Friday, November 11, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

NEIGHBORS ARE GRIEVING AND THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING AFTER A 25-YEAR FEUD TURNED DEADLY.
INVESTIGATORS SAY 65-YEAR-OLD GLEN MOORE SHOT AND KILLED HIS NEIGHBOR... 75-YEAR-OLD HENRY MITCHEM.
IT HAPPENED AT MITCHEM'S HOME ON BROOKHAVEN ROAD.
CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS SAYS MOORE WAS RUNNING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD NAKED LAST NIGHT... BANGING ON DOORS AND WINDOWS.
HE SAYS MOORE KICKED IN MITCHEM'S DOOR AND SHOT HIM IN THE CHEST BEFORE DEPUTIES ARRIVED.
DAVIS SAYS THE DEPUTIES ORDERED MOORE TO DROP THE GUN... AND WHEN HE WOULDN'T... A DEPUTY SHOT HIM.
ONE OF MOORE'S FRIENDS SAYS NEITHER KILLING MAY HAVE HAPPENED... IF E-M-S AND DEPUTIES AT MOORE'S HOME EARLIER IN THE DAY... HAD TAKEN HIM TO THE HOSPITAL.
Phillip Jenkins: "I said if y'all leave this guy here there's been a 25 year feud going on with this neighbor he's going to hurt himwself or somebody next door."
Davis: "Many times we've had encourters with him both the sheriff's office and EMS. He has refused treatment and would and wouldn't cooporate with treatment."
DAVIS SAYS DEPUTIES CAN'T FORCE A PERSON TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION... IF THAT PERSON ISN'T COMMITTING A CRIME.
HE SAYS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS STILL INVESTIGATING.
JENKINS SAYS THE BAD BLOOD BETWEEN MOORE AND MITCHEM WENT BACK 25 YEARS... TO AN ARGUMENT OVER A DOG IN A YARD.

MACON AND BIBB COUNTY VOTERS WILL APPARENTLY GET THEIR SAY ON CONSOLIDATION AFTER ALL.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE SAYS.. AFTER RESEARCHING THE STATE CONSTITUTION... LOCAL LAWMAKERS THINK A VOTE ON MERGING CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS WOULD BE BEST.
LEGALLY... HE SAYS... IT'S POSSIBLE TO DISSOLVE A CITY WITHOUT A PUBLIC VOTE.
BUT CONSOLIDATION REQUIRES A BALLOT QUESTION.
BIBB COUNTY DELEGATION CHAIRPERSON NIKKI RANDALL SAYS... OVER THE NEXT SIX WEEKS... THEY'LL WORK OUT THE DETAILS OF A CONSOLIDATION BILL FOR THE 2012 LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
Nikki Randall:"I know that they trust us to represent them and by going to the polls and casting their vote, I'll know for certain that this is what they're in favor of."
Alan Peake:"I think people want smaller, more efficent government, they want one voice speaking for our community, not the city and county fighting each other."
BOTH PEAKE AND RANDALL WILL BE AT NEXT WEEK'S ANNUAL PRE-LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
THEY'LL HEAR FROM OTHER LOCAL LEADERS ABOUT WHAT THEY'D LIKE TO SEE ACCOMPLISHED NEXT YEAR.

WARREN COUNTY'S SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SAYS SHE'S NOT HAPPY WITH HOW THE HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF IS HANDLING THE INVESTIGATION INTO A FIGHT AFTER A FOOTBALL GAME LAST MONTH.
WARREN COUNTY FOOTBALL COACH DAVID DANIEL WAS SERIOUSLY HURT WHEN A HANCOCK PLAYER ALLEDGEDLY HIT HIM WITH A HELMET.
CAROL CAREY SAYS HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF TOMLYN PRIMUS QUESTIONED HER FACTS WHEN THEY TALKED RECENTLY SO CAREY VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE A POLYGRAPH TEST.
DURING THE TEST... RUN BY A RETIRED G-B-I AGENT... THE WARREN COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT SAYS SHE ANSWERED FOUR QUESTIONS AND PASSED.
SHERIFF PRIMUS TODAY SAID HE HAD NO COMMENT.
JOE WOOTEN... ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OF THE G-B-I'S MILLEDGEVILLE OFFICE SAYS THE CASE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.
HE SAID THEY COULD HAVE SOME FINDINGS BY EARLY DECEMBER.

THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SAYS AS OF NOVEMBER 2011 THERE ABOUT ONE POINT SEVEN MILLION VETERANS STILL ALIVE TODAY.
BUT THAT NUMBER IS DROPPING DAILY.
ON THIS VETERANS DAY... WE MET UP WITH ONE FORMER MARINE WHO SHOWS NO SIGN OF SLOWING DOWN.
AFTER SPENDING TIME OVERSEAS IN THE 1940S... HE LIVES TO TELL ABOUT HIS TOUR OF DUTY AND HIS COMMITMENT TO SERVING HIS COUNTRY.
AT NINETY YEARS OLD.... JUDGE J. TAYLORS PHILLIPS STILL GETS AROUND WITH NO PROBLEM...

sot: Once you get 90 years old you feel like you ought to cut back a bit.... but I feel like getting up and going to work is one of the greatest things that anybody can do.

PHILLIPS SAYS HE KEEPS BUSY IN THE COURTROOM.

SOT: I've been on the bench since 64 and I'm a senoir judge now for the state of Georgia.

BUT BEFORE HE DECIDED ON A LAW CAREER... HE SERVED 10 YEARS IN THE MARINES.

SOT 7:28 : I was young. I was too young to go in really. I told them I was older than I was. One of the few times I really had to lie. I wanted so much to go in. My brother was in. Our family has always been Marine Corps people and I simply wanted to be a part of it.

HE SAYS HIS TOUR OF DUTY INVOLVED FIGHTING IN WORLD WAR TWO AND THE KOREAN WAR.

SOT: 2:20 In the Marine Corps, the boats would leave and the Navy would take them away. We had no where to go but in. We went in or got killed, one of the two.

FOR HIS SERVICE..... PHILLIPS RECEIVED TWO PURPLE HEARTS AND THE NAVY CROSS. PHILLIPS SAYS WITH EVERYTHING HE DOES IN LIFE... THE GOAL IS ALWAYS FOR GOOD AND TO HELP SOMEONE.

"I'd really like to go down in history as helping more people then I acutally helped. Cause in life you are going to hurt some people, Certanaly as a judge you are going to hurt some people and in war you are going to hurt people. But I hope over the long hule that I have helped more than I have hurt."

PHILLIPS ALSO SPENT TIME IN THE STATE SENATE AND HOUSE AND SERVED AS A WARFARE CONSULTANT DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

TODAY... ON ELEVEN-ELEVEN-ELEVEN... AT 11 A-M... PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT WARNER ROBINS CITY HALL TO HONOR THE NATION'S VETERANS.
THE DATE AND TIME ARE SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE THE FIRST VETERANS DAY... KNOWN AS THE ARMISTICE IN WORLD WAR ONE... TOOK PLACE AT 11 A-M ON THE 11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH IN 1918..
THE AMERICAN LEGION CHAPTER HOSTED THE ANNUAL CEREMONY.... CALLING THIS THE LARGEST TURN-OUT IN THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT.
CHIEF OF THE AIR FORCE RESERVE.... LT. GENERAL CHARLES STENNER GAVE THE KEY NOTE SPEECH.
VIETNAM VETERAN MIGUEL BAEZ ATTENDS EVERY YEAR TO HONOR THE FRIENDS HE LOST AND HIS SON WHO DIED FIGHTING IN IRAQ.
Miguel Baez, Warner Robins: (26:04) "I'm very proud of him. Those that protest the war, he gave the ultimate sacrifice so they can have their freedom, not so they could protest against the war."
ACCORDING TO THE U-S CENSUS BUREAU... THERE ARE 21-POINT-EIGHT MILLION LIVING U-S VETERANS.
THE LARGEST NUMBER OF THEM... 35-PERCENT ARE VIETNAM VETERANS.

