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

WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY A MAN ROBBED THE BANK OF AMERICA ON RUSSELL PARKWAY.

POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH SAYS THE ROBBERY HAPPENED THIS AFTERNOON AROUND 4:30.
SHE SAYS THE ROBBER CALMLY WALKED INTO THE BANK OF AMERICA AND HANDED THE TELLER A NOTE DEMANDING MONEY.
SHE SAYS HE TOOK THE CASH AND LEFT IN AN UNKNOWN CAR.
SHE SAYS THE WHOLE THING HAPPENED TO QUICKLY AND QUIETLY THAT MANY OF THE CUSTOMERS IN THE BANK DIDN'T KNOW IT HAD BEEN ROBBED UNTIL POLICE SHOWED UP.

PUGH SAYS THIS IS THEIR SUSPECT. SHE DESCRIBES HIM AS A BULKY WHITE MALE WITH NEATLY TRIMMED BEARD. SHE SAYS THEY NEED THE PUBLIC'S HELP TO IDENITIFY HIM.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CASE CAN CALL WARNER ROBINS POLICE AT 478.929.6911 ....AGAIN THAT'S 929.6911

THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS BUSINESSES SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR COUNTERFEIT BILLS.
INVESTIGATOR PAUL EDWARDS SAYS THEY'RE INVESTIGATING SEVERAL INCIDENTS INVOLVING COUNTERFEIT 50 AND 100 DOLLAR BILLS.
EDWARDS SAYS WHOEVER IS MAKING THE BILLS IS DOING SO BY BLEACHING 5 DOLLAR BILLS AND REPRINTING THEM INTO 50 AND 100 DOLLAR BILLS.

HE SAYS IF YOU RECEIVE A 50 DOLLAR BILL YOU SHOULD HOLD IT UP TO THE LIGHT.. AND CHECK FOR THE HOLOGRAM OF ULYSSES S. GRANT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BILL.

EDWARDS SAYS IF YOU GET A 100 DOLLAR BILL HOLD IT UP TO THE LIGHT AND CHECK FOR THE HOLOGRAM OF BEN FRANKLIN ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BILL.
THE SECURITY STRIP NEXT TO FRANKLIN'S PICTURE SHOULD SAY U-S-A 100.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO IDENTIFY THESE COUNTERFEIT BILLS.. LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

A WARNER ROBINS WOMAN FACES CHARGES IN AN ACCIDENT THAT KILLED AN OFF-DUTY POLICE SERGEANT TWO WEEKS AGO.
WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY....

59 YEAR OLD PAULA PENDER IS IN THE HOUSTON COUNTY JAIL TONIGHT CHARGED WITH SECOND-DEGREE VEHICULAR HOMICIDE.. AND FAILURE TO YIELD WHEN TURNING LEFT.
ON JUNE NINTH.... HER CAR COLLIDED WITH A MOTORCYCLE DRIVEN BY WOODY HUDGENS....A CENTERVILLE POLICE OFFICER.
HE DIED AT THE SCENE.

A WOMAN RIDING ON HUDGENS' MOTORCYCLE SUFFERED CRITICAL INJURIES.

4 PEOPLE SURVIVED A CAR-TRAIN COLLISION IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS MORNING.
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT A RAILROAD CROSSING OFF HIGHWAY 2-47 ACROSS FROM ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... ONE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SAYS HE'S SEEN ACCIDENTS AT THAT INTERSECTION MANY TIMES.

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SERGEANT KENNETH BECK WITH THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE DRIVER OF THIS CAR THOUGHT HE HAD ENOUGH TIME TO CROSS THE TRIAIN TRACKS EVEN THOGUH WARNING LIGHTS WERE FLASHING.
Beck: "He pulled onto the the tracks and then realised that the train was only about 30 or 40 yards away and based on witness statements, he just froze on the track then the trian struck him."
BECK SAYS THE 4 PEOPLE IN THE CAR WERE DAZED AND HAD ONLY MINOR INJURIES... THAT'S SOMETHING HE DID NOT EXPECT.
Beck: "I've been here 13 years and this is the first time i've ever seen a vehicle versus train accident at this intersection where we did not have a fatality."
ALL THE RAILROAD CROSSINGS IN HOUSTON COUNTY ON HIGHWAY 2-47 HAVE THESE SAFETY ARMS THAT DROP WHEN A TRAIN APROACHING.... ALL EXCEPT IGNICO DRIVE.
YVETTE BROWN IS PRINCIPAL AT THE CHIRSTIAN FELLOWSHIP ACADEMY DOWN THE STREET....
SHE SAYS SHE'S SEENS MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS AT THAT INTERSECTION.
Brown: "the one that sticks out most for me probably was about 3 years ago... there were 2 young women on their way to work, one was on the phone."
BROWN SAYS THAT MIGHT BE ONE ACCIDENT SAFETY ARMS COULD HAVE PREVENTED... BUT WHAT PEOPLE REALLY NEED IS MORE PATIENCE.
Brown: "I've seen people try to run and beat the crossbar as well. If it were here, they would do the same, I'm sure. There's certain people who would."
SHE SAYS THIS LATEST ACCIDENT SHOULD BE A LESSON.
Brown: "some things just aren't worth the risk... trying to beat a train is one of them."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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BECK SAYS THE DRIVER HAD A LEARNER'S PERMIT... BUT THERE WERE THREE OTHER ADULTS IN THE CAR..... AND AT LEAST ONE HAD A DRIVER'S LICENSE.
HE SAYS NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL WERE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT.

