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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.

A CONVICTED MURDERER WHO ESCAPED FROM HANCOCK STATE PRISON THIS WEEKEND HAS BEEN RECAPTURED.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO GWENDOLYN HOGAN WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.
THE HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS OFFICERS FOUND JENKINS ON HIGHWAY 22 ABOUT FIVE MILES FROM SPARTA AROUND 7:30 TONIGHT.
JENKINS ESCAPED FROM THE STATE PRISON IN SPARTA AROUND 8 O'CLOCK SUNDAY NIGHT.
DEPUTIES SAID JENKINS DID NOT RESIST ARREST WHEN THEY FOUND HIM TONIGHT..

AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF PUSHING TO GET MORE POLICE IN THE VILLAGE GREEN AREA... MACON CITY COUNCILMAN ED DEFORE'S IDEA TO GET A POLICE SUB-STATION IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS CLOSER TO BECOMING A REALITY.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... HE SAYS HE HOPES MORE POLICE WILL MEAN LESS CRIME... AND BRING SECURITY TO A NEIGHBORHOOD IN TROUBLE.
THE MACON CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC SAFTEY COMMITTEE VOTED MONDAY NIGHT TO ASK THE MAYOR TO CONSIDER PUTTING A POLICE SUBSTATION IN THE VILLAGE GREEN AREA.
"It is one of our high crime areas."
WHEN COUNCILMAN ED DEFORE INTRODUCED THE IDEA TO COUNCIL LAST WEEK... HE SAID HE WAS GLAD TO SEE TWO YEARS OF WORK BECOMING A REALITY.
"We're looking out for those people, they're poor people, handicapped people, everthing. We;re going to look out for bloominfield and southwest Macon."
MACON POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS SAYS THERE IS AT LEAST ONE OFFICER PATROLING THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT ANY TIME... BUT GREATER VISIBILITY IS KEY.
"One thing about Village Green, it's sort of out of the way as far as partrol goes. By having a presence down there I think it's gonna help the community, not only Village Green but the whole Bloomfield area."
CRIME STATISTICS COMPILED BY THE MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL COMMISSION SHOWED THAT OF SIXTEEN POLICE PATROL ZONES IN MACON... VILLAGE GREEN RANKED FOURTH FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS.. THIRD FOR RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES... AND FIFTH FOR AUTO THEFTS...
Stand up."The police substation would be located in this building on Bloomfield way off Bloomfield Road. It already houses Americorps, who would share it with police. Chief Burns says if the plan is approved a total of six police officers would use this bulding as their base of operations."
DEFORE SAYS IT'S SOMETHING THE AREA HAS NEEDED FOR YEARS.
"The people are scared to even go out to their mailboxes at times."
AND HE SAYS IT CAN'T COME A MOMENT TO SOON.
STD CHIEF BURNS SAID THEY STILL NEED TO WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THE MACON HOUSING AUTHORITY TO RENT THE PROPERTY BEFORE THEY CAN SET UP A SUB-STATION.
BUT HE SAYS IF ALL GOES WELL - POLICE COULD GET IN THERE AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK.

HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER AN EMPLOYEE AT A BONAIRE VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT WAS DIAGNoSED WITH TUBERCULOSIS.
CANDACE ADORKA SPOKE WITH THE MANAGER....AND A STATE HEALTH DIRECTOR... WHO SAYS THERE WAS NO DANGER TO CUSTOMERS.
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SAIGON NOODLE HOUSE MANAGER MINH DOAN SAYS ONE OF HER TOP WAITRESSES SHOWED NO SIGNS OF ILLNESS AT WORK. NOW...THE WAITRESS HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH TUBERCULOSIS.
Doan: "She called in she said she don't feel good. Maybe she off a couple days. She went to visit a doctor. And after that i don't see her come back."
DOAN FOUND OUT SHE WAS EXPOSED TO T-B... IN A LETTER FROM THE HOUSTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.
SHE SAYS THEY ASSURED HER THERE WAS NO RISK TO HER CUSTOMERS.
Doan: "We don't want to spread some disease ot customers. No way I don't wan't to. But because the health department told us we OK that's why we're still open. But if not I need to close right away."
THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT GAVE ALL THE EMPLOYEES AT SAIGON NOODLE HOUSE A SKIN TEST.
Doan: "When they come here, they put the needle on everybody's skin and they say they will come back about 2 days to measure the swelling."
DOCTOR DAVID HARVEY... THE NORTH CENTRAL HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR... SAYS TESTS SHOWED THAT 9 EMPLOYEES HAD BEEN EXPOSED TO T-B...SOMETIME IN THEIR LIVES., ALL NINE GOT CHEST EX-RAYS.
Harvey: "We've picked up no active cases. All these chest exrays are negative. We're still waiting on three that had exrays and we just don't have the results back."
BUT HARVEY SAYS THERE IS NO RISK TO CUSTOMERS BECAUSE NONE OF THE EMPLOYEES SHOWED SYMPTOMS... WHICH MEANS THEY'RE NOT CONTAGEOUS.
Harvey: "TB is not a food-borne disease. You're not going to get it from eating this food this lady serves or anyone else serves. TB is contagious by aerosol, by breathing."
DOAN SAYS SHE WAS WORRIED WHEN HER SKIN TEST SHOWED SHE'D BEEN EXPOSED TO T-B.
HARVEY SAYS THAT'S NORMAL FOR PEOPLE FROM COUNTRIES LIKE VIETNAM... WHERE T-B IS RAMPANT.
DOAN SAYS SHE WAS RELIEVED WHEN SHE HEARD THE SAME THING FROM HER DAUGHTER... WHO IS A PHYSICIAN'S ASSISNT.
Doan: "She said don't worry that's not irregular."
CANDACE ADORKA... 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.


