EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11, 8/2/12

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HELLO EVERYONE.

AND THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX..I'M FRANK MALLOY..

LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE EVENING OFF.

WE BEGIN WITH SOME BREAKING NEWS FROM INTERSTATE 16.....IN MACON.

RIGHT NOW...RESCUE CREWS ARE ON THE SCENE OF A SERIOUS ACCIDENT.

A VIEWER SENT US THIS PICTURE.

AND WITNESSES TELL US THAT AN LOG TRUCK OVERTURNED...AND CAUGHT FIRE.

AND BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAS CAUSED CRITICAL INJURIES.

TRAFFIC ON I-16....EAST OF COLISEUM DRIVE...IS BLOCKED....AND DRIVERS SHOULD AVOID THE AREA.

WE'LL UPDATE THIS STORY WHEN MORE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE...AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.

WE BEGIN WITH SOME BREAKING NEWS FROM INTERSTATE 16.....IN MACON.

RIGHT NOW...RESCUE CREWS ARE ON THE SCENE OF A SERIOUS ACCIDENT.

A VIEWER SENT US THIS PICTURE.

AND WITNESSES TELL US THAT AN LOG TRUCK OVERTURNED...AND CAUGHT FIRE.

AND BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAS CAUSED CRITICAL INJURIES.

TRAFFIC ON I-16....EAST OF COLISEUM DRIVE...IS BLOCKED....AND DRIVERS SHOULD AVOID THE AREA.

WE'LL UPDATE THIS STORY WHEN MORE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE...AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.

THREE WEEKS AFTER HE DIED - THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY'RE STILL SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS ABOUT THE DEATH OF ALBERT JELKS.

HE'S THE MAN... FOUND LYING OUTSIDE A VINEVILLE AVENUE SHOPPING CENTER ONE MORNING... BLEEDING...FROM SEVERE HEAD INJURIES.

AS KATELYN HECK REPORTS, THAT INVESTIGATION IS NOW BEING TREATED AS A HOMICIDE..

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(NATS: it may take a year, or two or three, but we wont forget)

THE TWO SISTERS OF 51-YEAR-OLD ALBERT JELKS SAY THEY DON'T WANT THE INVESTIGATION OF THEIR BROTHERS DEATH TO SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS.

(SOT:our mother is broken-hearted, my sister and i are devastated, we cannot believe that our big brother was hurt so badly and so painfullym and just left there to die."

MACON POLICE OFFICERS FOUND JELKS OUTSIDE THE SLEEP SHOP ON VINEVILLE AVENUE ALMOST THREE WEEKS AGO ON JULY 14-th.

(SOT:he was barely alive, he had been hit on his head, his right eye was destroyed and his skull was cracked)

JELKS DIED IN THE HOSPITAL SEVERAL DAYS LATER... AND NOW POLICE ARE CALLING THE CASE A HOMICIDE.

(SOT:at first glance it was kind of hard to piece together a motive to what happened, we didnt know if mr jelks had past medical problems or anything, based on what we saw at the crime scene, we had to wait for the medical examiners report to justify this)

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY DO NOT KNOW WHY OR HOW JELKS WAS INJURED.

THEY'RE LOOKING INTO A FEW LEADS... BUT SAY STILL THEY NEED THE PUBLICS HELP.

(SOT:Theres not one crime thats solved here at the macon police department or any other law enforcement agencywithout the publics help)

JELKS' SISTERS... ADRIENNE AND ELLEN SAY THEYRE BROTHER HAD STAYED LATE AFTER WORK TO TRADE BASEBALL CARDS ONLINE.... THE NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS FOUND.

(SOT: he spoke with our mother around 10:30 and thats the last she ever heard from him)

POLICE SAY THEY JELKS WAS SPOTTED AT SEVEN-THIRTY IN THE MORNING.... BUT DON'T KNOW HOW LONG HE HAD BEEN LYING ON THE SIDEWALK.

KATELYN HECK

13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS

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A SPOKESMAN FROM MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS SAYS THEY'RE OFFERING A ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD FOR TIPS THAT LEAD TO AN ARREST.

THEY ASK ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CASE CAN CALL 1-877-68-CRIME... AGAIN THATS 1-877-68-CRIME.

