Sunday, October 23, Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M BRITTINY BARBER, AND THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... A SOLDIER STATIONED AT FORT GORDON IS DEAD... AFTER KILLING AN AUGUSTA DEPUTY... THEN TAKING HIS OWN LIFE.
RICHMOND COUNTY SHERIFF RONNIE STRENGTH SAYS... 47-YEAR-OLD DEPUTY JAMES PAUGH WAS OFF DUTY... AND ON HIS WAY HOME EARLY SUNDAY MORNING..
THAT'S WHEN HE WAS SHOT SEVERAL TIMES WHILE CHECKING ON SUSPICIOUS CAR SITTING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD...
AUTHORITIES SAY 26-YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER HODGES FIRED AT LEAST 35 ROUNDS FROM HIS SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE....
SHERIFF STRENGTH SAID IN A PRESS CONFERENCE... THAT HODGES MAY HAVE THOUGHT.. PAUGH WAS FOLLOWING UP ON AN EARLIER INCIDENT...
"wE THINK AND WHAT WE HAVE FOUND A VEHICLE IN A GRASSY AREA. IT WASN'T LIKE IT HAD PULLED OFF. IT WAS BACKED IN OFF THE GRASSY AREA AND IT WAS SUSPICIOUS AND HE DID NOT KNOW WHAT IT WAS. WE FEEL CONFIDENT THAT HE WAS TOTALLY UNAWARE OF THE DOMESTIC ALTERCATION THAT HAD GONE ON. HE WAS CHECKING THAT CAR... AND PULLED OFF HIS MOTORCYLE AND DIDN'T EVEN GET TO PUT DOWN HIS KICKSTAND BEFORE THE SUSPECT STARTED FIRING ON HIM
STRENGTH ALSO SAYS.. THEY BELEIVE HODGES MAY HAVE BEEN DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING.

A 7-POINT-2 EARTHQUAKE ROCKED EASTERN TURKEY THIS MORNING...
RESCUE CREWS ARE DIGGING FOR PEOPLE TRAPPED UNDERNEATH COLLAPSED BUILDINGS... AND OFFICIALS SAY THE EARTHQUAKE MAY HAVE KILLED AS MANY AS ONE-THOUSAND PEOPLE.
DREW LEVINSON HAS LATEST ON RESCUE EFFORTS.
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The powerful earthquake rocked parts of easternTurkey Sunday leaving buildings in shambles, water spraying in the air, and tens of thousands of people in a panic.
(--NATSOUND PEOPLE SCREAMING--)
This man, dazed from what had just happened said, "We didn't know what to do. It continued 30 seconds. It was terrible!"
(--NATSOUND SEARCHING THROUGH DEBRIS--)
Emergency workers dug and crawled as best they could, through the remains of homes and business--hoping to find someone inside alive.
(--NATSOUND CHEERING--)
Rescue crews found a man inside a toppled building--he can be seen moving.
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This mother lost everything but said "Thank God, my kids weren't at home during the quake"
Still, she couldn't get in touch with them and doesn't know where they are.
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The epicenter was located in the eastern part of Turkey near the Iranian border and according to an earthquake research institute in the country-- it was three miles deep.
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The cities of Van and Ercis appear to be hardest hit and are reporting the most casualities
The Ercis mayor said they urgently need supplies including tents and rescue teams.
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And President Barack Obama said in a statement:
We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Turkish Ally in this difficult time, and are ready to assist the Turkish authorities.
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The rescues continued into the night. Emergency workers found more survivors but its feared there are hundreds still trapped.
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DOZENS OF AFTERSHOCKS MEASURING AS STRONG AS FIVE-POINT-SIX.... HAVE HAMPERED SOME RESCUES EFFORTS....
SUNDAY'S EATHQUAKE IS THE STRONGEST TO HIT THIS REGION... IN MORE THAN A DECADE.