>> HARVEY SAYS T-B IS RARE IN THE U-S.
ONLY TWO OUT OF 100 THOUSAND PEOPLE GET THE DIAGNOSIS.
BUT IT'S A LOT MORE COMMON IN OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE VIETNAM WHERE 100 OUT OF 100 THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE DIAGNOSED WITH T-B.

PEOPLE PAID THEIR RESPECTS TONIGHT TO A CENTERVILLE POLICE OFFICER WHO DIED IN AN OFF-DUTY ACCIDENT LAST WEEK..
"WOODY" HUDGENS WAS KILLED THURSDAY AFTER HIS MOTORCYCLE COLLIDED WITH A CAR AT THE INTERSECTION OF RUSSELL PARKWAY AND CORDER ROAD.
FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FELLOW POLICE OFFICERS GATHERED IN WARNER ROBINS TONIGHT TO COMFORT FAMILY, FRIENDS AND EACH OTHER..
PEOPLE WHO KNEW HUDGENS SAY THEY'LL MISS HIS WARM AND CARING PERSONALTY.
John Sweat, Centerville Police Officer "Woody is a great guy, funny and great to be around and you could count on him. He was always going to do his job and and do it well, you always knew where you stood with Woody.
Shirley Burch, Warner Robins "He was just a super nice guy and everybody loved him. He was just so easy going. He didn't get upset and a lot of fun to talk to"
HUDGENS FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW AT 2 O'CLOCK AT SOUTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH ON SOUTH HOUSTON LAKE ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS.

A GROUP OF MACON DEVELOPERS WANT TO USE A ONE-POINT-FOUR MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO DEVELOP A HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BUILDING.
LAST YEAR... THE CITY LANDED THE GRANT TO DEVELOP THE ATLANTIC COTTON MILL BUILDING.
BUT A FIRE DESTROYED THE BUILDING THIS SPRING.
ARCHITECT GENE DUNWODY JUNIOR SAYS HE AND HIS PARTNERS PLAN TO BUILD 69 LOFT UNITS IN THE DANNENBERG BUILDING AT THIRD AND POPLAR STREETS.
TOMORROW... MACON CITY COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO HEAR FROM DUNWODY AND THE OTHER DEVELOPERS.
HE SAYS HE AND HIS PARTNERS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON PLANS TO DEVELOP THE BUILDING FOR YEARS.
"This particular building will have a dramatic impact on downtown because it is one of the largest buildings down here and so it's been kind of an eyesore downtown. We've been anxiously working for the last three to four years to try to get it redeveloped."
TOMORROW'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL START AT 5 P-M AT MACON CITY HALL.

