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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
AUTHORITIES ARE WAITING FOR AUTOPSIES... AND NEIGHBORS ARE WAITING FOR ANSWERS... AFTER TWO WOMEN WERE FOUND SHOT TO DEATH... AND A MAN -- INJURED -- INSIDE A MONROE COUNTY HOME YESTERDAY.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS ALAYNA AND RONALD PRUITT... AND SHERRY PRICE WERE FOUND AT 91 DEBRA DRIVE... OFF HIGHWAY 74 NEAR THE BIBB COUNTY AND MONROE COUNTY LINE.
VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS WHY NEIGHBORS SAY THEY'RE BLINDSIDED BY THE KILLINGS.

TABATHA MOSLEY "IT WAS VERY UPSETTING FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO HAPPEN OUT HERE."

THINGS ARE QUIET AGAIN IN TABATHA MOSLEY'S NEIGHBORHOOD... THE MORNING AFTER MONROE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY... TWO WOMEN ACROSS THE STREET ... ALAYNA PRUITT... AND SHERRY PRICE... WERE FOUND SHOT TO DEATH... AND PRUITT'S HUSBAND... RONALD... WAS FOUND CRITICALLY INJURED... ALSO FROM GUNFIRE.
MOSLEY SAYS SHE KNEW THE PRUITT'S FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.

MOSELY "I USED TO GO OVER THERE AND TALK TO HER. WE SIT OUT ON THE PORCH AND TALK OR STAND OUT IN THE ROAD AND TALK. AND JUST... REAL SWEET PEOPLE."

MOSELY SAYS HER NEIGHBORS... COULD ALWAYS BE COUNTED ON.

MOSLEY "THEY GAVE MY CHILDREN A TRAMPOLINE ABOUT A YEAR OR SO AGO. YOU KNOW, JUST GET THEM LITTLE THINGS AND WHATEVER. COME OVER HERE AND HELP MY HUSBAND WITH A CAR OR WHATEVER. JUST GOOD PEOPLE."

MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF JOHN BITTICK SAYS A RELATIVE FOUND THE THREE INSIDE THEIR DEBRA DRIVE HOME SATURDAY MORNING.

43-YEAR-OLD ALAYNA PRUITT AND SHERRY PRICE.. WHO'S AGE IS UNKNOWN... WERE FOUND DEAD... EACH SHOT ONCE. 52-YEAR-OLD RONALD PRUITT --- UNRESPONSIVE -- WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

BITTICK SAYS IT'S LIKELY THE WOMEN WERE KILLED FRIDAY NIGHT... HE SAYS HE'S NOT SURE WHEN RONALD PRUITT WAS INJURED. THE SHERIFF SAYS THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF BREAKING AND ENTERING AT THE HOME.

NEIGHBOR CHRISTOPHER STROWDER SAYS THE PRUITT HOME WAS ALWAYS QUIET AND EASY-GOING... MUCH LIKE THE REST OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

CHRISTOPHER STOWDER "ESPECIALLY ON THIS STREET. EVERYONE LOOKS OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER."

NOW HE... AND OTHERS SAY... PEOPLE ARE LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDERS... AFTER THE SHOCK OF THESE KILLINGS.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

BITTICK SAYS PRUITT AND PRICE'S BODIES WERE TAKEN TO THE G-B-I CRIME LAB IN ATLANTA... FOR AN AUTOPSY.... WITH RESULTS EXPECTED TUESDAY.
HE SAYS THEY FOUND A FIREARM AT THE CRIME SCENE.
BITTICK SAYS THEY WOULD NOT RELEASE THE TYPE OF WEAPON BEFORE THE BALLISTICS TESTING ON IT WAS COMPLETE.

A MAN DIED AFTER HIS CAR SLAMMED INTO AN ICE MACHINE EARLY THIS MORNING.

BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS 34 YEAR-OLD WILLIAM JARRELL WAS DRIVING A 2006 NISSAN ALTIMA... WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR... SWERVED OFF THE ROAD... HIT THE MACHINE.. AND FLIPPED OVER.
JONES SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE AND ANTHONY ROAD... AROUND ONE-O-CLOCK.
HE SAYS JARRELL WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE.

JONES SAYS HE DIED AT THE SCENE.
THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

AFTER ABOUT A DECADE OF PLANNING... FUNDRAISING... AND BUILDING... A WARNER ROBINS CONGREGATION HELD ITS FIRST CHURCH SERVICE TODAY... INSIDE THEIR NEW DOMED SANCTUARY.

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THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE PACKED FELLOWSHIP BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH FOR SERVICE THIS MORNING.
THE BUILDING SEATS NEARLY THREE-THOUSAND.
PASTOR WILLIE REID SAYS THEIR OLD BUILDING WASN'T BIG ENOUGH FOR CHURCH SERVICES.
THE NEW DOME WAS SELECTED NOT ONLY FOR ITS SIZE AND STYLE... BUT ALSO FOR SAFETY AND COST EFFICIENCY.
MONOLITHIC DOMES ARE PROVEN TO BE GREAT SAFE HAVENS... FROM TORNADOES... AND HURRICANES.
REID SAYS THEY PLAN TO TALK WITH FEMA... TO GET APPROVAL FOR IT TO SERVE AS AN EMERGENCY SHELTER... INCASE OF SEVERE WEATHER.
THE PASTOR SAYS THE DOME IS A DREAM COME TRUE.

