Friday, October 14, 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.

LAST NIGHT...WE TOLD YOU HOW MACON POLICE BATTLE WHAT THEY CALL THE "CODE OF SILENCE"... THAT'S WHEN PEOPLE REFUSE TO REPORT CRIMES...OR TALK TO POLICE ABOUT WHAT THEY KNOW.
BRITITNY BARBER INTRODUCES YOU TO ONE WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE UNDERSTANDS WHY SOME WITNESSES DECIDE TO KEEP QUIET. JANE DUNCAN SAYS IN 2003 WHEN DENNIS GRIMES TOLD HER AND A FRIEND HE'D KILLED A MAN.... SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO....
Duncan: 24 "To be honest I prayed about it. I even called Crimestoppers to report it and they place me on hold and when they placed me on hold I honestly lost my nerve...."
WHEN SHE FINALLY TALKED WITH POLICE... SAYS SAYS SHE ASKED TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS... BUT THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN...
SHE ENDED UP WEARING A WIRE TAP WHILE TALKING TO HER FRIEND ABOUT THE CRIME...
THAT LED TO THE KILLER FINDING OUT SHE'D TALKED TO POLICE .... CAUSED HER TO BE PLACED UNDER PROTECTIVE CUSTODY... AND LEFT HER WITHOUT A PLACE TO LIVE.
Duncan: "I never regretted doing the right thing. I just regretted how thing turned out, how they did me. that's what I regret. you know they really do need to better when it comes to, when people do come forward, you can't continue to ask people to come forward, put you know life and limb on the line "
DUNCAN SAYS SHE DECIDED SHE DIDN'T WANT TO TESTIFY...BUT IN THE END... SHE DID...
AND HELPED PUT GRIMES BEHIND BARS FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE...
HE WAS CONVICTED IN 2004... OF THE MURDER OF RONNIE DAVIS..
Duncan: No one like that deserves to be walking on the streets so for those who call me a snitch, you can always call me a snitch, but I still know in my heart of hearts I did the right thing."
ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.. GRIMES IS BEING HELD AT TELFAIR STATE PRISON SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT PAROLE.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY ELIZABETH BOBBETT SAID DUNCAN DID TESTIFY FOR THE PROSECUTION... AND THAT SHE WAS PUT UP IN A HOTEL FOR A WHILE.
IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ON ANY CRIME... YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68CRIME.. AGAIN THAT'S 1-877-68CRIME

SOME PEOPLE IN WILCOX COUNTY ARE PICKING UP THE PIECES...AFTER THOSE STRONG STORMS BLEW THROUGH PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA YESTERDAY.
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT STORY A LITTLE LATER.
BUT THE STORMS ALSO STIRRED THINGS UP IN HOUSTON COUNTY... PROMPTING EMERGENCY OFFICIALS TO FIRE-OFF THE SIREN AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS.
THAT'S UNUSUAL BECAUSE THERE WAS NO TORNADO WARNING.
LORRA LYNCH JONES EXPLAINS WHY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SAYS THEY USE DIFFERENT CRITERIA FOR ALERTS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS.
<<nats- (4:12) "Cmon on. What you see is what you get."
SCOTT SHAFFER FROM NEW JERSEY... ENJOYS HIS ANNUAL TRIP SOUTH.
Scott Schaffer, Atlantic City NJ: (2:40) "The hospitality is fantastic."
HE ALSO LIKES THE WEATHER... WITH THURSDAY AFTERNOON'S STORM AS THE EXCEPTION.
Scott Shaffer: (1;01) "It looked like something out a story book, the skies were completly dark."
HE SAYS ABOUT A HALF HOUR BEFORE THE STORMS ROLLED-IN... SEVERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS BOOMED FROM THE CLOCK TOWER'S LOUD SPEAKERS..... AND THE EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM THAT DELIVERS VERBAL MESSAGES LIKE THIS.
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THURSDAY'S WARNING TOLD PEOPLE ABOUT HIGH WINDS... A THUNDERSTORM APPROACHING... AND TO TAKE SHELTER.
Schott Schaffer: (2:10) "If it weren't for the public broadcast, I don't think they wouldve known what to do, for that aspect it was awesome."
WHEN THE STORM ARRIVED... HOUSTON EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR JIMMY WILLIAMS SOUNDED THE HAZARD SIREN.
Jimmy Williams: (45:48) "The National Weather Service was indicating a storm that had winds of 45-55 miles per hour. When you get that with tents and other things around, that many people out in the open, we decided to clear the fairgrounds and get them into protective buildings."
WILLIAMS SAYS HE AND FAIRGROUND MANAGERS MADE THE RIGHT DECISON.
Jimmy Williams: (49:10) "At the fairgrounds, that's typically what were going to do, especially with what happened in Indiana with the stage collapse and other things. It's just not good to take chances."
SHAFER AGREES WITH CALL...
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... ALTHOUGH HE'S TYPICALLY ALL ABOUT THE GAMBLE.
nats- "1 you get any prize here if you make it it!"
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>> WILLIAMS SAYS YESTERDAY'S EMERGENCY ALERT SOUNDED ONLY AT THE SIREN ON THE SOUTH END OF THE FAIRGROUNDS.
TOMORROW... ALL OF HOUSTON COUNTY'S 33 EMERGENCY ALERT SIRENS WILL BE TESTED AT NOON.
THAT'S ROUTINE ON THE THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH... IF THE WEATHER IS CLEAR.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HOW DO YOU USUALLY FIND OUT ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER?
SO FAR 4 PERCENT OF YOU SAY SIRENS.
8 PERCENT SAY TEXT ALERTS.
12 PERCENT OF YOU SAY WEATHER RADIO.
AND 76 PERCENT OF YOU SAY THROUGH TELEVISION.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

