Monday, June 11, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

CREWS AROUND MACON STAYED BUSY TODAY DESPITE THE RAIN... FILMING SCENES FROM HARRISON FORD'S NEW MOVIE... "42."
THAT INCLUDED FILMING AT A HOME ON HIGH STREET.
OUR SUZANNE LAWLER TOOK THESE PHOTOS OF CAST AND CREW TODAY.
SHE ALSO GOT A FEW SNAPSHOTS OF NEIGHBORS BASKING IN ALL OF THE MOVIE MAKING MAGIC.
CREWS ROLLED OUT SOME CLASSIC CARS... PUT UP TENTS AND A STAGING AREA.
THEY BEGAN FILMING THIS EVENING... AND SHOT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS.
SOME OF THE NEIGHBORS TOLD US THAT THE CREW ASKED THEM TO MOVE THEIR CARS OFF THE STREET.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE FAMILY WHO LIVES NEAR ALL THE EXCITEMENT TO GET THEIR REACTION.
"Hi, my name is Debbie Byrne. I'm here with my daughters Alandra and Wiley, and we live across from where the movie's being filmed on High Street. This morning, a film crew came to our door and asked if they could film in our hallway. We were really really excited this morning. And they came in, and of course, they told us, believe it or not, our hallway was too grand. So we were really really elated, then we were really really upset that they weren't going to film there, but we were really glad to meet everybody, and we're happy to have the film and see all the filming of the movie that's happening today. So, it's been great."
CREWS FILMED ON THE STREET TONIGHT... AND WRAPPED UP SHORTLY AFTER 8 P-M.
THEY PLAN TO FILM ANOTHER SCENE TOMORROW MORNING.

THE RAIN DID PUT A BIT OF A DAMPER ON FILMING AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD.
EXTRAS SAY DIRECTORS CANCELED A FEW SCENES TODAY.
nats full- 2 seconds of rain
THIS WAS THE DAMP SCENE AT CENTRAL CITY PARK .
EXTRAS ARRIVED AROUND 7 A-M... AND SAY THEY DID A LOT OF HURRYING-UP AND WAITING.
THE FILM'S PUBLICIST SAID THEY SHOT AN INDOOR SCENE IN THE LOCKER ROOM AT LUTHER WILLIAM'S FIELD.
CROWD SCENES INSIDE THE STADIUM ARE EXPECTED TO BE SHOT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY.

PREPARATIONS FOR FILMING ALSO TOOK MOVIE CREWS TO A HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MACON JEWELRY STORE.
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A FILM CREW COVERED AN EXTERIOR AIR CONDITIONER FOR SCENES AT ANDERSEN'S JEWELERS LAST WEEK.
PRODUCERS CHOSE THE STORE FOR ITS GREEN AWNING SO CREWS CAN RUN OFF FAKE RAIN FOR A STORM SCENE.
STORE OWNER RICHARD RAYSON SAYS HE SHARES A NAME WITH A FAMOUS ACTOR WHO MIGHT SOON BE IN HIS SHOP.
"I thought that was kinda ironic, I go by my middle name, which is Richard, but my first name is Harrison. And Harrison Ford will possibly be here in the store later this week."
ANDERSEN'S JEWELERS WILL REMAIN OPEN AT ITS SECOND STREET LOCATION UNTIL MOVIE CREWS SHOW UP TO SHOOT THE SCENE.

LET US KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON ALL THE "42" FILMING COVERAGE.
JUST GO TO 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE LINK IN THE CHECK IT OUT BOX ON OUR HOMEPAGE.
BUT YOU CAN ALSO KEEP UP ON OUR MACON "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGE.
WE'VE COMPILED A LIST... AND PHOTOS OF SOME FILMS THAT MIGHT OFFER YOU GLIMPSES OF A LITTLE CENTRAL GEORGIA SCENERY.
THAT'S ALL ON OUR MACON "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGE.

