Eyewitness News at Eleven July 26, 2013

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Three teens arrested and more than 10 thousand dollar worth of property stolen from cars, all without even breaking a window.

Tom George has more on the string on North Bibb car break-ins.

It was almost like going to the store.

Some new summer shades for the fashionista

Some electronics for the gamer...

And everything in between

< What's the most unusual item, that fishing set right there, 500 dollars haha >

Almost like a store...

Except everything here, more than 10 thousand dollars worth is stolen..

All of it was taken from people's cars...

In a string of entires Monday night that led to three teenagers being arrested.

19-year old Blake Davis, 18-year old Camden Jones, and 19-year old Daniel Mermann.

All charged with several counts including entering an auto.

< Now investigators say the three teenagers didn't actually break into anyone's car at all. What they did was go around the neighborhood trying doors, until they found one, they could open.>

And between Craddock Way, Rivoli Downs, and Bradford Drive in north Macon where the teenager live, investigators say there were at least seven sitting targets...

One had checks in it ... That investigators say Mermann later tried to cash.

< They went to check cashing place to cash the check, they called Macon police department and they got the ID, learned the checkbook was stolen from an entering auto.>

That led the investigators to recover everything ... Baseball cars, shoes, golfballs, and all.

But why leave all that in your car? Some neighbors say you'd be surprised.

< You get home from work you're tired, you want to get in and see your family, eat dinner, and in your haste, you leave something in there.>

But not Steve Bloodworth, he says you won't find his car unlocked.

< Always we actually put it in our garage, shut the garage door for the night. >

But for those who didn't, they'll at least get a chance to learn their lesson.

< What do they tell you? Thank you, we never thought we'd see it again.>

As they get to visit this little shop at the Sheriff's office...

To get back their stuff.

Now the Sheriff's Department says it's important to always lock your car and take out any valuables, even at home.

If you have any information on this case, you can call the Sheriff's Department at (478) 746-9441.

In Macon, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

Now the Sheriff's Department says it's important to always lock your car and take out any valuables, even at home.

If you have any information on this case, you can call the Sheriff's Department at (478) 746-9441.

Family and friends gathered to remember a 2-month old baby possibly killed from being shaken.

Dozens gathered outside on Recreation Road in Macon with candles and song in memory of Jayceon Davis.

Early on Sunday, police were called and found the baby unresponsive.

The baby's father, Darrlyn Jones has been charged with his killing, after he told police he'd shaken the child to try and get him to respond..

The mother says she's not sure what to believe of the situation.

Although the focus of the vigil was on Jayceon's memory, some also emphasized the important of speaking up when you see signs of child abuse.

A Houston County teen received life in prison today after she admitted killing her sister.

Carmen Collins...now 18... pleaded guilty in Houston Superior Court to malice murder and first-degree arson.

She shot her 12-year-old sister... India Collins....several times....then set the family's house on fire....on July 3, 2012.

Carmen Collins received a life sentence, with possible parole, on the malice murder charge.

She also received a 20-year sentence on the arson charge...to be served at the same time.

Angela Collins Mom Nat: I can't stand here and tell you that we had the perfect family neither can I tell you that we had one that was filled with issues I will tell you that our lives were changed in a manner that we would have never dreamed of or believe if we were told that it was going to happen. >

District Attorney George Hartwig says they think Carmen was packing to run away when her sister India found out.

Hartwig says they think India threatened to tell their parents...and that's when Carmen shot her.

The DA says Carmen then set the house on fire.

Carmen Collins won't be eligible for parole for 30 years...when she is 47.

Angela Collins... Her mother.. addressed the court today.

A Macon man died...when his motorcycle collided with a pickup this afternoon.

It happened on Columbus Road in west Macon.

Bibb County coroner Leon Jones says the Ford truck was turning off Ebenezer Church Road... The motorcycle was traveling down Columbus.

He said the motorcycle... Driven by 48-year-old Anthony Baldwin from Macon...struck the driver-side door of the truck.

He says an off-duty Macon police officer stopped to give CPR to Baldwin.... But could not revive him.

Jay Crenshaw saw the motorcycle drive by... Just seconds before the crash.

i heard the motorcycle hit the vehicle. I didn't actually see it hit the vehicle, but I saw the motorcycle come by me so fast that I could hardly see what color it was because it came by so fast.>

Jones says the truck driver was not injured.

A motel manager found the body of a 51-year-old woman in a room this morning.

The manager of the Magnolia Court Motel in south Bibb County says she called police around 9:30 this morning.

Deputy coroner Lonnie Miley says the cause is unknown...but they are treating it as a suspicious death.

He also says police took a man away for questioning...but police would not comment on that

Police say the investigation is still underway

People at the motel tell us the woman helped clean rooms.

Jones County investigators are now looking for a second 'vehicle of interest' in Wednesday night's fatal hit-and-run.

The body of 28-year-old Marquis DeShaun Lawson was found on Wheeler Road... off Highway 11... yesterday.

