This is Eyewitness News at 11.
Good evening and thanks for joining us for this late edition of eyewitness news at eleven. I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
27 Year old Dandra McKay of Fort Valley is in critical condition at the Medical Center after being shot last night on Anderson Avenue.
Police think 26 year old Brandon Strickland... Of Newnan was involved with the shooting and need your help to find him.
Anyone with information can call the Fort Valley Police Department at 478-825-3384.
A Macon Police Officer got a little more than he bargained for while breaking up a fight on Cherry Street downtown.... Early saturday morning.
The officer was punched in the eye by 23-year old Deja Antonio Grier... And needed six stiches.
Grier was charged with Aggravated Battery on a Police Officer, Aggravated assault, Felony Obstruction and marijuana possession.
A Macon man is in jail and police have charged him with hitting his neighbor with a bat.
Macon police say John Conover hit 46-year-old Alterese Carter in the head with a baseball bat Friday.
She later died at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Judy Le talked to Conover's girlfriend and another neighborhood witness who says it's not what it seems.
When Rosyln Williams ran into the middle of the street, she found herself in the middle of a fight between John Conover and the Carter family.
Rosyln Williams, witness: "Bats were coming up everywhere and I said, hold up it takes all the family for one person?"
Conover's girlfriend...Alicia Wilson...says Carter's children started the deadly brawl on the corner of Mercer St and Atlantic Ave.
Alicia Wilson: "As he walked off, that's when the kids attacked him with bats and sticks."
Williams says Alterese Carter, the children's mother, was also armed with a bat.
Williams: "She was swinging, everyone was swinging at him. She hit him one time and when she hit him, he picked up the bat and swung back."
Wilson: "As he hit her in the arm, that's when she pretended he hit her and she fell back."
Williams: "The little boy ran up and said momma momma, she ain't breathing."
Police say Conover struck Carter in the head with a baseball bat and also hit Carter's husband when he tried to intervene. We called and knocked on the Carter family's home but the Carters were not available to comment.
Williams: "He was defending himself because if bats coming at me, I know how I'd feel."
Wilson: "If John hit her in the back of the head, why would he call the cops or ambulance himself."
Carter later died at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Wilson says she hopes for a different outcome for Conover.
"If he loses his life, I don't know what i'm going to do, I really don't know."
Judy Le Eyewitness News.
Macon Police say Conover is charged with Felony Murder in the death his neighbor Alterese Carter for allegedly striking her with a baseball bat.
Defense attorneys for the founders of Angel Food Ministries say the case is totaling millions of pages of documents.
A year ago founders... Joe and Linda Wingo were indicted by a federal grand jury .
The couple is accused of illegally taking money from the charity, which sent discounted groceries to needy families across the U.S., and using the funds to buy jewelry, cars, homes and gambling trips.
The Associated Press reports that a judge has set a Dec. 31 deadline for pretrial motions.
Joe Wingo's attorney, Michael C. Daniel, says Wingo is innocent.
This year there have been a lot of accidents with fans falling from high areas in stadiums.
At the A-C-C championship game in Charlotte last night...
A man fell from the 400 level ramp at Bank of America Stadium.
Police are investigating the incident and trying to determine if the man fell or jumped.
The victim was taken to Carolina's Medical Center Main and he remains in critical condition.
C-M-P-D Homicide Unit Detectives responded to the scene and preliminary investigation indicates that the fall was accidental.
Two hundred and fifty people will be able to breathe easier during the holidays after they receive a little help from The Macon Bibb E.O.C.
Over a hundred people are already lined up outside Saint Paul A.M.E. church hoping to be one of the lucky 250 chosen to get energy assistance when the doors open at 7 tomorrow morning.
The federal funded program helps seniors and low income families dealing with financial hardships receive electricity and heat during the winter months.
When you apply you must have your latest energy bill, a state driver's license or I-D and a social security card or printout for all household members.
If you have questions on who qualifies, you can contact the Macon Bibb E.O.C at 478-738-3240.
If you're not one of 250 in line and you still need energy assistance... they're several more dates they'll be offering help.
Friday December 7, December 14, December 15, December 18, December 19.
Doors open at seven A-M.
A girl from the Atlanta-area was bitten while feeding a dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando.
The girl's father caught the incident on camera.
The family talked with Sophia Choi... and we want to warn you, you may find this video a little unsettling.
A THRILLING TIME FEEDING BOTTLE NOSED DOLPHINS AT SEAWORLD IN ORLANDO.. TURNED FRIGHTENING WITH THIS MOMENT WHEN ONE OF THE MAMMALS BIT 8 YEAR OLD JILLIAN THOMAS ON NOVEMBER 21ST.
IN THIS VIDEO SHOT BY HER FATHER.. YOU CAN SEE THE THREE DIME SIZED PUNCTURE WOUNDS ON JILLIAN'S HAND.
I was thinking it was going to haul me into the water. And this is a little crazy but I thought it was kinda going to eat my hand off.
THE DOLPHIN BIT- AFTER JILLIAN MOVED A PAPER PLATE THAT HELD THE FISH SHE WAS FEEDING THEM.
When I was done I accidentally held it up, the dolphin jumped up and ate the carton and bit my hand.
They told us to make sure the paper plate stays on the wall, but we really didn't know why. And there was no disclaimer.. there were no signs on the wall that says hey the dolphin could bite your hand or there is a level of risk in this attraction.