TOMORROW... YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO LET PEACH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS KNOW WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE IN THE DISTRICT'S NEXT SUPERINTENDENT.
THEY'RE HOSTING A PUBLIC FORUM TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE PEACH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM IN FORT VALLEY.
SCHOOL SPOKESWOMAN SARA MASON SAYS 34 PEOPLE APPLIED TO REPLACE SUPERINTENDENT SUSAN CLARK... WHO RESIGNED THIS SPRING.
SHE SAYS THEY NARROWED THAT LIST DOWN TO 11... FOUR WOMEN AND SEVEN MEN.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS SQUARED OFF IN NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR THE FIRST G-O-P DEBATE OF THE 2012 ELECTION SEASON.
SOME ARE FAMILIAR FACES AND OTHERS ARE NEW TO THE NATIONAL STAGE.
BUT ALL ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE IN 20-12.
MANUEL GALLEGUS REPORTS FROM MANCHESTER.
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TWO FORMER GOVERNORS...
((SOT)) Tim Pawlenty (R) Candidate for President (:02-:04)
"I love America but like you I'm concerned about its future."
CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS...ONE WHO MADE IT OFFICIAL...
((SOT)) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) Candidate for President (08-13)
I filed paperwork to seek the office of President of the United States of America."
AND A millionaire BUSINESSMAN...
((SOT)) Herman Cain (R) Candidate for President (16-20)
"I'M NOT A POLITICIAN I'M A PROBLEM SOLVER."
WHO MAY BE LEFT STANDING AS THE ONE TO CHALLENGE BARACK OBAMA IN 2012?
((SOT)) Sen. Rick SANTORUM /(R) Candidate for President (face time is too quick to font)
"I think we need a president who's optimistic who has a pro-growth agenda."
((SOT)) Rep. Ron Paul/(R) Candidate for President (27-30)
"As long as we keep doing what we're doing in Washington it's gonna last another 10 years."
EARLY ON MUCH OF THE FOCUS OF THE DEBATE WAS ON THE ECONOMY.
-SOT- Newt Gingrich (R) Candidate for President (35-39)
"the Obama administration is anti-job, anti-business, anti-american energy."
AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN...WHICH G-O-P POLL FRONT RUNNER MITT ROMNEY SAYS IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT HE TRIED TO DO AS GOVERNOR MASSACHUSETTS.
((SOT)) Gov. Mitt Romney (R) Candidate for President (50-54)
"Ours was a state plan, a state solution. And if you didn't like it you could choose something else."
((STAND-UP-MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS, Manchester New Hampshire)) (54-1:01)
Heading into the event tonight - residents who live in this largely conservative, early primary state told us what they were hoping to hear.
( MOS ) Phyllis York/Voter (1:02-1:09)
"More about education and healthcare..."
(MOS ) Gary Harrington/Voter (1:07-1:10)
"Somebody to just get in there who actually has integrity."
EVEN THOUGH THE ELECTION IS A YEAR AND A HALF AWAY, THESE REPUBLICANS SAY ONE THING IS CERTAIN:
((sot)) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) Candidate for President
"President obama is a one-term president."
AND THE G.O.P FIELD IS FAR FROM SETTLED...WITH OTHER HOPEFULS WAITING IN THE WINGS.
>> THE PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS ALSO CLASHED ON ECONOMIC PROJECTIONS... AND THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.

GEORGIA DEFENDENTS WILL HAVE TO PROVE THEIR MENTAL DISABILITY IN ORDER TO AVOID THE DEATH PENALTY.
TODAY... THE STATE SUPREME COURT REJECTED A CLAIM BY ALPHONSO STRIPLING... WHO ARGUED THAT PROSECUTORS CAN'T SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST HIM BECAUSE HE'S MENTALLY DISABLED.
THE COURT FOUND THAT STRIPLING WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVING THAT HE WAS MENTALLY DISABLED... NOT THE STATE.
GEORGIA WAS THE FIRST STATE IN THE NATION TO BAN EXECUTING MENTALLY DISABLED INMATES... BUT IT IS ALSO THE ONLY STATE THAT REQUIRES PROOF OF DISABILITY FROM DEFENDANTS.

A CELL PHONE TOWER GLITCH MAY HAVE RESULTED IN DOZENS OF MISDIRECTED 9-1-1 CALLS.
AUTHORITIES SAY BETWEEN JANUARY AND APRIL... CALLS MEANT FOR THE ATLANTA 9-1-1 CENTER WERE MISDIRECTED TO SAVANNAH.
THE MISDIRECTED CALLS WERE MADE FROM CELL PHONES ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES.
THEY INCLUDED SEVERAL EMERGENCIES AND ONE BURGLARY IN PROGRESS.
EMERGENCY OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE WORKING WITH A-T AND T TO ENSURE THE GLITCH DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.

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THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT HELD A PROMOTION CEREMONY TO SALUTE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS MADE BY TWENTY-ONE OF THEIR OWN.
SEVERAL CITY OFFICIALS ATTENDED THE EVENT ALONG WITH THE FAMILIES OF THE OFFICERS.
FIVE RISING LIEUTENANTS AND SIXTEEN SERGEANTS WERE PINNED WITH THEIR NEW RANKS.
NEW SERGEANT CEDRIC PENSON SAYS HE HAS GONE THROUGH INTENSIVE TESTING AND LOOKS UP TO THE LEADERSHIP OF HIS FELLOW OFFICERS.
Sgt. Cedric Penson, MPD: "It's a big step in my life and in my family's life. They know how dedicated I am to the job and now that my dedication to the job has showed off now I can put more time towards my family."
ASSESSMENTS ARE CONDUCTED EVERY TWO YEARS.
THE OFFICERS WIL FILL VACANCIES THAT HAVE OPENED WITHIN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

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