Tuesday, October 11, 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.

AFTER MORE THAN FIVE HOURS OF TESTIMONY TONIGHT... MACON CITY COUNCIL IS STILL DELIBERATING THE FATE OF FIRED PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR RICHARD POWELL.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT FIRED HIM IN FEBRUARY.
COUNCIL HEARD TESTIMONY FROM SEVERAL WITNESSES TONIGHT.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT EXPLAINED THAT RICHARD POWELL FAILED TO ADQUETLY MANAGE THE DEPARTMENT.
HE SAYS POWELL WAS UNABLE TO CREATE AN A ZERO-BASED BUDGET... AND CONSISTENTLY WENT OVER BUDGET... IN ONE INSTANCE BY MORE THAN SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.
THE MAYOR ALSO CITED PROBLEMS WITH MANAGING GARBAGE ROUTES... AND THE ALLEGATION THAT POWELL BROKE CITY LAW BY HUNTING WILD HOGS AT THE LANDFILL.
POWELL DENIES ALL OF THE ALLEGATIONS.
HE SAYS HE IMPROVED MORALE AND OPERATIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT... SAVING THE CITY MORE THAN FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
HE SAYS HE WAS FIRED IN RETALIATION FOR DISAGREEING WITH THE MAYOR OVER A POTENTIAL LAND AGREEMENT... BETWEEN THE CITY AND A PRIVATE CITIZEN.
"Street department requests were down. Sanitation department was on schedule for yard debris and for solid waste. Landfill score was up, we had dirt. So far as I could see everything was going well with the department."POWELL WAS THE LAST PERSON TO TESTIFY TONIGHT.
AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION ON WHETHER CITY COUNCIL SHOULD UPHOLD THE MAYOR'S DECISION TO FIRE POWELL.
THEN COUNCIL WILL DELIBERATE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS... BEFORE TAKING A PUBLIC VOTE.
POWELL NEEDS TEN VOTES IN HIS FAVOR TO BE REINSTATED.

LAST MONTH... WE REPORTED THAT IN 2010... NEARLY THE ENTIRE EAST DUBLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT DIDN'T HAVE THE POWER OF ARREST.
THAT'S BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T GET THE REQUIRED TRAINING IN THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE.
G-B-I INVESTIGATIVE RECORDS SHOW EAST DUBLIN OFFICER STEFAN BROWN ACCIDENTALLY SHOT TRAMMEL MURRAY IN THE CHEST DURING A TRAFFIC STOP.
ACCORDING TO THE RECORDS... BROWN ACCIDENTALLY FIRED HIS GUN WHEN HE TRIED TO OPEN THE PASSENGER SIDE DOOR.
RECORDS FROM THE POST AGENCY... FILED IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR... SHOW BROWN DIDN'T HAVE ARREST POWERS AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING... BECAUSE HE DIDN'T GET THE REQUIRED DEADLY FORCE TRAINING IN 2008 AND 2009.
POST IS THE AGENCY THAT CERTIFIES GEORGIA LAW OFFICERS...AND APPROVES THEIR ARREST POWERS.

MACON POLICE ASK FOR YOUR HELP IN FINDING A PERSON OF INTEREST IN A RECENT MURDER.
STEPHEN JACKSON WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES IN THE BACK AT ELL AND CHAPPELL STREETS....LAST THURSDAY NIGHT.
A MACON POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS BRANDON DEWANYE MORRALL IS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE CASE,
THEY SAY HE KNEW JACKSON...AND THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO WITNESSES TO THE MURDER.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON MORRALL'S WHEREABOUTS.. YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
AGAIN.. THAT'S 1-877-68-CRIME.

FOR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT DAY DEMONSTRATORS OCCUPIED WOODRUFF PARK IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA AND MARCHED ALONG CITY STREETS..
BLAINE ALEXANDER WITH OUR GANNETT SISTER STATION ELEVEN ALIVE TELLS US MORE ABOUT THE OCCUPY ATLANTA PARTICIPANTS..
MAYOR KASIM REED ALSO TOLD MEMBERS OF ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL'S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE THAT, WHILE THE CITY WANTS TO RESPECT THE DEMONSTRATORS' RIGHT TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS, THEY WON'T BE ALLOWED TO CAMP IN THE PARK INDEFINITELY.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS SQUARED OFF IN NEW HAMPSHIRE TONIGHT... IN ANOTHER DEBATE.
TWO-TIME PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY IS LEADING IN THE POLLS... ARMED NOW WITH ANOTHER KEY ENORSEMENT.
RANDALL PINKSTON REPORTS FROM DARTMOUTH COLLEGE IN HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE.
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ALL EYES WERE ON MITT ROMNEY, THE FRONTRUNNER WHO NOW OUTPOLLS GOP PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS. "In a debate from Bloomberg Television and The Washington Post" TUESDAY NIGHT, ROMNEY'S RIVALS GOT A CHANCE TO DISRUPT HIS MOMENTUM.


(SOT)

Cain to Romney: "Can you name all 59 points in your 160-page plan?"

((SOT)) Huntsman to Romney

"The whole discussion around this campaign is job creation. How can you win that debate with your background."

