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<<opening for eyewitness news at six>>

HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.

THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

A WARNER ROBINS REALTOR SAYS CONSTRUCTION IS CAUSING A MOUNTAIN OF A PROBLEM FOR ONE POTENTIAL HOME SALE.

CLAIRE GREEN WITH GOLDEN KEY REALTY SAYS SHE'S READY TO WASH HER HANDS OF THE LISTING... MAINLY BECAUSE SHE FEARS IT MIGHT GET DIRTIER.

<<nats- cars

LOCATED ON A WELL BEATEN PATH... NEAR THE CORNER OF WATSON BOULEVARD AND HIGHWAY 41....

Claire Green, Realtor: (35:59) "It's a 2,000 square foot home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths."

REALTOR CLAIRE GREEN SAYS THIS LISTING GETS LOTS OF TRAFFIC.

Claire Green: (36:27) "I have had interest, just no buyers yet. No offers yet."

SHE'S PRETTY SURE THE LATEST LANDSCAPING ADDITION MAY NOT HELP MAKE THE SALE.

nats- bulldozers

BULLDOZERS FROM A NEW CONSTRUCTION SITE PILED UP A MOUNTAIN OF MUCK... TWICE AS TALL AS THE HOUSE.... AND JUST FIVE FEET FROM THE BACK DOOR.

Lorra Lynch: (44:20) "The realtor says when the owner built in the 70'S, she never dreamed this tower of dirt, would dwarf her home. Back then, all of this, was a peach orchard."

Claire Green: (36:50) "She built on an acre of land, but at the very back of the property."

THE NEW NEIGHBOR WILL BE A PUBLIX... BUT FOR NOW... A FABRIC... FOUR FOOT RETAINING WALL SEPERATES THE HOUSE FROM WHAT GREEN DESCRIBES AS A MUDSLIDE WAITING TO HAPPEN.

Claire Green: (38:50) "I try not to let that make me lose sleep at night."

BUT SHE SAYS... THE MONTH OLD MOUND... AND GIANT MACHINERY MOVING ON TOP... WORRIES THE OWNER... WHO MOVED TO ATLANTA.

Claire: (38:00) "Not real, real happy."

BUT GREEN SAYS SHE WON'T LET THE MUDDY MESS... SINK HER HOPES OF SELLING.

Claire Green: (38:15) "I have a feeling once this is all complete and smoothed over, it's going to look very nice."

PLUS THE OWNER SHOVELED A FEW THOUSAND OFF the TOP LAST WEEK... DROPPING THE PRICE OF THE HOME... AND ITS PRIME OPPORTUNITY FOR DIRT BIKING.... TO 150-THOUSAND.

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GREEN SAYS THE PROPERTY IS ZONED RESIDENTIAL NOW... BUT MAY BE A BETTER FIT FOR A COMMERCIAL BUSINESS.

THE SITE MANAGER WORKING ON THE EXCAVATION OF THE NEW PUBLIX SITE.. SAID HE PLANS TO HAVE THE PILE OF DIRT SMOOTHED OUT WITHIN A WEEK.

POLICE SAY A MACON COUNTY MAN IS IN JAIL TODAY AFTER SHOOTING HIS THREE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

MONTEZUMA'S POLICE CHIEF SAYS 33-YEAR-OLD QUENTIN JAMES SANDERS FACES SEVERAL CHARGES... INCLUDING AGGRAVATED BATTERY... AGGRAVATED ASSAULT... AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON.

POLICE SAY THE SHOOTING HAPPENED SUNDAY MORNING AT THE GRAYSTONE APARTMENTS ON SOUTH DOOLY STREET.

CHIEF ERIC FINCH SAYS SANDERS WAS ARGUING WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND ROYDESHIA BROWN WHEN HE STARTED SHOOTING AT HER.

FINCH SAYS A BULLET HIT THE CHILD IN THE LEFT LEG...WENT THROUGH..... AND HIT HER RIGHT HEEL.

SHE WAS TREATED AT FLINT RIVER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AND RELEASED.

