HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
TOMORROW... ELDERLY PEOPLE IN BIBB COUNTY CAN BEGIN SIGNING UP FOR HEAT AND ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCED THE FIRST CHANCE TO RECEIVE HEATING ASSISTANCE WILL BE TUESDAY MORNING AT ST PAUL AME CHURCH ON SHURLING DRIVE AT 7 A-M.
THERE ARE FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER WHERE ONLY SENIORS CAN APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE.
THE REST OF THE PUBLIC CAN APPLY IN DECEMBER...
BUT AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... BUDGET CUTS MIGHT MEAN FEWER PEOPLE GET THE HELP THEY NEED THIS YEAR.
<< THE MACON-BIBB ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL SAYS THEY HELPED 5-THOUSAND HOUSEHOLDS WITH THEIR ENERGY BILLS LAST YEAR.
BUT THIS YEAR... E-O-C OFFICIALS SAY CONGRESS MAY CUT THAT NUMBER DOWN.
Jimmy Sammuel: "The funds have been cut like everything else in the economy currently. So we're not sure exactly what that cut is gonna be, but possibly as much as 50 percent from last year."
Lonnie Miley: "We'll spend as we have in the past every single penny that is sent to us. It is not a decision that we're making. We're at the whim of the federal government."
THE PROGRAM PAYS UP TO 350 DOLLARS PER HOUSEHOLD TO THE UTILITY COMPANY.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JIMMIE SAMMUEL SAYS THAT NUMBER WON'T CHANGE... ONLY THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS THEY can HELP.
LAST DECEMEBER NEARLY 500 PEOPLE CAMPED OUT OUTSIDE ST PAUL A-M-E CHURCH FOR NEARLY 24 HOURS TO APPLY BEFORE THE FUNDS RAN OUT.
ON TUESDAY....THE AGENCY STARTS SIGNING UP BIBB COUNTY ELDERLY PEOPLE LOOKING FOR HELP.
AND SAMMUEL SAYS HE HOPES THAT SCENE ISN'T REPEATED THIS YEAR.
"Saying the funds are even gonna be less, unfortunately that's going to increase that issue because people wanna be served. they need it, they're hurting, we know that."
SAMMUEL SAYS TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS... THEY WILL HAND OUT NUMBERS STARTING AT 7 TO THE FIRST 150 PEOPLE.
THAT WAY.. PEOPLE IN LINE WILL KNOW IF THEY'LL BE SERVED THAT DAY.
HE SAYS THAT SYSTEM WORKS BETTER THAN MAKING APPOINTMENTS.
"We've done this for years now and this is the best way to do it. To serve the most people the most efficient in less time and to get the job done.
ANYONE APPLYING FOR THE ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HAS TO MEET INCOME REQUIREMENTS.
APPLICANTS MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THEIR MOST RECENT ENERGY BILL OR A STATEMENT OF SERVICE FROM THEIR UTILITY PROVIDER... PROOF OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME-FOR THE LAST 30 DAYS... A PICTURE I.D. AND A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR PRINTOUT FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS.
AGAIN... SAMMUEL SAYS IF ALL THE ADULTS IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD ARE NOT 65 OR OLDER... YOU CANNOT APPLY UNTIL DECEMBER.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> YOU CAN ALSO APPLY IN NOVEMBER IF YOU HAVE A LIFE- THREATENING CRISIS... BUT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE A MEDICAL STATEMENT WITH YOUR APPLICATION.
TOMORROW IS JUST THE FIRST DAY FOR PEOPLE TO SIGN UP.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF TIMES.. LOCATIONS... AND REQUIREMENTS... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
THE WARNER ROBINS CITY ATTORNEY SAYS ONE WORD THE IN CITY'S LAW ON DANGEROUS DOGS... MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE.
JIM ELLIOTT SAYS COUNCIL WILL TALK ABOUT TAKING OUT THE WORD "SUTURE"... AT TONIGHT'S COUNCIL MEETING.
LORRA LYNCH JONES EXPLAINS WHY THE VOCABULARY... COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR SAFETY.
<<nats- (8:26) "It was October 7th, one month ago today."
LINDA CARNES SAYS THE ATTACK LEFT SCARS ON HER BODY... AND HER MIND.
(14:15) "I screamed bloody murder. Neighbors said they could hear me two blocks away."
SHE WAS WALKING HER DOG... KAWAII... WHEN SHE SAYS A PIT BULL ATTACKED.
(19:40) "Everything just happened so fast."
SHE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. KAWAII RAN AWAY... WITH INJURIES THAT RESULTED IN HIS DEATH.
(15:45) "We were devastated, because Kawaii was a an AKC champion dog. He was a beautiful show dog."
