Monday, July 4, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE EVENING OFF.

WITH JUST TWO WEEKS TO GO UNTIL MACON'S CITY PRIMARY ELECTION... CANDIDATES ARE SOUNDING OFF AT CAMPAIGN EVENTS ON THE AIR... AND NOW.... ON FACEBOOK.
LAUREN DISPIRITO TALKED WITH TWO ELECTION RIVALS.... AND FACEBOOK FRIENDS.... ABOUT HOW THEY USE THE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE.
Nats Chris typing

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CHRIS HORNE... AND.. INCUMBENT COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS WERE FRIENDS ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE FACEBOOK... BEFORE THEY BECAME POLITICAL OPPONENTS.

Elaine Lucas, Candidate for City Council: "I decided that it would be a neat way to let people know my priorities"
Chris Horne, Candidate for City Council: It's a public display, it's like being in a room of sorts and shouting something.

HORNE POSTS VIDEOS TO FACEBOOK THAT HE TAKES WHILE OUT CAMPAIGNING.

Chris Horne, Candidate for City Council: "I'm able to take what I'm learning out in the neighborhood knocking door to door and share it with other people who aren't getting that perspective on Facebook and I think that's one of the benefits of it"

LUCAS SAYS ITS A WAY TO REACH LARGE GROUPS... INSTANTLY.

Elaine Lucas, Candidate for City Council: "it's also an avenue maybe for some people to decide"

THE TWO DEMOCRATS SAYS THE TECHNOLOGY IS A WAY TO LET VOTERS GET TO KNOW THEM PERSONALLY.

Nats Lucas "I love sharing the pictures"

THEY'VE ALSO TALKED BACK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT THINGS LIKE CAMPAIGN SIGNS...EVENTS...AND ISSUES.

GRAPHIC

FOR EXAMPLE....LUCAS POSTED LAST WEEK.

Elaine Lucas "the republicans and reichert talked my opponent into running against me and are financing his campaign."

HORNE RESPONDED BY POSTING...

Chris Horne: "I'm disappointed that you would resort to lies and gossip instead of sticking to the issues."

HORNE HAS DENIED THAT REICHERT ENCOURAGED HIM TO RUN. LUCAS TOLD US SHE WOULD NOT COMMENT ON SPECIFIC POSTS.
BUT BOTH CONSIDER FACEBOOK A FORUM FOR DEBATE.

Chris Horne, Candidate for City Council: "I've had people send me messages or ask questions on facebook."
Elaine Lucas, Candidate for City Council: "yeah I have some strong opinions that I express, I get a lot of information from the Democratic Party, post comments"

WHILE IT'S TOO SOON TO SAY WHETHER FACEBOOK TRANSLATES INTO VOTES....LUCAS HAS MORE THAN 24 HUNDRED FOLLOWERS....HORNE MORE THAN 21 HUNDRED.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
13 WMAZ
EYEWITNESS NEWS
ON JULY 19TH.....VOTERS WILL DECIDE THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RACE BETWEEN LUCAS AND HORNE FOR THE WARD ONE POST THREE SEAT.
THERE IS NO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE.
CLIF WILKINSON AND LAUREN DISPIRITO JOIN US NOW... TO TALK ABOUT HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS AFFECTING POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS.
LAUREN? CLIF?
DOES USING FACEBOOK TRANSLATE TO VOTES?

IS IT UNIQUE THAT THESE TWO CANDIDATES COMMENT ON EACH OTHERS POSTS?

CAN FACEBOOK HURT THEM... LIKE WHEN THEY POST BACK AND FORTH?

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER DO-S AND DON'T-S FOR CANDIDATES ON FACEBOOK? WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T?

WHAT OTHER SOCIAL NETWORKING TRENDS DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN CAMPAIGNS THIS YEAR?

MACON'S FOUR MAYORAL CANDIDATES WILL MEET HERE IN THE 13WMAZ STUDIO FOR A DEBATE ON THURSDAY.
YOU CAN WATCH THEM LIVE FROM 7 TO 8 P-M HERE ON 13WMAZ... AND ONLINE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
PAUL BRONSON... ROBERT BROWN... C-JACK ELLIS AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT WILL TAKE PART IN THE DEBATE.
I'LL BE ON THE PANEL... ALONG WITH OUR SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT EDITOR RANDALL SAVAGE AND FORMER MACON CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND CURRENT RADIO SHOW HOST.... ANITA PONDER.
THAT'S THIS THURSDAY AT 7 P-M... ON 13WMAZ AND 13WMAZ DOT COM.

MACON POLICE SAY THEY'LL SEND EVIDENCE TO THE F-B-I LAB THIS WEEK.... IN THE APPARENT HOMICIDE OF LAUREN GIDDINGS.
THIS VIDEO WAS TAKEN EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON... OUTSIDE BARRISTERS HALL APARTMENTS... WHERE THE 27 YEAR OLD MERCER LAW GRAD LIVED.
MACON POLICE AND MERCER UNIVERSITY POLICE PATROL THE AREA.... AND PEOPLE PLACED FLOWERS OUTSIDE THE APARTMENTS.
POLICE YESTERDAY POSTED A *DO NOT ENTER* SIGN ON GIDDINGS' SECOND FLOOR APARTMENT DOOR.'
THEY ALSO POSTED THE SAME SIGN ON HER NEIGHBOR.. STEPHEN MCDANIEL'S DOOR.
AUTHORITIES ARRESTED HIM FRIDAY... AND CHARGED HIM WITH TWO BURGLARIES... FROM MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO.
POLICE SAY HE'S A PERSON OF INTEREST IN GIDDINGS' KILLING.
SHE REPORTEDLY HAD NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE SATURDAY... JUNE 25TH.
LAST THURSDAY.... POLICE DISCOVERED WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS HER BODY... TO THE LEFT OF HER APARTMENT BUILDING.
TODAY MACON POLICE SAID THEY'RE COMPARING EVIDENCE TAKEN FROM THE APARTMENTS THIS WEEKEND.... AGAINST STATEMENTS IN THE CASE.
SOME OF THAT EVIDENCE WILL BE SENT TO THE F-B-I LAB IN VIRGINIA TOMORROW.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION IN THE CASE... YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68 CRIME.
THAT NUMBER AGAIN... 1-877-68-CRIME.