PEOPLE IN WARNER ROBINS MIGHT NOTICE WHAT SEEMS TO BE A MAJOR EMERGENCY TOMORROW MORNING.
YOU MAY SEE FIRE TRUCKS.. AMBULANCES... EVEN WHAT LOOKS TO BE A LARGE GROUP OF INJURED PEOPLE.
BUT THE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM... SAYS DON'T CALL 9-1-1... IT'S JUST A DRILL.

OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR THE HOUSTON CERT... DON WOOLEY... SAYS VOLUNTEERS WILL HELP SIMULATE A REAL DISASTER... ACTING LIKE THEY'RE INJURED... EVEN WEARING MAKE-UP.
WOOLEY SAYS THEY'RE NOT GIVING AWAY THE EXACT LOCATION... SO THE CERT TEAM WILL EXPERIENCE THE "SURPRISE ELEMENT" OF A REAL EMERGENCY.

MAYORAL CANDIDATE ROBERT BROWN LASHED OUT AGAINST A REPUBLICAN WHO SAID HE WAS RACIST.
BIBB COUNTY G-O-P CHAIR SUZANNE WOOD CALLED BROWN RACIST ON NEWSCENTRAL'S LIVE AT FIVE JUNE 10TH...
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THEIR WEBSITE.

BROWN RALLIED SEVERAL FORMER COLLEAGUES FROM THE STATE SENATE TO DEFEND HIM.
SENATORS VINCENT FORD... STEVE HENSON... DOUG STONER... AND FORMER LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MARK TAYLOR SAID BROWN WORKED WITH... AND FOR.... PEOPLE OF ALL RACES.
BROWN REFUSED TO NAME TO NAME THE PERSON WHO MADE THE COMMENT...
BUT SAID HE'S NOT SURPRISED REPUBLICANS ARE MEDDLING IN THE MAYOR'S RACE.

Robert Brown, Macon Mayor Candidate: "I think they made the accusation because they fear having a strong democrat in the mayors office who's not afraid to be identified with the democratic party, who will also use that as a platform to try to advance democrats efforts to turn this state from red to blue."

SUZANNE WOOD WOULD NOT SPEAK TO US ON CAMERA... BUT TOLD US SHE STANDS BEHIND HER STATEMENT.
SHE SAID IT WAS HER PERSONAL OPINION... AND SHOULD NOT REFLECT ON THE BIBB COUNTY G-O-P.

ONE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS PLANS TO MAKE SOME MUSIC... AND ENCOURAGE ONE GENERATION OF VOTERS... TO GO TO THE POLLS.

IT'S A PART OF THE HUMMINGBIRD'S MACON MATTERS VOTING RALLY.
IN A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON... CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CHRIS HORNE SAYS... THE 20 AND 30 SOMETHING CROWD... COULD CHANGE THE ELECTION.
HE AND HIS OPPONENT... ELAINE LUCAS... BOTH PLAN TO ATTEND THE EVENT.
LUCAS SAYS IT'LL GIVE HER AN OPPORUNITY TO CHAT WITH YOUNG VOTERS.
THE HUMMINGBIRD'S GENERAL MANAGER... TIM OBERLGONER... SAYS HE HOPES ALL CANDIDATES... DO THE SAME.

Tim Obelgoner, General Manager: "I think that a lot of the people, especially the young ones, are, you know, they feel left out, you know, maybe there's just a bunch of old guys gonna run things and gonna tell them what to do. And I'm excited about turning that around."

THE MUSIC RALLY WILL BE HELD NEXT TUESDAY... JUNE 28TH... AT THE HUMMINGBIRD... STARTING AT 7-30.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... VISIT OUR SITE... AT 13 WMAZ... DOT COM.

PEOPLE IN MACON CAN START CASTING VOTES TUESDAY IN THE MAYOR'S RACE, SEVEN CITY COUNCIL CONTESTS AND TWO SEATS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
ADVANCE VOTING FOR THE JULY 19TH PRIMARY OPENS AT 8:30 A.M. AT THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS.
THAT'S AT 24-45 PIO NONO AVE.

