Friday, May 20, Eyewitness News at 11

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<<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

FEDERAL REGULATORS TOOK CONTROL OF ATLANTIC SOUTHERN BANK TONIGHT AFTER TOO MANY BAD LOANS LEFT IT WITHOUT ENOUGH CAPITAL TO OPERATE.
THAT MEANS THE BANK WILL REOPEN TOMORROW UNDER A NEW NAME...
ACCORDING TO F-D-I-C OFFICIALS... ATLANTIC SOUTHERN WILL NOW BE CERTUS BANK...
CERTUS OFFICIALS SAY FOR ATLANTIC SOUTHERN CUSTOMERS.. IT WILL CONTINUE BUSINESS AS USUAL.
DRIVE-THRU LOCATIONS WILL BE OPEN TOMORROW... AND ALL ATLANTIC SOUTHERN EMPLOYEES WILL STILL HAVE A JOB.
VICE CHAIRMAN OF CERTUS BANK CHARLIE WILLIAMS SAYS.... ATLANTIC SOUTHERN'S COMMITMENT TO SERVICE.... ATTRACTED THEM TO THE BANK.
"We're here to build a fantastic organization. We need as many of the people as we can get so folks will have jobs. Will start to go on the offense instead of defense that is we'll be able to lend."
CERTUS BANK IS BASED IN EASLEY SOUTH CAROLINA.
IT ALSO AQUIRED FIRST GEORIGA BANK IN FRANKLIN THIS EVENING.
THAT BRINGS THE NUMBER TO FORTY TWO FAILED U.S BANKS SO FAR THIS YEAR.

INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT CAUSED A HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL BUS TO CATCH FIRE WHILE CARRYING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.
AS VIDEOJOURNALIST JENNIFER MOULLIET (MOO-LAY) FOUND OUT... A STUDENT ON BOARD HELPED GET EVERYONE OFF THE BUS SAFELY.
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TARAN SALYERS SETTLED INTO THE BACK OF THIS HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL BUS TO TAKE HIS USUAL AFTERNOON NAP ON THE WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL.

Taran Salyers, Perry High School Student "I was just about to fall asleep when I smelled some rubber burning and I looked up and there was smoke coming up from a panel right beside me."

HE HEARD THE BUS BACK-FIRE... IT WAS SO LOUD THAT NEIGHBOR CHUCK BENNETT SAYS HE COULD HEAR IT FROM HIS BACK PORCH.

Chuck Bennett, neighbor "I heard a loud pop followed by what sounded like an explosion"

BENNETT SAYS HE CAME AROUND HIS HOUSE AND FOUND THE BACK OF THE BUS ON FIRE... AND IT WASN'T LONG UNTIL THE WHOLE BUS WAS ENGULFED.

Taran Salyers, Perry High School Student "I didn't know what it was but it was scary"

WHAT HE DID KNOW WAS HOW TO GET ALL OF THE STUDENTS OFF OF THE BUS BEFORE IT EXPLODED.

Taran Salyers, Perry High School Student "The first reaction was everyone just got up and started running off the bus and then after it exploded everyone was scared so I just told them all to calm down and we went to a safe zone."

SALYERS HAPPENS TO BE A MEMBER OF A TEAM THAT SPECIALIZES IN FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY.

Taran Salyers, Perry High School Student "The Houston County Fire Explorers teach you everything an actual firefighter would learn and we just run calls and learn from there."

HE SAYS HE DOESN'T CONSIDER HIMSELF A HERO FOR SAVING EVERYONE ON BOARD...BUT HE DOES FEEL GOOD ABOUT KNOWING HOW TO PERFORM UNDER PRESSURE WHEN IT MATTERED MOST.

Taran Salyers, Perry High School Student " I don't think I'm a hero I just call it a way of life. "

JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
ALL 26 STUDENTS.... INCLUDING THE BUS DRIVER ESCAPED WITHOUT INJURIES.
THEY'RE STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE.
HOUSTON COUNTY EMA DIRECTOR CHIEF JIMMY WILLIAMS SAYS..... THIS IS THE SECOND HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL BUS THAT CAUGHT FIRE THIS SCHOOL YEAR.

