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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.

I'M CARLY FLYNN MORGAN.

THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

AN ACCIDENT ON I-75 NORTH IS CAUSING SOME DELAYS FOR DRIVERS IN BIBB COUNTY.

THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE THE HARTLEY BRIDGE ROAD EXIT.

A DISPATCHER SAID IT INVOLVED A CAR AND A MOTORCYCLE... BUT DIDN'T HAVE ANY OTHER INFORMATION.

POLICE HAVE A MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER THEY SAY HE SHOT ANOTHER MAN DURING A FIGHT OVER A WOMAN.

ACCORDING TO SERGEANT MELANIE HOFMANN WITH THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT... JUST BEFORE 9 O'CLOCK LAST NIGHT... CALVIN JOHNSON SHOT 33-YEAR-OLD JAMES HALLMAND IN THE BACKSIDE AND BOTH CALVES.

SHE SAYS IT HAPPENED AT THE CORNER OF MUMFORD ROAD AND THORPE STREET.

HOFMANN SAYS HALLMAND WAS TREATED AT THE EMERGENCY ROOM LAST NIGHT... AND JOHNSON WAS ARRESTED SHORTLY AFTER. HE'S CURRENTLY IN THE BIBB COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER.

REPUBLICANS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THEY SAY IS A LACK OF JOBS CREATED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S ECONOMIC STIMULUS MEASURES.

IN THE PARTY'S WEEKLY RADIO AND INTERNET ADDRESS... HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER JOHN (BAYNER) BOEHNER... SAYS THE NATION HAS LOST NEARLY 3-MILLION JOBS THIS YEAR.

BOEHNER PREDICTS DEMOCRATIC PROPOSALS ON HEALTH CARE... STIMULUS

AND ENERGY WILL ALL BE BAD FOR THE ECONOMY.

HE CRITICIZES DEMOCRATIC EFFORTS TO PASS AN ENERGY BILL THAT HE DESCRIBES AS "A NATIONAL ENERGY TAX."

THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE FRIDAY... AND PRESIDENT OBAMA IS ENCOURAGING THE SENATE TO PASS IT AS WELL.

REGULATORS SHUT DOWN COMMUNITY BANK OF WEST GEORGIA... MARKING THE 41-ST FAILURE THIS YEAR... OF A FEDERALLY INSURED BANK.

THE VILLA RICA BASED BANK HAD ABOUT 199-MILLION DOLLARS IN ASSETS... AND ABOUT 183-MILLION IN DEPOSITS AS OF MAY 15-TH.

THE F-D-I-C SAYS IT WILL MAIL CHECKS TO DEPOSITORS FOR THE AMOUNTS

OF THEIR INSURED FUNDS.

DIRECT DEPOSITS FROM THE GOVERNMENT... SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURITY AND VETERANS' BENEFITS... WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO UNITED COMMUNITY BANK IN BLAIRSVILLE... GEORGIA.

THE END OF JUNE MARKS THE HEART OF BLUEBERRY SEASON... BUT IF YOU THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING OUT TO PICK SOME AT A LOCAL FARM THIS SUMMER... YOU MIGHT NOT GET THE CHANCE.

SOME FARMERS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA SAY FROSTY TEMPERATURES DESTROYED THEIR PLANTS.

JENNIFER BELLAMY VISITED SEVERAL CENTRAL GEORGIA FARMS... SHE SHOWS YOU WHY FARMERS EXPECT A BETTER CROP NEXT YEAR.

<<Ted Wach, Wach Farms:

"You can see em all over this place here...the blue color oh it's beautiful, it really is."

TED WACH REMEMBERS WHAT HIS BLUEBERRY FARM LOOKED LIKE THIS TIME LAST YEAR...BUT TEMPERATURES BELOW DEGREE... GAVE HIS FARM A DIFFERENT LOOK.

Ted Wach, Wach Farms:

"The freeze came and just about everyone of them that we had. There's barely enough out there that we got out there that my wife got to make a pie."

WACH SAYS THE LITTLE BIT OF FRUIT THAT HUNG IN THERE AND SURVIVED THE FROST...MAKES UP ABOUT 1 PERCENT OF WHAT HE USUALLY SEES.

Ted Wach, Wach Farms:

"We've never seen anything like this before"

*nats*

SETH PEED...AT DEER CREEK FARMS...PLANTED HIS OWN BERRIES LAST YEAR....HE'S STILL WAITING FOR THE BUSHES TO REACH THEIR FULL HEIGHT BUT HE SAYS THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT MOTHER NATURE.

Seth Peed, Deer Creek Farms:

"Once you get down to about 20...22 degrees and lower, your ability to protect that crop is severely reduced."

THAT'S A THOUGHT WACH ECHOS...BUT IT STILL HURTS HIM TO TURN AWAY THE HUNDREDS THAT TREK OUT TO BOLINGBROKE FOR HIS BERRIES.

Ted Wach, Wach Farms:

"It's an awful feeling to see all this, people would be enjoying all this but you can't do much about it."

