Saturday, January 2, Eyewitness News at 11

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COMING UP ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11...

FIND OUT WHAT AREAS MACON'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION SAYS HAVE POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH IN THE NEW YEAR.
EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN IS STRAIGHT AHEAD.
COMING UP ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11...

FIND OUT WHAT AREAS MACON'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION SAYS HAVE POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH IN THE NEW YEAR.
EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN IS STRAIGHT AHEAD.
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.


BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS 18 PEOPLE WERE KILLEDTHIS PAST YEAR... THAT'S DOWN JUST BY ONE COMPARED TO 2008... WHERE 19 PEOPLE WERE KILLED.
EARLIER TONIGHT.... LEON JONES JOINED ME IN THE STUDIO.
JONES SAID HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT VIOLENCE IN CERTAIN AREAS OF MACON SUCH AS MONTPELIER AVENUE.

Leon Jones, Bibb Co. Coroner: "A lot of kids and young people congregate after hours on Montpelier Avenue and I hear shots all the time going in and out of that area. And I think that's going to be a high target area."

MACON POLICE SAY THEY MADE ARRESTS IN 16 OUT OF THE 18 KILLINGS IN 2009... TWO CASES REMAIN ACTIVE...

MACON'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMISSION SAYS THINGS COULD GET BETTER FOR BUSINESSES IN BIBB COUNTY IN 2010... BUT EXPECTS PROGRESS TO BE SLOW.

COMMISSION PRESIDENT CHIP CHERRY SAYS HE THINKS MANY PEOPLE ARE CAUTIOUS... BUT OPTIMISTIC ABOUT DEVELOPMENT THIS YEAR..
HE SAYS AREAS LIKE... HARTLEY BRIDGE ROAD NEAR I-75 AND BASS ROAD IN THE COUNTY HAVE POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH.
SITES LIKE THE I-75 INDUSTRIAL PARK AND EXTENSION BETWEEN TWO-47 MAKE THE REGION ATTRACTIVE TO POTENTIAL CLIENTS.
BUT HE SAYS THE CREDIT CRUNCH AND THE DROP IN SPENDING... WILL CONTINUE TO PUT THE BREAKS ON NEW BUSINESS' IN THE NEW YEAR.


Chip Cherry: "I don't think you'll see anything take off, but I don't think you'll see it continue to contract like it did last year."

CHERRY SAYS THE COMMISSION'S WORKING TO SECURE PROJECTS IN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF 2010... THAT COULD BRING NEW JOBS TO THE COUNTY.
ONE POSSIBLE PROJECT IS CALLED "PROJECT Q"... WHICH COULD BRING A ONE MILLION SQUARE FOOT MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITY TO SOUTH BIBB COUNTY NEXT SUMMER.


THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM OR I-B... IS A CHALLENGING PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

TODAY ABOUT 30 JUNIORS AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IN MACON... WERE WELCOMED IN TO THE PROGRAM. AS PART OF THE CEREMONY... THE JUNIORS RECEIVED BRONZE PINS... PINNED ON BY 2009 PROGRAM GRADUATES.
CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS WERE ALSO GIVEN TO THOSE GRADUATES.
JOHNATAN LEE A 2005 GRADUATE THAT ATTENDS U-G-A... SAYS THAT EVEN THOUGH THE PROGRAM CAN BE DIFFICULT... ITS WORTH ALL THE EFFORT.

jonathan lee 2005 graduate " the most important Qualification is that a student be highly motivated it its a kid from any middle school from any economic back ground who says look i am willing to step up and challenge myself in high school"

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL IS THE ONLY SCHOOL IN MIDDLE GEORGIA TO HAVE THE I-B PROGRAM.
PROGRAM OFFICALS SAY MOST STUDENTS WHO JOIN... GET ACCEPTED TO COLLEGE DURING THEIR SENIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL.



THE MACON RESCUE MISSION PREPARES FOR THE COLD STRETCH EXPECTED TO HIT CENTRAL GEORGIA.

THEY SPENT THE AFTERNOON SETTING OUT MATTRESSES AND BLANKETS.
RESCUE MISSION OFFICIALS SAY THEIR FACILITY WILL ALLOW THE HOMELESS TO STAY OVERNIGHT... IF THE TEMPERATURE DROPS BELOW THIRTY DEGREES.
EMPLOYEES SEE THIS AS A SMALL... BUT IMPORTANT EFFORT TO HELP THE COMMUNITY.


