Eyewitness News at Six, 2-18-13

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   Next on Eyewitness News at Six...
     New information about the man killed in a police involved shooting in December.
     Plus... Former candidate... and Democratic activist Danny Glover has future aspirations.
     Find out what seat he's aiming for next.
    Eyewitness News at Six... is straight ahead.

     Hello everyone.  Thank you for joining us.
     I'm Frank Malloy.
     And I'm Leah Johnson.
     This is Eyewitness News at Six.
     Our top story tonight... We have new information on the background of Sammie Davis Junior...the man fatally shot by a Macon police officer late last year.
    It happened outside the a grocery store on Pio Nono Avenue.
    Many people in Macon are still waiting for the results of the GBI investigation into the shooting.
     But a police report says it was not the first time Davis was involved in a confrontation at that store.
     Candace Adorka joins us live  to explain.
     Macon police records show Davis was involved in another incident at Kroger in July 2010.
     According to the report, kroger employees called police after customers complained Davis was -- quote-- "acting strange" in the parking lot.
     Before police arrived, employees tried to restrain Davis and a store manager received minor injuries.
     Davis was taken to a hospital for observation after police were told he was off his medication for schizophrenia.
     The report does not indicate he was charged with any crime.
     Davis was shot to death by Officer Clayton Sutton on December 21 outside the same Kroger after the two men reportedly struggled.
     Macon police have not described why Sutton was called to the store... or why the two men fought.
     Some people in Macon have spoken out demanding Justice for the man that friends and family called Junebug. Protestors confronted Mayor Robert Reichert about the shooting January 31st.
     Officer Sutton remains on administrative leave while the GBI completes its investigation.
     Macon police officials say that's standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting.
     Thank you, Candace.    
     You can read more on that report on 13WMAZ-dot-com.

 This morning on 13WMAZ...Macon Mayor Robert Reichert sat down with Kenny Burgamy.
 He answered questions about why the investigation...into the shooting of Sammie Davis Jr...has passed the 7 week mark.

<mayor: When you bring the GBI in, it prolongs the investigation. David Cooke tells me that they are waiting now for the forensic test results to come in.  And they want to present him with the complete file.  No parts outstanding.  So we have reason to believe that the GBI will turn the report over to David Cooke in the near future. Exactly whether that's this week or next week...we don't know...but in the near future."  >
     Mayor Reichert said...if the GBI were to find no criminal wrongdoing... The investigation would be handed back off to the Macon Police's Internal Affairs department for follow-up... To find out if there were any problems from the administrative angle.
     During that same conversation, Kenny also asked if the Mayor sees a place for himself in a consolidated Macon and Bibb County government.
<kenny: Are you prepared to announce your campaign to be Mayor of the consolidated government?
Reichert: We are not prepared to announce it, but we are favorably inclined to do so... But we are talking about several people about it.  First among them my wife, and trying to get the go ahead. But there's a lot to be done here in our community, and I think I have a role to play.>

     You can see the rest of that interview...at 13WMAZ-dot-com....and on MAZ mobile on your smartphone or tablet.

     25-year-old Danny Glover says he wants to take on the District Three commissioner's spot in Macon-Bibb County.
     Glover... No stranger to the political ring... Chaired the Bibb Democratic Party for almost five months last year before resigning.
     During his campaign announcement earlier today... Glover said he wants east Macon... Where he grew up... to lead the way in economic development.
     25-year-old Danny Glover says he wants to take on the District Three commissioner's spot in Macon-Bibb County.
     Glover... No stranger to the political ring... Chaired the Bibb Democratic Party for almost five months last year before resigning.
     During his campaign announcement earlier today... Glover said he wants east Macon... Where he grew up... to lead the way in economic development.
Long-time Macon city council member Elaine Lucas announced last week she will run for the district three seat.

      A civil rights figure... and former Atlanta Mayor spent time in Central Georgia today... To speak at Fort Valley State University's scholarship luncheon.
     Tom George attended the school's Black History Month event... and heard Mayor Andrew Young address the next generation of scholars.
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As Fort Valley University paused to remember Black History Month ... They also looked to the future... Holding their annual scholarship luncheon raising money for students...

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It was also a chance to see Civil Rights pioneer Andrew Young ... Young, who worked with Martin Luther King, and served as Atlanta mayor, U.S. Congressman, and Ambassador to the U.N. Ambassador challenged students to become leaders.

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Despite being a historical figure ... Young drew from his experience at the UN to talk about future global issues ... He said ethnic minorities in countries like China and India could learn a lot from experiences in the South ... And said young people have a role to play

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It was a message that resonated with students.

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In Fort Valley, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

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13WMAZ will be back on campus at Fort Valley State University on Wednesday for our "show on the Road."  Tune in then for Eyewitness News at 5 and 6 live from Peach County.
<People were not stepping up, from getting her the care she needed. Low and behold we have a death. This is a deadly process and it has to be given the priority and the intensity of services that we do to other illnesses.>
     That's Dr. Drew Pinsky... Who treated country music star Mindy McCready.
     The 37 year old died Sunday at her home in Arkansas... Police say of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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     This was.... according to police records...McCready's fourth attempt at suicide after a custody battle... and struggles with substance abuse.
   Psychologists say... Prior suicide attempts are an obvious warning sign for loved ones... but there are other, more subtle symptoms of severe depression that can predispose someone to suicide.    
     Frank... and family therapist Daphne Stephens have more on that.
     Dr. Stevens... With Mindy McCready...she was almost as well known for her personal issues...as she was for her music.
     But a lot of people struggle in silence.
     What are some of the lesser known signs of suicidal tendencies?

     How does a family member approach someone they're worried about?

     Talk about some resources available here in Central Georgia... As we put a couple of hotlines up on the screen.
     It's Presidents Day and for many of you... That means a day off from work or a chance to hit the holiday sales.
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     But the third Monday in February is actually intended to honor our 43 presidents.
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     Lorra Lynch Jones found out what folks here at 13WMAZ know... Or don't know... about our country's highest office.
George Washington became our nation's first president.. Taking the oath of office April 30th, 1789.
American's marked the first President's Day in 1885... So for which president was Presidents Day originally established?
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Kenny: Presidents Day was established for Abraham Lincoln.
David: The National Weather Service calls today Washingtons Birthday instead of Presidents Day, So Id go with the original and say George Washington.>
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That's right. George Washington. It was orginally on his date of birth February 22nd... But moved to the third Monday in February starting in 1971... But why?
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<annette: Did it have something to do with the inauguration?
Katelyn: Can I have a life line?
Michelle: Because it was George Washington and Lincoln's birthday?>
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Well sort of. It combined the celebration of both Lincoln and Washington's February birthdays... But the move was actually part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. It created more three day weekends for the nations workers.
Next question.. How many rooms in the White House?
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Cody: laughs. I don't know that either.
David: More than in my house. I have no idea>
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132 to be exact... With 412 doors and 28 fireplaces.. in case you were wondering.
So... Who's the longest serving president?
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Courtney: It was the one they had to change the rules for. Roosevelt?
Chris: FDR?>
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Yep. Franklin D. Roosevelt with 4 terms. The 22nd Amendment in 1951 limited to two the number of terms one president could serve.
How about the youngest president elected?
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David: George W or Barack Obama. I would say one of those two.
Cody: JFK.
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That's right.. JFK was the youngest elected at 43, although Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest to hold the office at 42. He was sworn in after William McKinley died. Ronald Reagan was the oldest, elected at the age of 69.
     Here's one more... How many terms did George Washington serve?
     Answer: 2 terms from 1789 to 1797.

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