Friday, July 15, Eyewitness News at 11

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A WARNER ROBINS WOMAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER POLICE SAY SHE KILLED HER HUSBAND AND THEN TRIED TO KILL HERSELF THIS AFTERNOON.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH SAYS A FAMILY MEMBER FOUND BRIAN SMITH SHOT TO DEATH IN HIS JAY DRIVE HOME.
PUGH SAYS SMITH'S WIFE EBONY WAS IN THE BACK BEDROOM OF THE HOUSE.
ACCORDING TO POLICE, EBONY SHOT HER HUSBAND, THEN TRIED TO KILL HERSELF BY TAKING MEDICATION.
SHE'S LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT THE HOSPITAL.
PUGH SAYS EBONY SMITH WILL BE CHARGED WITH MURDER IN HER HUSBAND'S DEATH.

WITH MACON CITY ELECTIONS JUST FOUR DAYS AWAY CANDIDATES ARE PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS TO REACH VOTERS AND GET THEIR MESSAGE HEARD.
TODAY ELEANOR LISSITZYN TAKES YOU INSIDE THE WARD TWO POST TWO RACE.
INCUMBENT SAYS MIKE CRANFORD HIS RECORD PROVES HE'S THE MAN FOR THE JOB WHILE POLITICAL NEWCOMER HENRY GIBSON SAYS IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE.
"The main issue I think is the economy."
WARD 2 POST 2 COUNCILMAN MIKE CRANFORD SAYS UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP... CITY COUNCIL SUCCESSFULLY BALANCED THE BUDGET WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.
"I'm real proud of that."
AS CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRAITIONS' COMMITTEE... THE ATTORNEY SAYS HE ALSO HELPED BUILD UP THE CITY'S RESERVES.
"Within three years we worked hard and we put things in place and we started a reserve account and we had five million dollars in there. And now we have $6.6 million in our reserve account."
BUT HE SAYS HIS PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IS HELPING TO GET A CITY PAYSCALE IN PLACE.
"We worked with the administration to put a payscale in place that was fair and equitable to all the employees."
OPPONENT HENRY GIBSON SAYS HE THINKS THE NEW SYSTEM DIDN'T GO FAR ENOUGH....BECAUSE IT DOESN'T CALL FOR MERIT RAISES.
"The merit increase could have been given back."
THE RETIRED POLICE CAPTAIN SAYS HE TIPS HIS CAP TO CRANFORD'S BALANCED BUDGET... BUT SAYS HIS OPPONENT ISN'T PAYING ATTENTION TO THE ISSUES HIS CONSTITUENTS CARE ABOUT
"Crime, recreation, and jobs is my campaign."
GIBSON IS A LIFELONG MACON NATIVE... AND AFTER THIRTY FIVE YEARS ON THE POLICE FORCE... HE SAYS HE'S IN TUNE WITH THOSE ISSUES
"I intend to strengthen neighborhood watch, to me that's the best way to get feedback from your constituents."
CRANFORD SAYS IHIS EXPERIENCE MAKES HIM THE BEST CHOICE.
"I've been a small businessman since I was 19 years old and I was in business for about 20 years before I went to law school."
GIBSON SAYS DEGREES ALONE WON'T IMPRESS VOTERS
"My experience with dealing with people and the community and city hall for thirty five years supercedes that."
BOTH MEN SAY MACON'S PATH FORWARD IS A DIFFICULT ONE... BUT UNDER THIS ROOF... THEY EACH SAY THEY CAN HELP GET IT DONE.


