Thursday, May 5, Eyewitness News at 11

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

WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY A 12 YEAR OLD WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED AFTER BEING SHOT BY ANOTHER CHILD.
IT HAPPENED THIS AFTERNOON AT A HOME IN THE 200 BLOCK OF TENNESSEE AVENUE.
THAT'S OFF ELBERTA ROAD.
THE NEIGHBORS WE TALKED WITH SAY THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY AND THE FUTURE OF THE CHILDREN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
sot: You know, I feel bad for him and his family.

police say the shooting happened at this home in Warner Robins. The victim, a 12 year old boy.... the alleged shooter they say...another child.

sot: It's ridiculous. I can't believe it, especially the fact that he's a little kid. Twelve years old. He shouldn't even be hanging around somebody with a gun.

Shaun Craddock says he's lived in this neighborhood all of his life. Now the home across the street from his is blocked off with crime tape. Over the years he says he's watched the children here fall by the wayside.

sot: These kids that are running around in the strees with guns and with their parent's guns, that's our generation. That's what this world is going to be run by when we're old.

Craddock's father says he doesn't feel safe in his own neighborhood anymore..

sot: we've never had anything going on like this.
sot: It makes you wanna, makes you think about locking your doors and everything. It's going to make me more cautious.

But that won't solve the problem according to his son. Shaun Craddock says... until parents get better control of their children...incidents like this will happen again.

sot: Now he's sitting in a hospital bed and another kid probably the same age is probably going to go to prison for the rest of his life and it makes me really sad to see that.
POLICE SAY TERRENCE ROUSE IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE CASE..
YOU CAN CALL WARNER ROBINS POLICE AT 929-6911... AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 929-6911.

GEORGIA SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS HAS BEEN IN C-I-A BRIEFINGS IN WASHINGTON... LEARNING INSIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RAID THAT KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN.
AS HE TOLD JOHN SHIREK WITH OUR SISTER STATION 11 ALIVE... THE RAID COULD END UP MEANING MORE FOR THE U-S THAN JUST THE DEATH OF THE WORLD'S MOST NOTORIOUS FUGITIVE.
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Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss - taking a brief break from all of his classified CIA briefings about the raid on bin Laden's compound.
He greets children from Georgia's Camp Sunshine.
And their first question?
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Are they going to show a picture of him in his grave?
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They want to see a photograph proving bin Laden was killed.
Chambliss says that the electronic photo he saw Tuesday night - he wouldn't tell me who showed it to him -- was of bin Laden's bullet-ridden body.
But was it a genuine photo?
(CHAMBLISS)
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First of all, I don't know whether it was a faked photograph or not. But it's immaterial to me.
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What's important to him, he says - is ALL of the evidence that proves it was bin Laden who was killed by the Navy SEALS.

It was a fierce, almost chaotic raid of his compound, he says.

(CHAMBLISS)
They encountered a lot of opposition that they didn't expect in the way of doors being bolted, and they had to blow those doors open to get up the stairs. There was some confusion.

They confiscated computers and papers and phone numbers from bin Laden's compound .
(CHAMBLISS)
We're in the process of checking those numbers out, they were coded numbers, so it may be awhile before before we find out who owns those telephones.

intelligence that could potentially put the U.S. light years ahead in the war on terror.


(CHAMBLISS)
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There's no question but what taking out bin Laden is a huge asset in our fight on the war on terror.
NOW... CHAMBLISS SAYS HE WANTS TO KNOW WHY PAKISTANI INTELLIGENCE NEVER TOLD THE U-S THAT BIN LADEN WAS HIDING IN THAT COMPOUND.
MEANWHILE... IN ITS FIRST STATEMENT SINCE THE RAID... PAKISTAN'S ARMY SAYS U-S MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE COUNTRY WILL BE REDUCED TO THE MINIMUM ESSENTIAL LEVELS.

