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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

MACON POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A KILLER...IN THE CITY'S FOURTH HOMICIDE IN LESS THAN A WEEK.
A 20-YEAR OLD WAS SHOT AND KILLED OUTSIDE WHISKEY RIVER NIGHT CLUB EARLY THIS MORING.
BRITTINY BARBER HAS MORE ON THE INVESTIGATION.
<< A GUNSHOT RANG OUT IN THE PARKING LOT OF A MACON CLUB... EARLY FRIDAY MORNING...
POLICE SAY 20 YEAR OLD ANTHONY HARRIS WAS KILLED.
Jami Gaudet, Macon Police Spokeswoman: "There was some sort of altercation between the victim and the suspect on the dance floor and then we learned later that the victim died of a single shot, single gunshot wound. "
POLICE SPOKEWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS HARRIS WAS FOUND IN THE BACK PARKING LOT AT WHISKEY RIVER.... NEAR HIS CAR.. AND NOW POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE MAN WHO SHOT HIM.
Jami Gaudet, "We do know a little bit about the suspect and that's really great thing for us to have some initial information which isn't always the case."
GFX THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A BLACK MALE.... ABOUT 5 FOOT 6 WITH A STOCKY BUILD, IN HIS EARLY TO MID 20S..
HE WAS WEARING A BLACK SHIRT AND BLACK BASEBALL HAT... AND WAS SEEN LEAVING THE IN A GRAY OR SILVER TOYOTA CAMRY WITH TINTED WINDOWS.
POLICE SAY IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHOOTING TO CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS.
THAT NUMBER IS 1-877-68-CRIME. again that's 877-68-CRIME.
THIS MARKS THE SECOND DEATH AT WHISKEY RIVER THIS YEAR... A MAN WAS ALSO BEATEN AT THE CLUB IN JANUARY.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS>>

THIS HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE WEEK FOR MACON POLICE.... INVESTIGATING FOUR DEATHS, INCLUDING THE ONE AT WHISKEY RIVER..
THE FIRST TWO ... A DOUBLE HOMICIDE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON... AS A FATHER AND SON WERE SHOT IN EAST MACON.
POLICE ARRESTED AND CHARGED A SUSPECT... IN THE KILLING ON (muh-NARD) MAYNARD STREET.
IN THE EARLY HOURS OF MONDAY MORNING, INVESTIGATORS WERE CALLED TO THE WINGS CAFE ON BLOOMFIELD DRIVE... TO FIND ALFRED SMITH SHOT TO DEATH IN THE PARKING LOT.
NO ONE HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN THAT CASE, BUT POLICE REPORT THEY'RE MAKING SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION.
THEY ASK ANYONE WITH INFORMATION TO COME FORWARD... BY CALLING MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 877-68-CRIME.
AGAIN THAT'S 1-877-68-CRIME.

A MACON WOMAN DIED IN A THREE CAR ACCIDENT ON MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE THIS AFTERNOON...
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS IT HAPPENED AROUND 2-30.
WITNESSES SAY A DUMP TRUCK RAN A RED LIGHT AT THE CORNER OF MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE AND BURTON AVENUE... HIT A POWER POLE AND SNAPPED IT IN HALF... AND PULLED DOWN TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT THE INTERSECTION.
JONES SAYS THE TRUCK ALSO HIT 40-YEAR-OLD STACY WILLIAMS' CAR... KILLING HER.
Leon Jones, "Her pastor told me that he talked with he minutes before the accident and I don't know whether he heard the accident on the phone or not, but he said he spoke with her minutes before the accident."
ACCORDING TO MACON POLICE... MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE IS STILL SHUTDOWN... SO THEY SAY YOU SHOULD AVOID THE AREA IF POSSIBLE.
THEY DON'T KNOW YET WHEN THAT PART OF THE ROAD WILL REOPEN.