STD IN ANOTHER CITY COUNCIL RACE A RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATE TAKES ON A WESLEYAN COLLEGE PROFESSOR IN THE WARD THREE POST THREE RACE.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN SPOKE WITH CANDIDATES TOM ELLINGTON AND DANNY GLOVER TO FIND OUT HOW THEY PLAN TO MOVE THE CITY FORWARD.
COUNCILMAN TOM ELLINGTON GOT TO WORK POUNDING THE PAVEMENT FRIDAY AFTERNOON... TALKING TO CONSTITUENTS
"They care about the condition of their communities... and they care about having somebody in whose going to bring good jobs to Macon.
THE WESLEYAN COLLEGE PROFESSOR TEACHES POLITICAL SCIENCE... AND SAYS IT SHORTENED THE LEARNING CURVE FOR HIS FIRST TERM IN OFFICE.
"My focus will be economic development... that means bringing good jobs that our citizens can work in."
AS VICE CHAIR OF THE CITY'S APPROPIRATION'S COMMITTEE... HE SAYS HE'S PROUD OF KEEPING MACON AFLOAT DURING TOUGH TIMES.
AND HE SAYS HE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON GETTING GRANT MONEY TO REVILTILZE RUN DOWN AREAS.
"We have pockets of problems in several areas... Unvionville, pleasent hill village green."
ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE PROBLEM AREAS... HE SAYS... IS THE ANTIOCH HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD...
"I consider this neighborhood as being one of the forgotten neighborhoods."
THAT'S WHERE CANDIDATE DANNY GLOVER SAYS HE'D TACKLE FIRST.
"With broadway being such a busy street bringing in our neighbors from Warner Robins and Houston County in to downtown, we have to start presenting our city in it's gateways."
THE TWENTY THREE YEAR OLD RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATE SAYS HE'S ALREADY DRAFTED A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD FINE PEOPLE WHO DON'T TAKE CARE OF THEIR PROPERTY.
"If they do not bring these houses up to code by a certain deadline, those fines would be used to expand the code enforcement department which creates more jobs for Macon."
GLOVER SAYS HE HAS THE VISION TO TACKLE EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD'S PROBLEMS.
"Ill make sure that every neighborhood is growing."
BUT ELLINGTON SAYS IT CAN'T BE DONE ALONE.
"it's going to be a bigger job than just city government."
AND AFTER FOUR YEARS HE SAYS HE'S DEVELOPED THE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
STD POLLS WILL BE OPEN FROM 7 A-M UNTIL 7 P-M ON TUESDAY.
13WMAZ AND 13WMAZ DOT COM WILL HAVE COMPLETE PRIMARY ELECTION COVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.

ROBERT BROWN SAYS IF HE'S ELECTED MACON'S MAYOR... OPEN ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE THE HALLMARK OF HIS ADMINISTRATION.
BROWN SPOKE OUTSIDE THE DOUGLASS THEATRE... A PART OF MACON HISTORY THAT HE HOPES TO USE TO PROMOTE THE CITY.
HE PROPOSED SENDING VOLUNTEER STUDENT MUSICIANS TO PERFORM AROUND THE COUNTRY TO DRAW ATTENTION .. TO MACON'S CULTURE.
BROWN ALSO PLANS TO ORGANIZE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING UNITS... WHERE GROUPS CAN DISCUSS ISSUES DIRECTLY WITH THE MAYOR'S OFFICE.
Robert Brown: "I see a city that is substancially free of violent and economically predatory criminals. I see a city that has modernized infrastructures, a city that has its citizens involved, especially in those neighborhoods that have historically been neglected."
BROWN SAID HE WOULD ALSO CREATE ADVISORY COUNCILS OF CITY EMPLOYEES...TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS.
HE SAYS... ALL REGULAR GENERAL MEETINGS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS WOULD BE STREAMED LIVE ON THE INTERNET.

ROBERT REICHERT SAYS THE LAUREN GIDDINGS HOMICIDE IS AFFECTING HIM AS BOTH MACON'S MAYOR...AND AS A FATHER.
HE TOLD AMY AUBERT THAT MACON POLICE ARE DEVOTING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME AND ATTENTION TO THE COMPLEX INVESTIGATION.
"Finding a body, and wondering what in the world has happened here, how did this happen, that's when you need to bring in the forensic unit and do a deeper level. So every homicide is different but every homicide is investigated appropriately for the level of difficulty that's going to be presented in solving the case... who did it? How do we bring justice to the families? Everyone is different but everyone is treated with the appropriate level of investigation. I'm confident of that."
REICHERT AND HIS FAMILY ATTENDED LAST SATURDAY'S MEMORIAL SERVICE AT SAINT JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH.
THE MAYOR SAYS HIS DAUGHTER... BOWEN... WAS A FRIEND OF LAUREN GIDDINGS... AND ATTENDED MERCER LAW SCHOOL WITH HER.
HE SAYS THE TRAGEDY HAS AFFECTED HIS FAMILY AS WELL.
"My daughter is continuing to study for the bar exam. While she's distracted and upset and this, that or the other, you kinda got to continue. Life goes on. So it has been a personal insight for me. "
MACON POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS POLICE ARE STILL WAITING ON FORENSIC TEST RESULTS FROM THE FBI IN VIRGINIA.
SHE SAID MACON INVESTIGATORS TODAY CONTINUED TO REVIEW EVIDENCE AND STATEMENT ....BUT SHE'S NOT AWARE OF ANY

SECRETARY OF STATE BRIAN KEMP SPENT ABOUT FOUR HOURS TODAY ALONG THE OCMULGEE RIVER... TO GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT THE MONROE-BIBB COUNTY BORDER DISPUTE.
KEMP VISITED THE SITE SOME SAY IS WALLER'S OR TORRENTINE'S FERRY.
THAT'S WHERE A SURVEYOR SAID THE COUNTY LINE SHOULD BE PLACED.
KEMP MUST DECIDE WHETHER TO ACCEPT THE NEW LINE DRAWN BY SURVEYOR TERRY SCARBOROUGH.
AND IF HE DOES....THAT COULD MOVE ABOUT 500 ACRES FROM BIBB TO MONROE COUNTY.
Brian Kemp Secretary of State: "I will say this to the citizens of monroe and bibb county. If I make a decision, somebody's not going to like it. Most likely they'll be some citizens that are hurt and affected by decision and the best thing that can happen in this is for the leadership in the two counties to get together and to resolve this issue."
KEMP SAYS HE HOPES TO DECIDE SOON... BUT IF THE COUNTIES ARE NEGOTIATING THE LINE... HE'LL WAIT TO SEE IF THEY CAN SETTLE IT WITHOUT HIS HELP.

