Sunday, March 13, Eyewitness News at 11

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COMING UP ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11...

FIND OUT WHAT'S BEHIND THIS TARP... AT A WARNER ROBINS HOME... AND WHY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING.
STAY WITH US.
COMING UP ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11...

SOME SENATORS MAY SOON VOTE ON SOME STRICTER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATIONS BILLS.
FIND OUT WHAT THOSE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SAY ABOUT THE POSSIBLE CRACKDOWN.
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
WARNER ROBINS POLICE DETECTIVES ARE INVESTIGATING RACIAL SLURS SPRAY PAINTED ON A HOME.

THIS STORY STARTED FROM A VIEWER TIP BY ADRIENNE O'NEAL.
O'NEAL SENT US THIS PICTURE.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH SAYS THE HOME IS LOCATED ON HACKAMORE LANE... THAT'S NEAR WATSON BOULEVARD.

BY THIS AFTERNOON... THE SPRAY PAINT WAS COVERED UP.
PUGH SAYS A COMPLAINT WAS FILED BY THE HOMEOWNERS THIS MORNING.
SHE SAYS A COUPLE CARS AT THE HOME... WERE ALSO VANDALIZED.

PUGH SAYS DETECTIVES WILL LIKELY FURTHER INVESTIGATE TOMORROW.
AS OF RIGHT NOW... PUGH SAYS THE CHARGE WOULD BE CRIMINAL TRESPASS.
STATE LAWMAKERS' PROPOSALS TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HAVE SOME IN LAW ENFORCEMENT... QUESTIONING WHETHER THEY'LL WORK.
TWO ARIZONA-STYLE PIECES OF LEGISLATION ARE MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE STATE HOUSE AND SENATE... DESIGNED TO HELP BUSINESSES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MORE READILY VERIFY-- IF SOMEONE IS AN ILLEGAL ALIEN.
VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS WHY SOME ARE SKEPTICAL.
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LIEUTENANT BRAD FREEMAN SAYS A DAY OF PULLING DRIVERS OVER FOR ROUTINE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS... USUALLY NETS AT LEAST ONE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT...

Freeman "During that investigation if we find out or we suspect that they're an illegal alien we will contact Immigrations and Customs Enforcement."

FREEMAN SAYS TYPICALLY IN THESE CASES... THAT'S THE TIME WHEN THE CHAIN OF PROTOCOL BREAKS DOWN.

"If the offense is very minor, ICE really wants nothing to do with them. They just advise to release them once they're done with the State charges."

IN LATE JANUARY AND EARLY FEBRUARY... LAWMAKERS INTRODUCED TWO BILLS -- ONE IN THE HOUSE... AND A SIMILAR ONE IN THE SENATE WHICH -- AMONG OTHER THINGS -- REQUIRES EMPLOYERS TO USE THE FEDERAL E-VERIFY SYSTEM TO IDENTIFY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS... AND AUTHORIZES LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO VERIFY CITIZENSHIP THROUGH A GOVERNMENT I-D OR DRIVER'S LICENSE.

FREEMAN SAYS WHILE THE PROPOSED LAWS INTEND TO DISCOURAGE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION... HE ISN'T SURE IT WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM... AT LEAST FROM THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SIDE.

Freeman "We can arrest people all day long, but if you get no support from the Federal government -- because ultimately they're the ones going to be deporting these individuals -- if they won't respond, or they won't deport them, then really our hands are tied."

HE SAYS ICE USUALLY ONLY MAKES TIME TO RESPOND TO SERIOUS OR VIOLENT OFFENDERS... MOST LIKELY BECAUSE OF LIMITED RESOURCES.

"You may get 2 to 5 percent that immigrations customs enforcement would be interested or would meet their threshold to come deport."

LEAVING THE REMAINING PERCENT... HE SAYS -- AT THE MOST -- WAITING OUT A SHORT TIME IN JAIL UNTIL THEY'RE RELEASED.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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THE PEW HISPANIC CENTER SAYS GEORGIA HAS THE SEVENTH HIGHEST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POPULATION IN THE COUNTRY... WITH AN ESTIMATED 425-THOUSAND LIVING IN THE STATE.
HOUSE BILL EIGHTY-SEVEN PASSED THE HOUSE ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AGO... IT'S NOW AWAITING A SENATE VOTE.
THE SIMILAR -- SENATE BILL FORTY--IS ALSO AWAITING A SENATE VOTE.
THOUSANDS TURNED OUT FOR THE FINAL DAY OF THE FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL.

