HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
THE METROPOLITAN MACON AREA JUMPED TO THE 14TH WORST CITY IN THE NATION FOR CAR THEFTS in 2010..THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE THE NATIONAL INSURANCE CRIME BUREAU.
MACON RANKED 20TH IN 2009.
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS YOU WHY ONE VICTIM SAYS MACON'S RANKING IS NOT A SHOCK TO HIM.
<<NATS... OF NAMING TOOLS
IN 2008... SHANE SELF WORKED A SIDE JOB REMODELING HOMES TO PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY.
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AS HE STRUGGLED TO MAKE ENDS MEET.... HIS TRUCK was STOLEN FROM SOUTH MACON... ALONG WITH EVERYTHING INSIDE.
Shane Self. Perry. "We were working on the back side of the house. We came around to the front at about 11 in the morning. I went to go get my truck and it was gone."
HE SAYS HE LOST ABOUT TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF TOOLS AND ELECTRONICS...
Shane Self, "On the advise of police I checked local pawn shops to see if anything showed up. Eventually I had to replace most of it."
HE'S SINCE BOUGHT A NEW TRUCK... BUT FROM HIS EXPERIENCE... SELF SAYS IT'S NOT SURPRISING THAT MACON RANKS AS ONE OF THE nation's TOP 20 WORST CITIES FOR VEHICLE THEFTS.
AS MACON POLICE LT DAVID FREELAND LOOKS THROUGH REPORTS ... HE NOTES SEVERAL CARS STOLEN JUST THIS WEEK.
GFX POLICE SAY... THE NUMBER OF THEFTS DECREASED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS... FROM OVER 1-THOUSAND IN 2005... TO 630 LAST YEAR...
EVEN WITH THE NUMBER FALLING.. LT. FREELAND SAYS SEVERAL FACTORS MAY HAVE LED MACON TO JUMP UP ON THE LIST FOR WORST CITIES.
Lt. David FReeland, "I don't know if they're looking at Bibb County on just the city information... you know we have people with Macon addresses but theylive in the county areas and not in the city so that could possibly be why some of the numbers have increased."
FOR SELF.... HE SAYS BEING A VICTIM WAS ENOUGH TO CHANGE HIS HABITS.
Shane Self" it make you so you don't have anything in the vehicle if there's anything of value you either cover it up or take it out."
ADVICE POLICE SAY THEY HOPE OTHERS TAKE NOTICE tO CURB THIS PREVENTABLE CRIME...
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> MACON POLICE HAVE SEVERAL PROGRAMS TO HELP CUT DOWN ON AUTO THEFTS.
ONE IS THE (CAT) CAAT PROGRAM.... WHERE DRIVERS CAN PUT A STICKER IN THEIR WINDOW THAT SIGNIFIES THEY USUALLY DON'T DRIVE LATE AT NIGHT.
IF POLICE SEE A CAR WITH THE STICKER AND HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE - THEY CAN STOP IT TO MAKE SURE IT HASN'T BEEN STOLEN.
BIBB COUNTY TAX RECORDS SHOW A MACON MAYORAL CANDIDATE OWES TAXES AND GARBAGE FEES ON A HOUSE HE OWNS.
BUT THE CANDIDATE SAYS...IT'S NOT HIS RESPONSIBILITY.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS.
Eleanor Lissitzyn, Eyewitness News: County tax records show Macon Mayoral Candidate Robert Brown owes more than $1,400 in property taxes and garbage fees for this property, 218 Forest Avenue in Pleasent Hill.
Records show the taxes and fees date back to 2008.
We met up with Brown Wednesady afternoon to get an explaination at another piece of property he owns in downtown Macon on New Street. That's his campaign headquarters.
He told us that a woman named Brenda Bradley deeded him the property.
Candidate Robert Brown: "And she is responsible for the taxes, the maintenance, garbage fees and anything else related to the property.
Eleanor Lissitzyn: "What's your relationship with this woman?
Brown: "It's very personal and none of your business."
Brown says Bradley deeded him the property for personal reasons but wouldn't explain what those are.
We knocked on Ms Bradley's door to get her side of the story, she didn't answer.
Brown says he won't pay the fees or the taxes. He says if Ms Bradley doesn't, as far as he's concerned, the property can be forclosed.
>> AFTER WE INTERVIEWED BROWN.... WE GOT A CALL FROM A WOMAN WHO SAID SHE WAS BRENDA BRADLEY.
BRADLEY SAYS SHE DEEDED THE HOUSE TO BROWN SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 2002 AND 2004 FOR FINANCIAL REASONS.
SHE WOULDN'T SAY WHY.
SHE SAYS SHE PLANS TO PAY THE OUTSTANDING TAXES AND FEES... BUT IS HAVING FINANCIAL TROUBLE.
SHE SAYS SHE'S A LONG TIME FAMILY FRIEND AND SUPPORTER OF BROWN.
PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS TO THE NATION TONIGHT..