((SOT)) ROMNEY

"The American people with the kind of crisis they're in - they need someone who knows how to create jobs and I do."

((NARR -2))

THE SIT-DOWN FORMAT WAS TIGHTLY SCRIPTED --FOCUSED ON THE ECONOMY. THE CANDIDATES REPEATED NOW-FAMILIAR REMEDIES AND CRITICISMS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.


((SOT)) BACHMANN

"WE'VE GOT TO GET OUR SPENDING HOUSE IN ORDER."

((SOT)) GINGRICH

"If they really want to change things the first person to fire is Bernanke, who is a disaster as the Federal Reserve Chair. The second person is Geithner."


((STANDUP BRIDGE)) RANDALL PINKSTON, CBS NEWS, HANOVER, NH

THIS IS HOME TURF FOR ROMNEY. HE OWNS A VACATION HOME HERE AND WAS GOVERNOR NEXT DOOR IN MASSACHUSETTS. HE'S SPENT CONSIDERABLE TIME AND MONEY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AFTER LOSING THE GOP PRIMARY HERE IN 2008.

((NARR-))

STAKES WERE HIGH FOR TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY, WHO HAS PLUNGED IN THE POLLS AFTER WEAK DEBATE PERFORMANCES.

((SOT)) PERRY

"Mitt's had 6 years to be working on a plan. I've been in this for about 8 weeks."


((nats - thanks, Chris!))

((NARR))

ROMNEY PICKED UP A KEY ENDORSEMENT FROM NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE TUESDAY. THAT COULD LEAD TO MORE CAMPAIGN CASH .. AS THE GOP RACE INCHES CLOSER TO THE FIRST CONTESTS.
>> IN 2012... GEORGIA WILL HOLD ITS PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES ON SUPER TUESDAY... MARCH 6TH.

SOME MACON DEMOCRATS ARE STILL TRYING TO REMOVE THE PARTY'S BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN DARYL MORTON.
THEIR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE VOTED EIGHT TO FIVE TO PRESS ON WITH THE REMOVAL.
MORTON CALLS IT BASELESS AND RETALIATORY.. HE SAYS THE COMMITTEE VOTE WAS INVALID AND HAS ASKED STATE PARTY OFFICIALS TO LOOK INTO THAT.
BUT MORTON CRITICS LIST FIFTEEN REASONS FOR WANTING HIM OUT.. INCLUDING ALLEGATIONS THAT HE TOOK SIDES DURING THIS SUMMER'S DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER SARAH HUNT SAYS THE PARTY HAS STAGNATED UNDER MORTON'S LEADERSHIP.
Sarah Hunt, Democratic Executive Committee Member: "We have not been doing anything this year at all I have sent him several emails as to when we were going to get organized we need to have different committees in place we don't have any committees in place that should be in place. We don't have a registration committee. We're getting ready to take a look at our bylaws, we don't have a bylaws committee we're not organized as the parties in other counties are."
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER AL TILLMAN SAYS MORTON'S CRITICS ARE UPSET BECAUSE THEIR CANDIDATES DIDN'T WIN.
Al Tillman: "Some people need to realize that the election season during the primaries and the mayor's race is over and I think we as democrats and as a community have far too many issues to be dealing with such as the SPLOST and young kids shooting and killing each other to be in fighting about a person who is volunteering his or her time
HUNT SAYS MONDAY'S VOTE WAS TO PROCEED WITH THE REMOVAL PROCESS.. WHICH WOULD ALLOW MORTON'S OPPONENTS TO STATE THEIR REASONS.. AND LET MORTON DEFEND HIMSELF.
AFTER THAT.. HUNT SAYS...THEY COULD TAKE AN ACTUAL REMOVAL VOTE...BUT THEY'D NEED A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY TO OUST MORTON.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POPULAR B-O-B JOGGING STROLLERS ARE BEING RECALLED BECAUSE OF CHOKING CONCERNS.
THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION SAYS THE BACKING ON AN EMBROIDERED LOGO PATCH ON THE STROLLER'S CANOPY CAN COME LOOSE.
CPSC SAYS THE FIRM HAS RECEIVED SIX REPORTS OF CHILDREN PUTTING A DETACHED PATCH BACKING IN THEIR MOUTHS..
TWO CASES INVOLVED CHOKING AND GAGGING.. BUT NO ONE WAS HURT.
IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE STROLLERS.. YOU SHOULD REMOVE THE EMBROIDERY BACKING PATCH BEFORE USING THE STROLLER.
THE STROLLERS WERE SOLD AT R-E-I... BABIES R US AND OTHER STORES NATIONWIDE BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1998 AND OCTOBER 2011.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RECALL... YOU CAN CALL B-O-B TRAILERS TOLL FREE AT 855-242-2245.
AGAIN.. THAT NUMBER IS 855-242-2245.

A VOTE TODAY IN ATLANTA SHOULD KEEP THE GEORGIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME IN MACON FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO GEORGIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME INTERIM DIRECTOR BEN SAPP.
TODAY SAPP AND THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF BIBB COUNTY MET WITH THE STATE PROPERTIES COMMISSION.
THE COMMISSION VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO LEASE THE HALL TO THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR A YEAR FOR 130 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE AGREEMENT SAYS THE HALL CAN RENEGOTIATE THE LEASE EACH YEAR FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS.

