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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...


GEORGIA'S PECAN GROWERS WANT TO CRACK DOWN...ON NUT THEFT.
THE GEORGIA PECAN COMMODITY BOARD MEETS THURSDAY..AND ONE TOPIC THEY'LL BE DISCUSSING IS THEIR THEFT PROBLEM.
THEY SAY AS PRICES RISE....SO DOES ROADSIDE LARCENY.
AUSTIN LEWIS WENT TO PEACH COUNTY.... AND HAS MORE ON THIS STORY.
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THIS YOUNG TREE WILL NEED A LOTS OF CARE BEFORE IT YIELDS A SINGLE PECAN.
Duke Lane, Jr. President, Lane Southern Orchards:04:08 We'll be working on this young tree, pruning and fertilizing and watering it for six or seven more years before we start getting nuts off of it.
DUKE LANE JUNIOR...OF LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS...SAYS THESE GROWING PECANS WILL GO ALL OVER THE WORLD.
Duke Lane, Jr. President, Lane Southern Orchards:01:55 3rdclip The demand from global markets, particularly China, is got us in a situation where we're seeing more of a demand than we're seeing a supply
THAT HAS THIEVES SEEING LOTS OF GREEN.
Duke Lane, Jr. President, Lane Southern Orchards: 02:00 We're seeing prices here in the last two or three years in excess of a dollar, a dollar and a half more than what we saw, you know five or six years ago.
THAT COMES TO THREE DOLLARS A POUND....OR MORE. LANE SAYS DURING FALL HARBEST...THIEVES...COME ONTO ORCHARDS...AFTER A TREE HAS BEEN SHAKEN DOWN.
Duke Lane, Jr. President, Lane Southern Orchards:06:13 We don't know how much money we're losing I mean it's hard to really put a price on that. I have seen times when we check a tree and the ground is covered with nuts and I would leave that night about dark and come back the next day and say you know these nuts were on this ground and I'm not seeing them so they went somewhere and they didn't get up and walk.
PEACH COUNTY SHERIFF TERRY DEESE SAYS THEY'VE SEEN A BIG SPIKE IN PECAN THEFT.
Sheriff Terry Deese, Peach County: 00:50 I would say this past year it's probably double what we'd normally see, I think we made around 30 arrests for stealing pecans.
WHICH IS WHY GEORGIA PECAN GROWERS WANT TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS THURSDAY .
Duke Lane, Jr. President, Lane Southern Orchards:07:15 They've got a good start in the Albany area where the pecan region of growers like I say paid them to patrol orchards 24 hour a days.
GROWERS POSTED SIGNS SAYING THAT THIEVES COULD SHELL OUT AS MUCH AS 500 DOLLARS...BUT LANE SAYS IT'S STILL NOT DETERRING THEM.

AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> THE GROWERS POSTED SIGNS SAYING THAT UNDER STATE LAW....CONVICTED PECAN THIEVES COULD SHELL OUT AS MUCH AS 500 DOLLARS...BUT SHERIFF DEESE SAYS MOST ARE GIVEN SMALL FINES.

BIBB COUNTY LEADERS PLAN TO USE OLD DISTRICT LINES FOR 2012 ELECTIONS... NOT ONES DRAWN EARLIER THIS YEAR.
COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAYS BIBB COUNTY'S STATE REPRESENTATIVES CHANGED THE REDISTRICTED MAPS FOR COUNTY COMMISSION SEATS.. AND THEY HAVEN'T BEEN APPROVED BY THE U-S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT YET.
HART SAYS... WITH QUALIFYING NEXT WEEK... JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TOLD COUNTY ATTORNEY VIRGIL ADAMS.... THE MAPS PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE APPROVED IN TIME.
Sam Hart, Bibb Commission Chairman: The commission voted four to one today to go with the old lines and wait for the clearance from the Justice Department relative to the new lines.
FEDERAL LAW SAYS NEW ELECTION DISTRICT LINES MUST BE DRAWN AFTER EACH 10-YEAR CENSUS.
TO PROTECT VOTER RIGHTS...SEVERAL STATES.. INCLUDING GEORGIA.. MUST GET U-S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPROVAL ON ANY ELECTION CHANGES.

A MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ONCE AGAIN TURNED DOWN A MOVE...TO FIGHT THE STATE'S FOREST HILL ROAD EXPANSION PLAN.
BY A 2 TO 2 VOTE...MACON'S PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE REJECTED A RESOLUTION SPONSORED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS TOM ELLINGTON AND LAUREN BENEDICT.
THEY WANTED THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO LOWER ITS DESIGN SPEED FOR THE ROAD WIDENING.
THAT WOULD LET ENGINEERS SCALE DOWN THE PROJECT.
AND THEY WANTED THE COUNCIL TO ORDER THE CITY TO ENFORCE ITS TREE ORDINANCE.
THAT COULD STOP THE STATE FROM CUTTING DOZENS OF TREES ALONG THE ROADWAY.
BENEDICT AND ELLINGTON SAID THE PROJECT IS TOO BIG... AND UNNECESSARY.
THE D-O-T HAS BEGUN BUYING UP LAND ALONG FOREST HILL ROAD...BUT NOT ANNOUNCED A START DATE FOR CONSTRUCTION.

