Tuesday, October 4, 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.

A MALE JUVENILE IN HOUSTON COUNTY IS DEAD....AND AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS WOUNDED....IN TWO SHOOTINGS THAT ARE APPARENTLY CONNECTED.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
THEY SAY IT HAPPENED BEFORE 12-30 TODAY ON SHEFFIELD WAY. THAT'S OFF RUSSELL PARKWAY...NEAR HIGHWAY 41.
RESPONDING TO A 911 CALL...THEY FIRST FOUND THE 11 YEAR OLD....WHO WAS SHOT IN THE BACK.
SHE'S NOW UNDERGOING SURGERY AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
LATER...THE BOY WAS FOUND DEAD IN A NEARBY HOME....APPARENTLY OF A SELF INFLICTED GUNSHOT.
THEYRE NOT RELEASING ANY FURTHER DETAILS AT THIS TIME.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS IT'S STILL INVESTIGATING.

MORE THAN HALF OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS IN WARNER ROBINS CAN EXPECT A POST CARD IN THE MAIL THIS WEEK.. LETTING THEM KNOW ABOUT CHANGES FOR THE NOVEMBER 8TH ELECTION.
CITY ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR VIDA RAWLS SAYS ABOUT 19-THOUSAND VOTERS WILL EITHER VOTE IN A NEW DISTRICT OR A NEW POLLING PLACE.
LORRA LYNCH JONES EXPLAINS HOW TO FIND OUT IF THE CHANGE AFFECTS YOU.
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MELESIA SEGURA PREPARED FOR HALLOWEEN EARLY.
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BUT THINKS SHE'S FINDING OUT ABOUT CHANGES IN WHERE SHE VOTES... A LITTLE LATE.
Melesia Segura: (12:12) "There's some very important issues we'd like to find out."
SEGURA AND HER NEIGHBORS ON BRIARDALE AVENUE ALWAYS VOTED AT NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL.... BUT AFTER REDISTRICTING... IT'S NO LONGER A POLLING PLACE.
Dorothy Rouis, Warner Robins: (9:30) "I knew there was going to be changes somewhere, but I didn't realize it was here."
THEY'LL NOW VOTE AT THE OLD HOUSTON MALL.
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VOTERS IN OTHER AREAS OF THE CITY WILL SEE CHANGES TOO... AND COULD HAVE TO VOTE FOR THE CITY ELECTIONS IN ONE POLLING PLACE... AND FOR THE COUNTY SPLOST QUESTION IN ANOTHER.
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THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT IF YOU'RE AFFECTED... IS BY GOING THE CITY'S WEBSITE.
Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: (28:15) "From the city's election page, go to the blue line across the top and click on line labeled "updated map." That will take you to the page where you can enter your address, and it will pull-up your location on the map. The color code shows you which precinct you vote in. For instance, the Briardale Avenue neighborhood votes at the Old Houston Mall, labeled in green."
ANOTHER LINK TAKES YOU TO THE STATE'S 'MY VOTER PAGE'. ENTER YOUR INFORMATION... AND IT TELLS YOU WHERE TO VOTE FOR STATE.. COUNTY AND CITY ELECTIONS.
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SEGURA PLANS TO SHARE THE INFORMATION WITH NEIGHBORS WHEN THEY STOP BY TO SEE HER DECOR...
IT'S NO TRICK... BUT A TREAT THAT SHE SAYS WILL SAVE VOTERS FROM CONFUSION COME ELECTION DAY.
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>> WE CAN CONNECT YOU TO THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS ON-LINE VOTING INFORMATION.
LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEB-SITE... 13-WMAZ-DOT-COM.
CITY VOTERS WILL CHOOSE THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS.. AND VOTE ON TWO SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES QUESTIONS.
ALL HOUSTON COUNTY VOTERS CAN VOTE ON EXTENDING AN EDUCATION SALES TAX.

FIVE WEEKS FROM TODAY.. MACON AND BIBB COUNTY VOTERS DECIDE WHETHER TO APPROVE A ONE-CENT SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS.
PROPOSED PROJECTS INCLUDE FIFTY-FOUR MILLION DOLLARS TO PAY OFF CITY AND COUNTY DEBTS.. TWENTY-FOUR MILLION TO REPAIR STREETS AND STORM DRAINS.. AND THIRTY-NINE MILLION FOR RECREATION PROJECTS.
SOME PEOPLE SUPPORT IT.. OTHERS DON'T.
JOINING OUR RANDALL SAVAGE NOW ARE LINDSAY HOLLIDAY.. AN OPPONENT.. AND CLIFFARD WHITBY.. CHAIRMAN OF THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY.... A SUPPORTER.

POLICE ARRESTED THE MAYOR OF COCHRAN MONDAY AND CHARGED HIM WITH THEFT BY TAKING IN A DISPUTE OVER 25 PIECES OF PLASTIC PIPE.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO COCHRAN ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF KEY MCGUIRE..
HE SAID MAYOR CLIFFORD (AYE-VANT) AVANT ALLEGEDLY TOLD SEVERAL PEOPLE.... INCLUDING AN OFF-DUTY CITY EMPLOYEE.... TO TAKE THE STACK OF CITY-OWNED PIPES FROM COCHRAN'S SEWAGE-TREATMENT PLANT....TO AVANT'S CHURCH - HOUSE OF GRACE IN BLECKLEY COUNTY.
THE 20-FOOT PIECES OF PIPE WERE VALUED AT 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS TOTAL.
HE SAID MAYOR (AYE-VANT) AVANT TURNED HIMSELF IN TODAY...AND WAS LATER BAILED OUT OF THE BLECKLEY COUNTY JAIL.
AVANT COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.