A DODGE COUNTY MAN IS RECOVERING AFTER HE CRASHED HIS SINGLE-SEATER PLANE INTO TREES.
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 8 THIS MORNING.
CANDACE ADORKA HAS MORE.
JIMMY HUYNH SAYS HE WAS TENDING TO HIS HORSES AS HE WATCHED HIS DAD...84-YEAR-OLD JAMES SPLETSTOSER... ROLL DOWN THIS AIRSTRIP IN HIS ULTRALIGHT PLANE...

AFTER THE PLANE TOOK OFF... HUYNH SAYS HE HEARD A NOISE THAT SOUNDED LIKE THE ENGINE WAS SHORT ON GAS....

HE SAYS THAT'S WHEN HE CALLED 911... AND THAT'S WHEN HE SAW THE PLANE DESCENDING INTO THE TREE TOPS.

DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF SPOKESMAN TONY WONBORN SAYS EMERGENCY CREWS GOT HERE ABOUT TEN MINUTES LATER...

"The pilot tried to bank and turn toward the airstrip and crashed into the tree top..."

BUT SPLESTOSER HAD TO WAIT ABOUT AN HOUR FOR THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT TO GET HIM DOWN.

"He was still within the plane when the first responders arrived... they were having a problem extracting him from the wreckage. A private citizen who runs a tree cutting company came up and climbed the tree and harnessed him to get him down."


SPLETSTOSER WAS AIR-LIFTED TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA IN MACON.

HUYNH SAYS HE HAD CHEMICAL BURNS FROM FUEL LEAKING FROM THE PLANE... BUT NO LIFE-THREATNING INJURIES.

SPLESTOSER IS A navy VIETNAM VETERAN... HUYNH SAYS FLYING THAT PLANE WAS HIS FAVORITE HOBBY.

REPORTING IN DODGE COUNTY... CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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SPLETSTOSER (splet-STOGER) HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL... AND IS NOW AT HOME.
THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN ATLANTA IS INVESTIGATING THE CRASH.

THE BIRTHPLACE OF MACON HOSTED ITS NINTH ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION.
SEVERAL CENTRAL GEORGIANS HONORED OUR COUNTRY TODAY AT FORT HAWKINS.
VIDEOJOURNALIST JENNIFER MOULLIET SHOWS YOU THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS.
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Marty Willett, Press Officer and Project Coordinator:"That all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

"Fiddle music"

Marty Willett, Press Officer and Project Coordinator: "O say can you see through the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed by the twilight's last gleaming. Whose bright stars and broad stripes through the clouds of the fight or the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rocket's red glare and the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there o say does that star spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."

"music"


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ONE CHURCH IN MACON HONORED OUR INDEPENDENCE WITH A CELEBRATION... AND SOME FAMOUS WORDS THIS FOURTH OF JULY.
ST. PETER CLAVER CATHOLIC CHURCH HELD A INDEPENDENCE DAY MASS TO REMEMBER THE COURAGE OF OUR FOREFATHERS.
THE CEREMONY STARTED AROUND 10 THIS MORNING WITH THE PRESENTATION OF COLORS AND THE READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
AFTER THE MASS... CHURCH MEMBERS CELEBRATED WITH A FOURTH OF JULY BIRTHDAY CAKE AND BRUNCH.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HAVE YOU EVER READ THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE?
SO FAR 65 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... YOU HAVE.
35 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU HAVEN'T READ IT.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO THIS FOURTH OF JULY NIGHT... YOU CAN CHECK OUT SOME OF THE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS.
THE SPARKS WILL LIGHT UP THE SKY TONIGHT AT LAKE TOBESOFKEE'S SHOW... STARTING AT 9-30.
ITS COSTS JUST 3 BUCKS PER PERSON TO GET INTO THE PARK.
KIDS 6 AND UNDER ARE FREE.
SPARKS WILL ALSO FLY IN DUBLIN TONIGHT.. AT SOUTHERN PINES REGIONAL PARK.
THE DUBLIN-LAURENS COUNTY RECREATION AUTHORITY IS HOSTING THE SHOW.
IT'S SET TO GET STARTED AT 9 P.M.
AND WE WANT TO SEE YOUR 4TH OF JULY PICTURES... SO ADD THEM ON OUR WEBSITE... AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE LINK INSIDE THE CHECK IT OUT BOX.. ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT YOUR PHOTOS AS YOU TRY TO BEAT THE HEAT THIS FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY.
HERE'S JORDANGRACI TRYING TO COOL OFF WITH A DIP IN THE POOL.
AND TWINS INDY AND JAY ARE HELPING EACH OTHER COOL OFF.
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

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