THE CENTURY OF FLIGHT HANGAR AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION WILL COME ALIVE TOMORROW NIGHT..
ALL OF THESE CHAIRS WILL BE FILLED BY BARGAIN HUNTERS BROWSING THROUGH NEARLY 400 ITEMS UP FOR BID AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION'S ANNUAL AUCTION FUNDRAISER..
THE EVENT FEATURES BOTH A SILENT AND A LIVE AUCTION WITH A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY..
A ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR TICKET GETS TWO PEOPLE INTO THE AUCTION WHERE THEY CAN SAMPLE FREE FOOD..
IT ALSO QUALIFIES THEM FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A NEW CAR OR TRUCK OR THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH..
Bob Dubiel:..It just all goes for a good cause - the Museum of Aviation which is supporting math, science, technology, engineering programs fro kids from Pre K all the way through high school. We do about 50,000 kids a year.
THE FUN BEGINS TOMORROW NIGHT AT 6:30 AT THE CENTURY OF FLIGHT HANGAR..THE LVIE AUCTION SHOULD START AROUND EIGHT O'CLOCK..

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 HAS THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
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WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
STEAK N SHAKE AT 29-99 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT AN 80... THAT'S A B... FOLLOWING AN 88... ANOTHER B... LAST TIME.
MCDONALDS AT 18-79 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED AN 82... A "B"... AFTER SCORING AN 89... ANOTHER "B"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
AND OLE TIMES COUNTRY BUFFET AT 12-08 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT AN 83... A "B"... THAT'S AFTER A 76... OR "C"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER...
YESTERDAZE BAR AND GRILL AT 26-07 MOODY ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS... SERVED UP A 99... AN "A"... AFTER SCORING A 98 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
CHICK-FIL-A AT 18-67 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... WHIPPED UP A PERFECT 100... THAT'S AFTER GETTING A 99... LAST TIME.
AND BERTHA'S KITCHEN... AT 1-12 ROSE STREET IN WARNER ROBINS... ALSO HAD A PERFECT 100... AFTER SCORING A 98... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FOUR SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
CHICK-FIL-A ON WATSON BOULEVARD WITH A FOUR SCORE AVERAGE OF 99 POINT 75.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT CHICK-FIL-A... JOIN US AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY... FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS... AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR IT UNDER THE FEATURES TAB.

IT'S FAN OF THE DAY TIME... AND TIME FOR ROMANITA BENNAMON TO EMAIL FAN-OF-THE-DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM HER 13WMAZ COFFEE MUG!
YOU TOO COULD BE A FAN OF THE DAY.... AS LONG AS YOU'VE LIKED US AT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.
FROM THERE... YOUR NAME IS THROWN IN THE RING... AND IT'S ALL A RITUAL OF RANDOM CHOICE.

DAN HART SERVED THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS AS ITS POLICE CHIEF FOR TEN YEARS.
HE RETIRED IN 2003... BUT HE'S STILL HOLDING PRISONERS.... NOW...AS A PIRATE.
NATS- talking to kids "I got some real spanish gold here"
HART CALLS HIMSELF "DUNGEON DAN"... APPEARING IN FULL COSTUME AT A MUSEUM OF AVIATION CHILDREN'S CAMP.
HIS WIFE... WHO CALLS HERSELF "KRUEL KATHY"... ALSO JOINS IN.
THEY TRAVEL TO PARADES AND PIRATE GATHERINGS IN GEORGIA AND FLORIDA.
DAN SAYS HE FELL IN LOVE WITH THE "PIRATE LIFE"... WHILE GROWING-UP IN TAMPA.. AND NOW RETIRED.. FINALLY HAS TIME TO DEVOTE HIMSELF TO THE LIFESTYLE.
Dan Hart, Warner Robins: (16:20) "What kid doesn't love a piraTe? 18th century pirates, they always fascinated me. My parents would take me to the Gasparilla Parade. Those pirates, they'd come by and be shooting those pistols, shootin those cannons, handing gold debloons out to kids. I just loved it."
WHEN THEY'RE NOT PLAYING THE PART OF PIRATE... DAN IS THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION.
KATHY IS THE DIRECTOR OF HODAC IN WARNER ROBINS.

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