Eyewitness News at 11:00; December 23, 2012

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This is Eyewitness News at 11.
Good evening and thanks for joining us for eyewitness news at six. I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

 

The Gray police department are asking for your help in locating 20-year-old Martavous Markey Williams.
Williams was last seen at his home at 123 Peachtree Street in Gray a week ago.
Major Chris Williams with the Gray Police Department says Williams was having some emotional problems due to a recent death of a relative and he may be a danger to himself.
He was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt and blue jeans.
Police say Williams walks everywhere he goes and may be on foot.
If you have any information on Williams is location please call the Gray Police Department at 478-986-3489.

An Atlanta area charity is warning people at home of a scam.
Officials with the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta say a woman is calling people claiming she represents their organization and scamming people out of money.
They say the woman calls herself Jennifer and says she's with furniture bank and they're giving away 14-hundred dollars to 14 needy families.
She also asks for social security numbers. Bank account and debit card numbers so you can donate but a spokeswoman for the Furniture Bank says the organization donates furniture to needy families, but does not give away cash.

 

Macon and Bibb county leaders have a lot to consider as they merge their two governments--- and they want the public to help make sure they're heading in the right direction.
A 15-member taskforce has a year to work out the details of how the consolidated government will run.
They plan to get information to the public, and receive feedback through surveys... social media, and forums throughout the year.
Macon Director of public affairs Chris Floore says there's a communications team working to get the community more engaged.
Chris Floore- "people need to take this opportunity to provide their input, to provide their feedback because if we don't have their feedback and if we don't know what their concerns are then we can't address them, it would be us working in a bubble and the task force wants this to be an open and engaging process. We need to know what is not working and we need to know what resources are out there so we can build a government that's truly working for Macon and Bibb county."
The Survey can be found at MaconBibb.TV.
It asks about 20 questions about what you want to learn about consolidation, how you want to get the information, and also, what issues are important to you.
South Bibb resident Keith Molton took a crack at some of the questions.
Keith Molton- "what do you hope is accomplished by the consolidation transition taskforce? One thing I think would be the uh, crime. Throughout Bibb county you look at downtown the schootings we've had and the drug issues it needs to be addressed and handled."
Chris Floore says they've applied for a grant to send out paper surveys for those who don't have access to the internet.
He says they can also attend public forums starting next month.

 

The owner of a Perry catering company was hard at work at central city park this afternoon, but he wasn't making any money.
David Braun brought his catering company, BBQ Monsters, to the park to feed the homeless and less fortunate.
He and his family spent about 500 dollars on bbq chicken, smoked beans, and Braun's signature secret coleslaw.
He says they did the same thing when the movie 42 was filming at the park, and decided Christmas weekend was the perfect time for a repeat.
David Braun-"It's my passion, it's what I love to do and so here at the holidays to be able to cook and have fun and give back, that's what it's all about."
Rich Dross- "I thought it was really nice, you know, it's nice for people anytime of year to come and show a little sympathy for people that are downtrodden."
Rich Dross was one of the people who received the Bar-B-Que plates.
Braun and his family brought enough food to feed about 100 people.

 

The prospect of further gun control has created high demand at gun shows, while more senators join the debate about weapons.
CBS news correspondent Edward Lawrence has the latest from Los Angeles.
CROWDS PACKED THE LONE STAR GUN SHOW IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS THIS WEEKEND AS THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE HEATS UP.
SOME GUN OWNERS COMING OUT OF THE EVENT SAY THEY SUPPORT ACTION IN THE WAKE OF THE NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING .
Eddie Rood, Dallas Resident- "I am all for gun control. 100% for gun control.. if someone would come up with gun control that made sense and actually would make a difference but there is no such thing."
THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION SAYS GUN LAWS AREN'T ENFORCED AND NEW REGULATIONS ARE NOT THE ANSWER.
THE ORGANIZATION IS GETTING HAMMERED FOR IT'S PROPOSAL TO PUT ARMED GUARDS IN SCHOOLS.
WAYNE LAPIERRE / NRA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT- "If it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children then call me crazy... I think american people think it's crazy not to do it. "
NEW YORK SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER SAYS NOTHING SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE TABLE WHEN TALKING ABOUT GUN CONTROL.
Sen Chuck Schumer, D-NY- " Trying to prevent shootings in schools without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes.'
TEXAS SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHINSON IS A GUN RIGHTS SUPPORTER. SHE SAYS ITS TIME START LOOKING AT RESTRICTIONS ON AMMUNITION.
SEN KAY BAILEY HUTCHINSON- "I think we ought to be looking at where the real danger is, like those large clips. I think that does need to be looked at."
SEVERAL STATES ARE RE-EXAMINING GUN CONTROL LAWS ALREADY ON THE BOOKS.
AND, PRESIDENT OBAMA FORMED A TASK FORCE TO LOOK AT WAYS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE.
As lawmakers talk about new gun control regulations. One of the world's largest arms suppliers says in the past three days its sold more than three years worth of A-R 15 ammunition magazines. The semi- automatic rifle is similar to the weapon used at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

A musician in Newtown, Connecticut is paying tribute to the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary the best way he knows how: with a song.
He says he woke up with a tune in his head.
And he took it as a sign to honor their memory.
My name is Joe Proc. So, the song came by a pure accident. The tragedy happened on Friday, and by Sunday - like late Sunday night - I wake up and I have a melody going in my head.
These two ideas started to come together: the "My Favorite Thing" melody and putting these peoples' names in. And before I know it, I had a whole song.
This came out of sleep and out of another force somewhere. This was a different way of contributing to what's going on.
Singing : Charlotte, Daniel, Ana, Josephine, Dylan, Olivia, Madeleine, Catherine. You are the ones we inspire to know. You are the seeds where the flowers will grow. Caroline, Jesse, James and Grace. Emilie, Jack, Noah and Chase. Jessica, Avielle, Benjamin, Allison. You are the reason for which we live on. When the song chimes and the skies move, you won't be alone. We think of our angels with smiles on our faces. Someday we will all be home.
This music is an offering to the memory of those souls.

 

It's probably one of the most unique surprises anyone can get.
Seperated by 9 months and a thousand miles .. its the best Christmas gift a Valley family could have hoped for.
CBS 5's Jadiann Thompson .. at Sky Harbor airport for a touching reunion.
There was a very special guest expected at sky harbor tonight.
"I wish I knew what happened."
And he's been gone for a long time.
"He went missing out of my back yard. It was the beginning of April."
He's even made the headlines all the way in Oregon....
And Saturday night...
"Alright, alright."
after nine months...
"I just saw something, I saw something."
The minutes seemed like days.
"Oh ok, awesome."
You see Leanne Saunders says someone took her dog named Kane from her Phoenix backyard back in April.
After an endless and exhausting search for nine months.. she had nearly given up.
It wasn't until Wednesday that she got a call from the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter in Oregon.
Kane was brought in after someone found him dragging his leash down the highway more than a thousand miles from home.
"I just wish dogs could talk."
No one knows how he got there...
"Oh baby! Hi baby! (laugh.)"
but his micro chip led the shelter to know how to reach Leanne.
And now the most unexpected Christmas Present has arrived.
"You're so thick now."
just in time.
"I couldn't ask for anything more. It's the best christmas present ever."

 

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