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Ethel Mae Brown, Macon: A joy to my heart I just feel overwhelmed, oooh, ooohhh I am just overwhelmed about it.
THAT'S ETHEL MAE BROWN... AND THANKS TO A COUPLE HUNDRED PEOPLE FROM FOREST HILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH... HER HOUSE IS LIKE NEW... WE'LL HAVE THAT STORY IN JUST A FEW MINUTES...
THANKS FOR JOINING US. I'M CANDACE ADORKA, AND THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX
OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... SOME CITY AND COUNTY EMPOYEES MARCHED TO A CHANT OF..."VOTE-NO" THIS MORNING... AS THEY MADE THEIR WAY TO THE BIBB COUNTY COURTHOUSE... DURING A RALLY AGAINST CONSOLIDATION.
(nat chanting vote - no consolidation, no consolidation, no consolidaiton )
THE RALLY WAS ORGANIED BY THE STATE CHAPTER OF THE SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNEMNT EMPLOYEES.
SEVEN COMMUNITY LEADERS... FROM A COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO A LOCAL PASTOR...TOOK TIME TO SPEAK UP AGAINST THE BILL.
ABOUT 40 PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO SUPPORT THE RALLY IN OPPOSITION TO CONSOLIDATION.....AND THEY ALL HAD SIMILAR THINGS TO SAY...
henry gibson - this plan that they threw together in a back room somewhere is not the plan that is going to benefit this city.
marc lewis - it's to the point that it cannot be fixed and needs to be redone completely. it gives too much power to too few people. it doesn't give enough guarantees to the workers. i can't vote for this. i don't recommend anyone vote for this.
LEWIS GOES ON TO SAY TO SAY THAT THE BILL IS COMPLETELY FLAWED.
MANY OF THE PEOPLE WE TALKED TO AT THE RALLY SAY THEIR BIGGEST CONCERN IS JOB LOSS.
THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A PICK-UP TRUCK THEY BELIEVE WAS INVOLVED IN AN EARLY MORNING CRASH THAT KILLED A ROBERTA MAN.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT... A WITNESS NOTICED A LIGHT COLORED PICK-UP STOPPED IN FRONT OF 51-YEAR-OLD JAMES HARVEY COSTLOW'S MOTORCYCLE.
COSTLOW HIT THE BACK OF THE TRUCK AND WAS THROWN OFF.
FIRST RESPONDERS PRONOUNCED HIM DEAD ON THE SCENE.
ANY ONE WITH INFROMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-994-7048
ONCE AGAIN THAT'S 478-994-7048
THE GEORGIA COURT OF APPEALS HAS GRANTED A RETRIAL IN THE CASE OF A WOMAN CONVICTED OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN BALDWIN COUNTY.
ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS... IN JULY 2009, TAMMI LYNN MCMULLEN RAN INTO A PARKED VEHICLE ON HIGHWAY 441 IN NORTH BALDWIN COUNTY... KILLING TWO MEN.
MONTHS LATER, TESTS REVEALED MCMULLEN HAD SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF METHAMPHETAMINE, MORPHINE AND OTHER DRUGS IN HER BLOOD.
IN FEBRUARY 2011 MCMULLEN WAS CONVICTED OF TWO COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS.
THEN ON THIS PAST MONDAY... JULY 9... THE GEORGIA COURT OF APPEALS ORDERED A RETRIAL OF THE HER CASE.
IN THE WRITTEN OPPINION... JUDGE STEPHEN DILLARD SAYS MCMULLEN DESERVES A RETRIAL BECAUSE THE PROSECUTION INTRODUCED A CONVICTION FOR POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE TO MAKE THEIR CASE... BUT THAT CONVICTION HAPPENED TEN YEARS BEFORE THE FATAL ACCIDENT... AND THE COURT DECIDED IT WASN'T SUFFICIENTLY CONNECTED TO THE 2009 ACCIDENT.
NO WORD YET ON WHEN THE RETRIAL WILL BEGIN....
YOU CAN READ THE ENTIRETY OF THE COURTS DECISION ON OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THE EGYPTIAN WHO KIDNAPPED TWO AMERICANS FRIDAY IS THREATENING TO TAKE MORE HOSTAGES IF HIS DEMAND IS NOT MET.
AS DREW LEVINSON REPORTS... THE MAN FROM A TRIBE IN THE SINAI PENINSULA SAYS... HE WANTS HIS UNCLE RELEASED FROM PRISON IMMEDIATELY.
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Security remains tight in Egypt's Sinai Penisula.

