Monday, November 7, 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.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT - MONROE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARRESTED A MAN AND CHARGED HIM WITH SHOOTING HIS WIFE IN THE FACE WITH A SHOTGUN..
THAT'S ACCORDING TO ALLISON-SELMAN WILLIS WITH THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE..
INVESTGIATORS SAID 44 YEAR OLD MICHAEL TROY FERRARI FIRED THE SHOTGUN LOADED WITH BIRD SHOT AT HIS WIFE'S FACE..
THE SHOOTING HAPPENED AT THE COUPLE'S HOME ON BLOUNT ROAD AROUND 7:45..
42 YEAR OLD KIM FERRARI WAS TAKEN TO SPALDING REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF WHAT DEPUTIES SAID APPEARED TO BE NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES..
MICHAEL FERRARI WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT UNDER THE FAMILY VIOLENCE ACT..
HE'S IN THE MONROE COUNTY JAIL AND COULD FACE ADDITIONAL CHARGES..

YOUTH INTERVENTION PLANS FOR THE CITY OF MACON HIT ANOTHER STUMBLING BLOCK...
CITY COUNCIL'S APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE SENT THE ORDINANCE BACK TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE... AFTER SOME SAY THERE WAS A MIX UP ON ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
BRITTINY BARBER BREAKS DOWN THE PROBLEM...
MACON'S YOUTH INTERVENTION PLAN TOOK A STEP BACK ON MONDAY.....
CITY COUNCIL'S APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.... WAS SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON THE FUNDING CHANGES TO THE PLAN MADE BY THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE.....
nats of meeting...
THEY WERE ASKED TO DECIDE WHETHER TO FUND ABOUT $43-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR SIX MONTHS WORTH OF SALARIES... FOR THE NEW HIRE AND THE OTHER POSITIONS IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.... AMENDMENTS MADE TO CHIEF MIKE BURNS ORIGINAL PLAN...
THAT'S WHERE HE ASKED FOR... ABOUT $300,000 AND SIX NEW HIRES.
THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE CHANGED THAT PLAN LAST WEEK TO ONLY ONE NEW HIRE... THEY ALSO WANTED TO MOVE TWO OFFICERS TO OTHER POSITIONS.
Cranford: "There seem to be a disconnect as to who the sworn officers would be. Apparently there was an amendment made during the public safety meeting to make the sworn officers a cpt and sgt. and somehow another the document that got to us was for a lieutenant and a captain and that's seemingly creating a new position."
THE CONFUSION SURROUNDS THE RANK OF THE OFFICER WHO WOULD SERVE AS THE LIASON TO THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL... TOBACCO AND FIREARMS...
THE ORDINANCE GIVEN TO THE COMMITTEE MONDAY.... CALLED FOR THAT TO BE A LIEUTENENT... BUT SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS SAID IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A SERGEANT.
nats of tompkins.
Cranford:" If public safety wants to present something to appropriations then they need to cross all their t's and dot all their i's and bring us a clean document."
APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN MIKE CRANFORD SAID WITHOUT BEING CLEAR ON WHAT THEY'RE FUNDING... THE COMMITTEE COULD NOT VOTE.
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THE YOUTH INTERVENTION PLAN NOW GOES BACK TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE...
NO WORD YET ON WHEN THEY'LL TRY TO TACKLE THE ISSUE AGAIN.
THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE *DID APPROVE AN ORDINANCE WITH STRICTER REGULATIONS FOR DOOR TO DOOR SALESMEN...
RICK HUTTO WHO SPONSORED THE ORDINANCE SAID THE ISSUE WAS BROUGHT UP TO HIM BY PEOPLE LIVING NEAR ROSA TAYLOR ELEMENTARY... AND IN PARTS OF EAST MACON...
Hutto: "There was some concern about what we could do and what we couldn't do. Obviously we don't want to step on the first amendment rights but we also want to protect people."
THE ORDINANCE REQUIRES PERMITS... I-D BADGES.. AND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL DOOR TO DOOR SELLERS.
IT STILL HAS TO GO BEFORE A FULL COUNCIL VOTE.

