Eyewitness News at 11, 12-26-12

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That's the fiance...of a woman whose brother died Friday...when he was shot at a Macon Kroger store.

While we reviewed new information released by police today.... We also spent time with the family...as they questioned why a uniformed officer used deadly force on the man they called Junebug.


Good evening, everyone.

I'm Frank Malloy.

Leah Johnson has the night off.

Our top story tonight...police have issued an official statement on the confrontation that led to 49-year old Sammie Davis Junior's death.

That news release confirms... There was no warrant for Davis's arrest.

That information conflicts with what investigators initially told 13WMAZ.

The statement also says...Officer Clayton Sutton is still on administrative leave pending the outcome of the department's internal investigation.

That process is now in the hands of the Criminal Investigation Division and the Internal Affairs Unit... And the results will be handed off to the district attorney...

But family members tell us...they want answers too...and they'll take legal measures to get them.

Macon police say one person was wounded...and another is in custody...after a shooting this afternoon.

They say it happened around 3 Pm....on Clover Place. That's near Rocky Creek Road...in south Macon.

Police haven't released the names of the two people involved....or any other details.

We'll update this story when more information becomes available...at 13WMAZ-dot-.com

Thursday - David Cooke will be sworn in as District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit prosecuting crimes and conducting investigations in Bibb, Peach and Crawford counties..

Earlier today, Randall Savage talked with him about what his priorities will be as district attorney.

In addition to neighborhood safety, he commented on addressing concerns with crime in Macon.

<one, I mentioned sex trafficking,and what we need to do to reduce that here in middle georgia, both the human cost, but also just, as we were mentioning earlier, you and I talking, the economic impact, that it has on this area, the conventions that won't come here because of it. The businesses that won't come here because of that. But generally, just crimes in general, How we need to do a better job in prosecuting those crimes that affect our families the most. >

If you missed that interview on Eyewitness News at Six, you can watch it in its entirety at 13WMAZ-dot-com.

Former President George H-W Bush is in intensive care tonight at a Houston hospital.

A spokesman for his office says the 41-st president was admitted to the I-C-U on Sunday after a series of medical setbacks, including a fever.

Bush is said to be in guarded condition and that his doctors are cautiously optimistic.

His spokesman also says the 88-year old is alert and talking with medical staff, and is surrounded by family.

<He is the most relentlessly positive person. He said 'I'm determined not to be grumpy about all this', which is tough for him because he's used to not sitting in one place for too long, he's a man of action he always has been throughout his life. It's difficult but then again he understands he's there for a reason and he appreciates the great care that he's getting at Methodist. >

Bush has been in the hospital for more than a month.

Doctors were initially treating him for bronchitis.

Christmas vacation is over for President Obama...as he left Hawaii tonight in order to return to Washington DC Thursday.

The president is returning to the White House so that he can work on a fiscal cliff deal before the year ends.

Members of the House and Senate are expected to reconvene Thursday.

Without an agreement, automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts will be triggered in the new year.

The main dispute continues to be over taxes.

With all the talk of the fiscal cliff, there's a housing-related tax cut that also needs Congress' attention.

A tax break that has saved struggling homeowners from paying thousands of dollars to the I-R-S is just days away from expiring.

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act was established in 2007 in the middle of the foreclosure crisis.

If Congress does not extend it by the end of the year, homeowners will have to start paying income taxes on the portion of their mortgage that is forgiven in a foreclosure, short sale or principal reduction.

For example, if someone owes 150-thousand dollars on their home and it sells for 100-thousand in a foreclosure auction, they could owe taxes on the remaining 50-thousand dollars.

As the president and congress continue their fiscal cliff stand-off, his approval ratings...and the ones for his cabinet...are mixed.

According to a new C-N-N poll released today, 52-percent of respondents approve of the President's performance.

First Lady Michelle Obama received the highest marks, surpassing her husband with a 73-percent approval rating.

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also popular, with 66-percent approving of her job performance.

And Vice President Joe Biden's numbers were in line with the President.

Fifty-four-percent believe he's handling his job well while 40-percent do not.

You might get coffee...mixed with a dash of politics...as Starbucks publicly takes a stand on the looming Fiscal Cliff.

C-E-O Howard Schultz is asking workers at its 120 D-C-area stores to write "Come Together" on the coffee cups they serve on Thursday and Friday.

He says it's a way to quote: "send our elected officials a respectful but potent message, urging them to come together to find common ground."


In any negotiation, there has to be a degree of compromise, and in this situation. we obviously need incremental revenue and we also need to address entitlements... and I think if people would get in the room and leave their ego behind and not be so skewed towards a party, but be so sensitive to the lens of the American people, we will have an agreement. >

Starbucks notes workers are not required to write the message on cups.

No word...if Georgia stores...including the 2 in Macon...will participate.

Now here's some pretty extreme video we got from Alabama...

as a twister touched down in Mobile.

We're assuming the person who was shooting this video was in the back seat...traveling safely as a passenger...

Still, this may fall in the "do not try this yourself" category.

Nonethess, you can see quite a formation on this storm...

Now that same line eventually passed our way...and though the ingredients for tornadic activity were there... We were spared.

< ad lib toss to Frank >

Thank you, John.

We're getting another sign that the housing market is picking up steam.

The latest reading of the closely followed S&P/Case-Shiller index shows home prices were up more than four percent in October, compared to a year earlier.

That's the biggest percentage gain in more than two years.

And it marks the fifth straight month that the index has been up on a year-over-year basis.

This latest rise comes as the housing market has shown numerous other signs of recovery in recent months.

Low mortgage rates, a drop in foreclosures and lower unemployment are credited with helping prop up home prices.

Today in our 13WMAZ web poll, we asked... Do you expect the economy to be better or worse in 2013?

16 percent of you say better...

63 Percent of you say worse...

And 21 percent of you expect things to stay about the same.

Looking for love?

Make sure you have good credit.

The New York Times interviewed more than 50-daters across the country.. They agreed.. Good credit is a must.

Marriage counselors and dating site executives say they're hearing more fears about credit than ever before.

Website Credit-score-dating-dot-com has even adopted the slogan... "Good Credit Is Sexy."

It's the thought that counts, but sometimes that thought misses the mark.

If you're hitting the mall or trekking to the post office to return a holiday gift this week, listen to this first.

Electronics are really tricky because there are restocking fees associated with electronics. They're popular gifts this time of year. Many retailers will charge you a little portion of the purchase prices, 15 percent, 20 percent, whether you've opened it or not.

Consumer Reports recommends reviewing a retailers' return policy before heading to the mall, and keeping the

following in mind --

-- gift receipts will make your transaction much easier, and some stores won't accept returns without one.

-- not all purchases made online can be returned at a brick-and-mortar store.

-- some gift cards can't be returned, or won't amount to a cash refund.

-- if items were purchased at a store's outlet, they may not be returnable.

and if an item comes with a free or bonus gift, that usually has to be returned too.

It's the day after Christmas, which for places like the United Kingdom and Canada, means it's Boxing day.

Traditionally this holiday was the day that service workers in the Canada would receive gifts from their employers.

According to Time Magazine, this tradition has been a national holiday in England since 18-71.

Back then people celebrated with fox hunts, but ever since the 19-80s, the holiday has turned into a shopping day that resembles Black Friday in the U-S.

Tonight... A handy way to keep up with your news and your weather.

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It's available now in the App store.


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