Sunday, April 15, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M AMY AUBERT.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.



TECHNOLOGY IS TAKING CENTER STAGE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DATING VIOLENCE.
A NATION-WIDE COMPETITION HAS RESULTED IN PHONE APPS THAT MAKE IT EASIER TO REACH OUT IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS.
AS PART OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH... CANDACE ADORKA TAKES A LOOK AT HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP KEEP SAFTEY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS.
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ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES... WOMEN AGED 16 TO 24 EXPERIENCE THE HIGHEST RATES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DATING VIOLENCE.... ONE IN 5 WOMEN IN COLLEGE WILL BE A VICTIM.
THAT'S WHY LAST YEAR... THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CHALLNEGED DEVELOPERS TO CREATE PHONE APPS THAT COULD HELP LOWER THAT STATISTIC.
THIS SPRING... THE FREE APP THAT WON THE COMPETITION IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC DOWNLOAD.... IT'S CALLED CIRCLE OF 6.
"How does this work, gosh."
CANDACE JOHNSON IS TESTING THE CIRCLE OF 6 APP FOR THE FIRST TIME.
"Oh that was easy, add another person"
THE FIRST STEP... SELECT 6 OF YOUR CONTACTS TO FORM THE CIRCLE...
"I'm done! I did it, and that took maybe 15 seconds..."
THE APP CONTACTS THEM WITH A GENERIC TEXT MESSAGE THAT YOU CAN EDIT... TELLING THEM WHERE YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU NEED.
"so this app will send a mass text message saying call me and pretend you need me I need an interruption. Would be very handy for a blind date gone bad, CHELSEA RUTHERFORD SAYS SHE USES A SIMILAR APP FOR ANDROID PHONES CALLED LIFE 360... AND IT HAS A MAP FEATURE.
"i'd be in a new area. look and see... hospitals, police stations, fire departments... Here you can see the hospital tabs, indicating where the hspital is. This right here is the sex offender tab. You click on it, it gives the date of birth, the picture, their description..."
SHE SAYS SHE USES IT TO LET HER FAMILY KNOW WHEN SHE'S ARRIVE SAFE ON LONGER TRIPS.
"it makes it so much easier because you dont have to individually call and send messages to everyone it does it automatically to everyone on your list."
Dottie stafford: "Having an app ready on your phone that you can just his a button if something can help give you a little more sense of safety because you know if somethign happens, you've got people who are going to respond quickly.
THE APPS CAN CONNECT YOU TO ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS LIKE CRISIS LINE AND SAFE HOUSE.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR DOTTIE STAFFORD SAYS AN APP MAY NOT BE THE MAGIC SOLUTION... BUT IT CAN'T HURT.
"there's no way to make someone 100 percent invulnerable to something like this happening but it's all about the more tools you can add to keep your self safe."
AND SO THE FINAL GRADE?
"Overall I think Circle of 6 is pretty neat, but I think live 360 has more features."
"I'd give it a B. B plus"
THE OTHER APP THAT WON THE COMPETITION IS CALLED WATCH ME 9-11.
THAT ONE ISN'T FREE BUT IT'S ALSO AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM THE APP STORE.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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AS PART OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH... CRISIS LINE IS HOSTING THE 5TH ANNUAL TAKE BACK THE NIGHT MARCH AND CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL.
SURVIVORS AND ADVOCATES WILL SPEAK OUT ABOUT THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES.




MACON POLICE ARRESTED A MAN THEY SAY BEAT ANOTHER MAN WITH A METAL BASEBALL BAT.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN... JAMI GAUDET SAYS THEY ARRESTED...
32-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH MOORE AROUND 4-30 SUNDAY MORNING.
GAUDET SAYS WITNESSES TOLD POLICE THAT MOORE BEAT THE VICTIM WITH THE BAT.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS OFFICERS FOUND THE VICTIM QUOTE... LYING FACE DOWN IN THE STREET... VISIBLY BLEEDING FROM THE HEAD.
IT SAYS POLICE SAW MOORE NEAR HIS VEHICLE... WITH A METAL BAT IN THE FRONT SEAT.
MOORE TOLD POLICE THE TWO BEGAN FIGHTING AS HE WAS DRIVING HIS VEHICLE... WHEN HE STOPPED... HE SAYS... THE FIGHTING MOVED TO THE STREET.
THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT.




