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Good evening... And thanks for joining us... For eyewitness news at eleven... I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
In a press conference earlier today... Federal investigators said an Atlanta police helicopter hit the top of power line pole and its support cables before it crashed... killing two officers on board.
Jon Shirek (SHERICK).... From our sister station WXIA has more.
It's a very difficult time...
All day, police officers -- one after another --came to the crash site and bowed their heads.
The entire department -- in mourning for the two officers who were killed here just doing their jobs.
Officer Richard Halford of Lithia Springs, 48, an Atlanta police pilot for more than 16 years, father of a grown daughter.
Officer Shawn Smiley of Lithonia, 40, just joined the air unit earlier this year, married, father of three children ages 5, 7 and 9.
Both were killed looking for a child.
(Chief George Turner / Atlanta Police Dept.)
They were looking for a youth that had been gone missing earlier --
Police Chief George Turner says Officers Halford and Smiley were airborne helping look for a child who had run away from home, a nine year old boy.
The officers crashed at 10:30 pm. Both -- killed on impact.
The boy -- later found safe.
( Amire Shakir-Fulford / Boy's Mother)
I feel responsible because they were out looking for my child.
The boy's mother -- Amire Shakir-Fulford -- returned to the scene.
Again in tears and blaming herself
Just as she was when she talked with us soon after the officers were killed.
( Amire Shakir-Fulford / Boy's Mother)
I just want to tell them I'm so sorry. Because they can't see their families. And it hurts. And I just want them to be able to go home to their families. Because they were trying to help another family find their child.
Some witnesses --
( Xavier Todd / Witness)
When it hit the wires, it just came nose down.
Like Xavier Todd who lives nearby are certain they saw the helicopter crash because it hit some overhead utility wires -- which have since been repaired.
( Xavier Todd / Witness)
It wasn't falling when it hit the wires, it, lilke, hit the wires and then it fell afterwards.
( at 26-12)
As soon as the helicopter went nose down, then it blew up.
( Chief George Turner / Atlanta Police Dept.)
Obviously they were flying low...
Chief Turner -- letting the NTSB sort out exactly what happened.
And crews secured the wreckage for investigators so they could try to reconstruct the crash.
The helicopter crashed right in the middle of Hamilton E. Holmes Road near the intersection with MLK and missed all the traffic and missed all the nearby businesses and the apartments and the MARTA rail line just down the street.
No one on the ground was injured.
The Chief's focus, now -- supporting the families of Officer Halford and Officer Smiley and his grieving department.
( Chief George Turner / Atlanta Police Dept)
We just solicit the prayers of the citizens of our city for the officers that are presently with us, and the families of the two lost officers.
Officers in Georgia are searching for at least one gunman who wounded 7 last night at a Savannah fair.
Savannah-Chatham County police spokesman... Julian Miller... said noone was killed in the shooting at the Coastal Empire Fair... But seven people ranging in age from 14 to 36 were taken to area hospitals with gunshot wounds.
The gunman was described as wearing a dark jumpsuit... But Miller says it's possible there was more than one shooter.
There are just 48 hours left until election day, and the candidates are pressing their case in the frequently visited swing states in the final frantic hours of campaign 2012.
Cristina Mutchler reports.
IT'S DOWN TO THE WIRE IN A CLOSE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
PRESIDENT OBAMA AND G-O-P PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY ARE FOCUSING ON THE CRUCIAL BATTLEGROUND STATES IN THEIR LAST WEEKEND BEFORE ELECTION DAY.
IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, OBAMA HONED IN ON HIS OPPONENT'S ECONOMIC PLAN.
President Clinton's economic plan asked the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more so we can reduce our deficit and invest in the skills and ideas of our people. And at the time, the Republican congress had a certain Senate candidate by the name of Mitt Romney, said Bill Clinton's plan would hurt the economy and kill jobs. Sounds familiar doesn't it. Turns out his math was as bad back then as it is now.
AND DURING A STOP IN IOWA, ROMNEY SHOT BACK.
Throughout the campaign using every argument he can think of, president obama has tried to convince you that the last four years have been a success (laughter) and so his plan for the next four years is to take all the ideas from the first term - the stimulus, the borrowing, obamacare and all the rest and do them over again. he calls that plan forward, i call it forewarned.
THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL RUNNINGMATES ALSO HIT THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL HARD SUNDAY.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN SPENT THE DAY IN OHIO -- WHILE PAUL RYAN MADE A THREE-STATE SWING THROUGH OHIO, MINNESOTA AND COLORADO.
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT CONVINCING UNDECIDED VOTERS AT THIS POINT, BUT TO MAKE SURE ALL OF THEIR SUPPORTERS GO TO THE POLLS.
More than 27 million Americans have already voted in 34 states and Washington, D.C. where early voting is allowed.
