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Clint Eastwood to Film Baseball Scene in Macon

Clint Eastwood is coming to Macon early next month to film a scene for a baseball-themed movie at Luther Williams Field, according to a member of the film's production team.

And the producers are holding tryouts at the ballpark this Saturday for ballplayers to appear in the movie.

The movie is called "Trouble with the Curve." It also stars Justin Timberlake, Amy Adams and John Goodman.

The film's sport coordinator Aimee McDaniel says they plan to film at Luther Williams Field on Thursday, March 8. She says Clint Eastwood will be part of that filming.

She says they're looking for people to play minor league baseball players and will hold tryouts at Luther Williams this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. They're also looking for coaches and umpires.

Macon Police Officers Accused of Theft, Sexual Assault

Macon police said Wednesday they plan to fire three officers: One accused of stealing a TV accidentally delivered to his house, a second for having sex with a suspect, and third for his role in that officer's investigation.

A police news release says officers Anthony Cason and Freddy Fountain were served with five-day notices of termination. The release says Anthony Cason admitted the charges against him.

The release gives this account of the cases:

On Jan. 19, a TV was expected to be delivered to an apartment on Brookwood Drive, but the package was mistakenly dropped off at the wrong apartment. 

According to police, Cason and his wife Felicia Cason accepted the TV and kept it in their home.

The couple admitted to keeping the TV after UPS tracking information showed it was delivered to the wrong address.

Both were arrested and charged with felony theft by taking.

Georgia Legislation to Address Metal Thefts

At at recent Macon City Council meeting about public safety, council president James Timley questioned Macon Police Chief Mike Burns on why there are so few officers working metal thefts.

Burns acknowledged metal theft is a big problem in the area, and was a major factor in the increase in thefts last year.

But he says he hopes legislation at the state capitol will help combat the problem.

According to the Associated Press, a Georgia Senate panel has approved a bill targeting scrap metal theft that places more requirements on recyclers and requires sellers of used cars 20 years or older without a title to prove ownership.

Chip Koplin, governmental and public affairs manager for Schnitzer Southeast LLC, a metal recycling business, stopped by the studio to discuss the bill with Randall Savage and Stephanie Susskind on Eyewitness News Mornin'.

He says metal recyclers support many parts of the bill, but have a few issues with others.

Buca di Beppo Opening Restaurant Near Macon

A new restaurant is scheduled to open at The Shoppes at River Crossing this summer.

The mall owners announced that the Italian restaurant chain Buca di Beppo will open a restaurant at The Shoppes at River Crossing and at nine other malls it owns around the country, including one in Augusta.

The mall owner is General Growth Properties, headquartered in Chicago.

The Buca di Beppo chain is owned by Planet Hollywood, Inc.

The restaurant serves Italian meals "family-style."

A news release issued jointly by the mall owner and the restaurant chain said the new restaurant would open "during late summer."

The general manager of the Shoppes at River Crossing, Bill Baker, said the restaurant would open in the vacant space across the main entrance from Barnes and Noble.

Cherry Blossom Gift Shop Has Grand Opening

The Cherry Blossom Festival held it's kickoff event Wednesday morning at the new Cherry Blossom Gift Shop on Mulberry.

There are several items being added to the festivities this year.  The gift shop is offering 30th anniversary art and pins for the festival.

According to a press release,  the store will also host 'Sip, See & Shop in Pink' as a part of NewTown's Friday Fest activities March 2nd.

NewTown is also adding a trolley to the mix.  Free rides will be offered from Central City Park through downtown all ten days of the festival.  The route schedule can be found at www.cherryblossom.com.

Buckeyes Too Much for Mercer

The Mercer men's lacrosse team scored six goals in the second half, but couldn't keep pace with the visiting Ohio St. Buckeyes in the 2012 season opener at Bear Field on Saturday.

The Buckeyes, who were receiving votes in several preseason Top 25 rankings, scored seven goals in the second quarter which proved to be the difference in Saturday's game.

In what was a rematch of last season's season opener, the Bears showed much improvement over the20-2 loss in Columbus last year.

A big reason for the Bears' success on Saturday was the play of MU's faceoff specialist, Justin Evans. Evans, a freshman from Kennesaw, finished the day 17-of-23 on faceoff attempts, giving the Bears a clear advantage of possession throughout the game.

Prep Hoop Scores For February 13

Here are GHSA Region tournament scores reported to 13WMAZ for Monday, February 13:

Region 2AAA @ Howard:

Girls

Central 53  Baldwin 42

West Laurens 59  Peach Co. 46

Boys

Rutland 77  Perry 66

Peach Co. 50  West Laurens 29

Region 4AA @ Morgan Co.:

Boys 

Pike Co. 53  Southwest 34

Region 1AAAA @ Northside, Columbus:

Girls

Lee Co. 64  Houston Co. 51

Northside 72  Thomas Co. Central 68

Warner Robins 83  Northside, Columbus 79 (Overtime)