TOMORROW... VOTERS AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS... AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS FACING BIBB COUNTY VOTERS... IS A COUNTY SPLOST.
ABOUT A DOZEN DOGS BROUGHT THEIR HUMANS OUT TO THE SUNTRUST BANK ON ZEBULON ROAD IN SUPPORT OF THE PENNY TAX.
WE TALKED WITH SOME SUPPORTERS AS THEY WORKED TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT GETTING COUNTY FUNDS TO PAY FOR A NEW ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY.
WITH SIGNS IN HAND.. PETS AND THEIR OWNERS STOOD ALONG THIS STRETCH OF ROAD TO SEND THEIR MESSAGE.

It's a public safety issue. If you do not have animal control you would be overrun with wild and feral animals and disease.

CALDER PINKSTON SAYS.... A 'YES' VOTE FOR MONEY FROM A SPLOST IS NEEDED TO BUILD A BETTER SHELTER FOR ANIMALS IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY.

Calder Pinkston: The current facility is very outdated, poor ventilation and is in a terrible location for adoption and just deplorable conditions.

HE AND HIS DOG MINI ME WORKED TO GRAB PEOPLE'S ATTENTION ABOUT THE ISSUE MONDAY ALONG WITH A HANDFUL OF OTHER SPLOST SUPPORTERS.

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LIBBIE WALTHALL SUPPORTS THE SPLOST TOO. SHE SAYS SHE'S FAMILIAR WITH THE CONDITIONS AT ANIMAL CONTROL.

Libbie Walthall: Zaxby is a dog from the Macon Animal Control and if anyone would just take a visit there, they would know that these dogs need a better place to live. It's roach infested, rat infested, there are three and four dogs per kennel.

SHE SAYS HER DOG ZAXBY IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF ALL THE DOGS THAT NEED A GOOD HOME.

We can do better in Macon than what what we have there for these dogs.

CITY COUNCILMAN...RABBI LARRY SCHLESINGER IS A LONGTIME SUPPORTER OF ANIMAL CONTROL. HE'S HOPING ENOUGH PEOPLE WILL VOTE YES AT THE POLLS TUESDAY FOR SPLOST FUNDS TO TAKE CARE OF A LIST OF PROJECTS... INCLUDING THE CITY'S ANIMAL SHELTER.

I think that the way we treat them says a lot about us. I don't think we treat them as well as we could right now. Change is needed.
IF THE SPLOST IS APPROVED.... ABOUT 3-MILLION DOLLARS WILL GO TO BUILD A NEW ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER.

