Thursday, September 22, 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.

RIGHT NOW... MACON'S CITY COUNCIL IS HOLDING A HEARING ON THE CITY'S PROPOSED SMOKING ORDINANCE.
COUNCIL REDRAFTED THE LAW AFTER MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT VETOED AN EARLIER VERSION.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN IS AT THAT HEARING AT CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS... SHE'S JOINING US WITH AN UPDATE.
ELEANOR?
THANKS ELEANOR.
YOU CAN WATCH THE HEARING LIVE ON OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM...
ELEANOR WILL HAVE MORE TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11 AND AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THREE ACCIDENTS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA EARLY THIS MORNING KILLED THREE PEOPLE... AND INJURED THREE OTHERS.
IN MILLEDGEVILLE... A SINGLE CAR ACCIDENT KILLED TWO GEORGIA COLLEGE STUDENTS WHILE TWO OTHERS WERE HURT.
POLICE CHIEF WOODROW BLUE SAYS THEY'RE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE....BUT SPEED OR THE WEATHER MAY HAVE BEEN FACTORS .
BRITTINY BARBER FOUND OUT HOW THE LOSS IS AFFECTING STUDENTS ON CAMPUS.
<< SOME STUDENTS ON THE GEORGIA COLLEGE CAMPUS WALKED TO CLASS WITH HEAVY HEARTS.. AFTER FINDING OUT TWO CLASSMATES DIED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.
Heather Wilson, Freshman: "One of their roomates who wasn't in the car with them stopped me and said HEather I need to tell you something...He sat me down and he told me that Jonnny and Delor didn't make it and Tyler and Christian were in the hopsital."
HEATHER WILSON LIVED JUST DOWN FROM THE BOYS IN NAPIER HALL...
SHE SAYS THE FRESHMEN WERE INSEPARABLE.
Wilson: "They were four best friends, like a package deal kind of thing. If you got one of them you got all of them."
Brittiny BArber: "The accident happened here on N. Coplumbia street at this railorad crossing. Milledgeville police chief woodrow Blue says the students were driving over the railroad tracks when they went airborne flipped and then hit a tree."
THE COUNTY CORONER SAYS JOHNNY HAROF AND ALEX DELOR...BOTH OF GWINNETT COUNTY... DIED ON THE SCENE...
TYLER ZECKER AND CHRISTIAN SMITH WERE TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
Alex Dorner, Sophomore: "Things like that don't usually happen around here so it was kind of a shock."
THE NEWS SENT RIPPLES THROUGH CAMPUS...
Logan Cook, Freshman: "It's definitely all over facebook and I'm starting to here some people talk about it. I don't know it was just shock..."
AND THE AREA WHERE IT HAPPENED.. SOME STUDENTS KNOW WELL.
Peter O'reilly: Sophomore: "I did remember the other day going over it and I noticed that it was a large bump if you were going very fast and I think they need to put up sign that say slow down."
FOR PEOPLE WHO KNEW THEM.. WILSON SAYS IT'S BEEN HARD TO COPE WITH THE TRAGEDY.
Wilson: "Devestating, shocking. I like didn't want to believe it. It was just weird to think they weren't going to be here anymore."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS>>
CHIEF BLUE SAYS THEY DON'T THINK ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT...
THE TWO STUDENTS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER ARE LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION.

ALSO THIS MORNING... A 29-YEAR-OLD ALPHARETTA MAN DIED AFTER HE HIT A TREE IN NORTH BIBB COUNTY.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS DANIEL PEAKE WAS DRIVING AT RIVOLI AND NORTHSIDE DRIVES WHEN HE RAN A STOP SIGN AND HIT THE TREE.
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SAY THEY GOT A CALL ABOUT THE ACCIDENT JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
JONES SAYS PEAKE DIED FROM BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA.

AND A TEENAGER WAS HIT BY A CAR WHILE HE WAS WALKING TO THE SCHOOL BUS IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY THIS MORNING.
SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS 14-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM BROWN WAS WALKING IN THE MIDDLE OF LINSTEAD DRIVE WHEN A CAR HIT HIM AROUND 6-30 A-M.
THE DRIVER TOLD OFFICERS THAT HE DIDN'T SEE THE TEENAGER BECAUSE IT WAS DARK.
BROWN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION.

MACON POLICE SAY THEY NEED YOUR HELP TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ON A RAPE THAT HAPPENED AT A DOWNTOWN NIGHT CLUB OVER THE WEEKEND.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THREE MEN... WHO THEY SAY MAY KNOW ABOUT THE CASE.
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Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "I received a copy of the police report which says the alleged rape happened sometime between 11:00 Saturday night and 1 a.m. Sunday. According to Macon Police, it happened at a downtown club, but they wouldn't give the location. Much of the information in this report is blacked out but says the victim "disappeared" in the club for 45 minutes with a man she was dancing with. The report says the victim was unresponsive when friends found her inside the club. An officer working the case the victim was unable to communicate at the hospital. Macon Police are looking for any information on three men they say could know more about the case. A news release says the three could be college students, or working in or around Macon on a temporary basis. The police report says the victim was drinking and may have been drugged. In Macon, I'm Amy Aubert, 13 WMAZ, Eyewitness News.">>
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE CASE... YOU CAN CALL MACON REGONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
AGAIN THATS 1-877-68-CRIME.