FINCH SAYS SANDERS HAS BEEN ARRESTED BEFORE...MOST RECENTLY IN 2007...FOR ROBBERY...ASSAULT...AND BATTERY.

WARNER ROBINS POLICE CHARGED A MACON MAN WITH MURDER AFTER A DOMESTIC FIGHT LEFT A WARNER ROBINS WOMAN DEAD.

A NEWS RELEASE SAYS OFFICERS FOUND RACHEL BOYD WITH A HEAD WOUND... AND THOMAS SMITH OF MACON WITH MULTIPLE STAB WOUNDS AT AN APARTMENT ON MEMORIAL TERRACE LAST NIGHT.

THE RELEASE SAYS BOTH WERE TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER IN MACON... WHERE BOYD DIED.

POLICE ARRESTED THOMAS SMITH AND CHARGED HIM WITH MURDER AND AGGRAVATED BATTERY IN CONNECTION WITH HER DEATH.

DOZENS OF ABUSED ANIMALS ARE SAFE AFTER BEING TAKEN TO THE DUBLIN HUMANE SOCIETY.

THEY WERE RESCUED FROM A SHELTER IN MISSISSIPPI.

AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... THE BOND BETWEEN MAN AND ANIMAL PROMPTED THREE MEN TO GO TO GREAT LENGTHS...AND DISTANCE... TO FIND THE DOGS NEW HOMES-----

(***nat pop***)

THE RESCUERS PULLED UP AROUND 11 A.M... A FULL TWELVE HOURS AFTER THEY GOT ON THE ROAD IN HARRISON COUNTY MISSISSIPPI, JUST OUTSIDE BILOXI.

80 DOGS WERE IN TOW...AFTER THEY WERE RESCUED FROM A SHELTER-GONE-WRONG.

"NATS BARKING"

THESE WERE AMONG THE MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED DOGS AND CATS RESCUERS FOUND PACKED THREE TO A KENNEL...OUTDOORS... ON LESS THAN AN ACRE OF LAND.

Kevin Hicks "They didnt have clean water, no fresh food"

IRENE SUMNER IS DIRECTOR OF THE DUBLIN HUMANE SOCIETY. SHE SAYS SHE'S ALREADY OVERWHELMED BY THE NUMBER OF NEEDY ANIMALS IN HER OWN COMMUNITY, BUT WHEN SHE HEARD WHAT these ANIMALS HAD GONE THROUGH SHE COULDN'T TURN THEM AWAY.

"Every now and again this is where we help each other out."

SO MANY DOGS...THE HUMANE SOCIETY RAN OUT OF CLEAN WATER DISHES... AND SUMNER NEEDS TO GET THE ANIMALS ADOPTED QUICKLY.

Irene Sumner "They all seem to have really wonderful personalities so I'm just hoping that the public sees that and comes in and starts adopting."

SHE SAID THE COSTS OF KEEPING THEM FOR UP TO TWO MONTHS WOULD REACH 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

AND WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

"Prayers! We are asking the public to help as we always do."

THE RESCUERS SAY IT WILL BE A SAD GOODBYE, BUT WORTH IT IF THE DOGS CAN FIND GOOD HOMES.

Kevin Hicks"For us its rewarding, seeing the conditions that they were in, and now seeing the end process."

THE WOMAN WHO RUNS THE SHELTER IN MISSISSIPPI HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TEN COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AND COULD FACE UP TO ONE HUNDRED DAYS IN JAIL AND A THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING ONE OF THESE DOGS, WE HAVE A PHONE NUMBER FOR YOU-----

IT'S 478 272-5341.

THAT'S 478 272-5341.

IMAGINE PUTTING LOTS OF MILES ON YOUR CAR AND USING YOUR HARD EARNED GAS MONEY TO DRIVE STRANGERS AROUND TOWN.

WE MET UP WITH ONE MAN FROM PERRY WHO'S BEEN DOING THAT FOR SEVEN YEARS.