JILLIAN'S HAND IS NOW PRETTY MUCH HEALED.. BUT THE SCARY EVENT WILL LAST HER LIFETIME.. AND MAYBE LONGER ON YOUTUBE. HER FATHER POSTED THIS VIDEO TO WARN OTHER PARENTS.
We really felt powerless. So we thought we got this video let's make it public and let's try to put some pressure on SeaWorld to make some changes.
JILLIAN'S PARENTS SAY SEAWORLD RESPONDED CLUMSILY.. NOT EVEN SENDING OVER A MANAGER.
They did not tell us to look out for any signs of infection.. they rinsed it out with Bactine.. we had to ask for Bandaids.
SEAWORLD SAYS IT IS TAKING THIS INCIDENT SERIOUSLY AND RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING QUOTE NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT TO US THAN THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR GUESTS, EMPLOYEES AND ANIMALS.
SeaWorld also said that educators and animal care staff are always on-site at this area, monitoring all interactions.
It adds that the park's health services employees quickly responded and treated the girl.
The family said it does not plan to take any legal action, but wants SeaWorld to raise the age limit or warn parents that dolphins can and do bite.
Everyday you trust that things you bring into your home are safe for you and your family... but when those products don't work the way they should.... The company issues a recall to protect you.
Sportspower Limited is recalling their children's waterslides because the warning labels on the slides are inadequate for weight limit and fail to tell consumers never to slide head first... Posing a risk of serious injuries to consumers.
The company has received one report of a man who received a neck injury after sliding down the waterslide head first.
The slides were sold exclusively at Menards from April 20-10 to July of 20-10 for around 300 dollars.
For more information call 1-888-965-0565.
Sportspower limited is also recalling their trampolines... Because the trampoline's metal legs can move out of position and puncture the jumping area... Posing a risk of injury.
The company is aware of one incident where a trampoline leg punctured through the jumping surface but no injuries were reported.
The trampolines were sold exclusively at Sports Authority stores from April 2007 to May of 20-12 for around 500 dollars.
For more information call 1-888-965-0565.
The Step 2 Company is recalling their children's riding toy because children who lean too far forward on the seat can go over the handle bar and hit the ground.
The company has received four incident reports... Including on resulting in a minor concussion.
The riding toys were sold at target from January 20-12 through August 20-12 for around twenty-five dollars.
For more information call 1-866-860-1887.
That's it for this week's recall wrap for more information on recalled products visit our website... 13WMAZ dot com... Look for the Features drop down menu on our homepage and select Recalls.
There's less than a month to go until the U-S could face massive spending cuts and tax increases, also known as the "fiscal cliff".
So far, lawmakers and President Obama haven't reached a deal... and they seem to be very far apart.
Emily Schmidt has more on where things stand.
IT'S BEEN SIXTEEN DAYS SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS MET TO TALK ABOUT HOW TO AVOID THE FISCAL CLIFF--THE AUTOMATIC SPENDING CUTS AND TAX INCREASES THAT BEGIN TO KICK IN IF THERE'S NO AGREEMENT BY JANUARY FIRST. SIXTEEN DAYS TO GET HERE:
"I think we're far apart still, but I think we're moving closer together."
"I would say we're nowhere. Period. We're nowhere."
THURSDAY, TREASURY SECRETARY TIM GEITHNER PROPOSED PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN THAT INCLUDED 1-POINT-SIX TRILLION DOLLARS IN TAX REVENUE, COMING LARGELY FROM AN EXPIRATION OF BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS FOR FAMILIES WHO MAKE MORE THAN $250 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR. GEITHNER SAYS THAT'S A MUST.
"There's not going to be an agreement without rates going up."
THE ADMINISTRATIONS' PLAN ALSO INCLUDED 50 BILLION DOLLARS IN NEW STIMULUS SPENDING. BOEHNER SAYS THE ENTIRE PROPOSAL REPRESENTED THREE WEEKS OF WASTED TIME.
"I was flabbergasted. I looked at him and I said, 'You can't be serious."
THE HOUSE SPEAKER SAYS REPUBLICANS HAVE PUT INCREASED REVENUES INCLUDING EFFORTS TO CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES AND REFORM THE TAX CODE ON THE TABLE, INSTEAD OF RAISING TAX RATES FOR ANYONE.
"The fact is, if there's another way to get revenue from upper income Americans that doesn't hurt our economy, then why wouldn't we consider it?"
THOSE ARE PUBLICLY UNCHANGED POSITIONS ... WITH A DEADLINE THAT'S SET, TOO. WHETHER POLITICAL THEATER, OR POLITICAL REALITY, THERE'S MORE MENTION GOING OVER THE FISCAL CLIFF COULD GO BEYOND HYPOTHETICAL.
"There's clearly a chance."
"I think we're going over the cliff. It's pretty clear to me they've made a political calculation.. "
"If they are going to force higher rates on virtually all Americans because they're unwilling to let tax rates go up on 2 percent of Americans, then, that's the choice they're going to have to make.
The non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates middle-class families would pay about two-thousand-dollars a year more in taxes, if no deal is reached to keep taxes the same rate.
Here's a story to get you into the holiday spirit.
This holiday season, one Arizona man is lending Santa a helping hand.
Here you can see toy planes, trains and cars, all built by retired Air Force veteran Sammy Eggerman
Over the past 10 months, he's built nearly 160 similar wooden toys in his garage.
His wood supply is free from the University of Arizona, where he works as a lab assistant in the School of Architecture.
This year, Eggerman and his wife say they plan to donate to the Toys for Tots charity.
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