Monday, October 31, 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.

TOMORROW MORNING... FRIENDS AND FAMILIES WILL PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO A FORMER BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF WHO SERVED WITH THE OFFICE FOR 40 YEARS.
FORMER SHERIFF RAY WILKES DIED OVER THE WEEKEND OF NATURAL CAUSES AT AGE 82.
HE JOINED THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AS A DEPUTY IN 1952... AND RETIRED AS SHERIFF OF BIBB COUNTY IN 1992.
FUNERAL SERVICES ARE SET FOR TOMORROW MORNING AT TEN.
THEY'LL BE HELD AT INGLESIDE BAPTIST CHURCH ON WIMBISH ROAD IN MACON.
MIDDLE GEORGIA REACT SAYS THERE MAY BE TRAFFIC DELAYS ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE TO WIMBISH ROAD... AND PIERCE AVENUE AT RIVERSIDE DRIVE BETWEEN 11 A-M AND 11-30.
THEY'RE ASKING DRIVERS TO USE CAUTION.

MACON OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE A NEW STRATEGY TO IMPROVE SOME OF THE CITY'S RUN-DOWN NEIGHBORHOODS.
IT'S CALLED THE 5 BY 5 PLAN... AIMED AT BEAUTIFYING FIVE BLOCKS FOR FIVE WEEKS IN EACH WARD.
TODAY... MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT... OTHER CITY OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS BRAINSTORMED WAYS TO IMPROVE FIVE BLOCKS IN EAST MACON.
THEIR IDEAS INCLUDED COSMETIC IMPROVEMENTS LIKE CUTTING GRASS... CLEANING GRAFFITI AND PICKING UP DUMP SITES.
POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS WILL ALSO WORK THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
REICHERT SAYS THEIR GOAL IS TO FOSTER COMMUNITY PRIDE.
"The hope is we can make such a difference in that first 5 week period that people will say wow I want my neighborhood to be next. Get people energized and enthusiastic abotu the process."
THE FIRST 5 WEEK PROJECT KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 14 IN FORT HILL..THAT'S IN WARD ONE.
THE CITY HOPES TO KEEP THE 5 BY 5 PROGRAM GOING THROUGH ALL FOUR YEARS OF MAYOR REICHERT'S SECOND TERM...AND BEYOND.

VOTERS ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA WILL GO TO THE POLLS A WEEK FROM TOMORROW.
IN WARNER ROBINS... VOTERS WILL SELECT THREE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.
POST SIX CITY COUNCILMAN JOHN WILLIAMS IS RUNNING FOR A SECOND TERM... WITH M WILLIAMS IS FINISHING HIS TERM IN THE MIDST OF TWO COURT CASES AGAINST HIM.
ONE OF THEM... ON A CHARGE OF LYING TO POLICE... IS SCHEDULED TO GO TO TRIAL ON MONDAY... THE DAY BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
HE SAYS... DESPITE THE CONTROVERSY... HE'S STHE BEST CANDIDATE BECAUSE HE UNDERSTNDS THE CITY'S CURRENT PROJECTS AND HOW TO MANAGE THEIR COSTS.
MIKE DAVIS SAYS HE'S RUNNING TO END NEGATIVE PUBLICITY ABOUT WARNER ROBINS.
HE SAYS THE CURRENT COUNCIL TAKES TOO LONG TO FINISH PROJECTS SUCH AS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER AND THE SPORTS COMPLEX.IKE DAVIS AND NEAL ERWIN CHALLENGING HIM FOR THE SEAT.
Mike Davis, Warner Robins: (2:40) "We need to get stuff done. We have talked about the same stuff, rehashed the same stuff over the last four years. It's just been the same thing over, and over and over again. It's time to get some stuff completed."
John Williams: (23:45) "All of them don't know that all a councilman is is a policy setter and a guardian of citizens of money. They can't get trash picked up, they can't hire anybody, can't fire anybody. The can do nothing alone. To get up there and say I'm going to do this, I'm going to do that. They're sadly mistaken."
WE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES TO REACH THE THIRD CANDIDATE.. NEAL ERWIN.
HE DID NOT RETURN OUR CALLS.
EARLY VOTING FOR NEXT TUESDAY'S ELECTION RUNS THROUGH THIS FRIDAY.

