Monday, March 28, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US....
I'M LEAH JOHNSON... FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

BRUTAL STORMS THAT SWEPT THROUGH CENTRAL GEORGIA SATURDAY DAMAGED ABOUT 60 HOMES IN LAURENS COUNTY.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR DON BRYANT SAYS ONLY A FEW HOMES WERE DESTROYED.
BRITTINY BARBER TAKES US THERE AS PEOPLE WORK TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK TO NORMAL.
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FOR 52 YEARS.... FRED AND DELANA KILGORE HAVE CALLED EMERY PERRY ROAD HOME....
BUT ON SATURDAY THEY SAY IT WAS ALMOST TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM.
Delana Kilgore:"The wind got up and he came to the door, and he said that's the wind blowing and I could here the roaring. He closed the door and about that time the windows shattered coming in."
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE BREWTON COMMUNITY OF LAURENS COUNTY... LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.
LEAVING MOST OF THE DAMAGE COVERED UNTIL MORNING.
DElana Kilgore: "He came outside and he said we'll we don't have a porch and of course we didn't realize at that point that we didn't have a lot of other things too.
THE DESTRUTION SPANS ABOUT A PATH OF ABOUT A HALF MILE WIDE AND TWO MILES LONG...
85 YEAR OLD J-L MERCER SURVEYS THE DAMAGE IN HIS YARD.
J.L. Mercer:Laurens County: "It got a tree right across the road and it got two tree there."
Brittiny Barber, Eyewitness News: "County road crews worked to clear debris from the road ways... tree limbs and metal ripped from homes, but people here says the cleanup is just beginning."
Don Bryant: Lauren County Emergency Management Director: "We;ve identified 60 plus residents that were affected by it and those ranged anywhere from minor damage to we had about 3 or 4 structures that were actually destroyed."
AS THE CLEANUP CONTINUES... MANY FAMILIES HERE WORK TO REBUILD AND MOVE ON.
DElana Kilgore: "We will get back to normal. WE had a fire one time and we got back to normal."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LABELED THE TORNADO AN E-F 1.
THEY'RE RANKED ZERO THROUGH FIVE... WITH FIVE BEING THE MOST SEVERE.
BRYANT SAID WIND SPEEDS WERE BETWEEN 90 AND 100 MILES PER HOUR.

NEARLY ONE THOUSAND CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL HOPEFULS PURCHASED TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME.
BUT AROUND FIVE O'CLOCK SATURDAY NIGHT... TORNADO THREATS CANCELED THE STREET PARTY.
AMY AUBERT SPOKE WITH SOME PEOPLE WHO SAY GETTING A REFUND FOR THOSE TICKETS COULDN'T BE EASIER.
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Nats: "What's the name?"
"Cranford is my last name."

JASON CRANFORD SAYS... WHEN SATURDAY'S STORM CAME WHIPPING THROUGH CENTRAL GEORGIA... HE AND HIS WIFE WERE ALREADY DOWNTOWN.

Jason Cranford, Warner Robins: "Didn't know which way to go, didn't know whether to run or what."

BUT THE STREET PARTY TICKETS IN HIS HAND... WERE PURCHASED TWO DAYS BEFORE.

Jason Cranford: "I was a little disappointed, but I understood because it was weather related."

CRANFORD IS ONE OF ABOUT THIRTY PEOPLE SO FAR... WHO STEPPED INTO THE MERCER TICKET OFFICE... TO GET A TICKET REFUND.

Nats, money

Jason Cranford: "I just had to show the tickets and got the money back."

VINCENT HOLMES SAYS HE'S SHOCKED THAT AROUND LUNCHTIME ON MONDAY... THERE WAS NO LINE... FOR THE REFUND.

Vincent Holmes, Macon: "You know we're in a recession, so every penny counts."

AND MERCER TICKET SALES WORKERS SAY... THEY WERE PREPARING FOR A CROWD.

Leila Ibrahim, Head of Mercer Ticket Sales: "We were expecting it to be kind of a mad rush today."

BUT INSTEAD... ONLY A FEW REFUND SEEKERS TRICKLED IN.

Nats: "There you go, thank you."

FESTIVAL GOERS MAY HAVE NOTICED THE PINK CANCELATION SIGN POSTED ON THE FRONT DOOR... AND KAREN LAMBERT... PRESIDENT AND C-E-O OF THE FESTIVAL... SAYS THERE'S JUST A FEW THINGS LEFT TO TIE UP... FOR CHERRY BLOSSOM 20-11.

Karen Jordan Lambert, President & CEO: "Wrapping up loose ends, getting all the business taken care of."

SHE SAYS... THIS YEAR'S CANCELATION SHOULD HAVE NO EFFECT ON RECRUITING ARTISTS FOR NEXT YEAR'S STREET PARTY.

