Monday, December 26, Eyewitness News at 11

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

THE HOLIDAY SEASON MARKS A TIME OF COMFORT AND JOY.
BUT FOR ONE TWIGGS COUNTY MOM.. THIS CHRISTMAS LACKED BOTH... BECAUSE HER SON HAS BEEN MISSING FOR A WEEK.
IN TONIGHT'S TOP STORY... JENNIFER MOUILLET EXPLAINS WHAT TWIGGS COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE DOING TO BRING HER SON HOME.
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IDA MCCLINTON SAYS IT'S BEEN A WEEK SINCE SHE'S SEEN HER SON... AND THE HOLIDAYS WEREN'T THE SAME WITHOUT HIM.
Ida McClinton, mother: "It wasn't Christmas it was just another day."

FORTY-SEVEN YEAR OLD TROY DONOVAN BURNETT WAS LAST SEEN ON HIGHWAY EIGHTY HEADING EAST TOWARDS DUBLIN... nats cars AND HIS MOTHER SAYS ITS NOT LIKE HIM TO JUST DISAPPEAR

Ida McClinton, mother: "He'd always let you know where he was going."

SHE SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN SEARCHING EVERYWHERE FOR HER SON... AND SHE'S WORRIED BECAUSE HE HASN'T BEEN TAKING HIS SEIZURE MEDICATION.
Ida McClinton, mother: "The last seizure he had took his hearing mostly and his sight."

SHE'S NOT THE ONLY PERSON SEARCHING.. THE TWIGGS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT'S HAD TEAMS OUT LOOKING FOR BURNETT FOR DAYS

"About fifty to sixty yards in cutting a grid pattern on both sides of the road."

JAMES COLEMAN AND HIS DOG SCARLET CANVASSED PARTS OF HEAVILY WOODED HIGHWAY EIGHTY FOR A SCENT... TO LEAD THEM TO BURNETT.

"We haven't had a scent."

BUT THAT ISN'T STOPPING TWIGGS COUNTY SHERIFF DARREN MITCHUM .
"I had the state patrol send me a helicopter and we flew this whole area."
HE SAYS THEY WILL CONTINUE TO GO DOOR TO DOOR AND COUNTY TO COUNTY SEARCHING...
"this one's his."
AND BURNETT'S MOTHER SAYS AS A SIGN OF HOPE... HER SON'S GIFTS WILL BE WAITING UNDER THE TREE FOR HIM TO COME HOME.
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> TROY DONAVAN BURNETT IS FIVE FOOT FIVE... 150 POUNDS AND WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A BLUE WINDBREAKER... DARK T-SHIRT AND BLUE JEANS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON BURNETT... YOU CAN CALL THE TWIGGS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT (478) 945-3357.
AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 945-3357

WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCILMAN JOHN WILLIAMS WAS HOSPITALIZED TODAY AFTER HIS HEART STOPPED TWICE..
THAT'S ACCORDING TO WILIAMS WHO TALKED WITH EYEWITNESS NEWS FROM HIS HOSPITAL ROOM..
WILLIAMS SAID HE WILL UNDERGO A PROCEDURE ON TUESDAY TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM..
HE SAID HE DID NOT SUFFER A HEART ATTACK TODAY..
WILLIAMS DID SUFFER A HEART ATTACK IN 2010..
WILLIAMS RAN FOR RE-ELECTION LAST MONTH FOR HIS COUNCIL SEAT BUT LOST TO RETIRED FIREFIGHTER MIKE DAVIS..
DAVIS WILL BE SWORN IN THIS THURDAY..

OVER THE PAST YEAR... THE MACON HOUSING AUTHORITY WORKED TO TURN A CRIME-RIDDEN APARTMENT COMPLEX INTO A SUBDIVISION.
AND NEXT MONTH... CITY OFFICIALS PLAN TO CUT THE RIBBON FOR BARTLETT CROSSING.
75 SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES REPLACED THE OLD MACON HOMES... 40 ABANDONED AND DILAPIDATED APARTMENT BUILDINGS.
MACON POLICE CAPTAIN ERIC WOODFORD SAYS DRUG SALES... PROSTITUTION AND OTHER CRIMES WERE HARD TO CONTROL IN THE AREA BEFORE BARTLETT CROSSING WAS BUILT.
NOW... HE SAYS THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE HAVE COMMUNITY PRIDE... AND THAT MAKES POLICING EASIER.
"Now we come over, we set up road checks in the immediate area to make sure that there's no prostitution... we look for drug sales in the neighborhood coz we can establish patterns now so when we start to see an abundant ammount of cars or people congregating in a specific area, then we become proactive."
THE SUBDIVISION INCLUDES A PLAYGROUND AND COMMUNITY CENTER.
THE TRANSFORMATION COST 13 POINT 2 MILLION DOLLARS.
JOHN HISCOX... DIRECTOR OF THE MACON HOUSING AUTHORITY SAYS ALL THE UNITS ARE OCCUPIED... AND THEY'RE JUST PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE SUBDIVISION... INCLUDING A RETENTION POND.