Darrell Winn, Macon
"It's a total blessing because you get to see the change in people's faces. when they come in here and they're broken down, they're cold, they're hungry, they're needy. we try to help all we can here. you know, if we can't accomodate for everything we can at least do something for you."

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP THE MACON RESCUE MISSION... CONTACT 478-743-5445... AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 478-743-5445.

WE'RE PRETTY MUCH GOING TO PLUNGE INTO THIS BRUTALLY COLD WEATHER STUFF FOR THE NEXT WEEK.
AND IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE.
WE PULLED SOME QUICK TIPS FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL.

CHECK YOUR SPACE HEATERS FOR PROPER VENTILATION.... IN OTHER WORDS GIVE THEM A LOT OF SPACE AND KEEP THEM AWAY FROM FURNITURE AND CURTAINS AND YOUR BED....PLUS TAKE A LOOK AT THE WIRES TO MAKE SURE THEY LOOK GOOD.
DO NOT USE CHARCOAL OR GAS GRILLS INDOORS.... THEY WILL PUT OFF DADLY CARBON MONOXIDE FUMES.

MAKE SURE YOUR FIREPLACE FLUTES ARE WORKING PROPERLY.
IT'S NOT A BAD IDEA TO CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS... ESPECIALLY OLDER FOLKS OR PEOPLE THAT HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS.
YOU'VE HEARD IT BEFORE BUT TAKE CARE OF YOUR FURRY FRIENDS AND KEEP THEM INSIDE.... AND HERE'S SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF... WHEN YOU TAKE ROVER OUT FOR A WALK... LET HIM WALK IN THE GRASS AND NOT THE COLD SIDEWALK.
AND WHEN YOU GO OUT... DRESS IN LAYERS AND PUT A HAT ON YOUR HEAD TO HELP KEEP IN THE HEAT.




THERES BEEN A STEADY SNOW FALL AND STRONG WINDS ALL DAY IN LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS...AND WITH ANOTHER STORM SLATED FOR SUNDAY... SOME PEOPLE SAY THEY'RE READY FOR IT TO END.

MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO JUST STAY INSIDE AND WAIT OUT THE STORM... BUT THERE'S NO RELAXING FOR THOSE THE CLEARNING SNOW... ESPECIALLY THE PLOW CREWS... THEY'RE LOADING UP FOR ANOTHER LONG NIGHT AHEAD.
THE WORK IS WELCOMED BY SNOW PLOWERS... THE STORM HELPS THEM RACK UP MORE MONEY... ESPECIALLY SINCE IT WILL LIKELY REQUIRE OVERTIME.
OTHERS ARE TRYING TO GET RESOURCES TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS HEAVY WINTER MIX.


"I bought the neccessary stuff I need, I bought food for the house. I got my washer fluid, I've got gas in the car so I'm all set. I got an all-wheel drive."



JASON... LUCKY WE DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF WEATHER HERE!

WE JOIN METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON IN THE WEATHER CENTER.
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THANKS JASON WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER.


HE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE HELPING OTHERS...THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES SAID-- ABOUT SALVATION ARMY MAJOR PHIILIP WISE.
WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW PEOPLE REMEMBERED HIM AT HIS FUNERAL... THAT STORY... AFTER THE BREAK.



HE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE HELPING OTHERS...THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES SAID-- ABOUT SALVATION ARMY MAJOR PHIILIP WISE.
A FUNERAL SERVICE CELEBRATING WISE'S LIFE WAS HELD IN MORGANTOWN... WEST VIRGINIA.


THE SERVICE AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN MORGANTOWN BEGAN WITH THREE YOUNG CHILDREN LIGHTING CANDLES, IN REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR FATHER, SALVATION ARMY MAJOR PHILIP WISE. ON CHRISTMAS EVE, WISE WAS SHOT AND KILLED, IN FRONT OF HIS CHILDREN, DURING A ROBBERY IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS .



[TAKE PKG]

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55:25..."When I heard the news about Phil, he left in such a tragic way, my heart was filled with rage and anger. Then, I thought for a moment, Phil wouldn't want that -- and the scripture verse came to my mind, to be absent from my body, is to be resent with the Lord.



