Tuesday, September 13, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

TWO WEEKS AFTER A SERIES OF GANG RELATED TEEN SHOOTINGS... POLICE SAY THEY THINK GANG VIOLENCE CROPPED UP AGAIN... WITH FOUR SHOOTINGS THAT INJURED EIGHT MEN OVERNIGHT.
THE FIRST SHOOTING HAPPENED ON VINE STREET AROUND MIDNIGHT.
A 26 YEAR OLD MAN WAS SHOT IN THE LEGS... ARM AND TORSO... AND UNDERWENT SURGERY.
THE SECOND SHOOTING HAPPENED ON BERKNER AVENUE AROUND 2-30 A-M.
POLICE SAY SOMEONE FIRED SHOTS FROM A CAR... INTO A CROWD OF MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED... WOUNDING SIX.
THE THIRD ONE WAS ON ELL STREET AT ABOUT THREE THIRTY A.M...
IT WAS ALSO A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING THAT INJURED ONE MAN.
POLICE SAY THE FOURTH SHOOTING WAS ON MOSLEY STREET JUST AFTER THREE THIRTY... WHERE SOMEONE FIRED SHOTS INTO A HOUSE.
NO ONE WAS INJURED THERE... AND NO ONE DIED IN ANY OF THE SHOOTINGS
THE VIOLENCE COMES FOURTEEN DAYS AFTER MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT HELD THAT BIG PRESS CONFERENCE... ANNOUNCING ALL KINDS OF NEW INTIATIVES TO COMBAT VIOLENCE.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN SHOWS YOU... SEVERAL COMMUNITY LEADERS ALSO WEIGHED IN TODAY ON HOW TO SOLVE MACON'S GUN AND GANG PROBLEM.
ACCORDING TO POLICE... THE SHOOTINGS THAT HAPPENED EARLY TUESDAY MORNING... WERE LIKELY TIED TO GANG VIOLENCE.
RAPPER AND ACTIVIST SONNY SPOON SAYS GANGS ARE A PROBLEM WITH MANY CAUSES... THAT IT'S DIFFICULT TO TREAT.
"Most of these people are aloof but they want to point the finger and say look at what the kids are doing, but yet they're not doing anything to get involved."
HE SAYS THE COMMUNITY DOESN'T OFFER ENOUGH TO AT RISK KIDS... ESPECIALLY TEENS.
"We have to have something for them to do, and it has to be something that's done year round, not just in retrospect after something happens."
MACON CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC SAFETY CHAIRMAN VIRGIL WATKINS... SAYS THE CITY NEEDS TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THEY OFFER TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE... WHO ARE TIED UP IN GANGS.
"We do not do enough on the prevention and intervention side, to once these perpatrators are locked up to ensure that there's not another sprout up of this type of incident.
And that comes to my mind, programs that really kind of change the mindset. If someone's getting arrested fifteen... sixteen... twenty two times, at somepoint there has to be a change in that mindset."
US DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO MIDDLE GEORGIA MICHAEL MOORE GOT IN ON THE DISCUSSION IN OUR STUDIO DURING EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
HE SAYS HE'S SPOKEN WITH MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ABOUT USING FEDERAL RESOURCES AND COURTS TO CURB THE VIOLENCE...
"So that when we hear that somebody had a gun who shouldn't have had a gun and used it in violence, used in some type of armed robbery, whatever the case may be, we can then come in and use our ability to send them off to federal court where we have the ability to send them off for a long period of time."
HE SAYS THERE'S NO FEDERAL PRISON HERE IN MIDDLE GEORGIA... AND HE HOPES THAT IF THEY SEND GANG MEMBERS FAR ENOUGH AWAY TO DO THEIR TIME.... THEY CAN HELP BREAK THE CYCLE.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE SHOOTINGS... YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
AGAIN... 877-68-CRIME.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
HOW SAFE DO YOU FEEL IN MACON?
SO FAR.. TWO PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU FEEL VERY SAFE.
15 PERCENT FEEL SOMEWHAT SAFE
AND 83 PERCENT DO NOT FEEL SAFE AT ALL.
TO CAST YOUR VOTE.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION SAYS MACON CITY COUNCIL QUOTE... "WANTS TO BAN YOUR GUNS."
BUT... COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THAT'S NOT TRUE.
SEVERAL PEOPLE CONTACTED 13WMAZ ABOUT AN ALERT FROM THE NRA'S INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION.
IT SAYS MACON COUNCIL WILL MEET THURSDAY TO DISCUSS "A CITYWIDE GUN BAN."
THE COUNCIL'S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO MEET THURSDAY TO DISCUSS VARIOUS RESPONSES TO A RECENT WAVE OF TEEN SHOOTINGS.
BUT COUNCILMAN VIRGIL WATKINS SAID THIS MORNING THAT HE'S NOT PROPOSING ANY KIND OF WEAPONS BAN... AND THAT THERE'S NOT ONE ON THE AGENDA.

