Hello, everyone, and thanks for joining us tonight.
I'm Frank Malloy.
First tonight... Danny Glover... A rising figure in the local Democratic Party and candidate for the District 3 seat in the new consolidated government.. is talking about his January arrest on a misdemeanor marijuana charge.
We contacted the candidate...after obtaining a copy of the Jones County incident report on his arrest.
This afternoon....he spoke to 13 WMAZ's Randall Savage...about that case and his political future.
<RS: in light of the arrest and the pending marijuana charge against you, do you plan to remain a candidate for that seat?
DG: for me to back out of this race, for me to stop where I am right now, to just give up, and for me to just tuck my tail between my legs and run, that's not indicative of the personality and the character I've built since I've been here. So, no I will not drop out of this race.
RS: according to the jones county incident report, the deputy found a marijuana grinder, multiple bags with residue under the seat, the grinder had a green, leafy residue, in the center console had a smoke blunt with green leafy substance, and according to the report, you took responsibility for it. Did you in fact have all those items in your car?
DG: As of that night, I did have those items in my car. When the officer asked me 'can i search your car? Would i find anything in shape form or fashion that i should know about ahead of time?' i agreed to that search, i consented to that search, because i had no idea that stuff was in my car.
RS: how did you not know that?
DG: i let people borrow my car a lot of times, and that may be a mistake on my part, and that may be something i learn moving forward but i let friends borrow my car, i let family members borrow my car and whwn that officer asked to search my car, i did not know those items ere in my car.
RS: those thibngs sound like the type of stuff a drug dealer would have, do you now or have you ever dealt qith drugs?
DG: i have not dealt drugs, and as a 25 year old i have tried marijuana, but does that define who i am as a person, absolutely not.
RS: how do you think this will impact your future as an up and coming member of the new guard?
DG: i think adds to why it's important for me to stay in this particular political space. Not only do i have practical information, practical knowledge, and practical experiences, as to how to deal with our youth who are facin stuff of this nature and even worse, i can actually talk to them, i can actually be a person that can say 'hey, you have everything going for you in your life, when everything is going right, you're making the right decisions, one wrong decision can bring you down to zero and ruin everything that you stood for.>
Glover faces Councilwoman Elaine Lucas in the District 3 commission race.
He says he blames her for spreading the information about his arrest.
Lucas says she did not give the story to news reporters.... And questioned why someone facing a drug charge would blame someone else.
Jones County Sheriff Butch Reese told 13WMAZ... Lucas requested a copy of the arrest report... two weeks ago.
The movie '42' is now showing...bringing glimpses of Macon to audiences nationwide.
If you were with us for Eyewitness News at Six...then you saw Ben and I live from historic Luther Williams Field.
It's prominently featured in the biopic about legendary ballplayer Jackie Robinson.
But that's just one of the places where film crews set up when they landed in Central Georgia last June.
13WMAZ's Austin Lewis takes us to a few more.
Macon landmarks...got a touch of the Hollywood magic that took our city back to a different time..and place..when the Brooklyn Dodgers were the baseball team to watch.
Downtown's Second Street looked like 1940s Brooklyn less than a year ago...
Now the sheen of the Hollywood make-over has worn off...and the hustle and bustle from movie crews disappeared.
But the memories of Macon's time in the spotlight have not.
<Ashfaq Siddiqui: it looks like a complete you know different store, it looks like a medical store, they even changed the name of my store. >
The QuickMart changed into a 1940s pharmacy outside...
As well as the inside.
Ashfaq Siddiqui...says cameras captured a Jackie Robinson scene in his store.
< Ashfaq Siddiqui: He's walking in my store and they turn my store into the medical store or pharmacy you know and then he grab some pepto bismol bottle you know and he just pay and walk out. >
But across the Street.. Anderson Jewelry...almost made it's big screen debut.
<Montana Rayson: They were going to run underneath the awning and do a big scene underneath here. >
But the cameras never rolled on the jewelry store...
<Montana Rayson: Someone doing a scene running from out of the rain underneath the onning but unfortunately due to them running behind schedule they weren't able to do that. >
But other central Georgia spots...may share some screen time with the 42 stars. Crews spent time on Upper River Road in Jones County at a gas station...and today that classic look still remains.
But some Macon shops say...there are no small parts in show business.
<Bob Berg: Man, it's just, it's exciting, it's gonna be a huge movie, a very exciting movie just to be a part of it is incredible. >
Nor small locations.
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
'42''s first public showing was last night.
Extras who showed up hoping to catch themselves in a scene or two...also said they recognized a lot of spots close to Central Georgians hearts.
Our next story's of a less likely star...whose face has become pretty well known around Central Georgia over the past few days.
The animal shelter calls him Princeton...and he's a special dog with special needs...who somehow got separated from his family.
