Sunday, April 17, Eyewitness News at 11

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UNCLE SAM GAVE A LITTLE EXTRA TIME TO FILE YOUR TAXES THIS YEAR... FIND OUT HOW MUCH LONGER YOU HAVE BEFORE THE NEW DEADLINE HITS.
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A LOCAL RESTURANT DISHED OUT SOME HELP TO A BONAIRE TODDLER TODAY.
FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE CAUSE.
EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN IS STRAIGHT AHEAD.

GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
FORMER MACON JUDICIAL CIRCUIT ACTING D-A WAYNE G-TILLIS DIED FROM AN APPARENT HEART ATTACK SATURDAY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO D-A- GREG WINTERS.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS TILLIS DIED WHILE VISITING HIS MOTHER IN FLORIDA.
TILLIS SERVED AS ACTING D-A FOR THE MACON JUDICIAL CIRCUIT FROM LAST JUNE THROUGH LATE DECEMBER.
THE RELEASE SAYS HE WORKED WITHIN THE CIRCUIT FOR 30 YEARS... MOSTLY AS AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY.
TILLIS ALSO SERVED IN THE U-S NAVY... AND IS A GRADUATE OF MERCER LAW SCHOOL.


UNCLE SAM GAVE YOU A LITTLE EXTRA TIME TO FILE YOUR TAXES THIS YEAR.
THE DEADLINE THOUGH IS... TOMORROW.
THEY PUSHED IT TO APRIL 18TH BECAUSE THE EMANCIPATION DAY HOLIDAY FELL ON FRIDAY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
BY LAW.... DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOLIDAYS IMPACT TAX DEADLINES IN THE SAME WAY THAT FEDERAL HOLIDAYS DO... SO EVERYONE GOT THE THREE EXTRA DAYS TO FILE.
TAXPAYERS REQUESTING AN EXTENSION WILL HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER 17TH... TO FILE THEIR 2010 TAX RETURNS.





GEORGIA POWER SAYS POWER IS BACK UP FOR ALL THEIR CUSTOMERS IN BIBB COUNTY TODAY.

YESTERDAY'S EF-ONE TORNADO TORE DOWN POWER LINES... AND SNAPPED TREES.
THE STORM DAMAGE DELAYED THEIR CREWS FROM REACHING SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS... HARDEST HIT.
GEORGIA POWER SAYS THE TORNADO CAUSED POWER OUTAGES... TO FOUR-THOUSAND CUSTOMERS IN BIBB COUNTY.

THEY SAY THEY RESTORED ALL ELECTRICITY BY EARLY THIS MORNING.



A MACON RESTAURANT IS DISHING OUT SOME OF THEIR SALES... TO HELP A BONAIRE TODDLER FIGHTING A DISEASE.

STICKY FINGERS COINED TODAY " LOGAN VAR-NA-DOE (VARR-NAH-DOE) DAY."
CUSTOMERS CAME IN TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE TWO-YEAR-OLD BATTLING A RARE INTESTINAL DIESEASE.
ASSISTANT MANAGER MICHAEL PFAB (FAAA-B) SAYS DINERS WHO MENTIONED LOGAN WHEN THEY ORDERED... GOT 15-PERCENT OF THEIR BILL DONATED TOWARDS HIS FAMILY AND TREATMENT COSTS.
LAST WEEKEND TWO OF LOGAN'S COUSINS WERE ROBBED AT A LEMONADE STAND---WHILE RAISING MONEY FOR HIS CARE... SINCE THEN... NATIONAL ATTENTION HAS HELPED THEM RAISE THOUSANDS.
BUT PFAB (FAAA-B) SAYS THEY PLANNED THIS EVENT BEFORE THE ROBBERY... EAGER TO PITCH IN---TO THE CAUSE.
MICHAEL PFAB: "THE FACT OF WE'RE TRYING TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE BETTER THEIR LIFE OR IN HIS CASE AND HIS SITUATION AND YOU KNOW TRY TO TAKE SOME OF THE BURDEN OFF."

THE EVENT WRAPPED UP ABOUT AN HOUR AGO... AT TEN-O-CLOCK.
IF YOU MISSED THE EVENT AND WOULD LIKE TO DONATE... JUST GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.



A MACON CONGREGATION HAS LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR PASTOR... CHARGED IN 2008 FOR USING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN CHURCH INSURANCE MONEY FOR HIMSELF.
PASTOR ONSLOW ROSS OF REACHING SOULS CATHEDRAL OF PRAISE APOSTOLIC CHURCH IS SERVING OUT HIS SENTENCE IN AN ALABAMA FEDERAL PRISON.
MEANWHILE... AS VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS... HIS CHURCH IS WORKING TO SHED LIGHT... ON WHAT THEY CALL AN UNFAIR TRIAL.



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NATS

AS SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE AT REACHING SOULS ENDS... NATS, SHAKING HANDS

INTERIM PASTOR... XAVIER CROSS WORKS TO FILL THE SHOES OF THEIR FORMER LEADER -- ONSLOW ROSS.

