Monday, September 12, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11... FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

THE G-B-I AND HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE... ARE INVESTIGATING A DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN HANCOCK COUNTY.
SHERIFF TOMLYN PRIMUS SAYS A MAN AND WOMAN WERE REPORTEDLY SHOT TO DEATH IN THEIR HOME LAST NIGHT.
SEVERAL GBI AND HANCOCK COUNTY VEHICLES WERE OUTSIDE THE TOMMIE LANE CRIME SCENE... OFF DIXIE ROAD THIS AFTERNOON.
PRIMUS SAYS THIRTY-ONE YEAR OLD DEDRIA GREEN AND THIRTY FOUR YEAR OLD DARRYL SCOTT DIED OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS...
he DIDN'T DESCRIBE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE SHOOTING AND SAYS THEY'RE INVESTIGATING ALL SENARIOS.
HE SAYS GREEN AND SCOTT WERE A COUPLE... AND HAD TWO CHILDREN.
HE ALSO WOULND'T SAY IF THEY HAVE ANY SUSPECTS.
"We're trying to collect as much evidence as possible to try to weigh our options, to see exactly what took place. By both victims, being deceased, were going to do everything possibile to try to bring whomever did this to justice."
PRIMUS SAYS THE COUPLE'S CHILDREN ARE SAFE... BUT WOULDN'T SAY IF THEY ARE WITNESSES IN THE CASE.

MACON POLICE AND THE F-B-I TODAY REPORTEDLY SEARCHED THE TWIGGS COUNTY LANDFILL... FOR REMAINS OF MERCER LAW GRAD... LAUREN GIDDINGS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO MEMBERS OF GIDDINGS FAMILY.
OFFICIALS WON'T CONFIRM WHAT HAPPENED AT THE LANDFILL... BUT ACCORDING TO MAJOR JAMES FAULK WITH THE TWIGGS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT... MACON POLICE ASKED TWIGGS DEPUTIES TO BLOCK THE ENTRANCE TODAY TO THE PUBLIC.
GIDDINGS' COUSIN... KATHY MANN... SAYS MACON POLICE TOLD THE FAMILY THE F-B-I DECIDED SEVERAL WEEKS AGO TO SEARCH THE LADNFILL MONDAY.
SHE SAYS... EARLY ON... AN INVESTIGATOR IN THE CASE TOLD THE FAMILY... THAT ONE OF THE DUMPSTERS BY MERCER LAW SCHOOL GETS TAKEN TO THE TWIGGS COUNTY LANDFILL.
MANN SAYS THE FAMILY HOPES THE SEARCH WILL LEAD TO NEW EVIDENCE IN GIDDINGS' DEATH.
GIDDINGS' DISMEMBERED BODY WAS FOUND ON JUNE 30TH OUTSIDE HER MACON APARTMENT BUILDING.
HER NEIGHBOR..... STEPHEN MCDANIEL....IS CHARGED WITH MURDER.

AFTER YEARS OF DISCUSSION ...WARNER ROBINS IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO GETTING A NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER.
THE WARNER ROBINS REDEVELOPMENT ATHORITY SIGNED OFF ON A PROPOSED L-E-C PLAN TODAY.
CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... CITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS SAY IT'S A BIG STEP.
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***nats cars***
PEOPLE CRUISING PAST THE MAIN GATE OF WARNER ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE MAY SOON SEE CONSTRUCTION SIGNS.
ARCHITECT JIM MEHSERLE PRESENTED HIS BUILDING PLANS TO THE WARNER ROBINS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY.
***nats: "several of you were't even born yet so this building has been around for quite some time."***
THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY UNANIMOUSLY APROVED THE PROPOSED 41-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT, TWO-STORY BUILDING.
Gary Lee: "The old 50's style look that we wanted to stay intact with it. We didn't wat to go too modern because you'd get more of a dated building."
Brett Evans: "The main thing I like about the plans is that they are completed."
WARNER ROBINS POLICE CHIEF BRETT EVANS SAYS HE ALSO LIKES THE LOCATION.
Brett Evans: "One of the things we've always stressed is that we wanted to be upfront where people would know where we are instead of off on a secondary street so Watson Boulevard is a wonderful place."
CITY OFFICIALS DEBATED A LOCATION FOR THE L-E-C- FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS...
AGENCY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GARY LEE SAYS ONE OF THE NEXT HURDLES IT TO FIND ALMOST SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS TO CONSTRUCT THE BUILDING.
Gary Lee: "We have money that was there in the previous SPLOST we're using right no, and then we'll actually work with the council to obtain the additional funding that's needed."
LEE SAYS THE PLAN GOES TO THE CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK FOR APPROVAL.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE L-E-C WOULD SIT ON 5-ACRES ON WATSON BOULEVARD ACROSS FROM THE BASE.
BILL DOUGLAS... CHAIRMAN OF THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY SAYS.... IF THE PLAN CLEARS CITY COUNCIL... CONSTRUCTION SHOULD START IN LATE OCTOBER AND BE COMPLETED IN A YEAR