Now if you've followed the campaign at all in the last few weeks... You know just how close the vote could be.
So much so, that some analysts actually say there's a chance the President and Mitt Romney could *tie
There are a couple of scenarios that could cause that to happen.
If President Obama takes Colorado... Wisconsin... Pennsylvania... And Virginia.... A total of 52 electoral votes...
And Mitt Romney takes New Hampshire... Iowa... Ohio... Florida... North Carolina and Nevada... A total of 78 electoral votes... The two could theoretically tie!
Another possible way a tie could happen is
If Obama wins Colorado... Nevada... Virginia and New Hampshire... which totals to 32 votes
And Romney takes Florida... Ohio... Iowa and Wisconsin.. Which is 63 electorates...
Ultimately the winner needs 270 electoral votes to claim the oval office.
According to CNN... Each state we just listed is considered a swing state.
Some more than others... But each pivotal for the election on November 6.
CNN also reports that if the country sees an electoral college tie... The House of Representatives could elect the next president even if that candidate lost the popular vote.
As you know the time changed this morning... And with that Macon-Bibb Firefighters ask you to change the batteries in your smoke detector.
Lieutenant Demetrius Ellison... Sat down with our Suzanne Lawler during weekend mornin.
"we ask you once you get them installed to test them at least once a month change the batteries two times a year, especially when the time changes when it's chirping like a little bird that means you need to change the batteries immediately."
Lieutenant Ellison says they'll even come out and install a smoke detector for you all you have to do is call 478-751-9180 and schedule an appointment.
If you've been to the gas station lately, you are probably a little happier than you were over the summer.
The national average price for regular gas is down to three-dollars 55 cents a gallon.
That's down 21 cents since late October.
It was a combination of Superstorm Sandy cutting into demand and crude oil prices declining.
Drivers in Memphis, Tennessee have the cheapest gasoline in the country and San Francisco residents... the highest.
Survey publisher, Trilby Lundberg says this is the sharpest drop since 2008 and predicts prices will drop another 10 to 20 cents over the next few weeks.
The first annual Chip'n Away at Heart Disease Cardiac Car Show was an all day event in Warner Robins.
The parking lot of the Houston Mall was the stage for proud owners to showcase their cars...trucks...and bikes. Judy Le has more.
Out of about 60 cars....one truck comes alive. But these classics usually lay dormant as part of the first annual Chip'n Away at Heart Disease Cardiac Car Show.
"All car shows we go to helps support causes but coach Malone is a really inspirational friend"
Organizer Chip Malone supports a cause that's very close to his newly mended heart. Malone received a heart transplant two years ago on November 3rd.
Mallone- "Got my chest cracked twice, 58 procedures. God has really blessed me"
According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
"And what we're trying to do, we're trying to give back to the community to bring awareness to the community about heart disease"
The showcase brought out supporters and car fanatics who seem to speak their own language.
Mike Walker of Warner Robins says "360 small block crysler and it's punched out with a 408 stroker motor with 11.5 to 1 pistons roller walker."
Lynne Watts-"It's a little hot rod. It's got a 502 motor that just says go granny."
Every candy colored car submitted into the car show will benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
According to the CDC...coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease.
November 4th is National Nontraditional Student Week and Macon State College is celebrating all week.
Nontraditional students are defined as those who do not enter college immediately after high school,...attend college part-time...and raise their own families.
Macon State College started the week off with a tailgate party at Ed Defore Sports Complex to cheer on the Macon State football club as they take on O-C Tech.
Loleta Sartin (assist prof macon state college) "nontraditional students can come out with their spouses with their spouses, children, by themselves and really socialize with other adult learners at Macon State."
Paula Lipko (student) "I do feel different. Sometimes I feel excluded. When I first came back there was a group in the cafeteria and we called ourselves misfits. We were a conglomeration of just everybody and they really did include me."
For a full list of activities...visit our webstory at 13-wmaz-dot-com.
At 15 years-old she can't legally drive.
But ambition... not a driver's permit is what pushes one Arizona girl to get behind the wheel of a monster truck.
Rosalee Ramer was at the Arizona State Fair this weekend showing off her skills.
Rosalee says before getting behind the wheel... she gets mentally prepared by clearing her mind...
<I am in my own world. I don't see anything, I'm just driving. It's me and my truck and I don't pay attention to anything. >
Rosalee is saving her money from monster truck gigs to pay for college.
She says she wants to be an engineer and study at Stanford.
Check out this floor.
A woman in Garfield, Pennsylvania used about 250-thousand pennies to create it.
Mel Angst owns a tattoo gallery and coffee shop and says it was cheaper to glue the money down than buy tile.
She picked up the pennies at a local bank, and traded tattoos for manpower.
Angst says it took about 300 hours over three weeks to penny-tile her floor, which is a total of 800 square feet.
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