Tuesday, September 20, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.

I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.



OUR TOP STORY AT SIX - MACON-BIBB FIRE CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS SAYS FIVE FIREFIGHTERS WHO STAGED A PRANK SHOOTING AT A FIREHOUSE COULD LOSE THEIR JOBS ...OR THEIR RANK.

THE HOAX HAPPENED SUNDAY EVENING.....AND SOMEONE FILMED IT... AND POSTED IT TO YOUTOBE.

THE VIDEO SHOWS AN ARMED MAN ENTERING FIREHOUSE 108 AND THREATENING THE SEVEN PEOPLE IN THE ROOM.

RIGGINS SAYS IT WAS A PRANK...AND THE TARGETS ....WERE TWO ROOKIE FIREFIGHTERS.

HE SAYS HE IS STILL TRYING TO DECIDE WHETHER THAT VIOLATED THEIR EMPLOYEE CODE OF CONDUCT AND TWO FIRE DEPARTMENT POLICIES... ONE OF WHICH STATES ...

"EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THE INITIATION OF FIRE PERSONNEL -- THIS INCLUDES RECRUITS AND INCUMBENT PERSONNEL -- WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO A NEW STATION WILL CEASE.

"EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THE INITIATION OF FIRE PERSONNEL -- THIS INCLUDES RECRUITS AND INCUMBENT PERSONNEL -- WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO A NEW STATION WILL CEASE.

THE MACON/BIBB COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR HAZING/PHYSICAL HORSEPLAY WITH ANOTHER PERSON; PHYSICAL CONFRONTATIONS OF ANY KIND, AND INITIATIONS OF ANY KIND.

THIS BEHAVIOR WILL BE MET WITH SWIFT AND STRICT DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

ANY MEMBER VIOLATING THIS POLICY WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TERMINATION."

RIGGINS SAYS WHAT HE SAW ON THE VIDEO WAS UNPROFESSIONAL AND DANGEROUS.

"We work very hard very diligently to maintain our proper place inside this community as a well respected organization and under my watch I expect that to maintain I want that to be held up and this type of behavior could cause injury, could cause harm, it alludes to other things, it opens facets, doors that are far-reaching in my mind and so i take that verry seriously"

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATED... BUT SAYS NO CRIME WAS COMMITTED.

SHERIFF JERRY MODENA SAYS IT CAME DOWN TO THE WEAPON AND THE INTENT.

"well we were very interested in the fact that there appeared to be a gun involved we looked at that very closely and we took the video looked at it very closely and it was evident from the video that this was some kind of joke coz they're laughing and things of that nature"

RIGGINS SAYS OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.... HE'LL DECIDE WHETHER THE FIREFIGHTERS VIOLATED THE POLICIES AND DISCUSS THEIR PUNISHMENT WITH THEM...BEFORE HE ANNOUNCES IT.



TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD THE FIREFIGHTERS WHO STAGED THE SHOOTING PRANK BE FIRED?

SO FAR... IT'S AN EVEN SPLIT. 50 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... THEY SHOULD.

AND 50 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO. YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.



MACON MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE ROBERT FAULKNER TOSSED OUT AN ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS.

HE SAYS HER CONTROVERSIAL FACEBOOK POSTS ARE FREE SPEECH...NOT A VIOLATION OF CITY ORDINANCE.

REPUBLICAN ACTIVIST BILL KNOWLES WHO FILED THE SUIT SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED.

HE SAYS LUCAS' FACEBOOK POSTING CRITICIZING POLITICAL OPPONENTS VIOLATED AN ORDINANCE BECAUSE THEY UNDERMINED CONFIDENCE IN CITY GOVERNMENT.

BUT KNOWLES SAYS LUCAS WENT TOO FAR... LIKE WHEN SHE CALLED THE MOVING MACON FORWARD GROUP "MODERN DAY KLANSMEN."

KNOWLES SAYS HER COMMENTS MAKE HER NO BTTER THAN THE LATE WHITE SUPREMACIST... J.B. STONER.

Bill Knowles, Republican Party Activist: They're hardly people that are klansmen, and for her to equate to that, you know, it's just, she's becoming Macon's rendition of J.B. Stoner for crying out loud.

