Wednesday, December 14, Eyewitness News at 11

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<<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>

GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.. I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE PAID TRIBUTE TODAY TO A MAN WHO SPENT MANY YEARS SERVING CENTRAL GEORGIANS AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL..
FAMILY.. FRIENDS.. AND PAST AND PRESENT STATE LAWMAKERS PACKED GREATER ZION BAPTIST CHURCH TODAY WHERE FORMER STATE SENATOR AND BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ROBERT BROWN WAS REMEMBERED.
DIGNITARIES WHO SPOKE INCLUDED LEGENDARY CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER JOSEPH AND FORMER CONGRESSMAN JIM MARSHALL.
HERE'S WHAT SOME HAD TO SAY ABOUT SENATOR BROWN.

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Lowery: "Robert Brown was intense. He had integrity and intelligence."
Randall: "The first word that comes to mind is loyal. He was so loyal to his friends... but more than that to his community."
School board: "He was a man of his convictions. And that's what I'll always remember him for. Couragous and not afraid to take on challanges."
Peake:"We didn't agree on hardly anything, but we both had a passion for, and he in particular he always had a passion for the people that he represented."
Randall: "The time and the efforts and the energy that he put into making sure we landed those Halls of Fames in Macon, were tremendous."
DuBose Porter: "It was Robert Brown who said it was wrong to kick veterans out of the veterans home in Millledgeville. It was Robert Brown who said it was wrong to change Hope so that it was, for the first time, depended on who you were born to and and where you born if you'd get full Hope scholorhship. That's the Robert Brown I knew."
Randall: "He was very much a mentor for me. He ran my first campaign, and when folks said I was too young, and I couldn't do it, he said 'oh yeah, you can do it.' And we will. And we did... "I owe that start to Robert Brown."
Lowery: "He saw the need for justice and we're going to miss him."


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OTHER STATE LAWMAKERS ATTENDING THE SERVICE INCLUDED STATE REPRESENTATIVES TYRONE BROOKS OF ATLANTA.. AND CALVIN SMYRE OF COLUMBUS.
STATE SENATOR JASON CARTER.. GRANDSON OF FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER.. ALSO ATTENDED.

CAMERAS WERE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE CHURCH DURING THE CEREMONY..
FAMILY AND FRIENDS BURIED BROWN PRIVATELY.
HE DIED LAST WEEK FROM A SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND.

TWO MACON-BIBB COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS INVOLVED IN A HOAX SHOOTING IN SEPTEMBER ASKED AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE TO LESSEN THEIR PUNISHMENTS...

FIRE CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS SUSPENDED SERGEANT JOSH BREWER FOR 10 DAYS AND DEMOTED HIM TO PRIVATE...
CHRIS HUGHES WAS FIRED FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT... WHICH INCLUDE PROVIDING THE GUN USED IN THE PRANK...
BOTH CONTEND THE WHOLE PRANK WAS PLANNED BY THEIR SUPERIOR... CAPTAIN STEPHANIE BURKE.... AND IT DID NOT VIOLATE THE DEPARTMENT'S ZERO TOLERANCE FOR HAZING POLICY.

Brewer :"It was all just a emotional just scare you a little bit and once we scare you a little bit hey we're going to call it off. It wasn't any kind of physical horseplay or hazing."

BREWER AND HUGHES' LAWYER ASKED THAT BREWER RECIEVE HIS SERGEANT RANK AND PAY BACK... AND THAT HUGHES BE RE-INSTATED AS A FIREFIGTHER.
ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY JUDD DRAKE SAYS ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE ROBERT HERNDON TOLD HIM THAT ONCE HE GETS THE TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE HEARING IT USUALLY TAKES ABOUT 10 BUSINESS DAYS FOR HIM TO HAND DOWN A DECISION.

A MAN TRIED TO RUN DOWN A BIBB SHERIFF'S DEPUTY IN A PARKING LOT..
THAT'S ACCORDING TO SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
DEFOE SAYS IT HAPPENED TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE WALMART ON HARRISION ROAD.
HE SAYS AN OFF-DUTY DEPUTY WAS WORKING TO PROVIDE EXTRA SECURITY FOR THE STORE WHEN HE TRIED TO STOP A MAN SUSPECTED OF STEALING...
DEFOE SAYS THE MAN JUMPED INTO AN OLDER RED COLORED PICK-UP TRUCK AND ACCELERATED HIS ENGINE.. AFTER THE DEPUTY ASKED HIM TO STOP SEVERAL TIMES.
THE DEPUTY FIRED A SHOT INTO THE TRUCK'S RADIATOR AND THE MAN DROVE AWAY..
NO ONE WAS HURT..

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CASE IS ASKED TO CALL THE BIBB SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-746-9441... AGAIN THATS 478-746-9441.

A MACON MUSIC TEACHER REMAINS UPSET AND PUZZLED AFTER HER TUBA WAS STOLEN FROM HER CAR.