A MACON WOMAN WHO SHOT AND KILLED HER EX-BOYFRIEND SAYS IT WAS HIS LIFE... OR HERS.
KAMIKA FLEMING SAYS ANTHONY WILLIAMS CAME TO HER HOME LAST NIGHT... AND STARTED BEATING AND CHOKING HER.
SHE SAYS SHE GRABBED HER GUN AND SHOT HIM.
WILLIAMS WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE HOSPITAL.
MACON POLICE SAY THEY'RE STILL INVESTIGATING... BUT THEY'RE CALLING IT A JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE.
POLICE SAY WILLIAMS HAD A HISTORY OF ABUSING FLEMING AND ANOTHER WOMAN.
Kamika Fleming; "I'm sorry that this family lost a son, but I'm not sorry because my mom and them would have lost a child and he shoulda learned.... Putting hands on women and beating women. Somebody should have stepped in and helped him."
MACON POLICE SAY WILLIAMS WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT IN MARCH.
WE SPOKE WITH BIBB COUNTY ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAM WHITE-COLBERT... WHO HANDLED THE ASSAULT CASE.
SHE SAYS FLEMING DID EVERYTHING RIGHT BY LETTING HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON... CALLING POLICE... AND AGREEING TO PROSECUTE AFTER THE FIRST ARREST.
WHITE-COLBERT SAYS A JUDGE TOLD WILLIAMS TO STAY AWAY FROM FLEMING...
AND SHE SAYS IN THIS CASE... SHE BELIEVES THERE WAS NOTHING THE D.A'S OFFICE COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY.
"We tell people it's not a bullet proof vest. It only aids in those that are going to abide by the law. And you have to understand most of these people are there, I'll just use the word, criminals. Their not going to do what the law requires them to do."
COLBERT SAYS SHE COULDN'T COMMENT ON WHY WILLIAMS GOT OUT ON BOND.
SHE SAYS THAT WAS A JUDGE'S DECISION.

LOCAL OPTOMETRIST JAMES BEVERLY... ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TODAY.
THE DEMOCRAT IS RUNNING FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 139... THE SEAT DAVID LUCAS PLANS TO LEAVE THIS SUMMER.... TO RUN FOR STATE SENATE.
HE SAYS HE PLANS TO FOCUS ON THREE ISSUES... THE HIGHER COST OF HEALTH CARE... INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT... AND ELEMENTARY AND POST SECONDARY EDUCATION.
BEVERLY SAYS... HE'LL BRING A FRESH PERSPECTIVE TO THE JOB IF ELECTED.
James Beverly, District 139 Candidate: "How do you do healthcare reform in a way in which you don't increase the tax base? How do you look at redundant cost and reduce those and add value, leverage up the seat to create a better environment. So where I may not have elected politcal experience, I think I have enough to move us forward."
BEVERLY RECENTLY GRADUATED WITH A MASTERS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
HE OWNS GOGGLES EYE CARE FOR KIDS... NOMINATED FOR THE 2011 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD BY THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

TOMORROW JUMP STARTS NATIONAL BOATING SAFETY WEEK... AND RANGERS WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAY...
IT'S NO COINCIDENCE... THAT IT'S A FEW DAYS BEFORE A HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... SUITING UP IS THE FIRST STEP TO TAKE... BEFORE HITTING THE WATER. <<
Nats, starting boat.

EVEN BEFORE YOU GET THE ENGINE GOING...

Nats, engine in water

...ONE OF THESE... SHOULD BE IN HAND.

Josh Copelan, DNR Ranger: "Not only is it required to have a life jacket for every person on board, but to have an extra one or two is always good, because you don't know what kind of situation you're going to put yourself in."

D-N-R RANGER... JOSH COPELAN.... SAYS STRAPPING ON A LIFE VEST... SHOULD BE THE FIRST STEP IN BOATING... AT ANY AGE.

Nats, riding in boat

HE PATROLS THE WATERS...

Nats, boat

...OF LAKE SINCLAIR.

Nats, Copelan: "What was the marina name?"

HE SAYS... HOLIDAY WEEKENDS... LIKE MEMORIAL DAY... BRING BOATERS... FROM ALL OVER.

Josh Copelan, DNR Ranger: "You have recreation, you know, from one end of the spectrum, such as fishing, to just recreate boating, you have skiing, you have a lot of jetskis."

CROWDS... HE SAYS... CREATE A GREATER RISK FOR AN ACCIDENT.

Nats, boat going fast

THAT'S WHY HE'LL BE CHECKING... THAT BOATERS... FOLLOW THE RULES.

Nats: "One of the reasons why I'm talking to you this afternoon, is I noticed there's no registration on the side of the boat. One of the things we require is that the boat be registered and have a current year on it."

NO VIOLATIONS HERE... DENNIS CANIGLIA... THE BOAT'S DRIVER... SAYS IT'S A RENTAL.

Nats: "If everyone would just put one in their hand, that's a good way to know if you've got enough."

AND EACH PASSENGER... A LIFE VEST... SOMETHING CANIGLIA SAYS HE WOULDN'T BOARD WITHOUT.

Dennis Caniglia, Atlanta: "You see more and more boating accidents, people getting killed, drunk driving on boats is a big cause of it. And I know it's tough to police, but they have to do it."

A JOB... COPELAN SAYS... TO PREVENT WATER MISHAPS.

Nats

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> ACCORDING TO GEORGIA LAW... ANY CHILD 10 AND UNDER MUST WEAR A LIFE JACKET AT ALL TIMES ON THE WATER.
COPELAN SAYS ITS A GOOD IDEA... TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING ON THE BOAT IS WORKING PROPERLY... BEFORE HEADING OUT.

