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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

A CENTRAL GEORGIA MAN PLEADED GUILTY TO HELPING MOVE PARTS FOR FIGHTER JETS INTO IRAN.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO U-S ATTORNEY MICHAEL MOORE.
IN A NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY.... MOORE DESCRIBED AN ELABORATE NETWORK INVOLVING FOUR COUNTRIES...FIVE COMPANIES AND SEVEN PEOPLE... WHO ALLEGEDLY EXPORTED AIRCRAFT PARTS TO THE MIDDLE EAST.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS.<<
nats of news conference.
U-S ATTORNEY MICHAEL MOORE AND OTHER FEDERAL OFFICIALS... ANNOUNCED THE BUST OF AN ILLEGAL INTERNATIONAL SELLING RING.
Michael Moore, "WE have cut off more than a branch of this illegal supply tree. WE have cut off the tree at its trunk."
MOORE SAYS SEVEN PEOPLE AND FIVE BUSINESS FACE FEDERAL INDICTMENTS FOR ALLEGEDLY SELLING PARTS FOR F-14....F-4 AND F-5 FIGHTER JETS .. ALONG WITH SEVERAL ATTACK HELICOPTERS... TO IRAN.
Michael Moore: "Justice Departments around the country indicate is one of the more active. unfortunately Iran found A willing supplier of these parts right here in Macon ga.
THE INDICTMENT SAYS MICHAEL EDWARD TODD WAS ARRESTED LAST YEAR FOR ALLEGEDLY SELLING PARTS FROM A WAREHOUSE AT THE MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL AIRPORT. HE PLEADED GUILTY LAST MONTH.
MOORE SAYS TODD AND AN ILLINOIS MAN ... SOLD TO BUSINESSES IN FRANCE AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES... WHO THEN SOLD THE EQUIPMENT TO IRAN.
S/U ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATES OFFICE.. TODD'S COMPANY... CALLED THE PARTS GUYS... WAS REGISTERED TO A PERRY ADDRESS.
Bettye Sutton Willaims : "I still get his mail."
BETTYe SUTTON WILLAIMS LIVES HERE ON GEORGIA AVENUE EXTENSION WITH HER SON... AND SAYS KNOWING WHAT TODD DID.. SHE FEARS FOR HER LIFE.
Betty Sutton Williams : "It terrifies me because in the future as of now some someone or some of his contacts might come here and think that we're trying to hide where he is. you know because he might be done done something or made a deal and it went sour you never know."
FOR NOW... MOORE SAYS THEY'RE STILL INVESTIGATING WHAT HE CALLS AN INTERNATIONAL PROCUREMENT NETWORK.
Moore: " We must remain ever vigilant in our efforts to protect our national security. The threat is very real and can manifest where one would least expect including places like middle georgia.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS>
TODD AND 11 OTHER DEFENDANTS FACE CONSPIRACY CHARGES FOR FALSE STATEMENTS.... WHICH CARRY UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON SENTENCE.
THEY ALSO FACE MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES FOR VIOLATING THE ARMS EXPORT CONTROL ACT AND THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POWERS ACT.
THAT COULD CARRY UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON.
TODD HAS NOT BEEN SENTENCED.

THE FORSYTH-MONROE COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE SEIZED 375 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF MARIJUANA PLANTS YESTERDAY IN A RURAL PART OF THE COUNTY.
FORSYTH POLICE SERGEANT DAVID ASBELL SAYS THE TASK FORCE HAS WATCHED PEOPLE AT SITE FOR SOME TIME... BUT HAS NOT MADE ANY ARRESTS YET.
HE SAYS THEY WOULD NOT RELEASE ANY OTHER INFORMATION TODAY BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION.

A FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER FOR C. JACK ELLIS FACES D-U-I CHARGES IN TWIGGS COUNTY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO TWIGGS CHIEF DEPUTY BILLY BONEY.
BONEY SAID AN OFFICER STOPPED MUARION ZIMMERMAN SUNDAY MORNING ON HIGHWAY 96.
BONEY SAID ZIMMERMAN FAILED A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST AND SEEMED INCOHERENT.
HE WAS CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS... DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE AND FAILING TO MAINTAIN LANES.
ZIMMERMAN MANAGED ELLIS' 2003 RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN. ELLIS SAID ZIMMERMAN LEFT HIS 2011 CAMPAIGN IN MARCH.

STATE PLANS TO WIDEN FOREST HILL ROAD IN NORTH MACON STARTED SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO.
THAT'S FIVE YEARS BEFORE C. JACK ELLIS BECAME MAYOR.
NOW... ELLIS IS RUNNING FOR MAYOR AGAIN..AND SAYS THE STATE'S PLANS ARE TOO MUCH....AND HAS HIS OWN IDEA FOR IMPROVING TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... SOME NEIGHBORS ARE DIVIDED.
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Nats, C.Jack: "I walk down and turn here and walk here and around Drury and pick up Ridge..."

