Tuesday, April 24, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

TODAY... MACON POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE SECOND MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO ROB LUISA CAMPBELL... THE WOMAN WHO FIRED BACK AT HER ATTACKERS AND WOUNDED ONE OF THEM.
POLICE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP IN FINDING DANTRE SHIVERS.
THEY SAY HE.. AND BRENTON SPENCER.. TRIED TO ROB CAMPBELL EARLY SATURDAY... BEFORE SHE PULLED OUT HER GUN AND SHOT SPENCER.
HE'S STILL RECOVERING AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
WHEN HE'S RELEASED... HE'LL BE TAKEN TO THE BIBB COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT SHIVERS' WHEREABOUTS CAN CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.

THAT WEEKEND SHOOTING PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON LUISA CAMPBELL... A BUSINESSWOMAN WHO SAYS SHE ALWAYS PACKS A GUN.
.....AND SHE HAS PLENTY OF COMPANY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
ALMOST FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE IN BIBB COUNTY AND TEN THOUSAND IN HOUSTON COUNTY HAVE GEORGIA FIREARMS LICENSES.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE PROBATE JUDGES IN THOSE COUNTIES.
JENNIFER MOULLIET EXPLAINS HOW YOU BUY A GUN AND GET A LICENSE TO CARRY IT. <<

nats "You're required to fill this out when you purchase a firearm."

HAMP DOWLING SAYS THERE'S NO WAIT TIME IN GEORGIA TO BUY A FIREARM... AND SAYS HIS CUSTOMERS CAN LEAVE THE SAME DAY WITH A GUN... IF THEY MEET THE QUALIFICATIONS...AND PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK.

"very detailed gives your name your address your place of birth."

YOU HAVE TO BE A GEORIGA RESIDENT...21 OR OLDER. YOU MUST FILL OUT A STATE APPLICATION...

nats"Page two you have to certify that you have answered everything properly."

AND THAT'S RUN THROUGH THE NATIONAL INSTANT CHECK SYSTEM. THAT SHOWS WHETHER YOU'RE A CONVICTED FELON....OR UNDER INDICTMENT...OR HAVE OUTSTANDINTG WARRANTS.

Hamp Dowling, Eagle Gun Range:"We give them all of this information and they do a background check and they give us a proceed, a delayed, or a denied. They don't tell us why it's delayed or denied they just tell us we can't sell it to them."

BIBB COUNTY PROBATE JUDGE... BILL SELF SAYS YOU DON'T NEED A FIREARM LICENSE TO BUY A GUN.

"As a private citizen you're entitled to use a firearm in your automobile, a truck, your home, your place of business without a license."

BUT TO CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON YOU DO.

nats
"We have issued 48-hundred and 32 licenses from January of 2009 to yesterday."
TO GET THAT LICENSE YOU MUST FILL OUT ANOTHER APPLICATION... GET FINGERPRINTED...AND UNDERGO A CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK.

William Self, Probate Judge: "The request for the criminals records check are sent electronically to the GBI, the GBI then forwards them to the FBI."

JUDGE SELF SAYS THE CARRY-PERMIT PROCESS NOW TAKES ABOUT TWO WEEKS.
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> TWENTY- SIX STATES HONOR GEORGIA'S FIREARM PERMITS.
THEY INCLUDE THE BORDERING STATES OF FLORIDA... ALABAMA... TENNESSEE AND NORTH CAROLINA.... BUT NOT SOUTH CAROLINA.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HOW MANY GUNS DO YOU OWN?
SO FAR 21 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NONE.
15 PERCENT SAY YOU OWN ONE.
10 PERCENT OF YOU KEEP YOURS IN PAIRS... YOU OWN TWO.
7 PERCENT SAY THREE.
AND 47 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU HAVE FOUR GUNS OR MORE.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN THE FEDERAL TRIAL OF FORMER WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JOHN WILLIAMS BEGIN TOMORROW MORNING AT NINE.
WILLIAMS IS ACCUSED OF TAKING A CUT FROM THE SALE OF A TRUCK TO THE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR.
LORRA LYNCH JONES HAS BEEN IN THE COURTROOM FOR THE PAST TWO DAYS AND IS JOINING US NOW.
LORRA... HOW DID THE F-B-I GET INVOLVED INVESTIGATING MR. WILLIAMS?
- Nahir Jaber, Camel
- He owns a used car business in Warner Robins, which Mr. Williams did business deals with.
- Camel also happens to be an FBI informant, and has been for about `10 years.
- He gives the government information in exchange for a visa that gives the native of Jordan legal status in this country

SO, CAMEL TIPPED THE F-B-I TO INFORMATION THAT WILLIAMS ALLEGEDLY INTENDED TO PROFIT FROM THE SALE OF A TRUCK TO THE CITY?

