Thursday, January 13, Eyewitness News at 6

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 HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
 AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

      OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... A 21-YEAR-OLD MUSELLA MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDERING A MISSING TAYLOR COUNTY MAN.
     THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE G-B-I.
     THEY SAY CODY DANIEL JACKSON WAS CHARGED WITH KILLING JAMES DUDLEY "TREY" BYERS... WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
     THE G-B-I SAYS JACKSON AND BYERS LEFT A HOME IN FORT VALLEY TOGETHER IN JACKSON'S PICKUP... EARLY ON DECEMBER 19TH.
     THE TRUCK WAS FOUND BURNED NEAR THE CRAWFORD COUNTY LANDFILL A FEW HOURS LATER...
     G.B.I SPECIAL AGENT GARY ROTHWELL SAYS THEY HAVE A MOTIVE AND BELIEVE THEY KNOW HOW BYERS WAS KILLED... BUT SO FAR THEY'RE NOT REVEALING EITHER.
    HE SAYS THEY HAVEN;T FOUND BYER'S BODY YET... BUT HE THINKS THEIR CASE IS STILL 'PRETTY STRONG'...
    HE ALSO URGED THE PUBLIC TO COME FORWARD WITH ANY TIPS....SAYING PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN WITHHOLDING INFORMATION OUT OF FEAR FOR THEIR SAFETY...
"Mr Jackson was not in custody...there was much speculation on the street that he as involved in Mr. Byer's dissapearance...well he's now been charged with his murder so if there's anybody that has information that they did not provide earlier please provide it now."
ROTHWELL SAYS THEY WILL CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR THE REMAINS... ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS CASE IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE PERRY G.B.I AT AT 1800 597 TIPS

THIS MORNING... A MILLEDGEVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER ADMITTED TO VIOLATING HIS PROBATION... BY DRINKING.
IT HAPPENED IN BALDWIN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.
AMY AUBERT WAS AT THAT HEARING...AND TELLS YOU HOW PHILLIP JOINER EXPLAINED IT TO THE JUDGE.
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Nats, "You swear the testimony you're about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?" "I do."

THIRTY-FOUR YEAR OLD MILLEDGEVILLE COUNCILMAN PHILLIP JOINER STOOD UNDER OATH THIS MORNING... AND SAID HE DRANK ALCOHOL DURING HIS PROBATION.

Phillip Joiner: "It came over a birthday, a holiday, a new year. And all those dates, I didn't want to miss them. I didn't want to miss family."

JOINER WAS ARRESTED LAST MONDAY... BUT HE TOLD THE JUDGE...HE WAS ADMITTED TO A DETOX CENTER TWO DAYS LATER.

Phillip Joiner: "I've probably learned more in one week than I have in any class, any courtroom, about anything."

Holly De Rosa Hogue, Attorney: "I think that he has made some serious changes in his life, and he chose to go back to treatment for his own reasons."

LAST WEEK...  HIS ATTORNEY... HOLLY DE ROSA HOGUE...  FILED TWO SEPARATE MOTIONS...ARGUING THAT THE DRUG TEST WAS FALSE... SHE STILL SAYS THE DRUG TEST ONLY PROVES TWO CHEMICALS IN SYSTEM... NEITHER...SHE SAYS... WERE ALCOHOL. 

Hogue: "Without his admission, which hadn't been made until today, I I think it was a defensible case."

SHE SAYS... IF JOINER HADN'T ADMITTED ALCOHOL USE... SHE WOULD'VE PURSUED THOSE MOTIONS.

THE JUDGE REVOKED A PREVIOUS DEAL WITH JOINER THAT SAID HIS VIOLATIONS... INCLUDING HIS TWO D-U-I'S... WOULD BE DISMISSED. NOW THEY'LL STAY ON HIS RECORD.
JOINER ADMITTED TO THE JUDGE THAT HE HAS A PROBLEM... AND HE WANTS TO GET HELP. 