TOMORROW MORNING... MACON POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS WILL JOIN STEPHANIE SUSSKIND ON EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNING TO CHAT IN OUR BI-WEEKLY "ASK THE CHIEF" SEGMENT.
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE CHIEF.... YOU CAN EMAIL IT TO EYEWITNESS-NEWS AT 13WMAZ DOT COM... OR YOU CAN LEAVE A COMMENT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
AGAIN... THAT'S TOMORROW MORNING AT 6-30 ON EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNIN'.

SOME PEOPLE HIT THE STORES TODAY RETURNING GIFTS OR HOPING TO FIND BETTER DEALS DURING DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS SALES.
SOME STORES AT THE MACON MALL WERE OFFERING DISCOUNTS OF 50 PERCENT OR HIGHER.
WE RAN INTO SOME SHOPPERS RETURNING GIFTS... WHILE OTHERS WERE BUYING THINGS THEY WANT... AT WHAT THEY SAY ARE SIGNIFICANTLY MARKED-DOWN PRICES.
Crysta Williams, Macon: I found a dress under 20 dollars, so that was great, that's the best deal ever.
Essie Simmons, Macon: Right now I am getting 75 to 80 percent off deals, where it was 80 or 60 dollars, I'm getting them for 13 or 35 dollars.
OTHER PEOPLE SPENT THE DAY ON THE ROAD INSTEAD OF AT THE STORES.
THE OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD ENDS IN JUST UNDER AN HOUR.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE STATE'S PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT.
HERE'S A LIVE LOOK AT TRAFFIC ON I-475 JUST SOUTH OF EISENHOWER PARKWAY... USING A D-O-T TRAFFIC CAMERA.
AS YOU CAN SEE... TRAFFIC IS FLOWING SMOOTHLY.

THE END OF ANOTHER YEAR MEANS IT'S TIME TO START TAKING A LOOK AT YOUR TAXES..
SHERRI GOSS - WITH THE ROSENBERG FINANCIAL GROUP - JOINED US ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX O'CLOCK TO TALK ABOUT HOW SOME PEOPLE CAN ELECTRONICALLY FILE THEIR RETURNS FOR FREE..
Sherri Goss:.If you're income was $58,000 or less in 2011 you can go on to irs.gov and free e-file both your federal and your state income tax return for free. There's no need to go out and pay someone to file it for you. You can do it for free - e-file both returns and get your refund within just a few days.
THE DEADLINE TO FILE YOU TAXES IN 2012 IS APRIL 17TH..THAT'S A TUESDAY..

FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE AFRICAN HERITAGE ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF KWANZAA.
THEY GATHERED AT THE DOUGLASS THEATRE FOR UNITY DAY.
IT INCLUDED A KWANZAA CEREMONY... AND COMMUNITY AWARDS.
THE CELEBRATION ALSO INCLUDED A DRUMMER'S CIRCLE.... POETRY AND STORIES... AND DANCE.
CO-ORGANIZER GEORGE MUHAMMAD SAYS WHILE IT'S NOT A RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY... KWANZAA IS STILL ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER.
"You know, Kwanzaa of course is not a religious holiday. But it recognizes the spirituality that binds all people. And uh, so you expound, or you extend out from the individual and the family into the community with unity, working together. And then, in terms of the nation, working together."
TOMORROW... YOU CAN JOIN THE CELEBRATION AT YOUTH SELF-DETERMINATION NIGHT.
THAT STARTS AT 6 P-M... ALSO AT THE DOUGLASS THEATRE.
ADMISSION IS FREE.
KWANZAA CONTINUES THROUGH JANUARY FIRST.

THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR BOY WIZARD HUNG UP HIS HAT... A COUPLE OF TELEVISION ICONS MOVED ON... AND THE WORLD SAID GOODBYE TO SOME HOUSEHOLD NAMES IN ENTERTAINMENT.
THOSE WERE JUST A FEW OF THE BIGGEST ENTERTAINMENT STORIES OF 2011.
MANUEL GALLEGUS TAKES A LOOK BACK.
THE WORLD SAID GOODBYE TO A HOLLYWOOD LEGEND IN 2011. ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIED IN MARCH AT THE AGE OF 79. SIX MONTHS LATER, HER SPECTACULAR JEWELRY COLLECTION and personal possessions sold for more than 150 million dollars .

(NATS AMY)

MUSIC FANS MOURNED THE SUDDEN DEATH OF AMY WINEHOUSE AT 27 . THE CORONER BLAMED TOO MUCH ALCOHOL.

(NATS)
CHARLIE SHEEN'S VERY PUBLIC MELT-DOWN GOT HIM FIRED FROM TWO AND A HALF MEN.
(NATS))
ASHTON KUTCHER TOOK HIS PLACE AND RATINGS REMAINED HIGH.

WHILE KUTCHER'S PROFESSIONAL LIFE SOARED, HIS PERSONAL LIFE FELL APART.HIS SIX YEAR MARRIAGE TO DEMI MOORE ENDED AFTER REPORTS OF HIS INFIDELITY.
(NATS OF JLO & MARC ANTHONY)

JENNIFER LOPEZ AND MARC ANTHONY SURPRISED FANS WHEN THEY ANNOUNCED THEIR SPLIT.

