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I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
THE NUMBERS PAINT A GRIM PICTURE - 27 AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS IN MACON THIS YEAR AND 11 HOMICIDES..
IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST ALONE - SIX TEENS WERE SHOT INCLUDING FIVE IN THE PAST WEEK..ONE OF THOSE TEENS - 16 YEAR OLD ARQUENTRIS FOUNTAIN - DIED FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD..
THIS AFTERNOON... MACON POLICE ANNOUNCED AN ARREST IN ONE OF THOSE TEEN SHOOTINGS.
17 YEAR OLD TREVARUS KENDRICK FACES SEVERAL CHARGES ....INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.
HE'S ACCUSED OF SHOOTING TWO 16 YEAR OLDS NEAR A SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL BUS STOP LAST WEDNESDAY..
THE SAME MORNING...THEY SAY HE ALSO POINTED AN ASSAULT WEAPON AT A THIRD TEEN...BUT IT JAMMED.
KENDRICK IS ALSO ACCUSED OF A SEPARATE DRIVE-BY SHOOTING LAST WEEK...AND OF TAKING PART IN GANG ACTIVITIES.
TODAY... MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT CALLED A NEWS CONFERENCE TO RESPOND TO THE RECENT WAVE OF TEEN SHOOTINGS.
HE SAYS HE'LL ASK SCHOOLS... CHURCHES... CITY AGENCIES AND FAMILIES TO HELP STOP THE VIOLENCE.
"In the case of this rash of youth violence. I do feel the heavy burdens of doint something about it the mayor is ultimately responsible...I do feel the heavy burden of doing something about it. I visited with the family of our latest fatality Quintress Fountain, age 16 and assured them of our efforts to and my personal commitment to this regard"
THE MAYOR SAID EVERYONE SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN THE CITY'S YOUTH... AND THE CITY NEEDS DIVINE INTERVENTION.
SEVERAL PEOPLE COMMENTED AFTER THE MAYOR'S TALK.
SOME OF THEM CALLED FOR A MORE AGGRESSIVE POLICE PRESCENE WHILE OTHERS FAVORED TOUGHER PARENTING..
Guy "It is time it stop in Macon. The Sheriff Dept, The police dept, FBI need to do a sweep here in this city of Macon, and the citizens need to come together and the preachers need to stand in the pulpit and tell them stop the killing"
MAYOR REICHERT SAYS HIS PLAN INCLUDES PROSECUTING VIOLENT OFFENDERS TO THE FULLEST... AND WORKING WITH SCHOOL... COUNTY AND CHURCH LEADERS.
DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE HE CALLED TODAY TO TALK ABOUT CRIME - FORMER MACON MAYOR AND DEMOCRAT C-JACK ELLIS STOPPED JUST SHORT OF CALLING ON PEOPLE TO BOYCOTT REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE'S RESTAURANTS..
... BUT HE SAID PEOPLE SHOULD SUPPORT THOSE WHO REPRESENT THEM... NOT THOSE THAT WORK AGAINST THEM..
PEAKE OWNS SEVERAL CHEDDAR'S AND CAPTAIN D'S IN CENTRAL GEORGIA AND ELLIS SAID THEY'RE LARGLY PATRONIZED BY WHAT HE CALLS PROGRESSIVES.
C. Jack Ellis, Former Macon Mayor: "Here's a man that's funding the tea party operation and the conservative wing of the Republican party, so we are by and large underwriting that by doing business in his place of business."
Lauren DiSpirito, Eyewitness News: "To clarify, are you suggesting people boycott the restaurants?"
C. Jack Ellis, Former Macon Mayor: "I suggest people support people who support the best interests that their best interests."
REACHED BY PHONE TONIGHT... PEAKE SAID... HE HAS "NO DOUBT" ELLIS IS COMING AFTER HIM PERSONALLY.
Allen Peake, R-State Representative: "He wants to boycott a business that is contributing to the economic growth of our community, that makes absolutely no sense, and it just shows the distorted logic that is in the mind of Jack Ellis."
PEAKE SAYS HE OWNS THREE CAPTAIN D'S RESTAURANTS AND ONE CHEDDARS IN BIBB COUNTY THAT EMPLOY MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE.
POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE MEN INVOLVED IN A MULTI-COUNTY BURGLARY RING... THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR THE PAST TWO MONTHS.
BRAD KING WITH THE BALDWIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS AT LEAST 22 CONVENIENCE STORES WERE HIT IN BALDWIN... WILKINSON... TWIGGS... HOUSTON... BIBB... AND PEACH COUNTIES.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... THE THIEVES PAID TWO BALDWIN STORES... A REPEAT VISIT.<<
Nats, the passenger in the front seat comes out and strikes the door, and that's how fast he's inside.
FOR SIX CENTRAL GEORGIA COUNTIES... IT'S BEEN THE SAME STORY.
Brad King, Baldwin County Sheriff's Office: "They bring their own full sized garbage cans, and we've also seen plastic totes, large plastic carry-alls, they bring them in with them, fill it fulll of cigarettes, and they're back out the door in less than a minute."
