Eyewitness News at 6: February 9, 2013

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Thank you for joining us for Eyewitness News at Six.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

A Forsyth company is offering their 125-dollar home cleaning services for free.
Judy Le tells you why they say they're cleaning for a reason. Tonya Gentle's passion has turned into a business and now she has a bigger reason to clean homes.
Tonya Gentle: "Any women going through the treatment and care of cancer, we go in and offer a free cleaning for them."
Six months ago, Gentle teamed up with the non-profit organization Cleaning for a Reason to offer up her professional services. What usually costs $125 is now free for cancer patients living in butts bibb monroe and lamar counties
Tonya Gentle:"It just makes their life easier and it lets them concentrate on their treatment and getting better and beating the cancer."
From changing light bulbs to wiping down windows. Tonya Gentle: "I'll strip down the sheets, i'll make the beds for them. I'll clean their kitchens for them, vacuum."
To apply, all you have to do is visit gleam cleaning pros dot com, click free house cleaning, fill out the form and send in a doctor's note.
This is a way for Gentle to help women fight cancer. It's a cause that hits close to home.
"Both my grandmothers died of cancer, one with stomach cancer and one with pancreatic. My father died of cancer when I was 12."
Offering patients a clean home is Gentle's way of offering a temporary relief.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news.

There's a big celebration going on at Georgia College.
Hundreds of people put on their best dancing shoes for the Miracle Dance Marathon.
The event will benefit the Children's Hospital in Macon.
Organizers say this year's dance marathon broke a record with nearly 500 participants.
The dancers are organized into groups.
Each group represents a patient at the hospital.
The marathon's theme... "Standing for Kids Who Can't"... will keep participants on their feet for 12 hours...
At the end, everyone will perform a morale dance for the patients and their families.
Vanessa Whited, Georgia College Miracle: "Our standing for twelve hours is nothing compared to what they've gone through. But when we're all together doing it, it's just a little something we can show back for them."
Rebecca White, Barnesville: "Tons of people dancing. It's a lot of fun. It takes a lot of energy, but it's for a great cause."
The dance marathon will last until midnight but everyone can still make donations at www dot help make miracles dot org.

For 17 years, Baskets of Joy has provided Easter baskets to hundreds of kids in children's homes throughout Central Georgia.
But this year, they're looking for more help to put the baskets together.
Katie Jones says her non-profit organization is close to her heart because she grew up in a children's home and never had Easter Baskets.
But this year, she's not only trying to put together more baskets...
She's also battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma and getting radiation treatment five days a week.
But Jones says despite her health, she wants to make sure to give Central Georgian kids easter baskets.
Katie Jones: "It motivates me and I love my kids you know I don't know them I wish I had a house that was big enough for all of them because they would be with me but I want to make their Easter a little more special."
Jones says she needs supplies like toys, chocolates and books for the baskets.
For more information on how you can help... go to our website 13wmaz dot com and look for this webstory.

Five people died, including a one year old child after a head-on collision last night in Troup County.
That's West of Macon near LaGrange.
Police say a car passed a vehicle in a no passing zone and the impact killed both drivers and three passengers.
Two teenage passengers were air-lifted to hospitals in Atlanta and Columbus.
The Georgia State Patrol believe alcohol may have contributed to the crash.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation suspect foul play in the disappearance of a 33-year old Northeast Georgia Woman.
The Athens Banner Herald reports, Bonny Cooner was last seen by her boyfriend and her son almost two weeks ago in Franklin County, that's just northeast of Athens.
The G-B-I said Friday, quote significant forensic evidence, end quote is being tested at the Atlanta crime lab.
Authorities say Cooner vanished without taking her car or other belongings and Investigators have used dogs to search woods around her house but have not found her.

