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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

FORMER WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JOHN WILLIAMS IS STILL IN JAIL... AFTER ADMITTING IN FEDERAL COURT HE VIOLATED THE TERMS OF HIS BOND.

HIS WIFE... ELNA WILLIAMS SAID TODAY SHE'S TRYING TO FIND THE 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS NEEDED TO GET HIM OUT.
AS SHE TOLD LORRA LYNCH JONES... SHE'S STILL VOUCHING FOR HIS INNOCENCE.... DESPITE SOME NEW ALLEGATIONS.

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FEDERAL AGENTS CHARGED FORMER CITY COUNCILMAN JOHN WILLIAMS WITH PROFITING FROM THE SALE OF A CITY VEHICLE LAST YEAR.
THE JUDGED RELEASED HIM ON BOND... WITH CONDITIONS... INCLUDING STAYING IN GEORGIA.
HOWEVER... HE ADMITTED IN COURT WEDNESDAY THAT HE DROVE TO FLORIDA LAST MONTH .. TO BAIL THIS WOMAN... 32-YEAR-OLD STORMY SMITH OUT OF JAIL.
HIS WIFE ELNA WILLIAMS SAYS SHE'S THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF SOME FAMILY FRIENDS.
Elna Williams: (5:14) "One day her granddaughter called John and said Stormy was in trouble in Florida. Could be help?"
ELNA SAYS HER HUSBAND BROUGHT SMITH TO WARNER ROBINS... WITH PLANS TO HELP HER OPEN IN A RECORDING STUDIO HERE... ON COMMERCIAL CIRCLE. JOHN USED THAT SPACE AS A CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS... LAST FALL IN A FAILED RE-ELECTION BID.
Elna Williams: (3:42) "He was going to sublease it to this lady and two other partners. (Stormy?) Uh huh, Stormy."
BUT ELNA SAYS SHE FOUND OUT SMITH WAS LIVING HERE... GOT ANGRY.. AND CALLED POLICE.
Elna Williams: (4:10) "That's when I told the officer to kick her out. That's when she got real verbal with me."
ELNA SAYS SHE GOT "VERBAL" BACK... AND POLICE ARRESTED AND CHARGED HER WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
A WARNER ROBINS POLICE REPORT GIVES A DIFFERENT ACCOUNT... AND SUPPORTS THE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS CLAIM THAT JOHN WILLIAMS AND SMITH WERE HAVIGN AN AFFAIR.
THE REPORT SAYS ELNA THREATENED TO KILL SMITH AFTER FINDING OUT ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP. IT SAYS SMITH SAID SHE AND WILLIAMS WERE ENGAGED... AND SHOWED OFF A RING.
ELNA SAYS... NOT TRUE.
Elna Williams: (6:10) "No, she's 32 years old and John's 73. Go figure."
SHE INSISTS THE FEDERAL CHARGES ARE BASELESS TOO.
Elna Williams: (6:38) "I think it's just something the feds are trying to stack against John, this extortion thing. They're trying to do any dirty thing they can to stack against him. (Why would they want to stack things against him?) "We can't figure that out. We don't know what is so valuable or what is so detrimental. What does John Williams know? Innocent John Williams, law abiding, tax paying businessman. We used to own a business here in Warner Robins for 30 years. I can't figure out why this one little man can be doing, that they would want to go to all this trouble to lock him up."
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PROSECUTORS ACCUSED JOHN WILLIAMS OF HIDING MONEY... SAYING THEY DON'T BELIEVE HE'S DESTITUTE... AS HE CLAIMS.
ELNA WILLIAMS SAYS THEY DO OWN FOUR RENTAL HOMES... BUT DEPEND ON DISABILITY CHECKS FOR INCOME.
SHE SAYS SHE BEGGED SEVERAL BANKS TODAY FOR THE 2-THOUSAND DOLLAR LOAN TO PAY HER HUSBAND'S BOND.
THE TRIAL IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 23RD.

THE JONES COUNTY WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A HENRY COUNTY BUSINESSESMAN.. REFUSES TO TALK TO INVESTIGATORS.. THAT'S ACCORDING THE SHERIFF BUTCH REECE.
AUTHORITIES CHARGED PAMELA MOSS WITH MURDERING DOUG COKER... AFTER HIS BODY WAS FOUND AT HER HOME IN RIVER NORTH.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS MORE ABOUT THE WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER.

