Wednesday, June 6, 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.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS CROSSING ARMS COULD COME TO THE IGNICO DRIVE RAIL ROAD INTERSECTION BY NOVEMBER.
LAST MONTH...DONNELLE REID AND HER INFANT DAUGHTHER WERE KILLED AT THE INTERSECTION AFTER THE CAR THEY WERE RIDING IN COLLIDED WITH A TRAIN.
AUSTIN LEWIS TALKED TO PAMELA PATTEN...A WARNER ROBINS WOMAN WHO'S DETERMINED TO GET THE CROSSING ARMS AT THE HIGHWAY 247/ IGNICO DRIVE INTERSECTION SOONER THAN LATER..
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THE CROSSES SHE SET UP HERE ARE GONE...
BUT PAMELA PATTEN WANTS TO MAKE SURE ALL OF THE OTHER MEMORIALS TO THE VICTIMS OF LAST MONTH'S CRASH...ARE IN THE PROPER PLACE.
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ON FRIDAY SHE...HER SON...AND HIS FRIENDS PUT UP THE CROSSES AT THIS SPOT...TO BRING AWARENESS FOR THE NEED OF CROSSING ARMS.
PATTEN SAYS SHE WASN'T SURPRISED THEY WERE REMOVED.
01:36 I expected it because I had gotten email earlier in the afternoon from a Miss Terpay she's the public relations director for Norfolk Southern and she wanted to have me call her to talk about the crosses, but I didn't return her call cause I really wasn't interested in talk, I'm more of an action person.
(Austin Stand-up)WE CONTACTED SUSAN TERPAY ...WHO SAYS THEY TOOK DOWN THE CROSSES BECAUSE THEY COULD BE A DISTRACTION FOR DRIVERS HERE.
SHE SAYS SHE WANTS THAT TO BE A GOOD SIGN FOR CROSSING ARMS.
05:52 Considering that they were able to take down crosses in four days I'm just curious about how long it will take them to do the review.
PATTEN SAYS THE SOONER THE CROSSING ARMS COME HERE...THE MORE LIVES IT WILL SAVE.
09:09 and gates as we all know will not prevent all accidents. It's a safety device that can obviously decrease them 09:42
SHE SAYS SHE'LL FIGHT TO MAKE SURE THAT ARMS ARE ADDED TO THESE RAILROAD CROSSINGS SIGNS... QUICKLY.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> SUSAN TERPAY...THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR NORFOLK SOUTHERN SAYS PART OF THE REASON WHY THE PROCESS TAKES TIME IS THAT A LOT GOES INTO IT.
SHE SAYS THEY'RE WORKING ON 30 PROJECTS THIS YEAR JUST IN THE PEACH STATE.
"This is similar to the process of say building a house. The first step would be getting an architect to design it. You would have someone design and survey the plans. Every single component of the crossing has to be manufactured according to the specifications of that specific crossing."
WE'LL CONTINUE REPORTING TO GET ANSWERS ON WHEN THOSE CROSSING GATES MIGHT BE COMING TO IGNICO DRIVE.

SUMMER VACATION FOR PEACH COUNTY KIDS... HAS BECOME THREE WEEKS LONGER.
BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION DELAYS... THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS PUSHED BACK ITS STARTING DATE TO SEPTEMBER 4TH.
SPOKESWOMAN SARA MASON SAYS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS DECIDED TUESDAY IT WAS BETTER TO START LATE... THAN TO HAVE STUDENTS START SCHOOL WHILE CONSTRUCTION WAS STILL GOING ON.
SHE SAID A CONTRACTOR IS REINSTALLING HEATING AND AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS FOR ALL PEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS... BUT THAT WORK HAS FALLEN BEHIND SCHEDULE.

THERE'S A TRANSFORMATION UNDERWAY ON THIRD STREET IN DOWNTOWN MACON..
SEVERAL STORES ARE TAKING ON THE LOOK OF SHOPS IN THE 1940'S IN DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA..IT'S ALL IN PREPERATION FOR HARRISON FORDS NEW MOVIE - 42..
FROM CENTRAL PARK PIZZA TO KAYBEES...THE FIVE BUSINESSES WITH THE STRIPED AWNINGS WILL SOON TAKE ON NEW NAMES AND NEW IDENTITIES.
THE OWNER OF BLAIR'S FURNITURE DISCOUNT STORE SAYS CREWS WILL TURN THE BUILDING INTO A DEPARTMENT STORE FOR THE FILM.
ALAN ANTHONY...WHO WORKS AT BLAIR...SAYS THE FREIGHT ELEVATOR WILL TRANSFORM INTO A WATER FOUNTAIN.
jackie robinson's mother willt ake a drink at the fountain. it, by the time and day, is going to cause friction
THE BUSINESS PEOPLE SAY FILMING ON THIRD STREET IS SCHEDULED TO START ON FRIDAY THE 15TH AND WRAP UP TUESDAY the 19TH.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
WILL YOU TRY TO WATCH FILMING OF SCENES FOR '42'?
SO FAR 89 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU WON'T.
AND 11 PERCENT SAY YES... YOU'LL GIVE IT A TRY.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.


