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11pm Thursday - 10-17-13

 

   <"When I got to the hospital there was no response.but he was still breathing on his own... I got back there and I let him know that I was there, you know.. I'm there." >

     A Macon mother...talks about losing her 13-year-old son in an accident...involving a loaded handgun.. Plus...

     The shutdown's over... But not all of Georgia's national landmarks reopened today.

and now that the dust is settling...what do these post debt-deal days mean for our federal lawmakers?

     We dig deeper...tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.>

>

   Hello, everyone.

   Thanks for joining us.

   I'm Frank Malloy.

   Much more on those stories ahead... plus, Bibb County Schools prepare to honor their finest educators... We'll highlight those getting recognized this year.

   But before all that.. We look back at the day the way it was... Thursday, October 17th...in sight and sound.

 

< no script available >

     And those are some of the headlines that made news in your world on this Thursday.

     Also tonight...an update on a story we've been covering for almost a week...as we sit down with the mother...of a teen who died after he was accidentally shot in the face.

     It happened last Friday.

     Witness told the police that the victim, 13-year old Marquez Blount...and the 16-year-old suspect were handling the gun before it went off.

     Blount's mother...Miriam Dean says it's been hard dealing with her son's death....but that she forgives the suspect involved.

     She also recalled rushing to the hospital..to be with the boy during his final moments.

<when I got to the hospital... They was like, it was no response. But, he was still breathing on his own. I got back there, and I let him know that I was there. You know...and just, I'm there. >

     Dean also had a message for the family...of the other young man involved.

<"To the other family, I would like to say that my heart and my prayers go out to them. And that um, I know it was an accident. And I forgive. That person.  I really would like to speak to the other family. Because we're both hurting.  I'm not just hurting by myself. I know they're hurting also. " >

     The name of the 16-year-old has not been released.

     We called the District Attorney's office for an update... Prosecutor Melanie Bruchet said they could not release any information on the case.

     Tomorrow night...a candlelight vigil will be held at 6:30 p-m for Marquez Blount...in front of his home on Cleveland Street.

     Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon.

     Volunteers say they can't understand why someone broke into a Macon animal rescue shelter overnight and let dogs out of their pens to fight each other, leaving three of them dead and more injured.

    The All About Animals Adoption Center is on Riverside Drive near Central City Park.

    They take in animals from the county's own shelter. Other dogs are dropped off by the public.

    Their goal is to get those dogs adopted out.

    They say someone got through the fence, and released around 25 of their more aggressive breeds...like bulldogs and pitbulls.

    Three dogs were killed...and around 8 others were sent to the vet.

    The All About Animals Adoption Center is on Riverside Drive near Central City Park.

    They take in animals from the county's own shelter. Other dogs are dropped off by the public.

    Their goal is to get those dogs adopted out.

    They say someone got through the fence, and released around 25 of their more aggressive breeds...like bulldogs and pitbulls.

    Three dogs were killed...and around 8 others were sent to the vet.

    No one called the police, but a Macon Police officer patrolling the area stopped by and took down a report... calling the incident criminal trespass.

     Signs that the shutdown has ended...were evident in Central Georgia today...

particularly at the Museum of aviation at robins air force base.

    It opened its doors to visitors for the first time in 9 days...

     after being closed because of the partial government shutdown.

     President of the Museum of Aviation Foundation... Pat Bartness... says the museum saw a small loss of revenue during the shutdown.

     He says this is the first time in the museum's history that they've had to close their doors for a shutdown.

     Bartness says museum employees and volunteers are happy to move forward... and don't expect to close again.

     The Ocmulgee National Monument opened its gates this morning to visitors as well.

     And the monument is back on its regular schedule.

     It's the first time it's been open...since staff were furloughed at the start of the whole thing.

     Park Superintendent...Jim David...says workers are happy to be back in business..     Similar story in other parts of the state.

     Matt Pearl, with our sister station, WXIA, takes a tour of of the places...and the politics...of Georgia.

 

(NATS: rain)

 

The conditions were not ideal ...

 

(NATS: rain)

 

But that was fine with a host of federal employees returning to work today.

 

 

Anthony Winegar, Chief Ranger, Kennesaw Mountain National Park 23:11:35 "Drove around at about 5:30 this morning cutting off signs and unlocking the gates to the park ..."

 

Kennesaw Mountain National Park re-opened on time this morning ...

 

Anthony Winegar, Chief Ranger, Kennesaw Mountain National Park 23:11:04 "We're able to pick up exactly where we left off when most of our folks went home ..."

 

And at the CDC, 6-thousand furloughed employees returned to work.

 

(SOT: we're very glad to be back)

 

Officials estimate 95 percent of their work had been put on hold.

 

(SOT: glad to be back)

 

What didn't open? The King Center ... A Closed sign sat in the window at the day's start and end.

 

(NATS)

 

The aftermath of the shutdown means an increased role moving forward for Congressman Tom Price. He'll serve on the committee named to find a middle ground on a federal budget. Price was unavailable today for comment.