Phillip Joiner: "The thought of beer tastes like handcuffs, the thought of tastes like a jail cell, and the thought of a glass of wine tastes like, well, probation."

JOINER IS RELEASED TO HIS FAMILY... BUT MUST RETURN BACK TO A TREATMENT CENTER BY FOUR O'CLOCK FRIDAY.

Nats, judge: "God forbid if you test positive for alcohol between now and the time you go into treatment, I promise I'll put you somewhere where you're not going to be having anything but water for a long, long time."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS. 
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JOINER WAS SENTENCED TO PROBATION AFTER RECEIVING HIS SECOND D-U-I IN NOVEMBER.
ONCE HE'S FINISHED WITH TREATMENT... HE'LL RETURN TO HIS PROBATION PERIOD... WHICH HIS ATTORNEY SAYS... WILL BE ANOTHER TEN MONTHS.

       EAST DUBLIN POLICE SAY ONE MAN DISTRACTED A JEWELRY STORE WORKER TODAY  WHILE ANOTHER MAN SNATCHED THE STORE'S BANK-DEPOSIT BAG.
      CHIEF BILL LEUCKE SAYS IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER NOON AT A SHOP CALLED JEWELRY IN MILLEDGEVILLE.
      HE SAID THREE MEN ENTERED THE STORE...AND ONE OFFERED TO SELL A WATCH.
      THAT'S WHEN ANOTHER GRABBED THE MONEY BAG...CONTAINING 17 HUNDRED DOLLARS...AND RAN.
      LEUCKE SAYS THEY HAVE DESCRIPTIONS OF SUSPECTS...AND PLAN TO TAKE OUT ARREST WARRANTS FOR THE THREE.

THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD OFFICIALLY WELCOMED A NEW MEMBER... AND A FAMILIAR FACE.
LYNN FARMER... WHO WAS RE-ELECTED IN NOVEMBER... TOOK THE OATH OF OFFICE FOR A THIRD TERM THIS AFTERNOON..
SWORN IN FOR THE FIRST TIME.....FORMER TWIGGS COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT WANDA WEST.
WEST WAS ONCE A BIBB COUNTY TEACHER.
SHE SAID TAKING HER NEW POST EIGHT SEAT WAS LIKE A HOMECOMING.
SHE SAYS SHE'S EXCITED TO SERVE THE CHILDREN OF BIBB COUNTY.
Wanda West: "My biggest priority is to really take a real step to assess where the school district is in partnership with the board and the new superintendent."
AFTER THE CEREMONY....THE BOARD BEGAN COMMITTEE MEETINGS.
WE'LL HAVE UPDATES FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN...AND AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.

