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Our top story tonight....
Gunfire erupted at the Waffle House on Chambers road in Macon around four this morning.
Bibb County coroner Leon Jones says someone shot a man to death outside the restaurant.
The victim is 20 year old Christopher Crowder.
Detectives interviewed people that were inside the restaurant when things started to unfold.
Jones says the front door and the window were shot out.
Leon Jones (Bibb County Coroner): "Sure its scarry you've got shootings at three o clock in the morning at a restaurant a lot of people are eating they've probably been clubbin and everything and you have shootings its very scarry. I've been told there are some shell casings in the street on Chambers road can you imagine what the patrons were thinking what they was doing while that was happening. There is a gun on the floor inside the Waffle House it hadn't been touched I don't know who that gun belongs to. But you know this is Macon, this isn't Atlanta or a big city its not supposed to be happening in Macon."
We contacted Crowder's family. They didn't want to comment but did say they found out about his death around six this morning.
So far police have not made any arrests but say the shooting is still under investigation and ask that anyone with information about the incident call Macon Regional Crime stoppers at 1-877- 68 CRIME.
Some of you who get your water from the city of Irwinton, probably woke up without it this morning.
According to Jonathon Snow, with Snowco General Contractors there was a water main break that shut down water for the city. He says water is up and running again but those on city of Irwinton water are under a 24-hour boil advisory.
California authorities are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting of a graduate student at California State University.
Campus police in San Bernardino responded to a disturbance Saturday night at an off-campus dormitory.
Investigators say 38-year-old grad student Bartholomew Williams became aggressive with police.
Lt. Paul Williams (Saint Bernardino Police): "They contacted him in the hallway of his dorm. During this contact a physical altercation occurred.Officers, fearing for their safety, fired their weapons striking him in the chest area. He was pronounced deceased here at the scene."
Medics treated one officer for minor injuries.
Authorities say Williams enrolled in grad school there in summer 2011, majoring in educational instructional technology.
While Democrats and Republicans try to hammer out deal to avoid the fiscal cliff... some government agencies are making contingency plans in case they don't.
As CNN's Emily Schmidt reports... agencies that regulate food safety are on alert because of the potential impact going over the fiscal cliff could have on some families.
"Oh, I like this one"
PREPARING FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT PAUL AND TRESSA BENNETT'S HOUSE IS A REMINDER OF SOMETHING ELSE JUST AROUND THE CORNER , A FISCAL CLIFF DEADLINE THAT'S PERSONAL HERE.
"I can't imagine funding being cut at this point. It would be tragic".
TRESSA IS WORRIED MANDATORY BUDGET CUTS WOULD HURT FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION THAT'S MATTERED TO HER SINCE HER TWINS WERE BORN IN 1999.
'Chloe was in the hospital for two weeks, Luke for three"
SHE AND HER BABIES GOT LISTERIA POISONING FROM MEAT SHE ATE WHILE PREGNANT.
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS CONTAMINATED FOOD SICKENS ABOUT 48 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR, 3000 PEOPLE DIE, SO THE FDA AND THE USDA'S FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE ARE CHARGED WITH PROTECTING THE FOOD SUPPLY.
AN 8-POINT-2 PERCENT BUDGET CUT TRANSLATES TO A COMBINED $157 MILLION DOLLARS.
THERE'S NO WORD EXACTLY WHAT CUTS WOULD MEAN TO INSPECTOR STAFFING
"Both FDA and USDA are already stretched pretty thin when it comes to the inspection activities and the food safety work they do.They really need increased resources and not fewer resources."
"Agencies always say they're stretched".
DEAN CLANCY IS WITH FREEDOMWORKS AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROMOTES SMALLER GOVERNMENT, AND HE SAYS THE CUTS LEAVE NOTHING TO FEAR.
"Arguing that getting spending under control endangers public health and safety is a really irresponsible scare tactic.. Especially when you realize that these aren't real cuts, these are reductions from anticipated increases in spending".