But after some digging, 13WMAZ reporter Tom George and web producer Jacqueline Harnevious were able to track down the owner ... And as they found out, there's more to this canine's story than meets the eye.
For the past few days...he's been called Princeton....
On Wednesday, the chihuahua was wheeling around Macon... when he was picked up by Animal Control ....
And as word spread... more than 8,000 people shared this photo online, hoping to find his owner...
Regenia Brabham of Critical Care for Animal Angels has been looking after him...and gave him the name.
< He needed a safe place to hang out while they look for the owners, so I got him and we brought him in to the vet and we got him all checked out.>
<well for the time being, Princeton's wheeling days are over, that's because the wheelchair they found him in wasn't the right fit for him, they're trying to get that fixed .. But in the meantime, he's more than happy to scoot around on two feet. >
To fix it, Brabham's gotten donations for an extreme makeover -- dog cart edition.
< And we're getting new straps put in because they're really filthy and smelly, so he needs clean wheels, so we're getting new pads made for it...>
But there was still one big question -- who owned Princeton? So, we went back to the neighborhood where he was found near Daffodil Street ... And soon...it was mystery solved...
< So this is definitely the dog ... Yes, that's the dog>
But Quinton Carswell doesn't call him Princeton...
< Well his name was Chico.>
Chico walked on all fours when they took him in a month ago.
He was injured somehow...Carswell wasn't sure how....and he and his mom gave the dog a wheelchair before he went missing a week ago.
< He just kept running, I guess he got hit by a car, and my mamma tried to take care of him and he wouldn't stay in the yard, so I guess the dog catcher got him.>
He's missed Chico....but says the family can't afford to care for him any longer.
He would rather see Chico adopted.
<as long as we know he's taken of, we'll be alright with that.>
Bibb Animal Welfare Director Sarah Tenon says the story...can have a happy ending.
< We do hope that that happens and that way we can go ahead and get Chico well on his way to his new home. >
And they're looking for a heart big enough to love...
< He's going to require a lot of care, but he will pay it back a hundred fold.>
That was Tom George reporting ... Brabham says if all goes well, he'll be up for adoption this Sunday at Pet Smart in Macon ... You can contact her group, Critical Care for Animal Angels for more information.
We also have a link for you in our webstory...at 13wmaz-dot-com.
On Sunday...Soap box cars will take over Magnolia Street for the Magnolia Street Soap box Derby Race.
Teams will put the petal to the metal so to speak to race for top spots and the crowd favorite.
Austin Lewis went for a ride with one of those teams...the Middle Georgia Demons...and they say they've got the right stuff for the big race.
are the parting words from driver Wanda Sykes to racers...who want to hit the track...with Lucy-fer...that rides...
<Wanda Stokes, Macon, Pelvis Breastly: like a beast, it's fast you know it's heavy and as soon as they let me go it's like riding a raging bull to the bottom of the hill. >
<Amber Whitley, Macon, Ctrl-Alt-Defeat: Lucy is fierce she is fast she is furious and she is here to stay. >
But before she became...a pink and black demon...Lucy was just a shell of a soapbox car....
<Amber Whitley, Macon, Ctrl-Alt-Defeat: We took an 100-year-old wine rack from a Spanish mission in California and drew up the plans for it, we took out the individual racks and we turned on its side and used it as our frame from the car. >
The all-girl team welded...and put together their wheels for Sunday's race.
<Amber Whitley, Macon, Ctrl-Alt-Defeat: We basically built this out of nothing, we don't have a lot of funds behind this so we raised the money ourselves and we pieced it together>
So they know...how every inch of this car works...from the brakes...
To the steering
that the team says will maximize...Lucy's speed down a hill.
< we pieced it together to see it roll down the hill and work like we wanted it to is like the greatest thing in the world. >
Last year....the Middle Georgia Demons competed...and didn't win...but this year...they hope to place
<Wanda Stokes, Macon, Pelvis Breastly: I would love for us to win if we just win crowd favorite it would make us happy>
And it would mean all the more because Lucy started with steel and hard work...
And became a force
<Wanda Stokes, Macon, Pelvis Breastly: She is just fierce she is a beast >
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
To see if Lucy-fer crosses the finish line first...check it all out on Sunday starting at noon.
Snow for spring break?
Just about everyone in eastern south dakota is digging out from a spring snow storm.
Folks there have been stomping through nearly a foot of fresh powder.
Despite the wintry weather, the kids appeared to enjoy themselves.
Courtney's here now for sports.
That's right, but before we get to all the good stuff.... here's a story that combines the love of baseball with the love of beer.
This is the Houston Astros --Seattle Mariners game.
Watch this foul ball.
Up in the air... and right in the beer.
And the guy... Just keeps on sipping.
So, a banana and a lobster walk into a building.
This isn't the beginning of a cheesy joke... police say it's part of a heist.