STARTING NEXT WEEK... YOU'LL HAVE THREE CHANCES TO WEIGH IN ON A PROPOSED WARNER ROBINS TAX INCREASE.
THIS SUMMER... CITY LEADERS AGREED TO RAISE THE MILLAGE RATE ABOUT 85-HUNDREDTHS OF A MILL.
THE FIRST HEARING ON THAT INCREASE IS SCHEDULED FOR A WEEK FROM TODAY... SEPTEMBER 29TH... AT 5-15 IN THE WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
MORE HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER THIRD... AND OCTOBER 13TH.
THE PROPOSED INCREASE WOULD COST THE OWNER OF A 100 THOUSAND DOLLAR HOME ABOUT 25 DOLLARS A YEAR.

FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER SAYS THE EXECUTION OF DEATH ROW INMATE TROY DAVIS SHOWED THE DEATH PENALTY SYSTEM IS QUOTE-"UNJUST AND OUTDATED."
HE RELEASED A STATEMENT TODAY AFTER DAVIS WAS EXECUTED LATE LAST NIGHT.
THE SAVANNAH NATIVE WAS CONVICTED OF KILLING AN OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER IN 1989.
BUT SOME OF THE WITNESSES AGAINST HIM LATER CHANGED THEIR STORIES... AND SAID THE KILLER WAS ANOTHER MAN.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... DID TROY DAVIS DESERVE TO DIE?
SO FAR 60 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
AND 40 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.

WALL STREET TOOK ANOTHER HIT TODAY AS INVESTORS FEAR ANOTHER A RECESSION.
THE DOW FELL 391 POINTS TODAY... BRINGING THE AVERAGE DOWN BELOW 11 THOUSAND.
THE NASDAQ AND THE S AND P 500 ALSO SAW SIGNIFICANT DROPS.
ONE FINANCIAL INDICATOR AFTER ANOTHER SHOWS THAT INVESTORS ARE LOSING HOPE THAT THE ECONOMY CAN KEEP GROWING.
TODAY'S PLUNGE COMES A DAY AFTER THE FEDERAL RESERVE ANNOUNCED A CHANGE IN STRATEGY FOR FIGHTING THE ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN.

IT'S OFFICIAL... DOWNTOWN MACON HAS BEEN NAMED AN URBAN MAIN STREET BY THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC SITES.
ONE MACON GROUP SAYS THEIR HARD WORK TO REVITALIZE THE DOWNTOWN IS FINALLY PAYING OFF..
JENNIFER MOULLIET SHOWS US HOW MAIN STREET MACON PLANS TO SPRUCE UP DOWNTOWN.
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THREE YEARS AFTER LATRIA INGRAM MOVED HER BUSINESS OUT OF DOWNTOWN MACON.
Latria Ingram: " Most people thought with the new mall and all the new developments that it would be a very successful move, but it proved not to be the case."
SHE SAYS SHE'S BACK... TO STAY... AND EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE.
Latria Ingram: "Its been a great response and we're really happy with our decision."
SHE SAYS SHE'S EXCITED FOR THE URBAN MAIN STREET PROGRAM BECAUSE IT WILL HELP HER BUSINESS.
Latria Ingram: "Right next to us is a beautiful space that's available and so hopefully with Main Street Macon they can fill the space and we can feed off of eachother."
Mechel Mckinley: "We are working on recruiting businesses to fill our store fronts we're also working on cleaning up downtown in terms making sure downtown puts it's best foot forward."
MANAGER OF MAIN STREET MACON... MECHEL MCKINLEY SAYS WITH THE NEW DESIGNATION... THEY WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR GRANTS... AND IMPROVE THE DOWNTOWN.
Mechel Mckinley: "Its like getting the good house keeping stamp of approval for a city."
DOROTHY RIDLEY...SERVES ON THE MAIN STREET BOARD AND SAYS HER BUSINESS... DOT'S FORGET ME KNOTS' DOORS HAVE BEEN OPEN ON CHERRY STREET FOR EIGHT YEARS.
Dorothy Ridley, store owner: "We have a lot of great restaurants, a lot of great shops, we have a lot of living space, lofts and almost anything you're looking for you can find it downtown."
SHE HOPES THE NEW MAIN STREET DESIGNATION....WILL HELP THEM DRESS UP THE DOWNTOWN EVEN MORE.
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> MCKINLEY SAYS THEIR GOAL IS TO FILL EVERY VACANT BUILDING... HAVE THE STREETS BUSTLING WITH PEOPLE ... AND TRANSFORM DOWNTOWN MACON INTO A VIBRANT CENTER FOR THE CITY.

THE ATLANTA BRAVES HAVE HIT A BIT OF A ROUGH PATCH LATE IN THE SEASON... AND THEY'RE STRUGGLING TO HOLD ONTO THEIR WILDCARD LEAD OVER THE CARDINALS.
WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT HOW THE BRAVES ARE PLAYING.
JOSHUA SAYS... "STICK A FORK IN THEM... THEY'RE DONE."
DONNA WROTE... "EVEN PROFESSIONALS HAVE BAD DAYS, AND WHEN GOOD PITCHING HAPPENS, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. THIS IS WHY THEY ARE PAID THE BIG BUCKS TO DO THEIR JOBS AND NOT ALLOW HITS. IT'S STILL FUN BASEBALL."
STEVE COMMENTED... "THAT'S BASEBALL; WHEN YOU ARE HOT YOU ARE HOT AND WHEN YOU ARE NOT YOU'RE NOT, AND WE ARE SURELY NOT. GO BRAVES GET IT TOGETHER."
AND BRANDY'S STAYING OPTIMISTIC. "THEY WILL MAKE IT TO THE N-L-C-S... NO WORRIES!"
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