- Yes. Camel shared the information. A federal agent was interested in pursuing the tip and started an investigation.
- That included telling Camel to continue to help facilitate the sale of the truck to the city.
- The agent also asked police chief brett evans to cooperate by pushing the sale of this particular truck through the bidding process at city hall

WHAT EVIDENCE DID THE PROSECUTION SHOW?

- Video and audio recordings of Camel talking to John Williams
- Audio was a little hard to make out, but the video recording was interesting
- Williams not aware of these recordings, and it's obvious that he and Camel had a very comfortable relationship
- Describe video

WHAT'S THE DEFENSE'S SIDE OF THE STORY?

- No witnesses called
- Tina Hunt trying to paint the case that Mr. Williams did not take the money in his official capacity as a council member
- She's pointing to several statements on the tapes, where Williams says it will bother his concious to tak the money
- Hunt seems to want the jury to believe that this was part of routine business for used car dealers
- After jury left the room this afternoon, she asked for Williams to be acquitted on all charges, sayin the prosecution didn't offer sufficient evidence.
- Judge denied that
- Court reconvenes at 9 a.m. for closing statements

MACON POLICE ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A PREGNANT WOMAN ACCUSED OF USING A STOLEN VISA CARD AT THREE DIFFERENT BUSINESSES LAST MONTH.
ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE WOMAN IS SHOWN IN A SURVEILLANCE PHOTO OUTSIDE THE LOW LOW FOOD MART ON PIO NONO AVENUE.
POLICE SAY SHE USED THE STOLEN CARD AT THE LOW LOW FOOD MART... THE MACON MALL B-B AND T... AND THE CITGO ON PIO NONO.
IF YOU RECOGNIZE THE WOMAN OR KNOW WHERE SHE IS.... CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
THAT NUMBER AGAIN... 1-877-682-7463.

THE AMERSON WATER WORKS PARK IS GETTING A NEW LOOK... AND A NEW NAME.
ALL THANKS TO SIX-MILLION-DOLLARS WORTH OF FEDERAL AND LOCAL FUNDING.
THE CHANGES INCLUDE NEW TRAILS... PAVILIONS AND PICNIC TABLES.
STUDENTS FROM CRAWFORD COUNTY ELEMENTARY SPENT THE DAY THERE LEARNING ABOUT THE WATER CYCLE.
NICOLE FERGUSON SAYS SHE'S REALLY EXCITED TO GO DOWN TO THE RIVER.
"I think it's going to be fun as long as someone doesn't push me in the river or something. because my brother would try to do that."
YOU HAVE UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR TO ENJOY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES BEFORE PARTS OF THE PARK WILL CLOSE FOR CONSTRUCTION.
TWO-HUNDRED ACRES WORTH OF RENOVATIONS WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