FORMER WILCOX COUNTY SHERIFF STACY BLOODSWORTH IS NOW CHARGED WITH VIOLATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THREE INMATES.
FEDERAL PROSECUTORS TODAY ANNOUNCED A NEW INDICTMENT AGAINST BLOODSWORTH... HIS SON AUSTIN AND FORMER WILCOX COUNTY JAILER CASEY OWENS.
THE THREE MEN ARE ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING THREE INMATES IN JULY 2009.
ONE INMATE SUFFERED A BROKEN JAW.
IT ALSO ACCUSED THE THREE OF CONSPIRING TO COVER UP THE ATTACKS.
STACY BLOODSWORTH AND HIS SON ARE ACCUSED OF LYING TO F-B-I INVESTIGATORS.
BLOODSWORTH RESIGNED AFTER APPEARING BEFORE A FEDERAL JUDGE ON ASSAULT CHARGES IN FEBRUARY.

A DODGE COUNTY MAN IS IN JAIL TONIGHT.. AFTER POLICE SAY HE TRIED TO SHOOT HIS WIFE WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE..
CAPTAIN TONY WINBORN WITH THE DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS.. 47 YEAR OLD OLEN HOGAN AND HIS WIFE HAD BEEN FIGHTING FOR SEVERAL DAYS..
WHEN SHE TRIED TO ESCAPE THE HOUSE ON GLEN HICKMAN ROAD EARLY THIS MORNING.. HOGAN FIRED SHOTS AT HER.. THEN BARRICADED HIMSELF INSIDE.
WINBORN SAYS.. HOGAN THREATENED TO SHOOT OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILY PETS.. BUT FINALLY SURRENDERED AROUND 3:45 THIS AFTERNOON.
HOGAN IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND MARIJUANA POSSESSION.

ON JULY 31ST.. MACON AND BIBB COUNTY VOTERS WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO CONSOLIDATE THE CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS.
CONSOLIDATION SUPPORTER ED GRANT.. CO-CHAIR OF THE MACON-BIBB WINS AGAIN GROUP.. AND MERGER OPPONENT COUNCILMAN ELAINE LUCAS.. BROUGHT UP SEVERAL ISSUES DURING THE TAPING OF THIS WEEK'S CLOSE-UP PROGRAM.. INCLUDING A POTENTIAL REPUBLICAN TAKEOVER OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
>>Elaine Lucas, Consolidation Opponent: "That will lessen the opportunities for not only women, children. blacks, hispanics and other disenfranchised groups in this community, but it will increase the chances that there will be a Republican majority commission elected because of the way the lines are drawn."
Ed Grant, Consolidation Supporter: " I vote Democrat, I vote Republican. It just depends on the person. But I'm more interested in Macon and Bibb County progressing forward. Whether you're Democrat or Republican, consolidation is a good thing for everybody."<<
YOU CAN CATCH CLOSE-UP AT NOON SATURDAY AND AT SIX A-M SUNDAY ON WMAZ.

THIS WEEK ON EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNING... WE'VE LOOKED AT THE DAMAGE GROWN-UP BULLIES DO IN THE WORKPLACE.
TOMORROW MORNING -- WE TALLY UP THE COST OF A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT.
FROM LOWER EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY... TO MISSING MORE DAYS OF WORK.. AND HIGHER TURNOVER RATES, *THE VICTIM ISN'T THE ONLY ONE WHO SUFFERS AT THE HAND OF A BULLY.
OUR LEADERSHIP EXPERT, DR. C..... EXPLAINS THE DANGEROUS DYNAMIC OF BULLYING BEHAVIOR.. AND TALKS ABOUT WHAT STEPS MANAGERS CAN TAKE-- TO STOP IT.
THAT'S PART *THREE IN OUR FOUR PART SERIES... TOMORROW ON EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNIN' IN OUR SIX THIRTY HALF HOUR.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HAVE YOU BEEN A VICTIM OF WORKPLACE BULLYING?
SO FAR 37 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
48 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU HAVEN'T.
AND 15 PERCENT OF YOU SAID YOU HAVEN'T BEEN A VICTIM... BUT YOU'VE WITNESSED WORKPLACE BULLYING.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR HAS UNVEILED ONE OF THE MAJOR ACTS FOR THIS YEAR'S EVENT.
ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE.. THE BAND HOT CHELLE RAE WILL TAKE THE STAGE ON OCTOBER 13TH.
THE POP-ROCK GROUP... WHICH GOT ITS START IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE... CLIMBED THE CHARTS LAST SUMMER WITH THEIR SINGLE "TONIGHT, TONIGHT."
THE RELEASE SAYS ALL-STAR WEEKEND WILL BE THE OPENING ACT.
IT ALSO SAYS FAIR OFFICIALS ARE WORKING TO SET UP ONE OTHER CONCERT... AND WILL RELEASE DETAILS AS SOON AS IT'S SET.