A NEWLY FORMED GROUP IN WARNER ROBINS WANTS TO RESOLVE THE "DISCORD" AT CITY HALL.
SPEAKING FOR THE "CITIZENS FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT... RETIRED GENERAL RON SMITH INVITED EVERYONE TO A "RALLY FOR REFORM".
IT WILL BE HELD AT THE OLD HOUSTON MALL... AND AS SMITH TOLD LORRA LYNCH-JONES... IT'S INTENDED TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE CITY'S LEADERS.
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ELVON HOBBY MEETS FRIENDS AT THE OLD HOUSTON MALL DAILY.
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THEY WALK AND TALK... CHATTING OFTEN ABOUT WARNER ROBINS CITY POLITICS.
Elvon Hobby: (3:30) "One of the old councilman, I asked him one day, what do you think is going on down there. He said, all of them wants to be mayor." 
IT'S JUST ONE OPINION... BUT RON SMITH SAYS THAT'S WHAT HIS GROUP WANTS... INPUT AND INVOLVEMENT FROM CITIZENS.
Ron Smith: (1:27) "Everybody's invited to attend. Citizens of Warner Robins, people impacted by Warner Robins."
SMITH... THE SENIOR CONSULTANT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY PARTNERSHIP... SAYS THE CITIZENS FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT WILL HOST A FORUM NEXT TUESDAY AT THE MALL.
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HE SAYS SEVERAL SCHEDULED SPEAKERS WILL TALK ABOUT HOW "DISCORD" IN  GOVERNMENT CAN AFFECT THE CITY'S ABILITY TO ATTRACT BUSINESS AND SUPPORT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
THEY'LL ADDRESS ITS IMPACT ON QUALITY OF LIFE... THE CITY'S REPUTATION... AND MORE. 
Ron Smith: (9:40) "If you don't play well in your own sandbox, you don't play well on the beach. That's obvious to the most innocent bystander."
Lorra Lynch-Jones, EWN: (1:43) "Smith stressed several times that this forum will be about 'civility.' He says it's not a witch hunt and won't single out the mayor or council members."
LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER... RON STREET... SAYS HE BELIEVES CITIZENS VOICING THEIR OPINIONS IN NUMBERS... MATTERS. 
Ron Street: (1:30) "This is an opportunity for those that don't want to talk anymore, but want to do something. This is thier time to come forward."
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HOBBY SAYS MOST LIKELY.. HE WON'T BE ONE OF THEM... PREFERRING THE TALK... AND RESERVING HIS ACTIONS FOR THE BALLOT BOX.  
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THE RALLY FOR REFORM WILL BE NEXT TUESDAY... JANUARY 18TH... AT 3:30 P-M AT THE HOUSTON MALL ON NORTH HOUSTON ROAD.
SMITH DIDN'T GIVE NAMES AS TO WHO ORGANIZED "CITIZENS FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT"... BUT SAID THEY'RE A NON-PARTISAN GROUP OF CITIZENS AND BUSINESS OWNERS.

      MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN'S CASE AGAINST WARNER ROBINS' POLICE CHIEF...IS SCHEDULED TO GO BEFORE A STATE BOARD IN MARCH.
      THE HEARING BEFORE THE PEACE OFFICER STANDARDS AND TRAINING COUNCIL...IS SET FOR MARCH 10TH IN COBB COUNTY.
      THAT'S ACCORDING TO AN EMAIL FROM RYAN POWELL OF THE POST COUNCIL.
      SHAHEEN HAS ASKED THE STATE AGENCY TO INVESTIGATE SEVERAL ALLEGATIONS AGAINST CHIEF BRETT EVANS.... INCLUDING TICKET FIXING.
      SHAHEEN AND EVANS HAVE BOTH DECLINED TO COMMENT. 
      THE AGENCY COULD DISCIPLINE EVANS IN VARIOUS WAYS, INCLUDING PULLING HIS CERTIFICATION AS A LAW-ENFORCEMENT OFFICER... OR THEY COULD CHOOSE NOT TO TAKE ACTION ON THE CASE AT ALL.

THERE'S ONE LESS CITY VYING FOR THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME.
ACCORDING TO KIRBY GODSEY... A MEMBER OF THE MUSIC FALL OF FAME AUTHORITY... DALONGEGA DROPPED ITS BID.
GODSEY SAYS NEXT FRIDAY THE AUTHORITY PLANS TO MEET WITH THE REMAINING FOUR BIDDERS... INCLUDING MACON.
EACH WILL MAKE A PRESENTATION FOR THE AUTHORITY.... THEN ANSWER QUESTIONS..
GODSEY SAYS HE'S NOT SURE WHEN A DECISION WILL BE MADE.

