEP THAT WAY.

Waites,

"The concern is we don't know what we're exactly going to have to do to generate the electricity, and then how much that's going to impact our bill."

WAITES IS WORRIED THAT THE energy BILL, aimed at slowing the effects of climate change (TAKE GRAPHIC) would INCREASE HER ELECTRIC COSTS... THE BILL narrowly PASSED THE U.S. HOUSE . PRESIDENT OBAMA AND OTHER SUPPORTERS SAY THE BILL would cut emissions OF GREENHOUSE GASES... and CREATE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES AND CLEANER TECHNOLOGY.

GRAPHIC WILL SAY:

Title: CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

Subtitle: Passed in House, 219-212

-Cut production greenhouse gases

-Create alternative energy sources

-Cleaner technology

President Obama:

"This bill will create new business, new industries, and millions of new jobs."

STANDUP: BOFTA YIMAM

"Flint energies here in Warner Robins is one of many electric cooperatives that say key changes need to be made to the bill to make it more affordable and fair for your household."

Jimmy Autry, Flint Energies

"One is its very aggressive to trying to reach goals in reducing carbon, very fast, and we don't have all the technologies ready today to be able to do that."

JIMMY AUTRY, a spokesman for FLINT ENERGIES....SAYS DIFFERENT STUDIES ESTIMATE THE COST TO THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD at 170-DOLLARS TO 14-HUNDRED DOLLARS PER YEAR.. HE SAYS THE COSTS...NEED TO BE LOOKED AT MORE CLOSELY..BEFORE GOING FORWARD.

"Affordability, can we afford with the solution we come up with and finally are we going to make enough decisions to be sure we have reliable electric service, when we turn on the power."

THE bill now awaits a vote in the U.S. Senate.

BOFTA YIMAM 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS

AMONG CENTRAL GEORGIA CONGRESSMEN.... DEMOCRAT SANFORD BISHOP VOTED FOR THE MEASURE.

DEMOCRATS JIM MARSHALL AND JOHN BARROW VOTED AGAINST IT....AS WELL AS REPUBLICAN JACK KINGSTON.

 

REPRESENTATIVES FOR MICHAEL JACKSON'S FAMILY NAMED SOME OF THE PEOPLE SLATED TO BE PART OF THE ALL STAR TRIBUTE AT HIS PUBLIC MEMORIAL.

STEVIE WONDER... MARIAH CAREY... KOBE BRYANT BROOKE SHEILDS AND MANY MORE ARE SCHEDULED TO ATTEND.

AN ATTORNEY FOR JACKSON'S EX-WIFE DEBBIE ROWE SAYS SHE WILL NOT BE THERE... SAYING HER ATTENDANCE WOULD BE "AN UNNECESSARY DISTRACTION."

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL PACK THE STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES TOMORROW FOR THE SERVICE.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF FANS RECIEVED TICKETS TO ATTEND.

 

TODAY'S 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WILL YOU WATCH THE MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL?

SO FAR... 79 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU WILL NOT.

17 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU WILL WATCH ON T-V.. AND 4 PERCENT OF YOU PLAN TO WATCH ONLINE.

VOTE RIGHT NOW.

LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

WE WILL CARRY LIVE COVERAGE OF MICHAEL JACKSON MEMORIAL TOMORROW BEGINNING AT ONE O CLOCK.

THAT MEANS.. YOUR FAVORITE DAYTIME SHOWS WILL COME ON AT DIFFERENT TIMES.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS WILL AIR AT 11 A-M.

EYEWITNESS NEWS MIDDAY WILL COME ON AT NOON.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL WILL AIR AT 12:30.

YOU CAN WATCH MICHAEL JACKSON'S MEMORIAL FROM 1 - 2:30.

GUIDING LIGHT WILL BE JOINED IN PROGRESS AFTER THE SERVICE.

AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT WILL AIR AT 3:00 P-M.

TO LOOK AT TOMORROW'S DAYTIME T-V SCHEDULE... VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.

LOOK FOR THE TUESDAY SOAP CHANGES BOX ON THE UPPER RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA POLICE ARE NOW ON THE SCENE OF A FATAL NORTH CAROLINA SHOOTING ABOUT 30 MILES FROM A CITY TERRORIZED BY A SERIAL KILLER.

A POLICE SPOKESWOMAN SAYS AGENTS HEADED TO GASTONIA AFTER POLICE SHOT AND KILLED A MAN SUSPECTED OF TRYING TO STEAL FROM A HOME.

OFFICERS SAY THE MAN GAVE A FAKE NAME TO COPS... THEN OPENED FIRE.

THE SPOKESWOMAN COULDN'T CONFIRM WHETHER THE SHOOTING WAS LINKED TO THE RECENT SLAYINGS OF FIVE PEOPLE NEAR GAFFNEY SOUTH CAROLINA.

POLICE BELIEVE THE SERIAL KILLER SUSPECT IS DRIVING A CHAMPAGNE-COLORED FORD S-U-V.

THE SAME MAKE AND COLOR S-U-V IS AT THE SCENE IN NORTH CAROLINA.

TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF YOUR FOURTH OF JULY PICTURES.

LOLA 200 SENT US THIS SHOT CALLED INDEPENDENCE DAY.

AND MISS PENNY UPLOADED THIS PHOTO OF FIREWORKS IN HER YARD.

WE WANT TO SEE YOUR PICTURES.

JUST LOG ON TO 13WMAZ DOT COM AND CHOOSE PHOTO GALLERIES AT THE TOP OF THE HOMEPAGE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.

BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !

THE EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC IS UP NEXT.

HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

 

 

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