 

The nor'easter that dumped a record amount of snow in some parts of the northeast is now moving out to sea.
Now, millions of people are digging out from several feet of snow.
Marlie Hall is in Hartford, Connecticut with the latest.
People from New York, straight up through New England are digging out after a nor'easter dropped more than three feet of snow in some areas.
Loretta Cox: "A LOT OF CLEANUP, WE'VE GOT A SNOW BLOWER. MY HUSBAND IS SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANING OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES AND WE ARE FINISHING UP HERE."
Highways turned into parking lots overnight.
Emergency crews moved in to rescue dozens of people forced to spend the night in their cars on New York's Long Island.
In Connecticut, workers tried to keep the sidewalks outside their businesses clear.
Connecticut's Governor is asking people to stay off the roads today so plows can clear the streets. Many people would have trouble even getting to their cars - here in Hartford vehicles are buried under the snow.
It's a similar scene in Massachusetts.
Streets in Worcester are filled with people digging out their cars.
In Boston, some residents chose to run or walk before the Governor lifted a ban on driving.
And, along the Massachusetts coast some people had to leave their homes because of flooding.
As the storm moves further out to sea - power crews are working to get electricity back to about 650-thousand customers, while others are just enjoying this big blast of winter.
Officials say this storm caused at least four deaths in the United States.

 

Police say one man is dead and his alleged killer charged in the slaying after an argument in a Tyler Texas mall spilled into the parking lot.
Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said 23-year-old Chris Mass of Tyler died Saturday morning outside the Broadway Square Mall.
Martin says a 25-year-old from Henderson, Ricky Neal Jr., was arrested at the scene and has been charged with first-degree murder.
Mass died, Martin said, after going to the parking lot with two other men who had argued with Neal inside the mall.
He said preliminary investigation shows that Mass died at the scene from two gunshot wounds to his chest and neck
The mall remained open after the shooting.

The ground search continues at a popular California resort area for an ex L-A-P-D officer wanted for three murders.
Police are searching for the man who posted a manifesto promising revenge against police officers who he believes got him fired... as well as their families.
Edward Lawrence has more.
A FAMILIAR SIGHT FOR RESIDENTS OF BIG BEAR LAKE 90 MILES EAST OF LOS ANGELES.
SWAT TEAM MEMBERS ARE GOING DOOR TO DOOR SEARCHING HOMES IN A WOODED AREA NOW BLANKETED BY SNOW AND EVEN A POPULAR SKI AREA...LOOKING FOR EX LAPD OFFICER AND NAVAL RESERVIST CHRISTOPHER DORNER.
JUSTIN HARDY/SKIER: "I THINK HE'S LONG GONE...HE NOT STICKING AROUND..HE'S LONG GONE"
POLICE FOUND DORNER'S BURNING PICK UP TRUCK NEAR THE BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT ON FRIDAY. THEY RECOVERED TWO LONG RANGE RIFLES, A GLOCK HANDGUN AND SOME AMUNITION.
THOSE WHO KNOW DORNER ARE STUNNED.
James Usera/COLLEGE FRIEND: "My experience with Mr. Dorner was overwhelmingly positive. I never saw any indications in him that he was violent or overly aggressive."
Bridge Edward Lawrence: "UNTIL THEY HAVE AN IDEA OF WHERE DORNER IS HIDING...THE LAPD REMAINS ON TACTICAL ALERT AND IS LOOKING FORWARD, PLANNING EXTRA SECURITY FOR THE GRAMMYS."
John Miller/ Sr. CBS Correspondent: "Their problems are very interesting. One problem they have is can they get enough cops to police the Grammys because everyone has been on this."
AS POLICE SPREAD OUT TRYING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND POTENTIAL TARGETS... FORMER LAPD DEPUTY CHIEF AND SENIOR CBS CORRESPONDENT JOHN MILLER SAYS THE MOMENTUM MAY HAVE TURNED.
John Miller: "They believe he has shifted from being the hunter to the hunted now."
BUT NOT A MOMENT OF REST FOR THE LAPD...UNTIL DORNER IS FOUND AND CAPTURED.

They've got spirit... and they showed it at Mercer's lady basketball game today.
Children between the ages of 4 to 13 took to the floor to the hype up the crowd.
Mercer's "Cheerleader for a Day" is a fundraiser for their cheerleading program.
Spirit coordinator, Penny Pitts says, for 30 bucks the kids take part in a clinic.
The clinic includes practice, a t-shirt and pom poms and a chance to perform at a home game.
Pitts says the program has grown over the last four years, allowing the little cheerleaders to perform twice a year.
Penny Pitts, Spirit Coordinator, Mercer University: "They bring out all the parents who may not have come to a game before, which gets them in the arena, but it's always an exciting atmosphere here and the kids just add so much to that."
Today's game marks the little cheerleaders' last performance for the year.
But Organizers say kids can sign up for next year's program.

 

That's it for the show. Join us again later tonight for eyewitness news at eleven.
but remember the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com.

 

 

 

 

 

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