MANY PEOPLE SEND OUT TEXT MESSAGES ALL THROUGHOUT THE DAY... EVEN FROM BEHIND THE STEERING WHEEL.
BUT SENIORS AT VETERANS HIGH SCHOOL TOLD KATELYN HECK HOW ONE PROGRAM... CHANGED THEIR DRIVING HABITS.
WE WOULD LIKE TO WARN PEOPLE... SOME OF THE VIDEO IN THIS STORY IS GRAPHIC.
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(NATS: theyre extracting someone from a car right here)
PICTURES LIKE THIS... DROVE HOME AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SENIORS AT VETERANS HIGH SCHOOL.
(SOT:it just made me see that it could really happen to me)
(NATS)
THE STATE TRIED TO PUT THE BRAKES ON TEXTING AND DRIVING IN 2010... BUT A NATIONAL STUDY BY STATE FARM SHOWS... KIDS STILL SEND THE SAME NUMBER OF L-O-L's AND O-M-G's BEHIND THE WHEEL.
THEY FOUND LESS THAN 50 PERCENT OF STUDENTS WHO DRIVE SAY THEY'VE NEVER SENT A MESSAGE ON THE ROAD.
(SOT: people talk to us about it all the time but after awhile we just kind of tune them out.)
(SOT: you can miss a text when you're at home and it doesn't bother you, but something getting a text when youre driving, i dont know, you just want to answer it)
SO THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DREW UP A NEW PLAN TO TEACH TEEN DRIVERS THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THEIR EYES ON THE ROAD.
(SOT: i can sit here and write a bunch of tickets and that will be effective, but if i dont get out here and educate people then i havent done one thing to prevent it.)
STUDENTS SAY HEARING PERSONAL STORIES IN A VIDEO MADE BY A-T-&-T... GRABBED THEIR ATTENTION.
(SOT:seeing the guy who was just sending one simple text, the l-o-l to his girlfriend on his way there and then he ended up hitting a bicyclist and killing him. that like just is crazy because he said for five seconds he looked down to type that little message and he looked up and he had killed a guy and he said his life would never be the same. that kind of just hit home because that could happen to me any time even just with five seconds for that text i couldve killed someones life.)
THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE PLANS TO EXPAND THEIR PROGRAM TO ALL OF THE DISTRICT'S SCHOOLS NEXT YEAR.

KATELYN HECK
13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT APPLIED FOR A STATE GRANT TO HELP JUMPSTART A PROGRAM FOR BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS.
LIEUTENANT WILTON COLLINS SAYS THEIR SEMINARS WOULD FOCUS ON IMPAIRED DRIVING... BUT HE PLANS TO SLIP IN A FEW LESSONS ABOUT TEXTING ON THE ROAD.
WE WANT TO HELP YOU STAY SAFE... BY HANGING UP THE PHONE WHILE YOU'RE IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT.
JUST LOOK FOR THE "GREAT HANG UP" BANNER AT THE TOP OF 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK TO SIGN THE PLEDGE ON THE RIGHT SIDE.
AFTER YOU SIGN THE PLEDGE... WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
WE'RE LOOKING TO SHARE YOUR STORIES DURING GREAT HANG UP DAY ON THE LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH.
JUST SEND AN EMAIL TO THE-GREAT-HANG-UP AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE INTERESTED IN SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

FORMER MACON MAYORAL CANDIDATE PAUL BRONSON... IS HEADING TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION IN CHARLOTTE THIS FALL.
TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11... HE'LL SIT DOWN WITH US IN THE STUDIO.
WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE PROCESS FOR BEING CHOSEN... WHAT HAPPENS BETWEEN NOW AND SEPTEMBER... AND WHAT HE'S EXPECTING COME CONVENTION TIME.
THAT'S ALL TONIGHT AT 11.

THE PERFORMERS FOR THIS YEAR'S INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY IN WARNER ROBINS.
COUNTRY MUSIC STAR... JOSH TURNER WILL HEADLINE THE EVENT... AND PERFORM WITH THE U-S AIR FORCE RESERVE BAND.
Lieutenant General Charles E Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command: "He's got multiple millions of records and he is on the top of the charts regularly. We also have with him this year...Ms. Angie Johnson. She has been a member and performed with the Air Force Reserve Command band...and she left to become a professional performer. She went viral on Youtube awhile back."
THE ANNUAL CONCERT IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY SECOND AT MCCONNELL - TALBERT STADIUM IN WARNER ROBINS.
THE EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

IF YOU'VE EVER BEEN DRIVING AND NOTICED A ROAD PROBLEM LIKE A POT HOLE... OUR WHERE YOU LIVE SITES COULD HELP YOU GET THINGS PATCHED UP.
IF YOU LIVE IN MACON... YOU CAN REPORT THE PROBLEM DIRECTLY TO THE CITY USING A TOOL CALLED "SEE... CLICK... FIX."
JUST VISIT THE MACON "WHERE YOU LIVE" SITE... AND CLICK ON THE TOP LINK THAT SAYS "CLICK TO REPORT A ROAD ISSUE IN YOUR COMMUNITY."
THEN... REPORT THE ISSUE BY FILLING OUT THE FORM.
YOU CAN ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE REPORTED.
TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD... JUST VISIT THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGES AT 13WMAZ DOT COM... YOU'LL FIND THE SECTION IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

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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