THE CITY OF WRIGHTSVILLE SAYS PEOPLE CAN NOW DRINK CITY WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT.
STATE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS TODAY LIFTED A BOIL-WATER ORDER IN THE CITY.
THE ORDER LASTED SINCE WEDNESDAY...AND CLOSED SEVERAL CITY RESTAURANTS.
CITY OFFICIALS SAY THERE WAS TOO MUCH BACTERIA IN THE WATER.
APPARENTLY IT HAPPENED DUE TO A HOLE IN A CITY WATER TANK.
CITY WATER SUPERINTENDENT CHARLES BLACKBURN SAY THAT'S AN UNUSUAL PROBLEM...THAT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.
Charles Blackburn, Wrightsville City Water Supervisor: "The condition of the tank, the dome of the tank just happened to collapse in and make a hole or a gap for a varmint to get in. The odds of that happening again are one-in-a-million, I would imagine."
WRIGHTSVILLE OFFICIALS SAY THEIR WATER IS NOW SAFE TO DRINK...BUT PEOPLE MAY NOTICE A STRONG CHLORINE ODOR. THEY ALSO SAY PEOPLE SHOULD RUN THEIR TAPS FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES....TO FLUSH THEIR WATER LINES.

THE TUBMAN MUSEUM IN MACON IS MAKING SOME SCHEDULE CHANGES.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS THEY WILL CLOSE ON MONDAYS STARTING NEXT WEEK.
SPOKESWOMAN STACEY BARRETT SAYS THAT'S GENERALLY THEIR SLOWEST DAY OF THE WEEK.
THE MUSEUM WILL ADD TWO EXTRA HOURS ON SATURDAY TO TRY AND ATTRACT MORE VISITORS..
THE NEW SATURDAY HOURS WILL BE 11 A.M. TO FIVE P.M...
BARRETT SAYS ABOUT 25 THOUSAND PEOPLE A YEAR VISIT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM...ON WALNUT STREET IN MACON.

HOUSTON COUNTY STUDENTS GO BACK TO THE CLASSROOM MONDAY.
IT MAY SEEM LIKE AN EARLY START... BUT OUT OF 180 GEORGIA PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS... 67 START NEXT WEEK.
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CHILDREN AT WARNER ROBINS' FOUNTAIN POOL SOAKED-UP THIER LAST DAY OF SUMMER.
PARENTS SAY IT SEEMS TO SOON TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL... MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE HEAT.
AT RUSSELL ELEMENTARY... TEACHERS SAID IT'S EARLY... BUT THEY'RE PREPARED AND READY TO GET THE YEAR STARTED.
Kendra Hudson, Russell Elementary Teacher: (1:25) "When I first started teaching, we were at the end of August. Now were back at the beginning of August. We get more breaks now, so it's a trade-off."
Joe Martin, Warner Robins: (12:10) "I really do. I think it's about a month too early. This is still summertime."
TWO CENTRAL GEORGIA SCHOOL SYSTEMS REOPENED THIS WEEK... DOOLY AND WILCOX.
THE LAST TO GO BACK IS CATOOSA COUNTY IN NORTH GEORGIA.. WHICH STARTS SEPTEMBER 6TH.

AND AS YOU'RE GEARING UP FOR THAT FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL... TAKE A MOMENT TO SNAP A COUPLE OF PICTURES TO SHARE WITH PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTOS TO FEATURE ON OUR WHERE YOU LIVE SITES.
JUST TAKE A PICTURE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL... AND EMAIL IT OVER TO WHERE-YOU-LIVE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THEN... LOG ONTO YOUR COMMUNITY SITE... AND CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS FROM YOUR AREA.

