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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

AND I'M LORRA-LYNCH JONES.. THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX... FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

WE WANT YOU TO TAKE PART IN OUR NEW TEXT POLL.

TODAY WE'RE ASKING...

WILL YOU STAY INDOORS MORE THIS WEEKEND BECAUSE OF THE HEAT?
TEXT Y FOR YES OR N FOR NO TO 2-5-5-4-3 TO VOTE.
STANDARD MESSAGING AND DATA RATES MAY APPLY.

WE'LL REVEAL YOUR ANSWERS AT THE END OF THIS NEWSCAST.

THE FIELD IS SET FOR MACON'S CITY ELECTION.
AND LONGTIME MACON POLITICIAN ELAINE LUCAS NOW HAS SOME COMPETITION FOR HER CITY COUNCIL SEAT.

AS LAUREN DISPIRITO SHOWS YOU... A MACON JOURNALIST MADE A SURPRISE MOVE THIS MORNING.. AND QUALIFIED TO RUN AGAINST LUCAS FOR THE WARD ONE POST THREE SEAT.

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POLITICAL NEWCOMER CHRIS HORNE SAYS HE JOINED THE MACON CITY COUNCIL RACE FRIDAY... TO REPRESENT THE EAST MACON NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE HE WAS RAISED.
Chris Horne, City Council Candidate: "there's absolutely no reason why we're not growing, none, except for leadership."
HORNE THREW HIS NAME IN AT THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE ABOUT ONE HOUR BEFORE QUALIFYING ENDED... A SURPRISE MOVE FOR FELLOW DEMOCRAT AND INCUMBENT ELAINE LUCAS... WHO UNTIL THEN WAS RUNNING UNOPPOSED.
Elaine Lucas, City Council Ward 1 Post 3: It's very clear to me and to anyone who has kept up with this that the present mayor, Mayor Reichert, and the Republican Party are the ones who have initiated and or are supporting this candidate against me.
LUCAS CALLED HIS CANDIDACY A PLOY BY MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND REPUBLICANS TO GET HER OFF CITY COUNCIL.
Elaine Lucas, City Council Ward 1 Post 3 "What they want to do is remove the people's candidate from office.
HORNE DENIED THAT.
Chris Horne, City Council Candidate: I could not let anybody talk me into this. It's ridiculous. I'm going to commit to 4 years being on council, being away from my wife and kid. The only way I'm going to be able to do this is to talk my wife into letting me do it.
HE WANTS TO MAKE A PLAN TO IMPROVE EAST MACON AND SAYS IT'S TIME FOR QUOTE *NEW BLOOD.*
Chris Horne, City Council Candidate: she's been there for 24 years, anything she wanted to do she could have done by now... I don't think you can drive through east macon and feel like the work's done"
LUCAS COUNTERED HORNE'S CALL FOR NEW FACES... SAYING SHE'S BEEN A VOICE FOR UNDERSERVED PEOPLE.
Elaine Lucas, City Council Ward 1 Post 3 There's also something to be said for experience and knowing how to properly represent people.
BECAUSE BOTH CANDIDATES ARE RUNNING AS DEMOCRATS... VOTERS WILL DECIDE THEIR RACE... IN THE JULY PRIMARY ELECTION.
LAUREN DISPIRITO
13 WMAZ
EYEWITNESS NEWS
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WE SPOKE TO MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT THIS AFTERNOON.
HE SAYS LUCAS' CLAIMS ARE NOT TRUE.
HORNE'S CANDIDACY MEANS MACON VOTERS WILL DECIDE SEVEN COUNCIL RACES ON JULY NINETEENTH.

SIX OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS... WILL FACE COMPETITION IN THE JULY PRIMARY.
AS AMY AUBERT EXPLAINS... INCUMBENT TOM ELLINGTON... AND HIS NEW OPPONENT... 23-YEAR-OLD DANNY GLOVER... BOTH AGREE... THERE'S STILL WORK TO DO... IN SOME MACON NEIGHBORHOODS.

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Nats, Glover: "Thank ya'll for comming."

AROUND 11 O'CLOCK FRIDAY... 23-YEAR-OLD DANNY GLOVER... TOOK HIS FIRST STEP TOWARD WARD 3... POST 3.

Danny Glover, : "It's time to do some real community organizing, it's time to take the city council to the streets."

AND HE SAYS... BY MEETING WITH SEVERAL GANG LEADERS... THAT'S JUST HE'S DOING.

Danny Glover: "Everybody, you know, wasn't born with a spoon in their mouth, everybody wasn't born with the same opportunities that everyone has. So we have to listen to everybody. In order for us to be one Macon, we have to, you know, take race out of the picture, we have to take economic status out of the picture, and we have to truly have a city that's moving each and every one of the citizens forward."

BUT HIS OPPONENT... INCUMBENT TOM ELLINGTON SAYS... AFTER FOUR YEARS...

Nat pop-- getting campaign sign

HE'S NOT QUITE FINISHED.

Tom Ellington, W3 P3: "If you go down to Lynmore Estates at the southern end of ward 3, there's still work to be done there. but if you compare the situation of that neighborhood to, say, four years ago, you can see a big difference."