Captain Earl Humphries says they're looking for a white SUV with a heavy brush guard or bumper... Possibly a Nissan Xterra.

That's in addition to a utility style vehicle with a boom or bucket attached.

Anyone with information on the case can call the Jones County Sheriff's Office at (478) 986-3489... Again that's 986-3489.

Travel through the I-16/I-75 interchange will be tricky the next two weeks, especially at night.

Crews will be working on the bridge joints over the Ocmulgee.

The 75 south ramp to I-16 eastbound lanes will be *closed* Tuesday - Friday from 8pm-5am.

Repairs will continue the following week as well...from Monday to Thursday.

I-75 drivers who want to get on I-16 will have to continue south to the Hardeman Avenue/Forsyth Street exit to enter I-16 from I-75 northbound.

I-75 drivers who want to get on I-16 will have to continue south to the Hardeman Avenue/Forsyth Street exit to enter I-16 from I-75 northbound.

Two lanes on the northbound ramp will also be closed at those times but one lane will remain open, allowing access to I-16.

Tomorrow... Macon-Bibb county animal welfare hosts a community outreach event to spay or neuter your pets.

But it is only for those who are in a designated area of Macon... Under the zip code 31201.

The grant from PetSmart applies to this area only... Because according to the data by petsmart... This area has the highest pet over population.

Sarah Tennon... The director for the animal welfare talked about what you can expect tommorow

<we're sponsoring 500 vaccines free vaccines for the pets, cats and dogs to come out and participate. We'll be there to sign them up to get a voucher so they can have their pet, their dog, spayed or neutered absolutely free.>

<we're sponsoring 500 vaccines free vaccines for the pets, cats and dogs to come out and participate. We'll be there to sign them up to get a voucher so they can have their pet, their dog, spayed or neutered absolutely free.>

The event last from 10 in the morning to three in the afternoon...at Tatnall Square Park in Macon.

Now remember to participate... You have to be a resident of the zip code 31201... Which covers most of downtown Macon.

You can provide proof of residency with a utility bill... Driver's license or even your insurance.

As we go into the weekend... There are some big stories to end the week.

Here's what's making headlines this Friday July 26.

The Lincoln Memorial was shut down today after someone splattered green paint over the statue of the 16th president.

Workers closed the memorial to wash away the paint... Which was discovered around 1:30 this morning.

No words or symbols were visible in the paint... and it was only on the pedestal and the floor.

 

Lawyers for James Holmes gave the judge a sealed envelope in court to day... Which may contain the notebook he sent a psychiatrist.

Holmes is on trial for the shooting at a movie theatre in Aurora Colorado last year.

Court records do not say what was inside the envelope... But the records did say it relates to a debate over who should see Holmes' notebook... Should it be entered as evidence... and whether or not a reporter should reveal who told her about what's inside.

Defense had a deadline this past wednesday to present the book if they wanted it to be reviewed in private.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 and injuring 70 in the shooting.

Ariel Casto pleaded guilty to charges that will keep him in prison for life.

And his three victims say... They're relieved.

They released a statement through their law firm saying they are satisfied with the resolution and look forward to ending the legal end of the case.

The three women continue to ask for privacy... and do not want to speak publicly.

Castro pleaded guilty to over 9 hundred and 30 counts... and prosecutors recommend hat he be sentenced to life without parole... and one thousand years.

He will be back before a judge next thursday.

And those are some of the stories making headlines on this Friday... July 26th.

About 15-thousand people who work at Robins Air Force Base will lose a chunk of each paycheck...through the end of September.

The federal furloughs amount to about a 20-percent drop in pay for that time period.

To help out... Many Houston County businesses are offering deals.

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At Colours salon... Stylist Chris Deese is offering ten dollars off a hair cut... Twenty off color... To base employees.

His wife works at Classic Hair designs in Bonaire where they're giving a 15-percent discount off her massage services.

McCalls on Commercial Circle has a buy one... Get one free deal every "furlough Friday".

At Owen's Boarding House... You can Get a dollar.

CEO at Robins Federal Credit Union.. John Rhea... Says more people than he anticipated are taking advantage of furlough loans and their "skip-a-payment" programs.

We can connect you to complete list of businesses offering deals to furloughed base employees.

Look for the link inside this story on 13wmaz-dot-com.

Businesses who want to add discounts to the list can call the 21st Century Partnership at 478-225-9005.

Again that's 478-225-9005.

Your child's safety in school is a priority... So A new security system is on the way for some Bibb County schools.

A buzz-in system and security camera are being installed at all elementary schools.

The almost 600-thousand dollar project equips three doors at each school.... the front... Kitchen... and either bus or playground entrances.

That's phase one... Which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this school year.

The entire project is estimated to be completed by June 2018... For a cost of around 6 million dollars.

The 75 south ramp to I-16 eastbound lanes will be *closed* Tuesday - Friday from 8pm-5am.

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