HUNDREDS OF PARENTS MET WITH BIBB COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND TONIGHT.
IT WAS THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF MEETINGS DALLEMAND CALLS 'COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS.'
MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED PARENTS CAME TO NORTHEASTH HIGH SCHOOL TO SHARE QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS WITH DALLEMAND.
DALLEMAND DIDN'T ANSWER THE QUESTIONS... BUT SAYS HE'LL ADDRESS THEM IN HIS BLOG AND LONG-TERM STRATEGIC PLAN.
CHERYL GRAYER HAS TWO STUDENTS AT NORTHEAST... AND SAYS SHE'S IMPRESSED WITH DALLEMAND'S INTIATIVE.
"The parents are asking questions, he's listening and writing things down. Like he say, he's going to go over them and he's going to do one by one, issue one by one."
TONIGHT'S MEETING WAS THE FIFTH OF A SIX-PART TOUR OF THE COUNTY'S HIGH SCHOOLS.
THE LAST STOP WILL BE AT WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL ON TUESDAY AT 7 P-M.
SCHOOL SPOKESMAN CHRIS FLOORE SAYS DALLEMAND WILL INCLUDE PARENTS IN A STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS IN SEPTEMBER.

THE PUBLISHER OF THE TELEGRAPH PLANS TO STOP DELIVERING DAILY PAPERS TO SOME AREAS.
IN A LETTER TO THE AFFECTED SUBSCRIBERS... PUBLISHER GEORGE MCCANLESS WROTE THAT MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY HOME DELIVERY IN CERTAIN AREAS WILL STOP ON MAY 30TH..
BUT MCCANLESS SAID THEY'LL STILL GET HOME DELIVERY ON SUNDAYS... AND THE ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY EDITION.
MCCANLESS ALSO SAID THE MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY EDITIONS WILL BE SOLD AT SELECT STORES IN BALDWIN... BLECKLEY.... DODGE... LAURENS... PULASKI AND PUTNAM COUNTIES.

CONSTRUCTION BEGAN THIS MORNING ON EXPANDING THE TAYLOR COUNTY POWER PLANT AND ITS NEIGHBORING LANDFILL.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... WORKERS PLAN TO TURN THE AREA'S TRASH INTO USEFUL GAS.
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Nats, truck going into landfill

AT THE TAYLOR COUNTY LANDFILL THESE TRUCKS...

Nats, dumptruck

ARE MAKING WAY FOR AN EXPANSION.

Nats, Ronald Strube: "Over here is our flare where we burn excess gas from the landfill."

PROJECT MANAGER... RONALD STRUBE... SAYS WORKERS ARE TAKING TRASH... AND CONVERTING IT... TO WHAT SOME MAY CALL... A TREASURE.

Ronald Strube, Project Manager: "It's their local garbage, that we are managing, that we are then recovering the by product of that degrAdation, to produce a renewable energy source."

Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "Strube says they plan on doubling the size of the plant from the four machines that you can see behind me, to eight. He says this will bring energy to about 5 thousand area homes."

Ronald Strube: "This is one of our landfill gas extraction wells, that we drill into the waste, to use to extract the gas from the landfill."

HE SAYS IA SERIES OF VACUUMS... N THESE TUBES... PULL CARBON DIOXIDE AND METHANE GASES... FROM THE WASTE.

Ronald Strube: "As the landfill continues to grow, we continue to add additional gas extraction to the landfill."

Nats, truck in dust

WORKERS STARTING STIRRING THE DIRT THURSDAY MORNING... AND EXPECT TO COMPLETE THE EXPANSION IN JANUARY OF NEXT YEAR.

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> STRUBE SAYS WHEN IT'S COMPLETED... IT'LL BE THE LARGEST LANDFILL GAS TO ELECTRICITY PROJECT IN THE STATE.

