GOOD EVENING ... AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M ELEANOR LISSITZYN
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING OUT AFTER THURSDAYS DOUBLE KILLING ON BROOKHAVEN ROAD... AND BOTH SAY THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE DEATHS.
BUT THEY DISAGREE ABOUT WHAT LED UP TO THAT EVENING.
THURSDAY NIGHT... THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS GLEN MOORE ALLEGEDLY KICKED IN HIS NEIGHBOR'S DOOR... AND SHOT HENRY MITCHEM TO DEATH.
PHILLIP JENKINS... A FRIEND OF MOORE'S SAYS HE WARNED THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE THURSDAY AFTERNOON... OF PROBLEMS BETWEEN THE NEIGHBORS.
Phillip Jenkins: "I said, if ya'll leave this guy here, there's been a 25 year feud going on with this neighbor, he's gonna hurt himself or he's gonna hrt somebody next door today, I'll assure you."
THAT NIGHT... WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED AND FOUND MOORE ARMED AND STANDING OVER MITCHEM'S BODY... A DEPUTY FATALLY SHOT MOORE... AFTER THEY SAY HE POINTED THE GUN IN THEIR DIRECTION.
MOORE'S FRIENDS SAY IT WAS THE RESULT OF A HISTORY OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES... AND A STANDING FEUD BETWEEN THE NEIGHBORS.
BUT AS AMY AUBERT EXPLAINS... THOSE CLOSEST TO HENRY MITCHEM SAY HE DIDN'T HAVE AN ONGOING ARGUMENT... WITH THE ALLEGED SHOOTER.
Keith Mitchem, Macon: "I don't know whether Daddy opened the door or he kicked the door open."
THESE MARKS... KEITH MITCHEM SAYS... ETCH A NIGHTMARE... OF THURSDAY'S SHOOTINGS.
Keith Mitchem: "Disbelief. I miss my Daddy."
HIS FATHER... 75-YEAR-OLD HENRY MITCHEM... BETTER KNOWN AS "BUBBA"... WAS SHOT TO DEATH IN HIS HOME.
Keith Mitchem: "He was my best friend. Never bothered anybody, just kept to himself."
MITCHEM SAYS HE GREW UP IN THIS HOUSE ON BROOKHAVEN ROAD... HIS FATHER BOUGHT IT IN THE 60'S.
HE SAYS A FENCE SEPARATING THE FAMILY'S PROPERTY FROM 65-YEAR-OLD GLEN MOORE'S... DIDN'T KEEP OUT A HISTORY OF PROBLEMS.
Keith Mitchem: "Daddy's never bothered Glen. Never done anything to him except call the sheriff on him."
HE SAYS HIS FATHER ONLY TRIED TO PROTECT HIS OWN HOME... WHEN HE FELT THREATENED.
Keith Mitchem: "Every once in a while Glen might be standing out in the road you know, yelling at the house, and Daddy would come out to his front porch and make a comment, tell him to go home and leave him alone, and he was calling the sheriff. But that was about it. They never had an altercation."
Angela Hirschinger, Macon: "This had nothing to do with a feud."
ANGELA HIRSCHINGER SAYS THE SHOOTING DIDN'T STEM FROM A SINGLE ISSUE... JUST PROBLEMS THAT HAVE GROWN WITH TIME.
SHE BLAMES THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FOR NOT GETTING MOORE THE HELP HE NEEDED... WHEN THEY WERE CALLED TO HIS HOME EARLIER THAT SAME DAY.
Angela: "None of this would've happened, Bubba would be here today."
FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY THEY'RE VICTIMS OF A TRAGEDY... DIVIDED BY A SITUATION THEY SAY... COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.
AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
E-M-S OFFICIALS AND DEPUTIES CAME TO MOORE'S HOME THURSDAY AFTERNOON... BECAUSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY WERE WORRIED ABOUT HIS HEALTH.
CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS SAYS MOORE REFUSED MEDICAL HELP... AND SINCE HE WAS NOT COMMITTING A CRIME... DEPUTIES COULD NOT FORCE HIM TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL.
HUNDREDS OF BIBB COUNTY STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS GATHERED TODAY TO FOCUS ON STOPPING YOUTH VIOLENCE
IT WAS PART OF A SUMMIT HOSTED BY THE ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY.
THE GROUP HEARD FROM COMMUNITY LEADERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.... INCLUDING SCHOOL SUPER INTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND.
THEY ALSO HOSTED WORKSHOPS FOCUSING ON THINGS LIKE KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL... AND HOW PARENTS CAN WORK WITH THEIR CHILDREN'S SCHOOL AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.
THE STUDENTS LEARED ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH CONFLICTS... RESPONSIBILITY... AND BULLYING.
Tim Jones, Organizer: We feel good that the parents showed up on a Saturday morning, gave up their Saturday to address this issue. It tells us that the community is concerned, that parents are concerned about their kids in the school and the gang activity here in Macon and Middle Georgia.
