Friday, September 23, Eyewitness News at 11

1:55 PM, Sep 20, 2011   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
  • FILED UNDER

GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

A BYRON MAN DIED AFTER A THURSDAY NIGHT ARMED ROBBERY TURNED VIOLENT.
WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED AT MARIN MEXICAN FOOD STORE ON BOWLING DRIVE... OFF HIGHWAY 247.
43-YEAR-OLD JOSE MARIN WAS SHOT AND KILLED WHILE UNLOADING A TRUCK BEHIND THE SHOW... ACCORDING TO HIS WIFE FREDDA BONDS.
POLICE ARRESTED 17-YEAR-OLD JERMONTAE MOSS AND CHARGED HIM WITH FELONY MURDER.
BOND SAYS SHE'LL REMEMBER HER HUSBAND OF 13 YEARS AS A GOOD BUSINESSMAN AND A CARING FRIEND.
Fredda Bonds: " I can't even describe how I'm going to miss him. This useless murder is just... my heart is broke. My heart is absolutely broke. I don't knwo if I'm coming or going. and I want my husband back."
FREDDA BONDS SAID HER HUSBAND IMMIGRATED FROM MEXICO WITH FIVE DOLLARS... AND BECAME A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN.

MACON POLICE RETURNED TO THE SCENE OF ONE OF LAST WEEK'S DRIVE-BY SHOOTINGS EARLY THIS MORNING... WITH A SEARCH WARRANT.
A POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS OFFICERS SEARCHED 1448 BERKNER AVENUE AROUND 2 A-M.
THAT'S THE HOME WHERE SIX PEOPLE WERE SHOT LAST WEEK DURING A PARTY ATTENDED BY MORE THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE.
TODAY'S NEWS RELEASE SAYS POLICE FOUND AT LEAST THREE WEAPONS... PLUS MARIJUANA AND COCAINE.
THEY ALSO ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE.
ONE OF THEM WAS JARED SIMS...ONE OF THE PEOPLE WOUNDED EARLY LAST TUESDAY.
POLICE SAID 22 PEOPLE WERE AT THE HOME...AT 2 A-M.



A KEY FIGURE IN A MAJOR DOWNTOWN PROJECT...AND HIS COMPANY....TOGETHER OWE THE COUNTY MORE THAN THIRTY-EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UNPAID TAXES.
AND NEXT WEEK...LOCAL OFFICIALS WILL ASK THE STATE TO AWARD HS GROUP A ONE-POINT-FIVE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FOR THE PROJECT.
THIS MONTH...MACON CITY COUNCIL PICKED A PRIVATE INVESTMENT FIRM TO RECEIVE THAT MONEY...TO DEVELOP THE DANNENBERG BUILDING....AT THIRD AND POPLAR STREETS.
IT ONCE HOUSED THE CITY'S LARGEST DEPARTMENT STORE...BUT IT'S BEEN VACANT FOR DECADES.
DEVELOPER RONALD CONNERS MADE THE PITCH TO MACON CITY COUNCIL...ON BEHALF OF HIS PARTNERS.
THEY WANT TO USE THAT STATE GRANT...TO BUILD SIXTY NINE LOFT APARTMENTS.
BUT TAX DOCUMENTS SHOW CONNERS OWES JUST OVER TWENTY THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PROPERTY TAXES ON HIS MARY ANNE DRIVE HOME.
CONNERS SAYS HE'S ALSO AN OWNER OF WINSLOW HOMES LLC. COUNTY DOCUMENTS SHOW THE COMPANY OWES ABOUT FIFTEEN THOUSAND IN TAXES.
BY PHONE... CONNERS TOLD 13WMAZ'S ELEANOR LISSITZYN THAT HIS BUSINESS HAS SUFFERED FROM THE ECONOMY.
HE SAID HE'S WORKED OUT A PLAN TO PAY THE COUNTY BY NOVEMBER 1.
CONNERS SAYS HE'S BEEN WORKING FOR SEVEN YEARS TO LINE UP FUNDING FOR THE DANNENBERG.
HE SAID HIS OWN INVESTMENT IS 'NEGLIGIBLE' -- JUST TWO PERCENT.
BUT THE GRANT APPLICATION SUBMITTED TO THE CITY... LISTS RONALD CONNERS AS THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROJECT'S FINANCES...AND FOR PREPARING FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS.
LAST YEAR....THE STATE FIRST APPROVED THAT ONE AND A HALF MILLION STATE GRANT FOR THE ATLANTIC COTTON MILL RENOVATION... BUT THAT BUILDING BURNED IN MARCH.
LAURA MATHIS WITH THE MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL COMMISSION SAYS THEY'LL ASK THE STATE NEXT WEEK..FOR PERMISSION TO SWITCH THAT GRANT TO THE DANNENBERG.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT'S OFFICE ISSUED A STATEMENT ON HIS BEHALF. IT SAYS...
"THE MAYOR THINKS ITS A MISTAKE TO LET A SMALL BLEMISH ON A MINORITY SHAREHOLDER DIMINISH WHAT IS GOING TO BE A GREAT PROJECT."