BUT LUCAS SAYS...SAME TO YOU.

Elaine Lucas, Macon Councilwoman: I think the man has something, there must be something wrong with him if he can make that kind of connection would think that he would be closer to J.B. Stoner than I.

FROM THE BEGINNING.. LUCAS CALLED THE COMPLAINT TRIVIAL AND FRIVOLOUS.

KNOWLES DISCUSSES THE COMPLAINT DURING THIS WEEK'S CLOSE-UP PROGRAM.. WHICH AIRS AT NOON SATURDAY AND SIX A-M SUNDAY.



TROY DAVIS NOW SEEMS TO HAVE LITTLE CHANCE OF AVOIDING HIS SCHEDULED EXECUTION...JUST OVER 24 HOURS AWAY.

HE'S SCHEDULED TO DIE BY LETHAL INJECTION WEDNESDAY FOR KILLING OFF-DUTY SAVANNAH POLICE OFFICER MARK MACPHAIL.

DUFFIE DIXON WITH OUR SISTER STATION W-X-I-A IN ATLANTA HAS MORE ON TODAY'S RULING BY THE STATE PARDONS BOARD... AND WHAT DAVIS' OPTIONS ARE NOW.

((Duffie on cam))

Members of Amnesty International and the NAACP came out with strong reactions after the Georgia Board of Pardons and paroles DENIED a stay of execution for Troy Davis.


(take sot) Laura Moye, Amnesty International


((duffie talks under vo))

Amnesty International says the only chance lies now with the Chatham District Attorney Larry Chisholm...he's in Savannah.

Supporters of Davis are asking Chisholm to convince the Superior Court judge who issued Davis' warrant for execution to revoke it.


((Duffie on cam))

Possible but not probable. At the same time the NAACP says it has even reached out to the president of the united states..

Again he could step in but it's not considered likely.

And so Troy Davis is set to be put to death tomorrow night at 7.

In Atlanta Duffie Dixon.

THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS THE BOARD HAS REJECTED DAVIS' APPEALS.

BUT SEVERAL OF THE ORIGINAL WITNESSES AGAINST HIM HAVE CHANGED THEIR STORIES... AND NOW SAY THE KILLER IS ANOTHER MAN.



CONSTRUCTION CREWS BEGAN TEARING OUT WHAT USED TO BE A PARKING LOT AT THE MACON MALL TODAY..

AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... IT'S THE FIRST STEP IN GIVING THE SHOPPING AREA... A FACELIFT.

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Nats, machine



TUESDAY... CONSTRUCTION CREWS RIPPED OUT WHAT USED TO BE A PARKING LOT... BY THE ENTRANCE TO THE MACON MALL... OFF EISENHOWER PARKWAY.



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A PROJECT... PLANNED TO KEEP TRAFFIC FLOWING... FROM THE EISENHOWER ENTRANCE.



Mishay Bingham, Mall Manager: "This is going to be the new traffic circle which will prevent traffic from having to stop to go around Perimeter Road."



MALL MANAGER MISHAY BINGHAM SAYS CREWS ARE RECYCLING OLD CURBS AND CEMENT... TO CREATE THE ROUNDABOUT.



Mishay: "We are grinding all of that up, which is what you see going on right now, and that will become a soil cement, which will be our new base."



BINGHAM SAYS LAST WEEK... CREWS BEGAN REMOVING PART OF THE SIDING OF THE PARISIAN BUILDING... WHICH WILL BE COMPLETELY DEMOLISHED... SHE SAYS... IN ABOUT FIVE WEEKS.



Nats, trucks



FOR NOW... CREWS WILL PAVE THE WAY... FOR THE MALL'S FUTURE CHANGES.



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AMY AUBERT...13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> HULL STOREY GIBSON LLC, THE MALL'S OWNERS, PLAN TO DEMOLISH THE EMPTY EAST WING.

THEY SAY THAT WILL REMOVE UNUSED SPACE AND HELP MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATE ON MAKING THE REST OF THE MALL SUCCESSFUL.



WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS IF THEY WERE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE CHANGES COMING FOR THE MACON MALL.