MEANWHILE POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE ANOTHER DEATH... THAT OF A MACON TEENAGER... KILLED BY A STRAY BULLET FIRED INTO HER FATHER'S HOME.

WHILE THEY WORK THAT CASE.. THE COMMUNITY PAUSED TO REMEMBER THE GIRL AT A DEDICATION ABOUT AN HOUR AGO.

ABOUT FIFTY PEOPLE CAME TO MACON CITY HALL FOR PRAYERS...AND SPEECHES...IN REMEMBRANCE OF SHARBORA DANIELS.

MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SPOKE ABOUT WHAT THE CITY'S DOING TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE.

AND ORGANIZER FRANK DIXON SAID THE LOCAL N-DOUBLE-A-C-P CHAPTER IS CREATING A FUND TO SUPPORT CRIME VICTIMS...IN HONOR OF SHARBORA DANIELS

HER FAMILY HOPES TO PLACE A PLAQUE IN HER HONOR...AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL.

CROSSING GATES ARE NOW UP AND WORKING AT THE DEADLY IGNICO DRIVE RAILROAD CROSSING NOW -- MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

THIS IS AN UPDATE ON A STORY WE'VE BEEN COVERING SINCE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

THAT'S WHEN A MOTHER AND HER 7-WEEK-OLD DAUGHTER DIED WHEN THEIR CAR COLLIDED WITH A TRAIN.

AFTER THAT WRECK...PEOPLE IN WARNER ROBINS PUSHED THE STATE AND NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD TO INSTALL GATES.

AT FIRST...THE STATE SAID THAT MIGHT TAKE AS LONG AS A YEAR AND A HALF.

BUT MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN ...AND OTHERS...LOBBIED THE STATE TO SPEED UP ITS TIMETABLE.

NOW THOSE GATES ARE IN PLACE AS YOU CAN SEE IN THIS I-PHONE VIDEO....AND OPERATING.

BIBB COUNTY VOTERS SAW SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT ON TUESDAY... BUT THOSE VOTES DIDN'T COUNT.

A LAW SUIT OVER SCHOOL DISTRICT VOTING MAPS PUSHED THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS FOR SCHOOL BOARD BACK TO AUGUST 21ST.

IT ALSO OPENED UP QUALIFYING FOR OTHER CANDIDATES SO THE BALLOT MIGHT LOOK DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU EXPECTED.

CANDACE ADORKA HELPS LINE IT ALL UP.

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THIS YEAR... BIBB COUNTY VOTERS ARE PICKING SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR EACH OF THESE 6 INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS... SO YOUR LIST OF CANDIDATES DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU LIVE.

ON AUGUST 21ST.... DEMOCRATS WHO LIVE IN DISTRICTS ONE, TWO, AND THREE... WILL HAVE SOME DECISIONS TO MAKE.

IN DISTRICT ONE... WHICH COVERS EAST MACON... INCUMBENT ELLA CARTER FACES OPPOSITION FROM MICHAEL MCKEEVER... AN 18-YEAR OLD STUDENT AT MACON STATE COLLEGE... AND BRENDA SUTTON... A STATE-REGISTERED MEDIATOR.

THERE ARE NO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN THIS DISTRICT... SO...UNLESS THERE'S A SUCCESSFUL WRITE-IN... THE WINNER ON THE 21ST TAKES THE SEAT.

DISTRICT 2 COVERS DOWNTOWN MACON.

THAT'S BOARD MEMBER TOMMY BARNES' DISTRICT BUT HE'S TERM LIMITED, SO THE RACE IS BETWEEN THREE NEW CANDIDATES... ANGEL DAVIS-HOPPER, A MOTHER OF 4 WHO'S BECOME ACTIVE ON SCHOOL ISSUES ... MACON ATTORNEY ALAN TAYLOR... AND FORMER CITY COUNCILWOMAN THELMA DILLARD.

THERE IS ALSO NO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE HERE...SO THE WINNER IS VIRTUALLY GUARANTEED TO TAKE OFFICE NEXT YEAR.

DISTRICT 3 IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY HAS INCUMBENT SUSAN SIPE FACING MERRITT JOHNSON, AN INSURANCE AGENT. THEY ARE BOTH DEMOCRATS... AND THE VICTOR WILL FACE REPUBLICAN ANGELA FREEMAN IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION.

