Thursday, May 10, Eyewitness News at 11

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

10-YEAR-OLD KIT COLBURN IS BACK WITH HIS FAMILY TONIGHT... TWO DAYS AFTER HE WALKED OUT OF HIS WARNER ROBINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
KIT WAS FOUND OUTSIDE A HOME ON KIMBERLY DRIVE THIS MORNING.
KIT AND HIS FATHER KEN COLBURN SPENT MUCH OF THE DAY AT THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE STATION... AND ARRIVED HOME LATE THIS AFTERNOON.
KIT AND HIS FATHER LEFT THE POLICE STATION AROUND 3-45 P-M.

PEOPLE LIVING ALONG KIMBERLY ROAD WHERE KIT COLBURN WAS FOUND SAY THEY'RE RELIEVED AND SURPRISED THAT THE YOUNG MAN WAS SO NEAR BY.
JENNIFER MOULLIET SHOWS YOU THEIR REACTION.
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Joyce McDaniel: "And then to find out that he was found two houses down from my house is unbelievable."

JOYCE MCDANIEL LIVES NEAR WHERE TEN YEAR OLD KIT COLBURN WAS FOUND... MAYOR SHAHEEN SAYS IT WAS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE COMMAND CENTER.

Mayor Shaheen: "Just right down the street he'd been hiding in the bushes."

JUST AROUND NINE FORTY-FIVE WEDNESDAY MORNING... THREE DAYS INTO THE SEARCH.
DAN MCCOWN HAS JUST STARTED HIS WORK DAY SPRAYING FOR PESTS.
Dan McCown: "and we were coming down the wall over here and spraying behind the hedges and as we sprayed behind the hedges he popped up."

HE SAYS HE THOUGHT IT WAS ANIMAL IN THE BUSHES... UNTIL HE SAW KIT STAND UP.

"he was real timid he was shaking so I kinda put my hands around his shoulder and I said lets go in the house get you something to drink are you thirsty are you hungry and so we took him into the house and sit him down and he looked me square in the eye and he said my dad's gonna beat me."

TUESDAY NIGHT WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAID THEY WANTED COLBURN TO KNOW HE WASN'T IN TROUBLE... AND MCDANIEL SAYS VOLUNTEERS CALLED OUT FOR HIM.

Joyce McDaniel:"All of the people that were looking for him were yelling out Kit, Kit you're not in any trouble."

SHE SAYS HER GRAND DAUGHTER GOES TO COLBURN'S SCHOOL AND SAYS SHE'S NOT SURPRISED HE WAS ABLE TO WALK OUT OF THE SCHOOL BECAUSE THE FIFTH GRADE BUILDING ISN'T CONNECTED TO THE MAIN BUILDING.


Joyce McDaniel:"If he came out the door all he had to do was turn right and walk a short distance and he'd be gone."

SHE SAYS SHE HOPES IT WILL BE A LESSON TO THE SCHOOL TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS.
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.


>> THE CASE HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE HOUSTON COUNTY JUVENILE DIVISION.
HOUSTON COUNTY SERGEANT DARRIN MEADOWS SAYS IT'S NORMAL PROCEDURE FOR THEM TO INVESTIGATE WHEN A CHILD RUNS AWAY.
MEADOWS SAYS D-FACS WORKERS CHECKED OUT THE HOME AND FOUND NO SIGNS OF PAST OR PRESENT ABUSE.
HE ALSO SAYS KIT'S FATHER COULD HAVE FILED CHARGES AGAINST KIT FOR BEING A RUNAWAY... BUT DECIDED NOT TO.
HOUSTON COUNTY INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY EXPECT THEIR CASE TO WRAP UP IN A FEW DAYS.
MEADOWS SAYS D-FACS WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER RESOURCES TO THE FAMILY... INCLUDING COUNSELING IF REQUESTED.

THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION TOOK NO ACTION AFTER EVALUATING CHANGES MADE TO MAPS REGARDING ELECTION DISTRICTS.
THE CALLED MEETING FOCUSED ON CHANGES MADE BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO DISTRICT MAPS THAT BOARD MEMBERS CREATED MONTHS AGO.
**PAUSE FOR 3 SEC NATS**
BOARD PRESIDENT... TOMMY BARNES... SAYS THE BOARD WAS NOT INFORMED THAT THE MAPS WERE CHANGED... AND SAYS HE STILL HASN'T HEARD OFFICIAL WORD ON ANY CHANGES.
BUT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GARY BECHTEL... SAYS A FELLOW REPUBLICAN GAVE HIM THE HEADS UP BACK IN MARCH.
BARNES CALLS IT... QUOTE... PARTISAN POLITICS.
HE SAYS THE CHANGES DILUTE RACE WITHIN DISTRICT BORDERS.
Tommy Barnes, BOE President: "By the delegation changing it, in the cloak of darkness, without public input, without asking the elected officials who it affects, it shows a disrespect to them and a bigger disrespect to the voters. So in my opinion, this delegation has created something, and anything else they produce is tainted."
BECHTEL SAYS HE NOTIFIED BARNES OF THE CHANGES IN APRIL.
HE SAYS HE OFFERED THE DELEGATION SOME SUGGESTIONS OF CHANGES... BUT SAYS NONE WERE TAKEN.
BECHTEL'S DISTRICT WAS DILUTED THE MOST.
IN TERMS OF WHITE VOTERS.. IT WENT FROM 78 PERCENT TO 70 PERCENT..
Gary Bechtel, Board Member: "I'm completely fine with it. I thought they did the right thing. I thought they looked at it very analytical. And made the descisions with a lot of thought and in cooperation with the reapportionment commission."
BARNES SAYS THE DELEGATION IGNORED THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS OF BEING TRANSPARENT... AND SAYS HE QUESTIONS THEIR MOTIVATION... INTEGRITY... AND THEIR ABILITY TO RESPECT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THEM IN.
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS CURRENTLY REVIEWING THE CHANGES.
THEY NEED TO BE APPROVED BY THE MAY 23RD QUALIFYING DEADLINE.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS ON A WEST COAST FUNDRAISING TOUR... HIS FIRST OUTING SINCE DELCARING HIS SUPPORT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.
TERESA GARCIA HAS MORE ON THAT... AND ON MITT ROMNEY'S APOLOGY OVER ALLEGATIONS THAT HE WAS A HIGH SCHOOL BULLY.
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NEW CAMPAIGN ISSUE RECEIVED A WARM WELCOME IN SEATTLE... JUST 24 HOURS AFTER ANNOUNCING HIS SUPPORT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.

SOT - president 16:26:55

"you will get the chance to weigh in on the issue of making sure that everyone -- regardless of sexual orientation -- everyone is treated fairly."

THE PRESIDENT STANDS TO RAISE 15 MILLION DOLLARS ON THIS TRIP - WHICH INCLUDES A FUNDRAISER AT THE HOME OF ACTOR GEORGE CLOONEY. LOBBYISTS FOR THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY SEE THIS AS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

(SOT GRIFFIN)

"I immediately sent out an email to my friends and colleagues across the country, encouraging them to now do more."

THE CAMPAIGN IS ALREADY OUT WITH A NEW VIDEO CONTRASTING THE PRESIDENT'S VIEWS WITH THOSE OF HIS REPUBLICAN RIVAL, MITT ROMNEY.

ROMNEY IS DEALING WITH ACCUSATIONS THAT HE BULLIED A BOY IN HIGH SCHOOL WHO LATER REVEALED HE WAS GAY. FIVE CLASSMATES CONFIRMED AN INCIDENT TO THE WASHINGTON POST, IN WHICH ROMNEY AND OTHERS ALLEGELDY TACKLED THE BOY AND CUT OFF HIS DIED-BLOND HAIR. THAT STUDENT - JOHN LAUBER - DIED EIGHT YEARS AGO OF LIVER CANCER.

ROMNEY FIRST RESPONDED THIS WAY:

SOT ROMNEY (RADIO SHOW)

"i don't remember that incident and ill tell you i certainly don't believe that i-i cant speak for other people of course-thought the fellow was homosexual. that was the furthest thing from my mind in the 1960s"

HE LATER SAID HE DOESN'T DISPUTE THE STORY.

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS MORE GAY-FRIENDLY FUNDRAISERS COMING UP, INCLUDING NEXT WEEK IN NEW YORK WITH SINGER RICKY MARTIN, AND ANOTHER IN LOS ANGELES JUNE 6TH WITH ROCK STAR, PINK.
SOURCES SAY THE PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO MAKE HIS ANNOUNCEMENT
SUPPORTING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BEFORE NEXT WEEK'S FUNDRAISER, BUT THAT HIS HAND WAS FORCED WHEN VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ANNOUNCED HIS SUPPORT LAST SUNDAY.

STROKE IS THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES... KILLING MORE THAN 140 THOUSAND PEOPLE EACH YEAR.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE C-D-C.
MAY IS NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH... AND WE'RE HELPING YOU LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS.
DOCTOR T-SHANTEL KING-WHITBY WITH THE CENTRAL GEORGIA REHABILITATION HOSPITAL JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.

-What are the symptoms of a stroke?
-What's a T-I-A?
-What do you do if you recognize the signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else?

