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Mayor's Office Will Head Up Macon's Anti-Gang Efforts

The Macon mayor's office will take charge of a program to curb youth violence and gang activity.

After several attempts by city council member Virgil Watkins to get other members on board, the public safety committee decided to give the mayor's office full responsibility.

The only vote against the initiative came from councilman Henry Gibson. He says the police department should head up the prevention program.

"When you think of gangs, you don't think of the mayor's office, you think of the police department. That's why we have 305 personnel down there to handle whether it's gangs or bullets, guns or bullets, or strategy."

Watkins says both agencies will work together in the program.

The appropriations committee still needs to vote on hiring a civilian coordinator for the anti-gang effort.

Watkins says he is working to find $200,000 in next year's budget to help fund the program.

"42" Crew Preps Macon Jewelry Store

A "42" set crew worked in downtown Macon at a historic jewelry shop to prep the place Monday for filming. Movie producers will use Andersen's Jewelers as a location for a rain scene. Shop owner Richard Rayson found irony not only in Monday's rain outside his shop but also in his real first name.

"My real first name is Harrison, and I find it ironic that Harrison Ford might be in my shop later this week," Rayson said.

The set crew is installing decorative covers for an outside air conditioning unit to dress up the exterior of the building. 13WMAZ has learned the scene involves a rain storm and actors will duck into Andersen's Jewelry to have a chat.

Andersen's Jewelers also is home to lots of antique merchandise from aroudn the

Rayson's shop remains open until the movie crews need to shoot the scene. He expects that toward the end of this week.

For continuing coverage of "42" filming check back with 13WMAZ.com.

Bullet Remains After Woman Shot in Head

A Macon woman shot in the head on Saturday not only survived, but the bullet is still there.

Doris Day says she was sitting in her car outside of Kris's Corner Shop when she saw about a dozen people running away from the car wash towards the store.

"They was taking off running, so me, I see everybody running. I jump out my car," said Day. "And I try to run to the store, cause we got the bulletproof glass in there, so I am trying to get back into the store."

She said while heading towards the door that a bullet struck her in the head.

"What saved my life was I guess when the bullet ricocheted off the building, it hit something before it hit me," said Day.  "If it wouldn't have hit nothing before it hit me, I would have been dead."

Macon Police reported that they were called out to the scene, where they found Day and transported her to the Medical Center.

City Will Listen to Public Opinions on 2013 Macon Budget

Macon residents can put in their two cents on the 2013 city budget at a public hearing Monday night.

City council members will listen to opinions and take questions from anyone in attendance starting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Rain Moves '42' Filming Indoors

Crews for "42 have moved today's filming" inside because of the weather.

The film's publicist confirms that crews shot some scenes today in a city building in Central City Park, near Luther Williams Field.

FULL COVERAGE: The Filming of "42"

Extras say they arrived by 7 this morning and have been waiting around most of the day.

Now, the shooting is taking place inside the actual baseball stadium for a locker room scene.

Hundreds of extras came out starting last Thursday to make a cameo in the production starring Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni and Chadwick Bozeman.

The film tells the story of how Jackie Robinson's broke major league baseball's color barrier in 1947. Bozeman plays the Brooklyn Dodgers' legend, and Ford plays the team executive who signed him.

Macon Woman Shot in Head, Hospitalized

A woman is at the Medical Center of Central Georgia after taking a bullet to the head.

A release says witness told Macon police a group of men were "hanging out" at the car wash on Millerfield Road when a fight broke out.

After officers arrived they found a 30-year-old woman had been shot in the head, but was alert and still able to talk to them.

Macon police ask if anyone has any information on this case to call Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Team '42' Hits Baseball Diamond For Play, Not Work

A few of the cast members from the movie '42' used their downtime from filming to relax and play some actual baseball.

The group came out to Mount De Sales baseball field on Saturday afternoon.


It was a friendly game of baseball between Team "42" and the Tigers of the Middle Georgia Baseball League.

Chris Dunn, president of the League, organized the game so the cast and crew can have something to do over the weekend. Dunn said about nine people showed up to take part in the game.

13WMAZ's Chief Meteorologist Ben Jones, threw out the opening pitch.

The catcher on Team 42, Steven Pickett, says he loves making a movie but is glad to return to his first love, baseball.