PASTOR WILLIE REID, FELLOWSHIP BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH
"WHAT THE SERMON WAS ABOUT TODAY IS PRAISING GOD FROM WHERE HE'S BROUGHT US FROM AND THE SACRFICES EVERBODIES MADE.. IT WAS A BLESSING TO BE IN REALITY TODAY AND TO BE IN THIS PLACE.
OLA HILL, WARNER ROBINS
"OH MY GOD IT'S JUST SO BEAUTIFUL. IT LOOKS LIKE A DOME MADE OF GOLD AND SILVER. SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN TRULY APPRECIATE. JUST UPON ENTERING IT YOU HAD A GOOD FEELING."

REID SAYS THE DOME COST SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS.

A COCHRAN CHURCH TOOK THE TIME TO HONOR THREE OF THEIR ODLEST MEMBERS THIS AFTERNOON.

IT'S WAS PART OF WARD BAPTIST CHURCH'S MAN OF HONOR PROGRAM.
THEY CELEBRATED THREE WOMEN... WHO WERE A CENTURY OLD... OR MORE.
THE TRIO... 100-YEAR-OLD BESSIE MCCRIMMON... 101-YEAR-OLD IONIA GLENN... AND 102-YEAR-OLD SALLE CONEY.
ALL RECEIVED A SASH WITH THEIR NAME AND AGE... AND A PLAQUE.
CHURCH MEMBERS SAYS THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HONOR PEOPLE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.
CONEY SAYS SHE GRATEFUL FOR HER CHURCH'S EFFORT.

SALLIE CONEY, COCHRAN "IT MAKES YOU FEEL PROUD I THINK THAT THE LIFE YOU LIVE SPEAKS FOR YOU"
OTIS SIMMONS ORGANIZER 5-10 " TO SHOW OUR LOVE SOME TIMES WE DONT SHOW ENOUGH LOVE SO THIS IS PART US AT WARD CHAPEL"

GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDED THE PRESIDENT OF THE BLECKELY COUNTY NAACP SEAN BATTLE.
THIS WAS THE ELEVENTH YEAR THE CHURCH HELD THE PROGRAM.

SOME FOLKS CAME OUT TO CELEBRATE THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DOUGLAS THEATRE TODAY.

MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE CAME OUT TO THE HISTORIC SITE FOR A NEWS CONFERENCE.
MEMBERS OF THE THEATRE'S "90TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE" ANNOUNCED SOME OF EVENTS... THEY'RE PLANNING FOR THIS YEAR... TO CELEBRATE THE WELL-KNOWN THEATRE.
THE GROUP ALSO KICKED OFF THE CELEBRATION WITH A BROADWAY HIT CALLED (FELLA) FELA.
ORGANIZER KENNETH ROLLINS SAYS THEY'VE SCHEDULED AT LEAST TWELVE EVENTS FOR THE YEAR... IN HOPES OF RE-GAINING THE THEATRE'S COMMUNITY RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT.

KENNETH ROLLINS, ORGANIZER: "MANY PEOPLE HAVE SEEN EITHER THEIR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS PERFORMING HERE OR THEY'VE SEEN SOME MORE POPULAR INTERNATIONAL AND NATIOANL ENTERTAINERS, YOU KNOW...EVERYBODY CAN CONNECT WITH THE DOUGLAS."
GAIL DUMAS-LOUDER,PLAYRIGHT AND AUTHOR :"SUPPORT THE DOUGLAS BECASUE IT IS THE HISTORIC PLACE, ITS A WARM FRIENDLY KIND, JUST THE ENERGY AND SPIRITUALITY HERE IS JUST PHENONMENAL."

IF YOU WANT TO GET IN ON SOME OF THE CELEBRATIONS... CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT 13-WMAZ-DOT COM.

CENTRAL GEORGIANS WILL JOIN TOGETHER TOMORROW... TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR.

YOU CAN LACE UP YOUR SNEAKERS AND POUND THE PAVEMENT... IN MACON'S M-L-K RACE.
IT KICKS OFF AT EIGHT IN THE MORNING... AT CENTRAL CITY PARK.
YOU CAN ALSO TAKE PART IN A MACON'S ANNUAL MARCH... FOLKS WILL GATHER AT CITY HALL IN DOWNTOWN MACON... AT NOON.

MUSIC... AND FOOD WILL BE PART OF AN AFTERNOON CELEBRATION IN WARNER ROBINS.
C-K'S CLUB AND LOUNGE WILL HOST THE EVENT IN THEIR PARKING LOT.
THAT'S LOCATED ON NORTH DAVIS DRIVE.
THEIR FESTIVITIES KICK OFF AT ONE-P-M... THEY'LL ALSO HAVE SOME GUEST SPEAKERS AND KID-GAMES.

IN MILLEDGEVILLE... G-C-S-U... IS KICKING OFF AN M-L-K DAY OF SERVICE.. WITH HOT PLATES OF FOOD.
IT STARTS WITH A BREAKFAST IN THE SCHOOL'S MAIN DINING ROOM.
THEN... VOLUNTEERS WILL BREAK-UP INTO GROUPS... TO WORK ON DIFFERENT COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

FOR MORE M-L-K EVENTS IN YOUR AREA... BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" FEATURE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

JASON...

WE JOIN METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON IN THE WEATHER CENTER.

 

 

THANKS JASON WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER.

LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER WITH METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON.

THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.
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WE'LL SEE YOU AT FIVE A-M FOR FIRST MORNIN'.

LAW CALL IS UP NEXT.

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