Friday, January 28, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.. I'M FRANK MALLOY.


  THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11... LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE NIGHT OFF.


   CRIME IN MACON ROSE LAST YEAR.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS...WHO RELEASED THEIR CRIME NUMBERS FOR 2010 THIS AFTERNOON.
THE BIGGEST JUMP -
   BURGLARIES - WHICH INCREASED 19 PERCENT WITH MORE THAN 300 MORE BREAK-INS REPORTED IN THE CITY.
HOMICIDES ROSE 22 PERCENT.
AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS WERE UP 11 PERCENT.
BUT ROBBERIES....WERE DOWN 24 PERCENT
      BURNS SAYS THE NUMBERS WILL MOTIVATE HIS DEPARTMENT TO MAKE SOME CHANGES.
Chief Burns: "I'm disappointed, but, ya know, we're going to addres the problems this year as we go and hopefully next year we'll see another good reduction.
   THIS COMES TWO DAYS AFTER BIBB COUNTY REPORTED A 5 PERCENT JUMP IN CRIME...OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS. 
SHERIFF JERRY MODENA SAYS COMMERCIAL ROBBERIES... AUTO THEFTS...AND OTHER THEFTS... ALL JUMPED IN THE COUNTY.


POLICE SAY THEY SUSPECT FOUL PLAY IN A HOUSTON COUNTY WOMAN'S DISAPPEARANCE... AND KIMBERLY MC-KENZIE'S FAMILY IS WAITING FOR WORD ON WHAT HAPPENED TO HER.
SHE WAS LAST SEEN ON WEDNESDAY.
POLICE SAY SHE WAS ON THE PHONE WITH HER SISTER LUCIANA... WHEN LUCIANA HEARD A MAN'S VOICE TELL KIMBERLY TWO TIMES TO "GET IN THE BACK."
THEN THE CALL WAS LOST.
LUCIANA SAYS SHE TRIED TO CALL HER BACK... BUT THE PHONE WENT STRAIGHT TO VOICEMAIL.
AFTER TWO DAYS OF HER BEING MISSING.....  THE MCKENZIE FAMILY CONTINUES TO PRAY SHE COMES HOME SAFELY.
Betsy McKenzie, Mother: "Momma's looking Momma will never stop looking. Your whole family loves you, and just come home. An to the person or persons or who ever just let us have kim back."
CENTERVILLE POLICE CONTINUED TO PASS OUT FLYERS TODAY.
  MCKENZIE'S CAR WAS FOUND IN MACON NEAR EISENHOWER AND KEY STREET.
THE FAMILY SAYS THE CAR HAD BEEN IN ACCIDENT AND THERE WAS A ROPE TIED TO THE PASSENGER DOOR WHEN POLICE LOCATED IT.


      AN EASTMAN MAN NOW FACES VEHICULAR HOMICIDE CHARGES...IN A WEEKEND FATAL ACCIDENT IN DODGE COUNTY.
      THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL ARRESTED JIREH HILLS THURSDAY ...AND ALSO CHARGED HIM WITH D-U-I...RECKLESS DRIVING...AND A HOST OF OTHER CHARGES.
      THAT'S ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN TONY WINBORN OF THE DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
      LAST WEEKEND...24-YEAR-OLD TRAVIS JOHNSON OF EASTMAN DIED IN THE WRECK...AFTER MILAN POLICE CHASED THE PICKUP INTO DODGE COUNTY.
     AUTHORITIES SAY HILLS WAS ACTUALLYTHE DRIVER.
     HE'S BEING HELD IN THE DODGE COUNTY JAIL.