AFTER ABOUT A DECADE OF PLANNING... FUNDRAISING... AND BUILDING... A WARNER ROBINS CONGREGATION WILL HOLD ITS FIRST CHURCH SERVICE THIS SUNDAY... INSIDE A NEW DOMED SANCTUARY.
PASTOR WILLIE REID SAYS IN 2001 HE SAW THE VISION FOR A DOMED CHURCH WHEN WE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL GETTING A LIVER TRANSPLANT.
HE SAYS HE WANTED TO HAVE THE PROJECT DONE BY 2005, BUT A LACK OF MONEY SLOWED IT DOWN.
IN MAY 2009... IT HIT ANOTHER BUMP... AS WINDS AND FLOODING SLOWED INFLATION OF THE DOME. 
REID SAYS THE LONG JOURNEY HAS BEEN A LESSON BOTH SPIRITUALLY... AND PRACTICALLY.
Reid "It taught me to just be patient and wait on the Lord our timing is sometimes not his timing.... and of course, money answers all things if you have the money you can always move faster. (Laughs) It's just that way -- it's just that way."
THE NEW BUILDING COST 7 MILLION DOLLARS AND SEATS ABOUT THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE.
REID SAYS THE SHAPE IS SUPPOSED TO MAKE THE BUILDING ENERGY-EFFICIENT... AND COMPARES IT TO A CAVE, WHERE TEMPERATURES STAY AT ROOM TEMPERATURE, NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER'S LIKE OUTSIDE.

IT'S CALLED THE MAMMO-MARATHON... AND IT COULD HELP SAVE YOUR LIFE.
THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA HELD MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS TODAY.
ITS PART OF A MINI-MARATHON... FOR EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER.
THEY OFFERED REFRESHMENTS... AND A DOOR PRIZE TO HELP ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET SCREENED.
69-YEAR-OLD MARY ROBBINS SAYS THE LAST TIME SHE GOT CHECKED WAS TEN YEARS AGO... MAINLY BECAUSE AT THAT TIME... IT WAS A PAINFUL EXPERIENCE.
SHE SAYS TODAY...  IT WAS A PAIN-FREE... FIVE MINUTE PROCESS.
Mary Robbins, Macon 
"And I've had a couple of friends that have had breast cancer and I kept saying I'll get it done next year,kept putting it off, and it just felt it was time to get one done."
Nancy White, Medical Center of Central Ga.
"Early detection really is the cure because there is so many great interventions that you can catch it, and cure it at the early stage."
THOSE WHO RECEIVED SCREENINGS... WERE REQUIRED TO BRING A DOCTOR'S REFERRAL NOTE.
THE NEXT MINI-MARATHON SCREENING WILL BE HELD IN APRIL.

     DOCTORS SAY U-S REPRESENTATIVE GABRIELLE GIFFORDS IS MOVING HER ARMS AND LEGS... OPENED BOTH EYES... AND IS RESPONDING TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
      A NEUROSURGEON SAYS THAT MEANS SHE'S AWARE OF HER SURROUNDINGS.
      DOCTORS ARE ALSO BACKING OFF ON MEDICATIONS.
      THE THREE-TERM DEMOCRAT STILL HAS A BREATHING TUBE IN HER THROAT AND CAN'T TALK.
      GIFFORDS WAS SHOT IN FOREHEAD IN AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT THAT KILLED SIX PEOPLE. 
      TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... HAS THE REACTION TO THE ARIZONA SHOOTINGS BEEN POLITICIZED?
      SO FAR 87 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
      AND 13 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
      YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

        A NEW CAREERBUILDER SURVEY FOUND THAT SOME JOB SEEKERS ARE NOT LEAVING EMPLOYERS WITH THE BEST IMPRESSIONS. 
        IN FACT... 71 PERCENT OF HIRING MANAGERS SAID THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE CANDIDATES MADE WAS ANSWERING THEIR CELL PHONES OR TEXTING DURING THE INTERVIEW.
        SO WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS TO SHARE THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS MISTAKE THEY EVER MADE DURING A JOB INTERVIEW.
        ONE PERSON REPLIED..." I WENT IN THE OFFICE WITH THE LADY AND WENT TO SIT DOWN IN THE SEAT, I COMPLETELY MISSED THE CHAIR AND FELL STRAIGHT ON THE FLOOR ON MY BUTT... 
IT WAS SO EMBARRASSING, EVEN WORSE SHE LAUGHED! BUT I DID GET THE JOB THOUGH!
         AND SOMEONE ELSE SIMPLY WROTE... "FORGOT THE BOSS'S NAME!"
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