FOR 23 YEARS... VOLUNTEERS HAVE HELPED KEEP THE STATE'S HIGHWAYS CLEAN THROUGH THE ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY PROGRAM.
BUT NOW THAT THE KU KLUX KLAN WANTS A STRETCH OF ROAD NAMED FOR IT IN UNION COUNTY... THE WHOLE PROGRAM IS IN DANGER OF DISAPPEARING.
PAUL CRAWLEY WITH OUR SISTER STATION
W-X-I-A IN ATLANTA TAKES A LOOK.
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As you can tell by its many community signs, the small mountain town of Blairsville is proud of its location at the bottom foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
Proud of its reputation as a tourist and retirement attraction.
But many are not proud to learn that the Ku Klux Klan wants a sign of its own put up on Highway 515 at the Union County line.
Like this one in Missouri, the Klan wants a sign showing it will take care of keeping a one mile stretch of highway clean and beautiful.
Some local Klan members have filed this Adopt-a-Highway application with Georgia's Department of Transportation.
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We were set up to interview some of the Klan members who put in this permit for an adopt-a-highway sign at this park in Blairsville, but they cancelled on us, saying that their lawyer advised against it in case they end up in court.
They did say they'd do an interview if we paid money to the Klan, which, of course, we told them we don't do.
[Notes:TRACK]
Even though those Klan members aren't talking, we found plenty of people in Blairsville who were surprised to hear of the Klan's application.
[Notes:SOTS]
"The message is still that the KKK is still alive and active up here, which I would hope it's not. I don't know if it is for sure or not, but I don't like the message that it sends."
"I don't think there's anything they can do about it or anything they should do about it. I mean it's free speech, free country. If they want to do it, let 'em do it."
"It's not my choice to say if it's someone's right to have it or not, but technically if it were my choice, I would say 'no'."
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The Klan's Adopt-a-Highway application puts the state in a bit of a pickle.
If they turn it down, the Klan is threatening to sue like they did over this similar sign in Missouri, which the courts upheld.
Another possibility is for the DOT to do away with the Adopt-a-Highway program which helps state and local governments save millions of dollars keeping our highways clean.
TOP OFFICIALS FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MET PRIVATELY WITH STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAM OLENS TODAY AND DISCUSSED WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE K-K-K'S ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY APPLICATION.
D-O-T SAYS THEY'RE STILL WORKING THROUGH THE REVIEW PROCESS.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD THE KU KLUX KLAN BE ALLOWED TO "ADOPT" A GEORGIA HIGHWAY?
SO FAR 50 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
AND 50 PERCENT SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

THE MACON MAYOR'S OFFICE WILL TAKE CHARGE OF A PROGRAM TO CURB YOUTH VIOLENCE AND GANG ACTIVITY.
AFTER SEVERAL ATTEMPTS BY COUNCIL MEMBER VIRGIL WATKINS TO GET OTHER MEMBERS ON BOARD... THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE DECIDED TO MAKE THE MAYOR'S OFFICE THE LEAD AGENCY.
THE ONLY VOTE AGAINST THE INITIATIVE CAME FROM COUNCILMAN HENRY GIBSON.
HE SAYS HANDING OVER RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CITY IS "A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT."
"when you think of gangs, you dont think of the mayors office, you think of the police department, and that's why we have 305 personnel down there is to handle whether it's gangs or bullets, whether it's guns or bullets, or strategy."
"they'll both be working together collaboratively, strongly if this initiative is to be successful. so, the who's initially in charge thing wasnt that big of an issue for me, but naturally, the police department does work for the mayors office."
THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE STILL HAS TO VOTE ON HIRING A CIVILIAN COORDINATOR FOR THE ANTI-GANG EFFORT.
WATKINS SAYS HE IS WORKING TO FIND TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS OUT OF NEXT YEARS BUDGET TO FUND THE PROGRAM.

THIS WEEKEND THE CITY OF PERRY UNVEILED THEIR NEW PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING FACILITY OFF OF TOOMER ROAD.
THE CENTER IS NAMED AFTER CHIEF GEORGE POTTER.
THE FIRING RANGE IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF WHAT'S TO COME FOR THE FACILITY... WHICH WAS FUNDED BY CONFISCATED DRUG MONEY... AND BUILT BY INMATES.
IT OFFERS A SIMULATED GUN RANGE... A RUNNING TRACK... AND A TWENTY FOOT DITCH TO HELP IMPROVE RESCUE TECHNIQUES FOR FIREFIGHTERS.
LIEUTENANT JAMES BUCK SAYS IT'S MORE THAN A TRAINING CENTER FOR PERRY.
James Buck, Lieutenant: "This is one of the most advanced ranges in middle georgia, officers from not only the Perry police department but the Houston County Sheriff's Department the Georgia Bureau of Investigations will all be training out here in order to improve their skills."
CHIEF GEORGE POTTER SAYS THE PROJECT IS ONGOING... AND THERE'S NO OFFICIAL DATE OF COMPLETION.