FIVE MACON-BIBB FIREFIGHTERS HAVE CHALLENGED DISCIPLINE HANDED OUT BY CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS IN CONNECTION WITH A STAGED SHOOTING...
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE MAYOR'S SPOKESMAN.. CLAY MURPHEY.
CHRISTOPHER HUGHES... THE FIREFIGHTER WHO FACES TERMINATION FOR ALLEGEDLY SUPPLYING THE GUN USED IN THE VIDEOTAPED HOAX.. IS ASKING FOR A CHANCE TO MEET WITH RIGGINS.
MURPHEY SAYS HUGHES... ALONG WITH FOUR OTHERS... WANT TO PLEAD THEIR CASE TO THE CHIEF.
THEY ARE... CHRISTOPHER HOUSTON.. MARK SWAIN... JESSE WHITE AND SERGEANT JOSHUA BREWER.
MURPHEY SAYS RIGGINS PLANS TO MEET WITH THE FIVE ON MONDAY.
THREE OFFICERS SO FAR HAVE NOT CHALLENGED RIGGINS' DECISION.
THEY HAVE UNTIL 9 A.M. MONDAY TO DO THAT.

MACON POLICE SAY THEY'RE FOLLOWING SEVERAL LEADS IN A ALLEGED RAPE THAT HAPPENED AT A DOWNTOWN NIGHTCLUB.
MACON POLICE SERGEANT JUMAINE JONES SAYS HE RECEIVED SEVERAL CRIMESTOPPERS TIPS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND ONE THIS MORNING.
MACON POLICE RELEASED PHOTOS OF THESE THREE MEN.
SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS POLICE WILL NOT RELEASE MORE DETAILS... INCLUDING THE NAME OF THE NIGHTCLUB... BECAUSE IT MIGHT COMPROMISE THE INVESTIGATION.
JONES ALSO WOULD NOT SAY WHETHER THE THREE ARE WITNESSES OR PERSONS OF INTEREST.
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.

WHAT GOES UP... MUST COME DOWN... AND NASA IS STILL TRYING TO PINPOINT WHERE ON EARTH THE CHUNKS OF A DYING SATELLITE WILL CRASH LAND.
RANDALL PINKSTON HAS THE DETAILS.
<<
MOST OF THE 6-TON SATELLITE SHOULD BURN UP ON RE-ENTRY . BUT MORE THAN TWO DOZEN PIECES ARE EXPECTED TO SURVIVE THE PLUNGE , RAINING 11-HUNDRED POUNDS OF DEBRIS ONTO EARTH.

(SOUNDBITE npn DR. WILLIAM AILOR, DIRECTOR, THE CENTER FOR ORBITAL AND REENTRY DEBRIS STUDIES, AEROSPACE CORPORATION

"Well you know, we've had over the last 40 or 50 years of putting things into space, we've had a lot of debris come down, sometimes a hundred objects a year or more."

EXACTLY WHERE AND WHEN THE DEBRIS WILL LAND IS UNCLEAR. BUT NASA IS NOT WORRIED SINCE MOST OF THE EARTH IS COVERED IN WATER.

THE 740-MILLION DOLLAR RESEARCH SATELLITE WAS LAUNCHED 20 YEARS AGO TO STUDY THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE.

SOT Astronomer Ed Krupp is director of LA's Griffith Observatory fROM EVENING NEWS

"This was the satellite that pinned down the depletion of the ozone hole. something that acutally makes a difference to everyone on earth."

AN AMATEUR SKYWATCHER IN FRANCE CAPTURED THIS VIDEO OF THE SATELLITE IN ITS DYING DESCENT.

(SOT AILOR npn FRIDAY 107))

"If you happen to be the lucky person that actually sees one of these things coming in, it's quite a spectacular event."

ON A NORMAL DAY, MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND PIECES OF SPACE DEBRIS ARE BEING TRACKED. EVEN SO, SCIENTISTS SAY THE ODDS OF GETTING HIT FROM ABOVE ARE VERY SLIM.

TELL THAT TO LOTTIE WILLIAMS OF TULSA, OKLAHOMA.

( npn FRIDAY 278) "We saw this big ball of fire racing across the sky.and I also saw a spark come off of it.

14 YEARS AGO ON A WALK IN THE PARK, SHE WAS BRUSHED ON THE SHOULDER BY A TINY ROCKET FRAGMENT.

(npn FRI 278) "If it starts comin' for ya, run."

