Eyewitness News at 11, September 13, 2012

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Good evening.
   I'm Leah Johnson.
    And I'm Frank Malloy.
    Thanks for joining us.
Our top story tonight..
    Macon city council member Larry Schlesinger says a lawyer intentionally bumped into him after the last meeting of the police and fire pension board.
   He says Bob Lovett, the attorney hired by the pension board, hit him with his torso, then got into a verbal argument with him.
<mr. Lovett's physically aggressive behavior towards me, a client of his own firm, was undoubtedly inappropriate, unquestionably unprofessional, and more akin to the conduct of a playground bully than of the fine upstanding attorney that he reports to be>
Schlesinger continued his statement to the pension board... Calling for Lovett's dismissal or resignation.
Lovette made no response but later denied the incident and refused to comment further.
Throughout the rest of the meeting... Discussion centered around a system actuary and auditor.
Council members Schlesinger and Frank Tompkins say... they needed more details on the cost before giving approval.
Schlesinger quoted figures... Saying the pension board spent over one-hundred-and-50-thousand dollars more than last year on administrative costs.
<again, im going to wave the red flag, 'dont do that anymore' im sorry I can do what I want to do 'im going to call this out of order' and I am going to continue because I am a board member here, I am telling the police and fire retirees that this board is spending money that should be going into your pocket, in increasing ways>
The group approved a system actuary... But failed to agree on an auditor.
Board member Jim Hartley says an auditor is necessary to make sure both the board and the city of Macon are handling the funds of the pension correctly.
He says he plans to continue pushing for an outside audit... Instead of the one conducted every year by the city.
<the closer we get to gaining approval to have it done, the more sideshows that you see, and that's what you saw here tonight and it's going to continue to become more of a circus atmosphere as we get closer to the truth.>
 A city attorney was not present at tonight's meeting... Which according to Tompkins... Is a requirement.
He asked to reschedule the meeting for another time... But other members voted to continue.
Tompkins could not explain what the consequences could be... or how it could affect the decisions passed in tonight's session.
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 A Houston County judge denied bond for 17-year old Carmen Kaneisha Collins. 
 Collins is charged with the murder of her 12-year old sister, India, who prosecutors say was shot multiple times. 
      Several family members were in the courtroom.. Including the girl's parents... Who sent a letter to Judge Katherine Lumsden in support of bond for their daughter.
      That's according to public defender Nick White.. Who's representing the teen.
      He argued that Carmen was not a flight risk... and if granted bond she would have an ankle monitor.. And stay with a relative in Montezuma.
    The district attorney's office said Carmen had a history of running away.. And allegedly sold her father's gun that was used to kill her sister on the streets in Columbus.     
     But her parent's still support Carmen.. 
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It was written by Mr. And Mrs. Collins and directed toward the judge and it expressed their feelings about  what the hearing was about.
 I've met with them several times. It's just a very sad time any time we get together.  It's pitiful. Anyone that is a parent will understand the turmoil they must be going through.