WE'RE APROACHING MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND... AND SCENE 13 HAS A SLEW OF THINGS YOU AND MOM CAN DO TO CELEBRATE.
FIRST.... ON SATURDAY... TAKE HER OUT TO THE OCMULGEE WILD HOG FESTIVAL IN ABBEVILLE.
YOU'LL FIND SOME FUN AT THE HOG-DOG BAYING CONTEST.. THE KIDS PIG CHASE... OR THE ANTIQUE TRACTOR PARADE AND DISPLAY.
PLUS... THERE'S ENTERTAINMENT ALL DAY... AND LIVE WILD HOGS.
GATES OPEN AT LIONS PARK AT 9 A-M...
TWO DOLLARS WILL GET YOU IN.
IF WILD HOGS AREN'T MOM'S STYLE... "A DAY IN CENTRAL PARK" AT WESLEYAN'S PORTER AUDITORIUM MIGHT BE A BETTER FIT.
THAT'S HAPPENING AT 6 P-M SATURDAY..
STUDENTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CITY SCHOOL OF BALLET WILL PERFORM THE PIECE... WHICH WAS INSPIRED BY NEW YORK CITY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE ARTS.
THE SHOW WILL OPEN WITH A VISUAL PERCEPTION PROGRAM... SHOWCASING DANCER INTERPRETATION OF MUSIC.
TICKETS WILL RUN YOU 12 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS... AND TEN FOR CHILDREN TEN YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER.
YOU CAN CALL 478-953-1117 TO BUY TICKETS.
AGAIN... 953-1117.
THEN... ON MOTHER'S DAY... TREAT MOM TO A PICNIC AND A CONCERT AT THE COLLEGE HILL SECOND SUNDAY BRUNCH.
JUST BRING YOUR BLANKET AND A PICNIC TO WASHINGTON PARK FROM ONE TO THREE P-M.
THIS MONTH'S BRUNCH FEATURES LIVE MUSIC BY THE ROCKETBOYS.
OR TREAT MOM TO A SHOW... THE PERRY PLAYERS PRESENT "THE ODD COUPLE" THIS WEEKEND.
JUST HEAD DOWN TO THE THEATER ON MAIN STREET IN PERRY TOMORROW AND SATURDAY AT 7-30 OR SUNDAY AT 2-30.
TO PICK UP TICKETS... CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 478-953-5354.
THAT'S 953-5354.
AND... IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING MOM CAN DO WITH THE KIDDOS...WHY NOT GO"WHERE THE WILD THINGS LIVE."
THAT'S AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES TOMORROW AND SATURDAY.
THE EXHIBIT SHOWS HOW WILD ANIMALS MAKE THEIR HOMES ACROSS GEORGIA AND THE SOUTHEAST.
THE MUSEUM IS OPEN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 10 A-M UNTIL 5 P-M.
FOR MANY MORE MOTHER'S DAY ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS... JUST VISIT THE SCENE 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK IN THE MENU BAR ON THE HOMEPAGE.

MAYBE YOUR MOM'S THE TYPE TO ENJOY A GOOD MOVIE THIS MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND.
IF THAT'S THE CASE... THERE ARE SOME DARK SHADOWS MOVING IN TO TAKE OVER THE BOX OFFICE.
what sorcery is this?
reveal yourself, tiny songstress.
DIRECTOR TIM BURTON AND AN ALL-STAR CAST BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THE LONG-TIME T-V SOAP OPERA "DARK SHADOWS."
JOHNNY DEPP PLAYS BARNABAS COLLINS... A PROSPEROUS PLAYBOY WHOSE JILTED LOVER TURNED HIM INTO A VAMPIRE.
HE'S FREED FROM HIS COFFIN NEARLY 200 YEARS LATER... IN 1972.
AFTER MEETING HIS TROUBLED DESCENDENTS... HE TAKES ON A MISSION TO RESTORE THE FAMILY NAME.
AND REMEMBER THAT ALL-STAR CAST WE MENTIONED?
IT ALSO INCLUDES HELENA BONHAM CARTER AND MICHELLE PFIEFFER.
"DARK SHADOWS" IS RATED PG-13.

ELEVEN ROBINS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION MANAGERS... FROM ALL OVER CENTRAL GEORGIA... ROLLED UP THEIR SLEEVES TO PAINT A HOUSE ON IRVING AVENUE IN MACON.
THESE HANDY HEROES ARE ALL WOMEN...
AND THEY'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NATIONAL HABITAT WOMEN BUILD PROJECT.
THE LADIES WORKED A SEVEN-HOUR SHIFT THAT STARTED AT 8:30 A-M.
THEY PAINTED AND EVEN DIPPED THEIR FEET IN CARPENTRY.
JUNE NELSON... A MANAGER FROM THE GRAY BRANCH... SAYS SHE GREW UP IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.
to be able to come back to an area you grew up in, it's just a special place in your heart to be able to make it nice again.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILDS SIX HOUSES EVERY YEAR.
THIS YEAR'S WOMEN BUILD PROJECT IS THE 26TH HOUSE THE ORGANZIATION HAS CONSTRUCTED SINCE 2005.

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.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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