HEATHER RICHTER IS THE BAND DIRECTOR AT MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOL.
ACCORDING TO A POLICE REPORT - SOMEONE BROKE THE BACKSEAT WINDOW OF RICHTER'S CAR LAST SATURDAY AND STOLE THE TUBA..
THE CAR WAS PARKED IN FRONT OF HER HOUSE OFF VINEVILLE AVENUE IN MACON.
RICHTER SAYS SHE WAS OUT OF TOWN WHEN IT HAPPENED AND ADMITS SHE'S SHOCKED BY THE THEFT.

Heather Richter, Miller Middle School Band Director: This piece of metal that I have learned how to master and to be able to perform, that someone would take that from me. Take anything else, but as a musician it's your heart and soul that you do everyday.

RICHTER SAYS THE TUBA IS HER LIVELIHOOD - ALONG WITH TEACHING, SHE IS ALSO A PLAYER IN THE MACON SYMPHONY.
POLICE TELL US THAT THEY ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THIS CASE.
THEY SAY IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CASE---CONTACT CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME..

THE CHERRY BLOSSOM BALL DROP TURNS THREE THIS THIS NEW YEAR'S EVE... AND ORGANIZERS SAY THEY HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL PLANNED.

JUST LIKE LAST YEAR... THE BALL WILL DROP 30 FEET AT CHERRY STREET PARK AND THERE'LL BE MUSIC AND GAMES... BUT THIS YEAR... THERE WILL ALSO BE FIREWORKS.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MARKETING DIRETOR... STACY CAMPBELL... SAYS THE FIREWORKS FINALE WILL LAUNCH BEHIND TERMINAL STATION.
SHE SAID LAST YEAR ABOUT 5-THOUSAND PEOPLE CAME DOWNTOWN FOR THE NEW YEAR'S EVE FESTIVITIES..

"We try to bring a litte bit of the excitement, of counting down into the new year, of looking back, being with our freidns and family who mean somethign to us during that year, be with them at the event. Since it's free to the public and since its the same atmosphere that New York offers, we hope to just bring a little piece of that here to Macon."

THE EVENT IS FREE TO THJ PUBLIC AND IT STARTS AROUND 9PM.
CAMPBELL SAYS THERE WILL BE PARKING AVAILABLE IN THE GARAGE BY THE DOUGLAS THEATER.

LOOK FOR ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY TOMORROW WITH HIGHS IN THE LOW 70'S AND JUST A FEW CLOUDS. TONIGHT WILL BE COOL WITH LOWS IN THE MID 40'S. FRIDAY HAS A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS LATE.


THANKS MIKE.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION IN WARNER ROBINS IS CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF AN EXHIBIT... THIRTEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING.
FRIDAY NIGHT... THEY WILL DEDICATE THE TUSKEGEE AIRMAN DISPLAY IN THE WORLD WAR TWO HANGAR.

THE MUSEUM AND THE LOCAL MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH MCNEIL CHAPTER OF TUSKEGEE AIRMEN WORKED TOGETHER TO RAISE MONEY... AND COLLECT MEMOBILIA.
THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN WERE AN ALL-BLACK FLYING UNIT... FOUNDED IN 1941.
THE MUSEUM DEDICATED A SMALLER EXHIBIT TO THE GROUP IN 1997.
MUSEUM FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN.. PAT BARTNESS... SAYS THIS EXHIBIT IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO THE AIRMEN'S CONTRIBUTIONS.

Pat Bartness, Musuem Foundation Chairman: (12:51) "It's obviously black history, civil rights history, but more than that it's American history. These guys wanted to fight for their country, even though their country was discriminating against them, at the time. So, they stayed with it, fought."

THE DEDICATION AND DINNER FOR THE EXHIBIT IS FRIDAY... AT 5-30.
FORMER U-S AMBASSADOR AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER... ANDREW JACKSON YOUNG WILL BE THE GUEST SPEAKER.
THE EXHIBIT AND THE REST OF THE MUSUEM IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC... SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.
ADMISSION IS FREE.

WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR PICTURES FROM OUR 13 WMAZ PHOTO GALLERIES.
THESE ARE FROM OUR PET PALS GALLERY.

HERE'S ONE THAT SAYS... SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER.

AND THIS ONE SAYS... HEADED TO THE NORTH POLE.

IT'S THE TIME OF YEAR FOR FAMILY GATHERINGS... WORK PARTIES... VISITS TO SANTA.. AND OF COURSE... LOTS OF PICTURES.
WE ALL KNOW.. SOME OF THOSE PICTURES TURN OUT AWFUL... AND WE WANT TO SEE THEM.

SEND YOUR HORRIBLE HOLIDAY PHOTOS TO WHERE YOU LIVE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
AND YOU JUST MIGHT SEE THEM RIGHT HERE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.

AND ONE LAST QUICK LOOK AT TOMORROW'S FORECAST WITH METEOROLOGIST MIKE FULLER.

LOOK FOR ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY TOMORROW WITH HIGHS IN THE LOW 70'S AND JUST A FEW CLOUDS. TONIGHT WILL BE COOL WITH LOWS IN THE MID 40'S. FRIDAY HAS A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS LATE.



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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT.

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