Tuesday, October 4, Eyewitness News at 11

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

A MALE JUVENILE IN WARNER ROBINS IS DEAD....AND AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS WOUNDED....IN TWO SHOOTIGNS 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 OFF RUSSELL PARKWAY.
NANCY (CRI-VEL-OWN-KNEE) CRIVELLONE SAYS SHE WAS IN HER HOME ON SHEFFIELD WAY WHEN SHE NOTICED LOTS OF POLICE CARS ACROSS THE STREET.
SHE SAYS SHE SAW A YOUNG GIRL LYING IN THE ROAD SURROWNDED BY PEOPLE OUTSIDE 105 SHEFFIELD WAY.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE THE 11 YEAR OLD GIRL WAS SHOT IN THE BACK.
CRIVELLONE SAYS SHORTLY AFTER SHE SAW MORE POLICE AND EMTS RUN INSIDE HER NEIGHBOR'S SHEFFIELD WAY HOME.
"I didn't know what was going on, and then they backed up into the driveway. And then they came out with a gurney, there was a body. It was completly covered with a white sheet. And that's when I knew somebody else was hurt or dead."
THE GIRL IS BEING TREATED AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THE BOY WAS FOUND DEAD INSIDE THE HOME....APPARENTLY OF A SELF INFLICTED GUNSHOT.
AUTHORITIES ARE NOT RELEASING ANY FURTHER DETAILS AT THIS TIME.

TOMORROW'S SCHEDULED EXECUTION OF A GEORGIA INMATE HAS BEEN DELAYED.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO ATTORNEY BRIAN KAMMER... WHO REPRESENTS MARCUS RAY JOHNSON.
JOHNSON WAS CONVICTED IN THE 1994 RAPE AND MURDER OF ANGELA SIZEMORE.
AUTHORITIES SAY THE ALBANY WOMAN WAS STABBED TO DEATH SHORTLY AFTER THE TWO MET AT A NIGHTCLUB.
THE TWO WERE SEEN KISSING AT THE CLUB AND LEFT TOGETHER.
HOURS LATER... SIZEMORE'S BODY WAS FOUND IN HER S-U-V.
JOHNSON'S ATTORNEYS SAYS THERE ARE "TROUBLING INCONSISTENCIES" IN THE STATE'S EVIDENCE... WHICH THEY SAY HINGES ON UNRELIABLE EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY.

THE MAYOR OF COCHRAN IS CHARGED 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 AVANT ALLEGEDLY TOLD SEVERAL PEOPLE... INCLUDING AN OFF-DUTY CITY WORKER... TO TAKE THE STACK OF CITY-OWNED PIPES FROM COCHRAN'S SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT TO AVANT'S BLECKLEY COUNTY CHURCH.
THE 20-FOOT PIECES OF PIPE WERE VALUED AT 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS TOTAL.
MCGUIRE SAYS THE MAYOR TURNED HIMSELF IN TODAY... AND WAS RELEASED FROM THE COUNTY JAIL ON BOND.
AVANT COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.

AFTER YEARS OF DELAYS SOME MEMBERS OF MACON CITY COUNCIL SAY THEY'RE COMMITTED TO BREAKING GROUND ON A NEW FILMORE THOMAS RECREATION CENTER.
THAT'S THE SITE THAT USE DO BE KNOWN AS DURR'S LAKE.
THE COMMUNITY RESOURCED AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE HEARD FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTORS THIS EVENING ABOUT HOW TO TAKE THE FIRST STEPS.
THE CITY DRAINED THE LAKE TO EXCAVATE DIRT FOR LANDFILL COVER.
AND SINCE 2007... MACON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THEY'VE HEARD ABOUT PLANS TO PUT A RECREATION CENTER IN PLACE.
COMMITTEE CHAIR LAUREN BENEDICT SAYS THE CITY DESIGNATED ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS TOWARD THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PLAN.
THAT WOULD BE THINGS LIKE CREATE WALKING TRAILS... AND CREATING A NEW DAM FOR THE LAKE.
COUNCILMAN CHARLES JONES SAYS IT'S STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION... BUT THE CITY NEEDS TO PROVE ITS COMMITTED TO GETTING IT DONE.
Councilman Charles Jones: "Promises, promises, promises. We've put money for places around us. And we need to come up to the bat and say, 'move a tree, move a bush, move a shovel of dirt, but something could have been done, something need to be done."
ONE POINT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IS INCLUDED ON THE PROPOSED UPCOMING SPLOST FOR THE FILMORE THOMAS TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT.
BUT BENEDICT SAYS EVEN IF IT DOESN'T PASS...THE CITY WILL USE THAT ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS TO GET STARTED.

