HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
A COUPLE ACCUSED OF TURNING A CHRISTIAN CHARITY... INTO PERSONAL PROFIT... WENT BEFORE A FEDERAL JUDGE IN MACON TODAY.
JOE AND LINDA WINGO ARE CO-FOUNDERS OF ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES IN WALTON COUNTY.
NOW... AFTER A FEDERAL INDICTMENT...THEY'RE DEFENDANTS IN A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD CASE.
BRITTINY BARBER WAS IN FEDERAL COURT TODAY.. AND HAS MORE.
The husband and wife who face federal charges for conspiracy, money laudering and wire fraud had their first appearance in u.s. district court on friday. Linda and Jow Wingo who ran angel Food Ministries out of Walton County faced the charges of their indictment.
Both entered the courtroom in shackles and stood before judge Weigel...
Linda;s laywer says they both claim their innocense.
Edward Tolley: "They're very disappointed to be included in this indictment I read through it. It's 72 pages and it's a lot of charges a lot of allegations. In and indictment this long what you see very often and I think what you see in this case is the same event is repeated as multiple allegation but it's just one eventsame event."
The judge delayed their arraignment until december 15, however the couple did post a $20-thousand bond a piece'
Michale Moore, U.s Attorney: "There's a a bond some of that amount is secured. The court set that. There's to be no contact with witnesses, no firearms, some travel restrictions some thing that are sor t of standard in these types of cases."
The courtroom was filled with o about 10 of the wingos supporters who said they went to their church. The tow of them left in in one fo their friends vans from the district courthouse in Macon.
They along with a son and an employee face a total of 49 charges. in Macon BB 13wmaz eyewitness news.
>> THE WINGOS STARTED ANGEL FOOD IN 1994....HELPING 34 FAMILIES.
THEY GREW THROUGH A NETWORK OF CHURCHES TO FEED MORE THAN A HALF MILLION FAMILIES A MONTH IN 35 STATES.
THAT NETWORK INCLUDED MANY CHURCHES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... WHICH RESOLD THEIR FOOD PACKAGES TO NEEDY MEMBERS.
HERMAN CAIN SAYS HE PLANS TO ANNOUNCE TOMORROW WHETHER HE WILL STAY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE.
THE REPUBLICAN TODAY IS HEADING HOME FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO GEORGIA ...TO TALK WITH HIS WIFE ABOUT WHETHER TO CONTINUE HIS CAMPAIGN AFTER THIS WEEK'S ALLEGATION OF A 13-YEAR EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR.
CAIN HAS DENIED THOSE ALLEGATIONS.
HIS POLLS NUMBERS HAVE DROPPED... AND THE CANDIDATE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT FUNDRAISING HAS SUFFERED SINCE GINGER WHITE CLAIMED THEY HAD A LONG-RUNNING AFFAIR.
MACON POLICE ARRESTED THE MAN THEY SAY ROBBED A B-B-AND-T BANK ON THURSDAY.
THEY ARRESTED 41-YEAR-OLD DONALD CARSWELL AT A HOME IN WEST MACON, OFF LOG CABIN DRIVE.
POLICE SAY THAT CAME AFTER A CRIMESTOPPERS TIP.
A MACON POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS CARSWELL ADMITTED ROBBING THE BANK ON MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE THURSDAY MORNING.
HE'S NOW IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL...CHARGED WITH ROBBERY BY INTIMIDATION.
ON THURSDAY....POLICE SAID THEY TOOK CARSWELL'S GETAWAY DRIVER INTO CUSTODY....
TODAY POLICE SAID HE WAS QUESTIONED...AND RELEASED.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS NOVEMBER'S NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS THE LOWEST IN TWO AND A HALF YEARS.
THE RATE DROPPED TO EIGHT-POINT-SIX PERCENT... DOWN FROM OCTOBER'S NINE PERCENT.
LAST MONTH... THE COUNTRY ADDED 120 THOUSAND JOBS.
BUT THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS ONE REASON FOR THE FALL IN UNEMPLOYMENT... IS BECAUSE 315 THOUSAND PEOPLE STOPPED LOOKING FOR WORK... AND NO LONGER COUNT AS UNEMPLOYED.
SOME CENTRAL GEORGIA FAMILIES NEED YOUR HELP TO HAVE A LITTLE HOLIDAY CHEER...
