Saturday, November 12, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M ELEANOR LISSITZYN.

THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

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.

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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 SPONSORED BY THE EPSILON BETA LAMBDA CHAPTER OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY.

THE GROUP HEARD FROM COMMUNITY LEADERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.... INCLUDING SCHOOL SUPER INTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND.

THEY ALSO HOSTED WORKSHOPS.

THE STUDENTS LEARNED ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH CONFLICTS... RESPONSIBILITY... AND BULLYING.

PARENTS FOCUSED ON THINGS LIKE KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL... AND HOW TO WORK WITH SCHOOLS AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

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 PLAN TO HOLD MORE WORKSHOPS... AT THE MELTON COMMUNITY CENTER ON ANTHONY ROAD.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN MONTHS... SOME CENTRAL GEORGIA FAMILIES GOT TO WRAP THEIR ARMS AROUND THEIR SOLDIERS.

ABOUT TWENTY FIVE SOLDIERS FROM THE THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SECOND COMBAT SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT BATTALION RETURNED HOME FROM IRAQ THIS AFTERNOON.

FAMILIES AND FRIENDS CELEBRATED AT THE MACON ARMY RESERVE CENTER ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE... TO SAY WELCOME HOME...AND OF COURSE... THANK YOU... ON THIS VETERAN'S DAY WEEKEND.

ORGANIZERS SAY THERE ARE STILL ABOUT THIRTY MORE SOLDIERS WAITING TO RETURN HOME FROM THAT UNIT.

THEY ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE SOMETIME BEFORE THANKSGIVING.

WHILE ONE GROUP OF SOLDIERS WAS GETTING HOME... A GROUP THAT SUPPORTS LOCAL CHARITIES WAS WORKING TO EXTEND VETERANS DAY BEYOND JUST 24 HOURS.

IT WAS THE FIRST ANNUAL VET FEST... BY BLUE DUCK EVENTS.

FOLKS CAME OUT TO GET A TASTE OF LIVE MUSIC... FOOD... AND VENDORS.

BUT ORGANIZERS SAY THE GATHERING... REVOLVED AROUND THE VETS.

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."

PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT ACTIVE DUTY FAMILY PROGRAMS... GUARD AND RESERVE ORGANIZATIONS... THE DUBLIN V-A... AND THE MILLEDGEVILLE VETERANS HOME.

A REAL ESTATE AGENT IN DAWSONVILLE FOUND A FALLEN VIETNAM SOLDIER'S WAR MEDALS WHILE CLEANING OUT A FORECLOSED HOME.

NOW THE LOCAL VFW POST THERE IS TRYING TO RETURN THEM TO THE MAN'S FAMILY.

THE MEDALS WERE APPARENTLY LOST OR LEFT BEHIND.

BUT PAPERS FOUND WITH THE MEDALS SHOW THEY BELONGED TO STAFF SERGEANT ANGEL SAEZ - RAMIREZ.

THEY INCLUDE A PURPLE HEART... AND A BRONZE STAR.

THE DOCUMENTS SAY RAMIREZ DIED TRYING TO SAVE HIS PLATOON DURING A 1967AMUBUSH.

PENN STATE'S GAME AGAINST NEBRASKA TODAY WAS THE FIRST IN 46 YEARS WITHOUT FORMER HEAD COACH JOE PATERNO.

POLICE UPPED GAME-DAY SECURITY AFTER STUDENTS RIOTED ON THE CAMPUS WEDNESDAY.... FOLLOWING THE FIRING OF PATERNO AND THE UNIVERSITY'S PRESIDENT OVER THE ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD SEX ABUSE AGAINST A FORMER ASSISTANT COACH.

STUDENTS...PLAYERS.. AND FANS LET PATERNO KNOW HOW MUCH HE WILL BE MISSED AND SHOWED THEIR SUPPORT FOR CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS..

THE TEAM WALKED ONTO THE FIELD ARM-IN-ARM... INSTEAD OF THEIR NORMAL RUN INTO THE STADIUM...

THERE WAS A MOMENT OF SLIENCE FOR CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS.

AND INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL WHITE... STUDENTS WERE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR BLUE... TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN TO END CHILD ABUSE.

THE 8 GOP CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT SQUARED OFF IN THEIR LATEST DEBATE TONIGHT.