     White says the next step for Collins will be an arraignment.. Where he says she will plead not guilty.
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 Bibb County deputies say they're looking for a man who wore a costume while robbing the X-Mart on Emery Highway this morning.
According to investigators, the man came into the store with a gun and demanded money from the cash register.
   When he got the money..he ran away from the store.
   The robber is described a 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing around 160 pounds.
  He was wearing a black Halloween costume and his face was covered with a bandana..
    If you have any information on this case...call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME...Again that number is 1-877-68-CRIME.
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     The first year under their belt... The Warner Robins Downtown Development Authority is ready to bring back the International City Festival for its second go-round.
     Organizer Gena Deboe says they made money last year... and hope for bigger profits this year.
     As Lorra Lynch Jones tells you... They use the money to revitalize the old downtown.
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Six years ago... Shetauri Tarte knew she found her calling on Commercial Circle.
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But she didn't know anything about the location.
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Tarte was not alone.
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<this part of town does not get a lot of visibility>
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<Most people I've talked to don't know about it.>
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If that's true for most folks... Gena Deboe and the Downtown Development Authority want to change it.
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<daily, I get people come to me and thank me for believing in the area and kind of pioneering bringing it back.>
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Deboe opened a boutique on Commercial Circle and spearheaded the International City Fall Festival... Which is coming back for a second year.
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<expect something new, something exciting, something bigger, just be with us as we grow, because it's really going to be fun.>
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Deboe says music... A barbecue competition... An improved children's area... Food and vendor booths will fill Commercial Circle September 29th... With profits going to improve sidewalks, greenspaces, and store fronts downtown. 
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all causes customers say could put the circle on the map.
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<now that I know about it, I might actually try to get down here.>
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<yeah, definitely spread the word about it.>
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And instead of watching the festival from the window... As she did last year... Tarte she plans to put down her tools and enjoy the day.
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In warner Robins, Lorra Lynch Jones, 13WMAZ, Eyewitness News.
   Again.. the International City Fall Festival is September 29th and runs from 9 a.m. Until 6 p.m.
     Admission is free.
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     Deboe says they will offer musical acts throughout the day... With country music singer and Houston County native Colby Dee performing the headlining act. 
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Music and Native American culture are the highlights in this week's Scene 13..
   We begin with a little southern rock..
  The Knoxville-based Dirty Guv'nahs, will take the stage at the Cox Capitol Theatre tomorrow night...
   The group is touring to promote last month's release of "Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies."
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       Doors open at 8 p-m..and the show starts at 9 p.m.
       General admission is 15 dollars.
      The Black Cadillacs will open the show.
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     The Hummingbird is also offering up music this weekend..
     Tomorrow night it's Back City Woods..
     Saturday Homeless Hill will take the stage.
    Both shows begin at 10 p-m.
    Admission is five dollars.
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    If theatre is more your forte...The Warner Robins Little Theatre's production of "move Over, Mrs. Markham" continues this weekend.
     You can catch shows tomorrow and saturday night...and then a matinee on Sunday.
      The play is PG13..so leave the little ones at home.
      To reserve your seat, call 929-4579 between 10 a.m. And 5 p-m.
 You can also take in some fun in the sun..and learn about central Georgia's Native American heritage..
   The Ocmulgee Indian Celebration is this weekend at the Ocmulgee National Monument..
    Park Director Jim David was on Eyewitness News Midday this week..talking about the festival..and schoolyard game..that has some serious beginnings..
    The celebration begins Saturday at the park on Emery Highway in Macon...
   Admission is two dollars for children ages 6 to 12, five dollars for anyone 13 and over...and two dollars for military personnel with I-D.
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   That will do it for this week's Scene 13.
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 The weekend also means new movies at the theater..
   There's a little bit of something for everyone...
   Disney's "finding Nemo" in 3D hits theaters tomorrow..
   The underwater adventure follows the journey of clownfish Marlin and his son Nemo who get separated along the Great Barrier Reef...
  It features the voices of Albert Brooks, Alexander Gould and Ellen DeGeneres.
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The fifth installment of the "resident Evil" franchise hits theaters this weekend..
    "resident Evil:  Retribution" stars Milla Jovovich as Alice...
    She's on a quest to find out who's responsible for a deadly plague that's turning humans into flesh-eating undead..
    Resident Evil:  Retribution is rated "R".
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   Another suspense thriller...starring Richard Gere...will also be theaters tomorrow..
   "arbitage" is about a New York hedge fund magnate named Robert Miller...who on the outside appears to be the very portrait of success.
   But behind closed doors..Miller is in over his head..
    The movie also stars Susan Sarandon and Nate Parker.
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The sixth annual Business Expo was full of music... Food... And freebies at Rozar Park in Perry.
Jennifer Moulliet was there and gives you a taste of the event put on by Perry's Chamber of Commerce. 
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<ever heard of blue ribbon foods>


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<we're an all natural shop from home food service delivering better quality foods to your home for the same amount of money you're spending now and this is the way we do our advertising is networking events just like this. >


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<some of these businesses really operate a lot of the time either out of their vehicles or online so this kind of gives them an opportunity once a year to have a store front where they can show off what they have going on.   >
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<i'm here because I come every year and it's very enjoyable,
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<we offer everything from pizza to wings, we've got calzones, strombolis, we opened december 19th of this passed year>


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<there's a lot of regular citizens that come out to these so it helps us get our name out  and it's good advertisement.>


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<I like the vendors I like the food and I like the comradery  >>


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