ORGANIZERS OF THE OCCUPY MACON EVENT SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW... NOW HAVE APPLIED FOR A CITY PERMIT.
CITY RECREATION DIRECTOR DALE DAUGHERTY SAYS AN OCCUPY MACON ORGANIZER VISITED HIS OFFICE AROUND 5-30 TODAY... TO GET A PERMIT TO USE THE CITY PARK.
HE SAID THE PERMIT WOULD BE APPROVED...UNLESS THE PROTEST SEEMED TO POSE A PUBLIC SAFETY THREAT.
MAYOR'S SPOKESMAN CLAY MURPHEY SAYS CITY OFFICIALS STARTED TALKING THIS MORNING ABOUT THE OCCUPY MACON MOVEMENT.
THEY REALIZED THEY DIDN'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE EVENT... WHO'S IN CHARGE... OR WHAT KIND OF TURNOUT TO EXPECT.
OCCUPY MACON HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE THAT INDICATES SEVERAL DOZEN PEOPLE SAY THEY'LL JOIN THE GATHERING.
THE FACEBOOK PAGE SAYS THE GROUP WILL MEET AT NOON....THIRD STREET PARK... NEAR CHERRY STREET.

A WARNER ROBINS CHRISTMAS TRADITION COMES TO AN END THIS YEAR.
AFTER 14 YEARS....SHIRLEY HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH WILL END ITS WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM EVENT.
EACH YEAR.... THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE VISIT THE CHURCH TO SEE A 2000 YEAR OLD VILLAGE COME TO LIFE.
THIS YEAR... PASTOR ANDY COOK SAID IT'S TIME TO CALL IT QUITS.
HE SAID THE PROJECT REQUIRED 500 VOLUNTEERS... WORKING FOR FOUR MONTHS.
THE CORE GROUP OF ORGANIZERS HE SAID... IS NOW 14 YEARS OLDER.
THE REVEREND COOK SAYS A WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM COST THE CHURCH ABOUT 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR... AND THEY NEVER CHARGED ADMISSION.

IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE HEADED INTO SOME GREAT WEATHER THIS WEEKEND... SO YOU MAY BE LOOKING TO GET OUTDOORS.
AND IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK... AND THIS WEEK OUR LOW SCORES WERE JUST A FEW POINTS UNDER THE HIGH ONES...
APPLEBEE'S AT 25-74 RIVERSIDE DRIVE IN MACON SCORED A 93... THAT'S AN A... COMING AFTER A 98... ANOTHER A... LAST TIME.
ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH INSPECTION REPORT... PROPER EATING... TASTING... DRINKING... OR TOBACcO USE WAS NOT FOLLOWED.
IT NOTES THAT IS A RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
THE REPORT ALSO SAYS CONTAMINATION WAS NOT PREVENTED DURING FOOD PREPARATION AND DISPLAY.
MARGARITA'S AT 16-02 MONTPELIER AVENUE IN MACON... SCORED A 92... AN "A"... THAT'S THE RESTAURANT'S ONLY LISTED SCORE.
THE HEALTH INSPECTOR SAYS FOOD CONTACT SURFACES WERE NOT CLEANED AND SANITIZED AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES WERE NOT PROPERLY IDENTIFIED... STORED... AND USED.
AND HONG KONG RESTAURANT AT 59-36 ZEBULON ROAD IN MACON GOT TWO 88'S... BOTH "B'S"... ON THEIR LATEST TWO INSPECTIONS.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... NON-FOOD-CONTACT SURFACES WERE NOT CLEAN... AND UTENSILS WERE NOT PROPERLY STORED.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES...
THE BACK BURNER AT 22-42 INGLESIDE AVENUE IN MACON... WHIPPED UP TWO PERFECT 100'S ON ITS LATEST TWO INSPECTIONS.
JITTERY JOE'S COFFEE AT 16-35 MONTPELIER AVENUE IN MACON... SERVED UP A 99... AN "A"... COMING AFTER A PERFECT 100 LAST TIME.
AND INGLESIDE VILLAGE PIZZA AT 23-95 INGLESIDE AVENUE IN MACON SCORED A PAIR OF 100'S ON THEIR LAST TWO INSPECTIONS.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....FRANK...LEAH?