LOTTIE SAYS SHE KEEPS A LITTLE PIECE OF THE METAL LOCKED AWAY AS A MEMENTO.
>> TODAY... A SPACECRAFT HAS TO BE BUILT TO BURN UP UPON RE-ENTRY OR HAVE A MOTOR TO PROPEL IT INTO A MUCH HIGHER LONG-TERM ORBIT.

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED PRICES AT THE PUMP... SLOWLY BECOMING A LITTLE LESS PAINFUL.
ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A... THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED GAS DROPPED THREE CENTS TODAY... TO 3-30.
BUT ONE BIBB COUNTY GAS STATION CELEBRATED ITS REOPENING UNDER A NEW NAME... BY DROPPING THE PRICE UNDER THREE DOLLARS.
THE CITGO STATION ON ROCKY CREEK ROAD OFFERED GAS FOR 2-89 A GALLON TODAY... AND DOZENS OF PEOPLE LINED UP... TO FILL UP.
THE STATION STARTED OFFERING THE LOWER PRICE AT 9 A-M... AND SAY THE SPECIAL WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
PEOPLE WHO FILLED UP DURING THE SPECIAL SAY THE LOWER PRICE AT THE PUMP DOES THEIR WALLET GOOD.
Laray Edwards Macon "Its going going to really get me through the week its rough out here, you know i dont have job right now so you can imagine on how i feel with gas being as much as it is so to see gas be cheap makes me feel good it gives me hope"
THE STATION WAS A GLO STATION BEFORE IT CHANGED BRANDS.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST DAY OF FALL WITH A DINNER OUT.... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS DID WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN BEFORE YOU PICK A SPOT.
AMY AUBERT HAS THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
<<
WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES....
ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AT 30-35 WATSON BOULEVARD SCORED A 77... THAT'S A "C"... COMING AFTER A 74... ANOTHER "C" LAST TIME.
JALISCO GRILL AT 10-23 SAINT PATRICK DRIVE IN PERRY... GOT A 74... A "C"... AFTER SCORING A 73... ANOTHER "C"... LAST TIME.
AND RUBY TUESDAY AT 4-03 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS ALSO SCORED A 74... A "C"... COMING AFTER A 92 OR "A" ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GODLEN SPATULA WINNER...
2 GUYS AN A PIE AT 4-02 HIGHWAY 2-47 IN BONAIRE WHIPPED UP A 99... THAT'S AFTER SCORING A PERFECT 100... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
BOUCHEZ SPORTS BAR & GRILL AT 29-22 WATSON BOULEVARD IN CENTERVILLE SERVED UP A PERFECT SCORE... AFTER GETTING A 91... OR "A" LAST TIME.
AND SAIGON NOODLE HOUSE AT 4-02 HIGHWAY 247 IN BONAIRE... SCORED A 97... AN "A"... AFTER GETTING A 98... ANOTHER "A"... ON THE PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
I AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
TWO GUYS AND A PIE... WITH A FIVE SCORE AVERAGE OF 98 POINT 8.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT 2 GUYS AND A PIE... JOIN US AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS... AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THEM UNDER THE FEATURES TAB.... OR YOU CAN HEAD OVER TO THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION TO CHECK OUT THE SCORES FROM YOUR AREA.

A CENTRAL GEORGIA SALON IS STANDING UP TO CANCER.
STRANDZ SALON IN WARNER ROBINS WILL HOST THEIR ANNUAL CUTS FOR THE CURE SUNDAY.
JENNIFER MOULLIET SHOWS YOU HOW YOU CAN HELP STRANDZ FIGHT BREAST CANCER... IN THIS WEEK'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.
<<
SYLVIA PRY A REGULAR AT STRANDZ...
"every week"
SAYS SHE'S GLAD THE SALON SUPPORTS FINDING A CURE... BECAUSE BREAST CANCER IS CLOSE TO HER HEART.
Sylvia Pry, Warner Robins: "I have a sister that has breast cancer, luckily right now thank god she's in remission so we keep our fingers crossed all the time."

OWNER OF STRANDZ... KRISTI HARRELL... SAYS HER AUNT LOST HER 15-YEAR FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.... THAT'S ONE REASON GIVING TO THE SUSAN G KOMEN FOUNDATION IS SO IMPORTANT TO HER.

Kristi Harrell, owner: "It's important to do what we can do, and we can do hair so that's what we do."

ONCE A YEAR THEY HOST CUTS FOR THE CURE... AN ALL DAY EVENT WHERE ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE KOMEN FOUNDATION.

Kristi Harrell, owner: "we do ten dollar minimum donation for manicures and twenty dollar minimum donation for haircuts."