MAYORAL CANDIDATE... C. JACK ELLIS... WALKS THESE ROADS... EVERYDAY.

Nats, cars

BUT HE SAYS... THE CURRENT STATE PLANS FOR FOREST HILL ROAD...SHOULDN'T HAPPEN.

C. Jack Ellis, Mayoral Candidate: "Are we not going to listen to the citizens of this community? Or are we going to continue to shove down their throats and literally bulldoze their community and destorying mature trees and all the other havoc we will wreck on the environment out here? I say no."

INSTEAD... HE SAYS... PUTTING IN A ROUNDABOUT... LIKE THIS ONE ... WOULD KEEP TRAFFIC FLOWING... AT FOREST HILL AND RIDGE AVENUE.

Nats, shutting date

JACK THOMAS HAS LIVED AT THat CORNER FOR 60 YEARS... HE SAYS THE CURRENT PLAN WOULD DEVALUE HIS HOME.

Jack Thomas, Macon: "I come home now, and I turn into Drury and come into my driveway. If they do what they're talking about doing, I'll have to go all the way down Ridge Avenue up to the Alexander school and turn through there and all the way back down to get into my driveway."

A ROUNDABOUT... HE SAYS... GIVES HIM EASIER ACCESS... TO HIS HOME.

BUT ACROSS THE STREET... NEAL JACKSON... HANGS A 'NO TRESPASSING' SIGN...

Nats, clipping sign

...HE SAYS IT'S TO KEEP DRIVERS FROM USING HIS DRIVEWAY... TO TURN AROUND.

Neal Jackson, Macon: "Traffic is horrendous several times a day. You can sit at this light two or three times trying to get across Forest Hill."

HE SAYS... MAKING FOREST HILL 4 LANES... LOOKS TO THE FUTURE.

Nats, cars

KIMBERLY LARSON... WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS WITHIN A COUPLE MONTHS...THEY SHOULD FINISH PURCHASING LAND TO WIDEN PART OF FOREST HILL.SHE SAYS SHE HAS NOT HEARD OF PLANS FOR A ROUNDABOUT... AND IT WOULD BE HARD TO CHANGE THE PLANS NOW.
BUT ELLIS SAYS IF ELECTED MAYOR... HE'LL TAKE THE IDEA TO THE STATE.

C. Jack Ellis: "Just try to get them to understand and work with the people in this community."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>
LARSON SAYS THE PROJECT'S ESTIMATED COST...IS AROUND 10 MILLION DOLLARS.
MOST OF THAT WOULD COME FROM FEDERAL FUNDING.
THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME C. JACK ELLIS HAS FACED ROBERT REICHERT AND ROBERT BROWN IN AN ELECTION.
LATER IN THE SHOW... WE'LL TAKE YOU BACK 20 YEARS AGO THIS SUMMER...WHEN THE THREE FIRST CROSSED PATHS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

STARTING NEXT MONTH - WHEN YOU DRIVE PAST A BICYCLIST... STATE LAW SAYS MOVE OVER.
THE NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT JULY FIRST.
IT MAKES IT A MISDEMEANOR TO DRIVE WITHIN 3 FEET OF A CYCLIST TRAVELING IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
THE LAW IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT PEOPLE LIKE ANGELA MICHAEL...
LAST FEBRUARY SHE WAS RIDING DOWN HOUSTON LAKE ROAD WHEN A FORD F150 HIT HER FROM BEHIND.
MICHAEL SAYS SHE HOPES THE LAW WILL GIVE MOTORISTS SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.Angela Michael "I'm hoping that maybe it there's more focus on that, is there are stronger penalties on failure to give a cyclist proper room when they're riding on the road, that maybe... maybe people will pay attention a little but mor ethan they have."
THE LAW CLARIFIES THE OLD LAW....WHICH SIMPLY SAYS DRIVERS MUST PASS BICYCLISTS AT A "SAFE DISTANCE."

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... DO YOU MOVE OVER FOR BICYCLISTS WHILE DRIVING?
SO FAR... 90 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU DO.
AND 10 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU DON'T.
YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE.
LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

A BUSY HOUSTON COUNTY INTERSECTION IS OPEN AGAIN...AFTER A BOMB SCARE.
IT ALL STARTED ABOUT TWO HOURS AGO...AT THE FORMER HOUSTON Y-M-C-A....AT HIGHWAY 96...AND MOODY ROAD.
WARNER ROBINS POLICE GOT A CALL REPORTING A BOMB THERE.
BUT CAPTAIN ALAN EVERIDGE OF THE HOUSTON SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY FOUND NO BOMB...AND TRAFFIC IS FLOWING AGAIN.
HE SAYS THE G-B-I WILL INVESTIGATE.