 

And how will the shutdown affect three other notable Republicans?

 

Kerwin Swint, Kennesaw State Professor 23:07:00 "The candidates running for Senate on the Republican side are trying to out-Conservative each other ..."

 

On Wednesday, 2014 Senate candidates Paul Broun ...

 

(Broun: "I will not support this bill ...")

 

Jack Kingston ...

 

(Kingston: I will not vote for it ...")

 

And Phil Gingrey all voted against the shutdown deal. For Kennesaw State professor Kerwin Swint, this makes sense as they gear up for next spring's Republican primary.

 

Kerwin Swint, Kennesaw State Professor 23:07:03 "They have all voiced their support for shutting down the government, defunding Obamacare, which is what they feel all of their voters are going to want to hear in the primary contest ..."

     Washington's monuments and museums, including the Smithsonians, are open again too... And so is the national zoo... But you don't have to go there... To see this little fella.

     That's right.

     Panda cam is back. 

     The nation got it's first glimpse in nearly three weeks on the National Zoo's panda and the unnamed cub this morning...when the slate of live cameras went online again...after a two week hiatus.

     Bibb County Schools have one of the states lowest graduation rates....

     But school officials are trying to boost that.

      At a school board committee meeting today....deputy superintendent Erin Weaver pushed her plan for action steps....

     Those include credit repair.....

      If a student failed a course...and had an average ranging from 64 to 69...they can redo assignments and the grade is changed to a 70.

     Weaver says the goal is to focus on the needs of the student as an individual...and it starts at an early age.

<the whole idea about graduation, getting ready for graduation is making sure that you get ready starting in prek. Everything is focused towards getting the work done that you need to be successful.   >

 

     Weaver says they want to help students before they get too far behind to catch up.

     The school board also recognized teachers of the year.

     41 teachers...and one media specialist were recognized.

     Seven of those teachers were nominated for Bibb County Teacher of the year.

     Each nominee shared what ty think makes a great teacher.

<a teacher should have a passion to teach. A great teacher is someone who is dedicated to their students. A great teacher respects their students and believes in their future. Compassion for your students. One who is dedicated, dependable and devoted. I think a great teacher truly loves her children. Loving your kids is where it's at. >

     And here's a list of those nominees...

     Jessica Brown...of Carter Elementary..

     Dana Goshorn..of Howard Middle...

     Brittany Austin...of Riley Elementary...

     From Rutland HIgh...Hema Keerthi...

     Rosalyn Wiley-Tobler, from Rutland Middle...

     Catrice Allen...from Taylor Elementary School...

     And from Williams Elementary...Robert Shepherd, Jr.

     A committee of former educators, a community member and current teacher will decide the overall winner..

     The announcement for teacher of the year will be named during a Banquet at Mercer on Thursday November 7th.

     Living the wild life?

     This may be a bit too wild...for one Georgia neighborhood.

     A family of bears has been running around -- and they were caught on camera.

     John Shirek reports most residents aren't scared -- some are even enjoying the view.

 

 

  --REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS--

 

It's amazing.

 

LATE IN THE AFTERNOON THE BEARS APPEARED IN A FIELD JUST OFF OF MCGINNIS FERRY ROAD AND KEMP ROAD, NEAR THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER IN FORSYTH COUNTY.

 

APPARENTLY MAMA BEAR AND HER THREE CUBS. JUST WANDERING AROUND, HANGING OUT. ONE OF THEM CLIMBED A TREE WHILE THE OTHERS LOOKED AROUND. DRIVERS STOPPED THEIR CARS, GOT OUT, TOOK PICTURES, LIKE THIS WAS A NATURAL HABITAT ZOO. CHILDREN PLAYED SOCCER NEARBY.

 

I'm not sure if they were searching for food or what they were doing. They could have just been trying to find a way out of the subdivision.

 

ROB MORAVEK HAS LIVED IN SHAKE RAG FARMS SUBDIVISION FOR TEN YEARS. NEVER SEEN BEARS HERE UNTIL NOW. HIS HOME SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS RECORDED THEM STROLLING THROUGH THE SUBDIVISION. THEN MAKING A U-TURN AND RUNNING, FINDING A WAY OUT BETWEEN THE HOUSES ACROSS THE STREET.

 

There are a lot of kids in this neighborhood, so it is a little scary.

 

THE FORSYTH COUNTY SHERIFF AND STATE DNR RANGERS SAY THEY'RE JUST GOING TO LEAVE THE BEAR FAMILY ALONE, THIS IS A SEMI-RURAL AREA THAT IS SLOWLY BECOMING RESIDENTIAL.

 

I never in a million years thought that I would ever see bears coming down the street, fifty feet from my house. It's amazing.

  Thank you for joining us... First Mornin' comes your way at 5 a.m.

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    Have a safe night everyone.

 

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