TODAY MARKED THE FIRST FULL DAY IN COURT FOR FORMER PENN STATE ASSISTANT COACH JERRY SANDUSKY.
THE PROSECUTION CALLED ITS FIRST WITNESS... A MAN WHO CLAIMS SANDUSKY SEXUALLY ABUSED HIM REPEATEDLY AS A TEEN.
MANUEL GALLEGUS HAS MORE.
JERRY SANDUSKY SPENT THE DAY IN COURT LISTENING TO A 28 YEAR OLD MAN TESTIFY HOW THE FORMER COACH SEXUALLY ABUSED OF HIM AS A TEEN-OFTEN IN THE SHOWERS ON THE PENN STATE CAMPUS.

IN A MATTER OF FACT TONE, THE WITNESS TOLD JURORS SANDUSKY BEFRIENDED HIM THROUGH HIS CHARITY THE SECOND MILE...BACK IN 1997 WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 13. SOON THE SHOWERS THEY TOOK TOGETHER AFTER EXERCISE LED TO INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING AND ORAL SEX....

"DID YOU EVER SAY 'DON'T DO THAT TO ME?'" LEAD PROSECUTOR JOE McGETTIGAN ASKED.

"IT WAS NEVER TALKED ABOUT EVER;" ANSWERED THE ACCUSER. "BASICALLY WHAT HAPPENED THERE, IT NEVER HAPPENED."

THE MAN ALSO DESCRIBED OUT-OF-TOWN TRIPS - ONE TO A TEXAS BOWL GAME WHERE HE SAYS SANDUSKY TRIED TO FORCE HIM INTO ORAL SEX IN THE BATHROOM OF THEIR HOTEL ROOM. BUT SANDUSKY WAS STARTLED WHEN HIS WIFE DOTTIE CALLED OUT FROM THE OTHER ROOM.

THE WITNESS SAID HE NEVER TOLD ANYONE ABOUT THE ABUSE BECAUSE HE WAS SCARED, AND BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT LOSE OUT ON THE GIFTS AND FOOTBALL FAMILY LIFESTYLE SANDUSKY PROVIDED.

STAND-UP BRIDGE:

ON TENSE CROSS EXAMINATION, SANDUSKY'S ATTORNEY JOE AMENDOLA TRIED TO SUGGEST THAT THE ACCUSER, ALONG WITH THE OTHERS IN THE CASE, COULD BE MOTIVATED BY MONEY.

BUT THE FIRST WITNESS DENIED THAT...AMENDOLA ALSO ASKED WHY HE DIDN'T FORCEFULLY SHUN SANDUSKY EARLIER?

THE MAN EXPRESSED REMORSE SAYING HE FEELS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO OTHER VICTIMS BECAUSE HE DIDN'T SPEAK OUT BACK THEN.
IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT, SANDUSKY'S ATTORNEY SAID SHOWERING WITH CHILDREN WAS PART OF THE DEFENDANT'S CULTURE... AND IS ROUTINE IN ATHLETICS.

"42" ISN'T QUITE READY TO COMPETE FOR THE CROWN JUST YET... BUT ANIMALS... EXPLORERS AND HEROINES WERE IN THE RUNNING TO CLAIM... OR KEEP... THE TOP HONORS AT THE BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND.
DESPITE A VALIANT EFFORT... AND A 23-MILLION-DOLLAR HAUL... "SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN" SLIPPED FROM LAST WEEK'S TOP SPOT... TO LAND AT NUMBER THREE ON THE COUNTDOWN.
THE RETELLING OF THE CLASSIC TALE STARRING KRISTEN STEWART AND CHRIS HEMSWORTH AS THE MAIN CHARACTERS HAS EARNED 98 AND A HALF MILLION SO FAR.
BURSTING ONTO THE SCENE IN SECOND PLACE... RIDLEY SCOTT'S "PROMETHEUS."
IT OPENED WITH 51 MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES.
THE OFFSHOOT OF SCOTT'S "ALIEN" SAGA STARS MICHAEL FASSBENDER AND CHARLIZE THERON.
BUT THE VICTORY OF THE WEEKEND WENT TO THE NEWEST FAMILY FILM ON THE SCENE.
"MADAGASCAR THREE... EUROPE'S MOST WANTED" DEBUTED TO A 60-POINT-THREE MILLION DOLLAR WEEKEND.
THE ANIMATED ANIMAL FLICK STARS BEN STILLER... CHRIS ROCK... JADA PINKETT SMITH AND DAVID SCHWIMMER.

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.... WITH MARK WAHLBERG.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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