BRAD KING WITH THE BALDWIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE... SAYS SO FAR... THE THIEVES HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH 40 TO 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF CIGARETTES AND LOTTERY TICKETS... IN THAT COUNTY ALONE.
Nats, cash register
AND FOR TWO CONVENIENCE STORES HIT TWICE... THAT'S A LOT OF LOST REVENUE.
Nats, shutting cash register
THE OWNER OF THE B-P STORE ON ROBERSON MILLE ROAD SAYS... TWO THIEVES GOT AWAY WITH MORE THAN 200 CARTONS OF CIGARETTES AND CASH... IN THE PAST WEEK.
Brad King: "Some of our stores do have the bars on the doors and the windows, which if you break the glass you still can't enter the store, I believe they're targeting the stores that have a little less security."
Nats, cars dirving by
JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE B-P... WORKERS AT THE JET FOOD STORE... DRILL IN A NEW SECURITY SYSTEM AFTER REPLACING THE GLASS TWICE.
Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "The owner says three men smashed the front door with a sledghammer, and even though they were caught on surveillence video, you can't tell who they are, because they covered their face with a t-shirt."
SO FOR BALDWIN COUNTY... AND OTHERS TARGETED... THEY'RE PEICING TOGETHER SIMILARITIES... TO PUT THE BUGLARS BEHIND BARS.
AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
KING SAYS IN BALDWIN COUNTY... THEY'RE LINKING A CHAMPAGNE COLORED CHEVY TAHOE... AND A DARK GRAY EITHER TOYOTA CAMRY OR HONDA ACCORD... TO THE BUGLARIES.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE BURGLARIES... YOU CAN CALL THE BALDWIN SHERIFF'S TIP LINE AT 478-445-4893.
AGAIN... THAT NUMBER... 478-445-4893.
PERRY POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE MAN WHO ROBBED A BANK THIS AFTERNOON.
PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR GEORGE POTTER SAYS A MAN WITH A GUN WALKED INTO THE C-B AND T BANK ON MAIN STREET AROUND 1-30 P-M.
OFFICIALS SAY HE ROBBED THE BANK AND LEFT WITH SOME MONEY.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION... YOU CAN CALL THE PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT 478-988-2800.
MED-SAFE LLC OFFICIALS ARE SCHEDULED TO MAKE A SECOND PITCH WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR A BIOMEDICAL WASTE TREATMENT PLANT IN PAYNE CITY.
THE COMPANY WANTS TO PUT A TREATMENT PLANT FOR SUCH ITEMS AS BIOLOGICAL WASTE.. SYRINGES.. AND INFECTED WASTE FROM ANIMALS.
AS RANDALL SAVAGE REPORTS.. SOME PEOPLE LIKE IT.. OTHERS DON'T.
<<PAYNE CITY MAYOR GRACE MCCRIMMONS EXPECTS A LARGE.. AND OPINIONATED.. CROWD HERE AT CITY HALL WEDNESDAY EVENING WHEN OFFICIALS HOLD ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING ON WHETHER TO ALLOW A BIOMEDICAL WASTE TREATMENT PLANT ON THIS SITE ON ROSE AVENUE.
MED-SAFE HELD A HEARING EARLIER THIS YEAR.. BUT STATE OFFICIALS WANTED ANOTHER ONE AFTER CONCLUDING THE COMPANY DIDN'T POST A NOTICE LIKE THIS PRIOR TO THE FIRST HEARING.
MCCRIMMONS SAYS SOME PEOPLE SAY THEY DON'T WANT THE PLANT IN PAYNE CITY.. PAUL HARPIN.. OWNER OF HARPIN'S RESTAURANT IS ONE OF THEM.
Paul Harpin, Restaurant Owner: I don't like it one bit, because I don't think it's the right place to hold it. That's a residential area and there's a ball park close by.
AND HAPRIN SAYS IT MIGHT KEEP PEOPLE AWAY..
Paul Harpin, Restaurant Owner: customers will not like the fact that coming here to eat or to Dawson's or to Shamrock if all that's going on around where we are.
BUT PAYNE CITY RESIDENT MITCH BAGGARLY WANTS THE PLANT.
Mitch Baggarly, Payne City Resident: I think it would be a great opportunity for us residents in Payne City to go up there and work.
TONY LEWIS IS CONCERNED ABOUT TREATING BIOMEDICAL WASTE IN HIS TOWN.
Tony Lewis, Payne City Resident: As long as they are professionals doing their job the right way and everybody trained the right way, I think everything will be alright.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> RESTAURANT OWNER HARPIN SAYS THE BIOMEDICAL WASTE PLANT WOULD BE BETTER PLACED IN AN INDUSTRIAL AREA AWAY FROM THE RESIDENTS.. YOUTH BALL FIELDS.. AND RESTAURANTS.
THE HEARING IS SCEDULED FOR SIX P-M AT PAYNE CITY HALL.
A HERO'S WELCOME HOME TONIGHT FOR THE WARNER ROBINS LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS..
THE GUYS WHO CAPTIVATED THE COMMUNITY BY WINNING THE DISTRICT, STATE AND SOUTHEAST REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS ROLLED INTO THE FLINT ENERGIES COMPLEX TONIGHT..