ANOTHER AIRLINE IS JUMPING ON BOARD AT THE MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL AIRPORT.
VISION AIRLINES ANNOUNCED NON-STOP FLIGHTS BETWEEN MACON AND DESTIN, FLORIDA.
THOSE FLIGHTS ARE SCHEDULED TO START MARCH 25TH... WITH ONE ROUND-TRIP FLIGHT ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS.
CLAY MEEK IS THE DIRECTOR OF SALES FOR VISION AIRLINES.
    HE SAYS THE COMPANY LOOKED TO BRING THE FLIGHTS TO MACON BECAUSE OF THE HIGH FLORIDA VACATION TRAVEL.
MEEK SAYS THE SERVICE ALSO CONNECTS ROBINS AND EGLIN AIR FORCE BASES.
THE AIRLINE SAYS IF YOU BOOK BY MONDAY... YOU CAN GET A ONE-WAY TICKET FOR FORTY NINE DOLLARS.
STARTING IN MARCH... A ONE-WAY FARE WILL RUN YOU SEVENTY-NINE DOLLARS.


    TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
     WOULD THE ARRIVAL OF A SECOND AIRLINE MAKE YOU MORE LIKELY TO USE MACON'S AIRPORT?
     SO FAR... 70 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT WOULD NOT.. .WHILE 30 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT WOULD.
    YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE.
    LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


HERE'S ONE TEAM THAT KNOWS....WHERE'S THE BEEF.
PERRY HIGH SCHOOL'S FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA SENIOR MEATS EVALUATION TEAM BROUGHT THE 2010... 20111 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HOME TO PERRY.
THE FIVE-MEMBER TEAM COMPETED FROM THE START OF SCHOOL YEAR.
THEY IDENTIFY CUTS OF MEAT...AND GRADE THEM ON QUALITY.
VIDEO JOURNALIST... KIMBERLY BURDEN TALKED TO THE STATE MEAT CHAMPS ABOUT BRINGING HOME A CHAMPIONSHIP..
THE STATE F. F. A. SENIOR MEATS EVALUATION CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENTS ARE SET UP TO HELP STUDENTS DEVELOP SKILLS NEEDED FOR CAREERS IN THE MEAT INDUSTRY.
THE PERRY HIGH SCHOOL TEAM WILL GO TO INDIANAPOLIS TO COMPETE FOR THE NATIONAL EVENT IN OCTOBER.


    IF EATING OUT IS ON YOUR WEEKEND MENU THEN YOU PROBABLY WANT TO KONW HOW YOUR FAVORITE PLACE SCORED WHEN IT COMES TO ITS HEALTH INSPECTION..
    AMY AUBERT HAS THIS WEEKS RESTAURANT RATINGS..
THIS WEEK....WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY... STARTING WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST.
THE WAFFLE HOUSE ON WATSON BOULEVARD GOT A 78....OR A C.....AFTER AN 89 LAST TIME.
THE SONIC DRIVE IN ON RUSSELL PARKWAY GOT AN 80...ALSO A B....AFTER A 96 ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
AND JOHNNY'S NEW YORK PIZZA ON HIGHWAY 96 GOT AN 83...THAT'S A B... AFTER A 95 OR AN A...ON THEIR LAST ISNPECTION.
NOW FOR OUR TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... .
GO DOGS ON CLUB VILLA COURT IN KATHLEEN GOT A 100...AN A....AFTER ANOTHER 100 ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
THE MELLOW MUSHROOM ON LAKE JOY ROAD GOT A 99...ALSO AN A....AFTER GETTING ANOTHER 99 LAST TIME.
AND THE STIR KING ON WATSON BOULEVARD ALSO GOT A 99...ANOTHER A.....AFTER A 98 PREVIOUSLY.
 WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....THE AWARD GOES TO GO DOGS...ON CLUB VILLA COURT IN KATHLEEN...WITH AN AVERAGE SCORE OF 99-POINT-8.
CONGRATULATES TO EVERYONE OVER AT GO-DOGS FOR BEING THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER.
JOIN US AGAIN NEXT WEEK... TO HEAR MORE RETAURANT RATINGS.
AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE NEWS TAB.. THEN LOOK FOR FEATURES... THEN CLICK ON THE RESTAURANT RATINGS LINK.
YOU CAN ALSO CHECK THEM OUT ON THE MACON AND WARNER ROBINS PAGES IN THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION


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