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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.

EIGHT FIREFIGHTERS.. INCLUDING A LIEUTENANT.. CAPTAIN.... AND BATALLION COMMANDER.. FACE DISCIPLINE FOR A GUN-WIELDING HAZING PRANK INSIDE BIBB COUNTY'S FIRE STATION 1-0-8.
CANDACE ADORKA HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS DEVELOPING STORY.. AND JOINS US NOW WITH THE LATEST.
<< FIRE CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS HAS HANDED OUT PUNISHMENT TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE ROOKIE PRANK FILMED AND PUT ON YOUTUBE LAST WEEKEND.
HE'S SAID FIREFIGHTER CHRISTOPHER HUGHES WILL GET A 5-DAY SUSPENSION.... PENDING TERMINATION.
MAYOR'S SPOKESPERSON CLAY MURPHEY SAYS THEY HAVEN'T IDENTIFIED THE MASKED MAN WHO POSED AS THE GUNMAN IN THE VIDEO....BUT THEY SAY CHRISTOPHER HUGHES PROVIDED THE GUN...
AND SERGEANT JOSH BREWER PROVIDED THE CAMERA.
BREWER HAS BEEN DEMOTED AND WILL GO 30 DAYS WITHOUT PAY.
THREE OTHERS... CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON... MARK SWAIN... AND JESSE WHITE... WILL ALSO GO A MONTH WITHOUT PAY.
RIGGINS SAID THOSE FIVE VIOLATED A DEPARTMENT ORDER AGAINST HAZING...AND OTHER RULES.
HE SAID SOME HIGHER-UPS FAILED TO PROPERLY SUPERVISE THEIR STAFF.
CAPTAIN STEPHANIE BURKE... GETS A WEEK WIHTOUT PAY.
LIEUTENANT TIMOTHY PRUITT GETS WHAT THEY CALL A COUNSELING STATEMENT... AND BATTALION CHIEF JAMES WALLACE GETS A WRITTEN REPRIMAND.
ALL THOSE FIREFIGHTERS CAN APPEAL THEIR PUNISHMENTS IF THEY CHOOSE.
FIRECHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS HAS SAID HE TAKES HAZING AND INITIATIONS VERY SERIOUSLY.
IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT... RIGGINS CALLED THE VIDEO APPALLING AND A DISGRACEFUL ACT AGAINST OTHER FIREFIGHTERS... THE DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMUNITY.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>>THE FIREFIGHTERS HAVE TWO DAYS TO APPEAL THEIR PUNISHMENT. THEY CAN APPEAL FIRST TO CHIEF RIGGINS...THEN TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE....AND FINALLY....TO MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.

MACON CITY COUNCILMAN LARRY SCHLESINGER CALLS THE FIRE STATION VIDEO A TROUBLING EVENT THAT HAS CONSEQUENCES BEYOND THOSE BEING PUNISHED.. HE JOINS OUR RANDALL SAVAGE WITH MORE.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE MACON-BIBB FIRE DEPARTMENT?
SO FAR 54 PERCENT OF YOU SAY EXCELLENT.
30 PERCENT SAY GOOD.
10 PERCENT SAY FAIR.
AND 6 PERCENT SAY IT'S POOR.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAID A THREE MONTH OLD INFANT DIED AFTER FALLING FROM A GROCERY SHOPPING CART TUESDAY.
POLICE SAY THE INFANT WAS SECURED IN HIS CARRIER BUT NOT SECURED TO THE SEAT IN THE CART WHEN THE CARRIER TIPPED OVER.
THAT'S BECAUSE... THEY SAY... THERE WAS NOWHERE FOR THE CARRIER TO LATCH ONTO.
AMY AUBERT HAS MORE ON THIS STORY...
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Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "The incident happened here in this Kroger parking lot just behind me on Forsyth Road. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones calls it, quote, a terrible accident, and says the three month old was in some type of seat on the top of a shopping cart when the cart hit a speed breaker. Macon Police say a Kroger employee who was friends with the child's mother, was pushing the cart when the infant fell. Dr. Jason Smith with Primary Pediatrics says they see at least 10 accidents from shopping carts every year, and he says when it comes to the buggies, always err on the side of caution.
Jason Smith, Pediatrician: "We also see a lot of accidents like this that happen where car seats fall from an elevated spot, whether it be a counter top or something else. And just, you know, a reminder to definitely make sure that we're not putting it at a high spot and that includes a shopping cart."
Amy Aubert: "The American Association of Pediatrics has a list of rules when it comes to kids and shopping carts. But Dr. Smith says it's best to keep infant carriers in strollers that have a latch that will hold that carrier in place."
Jason Smith: "If you're not able to do that, I always tell parents here to put it inside the actual basket of the cart. It's just a safer place for it to be."
Amy Aubert: "Macon Police also describe what happened as a tragic accident and say so far no charges are pending. In Macon, I'm Amy Aubert, 13 WMAZ Eyewitness News.">> MACON POLICE INVESTIGATOR... PAMELA WILLIAMS SAYS THEY WRAPPED UP THEIR INVESTIGATION AFTER SURVEILLANCE VIDEO MATCHED WHAT WITNESSES TOLD THEM.

