Thursday, April 14, Eyewitness News at 11

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     GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
    AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.


BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS GOT A FIRST GLIMPSE TONIGHT AT SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND'S BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR.
Romain Dallemand, Superintendent: "I am recommending that we do not have any furloughs for next year."
AT THEIR MONTLHY COMMITTEE MEETING... DALLEMAND TOLD THE BOARD HIS BUDGET WOULD CUT STAFF AND STOP PAY RAISES.
IT WOULD ALSO KEEP THE SCHOOL YEAR AT 176 DAYS FOR STUDENTS.
HE SAYS THEY'D FUND 87 FEWER JOBS... INCLUDING 52 FEWER TEACHERS...
FOR A SAVINGS OF NEARLY 5 MILLION DOLLARS.
WITH THOSE SAVINGS... DALLEMAND SAYS THEY COULD ELIMINATE FURLOUGH DAYS.
HE BASED RECOMMENDATIONS ON DECLINING ENROLLMENT... STATE FUNDING CUTS.. AND LOWER TAX REVENUES.
BOARD PRESIDENT TOMMY BARNES SAYS THE BOARD HASN'T LAID OUT A PLAN FOR APPROVING THE BUDGET YET.
ONE PARENT SAYS THE DISTRICT HAS MORE STUDENTS THAN TEACHERS CAN HANDLE NOW.
Stephanie Reese, Bibb County: "If we cut the teachers then we're not going to have enough teachers to teach the students."
Tommy Barnes, School Board President: "We'll evaluate it and see which things we would like to support and which things we might even take further to make sure that we stay in a good fiscal shape."
     THE BOARD MUST APPROVE NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET BY JUNE 30TH.


     FOR HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN IN BIBB COUNTY... LITTLE LEAGUE IS A CHANCE TO GET OUT AND PLAY BALL.
BUT AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS...  A HISTORY OF TROUBLING EVENTS NEAR THE BALLFIELDS AT FREEDOM PARK AND VINE-INGLE LITTLE LEAGUE HAS PARENTS CONCERNED FOR THE SAFTEY OF THEIR CHILDREN.
SLIDING IN TO HOME BASE... 
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BUT NOT QUITE SAFE.
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THAT'S WHAT SOME PARENTS OF LITTLE LEAGUERS AT THE FREEDOM PARK BASEBALL FIELDS ARE SAYING... AFTER ADDING ANOTHER HIT TO A LIST OF TROUBLING EVENTS
"It was a Tuesday night, just as normal as can be."
"Then all of the sudden six or seven shots rang out... bam bam bam bam bam."
LITTLE LEAGUE PARENT DREXEL HOLDEN SAYS MOST OF THE KIDS ON HIS SON'S TEAM DIDNT' RECONGIZE THE GUNFIRE.
"They just thought it was fire works."
BUT PARENTS DID... AND HE SAYS THEY'RE WORRIED.
"We didn't know whats going to happen next, we don't know if theres going to be a retaliation."
Stand up: "The 911 calls lead sheriff's deputies to this street, Comer Terrace, just three tenths of a mile from the baseball field. Deputies say they arrested a sixteen year old boy for firing the shots and charged him with three counts of aggrevated assault."
BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS SEEN THE TROUBLE HIT SO CLOSE TO HOME.
AMANDA UPSHAW HAS WATCHED HER NINE YEAR OLD PLAY AT FREEDOM PARK FOR YEARS... 
"Since tee-ball"
SHE SAYS THE ONLY THING THAT KEEPS HER ON THE EDGE OF HER SEAT... ARE THE GAMES.
"We lock our doors like you would at home.. but It's a great place to play ball."
FOR HOLTON... TUESDAY  WAS THE LASTEST INCIDENT... BUT NOT THE ONLY ONE.
"Worrying about getting rocks thrown at you when you drive through here.. the concessions being broke into... and now the gun shots.
THE TROUBLE WON'T KEEP HIS KIDS FROM PICKING UP A BAT... AT FREEDOM PARK.
BUT HOLTON DOES SAY... HE'LL BE MORE VIGILANT IN THE FUTURE.
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     NO ONE WAS HURT BY THE GUNFIRE TUESDAY NIGHT.