ELLINGTON ISN'T ALONE IN CAMPAIGNING TO KEEP HIS SEAT.

IN WARD 2... POST 2... HENRY GIBSON IS RUNNING AGAINST INCUMBENT MIKE CRANFORD.

IN WARD 3 POST 1... INCUMBENT LARRY SCHLESINGER... FACES PHIL BROWN.

INCUMBENT HENRY FICKLIN FACES RON LEMON... IN WARD 3 POST 2.

IN WARD 4 POST 2... INCUMBENT CHARLES JONES... IS RUNNING AGAINST GERALD HARVEY.

AND IN WARD 5 POST 1... INCUMBENT LAUREN BENEDICT FACES SARAH HUNT.

Nats, Glover: "okay"

GLOVER....WHO GRADUATED FROM TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY LAST MONTH... SAYS... SERVING AS STUDENT GOVERNMENT PRESIDENT... PREPARES HIM... FOR MACON COUNCIL.

Glove: "Government doesn't change. The people change."

BUT FOR INCUMBENT ELLINGTON... BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS IS A KEY ROLE... AND... HE SAYS... TAKES TIME.

Ellington: "I've built those relationships, I've been working with people across the communtiy, and I plan to continue to do so whether it's through December or through another four years."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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THE COUNCIL SEATS WILL BE VOTED ON DURING THE JULY 19TH PRIMARY.
ALL OF THE CANDIDATES IN THOSE RACES ARE DEMOCRATS... SO THE PRIMARY WINNERS WILL JOIN THE COUNCIL UNLESS A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE WINS IN NOVEMBER.
NO REPUBLICANS ARE RUNNING FOR ANY OF THOSE SEATS.
THERE IS ALSO NO REPUBLICAN RUNNING FOR MAYOR.
THE NOMINEE FOUR YEARS AGO....DAVID COUSINO...SAID HE'LL RUN AS A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE BECAUSE HE CAN'T AFFORD THE FEE TO QUALIFY AS A REPUBLICAN.... MORE THAN 31 HUNDRED DOLLARS.

FIVE DAYS AFTER A BITTER SPLIT... TWO AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR FOSTERING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY IRONED OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES TODAY.

MACON-BIBB COUNTY INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN CLIFFORD WHITBY ANNOUNCED THAT THE AUTHORITY AND THE MACON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION ARE ONCE AGAIN PARTNERS.
DURING A MEETING MONDAY... TENSIONS CAME TO HEAD... AND THE AUTHORITY VOTED TO DISSOLVE THE PARTNERSHIP.
COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAYS THE GROUPS MET FOR MORE THAN THREE HOURS YESTERDAY.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CHAIRMAN MIKE DYER SAYS BOTH SIDES COMPROMISED.
HIS GROUP WILL SPEAR HEAD MARKETING EFFORTS....BUT ALSO PROMISES
BETTER COMMUNICATION ABOUT UPCOMING PROJECTS.
AND WHITBY SAYS ALL PUBLIC FUNDING FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MUST NOW GO THROUGH THE AUTHOIRTY.

Clifford Whitby: "It got bitter. But we're here smiling today. And with the leadership of the Mayor and the Chairman I'm very pleased to say that we have something that I look forward to."
Mike Dyer: "Like with any relationship sometimes you have to take a time out and talk about it and figure out what might make it a little bit better. And I think the time out that we took has resulted in making it better and making it stronger."

WHITBY ANNOUNCED THE INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY HIRED AN INTERIM DIRECTOR.
FORMER DIRECTOR KATHY BOWDEN RESIGNED THIS WEEK.
MACEO (MAY-C-OH) ROGERS IS DEKALB COUNTY'S FORMER INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

A THREE YEAR OLD DODGE COUNTY BOY DIED.... AFTER HE WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN THE CHEST BY ANOTHER CHILD.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE CHILD WAS PLAYING WITH THE GUN WHEN IT WENT OFF.... KILLING ARSHONTAY JAMES.
BRITTINY BARBER SPOKE TO FAMILY MEMBERS.... WHO SAY THE CASE SHOULD BE A WARNING TO OTHERS.

<< YELLOW CRIME TAPE WRAPPED AROUND A DODGE COUNTY HOUSE... SHOWS WHERE THREE YEAR OLD ARSHAUNTAY JAMES WAS SHOT AND KILLED.
HIS MOTHER BROUGHT.. THE BOY AND HIS TWO BROTHERS TO VISIT HER COUSIN ERICA STIDHUM...
Erica Stibhum, Cousin: "He was active, smart for his age."
Brittiny Barber, Eyewitness News " The shooting happened at this home on Soperton hwy around 9:45 Friday morning... and the homeowner says she didn't even know a gun was in her house."
Erica Stidhum: "All I know is my cousin... the mother of him is, she's not talking to anybody. She's down, but it's not her fault. I didn't know a gun was in my house. I would not ever let somebody come in my house with a gun."
STIDHUM SAYS A FRIEND OF JAMES' MOTHER... BROUGHT THE HAND GUN OVER.
Sheriff Jeff Hinson, dodge COunty: "It was supposedly his gun, by his own admission, but we're still investigating that part to make sure."
DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF JEFF HINSON SAYS ANOTHER SMALL CHILD FOUND THE GUN.... AND WHILE PLAYING WITH IT.... SHOT JAMES IN THE CHEST....
ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.. IT WAS NOT SECURED....AND THERE WAS NO GUN LOCK.
NATS
THE SHERIFF SAYS FOUR ADULTS AND FIVE KIDS WERE HOME WHEN THE SHOOTING HAPPENED...
Sheriff Jeff Hinson, dodge COunty: "At this point it is an accidental shooting , but we're still doing some investigating. We want to make sure that we don't leave any rocks unturned."
AS THE FAMILY MOURNS THE LOSS .. THEY PASS ALONG A STRONG WARNING.
Erica Stidhum: "Just be careful, just be careful... dont' bring a gun around someone else. Don't have guns that's not the answer to it."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS >>