THIS ONE FOCUSED ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY -- AND WAS SPONSORED BY CBS NEWS AND THE NATIONAL JOURNAL.

THE CANDIDATES STRONGLY CRITICIZED THE CURRENT PRESIDENT -- AND . TWO CANDIDATES SAID THEY'D GO TO WAR WITH IRAN - TO STOP THAT COUNTRY FROM GETTING A NUCLEAR WEAPON.

RANDALL PINKSTON REPORTS FROM SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA.

The 8 Republicans running for President took the stage in South Carolina -- to talk NATIONAL SECURITY and foreign policy, in a debate sponsored by CBS News and THE NATIONAL JOURNAL.

The candidates tackled questions for 90-minutes -- on issues like torture, ties with Pakistan - and Iran's nuclear ambitions. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney both said -- they would take military action against Iran -- to stop that country from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

(20.08.04 / SOT: MITT ROMNEY / R - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE) - "IF WE REELECT BARACK OBAMA, IRAN WILL HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IF YOU ELECT MITT ROMNEY - IF I'M THE NOMINEE - THEY WILL NOT HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON."

The stakes were high for Rick Perry. The Texas Governor tried to come on strong -- after a big blunder in a debate Wednesday.

(20.38.33 / SOT: SCOTT PELLEY / CBS NEWS MANAGING EDITOR) - "IF YOU ELIMINATE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY..."

(SOT: RICK PERRY / R - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE) - "GLAD YOU REMEMBERED IT."

(AUDIENCE LAUGHTER)

(VOICE OF PELLEY, OFF CAMERA) - "I'VE HAD SOME TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT, SIR."

(VOICE OF PERRY, OFF CAMERA) - "ME, TOO."

(AUDIENCE LAUGHTER)

(STANDUP BRIDGE: Randall Pinkston / CBS NEWS / SPARTANBURG, SC) - "Most candidates criticized President Obama's decision to bring home 30-thousand US troops now in Afghanistan -- starting next year."

But, former ambassador Jon Huntsman did not.

(20.18.02 / SOT: JON HUNTSMAN / R - PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE) - "I DON'T WANT TO BE NATION-BUILDING IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN THIS THIS NATION NEEDS TO BE BUILT HERE AT HOME."

National polls show -- 72-percent of GOP voters have not YET picked a candidate. The candidates know, time's running out. Primary season begins January third - when voters in Iowa head to their caucuses.

 

A CBS NEWS POLL RELEASED JUST BEFORE THE DEBATE SHOWED CAIN LEADING THE PACK - WITH 18-PERCENT.

MITT ROMNEY AND NEWT GINGRICH WERE TIED FOR SECOND, WITH 15-PERCENT.

TONIGHT...THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE PACKED INTO THE MACON CENTREPLEX TO ROCK OUT TO THE SOUNDS OF THE COUNTRY MUSIC BAND...LADY ANTEBELLUM...CHECK IT OUT.

CENTREPLEX ORGANIZERS TELL US THAT ABOUT 6-THOUSAND EXCITED LADY ANTEBELLUM FANS FILLED THE STADIUM.

FANS TELL US THAT THEY WERE SO EXCITED THAT THE COUNTRY SUPERSTARS CAME TO MACON...AND THEY COULDN'T WAIT TO SING ALONG TO SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE SONGS.

Gracie Bloewarth Alex Flood: We're just really excited to be here. This is amazing that we get to see them in concert.

Emily Sanders: Really, excited. We wanted to see a concert from Lady Antebellum

FANS TELL US THEY HOPE THE COUNTRY GROUP WILL COME BACK TO MACON SOON.

LADY ANTEBELLUM HAVE WON SEVERAL GRAMMYS---INCLUDING *FIVE* THIS YEAR.

IT'S NOW TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PICTURES. THESE PHOTOS COME FROM OUR PET PALS GALLERY.

THIS IS A PHOTO OF GEORGIA'S NUMBER ONE FAN...AND WHAT ELSE WOULD A NUMBER ONE GA FAN LISTEN TO BESIDE THE BULLDAWG BOOGIE...

THIS IS A PHOTO OF THREE RESCUED BOBTAIL KITTENS TAKING A NAP IN THEIR FAVORITE BASKET...

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

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