Eyewitness News at 6, 3-20-13

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Hello, everyone.

And thanks for joining us.

I'm Frank Malloy.

And I'm Leah Johnson...

We begin with coverage tonight of the Pinkest Party on Earth.

That's where Ben Jones is taking a walk on the wild side... Up close... But not TOO close... with some Bengal tigers.

Due to a cold forecast expected for Friday... Here's a look at some events that will move indoors.


The Third Street Park Founder's Day Event, always attracts a crowd eager for a taste of that free ice cream.

So people can enjoy it...without being too cold themselves... It'll be held at terminal station from 11:30 until 1:30 p.m.

And the Jazz concert on Coleman Hill...moving inside at Cox Capitol Theater Friday night from 6 until 8 p.m.

You can still bring a picnic...cash bar still available.

Thanks Ben. We'll talk to you again a little later in this newscast.

Tonight.... Someone holding the distinction of being knighted... graces the stage in Macon.

It's not a British royal...

It's Sir Elton John himself... Taking the Macon Centreplex by storm tonight at 8 p.m.

13WMAZ has access...and we'll be able to sit in on a couple of songs.

So in our 13WMAZ web poll today...

We asked for your favorite Elton John song?

< ad lib >

Most of you... 38 percent...said 'candle in the Wind'.

8 percent...'Tiny Dancer'.

7 percent replied... 'your song'.

20 percent.. 'Benny and the Jets'.

And for 27 percent of you... It's something else we didn't list.

Still time to vote... Visit 13WMAZ.com.

Look for the question on the right side of the homepage.

In other news this evening... A Macon teen who police said was responsible for two shootings within days of each other in 2011... pleaded guilty today to one count of aggravated assault.

But we've also learned... there was a murder charge on one of those shootings... and that's now been dismissed.

According to the Bibb County District Attorney's office,

18-year-old Robreon Lee got sentenced to 15 years.... and has to serve five of those in prison under gang conditions.

Lee pleaded guilty to the first shooting incident... which happened at a bus stop on Virginia Drive on August 24th... 2011... where two Westside High school students were shot.

Lee was also charged with murder for a shooting at a birthday party... that killed Arquentris Fountain that happened three days later.

That charge was dropped by the D-A's office because victims and witnesses weren't fully cooperative.

Sandra Matson from that office also says another reason charges were dismissed was because Lee pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the first shooting.

The man at the center of another shooting case has pleaded not guilty.

73-year old Frank Reeves..accused of shooting a Jones County woman to death at an East Macon gas station... Faces a felony murder charge.

Reeves was arraigned in front of Judge Howard Simms.

Veronica Brinson...his attorney waived a formal reading of the charges...saying that her client will plead not guilty to the charges against him..which include felony murder.

Brinson says she feels the evidence they will present at trial...will show he's not guilty.

<Veronica Brinson: Anybody who goes through a process like this would be of course anxious um ready to see some type of conclusion. He appears to be ready to go through the process. >

Reeves was released from jail Tuesday afternoon.

The 73-year-old had to go back over the weekend ... because his ankle monitor was not installed before he was released from jail on an 100-thousand dollar bond.

An eco-friendly building in Fort Valley was put together today in a matter of hours.

If that's not unusual enough... Judy Le shows us some green features that make it even more unique.

<will stanford, architect btbb - they truck it up here in 8 trucks and then they put it altogether with this crane. It's pretty amazing>

This is a modular building..which means it was built by assembly line and then brought to this location to piece together

<Jamie Ford, affinity building systems - it'll have four base modules for the office and four base modules for the roof. It will take approximately 30 days to complete and have it ready for occupancy>

The 25-hundred square foot space will house Super-Sod...a company that produces turf grass. It's a green structure that collects rain water for reuse.

<ben copeland, super sod - we'll have basically a display garden to show you all the water savings features you can have in a garden to show that you can really save water>

The butterfly roof filters the water into two systems...one underground..the other on the side of the building.

<ben copeland, super sod - we live in an area that's very blessed with rainfall, compared to many areas of the country, and all we have to do is figure out how to capture it and reuse it>

There's also the foam insulation and special windows that make up this eco-friendly building.

<this is the first time i've seen a structure of this type built in the middle georgia area that has

It costs 350-thousand dollars and about 6 months to complete.

Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news

After piecing the structure together, it will take about a month to fill the office space.

Still ahead tonight on eyewitness news at six... Handling the unexpected... Is what they expect.

inside emergency management...to find out how they spring into action...when weather like Monday night's storms come crashing into their area.

Recent renovations and equipment updates at the Macon-Bibb Emergency Management Agency were put into use this week during severe weather.

But as EMA Director Don Druitt tells Randall Savage.. His office is better equipped to handle other serious issues such as hostage situations and school shootings.

Emergency Management Director Donald Druitt says new equipment would allow the EMA director.. Police chief and officers at the scene of a hostage situation to all have visuals on their computer screens and make adjustments as needed with the click on the screen.

< Donald Druitt, EMA Director: The police chief can have this portrayed in his office on a big screen. We can have this up in the EOC just like I'm showing you here >

And Druitt says power outages won't hamper his operations.

< Donald Druitt, EMA Director: If I lost connectivity to the county or the state, my telephones would still operate and my computers because they're all internet based. >

And in times of severe weather like Monday night.. Druitt has radio operators keeping in contact with other areas.

< Donald Druitt, EMA Director: We had about four people sitting in here, volunteers manning the radios. Now, they're primarily talking to amateur radio operators throughout the state. There are spotters out there who are trained to spot tornadoes and severe weather.>

Despite the new equipment and operating techniques.. Druitt keeps in touch with the past by hanging on to the letter that created the agency more than forty years ago.

That letter was signed by a man who would later become president, former Gov. Jimmy Carter.

Randall Savage.. 13 WMAZ.. Eyewitness News.

In the renovated facility.. Druitt also has equipment and facilities for department heads and experts in various fields such as police and fire.

He also has working space for top administrative officials such as the mayor and county commission chairman.

A common cancer drug used for certain eye problems is being recalled because of reported eye infections.

According to the Food and Drug administration... A compounding pharmacy is recalling syringes of Avastin.

Georgia-based clinical specialties received five reports of eye infections from doctors using it to treat macular degeneration, a fairly common eye disorder.

The Avastin was distributed in Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Indiana in December.

You should contact your doctor... if you have any questions.

Outstanding character... proven leadership... and service to others landed a big title for one Rutland High School student.

Tyler Ragin won Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club state competition.

The competition called for several activities... like public speaking and writing essays.

In one essay... Ragin had to explain what the Boys and Girls Club means to her... and the role that character plays in today's youth.

Ragin is a honor student juggling her time between running track... being a role model for her younger siblings... and participating in the Boys and Girls Club.

She says the win was unexpected... but proof that hard work pays off.


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