SKYROCKETING GAS PRICES ARE PUTTING A CRUNCH ON SOME WARNER ROBINS CITY OFFICIALS.
COUNCIL MEMBERS TALKED AGAIN ABOUT RAISING THEIR GAS ALLOWANCES DURING TONIGHT'S PRE-COUNCIL MEETING.
THE TOPIC CAME UP IN FEBRUARY... WHEN THEY SAID THEIR 34 HUNDRED DOLLAR A YEAR ALLOWANCE HADN'T CHANGED SINCE 19-97.
TONIGHT... THEY PROPOSED NEARLY DOUBLING IT... TO KEEP UP WITH RISING GAS PRICES.
THEY ALSO DISCUSSED GIVING THE MAYOR A CITY VEHICLE TO USE FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS.
Williams "With the mayor's car, he's using his personal vehicle even though he's a full-time employee and he's the only fulltime city employee doing that."
Shaheen "I've probably driven 40 thousand miles and that's been a year and 16 months. And not all that's business, some of it's personal, but 80-90 percent is business."
COUNCILMAN JOHN WILLIAMS MADE THE CITY CAR PROPOSAL.
HE SUGGESTED TAKING AWAY THE MAYOR'S 3 THOUSAND DOLLAR A YEAR GAS ALLOWANCE IN EXCHANGE FOR THE CAR.
CITY ATTORNEY JIM ELLIOTT SAYS THE CITY WOULD HAVE TO RUN A LEGAL AD THREE WEEKS IN A ROW BEFORE MAKING THE CHANGE.


     THIS WEEKEND... YOU CAN JOIN A GROUP IN DUBLIN AS THEY PRAY FOR LOWER GAS PRICES.
    THE BEACON OF LIGHT CHRISTIAN CENTER WILL BEGIN THEIR PRAYER GATHERING AT 9 A.M. SATURDAY AT THE KROGER ON HILLCREST PARKWAY.
     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WOULD YOU PRAY FOR LOWER GAS PRICES?
     SO FAR 76 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU WOULD.
     AND 24 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU WOULDN'T.
     VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX.


A WARNER ROBINS MAN PLEADED GUILTY TO BURGLARY AND FELONY MURDER IN A HOME INVASION DEATH FROM LAST APRIL.
27-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL SCOTT COSSETTE RECEIVED A LIFE SENTENCE.
HOUSTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE HARTWIG SAYS COSSETTE WAS ONE OF THREE CO-DEFENDENTS IN THE 2010 KILLING OF JASON BLOUNT.
BLOUNT WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH INSIDE HIS COLLINS AVENUE HOME... WHICH IS JUST NORTH OF CENTERVILLE.
HARTWIG SAYS COSSETTE'S CO-DEFENDENTS... 22-YEAR-OLD KELLY WILLIAMSON AND 30-YEAR-OLD NICHOLAS BROOKS... WILL GO TO TRIAL BY THE END OF THE MONTH.
HE SAYS COSSETTE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE IN 30 YEARS.


THREE PEOPLE CHARGED IN THE FATAL SHOOTING OF A STORE CLERK MADE THEIR FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TODAY. 
GARY COLE, JR. WAS KILLED DURING A ROBBERY TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE FAMILY DOLLAR ON HOUSTON AVENUE.
    POLICE ARRESTED ALLEGED SHOOTER ANTONIO BROWNER LAST NIGHT... AND ARRESTED  (RON-ASIA) RON'EJSA SMITH AND QUARTEZ CARTER TODAY.
THEY EACH FACE ONE COUNT OF MURDER AND ARMED ROBBERY.
DETECTIVE DAVID PATTERSON SAYS BROWNER'S PAJAMA PANTS SHOWN IN THE STORE'S SUREVILLANCE VIDEO HELPED POLICE.  
BIBB COUNTY D-A GREG WINTERS SAYS AN OFFICER REMEMBERED SEEING A MAN WEARING THE SAME PAJAMAS... AT THE BIBB COUNTY COURTHOUSE MONDAY. 
Greg Winters, Bibb DA
"They were able to match these up and had a tip lead them to him"
William Reid Davis, Macon
"It was relief, I didn't want to go on, thinkin' they were goin to get away with this."
THE NEXT STEP IS A BOND HEARING IN SUPERIOR COURT.