STUDENTS AT FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY HONORED VETERANS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR IN IRAG AND AFGHANISTAN.
THEY GOT AN EARLY START AT EIGHT-THIRTY THIS MORNING AND ARE STILL CALLING OUT NAMES.
TWENTY STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS TOOK PART IN CALLING OUT THE NAMES... OVER SIX THOUSAND NAMES WILL BE READ.
AT TWO THIS AFTERNOON... THEY HONORED A MINUTE OF SILENCE FOR THOSE THAT GAVE THEIR LIVES.
F-V-S-U'S POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENT SOCIETY PRESIDENT... JEREMY JOHNSON EXPLAINS WHY HE TOOK PART IN THE PROGRAM.
Jeremy Johnson, President of Political Science Student Society:"By us reading the names, name for name, title for title, or what not it shows that we recognize you we are verbally saying thank you for giving your all to us so that we can be here today."
JOHNSON SAYS THEY HAD PEOPLE VERIFYING EACH NAME... TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE PRONOUNCED CORRECTLY AND THAT NO VETERAN WAS LEFT OUT.

ONE OF MERCER UNIVERSITY'S OLDEST ALUMNUS PAID A VISIT TO CAMPUS TODAY.
NINETY-ONE YEAR OLD CLARENCE BOYNTON IS ALSO A FORMER MERCER BEAR'S FOOTBALL PLAYER.
HE PLAYED IN THE UNIVERSITY'S LAST GAME IN 1941.
TODAY WAS BOYNTON'S FIRST TIME BACK AT MERCER IN TWENTY-FIVE YEARS.
HE TOOK PART IN TODAY'S GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY FOR MERCER'S NEW STADIUM.
HE SAYS HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE BEARS TAKE ACTION ON THE FIELD AGAIN.
"It's about time! It took them a long time to get around to it but they made it and it's good to see it in my lifetime."
WHEN BOYNTON PLAYED IN THE UNIVERSITY'S LAST GAME IN 1941... THEY LOST 40 TO 13 TO CHATTANOOGA.
COMING UP LATER IN SPORTS.....
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THE STADIUM'S GROUNDBREAKING.

FORMER FOOTBALL COACH JOE PATERNO NOW HAS A LAWYER TO REPRESENT HIM IN THE CHILD SEX SCANDAL ENGULFING PENN STATE.
TONIGHT... STUDENTS ARE HOLDING A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE ALLEGED VICTIMS.
MANUEL GALLEGUS HAS MORE FROM STATE COLLEGE... PENNSYLVANIA.
Penn State students gathered Friday night to show sympathy and support for the 8 boys allegedly victimized by former football coach, Jerry Sandusky.

(SOT: MOS)
"To support the school, to support the kids who were victims of it and support what's right."

Students are hoping to improve their university's image...marred by the sex scandal that's even saddened President Obama.

(SOT: President Obama)
"This is heartbreaking."

Students are also embarrassed by the riot that erupted Wednesday night over the firing of their beloved coach Joe Paterno.

Friday, his son hired a high-profile criminal attorney on his father's behalf.

(GFX) In a statement, Scott Paterno he says his father is "distraught over what happened" and wants "the truth to be uncovered," but is being advised to keep silent during the investigation.

Now assistant coach Mike McQueary who says he witnessed Sandusky abusing a boy in a university shower is on paid administrative leave.

:52 - 1:00
(SOT: Rodney Erickson/Interim University President)
"It became clear that coach McQueary could not function in this role under the circumstances."

McQueary was a key witness in the investigation that led to charges against Sandusky.

He will not participate in Saturday's game...telling players by phone that he's in a secluded location since receiving numerous threats.

1:08 - 1:20
(Standup Bridge: Manuel Gallegus/CBS News/State College, PA)
"The town is already filling up for Penn State's final home game against Nebraska Saturday.
Students say instead of the usual white attire for home games, they'll be wearing all blue...the color associated with child abuse awareness."