THE LYONS CHIEF OF POLICE IS IN JAIL.. AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES ON MONDAY...
TOOMBS COUNTY SHEIRFF ALVIE KIGHT SAYS
CHIEF RICHARD NEWSOME WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANNA.. THEFT BY CONVERSION... AND VIOLATION OF HIS OATH OF OFFICE.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY HEYWARD ALTMAN SAYS THE ARREST CAME AFTER A FOUR MONTH INVESTIGATION.... PROMPTED BY TIPS FROM PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.
ALTMAN SAYS NEWSOME WAS TRANSFERED FROM TOOMBS COUNTY TO ANOTHER JAIL FOR HIS SAFETY...
HE WOULD NOT SAY WHERE NEWSOME IS BEING HELD.

WITH LESS THAN AN HOUR TO GO BEFORE TROY DAVIS IS SCHEDULED TO DIE... HIS SUPPORTERS ARE STILL LOOKING FOR WAYS TO STOP THE EXECUTION.
DOZENS OF DEMOSTRATORS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY... PROTESTNG THE EXECUTION.
THEY ASKED PRESIDENT OBAMA TO STEP IN.
THE PRESIDENT CAN'T GRANT DAVIS CLEMENCY FOR A STATE CONVICTION... BUT HE COULD HALT THE EXECUTION BY ASKING FOR A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN JOINS US FROM OUTSIDE THE GEORGIA DIAGNOSTIC AND CLASSIFICATION PRISON IN JACKSON.... THE STATE'S DEATH ROW....WHERE MORE PROTESTORS HAVE GATHERED.
ELEANOR?
AGAIN... TROY DAVIS IS SET TO BE EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION AT 7 P-M.
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AND AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

GEORGIA'S GOLDEN OLYMPIC GAMES AIM TO BRING A LITTLE GRACE TO GETTING OLDER.
THE ANNUAL SENIOR SPORTING EVENTS STARTED IN WARNER ROBINS TODAY.... AND RUN THROUGH SATURDAY.
LORRA LYNCH JONES SHOWS YOU WHY TWO ATHLETES SAY COMPETITION KEEPS THEM ON TARGET.
<<nat seqence- (2:32) "Line up first"/strings bow/
(2:40) whistle blows/arrows fire
PAUL IVEY AND DICK MITCHELL MAKE QUITE THE PAIR.
nats- archery
YOU COULD SAY A SORT OF CUPIDS' ARROW STRUNG THEM TOGETHER...
quick nat-
WHEN THEY BOTH FELL IN LOVE WITH THE ART OF ARCHERY.
Paul Ivey: (12:59) "Unlike golf, it's something you continue to get better at."
THE TWO PULLED BACK THEIR FIRST BOW A FEW YEARS AGO...
nats- arrow firing
... SCORING A NEW HOBBY (nats- counting score)
AND A FRIENDSHIP AT AN ATLANTA AREA ARCHERY CLUB.
Dick Mitchell: (19:00) "Part of it is fellowship. Part of it is shooting."
NOW THEY VENTURE TO TOURNAMENTS STATEWIDE... COMPETING... BUT MOSTLY ENJOYING THE COMRADERY.
Dick Mitchell" (12:00) "Nobody is trying to psych eachother out."
THEY SAY THE SPORT KEEPS THEM SHARP.. (nats)
THAT'S THE POINT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE GOLDEN OLYMPIC GAMES SAYS ORGANIZER JOYCE HUTCHERSON.
Joyce Hutcherson: (16:20) "There's nobody in a rocking chair, nobody droolling in their bibb so to speak. They are enjoying themselves."
EVERY ATHLETE IS OVER FIFTY....
nats- at scoreboard
.... ALL OF THEM AIMING FOR SENIOR GAME GOLD MEDALS AND A SHOT (nats) AT A NATIONAL TITLE.
nats- pulling out arrows
IVEY AND MITCHELL SAY THEIR ARROWS MAY LACK THE SPEED OF THOSE FIRED BY YOUNGER MEN.... BUT THEY MAKE-UP FOR THAT IN FUN.
(20:34) "I think aging is wonderful. Probably the happiest I've ever been in my life. Come out here with my friends, fling a few arrows, have a good time."
THAT'S THE BULLSEYE THEY SHOOT FOR... AND HIT WITH PRECISION EVERY TIME.
nats-
STD>> THE GEORGIA GOLDEN OLYMPICS INCLUDE SPORTS SUCH AS THE HIGH JUMP... BOWLING... TENNIS... SWIMMING... SHOT-PUT AND MANY MORE.
THE EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED FROM EIGHT A-M TO 8 P-M THROUGH SATURDAY... IN WARNER ROBINS AND PERRY... WITH MORE THAN 400 COMPETITORS FROM ACROSS THE STATE.

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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