ORGANIZERS SAY THEY'LL HOLD MORE WORKSHOPS LIKE TODAYS... AT THE MELTON COMMUNITY CENTER ON ANTHONY ROAD.
ABOUT THIRTY SOLIDERS OF RETURNED HOME TO MIDDLE GEORGIA TODAY... AFTER A TEN-MONTH TOUR IN IRAQ.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS WELCOMED HOME THE SOLDIERS FROM THE THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SECOND COMBAT SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT BATTALION... AFTER THEY SPENT TEN MONTHS AS PART OF OPERATION 'NEW DAWN.'
THEY CELEBRATED THE OCCASSION WITH A SMALL CEREMONY... INCLUDING SOME SONGS FROM THE SKYVIEW ELEMENTARY CHORUS.
Gerardo Rosado Organzier "The Familys are really overjoyed in elitenat they cant wait to get a hold of threre loved ones and there solidre and bring them home to be home for the holidays that is the main thing so this the time to be togther with famillys"
ORGANIZERS OF THE EVENT SAY THEY'RE EXPECTING ABOUT THIRTY MORE SOLIDERS FROM THE BATTALION TO RETURN HOME TO GEORGIA BEFORE THANKSGIVING.
THE STAGE IS SET... AND THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS ARE READY TO SQUARE OFF IN TONIGHT'S C-B-S NATIONAL JOURNAL DEBATE.
THIS TIME... THEY'LL FOCUS ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY.
THE STAKES ARE HIGH... WITH POLLS SHOWING THAT NONE OF THE CANDIDATES HOLD A BIG NATIONAL LEAD.
RANDALL PINKSTON HAS MORE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.
NATSOT) - BAND PLAYING
THIS GAME DAY FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES REVEALS ANOTHER SHIFT
IN THE RANKINGS.
AS THEY PREPARED FOR TONIGHT'S CBS NEWS / NATIONAL JOURNAL DEBATE, NEWT
GINGRICH BASKED IN THE LATEST CBS NEWS POLL SHOWING HIM TIED FOR 2ND WITH MITT
(SOT: NEWT GINGRICH / R - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE) - "mitt is at about 15
percent in the cbs poll. All I need is the 85 percent."
HERMAN CAIN WAS ALSO UPBEAT. HE LEADS CBS'S POLL, DESPITE ACCUSATIONS OF
TODAY, CAIN MADE NO MENTION OF SCANDAL, INSTEAD CLAIMING HE WAS CALLED BY GOD
(SOT: HERMAN CAIN / R - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE) -"when i finally realized
that it was god saying this is what I needed to do, I was like moses - and
said you got the wrong man, lord // but once I made the decision I didn't look
(RANDALL ON CAM BRIDGE) - SOUTH CAROLINA'S REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IS
JANUARY 21ST.. JUST OVER TWO MONTHS AWAY. BUT NATIONAL POLLS SHOW MANY GOP
VOTERS HAVE NOT SETTLED ON A CANDIDATE.
(14.52.10 / SOT: KATHLEEN LUNDAY / GOP VOTER) - "everybody has baggage, both
Cain and Gingrich but one of the two is going to get my vote."
BUT NEITHER CANDIDATE WILL EARN SUPPORT FROM KATHLEEN LUNDAY'S HUSBAND. HE
SUPPORTS, MITT ROMNEY
(14.55.26 / SOT: JOHN LUNDAY / GOP VOTER) - "I think he stands a better chance
of Republicans to be elected and can appeal to independent voter."
TONIGHT - THE FOCUS WILL BE ON NATIONAL SECURITY... AS ALL OF THE CANDIDATES
GET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEIR CASE WITH VOTERS.
TONIGHT'S DEBATE BEGINS AT 8PM... AND YOU CAN WATCH IT HERE ON 13WMAZ... IT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE ON THE NATIONAL JOURNAL WEBSITE.
A GROUP THAT PROMOTES LOCAL CHARITIES IS HELPING TO EXTEND VETERANS DAY BEYOND JUST 24 HOURS.
BLUE DUCK EVENTS LAUNCHED ITS FIRST ANNUAL VET FEST THIS WEEKEND.
FOLKS CAME OUT FOR SOME LIVE MUSIC... FOOD... AND VENDORS.
BUT OF COURSE... THE VETERANS WERE THE FOCUS OF THE DAY.
Pam Perry Warner Robins "I think that it is very important to show the community to show not just in words but in actions, to show our apprations for our armed froces"
Diane Benton-Lee "these boys have all fought wars for us they stood up for our country and made us who we are. Free."
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT BENEFIT ACTIVE DUTY FAMILY PROGRAMS... GUARD AND RESERVE ORGANZIATIONS... THE DUBLIN V.A. AND THE MIDDLEGVILLE VETERANS HOME.
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