Friday, April 29, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON....
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

THIS WEEK'S OUTBREAK OF VIOLENT STORMS IS NOW THE DEADLIEST IN NEARLY 80 YEARS. THE MOST RECENT COUNT SHOWS 329 PEOPLE DIED.
THAT INCLUDES 238 IN ALABAMA... 34 IN TENNESSEE... 34 IN MISSISSIPPI...
15 IN GEORGIA... FIVE IN VIRGINIA... TWO IN LOUISIANA AND ONE IN KENTUCKY.
THAT'S THE HIGHEST DEATH TOLL SINCE 1932 WHEN 332 PEOPLE WERE KILLED... ALL IN ALABAMA.
SUZANNE LAWLER AND VIDEO JOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN ARE IN TUSCALOOSA TONIGHT.
THEY GIVE YOU A FIRST HAND LOOK AT THE DEVASTATION AND SHOW YOU WHY ITS THE LITTLE THINGS WE VALUE THE MOST.<<
Frank Parker, University of Alabama Student My room was right over there. All my stuff is spread out and it even the hardwood floor was picked up.
NOW ALL THAT'S LEFT FOR FRANK PARKER TO DO IS PICK UP THE PIECES OF HIS LIFE. THE MONSTER WINDS WEDNESDAY TORE DOWN HIS WALLS, STRIPPED THE SHEETS OFF HIS BED AND ROBBED HIM OF A BACKYARD.
Frank Parker, There used to be a hammock out there.
PARKER SAYS HE CAN REPLACE ANYTHING EXCEPT HIS BEST FRIENDS.
Frank Parker I have two dogs and one of them was found in the rubble but my other dog Boomer is still missing. I"m hoping he's not under the rubble right here.
Nat sound -- try to lift this up.
Frank Parker He's a great dog, I just hope he's out there. I'm going to cry if I can't find my dog.
OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS THE TEARS HAVE COME FREQUENTLY FOR THE TOUGH FRATERNITY GUYS.
Frank Parker My neighbor two houses down they had two kids that died and my neighbors pulled them out. They are still traumatized.
YET IN ALL THIS CHAOS, THIS BACKDROP OF RAW EMOTION STANDS A SYMBOL.
Frank Parker One of my fraternity brothers found it and put it on the hummer, its beautiful to see that.
THEN FRANK GOT THE BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK.
Frank Parker They found Boomer at the pound, he's okay he's just got some minor injuries. That's what we were hoping for.
Suzanne Lawler, Eyewitness News Its great to be able to have a happy ending to that story. And Frank says Boomer and Bear will enjoy a steak when all of this is said and done. Reporting alongside videojournalist Kimberly Burden, Suzanne Lawler 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

>> SUZANNE AND KIM WILL BRING YOU STORIES THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND FROM TUSCALOOSA.

CLEAN UP CONTINUED TODAY IN BARNESVILLE...WHERE AN E-F THREE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN EARLY THURSDAY.
LOCAL AND STATE AGENCIES... INCLUDING MORE THAN 100 VOLUNTEERS WITH THE GEORGIA STATE DEFENSE FORCE... ARE HELPING OUT.
THEY PLAN TO STAY UNTIL SUNDAY... CLEARING TREES... AND OFFERING SECURITY AROUND GROVE STREET.
PAUL AND ELLEN GUNTER DIED YESTERDAY DURING THE TWISTER... AND SEVERAL HOMES WERE DEMOLISHED.
THE SALVATION ARMY SAYS THEY'RE PROVIDING FOOD AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS.
RON SMITH SAYS HE LOST HIS HOME OF 40 YEARS... BUT IS GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT.
Ron Smith, Barnesville
No words can express the appreciation, we've had so much help yesterday and there's offers from everyone in the community to come out and help us.
COMMANDER EDWARD HIGHTOWER SAYS THEY HOPE TO REOPEN GROVE STREET TO THE PUBLIC SOMETIME TODAY.
HE ALSO WANTS TO REMIND CENTRAL GEORGIANS WHO'LL BE OUTDOORS CLEANING UP STORM DAMAGE THIS WEEKEND....THAT IT'S SNAKE SEASON.