BIBB COUNTY'S SPLOST IS ONE OF MANY THINGS THAT WILL APPEAR ON BALLOTS TOMORROW.
FOURTEEN CITIES AND TOWNS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA WILL ELECT NEW MAYORS....
THOSE ARE ALAMO... BYRON... DUBLIN... EATONTON... FORSYTH...
JEFFERSONVILLE... MONTEZUMA... REYNOLDS... SOPERTON... SPARTA...
UNADILLA... VIENNA AND WRIGHTSVILLE.
IN MACON... MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT FACES A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE.
NINE CITIES WILL ALSO DECIDE SOME FORM OF A SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES QUESTION.
THAT WOULD BE BYRON... CENTERVILLE... EATONTON... FORT VALLEY... MACON...
OGLETHORPE... PERRY... VIENNA AND WARNER ROBINS.
VOTERS IN THREE COUNTIES... INCLUDING BIBB... WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO APPROVE A SPLOST.
IN HOUSTON COUNTY... THERE'S AN EDUCATION SPLOST ON THE BALLOT.
THERE'S ALSO A SPLOST VOTE IN JOHNSON COUNTY.
THOSE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE RACES ON BALLOTS AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA TOMORROW.
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TOMORROW... SENIORS IN BIBB COUNTY... THOSE 65 AND OLDER... CAN START SIGNING UP FOR HEATING AND ENERGY ASSISTANCE.
THE MACON BIBB COUNTY ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCED THAT THE FIRST CHANCE TO RECEIVE HEATING ASSISTANCE WILL START AT 7 A-M AT SAINT PAUL A-M-E CHURCH.
THAT'S ON SHURLING DRIVE IN EAST MACON.
LAST YEAR... APPLICANTS LINED UP OVERNIGHT IN THE COLD FOR A CHANCE TO GET ASSISTANCE.
THIS YEAR... THE E-O-C PLANS TO GIVE OUT NUMBERS TO THE FIRST 150 HOUSEHOLDS.
THEY SAY THAT WAY...PEOPLE IN LINE AT SEVEN WILL KNOW WHETHER THEY'LL BE SERVED TOMORROW.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JIMMY SAMUEL SAYS THAT WILL CUT DOWN ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE FOR HOURS.
Jimmy Samuel: "We've done this for years now and this si the best way to do it. To serve the most people the most efficient in less time and to get the job done.
TO APPLY THIS YEAR... APPLICANTS MUST MEET CERTAIN INCOME REQUIREMENTS.
THEY'LL NEED TO 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... AND A PICTURE I-D AND SOCIAL SECURITY CARD... OR PRINTOUT FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS.
APPLICANTS WITH A LIFE-THREATENING CRISIS MUST PROVIDE A MEDICAL STATEMENT TO BE CONSIDERED AN ELDERLY HOUSEHOLD.
ALL ADULTS IN THE HOUSEHOLD MUST BE AT LEAST 65 YEARS OLD.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF TIMES... LOCATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS... LOOK FOR THIS STORY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL VOTED UNANANIMOUSLY TONIGHT IN FAVOR OF CLARIFYING A LAW THAT CONTROLS DANGEROUS DOGS.
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CITY ATTORNEY JIM ELLIOTT SAYS THE PROBLEM CAME TO THEIR ATTENTION... AFTER AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE REPORTED BEING ATTACKED BY DOGS SINCE MAY.
LINDA CARNES SAYS A PIT BULL ATTACKED HER AND HER DOG... WHILE THEY WERE ON A WALK LAST MONTH.
THE DOG DIED AS A RESULT OF ITS INJURIES.. AND CARNES HAS SCARS ON HER ARM.
Linda Carnes, Warner Robins: (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."
THE CHANGE TO THE LAW LOOKED AT HOW THE CITY CLASSIFIES "DANGEROUS DOGS."
THE OLD WORDING SAID DOGS WERE CONSIDERED DANGEROUS... IF THEIR BITE CAUSED THE VICTIM TO HAVE TO GET SUTURES....THAT MEANS STITCHES.
ELLIOTT SAYS THE PROBLEM WITH THAT.. IS THAT MANY DOCTORS DON'T USE SUTURES FOR DOG BITES... BECAUSE THEY'RE PRONE TO INFECTION.
THE NEW WORDING SAYS A DOG CAN BE CONSIDERED "DANGEROUS"... IF THE BITE REQUIRES ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT.
ELLIOTT SAYS THE "DANGEROUS DOG" LABEL MEANS THE OWNER MUST REGISTER THE DOG WITH ANIMAL CONTROL... KEEP IT IN A FENCED AREA... AND TAKE OUT A 15-THOUSAND DOLLAR INSURANCE POLICY.

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 END OF A 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.

MICHAEL JACKSON'S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN WAS CONVICTED IN THE SINGER'S DEATH TODAY.
THE JUDGE DENIED BAIL FOR DOCTOR CONRAD MURRAY... AND SENT HIM STRAIGHT TO JAIL.
SANDRA HUGHES HAS MORE FROM THE COURTHOUSE IN LOS ANGELES.
DR. CONRAD MURRAY WAS LED AWAY IN HANDCUFFS, FOUND GUILTY OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN MICHAEL JACKSON'S 2009 DEATH. THE JUDGE SAID MURRAY IS A RISK TO SOCIETY.