HE'S EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE PLANS TO BRING 30 THOUSAND TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN BY THE END OF NEXT SUMMER.
100 THOUSAND TROOPS ARE CURRENTLY IN AFGHANISTAN... AND SOME MILITARY COMMANDERS AND LAWMAKERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT EXITING TOO QUICKLY.
YOU CAN WATCH THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ STARTING AT 8 P-M.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... DO YOU AGREE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DECISION TO BRING TROOPS BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN?
SO FAR 81 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
AND 19 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
VOTE RIGHT NOW - LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM..
CREWS CONTINUE REPAIRS AFTER SEVERE STORMS PASSED THROUGH WILKINSON COUNTY LAST NIGHT.
HIGH WINDS RIPPED OFF PART OF THE ROOF AT WILKINSON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.
CANDACE ADORKA TALKED WITH THE SCHOOL'S PRINCIPAL ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S WIND GUSTS THAT LEFT THEIR MARK.
FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 3 YEARS WILKINSON COUNTY HIGH IS HAVING TO PICK UP AFTER STORMS DAMAGED THE SCHOOL.. PRINCIPLE WAYN GASAWAY SAYS THIS TIME IT WASNT AS BAD.. BUT THERE'S STILL ALOT TO DO.
"WE HAVE 3 CLASSROOMS DAMAGED AND A SUPPLY ROOM... THE R-O-T-C SUPPLY ROOM"
STRONG WINDS PEELED BACK WOOD AND INSULATION OFF THE ROOF AND DAMAGED THE SCHOOL'S BASEBALL FIELD.
WAYN GASAWAY "THE WIND PICKED UP THE ROOF UP OFF OF THE DUGOUT AND THREW IT 100"
GASAWAY SAYS... EVERYTHING FROM REPLACING THE ROOF TO DRY CLEANING UNIFORMS WILL COST ABOUT 2 HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.
WAYNE GASAWAY "WHENEVER SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS, IT'S JUST ONE MORE THING ON YOUR PLATE. BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN ALOT WORSE. WE ARE GRATEFUL..."
GASAWAY SAYS.. STUDENTS SHOULDN'T COUNT ON HAVING AN EXTRA LONG SUMMER.
"I'M PRETTY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT US HAVING THIS REPAIRED. SO THERE WON'T BE ANY INCONVIENCES WHEN SCHOOL GETS STARTED."
CANDACE ADORKA.. 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> GASAWAY SAYS HE HOPES FUTURE STORMS WON'T RIP OFF THE TEMPORARY ROOFING.
ONE TWEETING TWIGGS COUNTY SCHOOLTEACHER GETS PICKED TO WATCH THE U-S MAKE HISTORY.
NEXT MONTH... PATRICIA HENDERSON CLEVELAND PLANS TO BE THERE.. AS THE U.S.A LAUNCHES ITS LAST SHUTTLE INTO OUTER SPACE.
SHE ENTERED NASA'S TWEET UP CONTEST EARLIER THIS MONTH.
NOW, SHE'S ONE OF 150 PEOPLE SELECTED TO VISIT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER IN FLORIDA.
CLEVELAND HAS THE CHANCE TO MEET ASTRONAUTS... AND WITNESS THE LAUNCH FROM JUST 3 MILES AWAY... THAT'S CLOSER THAN THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
SHE HOPES TO SHARE WHAT SHE LEARNS NOT ONLY WITH HER STUDENTS... BUT ALSO WITH GENERATIONS TO COME.. WHO MAY NEVER SEE AN AMERICAN SHUTTLE TAKE OFF.
Patricia Henderson Cleveland, Twiggs County: "I hope my little part of getting to go and share it with my future students, I hope that it makes them realize what a big part of the American way of life the shuttle program has been."
CLEVELAND WAS CHOSEN FROM MORE THAN 5 THOUSAND APPLICANTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
THE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS IS SET TO TAKE OFF JULY EIGHTH AT 11-26 A-M.
A MISSING RING... A SURPRISE DISCOVERY...AND A 50-YEAR-OLD LOVE STORY.
IT ALL CAME TOGETHER...WHEN A LAURENS COUNTY TEENAGER...DECIDED TO PLAY A LITTLE BASKETBALL.
AMY AUBERT HAS MORE.
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WHEN KELVIN FOSKEY WAS SHOOTING HOOPS LAST MONTH...
HE NEVER IMAGINED HE'D FIND A PIECE OF HISTORY LYING at COURTSIDE.
Nat pop, : "It was somewhere around here."
BURIED IN THE DIRT... A 19-61 DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS RING.
Kelvin Foskey, Jr., East Dublin: "The only part I could see is, like, where you put your finger into."
FOR THE FOSKEY FAMILY... IT SPARKED A 3 WEEK SEARCH... OF MATCHING THE RING'S ENGRAVED INTITIALS: R--T-A... TO OLD DUBLIN HIGH YEARBOOK PHOTOS.
THAT LED THEM TO ROBERT TAYLOR ANDERSON'S WIDOW...JOAN ANDERSON... IN CANTON GEORGIA.