HE SAYS IT'S HIS WAY OF GIVING BACK.... IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.

For Willie Hill, riding around in his 1989 silver Cadillac is a favorite past time...but only when he's making rounds for someone in need.

1:21 I think I've been blessed and I believe I'm blessed so I can be a blessing to someone else.

Hill who retired years ago...volunteers with the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

sot:

2:36 It makes me feel good inside.

He uses his own car and gas money to help people who can't drive...do things like show up for doctor visits and grocery shopping. On this day....Hill drove from his home in Perry to pick up a woman in Macon to take her to the doctor's office.

1:19 I had a fairly decent life and I'm proud of it. I want to share what the Lord has blessed me with with someone else.

3:29 Unfortunately, Willie is our only transport volunteer at this time. We did have others but due to gas prices and our current economic situation, we lost those volunteers.

Janie Pulnott with the Medical Center of Central Georgia says Hill has been a volunteer about seven years and his dedication is invaluable.

1:19 He has a very big heart. He is a very compassionate and understanding volunteer and his goal is to help ohters in need and that's what it's all about.

17:18 I could really use many more volunteers like Willie Hill.

Hill says he's glad he's able to help and can't think of a better way to spend his retirement.

19:06 They tell me how grateful they are and sometimes try to pay and i say no because then you'll be taking away my purpose and my purpose is to help somebody else.

WILLIE SAYS HE HAS LOST TRACK OF HOW MANY MILES HE HAS PUT ON HIS CAR SINCE BECOMING A TRANSPORT VOLUNTEER.

THE MEDICAL CENTER SAYS IT CAN ALWAYS USE MORE VOLUNTEERS.

YOU CAN CONTACT JANIE POULNOTT FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 478-633-7107.

IF YOU KNOW A HERO, NEED A HERO OR WANT TO BE A HERO..JOIN OUR HERO ARMY AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.

MACON WILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER WAY TO RAKE IN MORE MONEY FOR THE CITY'S HALLS OF FAME MUSEUMS.

A PROPOSED HOTEL-MOTEL TAX INCREASE DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT DURING CROSSOVER DAY IN THE LEGISLATURE.

MACON REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE INTRODUCED THE PROPOSAL.

HE AND DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS ARE JOINING US NOW.

SO THE HOTEL-MOTEL TAX HIKE DIDN'T MAKE IT THROUGH CROSSOVER DAY...

WHAT DOES THE MEAN FOR THE SPORTS AND MUSIC HALLS OF FAMES?

HOW WILL THIS IMPACT CENTRAL GEORGIA?

WHAT MORE IS BEING DONE TO KEEP THE HALLS OF FAME UP AND RUNNING?

REPRESTATIVE PEAKE... YOUR PROPOSAL TO BAN TEXTING AND DRIVING DID SURVIVE CROSSOVER DAY.

EXPLAIN THE LEGISLATION.

TODAY'S 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... IS MACON THE BEST PLACE FOR THE GEORGIA SPORTS AND MUSIC HALLS OF FAME?

51 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.

AND 49 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.

VOTE RIGHT NOW.

LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

TONIGHT AT ELEVEN...

Bofta Yimam

"Court documents show for the past several years a grand jury has recommended the Telfair County jail be replaced, but so far, no action has been taken, find out what the county is working on to help find a solution, and what problems the grand jury cited in these documents."

BOFTA YIMAM WILL HAVE THAT STORY TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN..

MANY PEOPLE AROUND MACON HAVE SENT COMPLAINTS TO CITY COUNCIL ABOUT HOW THE CITY COLLECTS GARBAGE FEES.

CURRENTLY...THE TAX COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE COLLECTS GARBAGE FEES.

LAST YEAR...THE CITY STARTED PUTTING LIENS AGAINST HOMES WHERE THE GARBAGE FEES WERE UNPAID....AND SEIZING THE HOMES.

THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE IS HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING RIGHT NOW FOR PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUE.

WE'LL HAVE MORE TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.

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THE EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC IS UP NEXT.

HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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