( MOS )
"It's going to be nice in our community just wearing blue."

Security will be tight...and the Penn State's board of trustees are urging sportsmanship and civility.
TWO UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS FACE CHARGES FOR NOT REPORTING AT LEAST ONE CASE OF CHILD SEX ABUSE TO AUTHORITIES.
THEY MAINTAIN THEIR INNOCENCE...AS DOES JERRY SANDUSKY WHO IS OUT ON BAIL.

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IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS FARED... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
IN THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK... STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
WAFFLE HOUSE AT 8-40 RIVERSIDE DRIVE IN MACON... SCORED AN 82... THAT'S A "B"... COMING AFTER A 60... OR "U" LAST TIME.
NEW CHINA BUFFET AT 50-12 HARRISON ROAD IN MACON ALSO GOT AN 82... A "B"... DROPPING FROM A 96 OR "A" ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
AND CHECKER'S DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT AT 91 SPRING STREET IN MACON SCORED AN 85... THAT'S A "B"... COMING AFTER AN 81... ANOTHER "B" LAST TIME.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER...
LONG JOHN SILVERS AT 7-60 SHURLING DRIVE IN MACON SCORED A 98... AN "A"... FOLLOWING A 99... ANOTHER "A" LAST TIME.
AND SUBWAY AT 60-20 HARRISON ROAD IN MACON SERVED UP A 99... AN "A"... AFTER GETTING A PERFECT SCORE LAST TIME.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
CHICK-FIL-A... WITH A FIVE SCORE AVERAGE OF A 98 POINT 6.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT CHICK-FIL-A... AND MAKE SURE TO JOIN US AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS.
FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
HOVER OVER THE FEATURES TAB... AND CLICK RESTAURANT RATINGS.

IT COMES AROUND JUST ONCE A CENTURY.
THIS CENTURY IT IS ELEVEN ELEVEN ELEVEN.
A LOT OF PEOPLE BELIEVE TODAY'S DATE 11-11-11 IS SPECIAL... BUT IS THERE REALLY ANYTHING "MAGICAL"... ABOUT IT?
AS SHERRI WILLIAMS SHOWS US, IT DOES HAVE SPECIAL MEANING FOR SOME SPECIAL PEOPLE."11, 11, 11 (laughter)

It's a date most of us will never see again. Well he could. Roman is one today.

"He's one on 11, 11, 11.
Yeah.
That' s a lot of ones.
Seven ones. It's gotta be good luck."

Roman would be 101 when this date rolls around again. Speaking of dates and birthdays...check out this magical math.

"Hunhh, I had no idea."

The last two digits of your birth year plus the age you will be this year will always equal one-11... try it.

"1979.
So we take 79 and what age are you this year?
32.
79 plus 32 should give us.....
one hundred and 11."

"80 plus 31, sot that's 111. Is that right?
(Sherry) And that should happen every single time, unless you were born in the year 2000 or later."

"We did this in honor of chanell 11."

That trick won't work with this little one. He is Stephen Colton Lewis. Born today.

STEVE LEWIS
"My favorite number has always been 11, 11. And when we found out the actual due date, we couldn't believe that that would be the date."

ALLISON
"And this is the first son in the entire Lewis family."

If mom looks familiar it's because she's KHOU 11 News Reporter Allison Triarsi.

"he'll know the whole story, he will.

Meet another birthday boy, Ashur (ahhh-SURE) . He's a true miracle.

ISRAEL
"We lost a few between Kayah and him, his older sister. And we didn't think this was possible. Yeah, here he is."

TAMARA
"I feel Blessed."

A Blessing indeed....Happy Birthday Asher (ahhh-SURE) Happy Birthday Colt. Happy Birthday Roman.
IN ANOTHER PART OF TEXAS... ONE LUCKY BABY WAS BORN THIS MORNING AT 11:11 A-M... WEIGHING NEARLY 11 POUNDS.










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