PEOPLE CAN PICK AMONG PAUL BRONSON...ROBERT BROWN...C JACK ELLIS AND ROBERT REICHERT FOR THE MAYOR'S RACE.
THERE ARE TWO CITYWIDE COUNCIL RACES...AND FIVE OTHER WARD RACES.
VOTERS IN PARTS OF TWIGGS, WILKINSON AND HOUSTON COUNTIES WILL ALSO VOTE ON THE SENATE RACE.
FOR INFORMATION ON VOTING HOURS AND LOCATIONS.... CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BOARD OF ELECTIONS.


FIRES IN THE OKEFENOKEE CONTINUE TO BURN... OVER 250-THOUSAND ACRES HAVE BURNED AND FIREFIGHTERS FROM OVER FORTY-SIX STATES ARE WORKING TO PUT OUT THE BLAZE.
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN MILLEDGEVILLE IS STEPPING UP TO LEND A HAND.

nats "we're collecting for the firefighters"
VOLUNTEERS IN BALDWIN COUNTY COLLECTED ITEMS AND MADE SIGNS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DONATE.
SOME OF THE GOODS THEY NEED ARE HAND SANITIZER... BUG SPRAY... AND SNACK FOODS.
MAYOR OF MILLEDGEVILLE RICHARD BENTLEY SAYS THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HELP.

Mayor Richard Bentley: "As long as it takes we hope that their attempts are very successful here before long and they won't need any of this but we'll be here collecting as long as they are down there doing their job."
THE GEORGIA FIRE INFORMATION CENTER SAYS THE RAIN HAS HELPED SOME... BUT THE THUNDERSTORMS HAVE SPARKED NEW FIRES.
TO FIND OUT IF YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS COLLECTING DONATIONS AND FOR A FULL LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM.


adlib toss to weather
FOR YOUR FORECAST FIRST... 3 DAY FORECAST WE JOIN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IN THE WEATHER CENTER.

ben gives three day forecast


THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.


WITH SUMMER HEAT IN FULL SWING.. YOU MIGHT WANT TO TAK A BREAK FROM COOKING IN THE HOT KITCHEN...
BUT BEFORE YOU DECIDE WHERE TO DINE OUT... WE'VE GOT LOOK AT WHICH RESTAURANTS MADE OUR LIST THIS WEEK... RESTAURANT RATINGS IS NEXT.

WITH HOT TEMPERATURES LINGERING... YOU MIGHT BE LOOKING TO GET OUT TO GRAB A BITE EAT.
BUT BEFORE YOU DO SO... YOU MIGHT WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.

AMY AUBERT HAS THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
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WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK... STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
CHECKER'S DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT... AT 91 SPRING STREET IN MACON... SCORED AN 81... THAT'S A B... COMING AFTER AND 84... ANOTHER B... LAST TIME.
AND CHEN'S WOK FIVE AT 6200 ZEBULON ROAD IN MACON... SCORED AN 82... A B... COMING AFTER AN 84... ANOTHER B... LAST TIME.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER..
A-P'S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY... AT 42-74 BROADWAY IN MACON... SERVED UP A PERFECT 100... FOLLOWING ANOTHER PERFECT SCORE... LAST TIME.
TROPICAL FLAVA... AT 52-01 HOUSTON ROAD IN MACON... ALSO GOT A TWO PERFECT SCORES... ON THE LAST TWO INSPECTIONS.
AND MCDONALD'S AT 59-55 ZEBULON ROAD IN MACON... SCORED A 99... AN A... AFTER A PERFECT 100... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES... AND CAME OUT WITH A TIE... FOR THE WIN.
A-P'S HIDDEN HIDEAWAY... ON BROADWAY IN MACON... HAD A PERFECT FIVE SCORE AVERAGE... OF A 100.
AND TROPICAL FLAVA ON HOUSTON ROAD IN MACON... ALSO WHIPPED UP A PERFECT FIVE SCORE AVERAGE.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT A-P'S HIDEAWAY... AND TROPICAL FLAVA... JOIN US AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY... FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS... AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK THE FEATURES TAB... AND SCROLL DOWN TO RESTAURANT RATINGS.

WE ARE HEADING INTO THE FIRST OFFICIAL WEEKEND OF SUMMER.

SO WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS... HOW DO THEY PLAN TO SPEND IT?

TRACI BURNS SAYS SHE'LL BE AT... HIGH FALLS WATER PARK FOR A FAMILY REUNION ON SATURDAY AND RELAXING ON SUNDAY!

WHILE JESSIE COPELAND SAID... SPENDING TIME AT HOME AND WITH FAMILY.

YOU CAN JOIN IN ON THE CONVERSATION.
JUST TYPE IN 13 WMAZ DOT COM ON FACEBOOK AND BECOME A FAN OF OUR PAGE BY CLICKING THE LIKE BUTTON.

AND ONE LAST QUICK LOOK AT TOMORROW'S FORECAST WITH CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES.


THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WEEKEND MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 7 A-M .

THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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