Monday, January 17, Eyewitness News at 11

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    GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M LEAH JOHNSON... FRANK MALLOY HAS THE EVENING OFF.
    
      A WOMAN CONVICTED OF KILLING THE DODGE COUNTY INFANT SHE WAS BABYSITTING WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON EARLY DUE TO A CLERICAL ERROR.
      THAT'S ACCORDING TO OCONEE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY TIM VAUGHN.
      IN DECEMBER 2009... AMY ROGERS JONES WAS CONVICTED OF KILLING FOUR MONTH OLD JACI ROGERS.
       A G-B-I INVESTIGATOR CALLED IT A "SHAKEN BABY" CASE.
  A JUDGE SAID JONES SHOULD SERVE AT LEAST TWO YEARS IN PRISON.
   SHE WAS ORDERED TO REPORT TO CUSTODY ON JANUARY 4-TH, 2010.
    VAUGHN SAYS THE DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FILED PAPERWORK WITH A TYPO IN THE DATE.
   HE SAID AS A RESULT...  THE STATE RELEASED HER ON DECEMBER 31-ST... A YEAR TOO SOON.
 Tim Vaughn, District Attorney:  "I was shocked at what had occurred.  I've been doing this over 25 years now and to my knowledge this is the first time I've seen this occur.  So it's certainly an unusual event.  I'm gonna file a motion to bring this before a court and ask the court to order her to be turned back over to the Department of Corrections to serve out again the portion of her sentence that she should've served."
   VAUGHN SAID JONES IS ON PROBATION AND REPORTED TO HER PROBATION COUNSELOR AS REQUIRED LAST WEEK.
     HE ALSO SAID THAT THE VICTIM'S MOTHER TIPPED AUTHORITIES THAT JONES WAS FREE. 
     IF THAT HADN'T HAPPENED...HE SAID...HE'S NOT SURE WHEN THEY WOULD'VE FOUND OUT.


AN AUTOPSY WILL BE DONE TOMORROW ON A MACON MAN WHO DIED AFTER A FIGHT AT A NIGHTCLUB THIS WEEKEND.
MACON POLICE SAY 30-YEAR-OLD GARY MIMB JUNIOR... ALSO KNOWN AS DANNY... WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING AFTER HE AND ANOTHER MAN FOUGHT AT WHISKEY RIVER ON PIO NONO AVENUE.
INVESTIGATORS SAY MIMBS DIED AT THE HOSPITAL.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS AN AUTOPSY IS PLANNED TOMORROW TO FIND OUT WHAT KILLED MIMBS.
MACON POLICE SAY THEY DON'T KNOW WHY THE FIGHT HAPPENED... AND DON'T HAVE ANY SUSPECTS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION... YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68 CRIME. AGAIN THAT'S 1-877-68 CRIME. 


PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN ONE WARNER ROBINS TRAILER PARK SAY THEY'RE FACING EVICTION... BECAUSE OF MONEY THEY DON'T OWE.
ABOUT THREE HUNDRED TENANTS IN THE HOLIDAY RIVIERA TRAILER PARK RECEIVED LETTERS... INCLUDING SOME THAT SAID THEY OWE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.
THE LETTERS SAID THEY HAVE TEN DAYS TO PAY OR MOVE OUT.
PROPERTY MANAGER THERESA CAMPBELL SAYS SHE DIDN'T SEND THE EVICTION LETTERS.
SHE BELIEVES THEY MAY HAVE BEEN SENT IN ERROR.
CAMPBELL SAYS POOR BOOKKEEPING BY PREVIOUS PROPERTY MANAGERS IS WHY SOME HAVE BALANCES... WHEN THEY MAY NOT OWE ANYTHING.
SOME OF THE TENANTS SAY THEY'RE OUTRAGED BY THE NOTICES...AND WHAT THEY CALL PERSISTENT PROBLEMS.
Gloria Toliver "We have people who are receiving notices for tremendous amounts! and we don't believe there's any way we could owe this type of money and still be here."
FLORIDA BASED AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITIES OWNS HOLIDAY RIVIERA.
THE COMPANY ALSO OWNS WOODLANDS APARTMENTS AND LANDS END IN WARNER ROBINS... AND FOREST PLACE IN MACON.
TO BE FAIR AND BALANCED... WE TRIED TO REACH THEM FOR COMMENT... BUT THEY DID NOT RETURN OUR CALLS OR EMAIL.