IT GIVES A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO THE TERM MOBILE HOME....
THREE HOUSES... MORE THAN A CENTURY OLD... WERE RELOCATED FROM COLEMAN AVENUE TO OGLETHORPE STREET THIS WEEKEND.
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... PEOPLE CAME FROM NEAR AND FAR TO SEE THE SIGHT OF HOUSES ROLLING DOWN THE STREET.
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ERICA CAINES WILL NOW HAVE A NEW VIEW OUTSIDE HER KITCHEN WINDOW.
"We're looking at the empty lot right across the street where they're going to put the three homes."
MERCER UNIVERSITY AND HISTORIC MACON FOUNDATION PARTNERED TO MOVE THREE HOUSES BUILT IN THE 1890'S INSTEAD OF DEMOLISHING TO MAKE ROOM FOR LOFTS AT MERCER VILLAGE.
CAINES SAYS SHE DOESN'T MIND THE CHANGE.
"They're beautiful houses so i prefer the old houses."
11-YEAR OLD LILIAN KNIGHT HAD ONLY ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE HOUSES ROLLING UP THE STREET.
"WOW!"
SHE RODE DOWN FROM JONES COUNTY WITH HER BROTHER AND FATHER TO SEE THE HOUSES' SLOW CREEP THROUGH THE BEALL'S HILL NEIGHBORHOOD.
"Its really cool how they just have to have all these trucks come and how theyre moving it so they wont get destroyed."
SIERRA DEVELOPMENT.. THE COMPANY BUILDING THE LOFTS... IS PAYING FOR THE MOVE...
THAT'S ACCORDING TO LARRY BRUMLEY... VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AT MERCER.
HE SAYS THE RELOCATION COST MORE THAN THE HOMES ARE WORTH.
BUT CAINES SAYS THE SPECTACLE IS WELL WORTH IT.
"I didnt know it was possible to move a whoel house so... but I think they're good that since theyre historic landmarks they dont have to demolish them."
IN ADDITION TO THE HOUSE MOVING COMPANIES... GEORGIA POWER AND COX CABLE WERE ON HAND TO MOVE POWER.. CABLE... AND PHONE LINES OUT OF THE WAY.
HISTORIC MACON PLANS TO RENOVATE AND RESELL THE HOMES.
AND CAINES SAYS THE NEW... OLD FIXTURES WILL FIT RIGHT IN.
"It's a historic area anyway so i think its nice to have that part of history right here in the neighborhood."
CANDACE ADORKA... 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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ACCORDING TO HISTORIC MACON... THE HOUSES ARE QUEEN ANNE STYLE..
REPRESENTATIVES SAY OVER THE LAST 114 YEARS..... WHOLESALE GROCERS... YEAST DISTRIBUTORS... COFFEE SALESMEN AND COURT SOLICITORS HAVE LIVED IN THE HOMES...

FOLKS FLOCKED TO JULIETTE THIS WEEKEND.. ALL TO CELEBRATE TO A VEGETABLE THAT HELPED MAKE THE TOWN FAMOUS.
THE 12TH ANNUAL FRIED GREEN TOMATOES FESTIVAL WAS IN FULL SWING THIS WEEKEND...
MCCRACKIN STREET FILLED WITH VENDERS SELLING THINGS FROM ARTS AND CRAFTS.. TO SNACKS...
STORES AND RESTAURANTS ALSO OPENED THEIR DOORS TO VISITORS......
PEOPLE CAME OUT TO ENJOY THE SHOPPING.. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY.... MANY SAY THEY CAME TO GRAB SOME OF THOSE RENOWNED FRIED GREEN TOMATOES....
WITH ALL THE FOOD AND FUN.. SOME SAY IT'S TOUGH TO PEG THE BEST PART ABOUT THE CELEBRATION....
Karen Manus-Pennings, Convention visitors burear: "Whether it's the who have sucha variety of greatly crafted items or if it's the food you can get at the Whistlestop Cafe or if it's the honey you can get down the street it's an amazing opportunity to for people just to celebrate their community."
Monica Daniel, Forsyth: "I like to come out and support the locals and it's a lot of fun. It's got a lot of cool stuff here."
THE FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE THE FOURTH WEEK OF OCTOBER EACH YEAR...

OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE MARCHED THROUGH FOUNTAIN PARK.... TO SHINE LIGHT ON AN ISSUE THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IN THE DARK....
THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION... HELD THE THEIR 5TH ANNUAL OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK.... TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION....
SIGNS WERE PLACED AROUND THE TRAIL WITH STATISTC'S ON SUICIDE..... AND THEY ALSO POINTED OUT WARNING SIGNS TO WATCH FOR... WHEN A PERSON COULD BE ABOUT TO COMMIT SUICIDE....
ERIC HEISELMAN ... IS A MENTAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN ON ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.... AND SAYS THE WALK FORCES A CONVERSATION THAT PEOPLE USUALLY WOULD NOT WANT TO HAVE.
Eric Hheiselman Warner Robins " these walks provide us the opportunity to get the message out and were people may be uncomfortable of receiving that message of suicide, suicide awareness is is very important and does not matter how many helping agency we have or how many programs if people ignore that suicide is a problem if they ignore that it exist then we will lose people"
THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION RAISED ABOUT 3-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE WALK.

IN STATE NEWS... ABOUT 70 PEOPLE THAT RETIRED FROM THE ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM.... BUT WERE REHIRED BACK TO WORK IN CENTRAL OFFICE JOBS.. HAVE BEEN FIRED....
THAT'S AFTER THEIR POSITIONS HAD A KEY ROLE IN THE DISTRICT'S TEST CHEATING SCANDAL...
SOME OF THE RETIREES EARNED UP TO 60 THOUSAND A YEAR... WITH VAGUE JOB TITLES...
REPORTS SAY 49 OF THE RETIREES.... EARNED UP TO 30 DOLLARS OR MORE AN HOUR....
ACCORDING TO CRITICS.... THE DISTRICT BROUGHT BACK FAVORED RETIREES... EVEN IF THEY HAD A BAD RECORD WHEN THEY LEFT.

GAS PRICES ARE ONCE AGAIN ON THE RISE.
A SURVEY SAYS THE AVERAGE U-S PRICE OF GALLON OF GAS.... HAS GONE UP NEARLY FIVE CENTS OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS... PUTTING THE NATIONAL AVEARAGE AT 3-47.
ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A... HERE IN MACON... A GALLON A GAS AVERAGES OUT TO 3-37.
THATS UP 5 CENTS FROM A WEEK AGO.

MUSHROOMS INVADE LAWNS IN PARTS OF OKLAHOMA ...
AND ONE MAN IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE AFTER A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A REAL LIFE "JAWS."
ANDY ROSE HAS MORE IN TODAY'S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!

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REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS --
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!
IF YOU EVER WONDERED "WHERE'S THE BEEF?"... LOOK NO MORE.
A MICHIGAN RESTAURANT PUT TOGETHER THIS MASSIVE 350-POUND BURGER.
The first burger we ever made was 134 pounds. That's when we first got our Guinness World Record. Most recently, we did a 319-pound burger. Today, we're going to beat it with a 350-pound burger.
IT TOOK CHEFS 20 HOURS TO BAKE THE PATTIE.....AND IT LOST NEARLY NINETY POUNDS IN WEIGHT IN THE PROCESS.
CHECK A OUT JUST A FEW OF THE TOPPINGS... 20 POUNDS OF CHEESE... 15 POUNDS OF TOMATOES... 10 POUNDS OF BACON.
THE OWNER SAYS HE HOPES TO LAND IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS - AGAIN!
MOUNDS OF MUSHROOMS ARE POPPING UP ACROSS LAWNS IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA.
EVEN THOUGH THESE MUSHROOMS CAN BE GOOD FOR THE SOIL... THEY'RE PRETTY UNSIGHTLY... AND THE NAMES DON'T HELP MUCH EITHER.
There's even one called dog vomit, slime mold.
THAT SEEMS TO BE A TURN OFF FOR THIS DOG.
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!
A SURFER IN OREGON NARROWLY ESCAPED THE "JAWS" OF A SHARK.
A GREAT WHITE SHARK BIT OFF 23 INCHES OF THIS SURF BOARD.
SOMEHOW THE LUCKY GUY IN THE PHOTO, ESCAPED THE ATTACK... AND SWAM SAFELY TO SHORE WITH HIS FRIENDS.
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