THE BODY WAS SENT TO THE STATE CRIME LAB IN ATLANTA FOR AN AUTOPSY.
THE SHERIFF SAYS THEY'RE STILL INVESTIGATING WHETHER CHARGES SHOULD BE FILED.

MONROE COUNTY MAGISTRATE JUDGE JEFF DAVIS TODAY PLEADED GUILTY TO DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE LAST WEEK.
HE SAYS HE WANTED TO OWN UP TO HIS MISTAKE AND MOVE ON.

Jeff Davis: I broke the law and I pled guilty to it. So, if they've done it, I don't have any sympathy for somebody that's done the same thing I have. I stepped up to the plate and owned up to what I did. If I found somebody guilty for it before and I did the same thing and I'm guilty of it. But I pled guilty to it and now I'm paying the price.

DAVIS SAYS HE WAS SENTENCED TO 24 HOURS IN JAIL... 40 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AND 12 MONTHS PROBATION.
HE SAYS HE RECEIVED A FINE OF 800 DOLLARS PLUS SURCHARGES.. A TOTAL OF ABOUT THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
DAVIS RESIGNED AS CITY OF FORSYTH MUYNICIPAL COURT JUDGE ON SUNDAY BECAUSE HE SAYS IT HANDLES TRAFFIC CASES AND D-U-I CASES.
HE SAID HE'S TAKING HIS POSITION AS A MAGISTRATE JUDGE ON A DAY BY DAY BASIS..
THE JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW HIS CASE.

DID YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT SCORE HIGH ON ITS HEALTH RATINGS?
WE'LL LET YOU KNOW.. RESTAURANT RATINGS IS UP NEXT.

AS WE GO TO BREAK.. HERE'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S AVERAGE GAS PRICE IN MACON ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT THIS WEEKEND... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.

AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK... AND BECAUSE OF A TIE... WE HAVE FOUR OF THE AREA'S LOWEST SCORES.

CHECKER'S DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT AT 34-04 MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE IN MACON SCORED AN 84... A "B" AFTER GETTING A 91... OR AN "A"... LAST TIME.
THE INSPECTOR SAYS TOXIC SUBSTANCES WERE NOT PROPERLY IDENTIFIED... STORED... AND USED.

CHEN'S WOK 5... AT 6200 ZEBULON ROAD... GOT AN 82... A "B"... COMING AFTER AN 84... ANOTHER B... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... FOOD WAS NOT SEPARATED AND PROTECTED.

SID'S AT 3-36 SECOND STREET IN MACON... SCORED AN 86... A "B"... DROPPING FROM THE 99... OR "A"... LAST TIME.
THE INSPECTOR NOTED THAT THE PERSON IN CHARGE WAS NOT PRESENT... AND EMPLOYEES' HANDS WERE NOT CLEAN AND PROPERLY WASHED. BOTH OF THOSE... HE SAYS... ARE RISKS FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.

AND STEPHEN'S DINER AT 30-90 NAPIER AVENUE IN MACON... ALSO GOT AN 86... A "B"... AFTER AN 85... ANOTHER "B"... LAST TIME.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WERE NOT SUPPLIED AND ACCESSIBLE. IT NOTES THAT THAT'S A RISK... FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.

NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES...

MCDONALD'S AT 59-55 ZEBULON ROAD IN MACON SCORED A 99... AN "A"... COMING AFTER A PERFECT 100... LAST TIME.

TIC TOC ROOM AT 4-08 M-L-K BOULEVARD IN MACON... ALSO GOT A 99... AFTER A 100... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.

AND TUCKER'S BARBECUE AND DRIVE-IN AT 45-91 BROADWAY IN MACON... GOT TWO 100'S... ON ITS LAST TWO INSPECTIONS.

JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....FRANK...LEAH?


FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE FEATURES TAB... AND SCROLL DOWN TO RESTAURANT RATINGS.

AT THE START OF THIS SHOW WE ASKED YOU TO TAKE PART IN A TEXT POLL.

WE ASKED WILL YOU STAY INDOORS MORE THIS WEEKEND BECAUSE OF THE HEAT?


THE RESULTS ARE IN
78 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES AND 22 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.


THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.

BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !

THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.

HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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