MACON AND BIBB COUNTY OFFICIALS OFTEN DISCUSS GANG ACTIVITY... AND NOW THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WANTS FUNDING TO HELP COMBAT THE PROBLEM.
CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS ASKED COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TODAY... TO SUPPORT THE OFFICE'S APPLICATION FOR A GRANT TO HELP PREVENT VIOLENT GANG AND GUN CRIME.
JENNIFER MOULLIET HAS MORE.
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"We do have gang issues in our community some out in the county some inside the city."

CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS SAYS THE COUNTY HAS A GANG PROBLEM AND THEY'RE LOOKING AT A FEDERAL GRANT FOR SOLUTIONS.

"First part of this hundred and fifty thousand dollars is to really identify where the gang problems are and what the community as a whole can do alleviate them."

THE GRANT IS FUNDED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND IS PART OF THE PROJECT... SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS INITIATIVE.
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THE APPLICATION HAS FIVE PARTS AND IN THE FIRST PART ... APPLICANTS MUST ESTABLISH A NEED.
SOMETHING THAT DAVIS HAS NO DOUBT ABOUT.

"About eighty-five to ninety percent of our drug squad's activity is inside the city limits of Macon."

DAVIS SAYS ONE GOAL... IF THEY QUALIFY... IS TO TARGET MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS.

"The earlier that you can get involved in a child's life to divert them away or prevent them from getting into a life of crime is always it keeps them out of jail, it keeps them productive citizens and it helps them to finish school and to stay educated."

HE SAYS THE GRANT WILL HELP FIND OUT WHAT CAUSES SOMEONE TO CHOOSE A LIFE OF GANG ACTIVITY.

"what is the economic factors what are the home factors all of those kinds of things."
THE COUNTY IS JUST STARTING THE APPLICATION PROCESS....BUT DAVIS SAYS THEY HOPE TO PARTNER WITH OTHER AGENCIES...INCLUDING MACON POLICE...TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE MAYOR'S OFFICE ISSUED A STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF APPLYING FOR THE GRANT.... SAYING AS MANY PEOPLE AS THEY CAN GET TO TACKLE THE GANG ISSUE IS A GOOD THING.
THE COUNTY HAS UNTIL JUNE FOURTEENTH TO APPLY.

FINANCIAL LITERACY MEASURES HOW SMART YOU ARE ABOUT MONEY... AND STUDIES SAY IT'S DROPPING AMONG PEOPLE IN THEIR 20'S... THE SO-CALLED MILLENIAL GENERATION.
THIS WEEK ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11... WE'RE WORKING TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE TOOLS TO MAKE SMART MONEY CHOICES.
AND THE ROAD TO SOLID FINANCES... CAN START WITH THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE ABOUT STUDENT LOANS.
TONIGHT... SHERRI GOSS BREAKS DOWN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS.
Sherri Goss: "And so people look at the payment, because they've been so trained to look at, 'well can I afford the monthly payment?' Well yes you can, but if you owe $25,000 and you're paying $150 a month, it's going to take you a long time to pay that thing off and that is not a good deal."
THAT'S TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
THEN TOMORROW AT 4:30 P-M... YOU CAN CHAT WITH SHERRI ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
JUST GO TO FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.
SHE'LL BE ONLINE TO ANSWER YOUR FINANCIAL QUESTIONS BEFORE HER APPEARANCE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT FIVE.
THAT'S TOMORROW AT 4:30 ON THE 13WMAZ FACEBOOK PAGE.

THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT PLANS TO RING IN SUMMER... WITH SOME FAMILY FUN.
YOU CAN JOIN THEM ON JUNE FIRST... FOR MUSEUM TOURS... MOVIES...AND OTHER FAMILY ACTIVITIES.
IT'S PART OF THE YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAM... THE DEPARMENT'S EFFORTS TO CREATE A CONNECTION WITH KIDS.
It's important that their early interaction with the cops is a positive one. It's not the person they see arresting someone in their neighborhood. But it's the man or woman who bends down and greets them and says hello and teaches about public safety and about honor and integrity.
THE MACON TRANSIT AUTHORITY IS OFFERING FREE TRANSPORTATION FOR KIDS...
ADULTS... WILL HAVE TO PAY A DOLLAR.

BASEBALL PLAYERS WHO WANT TO TAKE PART IN FILMING HARRISON FORD'S NEW MOVIE "42"... STILL HAVE A CHANCE.
THE MOVIE STILL NEEDS NEARLY 200 BASEBALL PLAYERS "42" IS SET TO FILM NEXT MONTH AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD.
THEY'RE LOOKING FOR PLAYERS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 38... FOR FILMING ON JUNE 8TH AND 11TH.
TO APPLY... JUST SENT THREE PHOTOS OF YOURSELF... A HEADSHOT... A FULL BODY SHOT AND AN ACTION SHOT... TO CHRIS-AT-M-G-A-BASEBALL DOT COM.

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