Nats: Joan Anderson, Canton: "This is the first picture I have of us together, it's just a snapshot."
SHE SAYS WHEN SHE MET HER HUSBAND... HE WAS SIFTING THE DIRT... FOR THE RING.
Joan Anderson: "He had looked for that ring for two years, but he always said, well, he knew he lost it that first day, but the day wasn't all bad because he met me."
SO WHEN 13-YEAR-OLD FOSKEY TRACKED HER DOWN... SHE WAS SHOCKED.
Joan Anderson: "When he said ring, and that he had bought the JP Stevens property, I knew immediately that he was on the up and up."
THE TEEN'S DAD... KELVIN FOSKEY SR... SAYS THE PROPERTY USED TO BE A PUBLIC SWIMMING AREA... AND ANDERSON... A LIFEGuaRD.
Kelvin Foskey, Sr.: "Right out here was a real shallow area which would've been for the younger kids, and out there by the dock was a diving board."
Joan Anderson: "He had one of these pronged rakes, and he would do one section at a time."
FOR JOAN ANDERSON... IT'S AN ENGRAVED MEMORY... OF A PIECE OF HISTORY... HER HUSBAND DIDN'T WANT TO LET GO.
AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> ANDERSON SAYS THE FOSKEYS RETURNED THE RING TO HER AT A CITY COUNCIL MEETING IN DUBLIN EARLIER THIS MONTH.
IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE YOU LIVE.
IT'S A FEATURE ON OUR 13 WMAZ DOT COM HOMEPAGE THAT SHOWCASES NEWS AND EVENTS THAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE.
TODAY WE ARE SHOWCASING MACON ARTS' POST ON THE MACON PAGE.
MACON ARTS HIGHLIGHTS DIFFERENT EVENTS GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEKEND.
ONE EVENT IS A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OF ENGLAND ON SUNDAY FROM TWO TO FIVE PM.
THE EVENT TAKES PLACE AT HARPIN'S OFF VINEVILLE AVENUE.
YOU CAN MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL WILLIAMS AND BUY HIS WORK.
TO ADD YOUR NEWS AND EVENTS TO YOUR COMMUNITY... E-MAIL WHERE YOU LIVE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM
PLANS FOR EXPANSIONS AT MOST BUSINESSES MEAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY FOR JOBS.
BUT WHEN ITS A HOMELESS SHELTER ADDING AN ADDITION... ITS JUST THE OPPOSITE.
LORRA LYNCH JONES EXPLAINS WHY WARNER ROBINS ONLY SHELTER NEEDS HELP... HELPING OTHERS.
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REYMOND OCHOA GIVES HIS TIME AND SKILLS... FOR A CAUSE HE BELIEVES IN...
THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICE CENTER.
Reymond Ochoa: (18:20) "Feeds 'em. Give 'em a chance to find work and get back on their feet."
HE KNOWS MORE PEOPLE NEED THE HELP OF REVEREND JOHN THOMAS... THE SHELTER'S FOUNDER.
John Thomas, Warner Robins: (1:40) "A lot of people being evicted from their homes, because they don't have jobs."
THOMAS TAKES IN MEN... WOMEN AND CHILDREN...
John Thomas: (1:55) "Difficult situations, circumstances, they end up here."
HE DEPENDS ON DONATIONS BUT A DOWN ECONOMY UNDERCUT GIVING (nats of saw)....
FEWER BUSINESSES CAN OFFER HIS CLIENTS JOBS... (nats of hammering)
ALL THAT DROVE THOMAS TO FIND A CREATIVE SOLUTION.
THAT'S WHERE CLYDE CUNNINGHAM COMES IN.
Clyde Cunningham: (11:20) "I do good. God blesses me with what I can do."
HE'S A COMPETITION BAR-B-Q CHEF...
John Thomas: (8:45) "He puts a rub on the BBQ that won't quit."
FRIDAY... HE'LL SELL HIS CRAFT... (grilling)
ALL THE MONEY RAISED PAYING FOR A NEW ADDITION.
IT'S NOT TO HOUSE MORE PEOPLE... BUT DONATED ITEMS... ONE'S THOMAS WILL SELL TO FUND THE SHELTER.
John Thomas: (5:35) "We try to get down and meet these people's needs. Do what it takes to get 'em back on their feet."
IN TOUGH TIMES... THAT HARD WORK..
JUST ASK OHCOA... A MAN WORKING FOR FREE IN SCORCHING SUMMER HEAT.
(18:20 COVER) "It's a great facility.
STD>> THOMAS FOUNDED THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICE CENTER IN 1999.
SINCE THEN... HE'S HOUSED MORE THAN 2-THOUSAND MEN.. WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
HIS B-B-Q FUNDRAISER IS FRIDAY AT 312 DUKE STREET IN WARNER ROBINS FROM 10-30 UNTIL SIX.
CALL 478-922-3195 FORE MORE INFORMATION.