MACON POLICE ARRESTED A MAN THEY SAY STOLE 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS... WORTH OF MERCHANDISE FROM WAL-MART.
A MACON POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS JOHN JONES JUNIOR... IS ACCUSED OF STEALING SHOPPING CARTS FULL OF MERCHANDISE FROM THE RETAIL GIANT... AND BEING IN POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS AND METHAMPHETAMINE.
THE RELEASE SAYS POLICE FOUND JONES HIDING IN THE REAR OF THE STORE ON SUNDAY.
ALL MERCHANDISE WAS RECOVERED... AND JONES IS BEING HELD AT THE BIBB COUNTY L-E-C.




MACON-BASED MID-GEORGIA AMBULANCE IS EXPANDING FURTHUR INTO SOUTH GEORGIA.
STARTING MAY FIRST... THE PRIVATE AMBULANCE COMPANY WILL TAKE OVER EMERGENCY SERVICES IN MITCHELL COUNTY.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MADE THE DESICION TUESDAY.
MITCHELL COUNTY MAKES THE NINTH COUNTY THAT MID GEORGIA AMBULANCE COVERS.
AMY ABEL-KIKER WITH MID-GEORGIA AMBULANCE SAYS THEY MAY HAVE TO MOVE RESOURCES AROUND... BUT SHE SAYS THE CHANGE WON'T AFFECT ANY OTHER COUNTIES.
"If for some reason we need to move staff at certain points, we can. We have a division in cook count which is not terribly far from Mitchell county so we're able to adapt that way as well but we will be accomodating for the growth in Mitchell County."
COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN BENJAMIN HAYWARD SAYS THE MOVE WILL SAVE THE COUNTY ABOUT 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
OUT OF THE 22 PEOPLE WHO CURRENTLY WORK FOR THE COUNTY AMBULANCE SERVICE... HAYWARD SAYS 6 WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS.
MID-GEORGIA AMBULANCE WILL TAKE OVER SERVICE IN MITCHELL COUNTY MAY FIRST.
THE SERVICE WILL COST THE COUNTY 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH.





HUNDREDS SHOWED UP TO HONOR SEVERAL HOUSTON COUNTY TEACHERS AT THE 2012 TEACHER HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY.
nats :05 "today we honor six extraordinary teachers."
SUPERINTENDENT ROBIN HINES ADDRESSED THE CROWD AND THANKED THE SIX INDUCTEES FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY.
HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES MUST SERVE AT LEAST TWENTY YEARS IN THE CLASSROOM IN HOUSTON COUNTY... AND NOW BE RETIRED.
FOR A LIST OF THE NEWEST MEMBERS TO THE TEACHER HALL OF FAME... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM






THIS WEEKEND FIVE CENTRAL GEORGIA GREAT CLIPS PARTNERED WITH JAY'S HOPE... TO SUPPORT KIDS WITH CANCER AND THEIR FAMILIES.
NATS : 01 "CLIPPERS"
A DOLLAR FROM EVERY HAIRCUT WENT TOWARD THE FOUNDATION.
JAY'S HOPE HELPS EASE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN FOR FAMILIES STRICKEN WITH CHILDHOOD CANCER.
THE PARTNERSHIP WITH GREAT CLIPS IS PART OF BLESSING OF THE BIRDS... A CELEBRATION THE SLAVIN (SLAVE-IN) FAMILY TAKES PART IN EVERY YEAR.
THIS WEEKEND FIVE CENTRAL GEORGIA GREAT CLIPS PARTNERED WITH JAY'S HOPE... TO SUPPORT KIDS WITH CANCER AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Janice Slavin (slave-in): "When my daughter Holly was diagnosed with cancer the first time and lost her hair she told me not to be sad because we could throw it out in the yard for the birds and they would find it and feel blessed to use it for nests for their babies."
SLAVIN'S DAUGHTER HOLLY IS A TWO TIME CANCER SURVIVOR.
SHE'S A FOURTH GRADER AND PLAYS SOFTBALL.




OFFICIALS SAY 5 PEOPLE DIED WHEN A TORNADO RIPPED THROUGH A NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA TOWN... THREE OF THEM WERE CHILDREN.
THE TWISTER HIT WOODWARD OKLAHOMA JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
CITY MANAGER ALAN RIFFEL SAYS THE TORNADO DESTROYED AT AT LEAST 89 HOMES.. AND 13 BUSINESSES.
A STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER SAYS A MAN AND HIS TWO DAUGHTER AGES 5 AND 7 DIED AFTER THE TWISTER HIT THEIR MOBILE HOME PARK.
THEY SAY ANOTHER CHILD DIED WHEN THE TORNADO HIT THE HOME SHE WAS IN.
OFFICIALS SAYS THERE ARE REPORTS OF MORE THAN 120 TORNADOS ACROSS THE MIDWEST