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND... EVEN IN MACON POLITICS.
FORMER STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN.. FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS AND CURRENT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.. ALONG WITH FORMER MACON FIREFIGHTER PAUL BRONSON.. ARE RUNING FOR THE CITY'S TOP JOB..
BRONSON'S THE NEW PERSON IN THE MIX..
BUT AS RANDALL SAVAGE REPORTS.. THE OTHER THREE HAVE CROSSED POLITICAL SWORDS BEFORE.
<<TWO DECADES AGO.. TOMMY OLMSTEAD LIVENED UP MACON POLITICS BY RESIGNING HIS STATE SENATE SEAT AND JOINING THE RACE FOR MACON MAYOR.
THE SENATE RACE DREW A COUPLE OF CANDIDATES WHO HELD LOCAL OFFICE.. COUNCILMAN ROBERT REICHERT.. AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ROBERT BROWN.
IT ALSO DREW A COUPLE OF NEWCOMERS.. ACCOUNTANT JAKE MULLIS AND RETIRED ARMY SERGEANT.. C. JACK ELLIS.
THIS YEAR.. BROWN.. ELLIS.. AND REICHERT BUTT HEADS AGAIN.. THIS TIME FOR MACON MAYOR.
36:58:29 Robert Reichert, Macon Mayor: I think that it's interesting and certainly fair to look back 20 years and say who were the candidates then and what was the outcome then. This is a different time. This is a different election.
ELLIS SAYS HE LEARNED FROM THE EXPERIENCE.
44:26 C. Jack Ellis, Former Macon Mayor: I was really encouraged that I had not lived in this town in my hometown since I was 18 years old, and I moved back in my 40s and I could enter a race after being here two years against two men who had already been in politics for some time and come within 200 votes of being in the runoff.
BROWN BEAT THE CURRENT MAYOR IN THAT RUNOFF....BUT HE'S STILL ANGRY ABOUT REICHERT'S CAMPAIGN TACTICS.
2:59:15 Robert Brown, Mayoral Candidate: Robert Reichert ran one of the nastiest campaigns against me in 1991. he criticized me for using Martin Luther King in my ads, he questioned my patriotism, he questioned my commitment to the community. But the Robert Reichert of 2011 is talking about unity.
Randall Savage, Eyewitness News: That was twenty years ago, the summer of 1991. Robert Brown, of course, won the Senate seat and held it until a few days ago when he resigned to run for mayor.
Randall Savage.. 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> NEWCOMER C-JACK ELLIS FINISHED THIRD IN THAT SENATE RACE..BUT EIGHT YEARS LATER.. HE WAS ELECTED MAYOR AND SERVED TWO TERMS.
REICHERT LOST THE SENATE RUNOFF TO BROWN... BUT LATER SERVED TEN YEARS AS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE.
FOUR YEARS AGO... HE WON THE MAYOR'S OFFICE WHEN ELLIS MOVED OUT.
THE FOURTH MAYORAL CANDIDATE THIS YEAR...PAUL BRONSON HAS NO MEMORIES OF THE 1991 RACE....HE WAS SIX YEARS OLD.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LANDING A JOB AND LANDING BACK ON THE JOB HUNT CAN COME DOWN TO YOUR SKILL SET.
IN THIS WEEK'S JOB MARKET THURSDAY CAREERBUILDER TIP... WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT HOW TO SELL YOUR SKILLS.
FIRST... DON'T HIDE THE GOOD STUFF.
EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR WORKERS WHO CAN DO THE JOB RIGHT NOW.
SOMETIMES... YOUR EDUCATION ISN'T AS IMPORTANT TO EMPLOYERS AS WHAT YOU CAN DO... SO MENTION THAT EXPERIENCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
LET EMPLOYERS KNOW THAT YOU CAN START RIGHT NOW.
TELL THEM YOU'RE NO STRANGER TO WHAT THE JOB REQUIRES... AND YOU'RE READY TO JUMP RIGHT IN.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS... TRY TO FIND A WAY TO GET THEM.
THINK ABOUT VOLUNTEERING OR INTERNING TO GET THE EXPERIENCE YOU NEED.
FOR MORE TIPS ON HOW TO CAPITALIZE ON THE SEARCH FOR SKILLED WORKERS... AND A LIST OF JOB OPENINGS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA TO TEST YOUR NEWFOUND SAVVY AT SELLING YOUR SKILLS... VISIT THE JOB MARKET THURSDAY PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK IN THE "CHECK IT OUT" BOX ON THE HOMEPAGE.

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