ALSO IN NOVEMBER... REPUBLICAN LESTER MILLER AND DEMOCRAT DOMINIQUE JOHNSON WILL FACE OFF IN DISTRICT 4.

IN DISTRICT 5 AND 6... INCUMBENT TOM HUDSON AND NEWCOMER JASON DOWNEY ARE RUNNING UNOPPOSED.

BEFORE THE AUGUST 21ST PRIMARY... I'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO THE CANDIDATES IN DISTRICTS ONE, TWO AND THREE.

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THERE ARE TWO OTHER SEATS ON THE SCHOOL BOARD SELECTED BY THE COUNTY AT LARGE... BUT THEY ARE NOT UP FOR ELECTION.

LYNN FARMER AND WANDA WEST HAVE AT LEAST TWO MORE YEARS ON THE BOARD.

AND OF COURSE...SINCE BIBB COUNTY IS ALREADY A SINGLE DISTRICT...THE SCHOOLS...AND THE BOARD RACES... WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY CONSOLIDATION.

TODAY IN OUR WEB POLL AT 13-W-M-A-Z-DOT-COM... WE ASKED IF YOU VOTE IN RUN-OFF ELECTIONS.

OF THOSE WHO RESPONDED... FORTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF YOU SAY... YES YOU DO.

SIXTEEN PERCENT SAY NEVER.

AND THIRTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF YOU SAY... SOMETIMES. IT ALL JUST DEPENDS.

SENATOR PARIS, YOU ARE THUE INCUMBANT - GIVE SOME SPECIFIC REASONS WHY YOU THINK VOTERS SHOULD KEEP YOU IN OFFICE..

MR. LUCAS - AS THE CHALLENGER - TELL THE VOTERS WHY THEY SHOULD CHOOSE YOU TO REPLACE MISS. PARIS..

DISTRICT 26 INCLUDES PARTS OF BIBB - HOUSTON - TWIGGS AND WILKINSON COUNTIES..THAT'S A VERY DIVERSE DISTRICT..

I'LL PUT THIS OUT TO BOTH OF YOU - WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE TO MEET THE VARIED INTERESTS OF PEOPLE IN THOSE AREAS..

MR. LUCAS YOUCAN HAVE FIRST CRACK AT THE QUESTION..

HERE'S AN UPDATE ON THE STORY WE BROUGHT YOU EARLIER....

BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS ONE PERSON HAS DIED IN THAT TRUCK ACCIDENT ON INTERSTATE 16.

THAT'S NEAR MILE MARKER 3 EASTBOUND...IN EAST MACON....AND TRAFFIC IS STILL BACKED UP.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS IT WILL TAKE A COUPLE MORE HOURS TO CLEAR THE SCENE.

WE'LL UDPATE THIS STORY...WHEN MORE DETAIL ARE AVAILABLE...AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.

AND ANOTHER UPDATE, THIS ONE ON A STORY WE BROUGHT YOU EARLIER ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.

THE MACON BIBB FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS A SMALL BUILDING THAT HELD LAWN MOWERS...ON THE CAMPUS OF WESLEYAN COLLEGE...BURNED THIS AFTERNOON.

CHIEF JAMES WALLACE SAYS THE BUILDING WAS DESTROYED...

BUT THERE ARE NO REPORTED INJURIES AND NO WORD ON THE CAUSE

ABOUT THIS TIME TOMORROW NIGHT THE WARNER ROBINS ALL-STARS WILL BE ABOUT READY TO EMBARK ON A JOURNEY THAT COULD TAKE THEM BACK TO WILLIAMSPORT AND THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

BUT FIRST THEY'VE GOT TO PLOW THROUGH SOME TOUGH COMPETITION FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST IN THE REGION.

AND AS WE FOUND OUT THIS AFTERNOON AS THE LITTLE GUYS PULLED INTO TOWN... EVERYONE THINKS THIS IS THEIR TOURNAMENT FOR THE TAKING.

 

WRALL HITS THE FIELD TOMORROW NIGHT AT SEVEN PM AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA IN GAME ONE OF POOL PLAY.

 

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