STILL HE HOPES WITH WARMER WEATHER NEXT YEAR...HIS PLANTS WILL TURN OVER A NEW LEAF.

Ted Wach, Wach Farms:

"These plants are growing they're putting out leaves like you can't believe cause they didn't have any blueberries see...so they're putting out the leaves and next year, the crop will be...I don't think we'll ever see a crop like that again because, there will be more blueberries next year then you can every dream of."

BRINGING CENTRAL GEORGIANS BIGGER AND BETTER BERRIES TO TAKE HOME.

JENNIFER BELLAMY...13WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>

WACH SAYS IN SEPTEMBER HE'LL GET SOME BLUEBERRY PLANTS THAT PEOPLE CAN BUY... TO GROW THEIR OWN BERRIES AT HOME.

IN A CATASTROPHE... EMERGENCY RESPONDERS HAVE TO HAVE A WAY TO TALK TO ONE ANOTHER.

THAT'S WHERE HAM RADIO'S COME IN.

TODAY... VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF FROM THE MACON-BIBB EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

AND RADIO OPERATORS AND ACROSS THE NATION... TESTED EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT AS PART OF A FIELD DAY.

THE COMMUNICATION TOOLS PROVED USEFUL DURING CRISIS SITUATIONS LIKE HURRICANE KATRINA AND MACON'S 2008 MOTHER'S DAY TORNADO.

VOLUNTEERS... ALSO KNOWN AS HAMS... PRACTICE USING THE DEVICE AS IF IT WERE THE ONLY WAY TO DELIVER MESSAGES.

Jeff Amerson, EMA Volunteer, "And there was no communication, no radio communications, no power in that area when they got there and they were able to setup this command center with generators and setup radios and help volunteer groups with radio communication when they went out to search."

THE GOAL OF TODAY'S TEST PREPARATION DAY WAS TO MAKE CONTACTS AND PRACTICE COMMUNICATION WITH THE RADIOS.

YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AMATEUR RADIOS. JUST LOG ON TO OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ.COM AND CLICK ON THIS STORY.

MORE THAN A DOZEN GROUPS FROM AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA TEAMED UP TO CLEAN UP VILLAGE GREEN.

PROJECT UNITY UNITES PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS... IN AN INITIATIVE THAT'S WORKING TOWARD REDUCING CRIME AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE BLOOMFIELD AND VILLAGE GREEN NEIGHBORHOODS.

VOLUNTEERS GATHERED THIS MORNING AND SPREAD OUT IN TEAMS ALL OVER THE AREA.

THEY PICKED UP TRASH AND TALKED WITH PEOPLE NEARBY.

KELSEY WILLIAMS, MACON "At least this neighborhood will look a little bit better than it did yesterday."

BRIA BROWN, MACON "We don't want tourists coming here and just thinking oh it's just another hood with trash on the floor. So it makes me feel good making a difference."

PEOPLE FROM VILLAGE GREEN... THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE... TREMONT TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH... MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS... THE NAACP... MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK AND THE CITY OF MACON ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENTS PARTICIPATED IN THE CLEAN-UP... AS WELL AS OTHERS.

A FORMER GEORGIA MAYOR SHOWED A LITTLE TOO MUCH ON A RECENT CAMPING TRIP. FIND OUT WHICH TOWN'S FORMER LEADER POLICE SAY... WAS WALKING NUDE ALONG A HIGHWAY.

PLUS...

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS ORDERED FINANCIER BERNARD MADOFF TO GIVE UP A HUGE WAD OF CASH. FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH... WHEN EYEWITNESS NEWS RETURNS.

WELCOME BACK.

HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME HEADLINES MAKING NEWS ACROSS THE STATE.

A WOMAN WHO'S SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT WAS CHARGED WITH ROBBING AN AUGUSTA DOMINO'S PIZZA THIS MORNING.

POLICE SAY THE 21-YEAR OLD WOMAN HAD A GUN... AND FORCED AN EMPLOYEE TO GIVE HER MONEY FROM THE SAFE.

SHE WAS ARRESTED A FEW MINUTES LATER AT A NEARBY INTERSECTION.

FORMER GEORGIA MAYOR MARK MUSSELWHITE WAS CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INDECENCY LAST WEEKEND... AFTER HE WAS FOUND NAKED AT HIS RABUN COUNTY CAMPSITE.

OFFICERS GOT COMPLAINTS ABOUT A NUDE MAN WALKING ALONG THE HIGHWAY EARLIER IN THE DAY.

MUSSELWHITE SAID IT WASN'T HIM.

THE REPUBLICAN WAS ELECTED TO THE GAINSVILLE CITY COUNCIL IN 2000... WHERE HE SERVED FOR SIX YEARS.

TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER A PLANE CRASH IN CEDARTOWN... THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OFFICALS ARE UNSURE WHEN THE PLANE WENT DOWN.

THE BODIES OF THE TWO VICTIMS WERE FOUND FRIDAY MORNING.