Friday an armed Beduoin abducted 61-year old Pastor Michel Louis and 39 year
old Lissa Alphonse both of Boston...along with their guide.

The hostage taker--named Jirmy Abu-Masuh told the Associated Press he wanted
to exchange the Americans for his Uncle who is in Prison.

Louis and Alphonse were part of a church mission traveling in Egypt when their
bus was ambushed in the middle of the day.

They were with dozens of other tourists traveling along a major road linking
Cairo to Mount Sinai. That's where the Old Testament says Moses received the
Ten Commandments.

Louis's family in Boston said they're confident their father will be released
but are concerned about his health

(--SOT : JEAN LOUIS/SON--)

"HE IS DIABETIC, AND THE LONGER THEY HOLD HIM I HAVE TO ASSUME IT IS NOT GOING
TO WORK IN HIS FAVOR."

Alphonse's friend describes her as great mother who takes her children
everywhere.

(--SOT:REBECCA AUGUSTE/FRIEND--)

"SHE IS ALWAYS THERE FOR HER KIDS AND SHE'S A GREAT MOM AND A GREAT PERSON."

Abu-Masuh, a member of the Tarbeen tribe told the AP more people from other
countries would be abducted unless his demands were met.

US secretary of State Hillary Clinton--in Egypt to meet with the new president
did not mention the abductions..

A U.S. Embassy spokesman says it is working closely with Egyptian authorities
who were doing everything to ensure the Americans ' safe release.
RECENTLY, SEVERAL OTHER TOURISTS HAVE BEEN HELD BRIEFLY BY TRIBESMEN AND RELEASED UNHARMED.

THIS WEEK A TROOP OF VOLUNTEERS ROLLED UP THEIR SLEEVES TO DO SOME HOME IMPROVEMENT. THROUGHOUT THE WEEK...2-HUNDRED YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS PAINTED HOUSES...AND DID OTHER HOME REPAIRS FOR SOME OF THE ELDERLY AND NEEDY AROUND MACON.
IT'S PART OF FOREST HILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 10TH ANNUAL RIVER OF LIFE MISSION PROJECT.
FOR THOSE WHO GOT HELP...THEY SAY THESE REPAIRS...MEANS A NEW START.
AUSTIN LEWIS HAS MORE ON THE STORY
FOR ETHEL MAE BROWN OF MACON...THIS FRESH COAT OF PAINT...IS A DREAM....THAT SHE COULDN'T AFFORD...UNTIL NOW.
Ethel Mae Brown, Macon: A joy to my heart I just feel overwhelmed, oooh, ooohhh I am just overwhelmed about it.
THAT'S BECAUSE AROUND 30 VOLUNTEERS...ARMED WITH BRUSHES...AND PAINT...CAME TOGETHER SATURDAY...TO FIX UP BROWN'S HOUSE.
Ethel Mae Brown, Macon: I don't have words to say, I don't have words to explain how glad I am and how grateful I am, you know for all of them coming here and doing this for me, because I know it was God that did it.
BROWN SAYS VOLUNTEERS DID MORE THAN JUST PAINT HER HOME...THEY ALSO FIXED HER ROOF.
Ethel Mae Brown, Macon: For a long time, I had to put out buckets and pails and things you know to keep the rain from coming inside the house and you know it's just a joy.
AND VOLUNTEERS SAY BROWN ISN'T THE ONLY ONE FEELING JOY.
Rachael Yung, Jacksonville: It just feels great I mean repainting the houses seeing the expressions on people's face when they see it all done and it's priceless I mean it really makes you feel good.
Aurora Perez, Macon: We're rebuilding houses, but I think it's more than that I think it means the world to them and I think, I am not sure who is blessed more if they're blessed more or I am blessed more.
CARYN TRICE...BROWN'S GRANDDAUGHTER...SAYS SHE'S HAPPY TO HELP PAINT A NEW PICTURE ON HER GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE.
Caryn Trice, Macon: My grandma is very proud that uhm, people are, uhm, making her house better and uhm, I know it brings her heart out.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THROUGH THIS YOUTH MISSION PROJECT...THEY HAVE FIXED OVER 330 HOMES SINCE 2003.

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