E-S-P-N PULLED HANK WILLIAMS JUNIOR'S CLASSIC SONG INTRODUCING MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FOR LAST NIGHT'S N-F-L GAME... BECAUSE OF COMMENTS WILLIAMS MADE YESTERDAY MORNING.
HE APPEARED ON FOX NEWS' "FOX AND FRIENDS"... AND COMPARED PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO ADOLF HITLER.
WILLIAMS SAID OF THE PRESIDEN'T OUTING ON THE LINKS WITH HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER...
"IT'D BE LIKE HITLER PLAYING GOLF WITH (ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN) NETANYAHU."
E-S-P-N RELEASED A STATEMENT... SAYING THE NETWORK WAS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE COMMENTS.
THEY DID NOT SAY WHETHER WILLIAMS' SONG WOULD RETURN FOR FUTURE GAMES.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL HAVE DROPPED HANK WILLIAMS JUNIOR DUE TO HIS COMMENTS ON PRESIDENT OBAMA?
SO FAR 80 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
AND 20 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS ONE IN SIX AMERICANS ARE LIVING HUNGRY... AND TURN TO LOCAL CHARITIES FOR ASSISTANCE.
WITH THE CLOSING OF ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES... FOOD BANKS ARE TAKING ON THE BURDEN.
JENNIFER MOULLIET SHOWS YOU ONE FOOD BANK IN CENTRAL GEORGIA THE IS FEELING THE PRESSURE.
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TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH HAS OPERATED its FOOD BANK FOR OVER 18 YEARS... BUT KENNETH PRITCHARD SAYS HE'S NOT SURE HOW MUCH LONGER THEY CAN KEEP THEIR SHELVES FULL.

Kenneth Pritchard, Trinity Methodist Church: " It's not just food it seems like it's everything now."

IN ADDITION TO THEIR FOOD BANK.. THEY OFFER COUNseLING... AND DELIVER FOOD TO the DISABLED .

Jennifer Moulliet, eyewitness news: " Each month Trinity fills five hundred baskets like this and delivers it to families in the community."

PRITCHARD SAYS HE'S SEEING AND INCREASE IN PEOPLE WHO NEED ASSISTANCE... AND HAS LIMITED FOOD TO GIVE THEM.

Kenneth Pritchard, Trinity Methodist Church: "We go to the food bank in macon and their shelves are empty."

DIRECTOR OF THE MIDDLE GEORGIA FOOD BANK... RONALD RALEIGH SAYS THEY HAVEN'T RECEIVED SUPPLIES FROM THE U-S-D-A IN TWO MONTHS.

Ronald Raleigh. Executive Director Middle Georgia Food Bank : "Prices of food have been sky rocketing so far and so much over the past 6 months that when they order food before they can actually order it in on the lower price the price goes up so they have to put out another bid again.

HE SAYS THEY NORMALLY keep THEIR WAREHOUSE 65 percent FULL...CURRENTLY THEY ARE AT 40 percent..

Ronald Raleigh. Executive Director Middle Georgia Food Bank : " We are down about 40 tractor trailer truck loads of food that we normally would have had in my warehouse. At some point we're not going to be able to help everyone that needs help."

PRITCHARD SAYS THEY'RE ANXIOUS ABOUT THE LACK OF FOOD... BUT HE PRAYS THAT PEOPLE WILL KEEP GIVING.
Kenneth Pritchard, Trinity Methodist Church: "God has given us more than enough and I just feel like we need to be giving more."
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> PRITCHARD SAYS IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS THEY HAVE ADDED OVER FORTY NEW FAMILIES TO THEIR LIST WHO NEED ASSISTANCE.

TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11... THERE'S A NEW I-PHONE IN TOWN... BUT IT'S NOT THE I-PHONE FIVE TECH ANALYSTS WERE EXPECTING.
WE'LL GIVE YOU THE DETAILS ON THE I-PHONE 4-S... AND LET YOU KNOW WHICH CARRIER APPLE IS ADDING TO ITS LINE UP... IN TONIGHT'S GEEK 13.

A 4-WEEK OLD BABY HEADED HOME THIS MORNING AFTER UNDERGOING A RARE TYPE OF SURGERY AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA IN MACON.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES.. STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
WHILE IN HIS MOTHER'S WOMB... BABY AMARE THREATT HAD A TUMOR THE SIZE OF HIS HEAD GROWING OUT OF HIS NECK AND BLOCKING HIS AIRWAY.
WITHOUT A SPECIAL SURGERY CALLED AN EXIT PROCEDURE... DOCTORS SAY THE TUMOR WOULD HAVE SUFFOCATED AMARE SOON AFTER BIRTH.
DOCTOR MARK BODDY WAS THE LEAD OBSTETRIC SURGEON BUT HE SAYS IT TOOK A WHOLE TEAM TO CARRY OUT THE PROCEDURE.
HIS ROLE WAS TO MAKE SURE AMARE CONTINUED TO GET OXYGEN WHILE OTHER DOCTORS SECURED HIS AIRWAY.

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