MORE THAN HALF OF WARNER ROBINS' REGISTERED VOTERS WILL RECEIVE A CARD IN THE MAIL THIS WEEK... WITH INFORMATION ON NEW VOTINB PLACES.
CITY ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR VIDA RAWLS SAYS REDISTRICTING CHANGED VOTING DISTRICT AND POLLING PLACES FOR MANY PEOPLE.
MELESIA SEGURA AND HER BRIARDALE AVENUE NEIGHBORS SHOULD RECEIVE CARDS IN THEIR MAIL BOXES THIS WEEK.
THEY LIVE IN DISTRICT SIX... AND THEY'VE ALWAYS VOTED AT NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL.
THAT'S NO LONGER A POLLING PLACE... AND SEGURA AND HER NEIGHBORS WILL VOTE AT THE OLD HOUSTON MALL.
WITHOUT THE INFORMATION... THEY SAY THEY'D BE CONFUSED COME ELECTION DAY.
Melesia Segura, Warner Robins: (13:15) "I think so, because I am one of them. They have to tell me twice or I have to read it twice over and over, so I can get the idea."
Dorothy Rouis, Warner Robins: (9:30) "I knew there was going to be changes somewhere, but I didn't realize it was here, because I have not recieved anything."
WE CAN CONNECT YOU TO THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS ON-LINE VOTING INFORMATION.
THERE'S AN INTERACTIVE MAP THAT ALLOWS YOU TO PLUG IN YOUR ADDRESS... AND A COLOR CODE TELLS YOU YOUR VOTING DISTRICT AND POLLING PLACE.
LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEB-SITE... 13-WMAZ-DOT-COM.

ACCORDING TO THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE... ONE IN SIX AMERICANS ARE LIVING HUNGRY... AND THEY TURN TO LOCAL CHARITIES FOR ASSISTANCE.
WITH THE CLOSING OF ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES... FOOD BANKS ARE TAKING ON THE BURDEN.
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH IN WARNER ROBINS HAS PROVIDED A FOOD BANK FOR OVER 18 YEARS.
THEY OPEN THEIR DOORS TO THOSE IN NEED THREE WEDNESDAYS EACH MONTH.
KENNETH PRITCHARD SAYS THE FACE OF POVERTY HAS CHANGED... AND THAT YOUNGER FAMILIES ARE COMING FOR HELP.
Kenneth Pritchard, Trinity Methodist Church: "It kind of tears at your heart, it doesn't kind of it does tear at your heart to realize or at least know there's somebody here that cares and we try to encourage them and send them other places for help to, what we can't do."
PRITCHARD SAYS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE NEEDING ASSISTANCE KEEPS INCREASING... BUT THE FOOD THEY HAVE TO GIVE IS DECREASING.

FOUR MAJOR U-S AIRPORTS... INCLUDING ATLANTA'S HARTSFIELD-JACKSON... ARE TESTING A NEW SECURITY PROGRAM.
THE "PRE-CHECK" PROGRAM REQUIRES PASSENGERS TO SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ADMINISTRATION.
IN EXCHANGE... THEY GET A CHANCE... NOT A GUARANTEE... THAT THEY WILL BE USHERED INTO SPECIAL SECURITY LINES.
THOSE LINES MAY NOT REQUIRE THEM TO REMOVE THEIR SHOES...BELTS OR LIGHT COATS... AND PASSENGERS MAY BE ABLE TO KEEP LAPTOPS IN TRAVEL BAGS.

JOSH HOWELL LOVES THE OUTDOORS AND KAYAKING ON THE OCMULGEE RIVER..
SO HE DECIDED TO MIX BUSINESS....WITH PLEASURE.
TODAY MARKED THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF GEORGIA KAYAK.. A RENTAL AND KAYAK SALES STORE ON SECOND STREET IN DOWNTOWN MACON..
HOWELL PLANS TO SELL NEW AND USED KAYAKS.. CANOES.. OUTDOOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR.. HOWELL SAYS HE CAN ALSO PLACE SPECALITY ORDERS FOR OUTDOOR ITEMS.
HOWELL AND HIS BUDDIES HAVE BEEN KAYAKING ON THE OCMULGEE FOR YEARS.
BUT HE SAYS THEY NOTICED A CHANGE IN THE WATER OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS... MORE PEOPLE.
Josh Howell, Georgia Kayak Owner: There's been a lot of people, I've noticed it growing here. I was hoping with that, with the growing of it, we could... bring something, get this people to a center point where they can get the merchandise they need.
HOWELL SAYS RENTALS BEGIN AT TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS PER DAY TO FORTY-DOLLARS FOR A WEEKEND.. HE'S OPEN TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM TEN A-M TO SIX P-M.. SATURDAY FROM NINE A-M TO SIX P-M AND SUNDAY FROM NOON TO THREE P-M.

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".
WILLIAMS SAID OF THE PRESIDENT PLAYING GOLF 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.

EXPANDING FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT LET IMMIGRANTS WORK LEGALLY IN THE U-S COULD HELP GEORGIA'S FARMERS.
THE STATE'S AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TOLD WASHINGTON LAWMAKERS THAT FARMERS IN GEORGIA ARE SUFFERING FROM A LABOR SHORTAGE.
GARY BLACK SAID FARMERS REPORTEDLY HAD FEWER WORKERS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER AFTER THE STATE PASSED A LAW ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.
BLACK SAID INCENTIVES AIMED AT GETTING UNEMPLOYED GEORGIANS AND PROBATIONERS TO PICK CROPS WERE ONLY MARGINALLY SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE THE WORK IS SO DEMANDING.