Nats: "Thank you very much."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS

>> ANYONE WHO PURCHASED STREET PARTY TICKETS CAN TAKE THEM TO THE MERCER TICKET OFFICE FOR A FULL REFUND.
YOU HAVE UNTIL APRIL 8TH.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... SHOULD THE CHERRY BLOSSOM STREET PARTY HAVE A BACKUP INDOOR SITE IN CASE OF RAIN?
SO FAR 69 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... IT SHOULD.
AND 31 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... IT SHOULD NOT.
VOTE NOW... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

MANY OF YOU ARE ALSO SOUNDING OFF ABOUT THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON FACEBOOK.
ONE PERSON WROTE... "I HAVE NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY THEY DON'T.
THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM IN THE TWO SIDES OF THE COLISEUM.
IT MAKES NO SENSE."
SOMEONE ELSE SAID... "NO... NOT AT ALL.... BECAUSE IT WOULDN'T BE A STREET PARTY.
BESIDES... AS MANY PEOPLE AS THE STREET PARTY HOLDS WOULD BE A DISASTER INSIDE A BUILDING.
AND A THIRD PERSON SAID... "HARD TO MOVE IT INDOORS.
BUT A BACKUP DATE FOR A RE-DO WOULD BE GREAT IN A MONTH OR SO FOR THE BUSINESSES DOWN TOWN TO GET IN ON THE PARTY."
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK AND LET US KNOW HOW YOU FEEL.
VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.
CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON TO BECOME A FAN... AND USE THE "SUGGEST TO FRIENDS" FEATURE TO GET YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS IN ON THE DISCUSSION AS WELL.

A LAS VEGAS-BASED AIRLINE HAS CANCELED PLANS FOR FLIGHTS BETWEEN MACON AND THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE.
SCOTT COFFMANN... MANAGER OF THE MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL AIRPORT SAID VISION AIRLINES TOLD HIM EARLIER THIS MONTH THAT THEY WOULDN'T BE LAUNCHING SERVICE IN MACON.
EARLIER THIS YEAR... THE AIRLINE SAID TWICE-WEEKLY MACON-TO-FLORIDA FLIGHTS WOULD BEGIN MARCH 25TH.
COFFMANN SAID THE AIRLINE TOLD HIM THAT TICKET SALES WERE POORER THAN EXPECTED.
HE SAID VISION ALSO CANCELED PLANS FOR FLIGHTS FROM ALABAMA TO FLORIDA.
IN JANUARY... VISION SAID THEY'D FLY 30-SEAT PLANES BETWEEN MACON AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA REGIONAL AIRPORT... NEAR DESTIN AND FORT WALTON.

POLICE ARRESTED A MAN CONNECTED WITH THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A WARNER ROBINS MAN LAST WEEK.
WARNER ROBINS POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH SAYS 18-YEAR-OLD TREY DINKINS WAS ARRESTED FOR DAJOHN MILTON'S MURDER ON SUNDAY, MARCH 20TH.
PUGH SAYS MILTON WAS FOUND WITH MULTIPLE GUNSHOT WOUNDS IN THE 200 BLOCK OF TABOR DRIVE.
SHE SAYS AFTER A TIP FROM CRIMESTOPPERS... FORT VALLEY POLICE ARRESTED DINKINS YESTERDAY IN FORT VALLEY.
HE'S BEING HELD AT THE HOUSTON COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.

MACON BIBB COUNTY FIRE INVESTIGATORS ARE RULING A WEEKEND MACON HOUSE FIRE AS POSSIBLE ARSON.
SERGEANT BEN GLEATON WITH MACON-BIBB FIRE SAYS IT HAPPENED AT 855 AND 879 COLLEGE STREET.
HE SAYS THEY GOT THE CALL AROUND 8-O-CLOCK LAST NIGHT.
GLEATON SAYS THEY'RE RULING OUT ALL ELECTRICAL AND NATURAL CAUSES BECAUSE THE HOME IS VACANT AND HAS NO ELECTRICITY OR GAS.
HE SAYS NEIGHBORS REPORTED SEEING SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE IN AND OUT OF THE HOUSE.
HE SAYS ONE MAN LIVED IN THE HOME NEXT TO THE PROPERTY...BUT HIS HOME ONLY SUFFERED MODERATE DAMAGE.
NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.
SERGEANT GLEATON SAYS THEY'RE OFFERING A REWARD FOR UP TO TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR INFORMATION ON THE FIRE.
ANYONE WITH TIPS CAN CALL GEORGIA ARSON CONTROL AT 1-800-282-5804.
...AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 1-800-282-5804.
..... OR YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.