SUNNY SKIES GRACED FORSYTH'S SIGNATURE YELLOW EVENT.
PEOPLE ENJOYED TASTY GRUB... GAMES... AND MUSIC.
MORE THAN 70 ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS SOLD ITEMS.. INCLUDING JEWLERY AND HAND-CARVED FURNITURE.
FESTIVAL SPOKEWOMAN KAREN MANUS-PENNINGS SAYS THEY EXPECTED 25 THOUSAND TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.
SOME SAY THEY PUT THE EVENT ON THEIR CALENDAR EVERY YEAR.

TINA LAMAR, FORSYTH: "we come out to support our hometown and to see the attractions and what they have to offer."
TODD RIVERS, FORSYTH: "this year the weather's been perfect and had a big turn out from what i understand and we were up here yesterday and everybody had a good time and decided to come back today and i think its great for the community."

FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS SAY THEY PLAN TO TALK WITH VENDORS TO GET AN IDEA OF HOW MANY PEOPLE TURNED OUT.
THEY EXPECT AN ESTIMATE BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON.YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO CHECK OUT THE QUILT SHOW IN PERRY.

SOME KNIT-LOVERS SHOWED OFF PIECES OF THEIR WORK.
THE CROSSROADS QUILT GUILD HELD THEIR FIRST SHOW THIS WEEKEND.
FOLKS GOT A CHANCE TO VIEW MORE THAN 100 HANDMADE QUILTS... AND GRAB DEALS ON SOME.
THE THEME FOR THE SHOW--- PIECES OF MY HEART.
LORA ARLIDGE, ORGANIZER: "the pleaseure on people's faces, and their suprise and delight at the skill that they see, its really heart warming.

THE EVENT IS HELD AT THE PERRY ARTS CENTER.
IT CONTINUES TOMORROW... FROM 9 IN THE MORNING UNTIL 5 P-M.
IT COSTS SIX DOLLARS TO GET IN... CHILDREN ARE FREE.

EVERYDAY... YOU TRUST THAT THE THINGS YOU BRING INTO YOUR HOME ARE SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BUT WHEN THOSE PRODUCTS DON'T WORK THE WAY THEY SHOULD... THE COMPANY ISSUES A RECALL TO PROTECT YOU.

BAJA MOTORSPORTS IS RECALLING ABOUT 43-HUNDRED DIRT BIKES... SINCE FUEL CAN LEAK FROM THE TANK... POSSIBLY CAUSE A FIRE AND BURN YOU.
THEY'VE RECEIVED ONE REPORTED MINOR BURN INJURY TO SOMEONE'S LEG.
PEP BOYS SOLD THE DIRT BIKES NATIONWIDE FROM DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR THROUGH JANUARY FOR UP TO $650.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 888-863-2252.

SUNBEAM PRODUCTS IS RECALLING ABOUT 159-THOUSAND WINE BOTTLE OPENERS... SINCE IT CAN CAUSE THE BOTTLES TO BREAK... AND POSSIBLY CUT YOU.
THEY'VE RECEIVED 22 REPORTED INJURIES... INCLUDING CUTS TO THE HANDS.
QVC SOLD THE OPENERS FROM NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR... THROUGH DECEMBER... FOR UP TO 60-DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 800-367-9444.

THE LAND OF NOD IS RECALLING NEARLY 10-THOUSAND "CAMP NOD" LANTERN NIGHTLIGHTS... SINCE AN ELECTRICAL SHORT CIRCUIT CAN CAUSE A FIRE OR SHOCK YOU.
THEY'VE RECEIVED ONE REPORTED SHOCK... AND ONE REPORT OF SMALL PROPERTY DAMAGE.
THE NIGHTLIGHTS WERE SOLD EXCLUSIVELY BY THE LAND OF NOD.... FROM SEPTEMBER 2004... THROUGH LAST OCTOBER.. FOR UP TO $35.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 800-933-9904.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RECALLED PRODUCTS... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE FEATURES DROPDOWN MENU... THEN SELECT RECALLS.



FLIP FLOPS... AND T-SHIRT WEATHER... THAT'S HOW SOME WOULD DESCRIBE THIS WEEKENDS TEMPERATURES.
WE ASKED SOME OF OUR FACEBOOK FANS... HOW THEY TOOK IN THE SPRING-LIKE TEMPERATURES.

SARAH DENNIS SAID SHE SPENT THE WEEKEND ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE AT LAKE SINCLAIR WITH HER FAMILY.

ANGIE GRAHAM SAYS SHE AND HER HUSBAND SPENT YESTERDAY... AT THE PEACHES TO BEACHES YARD SALE.

AND DANA YOUGHN SAID SHE ENJOYED THIS BEAUTIFUL SPRING WEATHER AT FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL.. TENDED TO PLANTS AND FLOWERS ON BACK THE PORCH... AND DID A LITTLE CLEANING.

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