OUR 13 DAYS OF GIVING CAN CONNECT YOU WITH WAYS TO LEND YOUR ASSISTANCE.
MORE FOLKS ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE... SO THEY'RE HEADING TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS FOR HELP.
THE CHARD WRAY FOOD PANTRY IN MILLEDGEVILLE IS SEEING THOSE EFFECTS.
AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU WHY VOLUNTEERS SAY A LACK OF DONATIONS MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO KEEP SHELVES FULL DESPITE THEIR HARD WORK.
Nats, shopping cart
THEY'VE GOT IT ROLLING...
Nats: "2, 4, 6, 8... free... okay I've got that."
Nats, George Sargent: "Yeah, here we go..."
BUT FOR WORKERS AT THE CHARD WRAY FOOD PANTRY... KEEPING THE SHELVES STOCKED... GETS DIFFICULT.
Nats, picking up can
DIRECTOR GEORGE SARGENT SAYS THIS YEAR... IS THE PANTRY'S BUSIEST YET.
George Sargent, Director: "There are a lot of people out of work. As a result, there are a lot of people who need food."
HE SAYS IN OCTOBER... THESE SHELVES... WENT NEARLY BARE.
WITH THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS LIKE JANET MAULDIN... THE PANTRY HUNG ON.
Janet Mauldin, Milledgeville: "It was just a desperate situation, because people are, you know, in some cases, starving or have so very little, they have children that have daily needs of food, these are just basic needs."
BUT TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND... THE PANTRY NEEDS MORE DONATIONS.
Janet Mauldin: "If we don't have people giving on a regular basis then the shevles become empty and we are not able to help the people that are in such need."
SO FAR THIS YEAR... THEY'VE FED MORE THAN 6 THOUSAND PEOPLE.
Nats: "Thank you!"
ONE OF THEM... SINGLE MOTHER... ANITA WILSON.
Anita Wilson, Milledgeville: "You have jobs paying mininum wage; $7.25 an hour. And, I mean, you have mortgages and you have light bills you have, you know, bills that you have to pay and it gets hard."
LIKE MANY OTHERS... SHE HOPES THIS HOLIDAY... SHE CAN COOK HER FAMILY... A TRADITIONAL MEAL.
Nats: "Give that out too."
AND THE FOOD PANTRY HOPES DONATIONS CAN HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN... FOR HUNDREDS MORE.
Nats, backing up cart
AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN DONATING TO THE CHARD WRAY FOOD PANTRY... YOU CAN DROP OFF DONATIONS AT 730 NORTH WAYNE STREET IN MILLEDGEVILLE.
SARGENT SAYS HE'S EXPECTING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON TO BE THE BUSIEST IN THEIR HISTORY.
MACON'S FRIDAY FEST IS CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS TONIGHT... WITH EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.
WE FIND CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES DOWNTOWN... WHERE THINGS ARE JUST GETTING STARTED. ben gives three day forecast
THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.
IF YOU WANT TO LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE COOKING THIS WEEKEND... GIVE THE HEALTH INSPECTION SCORES A GLANCE BEFORE YOU GO.
WE'RE IN HOUSTON COUNTY FOR THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS... STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES.
EL COTIJA AT 120 HOWLAND AVENUE IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A 66... A U... AFTER A 95 OR A ON ITS PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
THE INSPECTOR SAID FOOD WASN'T SEPARATED AND PROTECTED... PROPER REHEATING AND COOLING PROCEDUERS WEREN'T FOLLOWED... AND GARBAGE WAS NOT PROPERLY DISPOSED.
LOGAN'S ROADHOUSE AT 2701 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A 75... A C... AFTER AN 81 OR B ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
THE INSPECTOR SAID ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WEREN'T SUPPLIED AND ACCESSIBLE.
THE REPORT NOTED THAT WAS A RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
THE INSPECTOR ALSO FOUND FOOD CONTACT SURFACES WERE NOT PROPERLY CLEANED AND SANITIZED... AND FOOD WASN'T HELD AT THE PROPER TEMPERATURES.
AND O'CHARLEY'S AT 2990 WATSON BOULEVARD IN CENTERVILLE SCORED A 77 OR C... COMING AFTER A 98 OR A ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
THE INSPECTION REPORT FOUND THAT MANAGEMENT WASN'T AWARE OF CERTAIN POLICY REQUIREMENTS... AND WORKERS WEREN'T FOLLOWING PROPER EATING... TASTING... DRINKING OR TOBACCO USE POLICIES. IT NOTES BOTH OF THOSE AS RISKS FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
NOW FOR A LOOK AT THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... OUR GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES.