IF YOU'VE EVER WANTED TO LEARN HOW TO CALL A COYOTE ... THIS WEEKEND.. .YOU CAN.
Pause for nats= 4 sec (coyote call)
THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE THINGS YOU CAN CHECK OUT AT THE FIRST EVER GREAT SOUTH PREDATOR AND WILD HOG EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS IN PERRY
THERE YOU CAN TALK TO HUNTING EXPERTS... AND CHECK OUT TOOLS TO TRACK HOGS... LIKE NIGHT VISION AND THERMAL IMAGING.
ORGANIZERS SAY HOG AND PREDATOR HUNTING IS A FAST GROWING SPORT.. BUT THE ANIMALS ALSO SPREAD DISEASE.. AND DESTROY CROPS.
Rick Ward, President, Georgia Predator Hunting Association: "Hogs can tear up a football field in just a matter of hours and it looks like a bulldozer went through there, so it's very important that we try to learn how to control these hogs and how to get them out of these areas and this is how they make their living
THE GREAT SOUTH PREDATOR AND WILD HOG EXTRAVAGANZA RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY..
YOU CAN GET AN ALL DAY PASS FOR 8 DOLLARS..
DOORS OPEN TOMORROW MORNING AT NINE..

IT'S GRADUATION WEEKEND FOR BIBB COUNTY STUDENTS.
NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL GOT THINGS STARTED TONIGHT AT THE MACON CENTREPLEX... AS ABOUT TWO THOUSAND FAMILY AND FRIENDS WATCHED.
ABOUT ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY STUDENTS WALKED ACROSS THE STATE FRIDAY EVENING...
ACCORDING TO BIBB COUNTY SPOKESMAN CHRIS FLOORE ABOUT THIRTEEN HUNDRED BIBB COUNTY STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATION CEREMONIES THIS WEEKEND.
WE WANT TO SEE YOUR PICTURES AND VIDEOS FROM GRADUATION.
JUST LOOK FOR THE LINK TO UPLOAD THEM IN THE "CHECK IT OUT" BOX AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT THIS WEEKEND... 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 HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
RYAN'S FAMILY STEAKHOUSE AT 19-92 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED A 60... THAT'S A U... COMING AFTER AN 83... A "B"... LAST TIME.
THAI PEPPER RESTAURANT AT 18-06 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED A 78... A "C"... AFTER SCORING A 95... OR AN "A"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
AND LOGAN'S ROADHOUSE... AT 27-01 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT AN 81... A "B"... FOLLOWING A 66... OR A "U"... ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER...
BURGER KING... AT 8-51 WARREN DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS... SERVED UP A PERFECT SCORE... COMING AFTER A 96... AN "A"... LAST TIME.
HARDEE'S AT 28-29 WATSON BOULEVARD... WHIPPED UP A 98... AN "A"... FOLLOWING ANOTHER 98... LAST TIME.
AND SUBWAY AT 7-03 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED TWO 100'S... ON ITS LAST TWO INSPECTIONS.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST 4 SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
SUBWAY AT 7-03 WATSON BOULEVARD... WITH A FOUR SCORE AVERAGE... OF 98 POINT 5.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT SUBWAY... JOIN US AGAIN NEXT WEEK... FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS... AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> FOR ALL YOUR LOCAL RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE RESTAURANT RATINGS LINK UNDER THE FEATURES TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.

IT'S TIME FOR TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY....
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COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER WYNONNA JUDD WILL HEADLINE THIS YEAR'S INDEPENDENCE CONCERT IN WARNER ROBINS.
Nats of Announcement "The Air Force REserve is proud to bring you Wynonna Judd"
THE AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND AND THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS MADE A JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY ABOUT THE JULY FIRST CONCERT AT MCCONNELL TALBERT STADIUM.
ALSO TAKING THE STAGE WILL BE ROBIN MEADE... ANCHOR OF HEADLINE NEWS' "MORNING EXPRESS".
BOTH WOMEN WILL PERFORM WITH THE BAND OF THE AIR FORCE RESERVE.
GATES WILL OPEN AT 6PM ON JULY FIRST.... THE CONCERT WILL START AT 8 P-M.
ADMISSION IS FREE.

THE FAMILY RADIO NETWORK WANTS YOU TO KNOW THAT TOMORROW IS JUDGMENT DAY.
THE DAY THEY SAY CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS WILL BE TAKEN TO HEAVEN IN THE RAPTURE.... LEAVING EARTH TO BE DESTROYED.
THE MAN BEHIND THIS PREDICTION IS 89 YEAR OLD HAROLD CAMPING.
HE SAYS THE DATE COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE BIBLE.
THE FORMER ENGINEER CLAIMS HE DISCOVERED A MATH EQUATION CALCULATING JUDGMENT DAY EXACTLY 7000 YEARS AFTER THE FLOOD OF NOAH.
MOST MAINSTREAM BELIEVERS ARE SKEPTICAL. CRITICS ARGUE THE BIBLE SAYS NO ONE KNOWS THE TIME OR DAY.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
DO YOU THINK SATURDAY WILL BE JUDGMENT DAY?
SO FAR... 98 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU DON'T... WHILE 2 PERCENT OF YOU SAY.. YES.. YOU DO. VOTE NOW... VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

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