STATE AGENCIES ARE LOOKING FOR HELP CLEANING UP AFTER LAST WEEK'S DEADLY STORMS.
A PRESS RELEASE FROM GEMA SAYS THEY PLAN TO HOLD A VOLUNTEER SATURDAY THIS WEEKEND.
IT SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD COME PREPARED TO REMOVE DEBRIS... RAKE YARDS... AND HELP WITH OTHER CLEAN-UP EFFORTS.
GEMA SAYS YOU CAN CHECK IN AT ONE OF THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATION CENTERS.
IN LAMAR COUNTY... THE CENTER AT THE BARNESVILLE-LAMAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OPENS AT 8 A-M SATURDAY.
IN SPALDING COUNTY... THE CENTER AT THE VOTERS REGISTRATION OFFICE OPENS AT 9 A-M.
GEMA SAYS IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER... BE SURE TO WEAR WORK CLOTHES AND GLOVES... AND BRING YOUR OWN TOOLS... SUNSCREEN AND WATER.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF VOLUNTEER CENTERS... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE.

IF YOU'RE PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES ON YOUR MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND PLANS... LET US HELP.
HERE'S BEN WITH A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... IN THIS WEEK'S SCENE 13.<<
WELL, WELL, WELL, FANCY SEEING YOU HERE, MIDDLE GEORGIA! YOU MUST BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SOME FUN AND EXCITEMENT TO PEPPER YOUR WEEKEND. WELL LOOK NO FURTHER! THIS IS SCENE THIRTEEN AND WE'VE GOT IT ALL FOR YA...

HE'S THE BLUES MAN! BAATIN (BAAH-TEEN) IS SET TO ROCK THE DOUGLASS THEATRE IN A FUNKADELIC, BLUES-A-LICIOUS KINDA CONCERT!

AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO WRAP A NIGHT OF AWESOME BLUES, THAN WITH A TRIBUTE TO LOCAL BLUES LEGEND EDDIE KIRKLAND!

THE MUSIC'S PLAYIN' FRIDAY NIGHT, EIGHT O'CLOCK, AT THE DOUGLASS THEATRE IN DOWNTOWN MACON. 742-2000 IS THE NUMBER TO RING FOR TICKETS.

IN BYRON, YOU'VE GOT THE B.O.B. FESTIVAL! FOR THOSE OF YOU NOT FLUENT IN LOCAL FESTIVAL LINGO, THAT WOULD BE THE BATTLE OF BYRON. THE DAY STARTS WITH A PATRIOTIC PARADE AT NINE A.M. AND THEN, YOU CAN JUST HANG OUT IN DOWNTOWN BYRON FOR THE DAY AND ENJOY ARTS AND CRAFTS, AWESOME FOOD, A CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW...AND SO MUCH MORE. I HEAR THAT THE EMCEES OF THE B.O.B. ARE A PRETTY HARD-CORE, PRETTY COOL COUPLE...UH-HUH. ANYWAY, BATTLE OF BYRON, SATURDAY, BE THERE! HEAD ONLINE TO BATTLE-OF-BYRON-DOT-COM TO FIND OUT ALL ABOUT IT.

ALRIGHT, IT'S ALSO FESTIVAL TIME IN ABBEVILLE - AND THEY'RE GOIN' HOG WILD! CAUSE IT'S THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL OCMULGEE WILD HOG FESTIVAL! IN CLASSIC FESTIVAL FASHION THE O-W-H IS ROCKIN' THE ARTS AND CRAFTS, MUCHO ENTERTAINMENT, A CAR SHOW, A TRACTOR PARADE...BUT QUITE UNIQUE TO THE WILD HOG PART OF THIS PARTY, YOU'VE GOT THE HOG-DOG BAYING CONTEST, THE KIDS PIG CHASE - WHERE THE KIDS WILL ACTUALLY CHASE THE PIGS - AND THEN THERE'S THE WILD HOG WALLER DANCE. GET DOWN TO ABBEVILLE AND HAVE A BLAST THIS SATURDAY! CHECK OUT THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF THE DAY'S ACTIVITIES AT HOG-FESTIVAL-DOT-COM. IT'S ALL HAPPENING FROM NINE TO SIX AT LIONS PARK OFF OF HIGHWAY TWO-EIGHTY.

