Sunday, May 22, Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M BRITTINY BARBER.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
TODAY... A CENTRAL GEORGIA FAMILY MOURNS THE LOSS OF MACON-BIBB COUNTY FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL DEWAYNE JONES.
THE 24 YEAR OLD DROWNED AT LAKE TOBESOFKEE SATURDAY EVENING.
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... JONES DOVE IN TO SAVE THREE CHILDREN.... TWO OF WHICH WERE HIS OWN.
ON SATURDAY NIGHT... THIS QUIET LAKE ROBBED TIFFANY JONES OF HER BROTHER MICHAEL.
TIFFANY: "HE WAS ALWAYS TRYING TO HELP SOMEBODY... A HUSBAND, A FATHER, A BROTHER, A FIREMAN."
SHE SAYS IT CAME AS NO SURPRISE, THAT HER BROTHER JUMPED IN TO THE LAKE TO RESCUE HIS SONS... 5-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA... 7-YEAR-OLD JARELL... AND A LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS ALSO PLAYING IN THE WATER.
TIFFANY: "THE LITTLE GIRL STARTED DROWING, HE SAVED HER. MY NEPHEW STARTED DROWNING, HE SAVED HIM. MY OTHER NEPHEW STARTED TO DROWN AND SOMEHOW MY OTHER NEPHEW GOT BACK IN THE WATER..."
CANDACE: "I SPOKE TO MICHAEL'S WIDOW TYKIA ON THE PHONE. SHE SAYS SHE LEFT HER FAMILY AT THE LAKE AND MADE A QUICK TRIP TO A NEARBY CONVENINECE STORE. WHEN SHE LEFT, EVERYTHING WAS CALM, THE KIDS WERE OK, AND MICHAEL HAD THEIR 7-MONTH-OLD STRAPPED TO HIS CHEST. WHEN SHE RETURNED LESS THAN 10 MINUTES LATER, THERE WAS A BYSTANDER HOLDING HER BABY, THE KIDS WERE ALL WET, AND MICHAEL WAS IN THE WATER."
CHIEF RIGGINS: "DURING THIS EPISODE PLAYING OUT, HE UNFORTUNATELY SLIPPED AND WENT UNDER..."
MAOCN-BIBB COUNTY FIRE CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS SAID ON EYEWITNESS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING... MICHAEL HAD BEEN WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR A WEEK... BUT HE WAS ALREADY PART OF THE FIREFIGHTERS BROTHERHOOD.
"IT'S GONNA BE TOUGH FOR HIS TRAINING GROUP BECAUSE THEY LEARN TO BOND AND GROW TOGETHER, SO IT'S GONNA BE TOUGH..... OUR HEARTS ARE HEAVY FOR THE FAMILY AND FOR THE DEPARTMENT ITSELF.
AND AS THE FAMILY STRUGGLES WITH THE LOSS OF BROTHER.. FATHER AND HUSBAND.... TIFFANY SAYS SHE STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THEIR HERO IS GONE.
"IT WAS LIKE SHOCK... LIKE I KNOW HE'S GONNA COME UP OUT OF THAT WATER, I KNOW HE'S GONNA WALK AROUND HERE TRYING OT FIND US."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

SEAN DEFOE WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THEY'RE STILL INVESTIGATING THE DROWNING.
FIRE CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT IS WORKING WITH THE FAMILY TO PLAN A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MICHAEL.



THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP... AFTER A RASH OF CAR BREAK-INS THIS WEEKEND.
SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE SAYS ABOUT 10 REPORTS CAME IN THIS MORNING FROM WEST BIBB COUNTY... THAT ITEMS WERE TAKEN FROM CARS OVERNIGHT... MOST OF THE CARS WERE LEFT UNLOCKED
IF YOU LIVE IN THE SCARLET OAKS SUBDIVISION OFF THOMASTON ROAD... OR IN HEATH PLACE OFF OF HEATH ROAD... AND ITEMS ARE MISSING FROM YOUR CAR....
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ASKED TO CALL THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-746-9441... THAT NUMBER AGAIN 746-9441.
DEFOE SAYS MACON POLICE ARRESTED FIVE PEOPLE SUPSECTED OF ENTERING AUTOS IN BIBB.. CRAWFORD... HOUSTON.. AND PEACH COUNTIES.
HE SAYS THEY WERE FOUND WITH SOME ITEMS MISSING FROM WEST BIBB COUNTY CARS LAST NIGHT.
IF YOU LIVE IN BIBB COUNTY... TOMORROW YOU GET A CHANCE TO VOICE WHAT YOU WANT PAID FOR WITH A PROPOSED SPECIAL LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX

THE LISTENING SESSION WILL TAKES PLACE AT MACON CITY HALL MONDAY AT 7 P-M.
THE MAYOR... CITY COUNCIL AND THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL BE ON HAND TO DISCUSS YOUR IDEAS.

A VOTE ON THE SPLOST IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS NOVEMBER.



OVER TWO HUNDRED CYCLISTS TOOK TO THE ROADS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA THIS WEEKEND.. RIDING IN PAIRS

CYCLISTS FROM 15 STATES MADE THE TRIP FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL GEORGIA TANDEM BIKE RALLY.
THIS MORNING... SIBLINGS.....COUPLES...AND FRIENDS RODE THEIR TWO SEATER BIKES FROM ZEBULON ROAD TO LIZELLA.
RIDERS HAD THE OPTION OF OF TWO ROUTES... A SHORT 28 MILE RIDE OR A MORE SCENIC 48 MILE TRIP TO LIZELLA.
FOLKS AT THE RALLY SAY TANDEM BIKING HELPS BUILD TEAM WORK BETWEEN PARTNERS.


ROGER STRAUSS GEORGIA TANDEM RALLY RIDE DIRECTOR" WHEN YOU ARE GOING UP A HILL AND YOU ARE SWEATING AND TRYING TO GET TO THE TOP YOU KNOW YOU CAN RELY ON YOUR TEAM MEMBER TO GET YOU WERE YOU WANT TO GO"

WHILE BIKERS RESTED IN TOWN... THEY WERE ABLE TO CHECK SOME OF MACONS TOURIST SPOTS LIKE THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME....AND THE CANNON BALL HOUSE.

THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HOPES TO MAKE TRAVELING THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND A LITTLE EASIER.
THEY SAY THEY PLAN TO PUT OFF CLOSING LANES IN CONSTRUCTION AREAS TO HELP KEEP TRAFFIC FLOWING.
THE PROJECT STARTS 5 A-M ON FRIDAY AND WILL END AROUND 10 P-M MONDAY.
THE DEPARTMENT SAYS SOME LANES WILL STILL BE CLOSED AS NEEDED... FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND OTHER EMERGENCIES.


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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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