A NEW EMPLOYER COMING TO CRISP COUNTY PLANS TO BRING 500 JOBS WITH IT.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL ANNOUNCED THAT CHEXAR... A RISK MANAGEMENT COMPANY... WILL OPEN A NEW CENTER IN CORDELE.
THE STATE OFFERED CHEXAR NEARLY 11 MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX INCENTIVES.
THE NEW JOB OPENINGS WILL INCLUDE CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES AT A CALL CENTER... AND TECHNOLOGY-RELATED JOBS.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SAYS THE JOBS WILL PAY SLIGHTLY MORE THAN THE AVERAGE WAGE IN CRISP COUNTY... WHICH IS 13-75 AN HOUR.

TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX PRESENTED AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE ISSUE OF RACE AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE CITY OF MACON..
SOME OF YOU ARE COMMENTING ON THE STORY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE..
STEPHEN SAYS... "THE PROBLEM THAT EXISTS FOR BOTH BLACKS AND WHITES IN MIDDLE GA AND ELSEWHERE IS SOMETHING WE USED TO CALL THE GOOD-OL-BOY SYSTEM. BOTH RACES HAVE IT AND THOSE THAT ARE A PRIVY TO ITS PRIVILEGES WILL FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL TO KEEP IT IN PLACE,
EVEN IF IT MEANS CALLING RACISM WHEN THERE IS NONE TO BE SEEN. THERE ARE MANY MANY RACE ISSUES IN MIDDLE GA BUT UNTIL WE CAN SIT DOWN AND REALLY DISMANTLE EVERY SUBTLE ASPECT OF THIS RACISM, IT WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER BE A PROBLEM.
PAUL COMMENTED... THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP IS DONG WHAT THEY CAN WITH THE RESOURCES PROVIDED. IT WILL TAKE THE FUTURE LEADERS OF NOW TO STEP UP AND TACKLE THIS ISSUE HEAD ON.
IT'S ABOUT COMMUNICATION AND WORKING TOWARD A COMMON GOAL. WE ARE A PEOPLE OF GREAT POSSIBILITIES, AND WITH OPPORTUNITY WE CAN MOVE FORWARD AS ONE!"
AND RHONDA WROTE... "I THINK RACISM IS A TWO WAY STREET.EVERYBODY WANTS EQUALITY AND THE PAST SEEMS TO GET IN THE WAY. WE ARE ALL OF THE SAME CLOTH."
JOIN THE DISCUSSION... JUST VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.
AND DON'T FORGET TO JOIN US FOR PART TWO OF "RACE AND REMEMBERING" TOMORROW NIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
WE'LL TALK WITH STATE REPRESENTATIVE NIKKI RANDALL... COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS... TO GET THEIR TAKE ON THINGS.

A TEAM OF ARCHEOLOGISTS IS MAKING LIVING HISTORY AT FORT HAWKINS IN MACON.
TODAY... THEY ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF THEIR MONTH-LONG DIG.
THE LAMAR INSTITUTE FOCUSED ON THE OUTER WALL OF THE FORT.
THEY FOUND WOOD FROM THE STAKES OF THE WALL THAT WAS BUILT IN 1809... AS WELL AS HOG BONES AND A BRASS BUTTON FROM A REGIMENT OF RIFLES UNIFORM.
LAMAR INSTITUTE PRESIDENT AND LEAD ARCHEOLOGIST DAN ELLIOT SAYS THEY'RE GETTING CLOSER TO FINDING SOME OF THEIR GOALS.
Daniel Elliott, Lead Archaeologist: "We also worked some on trying to locate the northwest block house, which has eluded us for several years now but I think we're getting closer and there could be a chance we might find a piece of it in future digs."
ELLIOTT'S TEAM TOOK SOIL SAMPLES THAT THEY HOPE WILL SHINE A LIGHT ON WHAT PLANT LIFE WAS LIKE IN 18-09.

ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AREA'S IN MACON CAME ALIVE TONIGHT FOR THE ANNUAL HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES..
HUNDREDS OF COSTUMED CHILDREN MADE THEIR WAY UP AND DOWN RIDGE AVENUE SHOWING OFF THEIR OUTFITS AND COLLECTING CANDY..
THE PILGRAMMAGE ALONG RIDGE AND SURROUNDING STREETS IS A TRADITION FOR MANY FAMILIES WHO DRIVE FOR MILES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HALLOWEEN FUN..
AND THE TRICK OR TREATERS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES WHO ENJOY THE YEARLY CANDY AND COSTUME FEST..
Latrelle Smith:...We've been living here for 10 years and we would not miss a thing on Trick or Treat. We absolutely love it. We love to see all the boys and girls coming in their costume and we just have a great time.
SOME PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON RIDGE AVENUE CHOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE THIS YEAR BUT IT CERTAINLY DID NOT DETER THE CROWDS OF TRICK OR TREATERS WHO TURNED OUT TONIGHT..

THIS HALLOWEEN NIGHT... REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HERMAN CAIN SAYS HE'S THE VICTIM OF A WITCH HUNT..
HE'S FENDING OFF ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT... GOING BACK TO HIS DAYS AT THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION.
TARA MERGENER HAS MORE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

GOP PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL HERMAN CAIN SAYS THE BULLSEYE ON HIS BACK JUST GOT BIGGER.

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"We have no idea the source of this witch hunt."

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RESPONDING TO A STORY ON POLITICO-DOT-COM... CAIN ACKNOWLEDGED HE WAS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARRASSMENT WHEN HE HEADED THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION IN THE 1990's. BUT HE SAYS HE WAS CLEARED OF ANY WRONGDOING.


((SOT)) HERMAN CAIN

"I have never sexually harassed anyone, and those accusations are totally false."

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CAIN LATER RECALLED ONE INCIDENT THAT MAY HAVE LED TO A COMPLAINT:

((SOT)) CAIN

"I was gesturing to this lady, standing next to her, almost shoulder to shoulder, saying you're about the same height as my wife." That was mentioned in the allegation, to my surprise."

((NARR-4))

HE ALSO CLARIFIED EARLIER COMMENTS THAT HE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT ANY FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ONE OF THE ACCUSERS.

((SOT)) CAIN

"She ended up leaving with several months severance, which would have been what she would have left with if we had involuntarily dismissed her."

((STANDUP BRIDGE)) TARA MERGENER,CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE

The news comes as Cain has shot to the top of recent polls. He is leading Mitt Romney in Iowa by one percent.... And in Texas, Cain is edging out Governor Rick Perry by the same margin.

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CAIN IS VOWING TO STAY ON MESSAGE -- TOUTING HIS 9-9-9 TAX PLAN.


((SOT))

"We are simply taking invisible taxes and replacing it with one visible tax."

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CAIN'S CHIEF OF STAFF TELLS CBS NEWS THE CANDIDATE'S ONLINE DONATIONS MONDAY WERE ABOUT DOUBLE THAT OF AN AVERAGE DAY.
ACCORDING TO POLITICO... THE WOMEN CONNECTED TO THE COMPLAINT SIGNED A CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT.