A SEARCH FOR THE REMAINS OF LAUREN GIDDINGS' BODY... CONTINUED TODAY AT THE TWIGGS COUNTY LANDFILL.
ACCORDING TO MACON POLICE... 20 F-B-I AGENTS FROM GEORGIA AND VIRGINIA ARE VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME FOR THE WEEK LONG EFFORT.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU...SOME MEMBERS OF GIDDINGS' FAMILY FROM BLUE RIDGE GEORGIA... WEREN'T ALLOWED INTO THE SITE...
BUT HELPED IN WHAT WAYS THEY COULD... FROM BEHIND LANDFILL ROAD.
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Nats, truck rolling by

FOR THE SECOND DAY... A TWIGGS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY BLOCKED THE ENTRANCE TO THE PUBLIC.

Nats, Karen: "It says, 'with us forever.'"

BUT THAT DIDN'T KEEP AWAY LAUREN GIDDINGS' COUSIN... KATHY MANN.

SHE CAME TO EXPRESS HER GRATITUDE...

(Reading): "If no remains of Lauren are found, we know where she is not. In the days and years to come, not knowing the answer would always make us wonder if we had done all that we could have. And we thank you."

...TO VOLUNTEERS AND WORKERS... ON BEHALF OF GIDDINGS' FAMILY.

SHE SAYS... THE FAMILY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TWIGGS COUNTY LANDFILL... SINCE THE FIRST WEEKEND LAUREN WENT MISSING. SHE SAYS THAT'S BECAUSE AN INVESTIGATOR MENTIONED TRASH FROM A DUMPSTER BY MERCER LAW SCHOOL... IS BROUGHT THERE.

Kathy Mann, Blue Ridge: "We acknowledged all along that there is no definitive evidence that she's here. But there is enough suspicion that she could be."

SHE SAYS MACON POLICE TOLD THE FAMILY F-B-I CAME OUT AN RE-EVALUATED... THE TWIGGS COUNTY LANDFILL.

Amy Aubert: "Did Macon Police ever give a reason as to why they didn't thoroughly search here in the begining?"
Kathy Mann: "No concrete evidence."

BUT THAT WASN'T THE ONLY ROADBLOCK.

Nats, truck

Kathy Mann: "Originally, when we started talking about searching it, they said that it was going to be cost prohibitive. And at that time we started looking for volunteers to help with heavy equipment that would donate time and equipment."

SO AFTER TALKS OF COST... AND EVIDENCE... AN F-B-I VOLUNTEER CREW... AND MACON POLICE... WILL CONTINUE TO SIFT THROUGH WASTE ALL WEEK.

Nats, car leaving

AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> MANN AND HER HUSBAND DROPPED OFF CASES OF WATER... BUSHELS OF APPLES... AND SEVERAL DOZENS OF APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS FOR THE WORKERS.
SHE SAYS MACON POLICE HASN'T TOLD THE FAMILY OF ANY UPDATES FROM THE F-B-I IN THE INVESTIGATION.
LAUREN GIDDINGS' DISMEMBERED BODY WAS FOUND ON JUNE 30TH OUTSIDE HER MACON APARTMENT BUILDING.
HER NEIGHBOR..... STEPHEN MCDANIEL....IS CHARGED WITH HER MURDER.

A LOCAL PROGRAM THAT HAS HELPED MORE THAN 400 WOMEN IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... IS GROWING.
PROJECT CONNECT AT RIVER EDGE BEHAVORAL CENTER GIVES DRUG REHAB TO 20 WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN... INCLUDING TAMEKA HUNT AND HER TWINS.
BY JANUARY... THE PROJECT WILL MOVE INTO AN 18-THOUSAND SQUARE-FOOT CENTER AND HELP ALMOST TWICE AS MANY PEOPLE.
TIFFANY RUSSELL WITH RIVEREDGE BEHAVIORAL CENTER SAYS THE NEW FACILITY WILL BE ROOMIER AND HOUSE ALL THE RESOURCES OF THE PROGRAM UNDER ONE ROOF.
SHE SAYS THAT'LL HELP WITH THE WOMEN'S RECOVERY AND BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.
Russell: "What people don't realize is that when these women are not in treatment, they're in our jails. The LEC, it's close to a hundred dollars a day per inmate. And so what we're trying to do is to stop that process because the tax payers pay for that."
RUSSEL SAYS CONSTRUCTION ON THE THE LIFESPRING BUILDING STARTED IN JULY... AND SHOULD BE READY FOR MOVE IN BY JANUARY.