THE WEEKEND IS HERE... AND IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
AMERICAN DELI HOUSE... AT 8-01 NORTH HOUSTON ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED AN 83... A "B"... AFTER A 96... AN "A"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... CONTAMINATION WAS NOT PREVENTED DURING FOOD PREPARATION AND DISPLAY.
IT ALSO SAYS... FOOD AND NON-CONTACT SURFACES WERE NOT CLEANABLE AND PROPERLY DESIGNED.
KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN... AT 4-09 NORTH DAVIS DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS... ALSO GOT AN 83... DROPPING 11 POINTS FROM THE 94... OR "A"... THEY SCORED ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
THE INSPECTOR SAYS EMPLOYEES DID NOT HAVE ADEQUATE PERSONAL CLEANLINESS... GARBAGE WAS NOT DISPOSED... AND FACILITIES WERE NOT MAINTAINED AND CLEANED.
AND LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE AT 29-01 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED AN 84... A "B"... FOLLOWING A 97 OR "A"... LAST TIME.
THE INSPECTION REPORT SAYS UTENSILS AND EQUIPMENT WERE NOT PROPERLY STORED... DRIED... AND HANDLED.
IT ALSO SAYS WIPING CLOTHS WERE NOT PROPERLY USED AND STORED.
NOW FOR THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES...
OUR PLACE... AT 21-32 HIGHWAY 41 NORTH IN PERRY... SCORED A 96... AN "A"... FOLLOWING A PERFECT 100 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
HARDEE'S AT 28-29 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED A 95... AN "A"... COMING AFTER A 98... LAST TIME.
AND PAPA JOHN'S AT 100 NORTH HOUSTON LAKE ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS... WHIPPED UP A 98... AN "A"... AFTER A 99... ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FOUR SCORES... TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER.
FRANK... LORRA?
FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
FROM THERE... YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF OPTIONS.
YOU CAN HEAD OVER TO THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION TO CHECK OUT SCORES FROM YOUR AREA... OR CLICK ON "RESTAURANT RATINGS" UNDER THE FEATURES TAB.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF DODGE COUNTY IS HANDING THE KEYS OVER TO ONE DESERVING SINGLE FATHER OF FIVE.
JENNIFER MOULLIET TAKES US TO EASTMAN WHERE THE SKEENS FAMILY IS LIVING OUT THEIR DREAM.... ... IN A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
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Tim Skeens, Father: "It's a dream come true."
TIM SKEENS IS A SINGLE FATHER OF FIVE AND A MAINTENANCE WORKER FOR DODGE COUNTY.
Melissa Jump, Sister: "Awesome father awesome person hardworking man."

SKEENS' SISTER... MELISSA JUMP SAYS HE AND HIS WIFE SEPARATED WHEN HIS YOUNGEST CHILDREN... TWINS SARAH AND KARAH... WERE ONLY 6 MONTHS OLD. NOW THEY'RE 10.

Melissa Jump, Sister: "It's been in my prayers for years that they would have a good stable home that they can call their own."

THAT DAY IS FINALLY HERE... HE'S RECEIVING A HOUSE FROM HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.

Larry Haley, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Dodge County: "That's what habitat is all about providing affordable, decent housing for those in need."

THE HOME WAS ONCE A FORECLOSURE TAKEN... OVER BY A NATIONAL BANK... AND DONATED TO HABITAT. LEE DAVIS SAYS IT'S RARE THAT A BANK DONATES A HOUSE.

Lee Davis, President of Caterwoods West Homeowners Association in Warner Robins: "Hope this sets a precedent for other banks in the neighborhood that would be willing to step up and do the right thing and make a home for a needy family."

THE KIDS RANGE IN AGE FROM TEN TO FIFTEEN AND ALREADY HAVE PLANS FOR THEIR NEW ROOMS... THIRTEEN YEAR OLD BREANNA MAPS OUT WHERE HER FURNITURE IS GOING.

Breanna Skeens, thirteen years old:"Karah's bed is going to go right there and mine is going to stay right here."

KARAH EVEN KNOWS WHERE HER TOYS ARE GOING

Karah Skeens: "this is my closet"

THEY'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING IT THEIR OWN.

Breanna Skeens, thirteen years old:" I'm going to paint it dark blue."

Destiny Skeens, fifteen years old: "Painting it pink"

Sarah Skeens, ten years old: "It's a lot different"

TWELVE YEAR OLD TIMOTHY JUNIOR ISN'T WORRIED ABOUT THE COLOR OF HIS WALLS... HE'S MORE EXCITED ABOUT HIS VERY OWN BATHROOM.

Timothy Skeens Jr., twelve years old: "There's a shower and bathtub and two sinks."

TIM SKEENS SAYS HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING FAMILY DINNER TOGETHER

Tim Skeens, Father: " I figured somebody else would get it because it's only something you dream of and you see somebody else gettin' you don't expect it to happen to you so when it does you can't put it in words."

THEY'RE ADDING A DECK IN BACK... AND PLAN TO BE ALL MOVED IN BY NEXT WEEK.
IN EASTMAN... JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>>
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAS CLOSE TO TWENTY HOMES IN EASTMAN.
THE HOMES ARE GIVEN TO NEEDY FAMILIES THROUGH AN APPLICATION PROCESS.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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