      LESS THAN AN HOUR BEFORE THEY ADJOURNED... CONSOLIDATION OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY GOVERNMENT LIES ON ITS DEATHBED AT THE STATE CAPITAL.
      BUT IMMIGRATION CHANGES GAINED NEW LIFE TODAY AND PASSED BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE.
      RANDALL SAVAGE HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE IMMIGRATION BILL THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
      THE HOUSE PASSED THE IMMIGRATION BILL ABOUT AN HOUR AGO WITH A 112 TO 59 VOTE.
     GEORGIA'S BILL WAS PATTERNED AFTER THE CONTROVERSIAL ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW.
      FEDERAL COURTS HAVE DECLARED PARTS OF THAT BILL UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
     OPPONENTS OF THE GEORGIA PROPOSAL SAY IT MAY BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS WELL.
     IT NOW GOES TO GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL'S DESK.


  CONGRESS HAS SENT PRESIDENT OBAMA 
A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT CUTS 38 BILLION DOLLARS FROM DOMESTIC PROGRAMS. 
   THE SENATE VOTED 81-19. 
IT CAME NOT LONG AFTER THE HOUSE GAVE 
ITS APPROVAL, 260-167. 
   THE BILL WAS THE PRODUCT OF NEGOTIATIONS INVOLVING THE WHITE 
HOUSE, HOUSE REPUBLICANS AND SENATE DEMOCRATS, WHO REACHED AN AGREEMENT LAST WEEK IN BARELY ENOUGH TIME TO AVERT A THREATENED GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. 
     ITS PASSAGE CLOSES THE BOOKS ON THE CURRENT BUDGET YEAR. 
   
     YOU CAN JOIN THE GREAT HANG UP AND PLEDGE TO KEEP YOUR MIND ON THE ROAD AND OFF THE PHONE WHILE YOU'RE DRIVING.
     JUST VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND LOOK FOR THE PLEDGE UNDER THE "FEATURES" TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.
      YOU'LL FIND THE LINK TO SIGN THE PLEDGE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.
     IF YOU'VE SIGNED THE PLEDGE AND KEPT IT... OR IF YOU SIGNED AND *DIDN'T* KEEP IT... WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
       EACH MONTH... WE SHARE YOUR STORIES DURING OUR GREAT HANG UP DAY.
       JUST EMAIL US AT EYEWITNESS-NEWS AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE INTERESTED.


      THE WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE... AND THAT MEANS TIME TO PUT THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON YOUR ENTERTAINMENT PLANS.
      AND IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE... HERE'S BEN AND SCENE 13 WITH A LITTLE HELP FOR YOU.
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HOLD ON TO YOUR HEARTS, MIDDLE GEORGIA!  WE'RE ABOUT TO GET 'EM PUMPING WITH A SUPER-SIZED DOSE OF WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT...


THEY'RE JAZZ MASTERS! THE MOREHOUSE COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE HITS THE STAGE OF THE DOUGLASS THEATRE THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN-THIRTY.


SO YOU GET TO HELP OUT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS JUST BY COMING OUT FOR AN AWESOME EVENING OF JAZZ? I THINK WE'VE GOT A WINNER, FOLKS!  GET TICKETS AT THE DOOR OR CALL THE DOUGLASS THEATRE AT 742-2000.


WHILE JAZZ PERMEATES THE MUSIC SCENE OF DOWNTOWN MACON...HALLELUJAH'S FILL THE BEAUTIFULOUS HEAVENS OF WARNER ROBINS.


WHEN THE NEW PREACHER OF SHADY CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH STARTS TALKIN' REVIVAL AND - I DECLARE - VISITS THE WRONG SIDE OF TOWN...


HIS MEDDLIN' CONGREGATION GET'S TO SCHEMIN'...


COME AND GET YOUR CHURCH ON AT THE WARNER ROBINS LITTLE THEATRE. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWS ARE AT EIGHT...SUNDAY'S MATINEE IS AT TWO-THIRTY. CALL 929-4579 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS.


NOW USUALLY WHEN SPRING TIME HITS, YOU'RE PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEED A FESTIVAL A WEEKEND.  AND ON THIS MOST GLORIOUS OF WEEKENDS, THE HAWKINSVILLE HARNESS FESTIVAL TAKES THE REINS.  THE FUN STARTS FRIDAY NIGHT WITH FIREWORKS AND A CONCERT BY THE KINCHAFOONEE COWBOYS. AND ON SATURDAY, IT'S A FULL DAY OF RACING, FANTASTIC FESTIVAL FARE, AND SO MUCH MORE! HAWKINSVILLE-HARNESS-FESTIVAL-DOT-COM'S THE PLACE TO GO TO FIND OUT ALL ABOUT IT.