A REPUBLICAN ACTIVIST SAYS HE FILED AN ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST MACON CITY COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS.
BILL KNOWLES SAYS LUCAS' STREAM OF FACEBOOK POSTS UNDERMINE CONFIDENCE IN CITY GOVERNMENT.
LUCAS HAS POSTED REGULAR ATTACKS ON CITY OFFICIALS.. MEDIA FIGURES AND OTHER MACON POLITICAL FIGURES.
IN THOSE POSTS.....SHE FREQUENTLY CALLS DEMOCRATS CLOSET REPUBLICANS.. AND CALLS REPUBLICANS KLANSMEN.
KNOWLES SAYS HE MAILED THE COMPLAINT FRIDAY TO THE MAYOR'S OFFICE.
LUCAS SAYS IT'S UNWARRANTED.
Bill Knowles "I can't answer to what her thoughts are right now, I mean I woud like to know I feel that she is undermining her city I think that anytime that you have somebody that is doing things of this nature it certainly does not look good for the city or the city councils"
Elaine Lucas "It is trivial and frivolous is the legal term for it, when you file something that you know has no merit and he knows has know it has no merit. so frivolous."
MAGISTRATE COURT JUDGE BOBBY FAULKNER WOULD EVENTUALLY RULE ON WHETHER THERE WAS AN ETHICS VIOLATION.
SPOKESMAN CLAY MURPHEY SAID TODAY THAT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE HADN'T RECEIVED KNOWLES' COMPLAINT.

A TROUBLED DOWNTOWN MACON HOTEL NOW HAS ITS FOURTH OWNER IN FOUR YEARS.
COUNTY TAX RECORDS SHOW THE RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL ON FIRST STREET WAS SOLD ON AUGUST 1ST... TO AN ALABAMA COMPANY FOR 2 POINT 5 MILLION DOLLARS.
THE PREVIOUS OWNERS, A GROUP OF FLORIDA DOCTORS, CLOSED THE RAMADA IN FEBRUARY DUE TO BOILER PROBLEMS THAT LEFT GUESTS WITHOUT HOT WATER.
THE HOTEL NEVER REOPENED.
THE 16-STORY RAMADA WAS BUILT IN 1969.
IT'S HAD SEVERAL OWNERS AND SEVERAL NAMES IN THE PAST DECADE AND WAS FORECLOSED IN 2007.
THE NEW OWNERS.... BASED IN MOBILE....BLACK DIAMOND HOTEL GROUP L-L-C, COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.

MACON STATE COLLEGE IN WARNER ROBINS OPENED A NEW FACILITY FOR THEIR STUDENTS TO SHED SOME POUNDS AND GET INTO SHAPE.
THE COLLEGE WARNER ROBINS CAMPUS HELD A RIBBON CUTTING TO OFFICIALLY OPEN THEIR FITNESS CENTER TO THE STUDENTS.
THEY GOT A CHANCE TO CHECK OUT THE FULLY STOCKED GYM WITH TREADMILLS, RECUMBENT BIKES AND ELLIPTICAL MACHINES WITH THEIR OWN 15 INCH TV DISPLAY.
THE GYM ALSO OFFERS WEIGHT BENCHES AND DUMBBELLS ALONG WITH MUCH MORE.
DIRECTOR OF RECREATION AND WELLNESS... JAMES (HAY-GLER) HAGLER SAYS THE CENTER IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION IN GETTING STUDENTS TO LIVE A MORE HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE.
James Hagler, Dir of REcreation and Wellness "You always here about the freshman 15, so we want to help people to avoid that but also to promote a healthy living for the future of all our students, so they learn now what they need to know to carry that on throughout their lives"
(HAY-GLER) HAGLER SAYS THE NEW FITNESS CENTER COST AROUND 60,000 TO OPEN.
THE GYM IS LOCATED IN THOMAS HALL ON THE MACON STATE WARNER ROBINS CAMPUS.

THURSDAY WE WILL PRESENT AN IN-DEPTH SPECIAL ON ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE... ITS ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND ITS FUTURE.
OUR LORRA LYNCH JONES SAT DOWN FOR AN EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH THE AIR LOGISTICS CENTER COMMANDER... MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT MCMAHON... ON TOPICS RANGING FROM OSHA VIOLATIONS TO BRAC.
PLUS... WE GOT EXTRAORDINARY ACCESS TO THE BASE.. TO DEMONSTRATE THE ROLE ROBINS PLAYS IN THE NATION'S DEFENSE.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE F-15 REWIRING PROGRAM.. C-17 MAINTENANCE.. AND GO BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE AVIONICS BUILDING... WHERE GENREAL MCMAHON SAYS THE SUPER GEEKS ARE WORKING MAGIC.
GET ALL THAT AND MUCH MORE IN OUR EYEWITNESS NEWS SPECIAL.. MISSION MIDDLE GEORGIA: THE ROBINS FACTOR.. THIS THURSDAY IN A SPECIAL TIME.. 5:28 P-M.