WHETHER TO CONSOLIDATE THE CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY GOVERNMENTS... REMAINS A HOT TOPIC.
FORMER MACON MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS.. AN OPPONENT.. AND BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER ELMO RICHARDSON.. A SUPPORTER.. WENT ROUND AND ROUND OVER THE ISSUE DURING A TAPING OF THIS WEEK'S CLOSE-UP PROGRAM.
ELLIS USED A BARNYARD PHRASE TO DESCRIBE CLAIMS BY CONSOLIDATION SUPPORTERS THAT THEY CAN SHRINK CITY AND COUNTY SPENDING BY TWENTY PERCENT IN FIVE YEARS.. AND RICHARDSON
Elmo Richardson.. County Commissioner: I think it's going to be very difficult to achieve the 20 percent. I think that's going to have to be re-examined. I think that there'll have to be other factors taken into account. I'm not comfortable with the 20 percent. I don't that it can be achieved.
C. Jack Ellis: Former Macon Mayor: Then why are we selling that to people? Why are we out promoting that? Maybe not you're not. But the group with the slick advertisement, slick mailers and all this manure that they're putting out.
YOU CAN CATCH CLOSE-UP IN ITS ENTIRETY AT NOON SATURDAY AND A SIX A-M SUNDAY ON 13 WMAZ.

A LANDMARK CASE IN MASSACHUSETTS THIS WEEK... WHERE A MAN IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST PERSON CONVICTED OF MOTOR-VEHICLE HOMICIDE BECAUSE HE WAS TEXTING.
AMALIA BARREDA HAS MORE... IN TONIGHT'S GREAT HANG UP.
Negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use. Guilty or not guilty? Guilty.
THE GUILTY VERDICTS AGAINST 18 YEAR OLD AARON DEVEAU UNDERSCORED THE DEVASTATION SUFFERED BY THE MEMBERS OF TWO FAMILIES, COLLAPSING IN TEARS AT OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE COURTHOUSE.
THE JURY FOUND THE TEENAGER CAUSED THE DEATH OF DANIEL BOWLEY IN FEBRUARY OF 2011 BECAUSE HE WAS TEXTING WHEN HE CRASHED INTO HIM HEAD ON.
BOWLEY DIED OF HIS INJURIES 18 DAYS LATER.
THE VICTIM'S DAUGHTER ADDRESSED THE COURT.
I would wake up at night and hear my dad talking to me and I'd get up and go look for him and he wasn't there.
THE VICTIM'S GIRLFRIEND, STILL STRUGGLING WITH HER INJURIES SUSTAINED IN THE CRASH, PRESSED FOR JAIL TIME.
He needs the time to process because I don't think he knows already what he has done.
DEVEAU APOLOGIZED
I made a mistake. If I could take it back I would take it back.
HIS ATTORNEY AND HIS MOTHER ASKED FOR COMPASSION.
My son didn't intentionally go out to hurt anybody.
He's a pretty good kid who made a bad mistake.
BUT FROM THE PROSECUTOR AND THE VICTIM'S FAMILY...EQUALLY PAINFUL WORDS.
The hardest thing I had to witness was my brother taking his last breath and leave us.
There are people's lives who are ruined by this.
Deveau will lose his license for 15 years after he gets out of prison.
WE WANT TO KEEP YOU AND OTHER DRIVERS ON THE ROAD SAFER FROM DISTRACTION-RELATED ACCIDENTS.
JOIN THE GREAT HANG UP AND PLEDGE TO PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN WHEN YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE PLEDGE UNDER THE FEATURES TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.
AFTER YOU SIGN THE PLEDGE... WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR STORIES TO SHARE DURING OUR 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.

A PROGRAM THAT CALLS ON PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TO HELP PUT CRIMINALS BEHIND BARS.. HELD ITS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER TODAY..
THE MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS PROGRAM HELD IT'S 6TH ANNUAL LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY THE CENTERVILLE ROTARY CLUB..
THE LUNCHEON RAISES MONEY FOR REWARDS OFFERED FOR CRIME TIPS.
REPRESENTATIVES FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ALL OVER CENTRAL GEORGIA ATTENDED.... AND WATCHED A PRESENTATION ABOUT CRIMESTOPPERS.
DIRECTOR WARREN SELBY SAYS THEY DEPEND ON THE COMMUNTIY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES..
Warren Selby, Director, Macon Regional Crimestoppers: "A safe community is an engaged community so it's programs like Crimestoppers and Neighborhood Watch that the community can get involved and help make their neighborhoods safer
IN ALMOST 12 YEARS.. CRIMESTOPPERS HAS AWARDED NEARLY 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR TIPS..
IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT A CRIME.. CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
THAT'S 1-877-68-CRIME.

Del Ward talks with Chris Davis from The Georgia Academy for the Blind about how she got a job at the Academy and how ashe learned braille so she could communicate with her students.

WITH SCHOOL OUT... A GROUP OF KIDS FROM BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA COULD'VE DECIDED TO SPEND THEIR ENTIRE SUMMER BY THE POOL... BUT THEY WENT ANOTHER ROUTE.
ABOUT 30 MIDDLE-SCHOOL AGED VOLUNTEERS TOOK A CHURCH MISSION TRIP TO WORK WITH REBUILDING MACON... AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS HOMEOWNERS WHO CAN'T HANDLE THE UPKEEP OF THEIR HOUSES.
THEY SPENT TODAY WORKING ON THE HOME OF ROBERT AND PHYLLIS BATTLE... SCRAPING... PAINTING... AND DOING YARD WORK.
IT'S THE SECOND HOUSE THE GROUP HAS REVAMPED ON THEIR TRIP.
THE BATTLES SAY THEY'RE EVER GRATEFUL.. .WHILE THE VOLUNTEERS SAY THE PLEASURE IS THEIRS.
"this is a lot of fun, I mean, you get to hang out with your friends, realy fun. You feel great after you do this."
"I think it's awesome. I just hope they keep it up and just keep up the good work and God will greatly bless them for this."

REBUILDING MACON OFFICIALS SAY THERE ARE MANY MORE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO GET INVOLVED...
...YOU CAN LOG ON TO REBUILDING-MACON-DOT-ORG... OR CALL 744-9808.
AGAIN THAT NUMBER... 744 9808

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