A LARGE AND ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD SHOWED UP TO SAY THANKS ON A JOB WELL DONE..
THE TEAM WRAPPED UP ITS PLAYOFF JOURNEY BY WINNING TWO GAMES AT THE LTITLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES IN WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYVLANIA BEFORE THEY WERE ELIMINATED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA ALL-STARS..
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE COMMANDER GENERAL BOB MCMAHON WAS AMONG THSOE WHO SALUTED THE TEAM..
THE PLAYERS SPOKE WITH KIMBERLY BURDEN ABOUT WHAT THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE MEANT TO THEM..
Jake Fromm, Pitcher:..You know - You got to play in front of 35,000 people and there ain't nothin' like it. You know it's loud and it's wild and they're ain't nothin' like it.
Logan Arnett, 2nd Baseman:..It was great. Even though we didn't do as well as we should have, I mean all these fans out here supporting us. I think that's just great. I mean no matter what happens through thick and thin all these people are out here supporting us.
THE WARNER ROBINS ALL-STARS REPRESENTED THE SOUTHEAST REGION IN THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES FOR THE THIRD TIME IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS..
IT'S GREAT HANG UP DAY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.
EARLIER TODAY... FORMER GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE JOINED LORRA LYNCH JONES IN OUR STUDIO... TO TALK ABOUT THE TEXTING AND DRIVING BILL HE SIGNED LAST YEAR.
WHEN HE SIGNED THE BILL... PERDUE SAID IT NEEDED SOME REVISION.
NOW... HE SAYS HE'S CONFIDENT THAT WILL HAPPEN.
Governor Sonny Perdue: "I think law enforcement, having another year and a half under their belt will be able to work with the legislature and general assembly to come up with the right balance. But it is a training and a cultural issue just like seat belts were. And it'll take really, almost a generation I think for us to understand the danger of driving while distracted, especially texting.
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LAST WEEK... A COMPANY THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE USE TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCED A CHANGE AT ITS HELM.
STEVE JOBS STEPPED DOWN AS C-E-O OF APPLE... AND NAMED COMPANY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER TIM COOK AS HIS SUCCESSOR.
DAN SIMON INTRODUCES YOU TO HIM...
... IN TONIGHT'S GEEK 13.
"If you look at Apple's revenue, the Mac made up 33-percent - or a third of revenue last year."
AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, TIM COOK HANDLED THE COMPANY'S ENVIOUS BALANCE SHEETS. HE OVERSAW THE SUPPLY CHAIN--- MAKING SURE APPLE ACQUIRED ALL THE NECESSARY COMPONENTS TO MAKE ITS DEVICES, AND MEET THE PUBLIC'S FIERCE APPETITE.
SILICON VALLEY INSIDERS SAY WHAT MADE HIM SO EFFECTIVE IN THE ROLE - HE NEGOTIATED DEALS THAT UNDERCUT THE COMPETITION.
"He's one of the people that made sure they had high profit margins, but he's also the one who made sure that their product supply chain has been running really well. So Apple's been able to get parts for the iPhone, the iPad before anybody else, so they've been able to get it at lower prices. that's given them a very significant advantage."
COOK JOINED THE COMPANY IN 1998--- BROUGHT ON SHORTLY AFTER THE COMPANY WAS TEETERING ON BANKRUPTCY.
BILL GURLEY IS A WELL RESPECTED VENTURE CAPITALIST.
LIKE MANY, HE WONDERS WHAT APPLE WILL LOOK LIKE WITHOUT ITS LEGENDARY CEO.
"I think the real test for the company is gonna come 4-5 years down the road, when the question of his design instinct, his attention to detail, new products are going to come out that haven't had as much of that as they've had in the past, and that's the real test for the organization."
AT 50, COOK HAS BEEN KNOWN AS A WORKAHOLIC AND FITNESS BUFF.
All of Apple is very, very excited to bring the iPhone to Verizon's 93 million customers."
HE HAS BEEN MORE VISIBLE IN RECENT MONTHS, THOUGH IT'S NOT CLEAR IF HE'LL BE THE ONE TO FILL STEVE JOBS' SHOES FOR PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS ON STAGE--- WHICH ARE IMPORTANT TO THE APPLE BRAND.
IN THE PAST THAT ROLE HAS GONE TO PHIL SCHILLER, APPLE'S CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER.
COOK IS NOT KNOWN TO BE A PRODUCT VISIONARY LIKE STEVE JOBS, BUT A HARD NOSED EXECUTIVE WHOSE REAL STRENGTH LIES BEHIND THE SCENES.
IN A STATEMENT TO COMPANY EMPLOYEES COOK WRITES: "I WANT YOU TO BE CONFIDENT THAT APPLE IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE. I CHERISH AND CELEBRATE APPLE'S UNIQUE PRINCIPLES AND VALUES. STEVE BUILD A COMPANY AND CULTURE THAT IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER IN THE WORLD AND WE ARE GOING TO STAY TRUE TO THAT. IT IS OUR DNA. >>
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