THE WARNER ROBINS REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY SAYS A DOWNTOWN TENANT OWES ABOUT 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RENT.
R-D-A EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR... GARY LEE... SAYS THE CITY IS TRYING TO WORK OUT PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS WITH GEENA DEBOE... OWNER OF THE FLAMINGO FOLLIES BOUTIQUE.
DEBOE OPENED THE STORE ON COMMERCIAL CIRCLE ABOUT TWO AND HALF YEARS AGO... AND SIGNED A LEASE ON THE CITY OWNED PROPERTY FOR 550 DOLLARS A MONTH.
SHE'S A MEMBER OF THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY... AND CHAIRPERSON FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CITY FALL FESTIVAL.
DEBOE SAYS SHE FELL BEHIND ON THE RENT...BECAUSE SHE'S BEEN ILL.
SHE SAYS SHE TRIED TO END THE LEASE LAST SPRING... BUT LEE TALKED HER INTO STAYING.
DEBOE SAYS SHE PAID HERSELF FOR REPAIRS TO THE CITY OWNED PROPERTY .. AND THAT LEE VERBALLY AGREED TO ACCEPT THE REPAIR PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF SEVERAL MONTHS RENT.
LEE SAYS HE DID NOT COMMIT TO THAT... BUT HE SYMPATHIZES WITH DEBOE'S SITUATION... AND WANTS TO WORK OUT A PAYMENT PLAN.

SOME FACEBOOK USERS ENJOY LISTENING TO MUSIC ON SPOTIFY... THE MUSIC APPLICATION RECENTLY INTEGRATED INTO THE SOCIAL NETWORK.
BUT ALL YOUR FRIENDS CAN SEE JUST WHAT YOU'RE LISTENING TO... AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE SOME TWEAKS IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR MUSIC SELECTION PRIVATE.
KARA TSUBOI EXPLAINS HOW... IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.
KARA TSUBOI/CNET: With the recent changes to Facebook and the new integration with Spotify, suddenly everyone can see you have a secret love of Debbie Gibson's music.Thankfully, Spotify has rolled out a Private Listening feature to its desktop clients, allowing users to temporarily stop their music selections from being broadcast all over the Internet.

To enable Private Listening in Spotify on a Mac, go to your Menu Bar, click on Spotify, and select Private Listening.

If you are using Windows you can go to File and then choose Private Browsing.

How easy is that? Now you can listen to '80s power ballads, Yo Gabba Gabba, or Justin Bieber to your heart's content -- all with the comfort of knowing that your secret is safe with Spotify.

To disable Private Listening, you only need to repeat the same steps above.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE TECH WORLD THIS WEEK.
AFTER A LONG WAIT... I-PAD USERS NOW HAVE THEIR VERY OWN FACEBOOK APP.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK UPDATED THE I-PHONE APP... WITH A VERSION THAT'S ALSO DESIGNED TO FILL OUT THE LARGER SCREEN OF THE I-PAD.
THE LACK OF A FACEBOOK I-PAD APP HAS LONG BEEN A MYSTERY... BUT FACEBOOK'S CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER SAID THEY'RE RELEASING IT NOW... "BECAUSE IT'S DONE."
APPLE SAYS FIRST DAY PRE-ORDERS OF THE IPHONE 4-S TOPPED ONE MILLION... BREAKING THE RECORD SET BY LAST YEAR'S MODELS.
THE COMPANY STARTED TAKING PRE-ORDERS LAST FRIDAY... AND THE PHONE HITS STORES THIS FRIDAY.
LAST YEAR'S I-PHONE FOUR SOLD 600 THOUSAND UNITS ON THE FIRST DAY OF PRE-ORDERS.
AND SPEAKING OF THE NEWEST I-PHONE MODEL... SPRINT NEXTEL SAYS IT PLANS TO OFFER THE PHONE WITH AN UNLIMITED DATA PLAN.
THAT'S SOMETHING VERIZON AND A-T-AND-T... THE OTHER U-S I-PHONE CARRIERS... NO LONGER OFFER TO NEW SUBSCRIBERS.
SPRINT SAYS ITS STANDARD UNLIMITED SMARTPHONE PLAN... WILL APPLY TO BOTH THE I-PHONE 4 AND THE I-PHONE 4-S.
FOR ALL YOUR TECH HEADLINES... VISIT THE GEEK 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK ON THE SCENE 13 PAGE.

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY IS TONYA WHITE.
TONYA... YOU'LL NEED TO EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
FORSOOTH FAIR VIEWER.... DAREST THOU JOURNEY INTO YONDER REALM OF THE BOOK OF FACES?
ART THINE BRAVE ENOUGH TO NAVIGATE THE TREACHEROUS PATH TO THE LAND OF FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ?
CANST THOU SLAY THE DRAGON THAT GUARDS THE LIKE BUTTON?
AND OF MOST IMPORT... ART THOU A CLEVER CONVERSATIONALIST?


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