Saturday, March 26, Eyewitness News at 11

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TONIGHT AT 11..

HAIL... STRONG WINDS.. AND DARK CLOUDS HIT PARTS OF OUR AREA.
WE'LL GIVE YOU LATEST ON THE SEVERE WEATHER IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... AND UPDATE YOU ON SOME REPORTED DAMAGES.
TONIGHT AT 11..

MAYOR REICHERT CANCELED THE CHERRY BLOSSOM STREET PARTY TONIGHT... DUE TO THE SEVERE WEATHER.
WE'LL EXPLAIN HOW YOU CAN GET YOUR TICKET MONEY BACK.
EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11 IS NEXT
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
JASON DISHAROON HAS BEEN TRACKING THE MIX OF SEVERE WEATHER THAT HIT PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA TODAY.
HE JOINS US NOW WITH THE LATEST JASON--

OKAY THANKS JASON... WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER.

OTHERS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA SENT IN PHOTOS.

THIS PHOTO WAS SUBMITTED BY CLAY SMITH...THE STORM BLEW OFF THE ROOF UNTO A PARKED CAR AT THE DAYS IN IN BYRON.

THIS PHOTO WAS SENT IN BY ERIN FROM BYRON...HE CAPTURED A PHOTO OF A LIGHTNING STRIKE IN BYRON.

AND THIS PHOTO IS FROM CHRIS WHEELER IN CORDELE... HE CAUGHT A CLOUD FORMING OFF I-75.

SOME VIEWERS ALSO SENT IN VIDEO... THIS IS FROM PAULA HUFMASTER IN THE LAKE TOBOSOFKEE AREA.
ALSO NEAR LAKE TOBOSOFKEE... THIS SHOT FROM KIMBERLY BARNHART.

CHERRY BLOSSOM CEO KAREN LAMBERT SAYS THOSE WHO BOUGHT STREET PARTY TICKETS WILL BE REFUNDED.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT CANCELED THE STREET PARTY DUE TO THE SEVERE WEATHER... THAT CAUSED DOWNED POWER LINES AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS.

LAMBERT SAYS THOSE WHO BOUGHT TICKETS ONLINE... WILL AUTOMATICALLY GET THEIR MONEY BACK.
THOSE WHO BOUGHT TICKETS IN-PERSON USING DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS NEED TO CALL THE MERCER TICKET OFFICE.
THAT NUMBER IS 478-301-5470... AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 478-301-5470.

IF YOU PAID WITH CASH OR CHECK... TAKE YOUR TICKET TO THE MERCER TICKET SALES OFFICE ON POPLAR STREET.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CALL THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL MAIN OFFICE 478-751-7429... AGAIN THAT'S 478-751-7429.

LAMBERT SAYS THEY BOUGHT EVENT CANCELLATION INSURANCE... AND SAYS THEY'LL BE LOOKING INTO THAT NEXT WEEK.

KAREN LAMBERT, CHERRY BLOSSOM CEO"YOU COULD HAVE TERRFIC EVENTS, GREAT ENTERTAINERS; EVERYTHING JUST IN PLACE BUT IF YOU HAVE A HAIL STORM OR SERVER THUNDERSTORM THEN IT JUST DOSENT WORK AND, THAT IS THE RISK"

LAMBERT SAYS ALL CHERRY BLOSSOM EVENTS SET FOR SUNDAY ARE EXPECTED TO GO ON AS SCHEDULED.
SHE SAYS THEY EXPECT TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH MONEY THEY LOST DUE TO THE CANCELED PARTY... ON MONDAY.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS IN BIBB AND MONROE COUNTIES REPORTED SOME STORM DAMAGE.
A BIBB COUNTY EMA NEWS RELEASE SAYS SAYS SEVERAL TREES WERE REPORTED DOWN... INCLUDING OFF BRIAR CLIFF CIRCLE OFF WALLS ROAD.
HE ALSO SAYS THEY'VE HAD MINOR STREET FLOODING AND MINOR POWER OUTAGES.
BIBB EMA DEACTIVIED THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AT 9-30.. AFTER THEY COMPLETED THE ASSESSMENT.
MONROE COUNTY EMA DIRECTOR MATT PERRY SAYS THERE'S BEEN ONE REPORT OF A TREE DOWN ON HIGHWAY 87.
CHECK WITH 13WMAZ FOR MORE UPDATES ON STORM DAMAGE.