Jennifer Moulliet. eyewitness news: " This is the third year Strandz has done cuts for the cure last year they doubled their donations this year Harrell says they hope to triple them."

Kristi Harrell, owner: "We're hoping that it will just get bigger and bigger, we'd love to fill our parking lot."

ON TOP OF HAIR CUTS AND MANICURES... THEY'LL OFFER MASSAGES...AND RAFFLE TICKETS FOR A GIFT BASKET... WHICH PRY WON LAST YEAR.

Sylvia Pry, Warner Robins: "Everything they have in this shop is in that basket, freebies for hair cuts, colors, manicures and goods from bare minerals."

FOR THE WHOLE MONTH OF OCTOBER... EVERYONE WHO DONATES TEN DOLLARS TO FINDING A CURE GETS A PINK STRAND.
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

CUTS FOR THE CURE HAPPENS SUNDAY FROM ONE TO FIVE AT STRANDZ SALON IN HOUSTON COMMONS... ON SOUTH HOUSTON LAKE ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS.

WELCOME BACK... TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY IS LISA LONG HARVEY.
LISA... YOU'LL NEED TO EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
GETTING INTO THE RUNNING FOR FAN OF THE DAY IS AN EASY THREE-STEP PROCESS.
ONE... VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.
TWO... BECOME A FAN... AND THREE... GET IN ON THE CONVERSATIONS.
WE PICK OUR FAN OF THE DAY RANDOMLY.

IN THE WAKE OF NETFLIX'S SERVICE AND PRICING CHANGES... 35 PERCENT OF ITS SUBSCRIBERS ARE EXPECTED TO LEAVE THE COMPANY.
AND DISH NETWORK AND BLOCKBUSTER ARE HOPING TO CASH IN ON THAT MOVIE HUNGRY CUSTOMER BASE.
KARA TSUBOI HAS THE DETAILS OF THEIR NEWLY-ANNOUNCED SERVICES... IN TONIGHT'S GEEK 13.
<<
Joe Clayton / DISH Network CEO
"One company, one bill, one connection for everything you need in video entertainment."

TRACK ONE: It's called the Blockbuster Movie Pass. And for Dish Network subscribers, it gives access to more than 100-thousand movie, television and video game titles. Available by mail, in store or streaming online.

Joe Clayton / DISH Network CEO
"What a great brand name to compete with the likes of Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Red Box, Qwikster in this ever-changing market environment."

TRACK TWO: And speaking of the competition, the timing of this announcement at a San Francisco press event arrives on the heels of more bad news for Neflix. To date, Netflix has lost one million customers after a price hike over the summer, a broken partnership with Starz Network and recent news of the split between their mail-in and streaming services.


Ira Bahr / CMO, Dish Network
"I think it's a bit of serendipity that that's going on at the same time that we're launching."

Joe Clayton / DISH Network CEO
"There's an old saying that sometimes no amount of planning can replace good old luck. We'll take luck too."


TRACK THREE: While this Blockbuster Movie Pass will compete with Netflix and others, it does have some drawbacks.

Josh Lowensohn / CNET Writer
"So here's the big problem. If you already have a cable provider, something like Comcast or Time Warner, you basically have to switch to get this. And that might not work for everybody."

TRACK FOUR: But for Dish customers, they'll have access to the service starting October first.
>>PRICING FOR THE BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE PASS WILL START AT TEN DOLLARS A MONTH ON TOP OF YOUR REGULAR DISH NETWORK SERVICE PLAN.

MANY FACEBOOK USERS HAVE GOTTEN USE TO THE CHANGES IN THE WAY TO SITE LOOKS AND WORKS.
NOW... THE SOCIAL NETWORK IS ROLLING OUT ANOTHER ROUND OF CHANGES.
AT A CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO... CREATOR MARK ZUCKERBERG SAID FACEBOOK WILL SOON BE A PLACE WHERE FRIENDS CAN SHARE ALMOST EVERY PART OF THEIR LIVES.
THAT INCLUDES SHARING MUSIC... MOVIES... T-V AND NEWS... AS WELL AS A TIMELINE FEATURE. AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HOW OFTEN DO YOU CHECK FACEBOOK?
SO FAR 45 PERCENT OF YOU SAY EVERY DAY
8 PERCENT OF YOU SAY EVERY HOUR
6 PERCENT OF YOU SAY MORE OFTEN
AND 41 SAY... YOUR'E NOT ON FACEBOOK TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.. AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WEEKEND MORNIN' COMES YOUR WAY AT 7 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
WEEK FIVE OF HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS DOT NET'S FOOTBALL FRIDAY NIGHT STARTS IN A MATTER OF MINUTES
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


Most Watched Videos