((sot)) JUDGE MICHAEL E. PASTOR

"Dr. Murray's reckless conduct in this case poses a demonstrable risk to the safety of the public.''

((NARR-2))

THE JURY SIDED WITH THE PROSECUTION, AGREEING THAT DR. MURRAY ADMINISTERED A FATAL DOSE OF THE ANESTHETIC PROPOFOL TO THE POP STAR... IN THE RUN-UP TO HIS BIG CONCERT COMEBACK.

((SOT)) David Walgren/Prosecutor

"Our sympathies go out to jackson family for the loss that they have suffered. Not a pop icon, but a son and a brother."

((NATS- CHEERING))

((NARR-3))

JACKSON'S FANS AND SUPPORTERS ERUPTED IN CHEERS OUTSIDE COURT.

(( nat SOT)) FAN

"we had no doubt. That's why we're here!"

((NARR-4))

FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN IN COURT THROUGOUT THE TRIAL. JACKSON'S SISTER LATOYA EXPRESSED HER JOY.

((SOT)) LaToya Jackson/Sister

"Michael was watching over us. He was watching over us. (are you happy?) Yes. Very happy."

((STANDUP BRIDGE)) SANDRA HUGHES, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES

JURORS DELIBERATED FEWER THAN NINE HOURS, AND WERE ESCORTED FROM THE BUILDING AFTER THE VERDICT WAS READ. MURRAY'S ATTORNEYS LEFT THE COURTHOUSE WITHOUT COMMENTING.

((NARR-5))

THE DEFENSE TRIED TO PORTRAY JACKSON AS AN ADDICT, DESPERTATE FOR SLEEP. THEY CLAIMED MURRAY WAS A VICTIM OF MICHAEL JACKSON.


((SOT)) Ed Chernoff /Defense Attorney

"He was just a little fish in a big dirty pond."

((NARR-6))

DR. MURRAY FACES UP TO FOURS YEARS IN PRISON AT HIS SENTENCING ON NOVEMBER 29TH. MURRAY'S MEDICAL LICENSE WILL BE SUSPENDED -- AND HE COULD LOSE IT FOR GOOD.
>>MURRAY COULD END UP SERVING LESS TIME BECAUSE OF OVERCROWDING IN THE CALIFORNIA JAIL SYSTEM.

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LAST WEEK... A CAT IN SOME VERY STYLISH FOOTWEAR STRUTTED HIS WAY TO THE TOP OF THE BOX OFFICE... BUT A COUPLE OF CONTENDERS CAME ON THE SCENE THIS WEEKEND... LOOKING TO MUSCLE THEIR WAY INTO THE NUMBER ONE SPOT.
FIRST UP... TAKING THE BRONZE...
"A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3-D CHRISTMAS."
THE PALS BROUGHT IN 13 MILLION DOLLARS WITH THE THIRD INSTALLMENT IN THE FRANCHISE.
THE R-RATED COMEDY FEATURES HOLIDAY HIJINKS BY THE TITLE CHARACTERS... WHO ARE ALSO OLD BUDDIES.
TAKING THE SILVER THIS WEEKEND... "TOWER HEIST."
THE PG-13 RATED FLICK ABOUT PONZI SCHEME VICTIMS LOOKING FOR PAYBACK EARNED 25-POINT-ONE MILLION DOLLARS AT THE BOX OFFICE.
AND LANDING ON HIS FEET FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEKEND... "PUSS IN BOOTS."
THE ANIMATED KITTY CLAWED HIS WAY TO THE TOP WITH 33 MILLION DOLLARS THIS WEEKEND.
ROUNDING OUT THE TOP FIVE... "PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3" WITH EIGHT AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS... AND "IN TIME"... WITH SEVEN-POINT-SEVEN MILLION.

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