IN MONROE COUNTY... TREES ARE STILL BLOCKING ROADS AND MORE THAN A HUNDRED HOMES REMAIN WITHOUT POWER.
THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SAYS CREWS HOPE TO CLEAR THOSE ROADS BY EARLY NEXT WEEK AND POWER SHOULD BE RESTORED TOMORROW.
UNTIL THEN... KAREN EBEY (EEBEE)-TESSENDORF WITH THE NORTH CENTRAL HEALTH DISTRICT... SAYS YOU SHOULD BE CAREFUL.
ONE CONCERN... FOODS THAT HAVE GONE BAD IN THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER.
SHE SAYS A FULL FREEZER CAN KEEP YOUR FOOD SAFE FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS IF IT STAYS CLOSED.... AND IF THE POWER WAS OUT FOR LESS THAN TWO HOURS... YOU SHOULD BE FINE.
ANOTHER CONCERN IS CLEANING UP OUTSIDE....
EBEY (EEBEE)-TESSENDORF SAYS IF YOU GET CUTS AND SCRAPES... YOU COULD CATCH TETANUS.
Karen Ebey-Tessendorf, Emergency Preparedness Director, North Central Health District.
"Tetanus bacteria is in the soil, it's in dust, it's in manure. If it get's into people's bodies, it can cause a very serious life-threatening illness."
TETANUS IS RARE IN THE U-S BUT IT IS DEADLY
EBEY (EEBEE)-TESSENDORF SAYS IF YOU HAVN'T HAD A TETANUS VACCINE IN THE LAST TEN YEARS... YOU COULD BE AT RISK.

TONIGHT WE WANT TO THANK YOU - STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART..
YOU REACHED OUT AND DONATED MORE THAN 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS RELIEF EFFORT THROUGH A PHONE BANK IN OUR STUDIO FROM NOON TO SIX-THIRTY..
ALSO... THE GANNETT FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTED TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS TO STORM VICTIMS IN THE SOUTH ON BEHALF OF 13WMAZ AND OUR SISTER STATION 11ALIVE IN ATLANTA.
FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THE GANNETT CONTRIBUTION WILL GO TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS AND FIVE THOUSAND TO THE SALVATION ARMY.

GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SIGNED A LAW THIS WEEK GIVING COMMUNITIES THE CHANCE TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER TO SELL ALCOHOL ON SUNDAYS.
TONIGHT.... ELEANOR LISSITZYN SPOKE WITH ONE LIQUOR STORE OWNER WHO SAYS AN EXTRA DAY OF SALES WHO MEAN EXTRA CASH IN HIS POCKET.
"As far as I'm concerned, I won't be open."
LIQUOR STORE OWNER LUCKY PUNJABI SAYS NO MATTER WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS... THE SIGN ON HIS FRONT DOOR WON'T CHANGE.
"I'm against it."
IT'S A BUSY FRIDAY EVENING AT BASS PACKAGE... AS CUSTOMERS STOCK UP FOR THE WEEKEND... BUT PUNJABI SAYS IT MIGHT NOT STAY THAT WAY IF HIS CUSTOMERS ARE ALLOWED TO BY ALCOHOL ON SUNDAY.
"My overall sales will drop on Friday and Sautrday which will cover up on Sundays.. I think overhead is going to increase and revenue is gonna be the same."
STAND UP"It's been talked about for years, but Governor Nathan Deal signed a law Thursday allowing communities to vote on whether to sell alcohol on Sundays. Mayor Robert Reichert says he'd like to add Macon's name to the list of commuities planning a vote. He says a vote could come as early as November."
COUNCILMAN LARRY SCHELESINGER SAYS IF THE MAYOR DOESN'T... HE'LL SPONSOR A RESOLUTION TO PUT THE QUESTION BEFORE COUNCIL... AND ULTIMATELY THE VOTERS.
"This is something that I think out to be their choice, not imposed on them by government."
BASS PACKAGE CUSTOMER SCOTT EDGE SUMMED THAT UP ANOTHER WAY.
"I think most voters want the government to stay out of people's business."
A FEELING PUNJABI CAN RELATE TO... HE SAYS JUST BECAUSE HE CAN SELL... DOESN'T MEAN HE WILL.
"They cannot force me to be open."
"If they want to open, open. I don't."
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CITY ATTORNEY BETH DUNCAN SAYS A VOTE ON SUNDAY SALES IS STILL A FEW STEPS AWAY FROM GETTING ON A BALLOT.
SHE SAYS FIRST THE CITY OR COUNTY WOULD NEED TO PASS A LAW AUTHORIZING ALCOHOL SALES ON SUNDAY.
THEN THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS WOULD HAVE TO ADD IT TO THE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT IN NOVEMBER OR CALL A SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THE PUBLIC TO VOTE.

A HOUSTON SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE SENTENCED 30 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS CURRY BROOKS TO LIFE IN PRISON THURSDAY PLUS AN ADDITIONAL FIVE YEARS.
BROOKS WAS SENTENCED FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN A CRIME THAT HAPPENED LAST APRIL.
ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM HOUSTON DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE HARTWIG... MICHAEL "SCOTTY" COSSETTE, NICHOLAS BROOKS, AND KELLY WILLIAMSON PLANNED AND CARRIED OUT AN ARMED HOME INVASION IN CENTERVILLE.
DURING THE INVASION...HARTWIG SAID... BROOKS AND COSSETTE ENTERED THE HOME, AND COSSETTE SHOT AND KILLED JASON BLOUNT WHEN HE RESISTED.
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE RECOVERED BY INVESTIGATORS INCLUDED THE MURDER WEAPON AND MASKS WORN BY BROOKS AND COSSETTE.