NATS, SAYING GOODBYE

"I TRAVELED WITH PASTOR ROSS AND I LEARNED UP UNDER HIM. HE WAS A MENTOR TO ME AND ALSO A GREAT LEADER."

CROSS SAYS THE CONGREGATION HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE ROSS WENT TO JAIL... AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF STEALING NEARLY 390 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN INSURANCE MONEY -- THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO TO CHURCH REPAIRS. A JURY SAID THE MONEY WAS MISUSED AFTER THE CHURCH'S ROOF COLLAPSED IN 2005.

STANDUP "IN JUNE 2008, ROSS WAS SENTENCED TO MORE THAN TEN YEARS IN A FEDERAL PRISON. THAT'S AFTER A JURY FOUND HIM GUILTY OF 54 COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING.

ROSS'S MOTHER... AND CHURCH MEMBER... EVELYN ROSS SAYS HER SON GOT AN UNFAIR TRIAL... SHE BLAMES WHAT SHE CALLS A STEREOTYPE ABOUT BLACK MINISTERS.

ROSS "THEY'RE MADE OUT TO BE PEOPLE WHO PREY ON DESTITUTE PEOPLE AND THAT IS NOT TRUE."

WHILE ROSS APPEALS THE COURT'S DECISION... THE CHURCH'S NATIONAL BRANCH HAS STARTED A CAMPAIGN... TO SHED LIGHT ON WHAT IT CALLS INJUSTICE.. AND PERSECUTION IN THE NEWS. CROSS SAYS THE CHURCH BELIEVES ROSS NEVER STOLE ANYTHING.

"THEY WROTE IT UP AS IF HE HAD STOLE ALL THE MONEY FROM THE CHURCH, WHEN THE WHOLE WHILE, THE CHURCH WAS BEHIND HIM. WE WERE SUPPORTING HIM."

CROSS SAYS THE CHURCH...... IS STILL BEHIND HIM. THE DILAPIDATED BUILDING THAT DREW ATTENTION THREE YEARS AGO IS GONE -- REPLACED BY A GRANDER ONE. HE SAYS INSURANCE MONEY THE COURTS SAID WAS "STOLEN" HELPED BUILD IT... AND HE HOPES IT SERVES AS A BEACON.

"IT WON'T BE IN VAIN. AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE. THIS BUILDING WILL BE THE LIGHT THAT CHANGES OUR COMMUNITY."

UNTIL THEN... HE SAYS... THE BUILDING NEXT DOOR SITS . THE CONGREGATION WON'T MOVE IN... UNTIL ROSS COMES HOME TO SHARE IT WITH THEM.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

ROSS'S ATTORNEY MARCIA SHEIN (SHINE) SAYS THEY ARE PETITIONING THE COURT TO RECONSIDER THE TRIAL... BASED ON INEFFECTIVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION.
SHEIN (SHINE) SAYS NO EXPERTS ON MORTGAGE OR INSURANCE WERE BROUGHT IN TO EXPLAIN... TO THE JURY WHAT THE INSURANCE CHECK WAS ALLOWED TO BE USED FOR.
THIS COMES AFTER ROSS'S 2009 DIRECT APPEAL WAS REJECTED.

FEDERAL PROSECUTOR AT THE TIME OF THE CASE... MAX WOOD... ISSUED THIS STATEMENT... REGARDING THE PASTOR'S ATTEMPTS TO OVERTURN THE COURT'S DECISION---
HE SAYS "THE APPELLATE COURTS HAVE FOUND THAT THE DEFENDANT RECEIVED A FAIR TRIAL... IN THE ABSENCE OF NEW FOUND EVIDENCE... CONTINUED APPEALS IN THIS CASE LACK MERIT. "




FAMOUS FACES GRACED THE HALLS OF MACON'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL TODAY.
CELEBRITIES LIKE MISS GEORGIA U-S-A ... AND FORMER ATHLETES SPENT TIME WITH THE KIDS.

THE KIDS LISTENED TO SWEET MELODIES AND CHATTED WITH THE STARS WHO VISITED THEIR BED SIDE.
IT'S ALL PART OF THE CELEBRITY CLASSIC WEEKEND AT THE HOSPITAL.
THE CELEBS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS... TOOK A TOUR OF THE BUILDING... AND CHECKED OUT THE EQUIPMENT MADE POSSIBLE BY SOME OF THEIR PREVIOUS DONATIONS.
PATIENT RODERICK WRIGHT SAYS IT WARMS HIS HEART TO SEE THE CELEBRITES TAKE OUT TIME FOR THEM.


RODERICK WRIGHT, MACON: "IF YOU THINK IT'S NICE TO VOLUNTEER AND HELP TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY (PEOPLE) WILL BE BETTER YOU KNOW I THINK THAT SOMETHING THEY SHOULD SURELY THINK ABOUT."
LUBOV PATOUGA, MISS GEORGIA USA:"FOR INSPIRATIONAL PURPOSES YOU GOTTA KEEP THESE CHILDREN HOPE AND KEEP THEM UPBEAT AND JUST REALLY GET IN THEIR SHOES AND GET TO KNOW THEM."