JUSTINE REPLIED... "SOUNDS LIKE A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. I HIGHLY DOUBT THE MACON MALL WILL DO ANYTHING BUT DECLINE FURTHER."

RAMONA WROTE... "NOPE. TIMES HAVE CHANGED."

AUDREY COMMENTED... "I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE MACON MALL. SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE "NEW" MALL CAUSE YOU'RE INSIDE AND SECURITY IS GREAT THERE. THE ONLY THING IS... THEY MOVED JUST ABOUT ALL OF THE GOOD STORES OUT."

AMBER REPLIED... "I WISH WE STILL HAD THE MALL LIKE IT WAS ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO OR SO... I DON'T LIKE THE NEW OUTDOOR MALL AND IT'S LOCATED TOO FAR AWAY. TOO BAD PEOPLE HAD TO RUIN THE OLD ONE."

AND WENDY SAID... "I JUST HOPE IT HELPS! I REMEMBER WHEN THE MACON MALL WAS THE PLACE TO BE. NOW IT IS THE PLACE TO "DUCK."

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SOME PEOPLE IN SOUTH HOUSTON COUNTY SAY THEY WAITED DECADES FOR THE COUNTY TO A FULFILL PROMISE TO PAVE THEIR ROAD.

THAT WORK IS FINALLY UNDERWAY ON WILLIAMS CIRCLE.

AS LORRA LYNCH JONES SHOWS YOU... ALMOST EVERYONE IS PLEASED TO SEE THE PROMISE KEPT.

<<nats- gardening

PARTHENE WILLIAMS PLANTED HER FIRST GARDEN HERE FORTY YEARS AGO.

(:42) "At first I didn't like it because it was out, you know. Then, I came to like it."

THE FAMILY OWNED FARMLAND AND FRESH AIR GREW ON HER...

Parthene Williams: (3:45) "Im an outdoor person."

THE DIRT ROAD NEVER DID.

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SHE REMEMBERS THE FIRST TIME THE COUNTY TALKED OF PAVING IT IN THE EARLY 70'S...

(12:10) "Oooh, wee. It was some years ago."

THIRTY YEARS LATER .. TAXPAYERS AGREED TO PAY FOR PAVING IN A 2001 PENNY SALES TAX.

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STILL EIGHT YEARS AFTER THAT... THE ROAD LOOKED THE SAME.

WILLIAMS' NEIGHBORS... TALKED TO 13WMAZ... AFTER HEAVY RAINS WASHED OUT THE ROAD... AND DEEP MUD KEPT SCHOOL BUSES FROM DRIVING ON IT.

THEY HOPED THEIR STORY WOULD SPEED-UP THE PROJECTS PACE.

Parthene Williams: (2:58) "Finally, it worked"

COUNTY CREWS PLAN TO FINISH WORK THIS WINTER.

Parthene: (3:05) "We been sitting under that dogwood tree watching the good work they're doing."

BUT NOT EVERYONE IS PLEASED.

nats- Crandall Postell

CRANDALL POSTELL.. SAYS HIS FAMILY OWNS SOME OF THE PROPERTY.

Crandall Postell: (25;30) "Everybody knows when you have a dirt road and pave the road, the value of the property goes up."

HE DOESN'T WANT TO PAY MORE TAXES... AND IS FIGHTING THE COUNTY IN COURT.. TO TAKE BACK THE RIGHT-OF-WAY THEY CLAIMED.

nats- parthene

WILLIAMS SAYS WHEN THE COUNTY ASKED FOR A FEW FEET OF HER LAND... SHE GAVE IT.

Parthene Williams: (12:55) "I said so be it, I'll give up whatever to get the road paved."

SHE CALLS IT A COMFORT OF HOME... WORTH THE LONG WAIT. >>

A HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW ON CRANDALL POSTELL'S MOTION TO TAKE BACK THE RIGHT-OF-WAY.

AS FOR THE TEN OTHER DIRT ROAD PAVING PROJECTS APPROVED BY VOTERS IN THE 2001 SPLOST... SIX ARE COMPLETE.

COUNTY OPERATIONS DIRECTOR ROBBIE DUNBAR SAYS SEVEN MORE WERE APPROVED IN THE 2006 SPLOST.

NONE OF THOSE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN STARTED.



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