AFTER A HISTORIC COCHRAN HOME WAS BULLDOZED IN 2008 TO MAKE WAY FOR A PHARMACY... ONE MAN WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE MULLIS-HOWARD HOUSE... AND OTHERS LIKE IT WOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... THE PROJECT TO PRESERVE BLECKLEY COUNTY'S HISTORY TOOK MORE THAN A YEAR AND COUNTLESS HOURS OF WORK... 
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JAMES DAVIDSON SAYS HIS PASSION IN LIFE... CAME IN TO FOCUS THREE YEARS AGO...
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WHEN HE QUIT HIS JOB ON ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER... 
AND WHEN ONE OF COCHRANS MOST RECOGNIZABLE HISTORIC SITES TURNED INTO A WALREENS...
DAVIDSON UNZIPPED HIS CAMERA BAG... AND GOT TO WORK...
"When that happened, I realized we kind of have to preserve what we've got."
HE ADVERTISED IN THE LOCAL PAPER... LOOKING FOR OLD PHOTOS OF COCHRAN...
"Once the word got out it really kind of snowballed... people started emailing, making phone calls"
DAVIDSOM SPENT A YEAR AND A HALF COLLECTING BEFORE... AND AFTER SHOTS... OF THE CITY WHERE HE WAS RAISED...
"All the old stuffs vanishing and we don't have a whole lot left... we need to save what we've got."
IT'S CALLED VANISHING COCHRAN... THE BOOK IS NINETY TWO PAGES ...WITH ABOUT TWO HUNDRED IMAGES... 
INCLUDING PARTS OF A CITY THAT ARE GONE FOREVER...
nats: "Jazzbos isn't here anymore."
AND SOME THAT STILL STAND TODAY
nats: "This was 1957... versus today."
SOME OF THE PICTURES HAD BEEN LOST FOR DECADES UNTIL THEY WERE PUBLISHED...
nats:"The oldest one is from 1877"
DAVIDSON SAYS VIEWING COCHRAN THROUGH A HISTORICAL LENS.... LETS HIM IMAGINE HOW HIS HOMETOWN USED TO BE...
"It seems like there was a lot more community involvement, and, um cohesiveness." "It'd be nice to have that feel back."
SO EVEN THOUGH SOME OF THE CITY'S HISTORY... IS GONE FOREVER... 
"The kids today will never know the house that was up on the corner."
HE HOPES THESE PAGE CAPTURE COCHRAN'S PAST.... WHILE INSPIRING THOSE IN THE PRESENT TO PRESERVE IT FOR THE FUTURE.. 
STD DAVIDSON SAYS HE'S CONSIDERING DOING ANOTHER VOLUME OF THE BOOK.
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THERE IS MORE POSITIVE NEWS ABOUT THE RECOVERY OF CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS. 
DOCTORS SAY HER PROGRESS SO FAR IS NOTHING SHORT OF MIRACULOUS. 
SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND MORE THAN A DOZEN WERE WOUNDED IN THE SHOOTING THAT LEFT GIFFORDS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. 
KAREN BROWN HAS THE LATEST FROM TUCSON, ARIZONA.
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Doctors say Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords could be ready to leave the hospital for a rehabilitation center in a matter of weeks -- or even sooner. 


(:09-:15) SOT - Dr. Michael Lemole / Neurosurgeon
"I think a full functional recovery is possible. I 'm not going to promise it, and she certainly can't promise it, but if she works hard I think it's possible." 


Nine days after Giffords was shot in the head -- she continues to make remarkable progress. 


Her latest breakthroughs -- smiling at her husband, Mark Kelly, and even giving him a neck rub. 


(:29-:33) SOT - Dr. Michael Lemole / Neurosurgeon
"It implies a lot of things: that she is seeing him, that she is recognizing him, and that it's stirring an emotion in her. // 15:38:25 The rapidity of the recovery is something I couldn't have hoped for."


Giffords's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious Over the weekend, doctors took her off the ventilator... installed a feeding tube... and reparied a fractured eye socket. 


(:46-:58) ON CAM BRIDGE: Karen Brown, CBS News, Tucson, Arizona
Giffords's neurosurgeon said there's every reason to believe she'll eventually be able to go back to work. But right now, it's as if she's emerging from a lengthy concussion -- and just starting to come out of the fog.


Also on Monday -- a memorial service was held for 30-year-old Gabe Zimmerman -- Giffords's director of community outreach -- who was killed in the shooting.


And the family of the youngest victim, nine-year-old Christina Green, said her donated corneas have helped save the eyesight of two other children.


Here at the hospital -- the vigil at Giffords's bedside has turned ever more hopeful.


(1:21-1:26) SOT - Dr. Michael Lemole / Neurosurgeon
"Q: What's going through your heart right now?" "Definitely elation, definitely joy, there's no question." 


But doctors warn it will still be a long, slow recovery.


>> GIFFORDS'S HUSBAND REPORTEDLY SAYS THAT HE'S WILLING TO MEET WITH THE PARENTS OF THE SUSPECTED GUNMAN, JARED LOUGHNER... AND THAT THE SHOOTING IS NOT THEIR FAULT.


   THE SY-FY TV CHANNEL WANTS TO SHOOT AN EPSIODE IN A SAVANNAH CEMETERY... BUT CITY OFFICIALS WON'T APPROVE THE IDEA. 
   PRODUCERS WANT TO FILM AN EPISODE OF "FACT OR FAKED..." WHICH WOULD EXAMINE A TOURIST'S 2008 CLAIM THAT HE FILMED A GHOSTLY IMAGE OF A BOY RUNNING THROUGH THE CEMETERY. 
   ACTING CITY MANAGER ROCHELLE SMALL-TONEY AND JERRY FLEMMING... DIRECTOR OF CEMETERIES... SAY THEY'RE FOLLOWING A POLICY THAT FORBIDS THE USE OF CEMETERIES FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES. 
   MICHAEL SHORTT... A PRODUCER INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT... SAYS THE PROPOSED SHOOT WOULD GENERATE UP TO 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY. 