THE BLUE RIBBONS ASIDE... WHAT UPSET CARNES THE MOST WAS LEARNING THE OWNERS COULD GET THE DOG BACK WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES... ALL BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T GET "SUTURES" FOR THE BITE.p
THAT'S A REQUIREMENT IN THE CITY LAW.... TO CLASSIFY A DOG AS "DANGEROUS."
Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: (6:40) "City Attorney Jim Elliott says the current law just isn't effective, because most doctors don't use sutures to treat dog bites because of the risk of infection."
ELLIOTT SAYS COUNCIL NEEDS TO REMOVE THE SUTURE LANGUAGE... AND REPLACE IT WITH 'ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT'... TO GET A DOG LABLED AS "DANGEROUS."
THAT TERM ALLOWS THE CITY TO REQUIRE OWNERS TO REGISTER THE DOG WITH ANIMAL CONTROL... KEEP IT IN A FENCE... AND BUY A 15-THOUSAND DOLLAR INSURANCE POLICY.
Linda Carnes: (20:37) "That's what I want to see is the law change where when something like that happens, these dogs arn't let loose to go do it again."
CARNES SAYS SHE'S RECOVERING PHYSICALLY... BUT ITS GOING TO TAKE A LOT LONGER TO HEAL FROM THE LOSS OF KAWAII.
STD>> WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE REPORTED DOG ATTACKS SINCE MAY.
ELLIOTT SAYS TWO OF THE DOGS WERE LABLED "POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS"... A STEP BELOW "DANGEROUS DOG".
THOSE OWNERS ARE APPEALING THE LABEL... AND WILL GO TO COURT THIS MONTH.
A JURY HAS CONVICTED MICHAEL JACKSON DOCTOR CONRAD MURRAY OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE MICHAEL PASTOR ANNOUNCED THE VERDICT EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON.
HE SAYS MURRAY WILL BE IN CUSTODY UNTIL HE'S SENTENCED ON NOVEMBER 29TH.
THE JUDGE COULD SENTENCE HIM TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON... AND MURRAY COULD LOSE HIS MEDICAL LICENSE.
A FOURTH WOMAN HAS ACCUSED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HERMAN CAIN OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT.
SHARON (bee-all-lick) BIALEK SAYS IT HAPPENED MORE THAN A DECADE AGO.
IN A NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY... SHE URGED CAIN TO -QUOTE- "COME CLEAN."
THREE OTHER WOMEN HAVE ACCUSED CAIN OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT.... BUT
(bee-all-lick) BIALEK IS THE FIRST TO GO PUBLIC.
CAIN SPENT MUCH OF LAST WEEK DENYING THOSE ACCUSATIONS.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS.. DO YOU BELIEVE SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS A PROBLEM IN THE WORKPLACE?
SO FAR 49 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
51 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
BUTLER'S POLICE CHIEF HAS ASKED THE G-B-I TO LOOK INTO A FRIDAY-NIGHT FIGHT BETWEEN TWO CENTRAL GEORGIA FOOTBALL TEAMS.
IT HAPPENED AT THE GAME BETWEEN TAYLOR COUNTY AND HAWKINSVILLE.
BUTLER POLICE CHIEF MIKE PEACOCK SAYS TAYLOR COUNTY PARENT LEE HARRIS RAN ONTO THE FIELD... BECAUSE HE CLAIMS HE SAW SOMEONE HIT HIS SON.
HARRIS WAS THE ONLY PERSON ARRESTED DURING THE FIGHT.
ACCORDING TO PEACOCK... HARRIS REFUSED TO LEAVE THE FIELD... AND RESISTED ARREST.
PEACOCK SAYS BUTLER ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF JIMMY TOWNS WAS INJURED DURING A STRUGGLE WITH HARRIS.
HARRIS WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BATTERY ON A POLICE OFFICER... AND OBSTRUCTION.
HE'S OUT OF JAIL ON BOND.
JOINING US NOW TO TALK ABOUT PLAYERS... FIGHTS... AND KEEPING THE GAME UNDER CONTROL... FORMER HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH EDGAR HATCHER.
Coach, what did you tell your players about getting into fights during a game?
Let's talk about what seems to be a recent outbreak of fighting at games. Is this a new trend, or has it always been a part of the game?
How do referees help keep the game under control?
VOTERS ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS TOMORROW... AND 13WMAZ WILL HAVE CONTINUOUS COVERAGE EACH STEP OF THE WAY.
TOMORROW MORNING... WE'LL HAVE BALLOT RECAPS ON SOME OF THE MAJOR RACES IN THE AREA...
AND WE'LL TALK WITH BIBB COUNTY ELECTIONS BOARD MEMBER RONNIE MILEY.
THEN... TOMORROW EVENING... COUNT ON 13WMAZ FOR FULL ELECTION COVERAGE DURING EYEWITNESS NEWS AT FIVE AND SIX... AND CONTINUING WITH LIVE UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.
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OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS... YOU'VE PROBABLY NOTICED SOME CHANGES HERE IN THE STUDIO.
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