FOR KIDS LIVING WITH CANCER... GETTING SCHOOL WORK DONE MAY BE THE LEAST OF THEIR WORRIES.
BUT JANE WILSON.. A HOSPITAL HOMEBOUND TEACHER.. WORKS TO HELP KEEP THAT PART OF THEIR LIVES AS NORMAL AS POSSIBLE.
AS WE CONTINUE OUR LOOK AT CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH... WILSON AND ONE OF HER HOUSTON COUNTY STUDENTS WILL JOIN US IN THE STUDIO TOMORROW DURING EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNIN.
FIND OUT HOW WILSON GOT INVOLVED IN THE EFFORT AND WHAT IT MEANS TO ONE STUDENT FIGHTING THE DISEASE..
THAT'S AT 6:45 TOMORROW MORNING.

IT'S A NEW WEEK... WHICH MEANS IT'S TIME FOR A NEW SCENE 13 SNIPPET.
AMY WINEHOUSE'S FAMILY OPENS UP ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK CAUSED HER DEATH... AND SERENA WILLIAMS' TEMPER IS GOING TO COST HER... AGAIN.
MICHELLE WRIGHT HAS ALL YOUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS IN TODAY'S HOLLYWOOD MINUTE.
39-YEAR-OLD ACTOR ANDY WHITFIELD HAS DIED.
HE WAS BEST KNOWN FOR PLAYING THE TITLE ROLE IN THE STARZ ORIGINAL DRAMA, "SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND."
HE PASSED AWAY SUNDAY FROM NON-HODGKIN'S LYMPHOMA.
HIS CO-STAR, LUCY LAWLESS, CALLED HIM A GENTLE MAN AND A BRILLIANT ACTOR WHO CHERISHED HIS FAMILY.
HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN.
AMY WINEHOUSE'S FATHER SAYS HE SUSPECTS HIS DAUGHTER DIED OF A SEIZURE BROUGHT ON FROM QUITTING DRINKING.
What happened to Amy wasn't anything to do with drugs, it might be that drugs took control in the early years, but there were no drugs in her system at all.
SPEAKING ON ANDERSON COOPER'S NEW DAYTIME SHOW, MITCH WINEHOUSE SAID THE SINGER HAD BEEN CLEAN FOR THREE YEARS, BUT SAID ALCOHOL HAD BEEN A MORE RECENT PROBLEM. HE SAID SHE'D HAD SEIZURES IN THE PAST, AND SHOULD HAVE DETOXED UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION.
WINEHOUSE DIED IN JULY, THE CAUSE OF DEATH IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED.
SERENA WILLIAMS HAS BEEN SLAPPED WITH A TWO-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE FOR VERBALLY ABUSING AN UMPIRE AT THE U-S OPEN.
THE INCIDENT HAPPENED SUNDAY, DURING HER SEMIFINAL LOSS.
THE U-S TENNIS ASSOCIATION SAYS THE FINE IS CONSISTENT WITH SIMILAR OFFENSES.
HOWEVER, THE OUTBURST DID NOT VIOLATE HER PROBATION FOR A SIMILAR INCIDENT IN 2009, AND SHE WILL NOT BE BANNED FROM FUTURE U-S OPENS.

AFTER 3 WEEKS AT NUMBER ONE.. THE HELP WAS FINALLY KNOCKED FROM THE TOP SPOT.. BUT THE MOVIE DIDN'T FALL TOO FAR.
LETS FIND OUT WHICH MOVIES MADE THE TOP 3.. IN THIS WEEK'S BOX OFFICE WRAP.
COMING IN AT NUMBER 3 WITH 5 POINT 2 MILLION DOLLARS... THE MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTING MOVIE... "WARRIOR."
IN THE FILM TWO ESTRANGED BROTHERS FACE OFF IN THE ULTIMATE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHT.
ONE AN EX-MARINE... AND THE OTHER A STRUGGLING TEACHER TRYING TO PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY.
"WARROR IS RATED PG-13.
AFTER 3 WEEKS ON TOP... THE HELP FELL TO THE NUMBER 2 SPOT THIS WEEK.
THE BOOK TURNED MOVIE... BROUGHT IN 8 POINT 9 MILLION THIS WEEKEND.
BRINGING ITS U-S TOTAL TO 137 MILLION.
THE FILM STARS EMMA STONE.. AND VIOLA DAVIS
(PAUSE FOR NATS)
AND DEBUTING AT THE TOP SPOT THIS WEEKEND.. IS CONTAGION.
THE THRILLER ABOUT A DEADLY VIRUS BROUGHT IN 22 POINT 4 MILLION DOLLARS.
IN THE FILM.. SCIENTISTS ARE RACING AGAINST TIME TO FIND THE CAUSE... AND A CURE.
THE CAST INCLUDES GWYNETH PALTROW... MATT DAMON... KATE WINSLETT... AND LAURENCE FISHBURNE... AND THE MOVIE IS RATED PG-13
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