YOUR INCOME TAX RATE COULD DROP...BUT SOME NEW GOODS AND SERVICES WOULD BE TAXED...UNDER A PROPOSAL BEFORE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
A GEORGIA JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE TODAY UNVEILED THE PROPOSAL AT THE STATE CAPITOL.
THE PLAN CONTAINS PARTS OF A SWEEPING PROPOSAL THAT CAME FROM A STATEWIDE REVIEW PANEL LAST YEAR.
THAT INCLUDES CUTTING THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX TO FOUR-POINT-FIVE PERCENT....
CAPPING ITEMIZED DEDUCTIONS...
AND TAXING SOME NEW SERVICES...LIKE AUTO REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE.
THE JOINT PANEL COULD VOTE ON THE BILL AS SOON AS TUESDAY.
TONIGHT... PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL ADDRESS THE NATION AND LAY OUT HIS CASE FOR U-S MILITARY ACTION IN LIBYA.
THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO REASSURE AMERICANS THAT THE U-S WON'T BE THERE LONG... AND THAT IT WAS IN AMERICA'S INTEREST TO ACT.
THE PRESIDENT WILL GIVE HIS ADDRESS FROM THE NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY IN WASHINGTON D-C.
YOU CAN WATCH IT RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ AND ON 13WMAZ DOT COM AT 7:30.

IT'S YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR'S NIGHTMARE.... THAT JUNK CAR... COLLECTING WEEDS AND RUST IN YOUR BACK YARD.
BUT THIS MONTH.... YOU CAN ERASE THAT EYESORE.
LORRA LYNCH JONES EXPLAINS HOW TEAMWORK BETWEEN TWO ORGANIZATIONS WILL HELP YOU CHUNK THAT JUNK FOR FREE.
<<nats- phone
CALLS INTO WARNER ROBINS WRECKER SERVICE RARELY MEAN GOOD NEWS FOR THE DRIVER ON THE OTHER END.
nats- radio
nats- "white chevrolet truck goin to Macon."
David Guest: "People break down on the road, have a broken belt, broken water hose that kind of thing."
nats- towing truck
DAVID GUEST HAULS THEM TO HIS JUNK YARD...
nats- truck sequence continued
DROPPING THEM OFF TO RUST OR ROT... BEFORE CRUSHING.
nats- truck
David Guest: (2:15) "Every vehicle has its own story."
AND THIS MAY LOOK LIKE SAD ENDING... BUT GUEST SAYS IT'S BETTER THAN YOUR NEIGHBORS BACK YARD.
Lorra Lynch Jones: "The City of Warner Robins considers junk cars ones that don't have the proper parts to run... or those that don't have the right tags and registration."
Debra Jones: (3:45) "Code Enforcement came to us and said we really have a situation."
DEBRA JONES WITH KEEP WARNER ROBINS BEAUTIFUL SAYS THEY CREATED THE "CHUNK-A-JUNK" PROGRAM TO REMEDY THE RASH... AND ASKED GUEST TO GET ON BOARD.
Debra Jones: (4:10) "You call. You tell them what you have. Sign a release, so he takes possession of the car, and you never ahve to worry about it again."
AND IT'S FREE.
nats- throwing out trash
CRAIG JONES SAYS SOME OF HIS NEIGHBORS SHOULD CHECK IT OUT.
Craig Jones: (23:10) "If you have a car like that, you should at least take it to the dump yard, to the keep neighborhood looking nice."
nats- hitching truck
GUEST SAYS A CLEAN SWEEP IS JUST A CALL AWAY...
David: (1:55) "We do it as a service to keep the community beautiful."
CHUNKING THE JUNK.. WHERE IT BELONGS.
nats-
STD>>
JONES SAYS THE CHUNK-A-JUNK PROGRAM STARTED NINE YEARS AGO.
SINCE IT BEGAN... THEY'VE HAULED OFF MORE THAN 5-HUNDRED JUNK CARS IN THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS.
CALL 478-922-1172 TO SCHEDULE YOUR FREE PICK-UP DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL.
AGAIN... THE NUMBER IS 478-922-1172.

MANY PEOPLE COLLECT THINGS FOR A HOBBY.... SUCH AS STAMPS... COINS OR CARDS.
BUT ONE BONAIRE MAN COLLECTS SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE UNIQUE.
"When you travel you run into all kinds of people. And a lot of interesting things happen and I could probably write a book when Im through about all the courthouses."
TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN... VANESSA RUFFES INTRODUCES YOU TO THE COURTHOUSE COLLECTOR.... AND LETS YOU KNOW WHY HE SAYS HE WON'T STOP UNTIL HE'S SEEN THEM ALL.

HARVEYS WILL UNVEIL ITS NEW STORE IN JONES COUNTY THIS WEEK WITH A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY AND GIVEAWAYS.
THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE STORIES YOU'VE SHARED ON THE GRAY-JONES PAGE OF THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THE GROCERY CHAIN SAYS THE NEW STORE WILL CREATE 68 JOBS AND OFFER A WIDE SELECTION OF GROCERIES.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WEDNESDAY'S RIBBON-CUTTING AND THE NEW STORE... HEAD OVER TO 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" BOX ON THE HOMEPAGE... SELECT GRAY-JONES... THEN CLICK ON "MORE NEWS" TO GO TO THAT SITE AND CHECK OUT THE DETAILS.


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