JUST BECAUSE YOU UPGRADE YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS DOESN'T MEAN YOU NEED TO GET RID OF YOUR OLD ONE.
CNET'S KARA TSUBOI HAS SOME WAYS TO REPURPOSE THAT OLD PC... ...IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.

If that old computer is still working and the hardware is still intact, I've got three great ideas for how to repurpose it versus send it into retirement.


For starters, use it as your media hub. Hook it up to your stereo with cheap and simple cables and use it to play music off your hard drive. Or, when connected to the internet, it's a great way to stream tunes through Pandora, Last.fm or Spotify.


Another idea is to let that old PC become the eyes and ears for your house. Connect it to a motion sensor security camera, preferably one you can monitor remotely, and long as your PC can stay powered for long amounts of time, you've got a pretty sophisticated security system.


Finally, use that old PC as an external hard drive. This is what I do. I've stripped my old laptop of any outdated applications and load thousands and thousands of old photos on it. It helps me stay organized and frees up space on my new computer.


If none of these ideas work for you, try donating that old PC to a school or be sure to hand it over to an organization that will recycle it properly.

HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT'S MAKING HEADLINES IN THE TECH WORLD THIS WEEK.
GOOGLE SAYS IT'S GIVING PEOPLE WITH WI-FI NETWORKS IN THEIR HOMES A CHANCE TO OPT OUT OF BEING LISTED IN THE COMPANY'S DATABASE.
THE DATABASE HELPS GOOGLE TRACK PEOPLE USING ANDROID CELL PHONES OR OTHER GOOGLE SERVICES.
TODAY'S CHANGE WILL LET THOSE OWNERS OPT OUT OF THE TRACKING TECHNOLOGY.
GOOGLE SAYS THE WI-FI NETWORKS DON'T REVEAL PEOPLE'S IDENTITIES.
FACEBOOK PLANS TO START ORGANIZING FRIENDS INTO 'SMART LISTS' TO MAKE IT EASIER TO SHARE PHOTOS... POSTS AND LINKS.
STARTING TOMORROW... THE SOCIAL NETWORK WILL AUTOMATICALLY GROUP YOUR FRIENDS BASED ON WHETHER THEY LIVE NEAR YOU... WENT TO YOUR SCHOOL OR WORK WITH YOU.
THEN... YOU CAN READ OR SHARE POSTS WITH THOSE GROUPS.
USERS WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO CREATE THEIR OWN GROUPS..
THE FEATURE WILL BE OPTIONAL.

ONE HOUSTON COUNTY CLASSROOM IS TOUCHING AND TAPPING THEIR WAY INTO LEARNING HOW TO USE TECHNOLOGY.
NATS- teacher "If you want to switch back to the story how do you do that? Raise your hand if you can tell it"
EACH STUDENT IN KENDRA MCDANIEL'S FOURTH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS... GOT AN I-PAD LAST WEEK.
THEY CAN'T TAKE THEM HOME... BUT USE THEM EVERY DAY AT SCHOOL.
MCDANIEL USES APPS THAT ALLOW STUDENTS TO READ BOOKS ON THE I-PAD... STUDY FOR QUIZZES AND LOOK-UP WORDS IN A DICTIONARY.
SHE SAYS THE TOOL ENGAGES STUDENTS... ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO STRUGGLED WITH TRADITIONAL TEACHING METHODS.
Kenda McDaniel, 4th grade teacher: (29:59) "I've seen a lot of improving in my special education students that are a little more reluctant. This has definitely helped them to have a foot in the classroom to feel successful."
HOUSTON COUNTY IS ALSO TESTING I-PADS IN A PERRY MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOM.
AND.. AN HONORS CLASS AT WARNER ROBINS HIGH IS TESTING OUT MIN-LAPTOPS.
THE PROGRAMS WILL BE EVALUATED AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
FOR LOTS MORE TECH NEWS... VISIT THE GEEK 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK ON THE SCENE 13 PAGE.

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IT'S PICTURE TIME... AND TONIGHT WE'RE TAKING A LOOK INTO THE "AREN'T MY KIDS THE CUTEST" GALLERY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THE CAPTION ON THIS PHOTO SAYS... "MY HERO!"
AND THE CAPTION HERE SAYS... "JUST CHATTING AWAY."
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