"If you cut the budget for the work that these agencies do, it is going to significantly impact them today, its going to impact them tomorrow"
"You made this one, didn't you?'
TRESSA BENNETT AND HER KIDS ARE NOW HEALTHY AND FOOD SAFETY ADVOCATES
"Remember, we all have to eat."
AND, THEY SAY, NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO FEAR WHAT THEY EAT.
"A company that tracks food recalls says there were 414 last quarter .the highest level in at least two years.most of them came from worries about foodbourne illness."
A company that tracks food recalls says there were 414 last quarter. The highest level in at least two years. Most of them came from worries about foodbourne illness.
The Christmas spirit flooded the streets of Downtown Macon today.
About 100 entries. Dancers, bands and various local groupsmade up the annual Middle Georgia Christmas parade.
Main Street Macon organized the 53rd annual parade.
From the steady beating of the drums to sirens from fire trucks and floats made their way down Cherry Street and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
They made a turn at First St. and traveled down Mulberry St. Exciting families and friends waiting to catch a glimpse of Santa.
Aeitra (AH-NEE-TRA) Stephens brought her son to experience the parade for the first time.
Aneitra Stephens (Macon): "At first he was a little shakey but seeing all the families, and the kids, and the characters, and especially the candy. It made his experience great. I asked him if he was ready to go home, he said no (laughing)."
The parade lasted an hour and 15 minutes.
When it comes to letters to Santa some are ditching the pen and paper and looking to their tablets and smartphones instead.
The holiday wish list has gone high-tech thanks to apps and social networking.
Karin Caifa (prono: KAY-fuh) has this week's Clicked In.
TO MANY, THERE'S NOSTALGIA TO SITTING DOWN AND PENNING A HOLIDAY WISH LIST.
To make my list? Paper and pencil. I'm totally old school.
TO OTHERS, IT'S ABOUT MODERN-DAY CONVENIENCE AND GIFTING ACROSS MULTIPLE RETAILERS.
Red Envelope is a good one, Amazon, sometimes even Tiffany if people have been good through the year. It all depends.
DURING THIS SEASON FOR SHARING, THERE ARE MORE TWISTS THAN EVER ON THE TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY WISH LIST.
People used to use paper and pencil, and put it on the refrigerator. I remember doing that when I was growing up. And then different types of websites would have different kinds of digital wish lists for their own website .
SITES LIKE AMAZON, WISHPOT AND TALL WISH LET USERS SHARE LISTS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS ACROSS SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES WHERE THEY ALREADY INTERACT.
AND THE EXPLOSION IN PINTEREST'S POPULARITY HAS CREATED ANOTHER AVENUE.
I share it with everybody. I make my list on Pinterest, all the pictures are there.// And I have one for my kids, I have one for my husband, he makes one. And it works really well.
Being able to put together a bunch of ideas and then winnow those down and be able to winnow those down, really makes a huge difference. And then you can follow other people's gift ideas as well.
JUST LAST MONTH PINTEREST OPENED UP THE SITE TO BUSINESSES, WHICH MEANS RETAILERS CAN HIGHLIGHT THEIR OWN WARES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
I'M KARIN CAIFA, AND YOU'RE NOW CLICKED IN.
Citizens of Tczew, Poland have a new Christmas attraction. A Christmas tree made from bicycles.
The exact number of bikes used to construct the tree is unknown.
In front of the tree there's a special bike connected to a small generator.
Anyone can use it to turn on special Christmas lights on this steel Christmas tree.
A Minnesota man diagnosed with an incurable cancer is on the verge of running marathons in all 50 states.
71-year-old Don Wright says he will reach his goal today in Honolulu.
Wright and his family have been running marathons in every state.
Their goal is to run marathons in all 50 states.
So far... they've reached a total of 49.
Don Wright (Marathon Runner): "When I'm running along in a marathon I'm sticking my finger in the cancer's eye."
Wright has a type of blood cancer.
The diagnosis for his cancer is a 3 to 5 year survival.
He says he'll keep running as long as he can.
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