FOR MORE THAN A DECADE....PASTOR JAMES HARRIS HAS PREACHED AT CHAPLINWOOD HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER IN MILLEDGEVILLE AT THEIR MLK CELEBRATION.
     ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS WHAT KEEPS THE RESIDENTS... AND PASTOR HARRIS COMING BACK FOR MORE... IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.
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HUGS AND TEARS KICKED OFF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR CELEBRATION AT CHAPLINWOOD HEALTH AND REHAB CENTER IN MILLEDGEVILLE...
AS A  GROUP OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS GATHERED TO SING... DANCE  AND CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF DOCTOR KING... AND ANOTHER MAN THEY SAY HAS IMPACTED THEIR LIVES... PASTOR JAMES HARRIS
PH: "Caught me by surprise and left me in tears."
ELVA BRICE HAS BEEN LIVING AT THE FACILITY SINCE 1987... SO SHE SAYS SHE CAN VOUCH FOR THE FACT THAT PASTOR HARRIS HAS NEVER MISSED AN MLK DAY CELEBRATION IN 16 YEARS...
EB: "It means a lot to me."
THE PASTOR HONORED MLK'S MESSAGE MONDAY WITH A SERMON ABOUT TOLERANCE AND FRIENDSHIP... 
PH: "To see that faces of the senior citizens who are here makes it all worth it."
IT'S THE PASTOR'S FAITH... AND FAITHFUL SERVICE THAT BRICE SAYS MAKE HIM SPECIAL... 
EB: "Some of the families don't show up like they ought to... but I'm sure glad he does."
WHEN ASKED WHAT KEEPS HIM COMING BACK TO CHAPLINWOOD... PASTOR HARRIS QUOTED THE BOOK OF ISAAH... 
"If the lord needs somebody... than here I am. Send me."
HARRIS SAYS HE LIVES TO SHARE THE WORD OF CHRIST... SO WHEN THEY CAN'T COME TO HIM... HE GOES TO THEM... 
"Theres so much more than just what goes on within the walls of our church...this is where the real ministry starts"
AND HE SAYS AS LONG AS THE INVITATION STANDS... HE'LL KEEP HIS BIBLE HANDY AND THE PULPIT CLEAR FOR THE PEOPLE AT CHAPLINWOOD...
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JAMES HARRIS IS THE PASTOR OF GREEN BAPTIST CHURCH IN MILLEDGEVILLE.


HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA BRAVED THE COLD AND RAIN THIS MORNING TO HONOR THE LIFE OF DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR.
IN MACON... FOUR GROUPS FROM AROUND THE CITY TOOK PART IN THE MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL MARCH.
THE GROUPS CONVERGED AT CITY HALL.
THE MARCH HONORS DOCTOR KING'S LEGACY BY BRINGING TOGETHER PEOPLE OF ALL RACES AND BACKGROUNDS TO PROMOTE PEACE.
PEOPLE SAID THEY TOOK THE TIME TO REMEMBER KING'S STRUGGLES... AND HIS GOAL OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ALL AMERICANS.
Curtis Brown, Macon: "Just the history. I want my kids to understand the history what  Martin Luther King's birthday really means and why we celebrate it."
Twanda Orsely, Macon: "No matter what the weather was we still wanted to participate in the march so we can understand what Martin Luther King and the ones that marched with him exactly what they went through."
AFTER THE MARCH... A MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD AT STEWART CHAPEL A-M-E CHURCH.


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IN HOUSTON COUNTY... ABOUT 100 PEOPLE MARCHED THROUGH PERRY IN HONOR OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER THIS MORNING.
THE HOUSTON COUNTY N-AA-C-P AND THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ORGANIZED THE MARCH.
THE GROUP BEGAN AT OLD FIELD BAPTIST CHURCH AND MADE THEIR WAY TO NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH IN PERRY.
ORGANIZERS ALSO HELD A BREAKFAST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE MARCH.


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A MACON GROUP SPENT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY... FILLING THE PLATES OF THOSE IN NEED.
   IT'S A STORY THAT COMES.. .STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
MEMBERS OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY AND MOUNT OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH... HOSTED A LUNCH THIS AFTERNOON... TO FEED THE HUNGRY... IN MACON.
SEKEMA HARMON IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SORORITY CHAPTER... AND SAYS MORE THAN NINETY MEMBERS COOKED HOMEMADE SOUP... AND SANDWICHES FOR TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE.
Sekema Harmon, Sorority Chapter President: "They've already thanked us. Just a thank you and a smile. When I walked up, I saw people outside waiting to get in, but happy."
THE THREE HOUR LUNCH WAS PART OF A PROGRAM WITHIN THE SORORITY'S CHAPTER THAT STARTED TWO YEARS AGO.


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