TASTY CRUST PIZZA AT 1240 SOUTH HOUSTON LAKE ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A 93... AN A... AFTER A PERFECT SCORE ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
BURGER KING AT 851 WARREN DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A PERFECT SCORE ON ITS LATEST INSPECTION... AFTER ANOTHER 100 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
JOIN US AT ELEVEN AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO FIND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER.
AND FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE LINK UNDER THE FEATURES TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.
THE CITY OF DUBLIN IS KICKING OFF ITS BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION WITH A BRAND NEW BELL.
AFTER A NEARLY TWO DAY PROCESS TO FORGE IT---THE CITY REVEALED THE BRONZE BELL TO THE PUBLIC TODAY.
AUSTIN LEWIS TALKED TO LOCAL LEADERS AND OTHERS WHO CHECKED OUT THE CITY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY GIFT.
GEORGIA'S EMERALD CITY IS CELEBRATING THE BIG 200 WITH A BANG--
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CITY LEADERS PICKED UP 18-POUND SLEDGE HAMMERS TO TRY THEIR LUCK AT BUSTING OPEN THE CITY'S FIRST BIRTHDAY GIFT---A BICENTENNIAL BELL.
THEY SAID THEY WERE ANXIOUS -- AND HONORED -- TO BE PART OF HISTORY.
Julie Driger, Mayor Pro Team:To be the first woman, because I am the only woman on Dublin's City Council. To be the first person to put a dent in the mold for the bell, that's very exciting, something you'll never forget
SHE AND THE OTHERS DID SOME DAMAGE TO THE MOLD---BUT THE CASTING TEAM GOT THE JOB DONE WITH A LITTLE HELP.
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THEY WERE ABLE TO REVEAL THE BELL---TO A CAPITVATED CROWD.
Nigeria Bridges, Dublin: To see that is amazing, cause like, it's something different, that a lot of people don't get a chance to see. So just to see that I am like honored to see it.
Katherine Outlaw, Dublin: I was like surprised and I have never seen how they took it off before and uuuhm, I thought it was really interesting
Janaya Salter, Dublin: It was amazing because like you go to see something celebrated for Dublin for 200 years for its birthday.
AND WHILE THE BELL LOOKS A LITTLE DIRTY---IT IS ALREADY BETTER THAN CITY LEADERS IMAGINED.
Mayor Phil Best, Dublin: It just felt good. It felt good to see the crowd. The feel, the excitement. It's just a great community thing. It's even better than we thought it would be.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
TOMORROW MORNING---THE CASTING TEAM WILL HANG THE BELL IN THE NEW CLOCK TOWER-- ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR BOULEVARD AND SOUTH JEFFERSON STREET.
THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF BICENTENNIAL EVENTS THAT WILL BE HAPPENING ALL YEAR LONG.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE EVENTS, GO TO OUR WEBSITE.
EMPLOYEES WITH A CENTRAL GEORGIA SPORTING GOODS STORE SHOWED UP AT A SCHOOL TODAY WITH SOME EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFTS IN HAND.
ACADEMY SPORTS AND OUTDOORS IN MACON HANDED OUT FREE NEW BIKES AND HELMETS TO STUDENTS AT HEARD ELEMENTARY.
AS PART OF IT'S 10TH ANNUAL BIKE DONATION PROGRAM... STORE DIRECTOR MATTHEW BANKS SAYS THEY AWARDED BIKES AND HELMETS TO 30 STUDENTS BASED ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE... ATTENDANCE AND GOOD BEHAVIOR.
ONE STUDENT WHO RECEIVED A BIKE SAYS HIS CLASSMATES WERE JUST AS EXCITED AS HE WAS.
"I was excited that I won the bike and that all the other people were saying yay, good job and that they were representing me."
"It's the right thing to do. It's our chance to give back to the community. It's about community involvement here at Academy Sports... Kindergarten through 5th graders you know."
THIS YEAR'S BIKE DONATION PROGRAM BENEFITED MORE THAN TWENTY-ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN ACROSS SEVERAL STATES IN THE SOUTHEAST.
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WE'LL LEAVE TONIGHT WITH A LOOK DOWN CHERRY STREET... AT FRIDAY FEST.