YOU CAN CATCH THE C-M-N TELETHON RIGHT HERE ON 13 WMAZ... ON JUNE 4TH AND 5TH.

TOMORROW... YOU CAN WATCH SOME OF THE STARS PLAY... AT THE CELEBRITY CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT.
THEY'LL TEE-OFF AT EIGHT-A-M AND ONE-30-P-M AT THE IDLE HOUR COUNTRY CLUB.
A BARBECUE RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT SIX-P-M.

MORE THAN 50 CELEBRITES ARE EXPECTED TO BE THERE... INCLUDING ATLANTA FALCONS RECEIVER BRIAN FINNERAN AND FORMER ATLANTA BRAVES ALL STAR JOHNNY ESTRADA.


HOUSTON COUNTY AWARDED SOME OF THEIR TEACHERS TODAY.

IT'S ALL PART OF THEIR TEACHER HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY.
THE EVENT HONORED SIX VETERAN HOUSTON COUNTY TEACHERS.. EACH SELECTED BY A COMMITTEE.
THE COMMITTEE PICKS THE TEACHERS BASED ON CATEGORIES INCLUDING... ABOVE AND BEYOND LEADERSHIP... STUDENT MOTIVATION... AND SUBJECT COMPETENCE.
EACH TEACHER HONORED... RECEIVED A PLAQUE AND THE HALL OF FAME RECOMMENDATION LETTER.
SOME INDUCTEES OFFERED UP WORDS OF ADVICE... FOR UP AND COMING TEACHERS---




JOYCE BROOKS CLARKSVILLE" LOVE YOUR CHILDREN, THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTNAT THING HAVE RESPECT FOR THEM LET THEM KNOOW THAT THEY ARE IMPORTANT EVEN IF IT IS SOMETHING THAT THEY ARE REALLY HAVING TROOUBLE WITH IF THEY IF LIKE THEY HAVE SOMEBODY TO HELP THEM THEN THEY ARE GOING TO LEARN IT"
RAY HORNE WARNER ROBINS"TEACHING IS A CALLING IT IS NOT A VOCATION IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE A REAL REAL TEACHER YOU GOT TO BE THIER"

THIS IS THE FOURTH HOUSTON COUNTY TEACHER HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY.


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.

COOPER TOOLS IS RECALLING NEARLY 70-THOUSAND STAINED GLASS SOLDERING IRONS... SINCE THE POWER CORD CAN BREAK... AND POSSIBLY BURN YOU.
THEY'VE RECEIVED THREE REPORTED INJURIES OF MINOR BURNS.
THE ITEMS WERE SOLD NATIONWIDE FROM AUGUST 2006 THROUGH LAST MAY... FOR UP TO 60-DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 800-476-3030.

WILLIAMS SONOMA IS RECALLING ABOUT 28-THOUSAND HOT CHOCOLATE POTS SINCE THE HANDLE CAN BREAK OFF WHILE YOUR USING IT... CAUSING YOU TO POSSIBLY BURN OR CUT YOUSELF.
THEY'RE RECEIVED 28-REPORTS OF HANDLES BREAKING OFF THE POTS... INCLUDING EIGHT REPORTS OF INJURIES INVOLVING MINOR BURNS OR CUTS.
THE POTS WERE SOLD NATIONWIDE FROM LAST OCTOBER THROUGH JANUARY... FOR UP TO 40-DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 855-643-4206.

INFANTINO IS RECALLING ABOUT 40-THOUSAND TROY ACTIVITY TRUCKS SINCE THE PLASTIC BEADS CAN BREAK OFF... CAUSING A KID TO CHOKE.
THEY RECEIVED 28 REPORTS OF THE BEADS BREAKING OFF.. AND TWO REPORTS OF CHILDREN GAGGING.
THE TRUCKS WERE SOLD NATIONWIDE FROM SEPTEMBER 2009... THROUGH FEBRUARY FOR ABOUT 15-DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 888-808-3111.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RECALLED PRODUCTS... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.



WE'RE SHARING YOUR PHOTOS FROM THE 13 WMAZ DOT COM GALLERIES.
THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM THE PROM 2011 GALLERY.

HERE'S A PHOTO OF SOME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN POSING FOR A PHOTO BEFORE WEST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL PROM.

AND THE CAPTION ON THIS PHOTO SAYS ... THIS COULD BE DANGEROUS.

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...



THANKS JASON... AND WE HAVE A QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT TONIGHT.
WE WANT TO CONGRATUALTE JASON... THIS IS HIS FINAL SUNDAY WITH US.

HE WILL SOON BE LEAVING FOR A JOB IN CHATTANOOGA.
WE WILL MISS HIM HERE AT 13WMAZ.



THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.
STAY UP TO DATE WITH YOUR LOCAL NEWS 24-7 ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.

WE'LL SEE YOU AT FIVE A-M FOR FIRST MORNIN'.

LAW CALL IS UP NEXT.


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