RECORDS FROM THE FLORIDA SECRETARY OF STATES OFFICE SHOW ALMOST A YEAR AGO ... PAMELA MOSS BECAME THE C-E-O OF A FLORIDA REGISTERED NON-PROFIT CALLED BEST FOOT FORWARD...
THE COMPANY'S ADDRESS IS LISTED AS A BOX AT A NORTH MACON U-P-S STORE.
BEST FOOT FORWARD'S DIRECTOR.. KIRK RAPER SAYS THEY WORK TO PROMOTE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.. AND EDUCATION IN COMMUNITIES.
HE SAYS HE HAS TRIED TO CONTACT MOSS FOR ABOUT THE LAST WEEK... AND JUST FOUND OUT SHE WAS IN JAIL.
RAPER TOLD ME MOSS WORKED AS A GRANT WRITER FOR THE COMPANY... AND HELPED WITH THE ORGANIZATIONAL SIDE OF THE BUSINESS.
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HE CALLED HER A HARD WORKER... WHO DID GREAT THINGS FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE... BUT HE SAID IT'S SURREAL.. KNOWING THAT MOSS FACES A MURDER CHARGE.
MEANWHILE.. MOSS HAD HER FIRST APPEARANCE YESTERDAY.. AND WAS DENIED BOND... THAT'S ACCORDING TO JONES COUNTY MAGISTRATE JUDGE PENNY MAZZOLA.
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ALSO....MOSS'S HUSBAND...URBAN...DIED JUST FIVE MONTHS AGO.
SHERIFF BUTCH REECE SAYS THE MAN'S DAUGHTER CALLED THIS WEEK TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON.
REECE SAYS INVESTIGATORS TOLD HER ABOUT THE COKER MURDER INVESTIGATION.. AND SAID THEY PLAN TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT HER FATHER'S DEATH.

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BUT HE SAYS THAT WILL BE HARD TO INVESTIGATE....BECAUSE MOSS HAD HIS BODY CREMATED.
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THE JONES COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS URBAN MOSS HAD A HEART ATTACK AND FELL IN THE SHOWER.
EARLIER THIS WEEK.... HE ALSO SAID MOSS WAS A GRANT WRITER AND HAD A MEETING SCHEDULED WITH COKER LAST TUESDAY.
HE APPARENTLY ASKED HER FOR HELP IN STARTING A NON-PROFIT.

A VOTE ON THE CONSOLIDATION OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY IS ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO REALITY..
TODAY.. THE STATE HOUSE PASSED THE CONSOLIDATION BILL ALREADY APPROVED BY THE SENATE EARLIER THIS WEEK..
SOME PEOPLE ARE SAYING CONSIDATION WILL RAISE TAXES FOR UNINCORPORATED BIBB COUNTY. BUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE.. ONE OF THE BILL'S SPONSORS.. SAYS THE TAX IMPACT IS STILL UNCERTAIN.

State Rep. Allen Peake:
"I don't think that's a guarantee that there's going to be a tax increase for unincorporated counties. I think that's an assumption that's not correct. It'll be up to the nine commissioners that are elected to make that decision."

IF GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SIGNS THE BILL.. BIBB COUNTY VOTERS WILL GET THEIR SAY JULY 31ST.
THE LAST TIME MACON-BIBB CONSOLIDATION MADE IT TO THE BALLOT WAS 1976....WHEN VOTERS TURNED IT DOWN.

A FEDERAL AGENCY SAYS THE GOVERNMENT COULD SAVE MONEY BY CLOSING UP TO 60 FEDERAL COURTS...INCLUDING ONE IN DUBLIN.
THE REPORT SAYS DUBLIN'S COURTHOUSE IS ONE OF THE 10 MOST LIIKELY TO CLOSE NATIONWIDE...BASED ON ITS LOCATION...AND ITS CASELOAD.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAYS A REPORT BY THE FEDERAL AGENCY PUTS COURTS IN 29 STATES ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK... MANY IN RURAL AREAS.
BUT CRITICS SAY THAT COULD MAKE IT MORE DIFFCULT FOR PEOPLE TO GET TO COURT.

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

IT'S A MOVIE THAT'S GETTING BUZZ ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

HUNGER GAMES OPENS TONIGHT IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE... WE'LL TALK TO A CENTRAL GEORGIAN WHO HAS A ROLE IN THE FILM.

AS WE GO TO BREAK.. HERE'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S AVERAGE GAS PRICE IN MACON ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

OUR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK IS THE JONES COUNTY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS PRESIDENT AND SERVED AS HOMECOMING QUEEN.....

She is such a competitor for being a frilly girl as far as the shot put goes.

WE'LL SHOW YOU WHY THE FRILLY ATHLETE HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF HER.

IT'S A SOLD OUT ANNUAL EVENT OF THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL..

WE'LL SHOW YOU SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS YEAR'S CHERRY BLOSSOM FASHION SHOW..

LEAH AND I HAD THE CHANCE TO BE A PART OF SOME CHERRY BLOSSOM FUN TODAY..

THAT'S RIGHT.. THE ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FASHION SHOW WAS A LOT OF FUN..

MARC BALLARD EM-CEED THE EVENT AT THE ANDERSON CONFERENCE CENTER.. AND EVEN ESCORTED ME DOWN THE RUNWAY..
FRANK SHOWED OFF HIS RUNWAY PROWESS.. MODELLING A SUIT.. COMPLETE WITH PINK SOCKS!

OH YES.. AND THE ANNUAL EVENT WOULDN'T BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THE PINK POODLE ON THE CATWALK.

THE FASHION SHOW WAS SOLD OUT TODAY.. WITH MORE THAN 5-HUNDRED PEOPLE ATTENDING.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.

BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !

THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.

HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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