OFFICIALS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE.

THE REVEREND JESSE JACKSON SAYS MICHAEL JACKSON'S FAMILY WANTS AN INDEPENDENT AUTOPSY.

REVEREND JACKSON... SAYS THE FAMILY IS MOSTLY CONCERNED WITH THE MYSTERY OF MICHAEL'S DEATH.

JESSE JACKSON SAID THERE ARE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS... INCLUDING THE ROLE OF THE DOCTOR WHO WAS WITH HIM.

THE DOCTOR WITH MICHAEL JACKSON BEFORE HE DIED... JUST HIRED A LAWYER.

THE LAWYER SAYS DOCTOR CONRAD MURRAY IS CONSIDERED A WITNESS AND NOT A TARGET IN ANY WAY.

HE SAYS MURRAY WENT WITH JACKSON TO THE HOSPITAL... BUT DOESN'T KNOW IF IT WAS MURRAY WHO PERFORMED C-P-R ON THE SINGER... OR CALLED 911.

THE ATTORNEY SAYS MURRAY IS STILL WORKING WITH LOS ANGELES POLICE AND HAS NOT LEFT THE AREA.

CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS SAYS THE SUPREME COURT PLANS TO FINISH ITS WORK FOR THIS SESSION... ON MONDAY.

THE HIGH COURT HAS THREE CASES LEFT TO DECIDE.

ONE IS A DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT BY WHITE FIREFIGHTERS WHO SAY THEY WERE UNFAIRLY DENIED PROMOTIONS.

ONE OF THE OTHER CASES INVOLVES CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW... AND WHETHER A MOVIE ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON DURING HER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A CAMPAIGN AD.

THE THIRD CASE CONCERNS THE ABILITY OF STATES TO INVESTIGATE LENDING DISCRIMINATION BY NATIONAL BANKS.

THE COURT ALSO SAYS GOODBYE TO JUSTICE DAVID (SOOTER) SOUTER.

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS ORDERED FINANCIER BERNARD MADOFF TO GIVE UP OVER 170-BILLION DOLLARS.

THE ORDER FORCES MADOFF TO GIVE UP REAL ESTATE... INVESTMENTS... AND OTHER PROPERTY.

PROSECUTORS SAY THE GOVERNMENT ALSO SETTLED CLAIMS AGAINST MADOFF'S WIFE.

UNDER THAT ARRANGEMENT... THE GOVERNMENT SEIZED MORE THAN 80-MILLION DOLLARS IN PROPERTY FROM RUTH MADOFF.

MADOFF IS DUE IN COURT MONDAY FOR SENTENCING.

FEDERAL PROSECUTORS WANT A JUDGE TO SEND HIM TO PRISON FOR 150 YEARS.

THE CITY OF VENICE GOT ITS FIRST FEMALE GONDOLIER THIS WEEK.

A MARRIED MOTHER OF TWO BROKE INTO ONE OF ITALY'S LAST MALE FIELDS.

SHE'S THE FIRST FEMALE TO NAVIGATE THE CITY'S FAMOUS CANALS IN 900 YEARS.

SOME OF HER NEW MALE COWORKERS SAID THEY WORRIED ABOUT HER NOT BEING ABLE TO HANDLE THE 36 FOOT LONG 11-POUND BOAT.

SHE SAYS IT'S NOT AS HARD AS HAVING A BABY.

TWO OTHER WOMEN WHO TOOK THE TEST AT THE SAME TIME... DIDN'T PASS IT.

PEOPLE DROVE INTO HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL... FOR A SHOW ON FOUR WHEELS.

SEE SOME OF THE CARS IN THE SHOW AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY RAISED MONEY FOR... WHEN EYEWITNESS NEWS RETURNS.

FANCY WHEELS REVVED UP THE CROWDS TODAY AT HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.

THE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL BOOSTER CLUB HELD THEIR THIRD ANNUAL "BEAR IT ALL CAR SHOW".

THE SCHOOL IS TRYING TO RAISE MONEY FOR THEIR ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT.

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS HELPED ORGANIZE THE EVENT.

ABOUT NINETY PEOPLE PAID TO HAVE THEIR CARS AND BIKES SHOWCASED THIS YEAR.

THERE WAS A TWENTY DOLLAR REGISTRATION FEE.

THE BOOSTER PRESIDENT SAYS EVEN THOUGH THE EVENT IS INTENTED TO RAISE MONEY... IT'S REALLY ALL ABOUT THE CAR LOVERS.

(Tony Jackson, Booster President) "The guys that drive those cars, and build them, those are some great people. The work that they do is just amazing.And the care and patience that it takes is unbelievable. That's the part that I think I like to see the most. And I know these other guys in the booster club like to see that."

JACKSON SAYS THE TURNOUT THIS YEAR WASN'T AS BIG AS LAST YEAR.

THE FOOTBALL BOOSTER CLUB STILL EXPECTS TO RAISE ABOUT 3-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM REGISTRATION FEES AND FOOD THIS YEAR.

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