WISE, A NATIVE OF WEIRTON, HAD BEEN WITH THE SALVATION ARMY FOR SEVENTEEN YEARS. HE WAS KNOWN AS A HUMBLE, SOFT-SPOKEN PASTOR, WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SERVING OTHERS, AND SAVING. CAPTAIN BOB CORNETT SAYS EVEN IN DEATH, PHIL WISE IS REACHING OUT TO OTHERS"



59:21.."In his passing, in this tragic event, that the devil for something evil and rotten. Hundreds and thousands, and even perhaps millions of people have heard the gospel on national television, because of Phil, and because of the death, his death, on Christmas Eve."



PHIL WISE TOUCHED MANY LIVES, INCLUDING THOSE IN HIS FAMILY.






49:36..."We are the ones that will miss him. He has left a big void, and will never be filled, I do know that since Philip was married, those were the happiest times of his life. He loved his wife.



11:58...."He was a very good man. He loved the mission of the Salvation Army and he thought about others, more than himself, and that's the heartbeat of what the Salvation Army is about. It's about others he was serving, those who needed Christmas, and those that needed help."



AS FOR THE PERSON WHO TOOK HIS LIFE, CAPTAIN GARNETT SAYS THEY HAVE A DEBT TO PAY TO SOCIETY. BUT, HE SAYS PHIL WOULD WANT HIS WORK IN THE COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE.



8:34..."I think the first thing is we can't keep asking why, because there is no answer to why. Phil would have wanted us to live on, and help people. That's what he gave his life, serving the community. He died in ministry, much like anybody else would die, in the line of their own duty. He died loving people, so we need to live on, and love people."


WISE LEAVES BEHIND HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN AGES FOUR...SIX..AND EIGHT.



MORE THAN 61-THOUSAND PEOLPLE POURED INTO A CHURCH IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTES TO REMEMBER 11- YEAR OLD SARAH HALEY FOXWELL.

POLICE SAY A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER TOOK SARAH FROM HER BEDROOM ON DECEMBER TWENTY-SECOND.
HER BODY WAS LATER FOUND IN A WOODED AREA WITH THE HELP OF OVER THREE THOUSAND VOLUNTEERS.
THERE ARE CURRENTLY THREE BILLS WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH MARYLAND'S CONGRESS CALLED SARAH'S LAW THAT WOULD STRENGTHEN LAWS AGAINST SEX OFFENDERS.

TWO MEN ARE IN POLICE CUSTODY AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING... IN AUSTIN TEXAS.

AUSTIN POLICE SAY A MAN CAME TO THEM CLAIMING HE...AND SEVERAL OTHERS... WERE BEING HELD AGAINST THEIR WILL IN THIS FIRST-FLOOR APARTMENT.
THE MAN TOLD THEM HE ESCAPED BY BREAKING OUT A WINDOW AND THEN RUNNING TO A LOCAL MARKET FOR HELP.
ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS... THE MAN SAID HE AND THE OTHERS WERE SMUGGLED INTO THE U.S. AND THEN HELD WITHOUT FOOD AND WATER UNTIL FAMILY MEMBERS COULD COME UP WITH A TWO-THOUSAND DOLLAR FEE.
POLICE RAIDED THE APARTMENT AND FOUND SEVERAL PEOPLE... THEY BELIEVE WERE BEING HELD CAPTIVE.
THEY ARRESTED TWO MEN... BOTH ARE BEING HELD ON 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.
A WASHINGTON D-C MAN SAYS HE DESERVES THE DISTRICT'S FIRST GAY MARRIAGE LICENSE.
HE AND HIS PARTNER SUED THE CITY IN 1990 FOR THE RIGHT TO GET MARRIED.
THEY LOST THE LANDMARK CASE... AND HIS PARTNER DIED OF AIDS IN 1997.
THE MAN GOT ENGAGED TO HIS CURRENT PARTNER ON CHRISTMAS.
HE SAYS HE SAID "YES"... AS LONG AS HE COULD GET MARRIED IN WASHINGTON.
THE DISTRICT LEGALIZED GAY MARRIAGE LAST MONTH... AND CONGRESS HAS UNTIL MARCH TO DECIDE WHETHER TO STRIKE DOWN THE NEW LAW.
THIS PHOTO IS LIAM CALLING HIS MOM FROM THE AVIATION MUSEUM PLAYGROUND...
THIS PHOTO IS OF CADI PETTING CO-CO, AT THE PRE-K FALL FESTIVAL IN HAWKINSVILLE.

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