MACON POLICE CHARGED AN 18-YEAR-OLD... FOR THE SHOOTING OF ANOTHER MAN YESTERDAY.

POLICE SAY PAUL ARRON STROUD... IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS THE SHOOTING HAPPENED AFTER SEVERAL YOUNG PEOPLE GATHERED IN AN ALLEY ON CLISBY PLACE.
THAT'S NEAR VINEVILLE AVENUE AND ROFF AVENUE.
POLICE SAY STROUD STARTED POINTING AT THE GROUP... THEN HE LEFT... RETURNED WITH A PISTOL... AND MORE PEOPLE.
THE RELEASE SAYS STROUD FIRED SHOTS AT THE GROUP.

POLICE SAY THE MAN STROUD SHOT... SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
SOME CENTRAL GEORGIA STUDENTS ROLLED UP THEIR SLEEVES FOR A CAUSE TODAY.

ABOUT 20 NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL ROTC CADETS WASHED CARS... TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR JAPAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS.
THEY HELD THE FUNDRAISER AT THE ADVANCED AUTO PARTS IN WARNER ROBINS.
THE STUDENTS RAKED IN MORE THAN 400-DOLLARS.
WHILE SOME PEOPLE CAME OUT TO GET THEIR CARS WASHED... OTHERS JUST STOPPED BY TO GIVE A DONATION.
STUDENT MANDI CROWDER SAYS ITS IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES IN NEED... AROUND THE WORLD.

MANDI CROWDER, NORTHSIDE STUDENT: "IT MAY BE ONE PERSON OR A FAMILY, DOESNT MATTER THE WHOLE COMMUNITY I'M JUST HAPPY WE WERE ABLE TO BE HERE TO HELP THEM AND I KNOW IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO US THERY'LL BE HERE TO HELP US."
TAMMY CROWDER, NORTHSIDE PARENTS CLUB 00:09: "IF YOU NEED HELP, THATS WHAT THESE CADETS DO, THEY'RE WILLING TO STEP UP AND DO WHATTHEY HAVE TO DO TO HELP OUT."

ORGANIZER PANNY CROWDER SAYS THE MONEY WILL GO TOWARDS THE RED CROSS RELIEF.
MORE THAN 30 FISHERMEN... HOOKED IN BIG FISH... FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS.

THEY WEIGHED IN THEIR CATCH... AT THE "GO FISH" EDUCATION CENTER EARLIER TODAY.
SOME WEIGHED AS MUCH AS SEVEN POUNDS... AND BROUGHT FISH FROM ALL OVER THE STATE.
PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS LOCAL CHURCHES.... AND COMPLETING BIG INDIAN CREEK'S WALKING TRAIL IN PERRY.
THE ROTARY CLUB OF PERRY HOSTED THE EVENT.
ORGANIZER PHILLIP MOORE SAYS THE FISHERMAN LOOK FORWARD TO SHOWING OFF THEIR SKILLS... AND HELPING PEOPLE AT THE SAME TIME.


PHILLIP MOORE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL "WELL YOU KNOW IT IS QUITE ACCOMPLISHMENT TO CATCH A LARGE FISH LIKE THAT AND PUT THREE OF THEM IN A BAG FOR ONE DAY AND COME TO GET THEM WEIGHED IS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT BUT EVERYBODY HERE KNOWS IT IS TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITIES AND THE COMMUNITY "

THEY'VE HELD THE EVENT SINCE 2003.
SINCE THEN... THEY'VE RAISED ABOUT 20-THUSAND DOLLARS.


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