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY IS DEREK DUMAS.
DEREK... YOU'LL NEED TO EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
IT COULD ONLY BE HALLOWEEN... THE MAN THOUGHT AS HE LOOKED AT HIS NEW 13WMAZ COFFEE MUG.
WHEN ELSE WOULD A COMPUTER GO TO FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ WITH NO ONE AT THE KEYBOARD?
WHAT OTHER EXPLANATION... FOR THE MYSTERIOUS CLICKING OF THE LIKE BUTTON?
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY... HOW ELSE COULD HE TAKE PART IN CONVERSATIONS THAT HE NEVER JOINED?

LAST WEEK... "PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3" SCARED UP ENOUGH TICKET SALES TO TOP THE BOX OFFICE... AND IT MAY HAVE LOOKED LIKE A SURE BET TO CONTINUE THE TREND ON THE WEEKEND BEFORE HALLOWEEN.
BUT COULD IT STAND AGAINST A COURAGEOUS ANIMATED CAT?
FIRST... COMING IN THIRD PLACE... THE SCI-FI THRILLER "IN TIME."
THE FLICK... FEATURING A SYSTEM WHERE TIME IS LITERALLY MONEY... RAKED IN ABOUT 12-POINT-1 MILLION DOLLARS AND THE BRONZE.
"IN TIME" STARS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.
AND THIS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND... SCARY JUST WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH.
"PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3" SLIPPED TO SECOND PLACE WITH 18-POINT-1 MILLION DOLLARS.
THE PREQUEL TO THE SERIES IS SET IN 1988... WHEN TWO YOUNG SISTERS MAKE FRIENDS WITH AN INVISIBLE BEING LIVING IN THEIR HOME.
AND THE NUMBER ONE FLICK... PROVING THAT CATS DO INDEED LAND ON THEIR FEET... "PUSS IN BOOTS."
THE SHREK SPINOFF LAPPED UP A COOL 34-POINT-ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN TICKET SALES... MAKING IT THE CAT'S MEOW.
FOR THE PURRFECT WAY TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS... JUST HEAD OVER TO THE SCENE 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

A PILOT STRANDED ON THE TARMAC BEGS FOR HELP... ONE LITTLE BABY HITS A HUGE MILESTONE... AND IT JUST WOULDN'T BE HALLOWEEN WITHOUT A ZOMBIE OR TWO WANDERING AROUND.
IT'S ALL A PART OF TONIGHT'S "TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!"
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS TRAVEL NIGHTMARE - PASSENGERS STRANDED ON THE TARMAC FOR MORE THAN SEVEN HOURS!
23 FLIGHTS WERE DIVERTED TO HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT DURING SATURDAY'S SNOW STORM - INCLUDING SIX JET BLUE FLIGHTS.
PASSENGERS SAY THE BATHROOMS WERE BACKED UP AND IT WAS HARD TO BREATHE ON BOARD.
EVEN THE PILOTS WERE GETTING FRUSTRATED.
"Look, you know we can't seem to get any help from our own company, I apologize for this, but is there any way you can get a tug and a tow bar out here to us and get us towed somewhere to a gate or something. I don't care. Take us anywhere."
JET BLUE IS APOLOGIZING, SAYING POWER OUTAGES AT THE AIRPORT COMPOUNDED THE SITUATION.
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS INVESTIGATING.
MEET THE BABY CHOSEN SYMBOLICALLY TO BE THE SEVEN BILLIONTH HUMAN ON EARTH....
THIS LITTLE GIRL NAMED DANICA WAS BORN IN MANILA IN THE PHILIPPINES SECONDS BEFORE MIDNIGHT SUNDAY.
BUT SHE ALREADY HAS COMPETITION - BABIES BORN ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE BEING CELEBRATED AS THE 7 BILLIONTH.
AND TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!
THE LIVING DEAD TOOK TO THE STREETS OF PORTLAND, OREGON THIS WEEKEND.
THEY MOANED AND GROANED THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CITY.
THE ANNUAL ZOMBIE WALK BEGAN A FEW YEARS AGO AS A FLASH MOB AND JUST KEEPS GROWING.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
ON LETTERMAN TONIGHT: TONY LARUSSA..
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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