SO THERE'LL BE MUSIC EVERYWHERE THIS WEEKEND! LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF EVENTS ARE UP ON THE COMMUNITY CALENDAR ON THIRTEEN-W-M-A-Z-DOT-COM. GO - CHECK IT OUT! AND NEXT WEEK, THIS BAND IS COMING BACK TO MACON .

THURSDAY, THAT'D BE NEXT THURSDAY, OF COURSE, HYMN FOR HER TAKES OVER THE MUSIC SCENE AT THE ROOKERY. TEN O'CLOCK THIS SUPER-COOL DUO START STRUMMING, AND I GOTTA TELL YOU, YOU WON'T REGRET GETTING OUT TO SEE THE SHOW. THESE GUYS ARE PRETTY COOL.

SO, OKAY! I SUPPOSE THAT'S ALL FOR YOUS GUYS FOR NOW... ALL YOU HAVE LEFT TO DO IS GET OUT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME. SCENE THIRTEEN'S OUT, PARTY PEOPLE! THAT'S A WRAP...
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BUT A MASS COOKOFF AT THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR THIS WEEKEND...IS NOW ON HOLD.
THEY PLANNED TO SHOOT FOR THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS...FOR LARGEST POTLUCK DINNER.
IN A FACEBOOK POST...ORGANIZER CHRIS HORN SAYS... THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT THE MACON BACON COOKOFF.
THEY RECOMMENDED THAT NOBODY EAT THE FOOD.
HORN WRITES THEY'RE CANCELING INSTEAD...AND WILL TRY TO COME UP WITH SOME OTHER WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT.

THE REST OF THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR IS HEADING INTO ITS FINAL WEEKEND... AND ORGANIZERS SAY THEY'RE HOPEFUL THAT THE NUMBERS WILL SHOW AN INCREASE FROM LAST YEAR.
BUT THEY SAY THEY DON'T KNOW IF THAT WILL BE ENOUGH TO MAKE THE FAIR TURN A PROFIT.
ORGANIZERES ARE TRYING OUT SOME NEW THINGS THIS YEAR... SUCH AS A NEW LAYOUT THAT MIXES UP THE RIDES... GAMES AND FOOD VENDORS.
DON (JOS-TON-O) JOHSTONO... PRESIDENT OF THE FAIR'S BOARD... SAYS THEY WANT TO MAKE THE FAIR FEEL LIKE MACON'S OWN THEME PARK.
HE SAYS THEY ALSO IMPROVED PARKING... AND SO FAR HE SAYS THEY'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK.
BUT JOHSTONO SAYS IT'S STILL NOT CLEAR WHETHER THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR WILL SURVIVE.
Don Johstono: "This is really a pivotal year for this fair. I mean if people don't come out and support this fair over the next four days, we may never see the Georgia State Fair in Macon again."
THE FAIR IS OPEN TOMORROW FROM FOUR TO TEN P.M.... SATURDAY NOON TO TEN P.M. AND SUNDAY ONE TO EIGHT P.M..

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY...
RON PADGETT!
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SOME CENTRAL GEORGIANS GATHERED TODAY FOR PRAYER IN FRONT OF MACON CITY HALL.
"I believe that when we pray, we pray as a nation, that the guns will go out of the schools, that the drugs will leave the classroom."
TODAY WAS THE 60TH ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.
THE COVENANT ACADEMY GRAMMAR SCHOOL CHORUS ALSO TOOK PART ... ALONG WITH LEADERS ...AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
ONE WOMAN SAYS PRAYER HELPS HER COPE WITH THE MANY TROUBLES IN THE WORLD TODAY.
Anabel Cunningham, Macon "That our hope is in God, that our problems are far bigger than we are able to cope with and we need answers that only God can give us."
CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IN 1952 AND IN 1988 SET THE DATE AS THE FIRST THURSDAY OF MAY.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WILL YOU PRAY TODAY?
SO FAR 80 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
20 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
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