A LITTLE EARLIER IN THIS NEWSCAST... WE MENTIONED THAT SOME PEOPLE IN WILCOX COUNTY ARE PICKING UP THE PIECES...AFTER YESTERDAY'S STRONG STORMS.
CAPTAIN CODY BEECHER WITH THE ROCHELLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS DAMAGE RANGED FROM TREES DOWN ON SIDE ROADS... TO DAMAGED HOUSES AND VEHICLES.
EIGHTY SEVEN YEAR OLD JAMES LEE SAYS THE WINDS WIPED OUT PART OF HIS PROPERTY.
LEE SAYS HE OWNS ABOUT 500 ACRES INCLUDING THE OLD KRAMER METHODIST CHURCH.
THE CHURCH WAS BUILT IN 19-11... BUT CLOSED ITS DOORS IN THE 19-80'S.
LEE SAYS HE USED IT FOR STORAGE.
Owner of Kramer Methodist church
"I'm happy that nobody got hurt we can always rebuild or whatever but to live is what it's all about."
JENNIFER MOUILLET WENT TO WILCOX COUNTY...WHERE THE STORM LITERALLY HIT HOME FOR ONE FAMILY. WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT STORY TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

HERE'S AN UPDATE ON A STORY WE BROUGHT YOU EARLIER.
CITY RECREATION DIRECTOR DALE DAUGHERTY SAYS OCCUPY MACON ORGANIZERS NOW HAVE A PERMIT IN HAND FOR TOMORROW'S PROTEST.
HE SAYS THE PERMIT CALLS FOR A PROTEST STARTING AT NOON AT THE DOWNTOWN THIRD STREET PARK.
THEY SAY THEY EXPECT ABOUT 50 PEOPLE.
DAUGHERTY SAYS IT'S A ONE-DAY PERMIT..AND HE'S WARNED OCCUPY MACON THAT SLEEPOVERS IN THE PARK... ARE NOT ALLOWED.

MACON AND BIBB COUNTY LEADERS ARGUE THAT PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE THE COUNTY... WILL PAY FOR MOST OF A PROPOSED PENNY SALES TAX.
THEY'RE BASING THAT ON A MERCER UNIVERSITY STUDY THAT COUNTED PARKING TAGS AT SEVERAL POPULAR BIBB SHOPPING AREAS... BETWEEN OCTOBER FIRST AND SEVENTH.
WHEN THEY ELIMINATE GEORGIA SPECIALITY PLATES THAT DON'T LIST A COUNTY.... THE STUDY SAYS...THE NUMBERS BROKE DOWN THIS WAY:
MORE THAN HALF OF THE VEHICLES.... 51 PERCENT... WERE FROM OTHER GEORGIA COUNTIES.
44 PERCENT HAD BIBB COUNTY TAGS.
AND FOUR PERCENT... WERE FROM OTHER STATES.
BIBB COUNTY VOTERS WILL DECIDE ON NOVEMBER 8 WHETHER TO APPROVE A 190 MILLION DOLLAR SPLOST.
EARLY VOTING IS UNDERWAY AT THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS.

FOR MANY FAIRGOERS... CHECKING OUT THE FOOD IS THEIR FAVORITE PART OF THE FAIR.
AND SOME HOUSTON COUNTY TEENAGERS SAY THEY HAVE THE BEST FOOD AND SERVICE DOWN AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR..
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE HOUSTON COUNTY YOUNG FARMERS FOOD BOOTH.
PERRY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RUN IT DURING THE DAY... SELLING WHAT THEY CALL THE BEST SMOKE PORK CHOP SANDWICHES AND TEA AT THE FAIR.
THE GROUP'S ADVISOR PHIL GENTRY SAYS MANAGING THE BOOTH IS A GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR THE TEENS.
Phil Gentry Houston County Young farmers Advisor "It is really good for the kids they get to expernce the fair like no body else gets to expernce the fair people from all different walks of life come by the booth and talk to the kids and interact with the kids so it is a great education experncies for them and they get to expernce the fair like no else gets to expernces."
ALL OF THE MONEY RAISED FROM THE BOOTH WILL HELP SUPPORT AGRICULTURE EVENTS FOR HOUSTON COUNTY'S FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA AND 4-H PROGRAMS.

WHILE YOU'RE AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR... SNAP SOME PHOTOS TO SHARE WITH US.
HERE ARE A COUPLE YOU'VE ADDED TO OUR GALLERIES AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
TWINS TIMARA AND TIMIA TAKE A MOMENT TO SMILE FOR THE CAMERA WHILE THEY ENJOY THE RIDES.
AND THE CAPTION ON THIS ONE SAYS "AROUND THE BEND THEY COME!"
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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