AND REALITY STAR KIM KARDASHIAN'S MARRIAGE TO BASKETBALL STAR KRIS HUMPHRIES LASTED JUST 72 DAYS.

IN NOVEMBER, MICHAEL JACKSON'S DOCTOR RECEIVED THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF FOUR YEARS FOR HIS ROLE IN THE SUPERSTAR'S DEATH. DOCTOR CONRAD MURRAY ADMITS HE GAVE JACKSON A POWERFUL ANESTHESTIC.

LINDSAY LOHAN SPENT 2011 IN AND OUT OF COURT AND JAIL. THE ACTRESS HAD TO WORK AT A MORGUE AS PUNISHMENT FOR VIOLATING HER PROBATION AND FOR STEALING A NECKLACE.

JUSTIN BEIBER FOUND HIMSELF IN A BABY DADDY DRAMA AFTER A WOMAN CLAIMED HE FATHERED HER SON. SHE LATER DROPPED HER LAWSUIT.

BEYONCE SHOWED OFF HER BABY BUMP. THE SUPERSTAR IS EXPECTING HER FIRST CHILD WITH HUSBAND JAY-Z.

(NATS )

SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY TIED THE KNOT FOR THE THIRD TIME. HIS NEW BRIDE -- AMERICAN HEIRESS NANCY SHEVELL.

(NATS)

ADELE HAD THE TOP-SELLING ALBUM AND SINGLE IN 2011, BUT THROAT SURGERY SIDELINED HER LATE IN THE YEAR.

(MOVIE NATS)

THE KING'S SPEECH WON FOUR OSCARS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE.

(NATS BREAKING DAWN)

TWILIGHT FANS FLOCKED TO SEE A VAMPIRE MARRY A HUMAN IN BREAKING DAWN PART ONE.

(MOVIE NATS)

"HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART TWO" BROUGHT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISE IN MOVIE HISTORY TO A CLOSE.

(nats where is Regis going? We just don't know)

REGIS PHILBIN SIGNED OFF AS HOST OF LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY AFTER 28 YEARS ON THE AIR.

(VO Oprah driving by fans 5/24)

AND THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW ALSO CAME TO A CLOSE... AFTER 25 SEASONS.
OPRAH STAYED BUSY AFTER HER SHOW ENDED.
THE T-V TITAN LAUNCHED HER OWN CABLE NETWORK... CALLED OWN.

WHEN SEVERE WEATHER STRIKES CENTRAL GEORGIA... WE WORK TO MAKE SURE YOU STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH THE WATCHES AND WARNINGS.
NOW... WE'RE UPDATING THE WAY WE DO IT.
13WMAZ IS LAUNCHING A NEW TEXT ALERT SYSTEM.
IT HAS NEW FEATURES THAT HELP CUSTOMIZE THE INFORMATION YOU RECEIVE.
THAT INCLUDES AUTOMATED SEVERE-WEATHER TEXT ALERTS SPECIFIC TO YOUR COUNTY.
IF YOU HAVEN'T SIGNED UP FOR THE NEW SYSTEM... YOU'LL STOP GETTING ALERTS SOON.
TO SUBSCRIBE... JUST VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE LINK TO SIGN UP FOR TEXT MESSAGES ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY IS SHANE MILLER.
SHANE... YOU'LL NEED TO EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
YOU'RE NO MORE THAN THREE STEPS AWAY FROM GETTING IN THE RUNNING FOR FAN OF THE DAY.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ... BECOME A FAN... AND JOIN THE CONVERSATIONS.
WE PICK OUR FAN OF THE DAY RANDOMLY.

SOME PEOPLE TOOK A STROLL THROUGH MACON'S MUSICAL PAST TODAY... WITH THE ROCK CANDY WALKING TOUR.
THEY STARTED AT WASHINGTON PARK... AND CONTINUED DOWN COLLEGE STREET AND THROUGH THE COLLEGE HILL CORRIDOR.
THE TOUR VISITED SOME OF THE HOMES THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND STAYED IN WHILE RECORDING THEIR FIRST ALBUM.
IT ALSO INCLUDED A STOP AT THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE FIRST ROCK AND ROLL T-SHIRT.
TOUR OPERATOR JESSICA WALDEN SAYS THE TOUR GOT STARTED AS A WAY TO SHOW OFF MACON'S MUSICAL HISTORY... AFTER THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME CLOSED.
Jessica Walden Tour Operator Rock Candy Tours We just want to bring the history little on Macon music, just because a museum is closed doesn't mean that this history goes with it and this gives you that street level view of it and it makes you really proud of things that we have in Macon"
WALDEN SAYS THEY PLAN TO ADD A TROLLEY TOUR IN JANUARY... AND HAVE WALKING TOURS EVERY OTHER WEEKEND.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LETTERMAN'S NEXT WITH ACTRESS KATIE HOLMES.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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