THE MOTHERBOARDS OF TWO GAMING MACHINES WERE STOLEN ACCORDING TO SGT. COREY KING WITH THE TENNILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
HE SAYS THEY'RE VALUED AT APPROXIMATELY TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH.
KING SAYS IT HAPPENED AT THE "HUNGRY HUNTER" CONVENIENCE STORE IN TENNILLE AND THAT THEY ARE GAMBLING MACHINES, NOT GEORGIA LOTTERY MACHINES.
POLICE HAVE RELEASED SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS FROM THE STORE... SHOWING 3 PEOPLE COMMITTING THE CRIME.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE CASE... YOU CAN CALL THE TENNILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 478-552-0911.
AGAIN... 478-553-0911

IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE HEADED INTO SOME GREAT WEATHER THIS WEEKEND... SO YOU MAY BE LOOKING TO GET OUTDOORS.
IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT HAS THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
<<WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
APPLEBEE'S AT 36-52 EISENHOWER PARKWAY IN MACON... SCORED A 77... DROPPING A POINT FROM THE 78 THEY SCORED... LAST TIME. BOTH OF THOSE SCORES ARE C'S.
TAKI STEAK HOUSE AT 62-55 ZEBULON ROAD IN MACON... SCORED AN 80 PERCENT... A "B"... FOLLOWING AN 87 PERCENT... LAST TIME.
AND WAFFLE HOUSE AT 51-46 THOMASTON ROAD IN MACON... SCORED AN 82... A "B" COMING AFTER A PERFECT 100 PERCENT... ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER...
CHEN'S WOK SEVEN... AT 46-32 PRESIDENTIAL PARKWAY IN MACON... SCORED A 96 PERCENT ON ITS LAST TWO INSPECTIONS... BOTH OF THOSE SCORES... ARE "A'S."
DAIRY QUEEN... ORANGE JULIUS... AT 36-61 EISENHOWER PARKWAY IN MACON... WHIPPED UP A PERFECT 100 PERCENT... THAT'S AFTER ANOTHER 100... LAST TIME.
CINNABON ON EISENHOWER PARKWAY IN MACON SERVED UP A PERFECT SCORE... AFTER GETTING A 96... AN "A"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
CINNABON ON EISENHOWER PARKWAY IN MACON... WITH A FIVE SCORE AVERAGE OF 97 POINT 6.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT CINNABON... JOIN US AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY... FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS. AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE FEATURES TAB... AND SCROLL DOWN TO RESTAURANT RATINGS.

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THE ROYAL WEDDING CAUSED A LOT OF EXCITEMENT AROUND THE WORLD TODAY... AND CENTRAL GEORGIA WAS NO EXCEPTION.
PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE BRITISH PANTRY IN CENTERVILLE THIS AFTERNOON TO CELEBRATE THE NUPTIALS OF PRINCE WILLIAM AND HER ROYAL HIGHNESS KATE.
SUPPORTERS OF THE FAMOUS COUPLE DRESSED THE PART AND ORDERED TEA AND CUCUMBER SANDWICHES WHILE WATCHING A REBROADCAST OF THE WEDDING.
THE BRIDE AND GROOM JOINED THE PARTY ON PLACE MATS THAT DECORATED TABLES IN THE SHOP.
TO SEE PICTURES OF THE NEWLYWEDS... CHECK OUT THE SLIDESHOW ON OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.

TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
DID YOU WATCH THE ROYAL WEDDING?
SO FAR.... 55 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO AND 45 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE INSIDE OF THE DON'T MISS BOX.

WORKERS ARE BUSY MAKING LAST MINUTE PREPARATIONS FOR OPENING DAY OF THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR.
NATS :02
THE GATES OPEN AT NOON TOMORROW... ADMISSION IS FIVE DOLLARS... AND PARKING IS FREE.
THE FAIR IS A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION OPERATED BY THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF MACON.
FIFTY PERCENT OF THE PROFIT GOES TO CHARITY... TWENTY FIVE PERCENT GOES TO THE CITY OF MACON... AND THE REST GOES TOWARDS NEXT YEAR'S FAIR.
THE STATE FAIR RUNS THROUGH MAY EIGHTH.
ALL THE FUN AND RIDES ARE SET UP AT CENTRAL CITY PARK IN MACON.


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