THIS SATURDAY NIGHT IN MACON, YOU'VE GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLEASE YOUR PALETTE WITH A DASH OF NEW ORLEANS - IT'S THE TUBMAN MUSEUM'S ANNUAL TASTE OF SOUL! COME ON OUT TO THE DREXEL LIFE CENTER AT SAINT PETER CLAVER IN DOWNTOWN MACON AND LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL.  PUBLIC OFFICIALS, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES TO SERVE UP THEIR BEST DISHES.  BRING YOUR DISCERNING TASTE BUDS ON OUT FOR A GOOD TIME. FOR TICKETS, CHECK OUT TUBMAN-MUSEUM-DOT-COM.


THIS SUNDAY, KICK UP YOUR HEELS AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE! OR, PERHAPS WE SHOULD JUST LEAVE IT TO THE PROS.  DON'T ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME, PEOPLE! WE'LL JUST LEAVE IT TO THE TRAINED PROFESSIONALS OF THE BROADWAY HIT PRODUCTION - A CHORUS LINE!  THIS MUSICAL - ABOUT BROADWAY DANCERS WHO AUDITION FOR SPOTS IN A CHORUS LINE - IS A MUST SEE! TWO SHOWS ONLY - THIS SUNDAY - THREE-THIRTY AND SEVEN-THIRTY. CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 301-5470 OR VISIT THE-GRAND-MACON-DOT-COM IF YOU WISH TO ACQUIRE TICKETS.


AND WRAPPING UP A MASSIVE WEEKEND OF ENTERTAINMENT, HERE'S SOMETHING FOR YOU, THE KIDS, AND ALL YOUR FURRY PET-TYPE FRIENDS!


FROM CUTE LITTLE FERRETS TO DOGS AND DUCKS...ALL PETS ARE WELCOME TO ENJOY A SUNDAY AFTERNOON OF FAMILY FUN! THE FIFTY-SIXTH ANNUAL PET SHOW TAKES OFF AT TWO AND JUDGING BEGINS AT THREE. 


JIMINY CRICKETS! (Italian accent) THAT'S A BIG PIZZA PIE OF MIDDLE GEORGIA FUN!  GRAB A SLICE AND MAKE THIS WEEKEND A TASTY ONE!  I'M OUT OF PUNS...WE'RE OUT OF TIME...THIS IS SCENE THIRTEEN AND THAT, MY GOOD PEOPLE, IS A WRAP!
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     IF YOUR WEEKEND PLANS INCLUDE A MOVIE... A HORROR FRANCHISE IS RETURNING THIS WEEK... AND A 3-D ANIMATED FEATURE FOR THE FAMILY IS MAKING ITS DEBUT.
    FIRST UP... NEVE CAMPBELL STARS AS SIDNEY PRESCOTT IN "SCREAM 4."
    SHE RETURNS HOME TO WOODSBORO TO PROMOTE HER SELF-HELP BOOK... AND RECONNECTS WITH SHERIFF DEWEY AND GALE... PLAYED BY DAVID ARQUETTE AND COURTENEY COX.
    UNFORTUNATELY... HER RETURN BRINGS GHOSTFACE BACK... PUTTING THE ENTIRE TOWN IN DANGER.
THAT FILM IS RATED 'R.'
    AND IN RIO... BLUE... A RARE MACAW... IS SURPRISED TO LEARN THERE'S ANOTHER OF HIS KIND.
    HE LEAVES HIS SMALL CAGE IN MINNESOTA AND HEADS TO BEAUTIFUL RIO DE JANEIRO... WHERE HE'S THROWN INTO AN ADVENTURE WITH THE VERY INDEPENDENT JEWEL 
    RIO IS ALSO BEING SHOWN IN 3-D... AND IS RATED PG.
      FOR A LIST OF SHOWTIMES... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND CLICK ON "MOVIE LISTINGS" UNDER THE SCENE 13 TAB IN THE MENU BAR ON THE HOMEPAGE.


























































































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