IT'S BEEN ONE OF THE CORE PRODUCTS OF APPLE'S SUCCESS... AND TODAY THE TECH GIANT UNVEILED THE LATEST VERSION OF THE I-PHONE.
BUT THE IPHONE 4-S ISN'T THE COMPLETE OVERHAUL SOME TECH WATCHERS WERE EXPECTING.
KARIN CAIFA HAS THE DETAILS ON THE GADGET AND WHEN YOU CAN BUY IT... IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.
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APPLE ON TUESDAY UNVEILED THE LATEST VERSION OF THE IPHONE
I'm really pleased to tell you today all about the iPhone 4S.
AND THE IPHONE 4-S LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE LAST ONE.
THE UPGRADES, ARE ON THE INSIDE. NEW OPERATING SOFTWARE, A FASTER PROCESSOR, LONGER BATTERY LIFE, A BETTER CAMERA AND A VOICE-COMMAND ASSISTANT --
Do I have any meetings on Friday at noon?
You don't have anything on your calendar...
-- A FEATURE THAT TECH WATCHERS ARE PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT.
You say something like, "What's the GDP of Nigeria?" and it'll spit you back a fact. That kind of thing we haven't seen before and it's pretty exciting.
DESPITE LACKING EXTREME COSMETIC CHANGES -- EXPERTS SAY -- WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON APPROACHING, THE TARGET AUDIENCE, IS STILL A BIG ONE.
Even though it didn't deliver the radically new design that some people were expecting or hoping for, they now have 3 carriers that are carrying the iPhone.
SPRINT JOINS AT & T AND VERIZON ON THE LIST OF IPHONE-FRIENDLY SERVICE PROVIDERS.
TUESDAY'S PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT WAS THE FIRST WITHOUT APPLE FOUNDER STEVE JOBS, WHO STEPPED DOWN AS C-E-O IN AUGUST.
THERE'S PRESSURE ON SUCCESSOR TIM COOK TO KEEP INNOVATING AND IMPROVING PRODUCTS LIKE THE IPHONE -- WHICH IN FOUR YEARS HAS EVOLVED INTO A STATUS SYMBOL FOR THE TECH-SAVVY, WHILE STILL BEING FAIRLY SIMPLE TO USE.
The Apple iPhone thrives on its minimalism, on its prettiness, and on that status symbol factor, which no other phone has.
THE IPHONE 4-S GOES ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH. >>
AND ON THE DAY THAT APPLE ANNOUNCED THE NEWEST IPHONE... MICROSOFT ANNOUNCED THE END OF ITS ZUNE MEDIA PLAYER.
THE TECH GIANT LAUNCHED THE PLAYER FIVE YEARS AGO... IN HOPES OF TAKING ON THE I-POD.
THE ZUNE WAS WELL-RECEIVED AFTER ITS 2006 LAUNCH... AND IT GRABBED AS MUCH AS TEN PERCENT OF THE MARKET... BUT ENTHUSIASM FADED.
MICROSOFT HASN'T RELEASED A MAJOR UPDATE TO THE LINE IN TWO YEARS.
SOME OF ZUNE'S LOOK AND FUNCTIONALITY HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO MICROSOFT'S SMARTPHONE SOFTWARE.
MICROSOFT SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT EXISTING PLAYERS.

KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TECH NEWS BY VISITING THE GEEK 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
FIRST... CLICK ON SCENE 13 IN THE MENU BAR ON THE HOMEPAGE.
FROM THERE... SCROLL DOWN AND CLICK ON THE GEEK 13 SECTION TO FIND THE LATEST TECH HEADLINES AND VIDEO.

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY IS MARCUS DAVIS.
MARCUS... YOU'LL NEED TO EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
GETTING IN THE RUNNING FOR FAN OF THE DAY CAN BE EASIER THAN USING YOUR SMARTPHONE.
TYPING FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ IS FASTER THAN FINDING THE RIGHT APP FOR WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.
AND HEY... YOU CAN BE DONE CLICKING THE LIKE BUTTON BEFORE THAT APP EVEN LOADS.
NO PROMISES ON THE LAST PART THOUGH... YOU MAY HAVE TO PUT SOME TIME INTO THE CONVERSATIONS.

IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGES AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
TONIGHT... WE'RE JOURNEYING OVER TO THE DUBLIN PAGE.
SHEILA VAN DYKE IS CONTINUING HER MISSION TO CREATE LAUGHTER IN THE CARL VINSON VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER... BY PERFORMING A COMEDY SHOW.
SHE'S ENTERTAINED IN COUNTRIES LIKE KOSOVO... BOSNIA AND GERMANY.
TOMORROW... SHE'S SET TO TAKE THE STAGE AT THE MEDICAL CENTER'S AUDITORIUM IN DUBLIN AT 2 P-M.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... GIVE THE MEDICAL CENTER A CALL AT 478-272-1210.
THAT'S 272-1210.

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LETTERMAN/S NEXT..
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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