THE TALIBAN HAVE LAUNCHED A SERIES OF ATTACKS AGAINST DIPLOMATIC TARGETS IN KABUL AND AT LEAST THREE OTHER PARTS OF AFGHANISTAN.
THE US EMBASSY IN THE AFGHAN CAPITAL WAS ON GOVERNMENT LOCKDOWN SUNDAY.
INES FERRE REPORTS.
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ARTILLERY FIRE WAS HEARD ACROSS KABUL AFGHANISTAN ON SUNDAY. THE TALIBAN LAUNCHED COORDINATED ATTACKS AGAINST NATO BASES AND WESTERN EMBASSIES IN THE AFGHAN CAPITAL. THE ASSAULTS INCLUDED GUNMEN AND SUICIDE BOMBERS.

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN // (R) Arizona

"Well, I think that it's probably a manifestation that the Taliban still has some strength."

AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES FIRED BACK AT THE REBELS USING ASSAULT RIFLES AND ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADES. THE AGHAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY SAID AT LEAST FOUR OF THE REBELS WERE CAPTURED.

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A TALIBAN SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE ASSAULTS ARE IN RETALIATION FOR U.S. TROOPS BURING KORANS, URINATING ON DEAD BODIES, AND ...the killings last month of seventeen Afghan civilians by an accused U.S. Army sergeant.

THE LATEST VIOLENCE RAISES NEW ALARMS OVER THE RUN-UP TO THE PLANNED TROOP WITHDRAWL IN 2014. THE US AMBASSADOR TO AGHANISTAN said AGHAN SECURITY FORCES HAVE SHOWN PROGESS BUT EMPHASIZED THE RISK OF AN EARLIER WITHDRAWL.

Ryan Crocker // US Embassador to Afghanistan

"To get out before the Afghans have a full grip on security, which is a couple of years out, would be to invite the Taliban and Al Qaeda back in and set the stage for another 9/11 and that, I think, is an unacceptable risk."

RECENTLY THE US HAS ACCELERATED THE TRANSFER OF SECURITY TO THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT. IT AGREED TO HAND CONTROL OF NIGHT RAIDS AND DETAINEES TO AFGHAN FORCES.
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THE AFGHAN MINISTRY OF INTERIOR SAYS AT LEAST 17 MILITANTS WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACKS.




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.
VIKING RANGE RECALLED ABOUT 2 THOUSAND DISHWASHERS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS AN ELECTRICAL COMPONENT CAN OVERHEAT.
VIKING HAS RECEIVED 21 INCIDENT REPORTS... INCLUDING 5 REPORTS OF PROPERTY DAMAGE FROM FIRE.
NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
THE DISHWASHERS WERE SOLD AT APPLIANCE AND SPECIALTY RETAIL STORES NATIONWIDE FROM JUNE 2010 THROUGH MARCH 2012 FOR BETWEEN 14 HUNDRED AND 2 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY BY CALLING 800-241-7239.
CLUB CAR RECALLED ITS UTILITY AND TRANSPORT VEHICLES DUE TO CRASH HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE BRAKE PEDAL MOUNTING BLOCKS CAN CRACK AND SEPARATE... RESULTING IN A LOSS OF BRAKING ABILITY.
SO FAR... NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
THE CARS WERE SOLD AT DEALERS NATIONWIDE IN APRIL AND MAY OF 2011 FOR BETWEEN 6 AND 11 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CALL 800-227-0739.
AND BAJA MOTORSPORTS RECALLED ITS DIRT BIKES DUE TO FIRE HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE FUEL TANK CAN LEAK... POSING A FIRE AND BURN HAZARD TO CONSUMERS.
SO FAR... 16 PEOPLE REPORTED FIRES FROM A LEAKING FUEL TANK... 3 OF THEM RESULTING IN MINOR BURNS.
THE BIKES WERE SOLD AT PEP BOYS AND OTHER MOTOR SPORTS STORES NATIONWIDE FROM DECEMBER 20-10 THROUGH JANUARY 20-12 FOR BETWEEN 450 AND 650 DOLLARS.
YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE RECALL BY CALLING 888-863-2252.
THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S RECALL WRAP... FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RECALLED PRODUCTS... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE FEATURES DROPDOWN MENU... THEN SELECT RECALLS.




SOME OF THE STATE'S TOP POTTERY ARTISTS... ARE SHOWCASING SOME OF THEIR BEST WORK... RIGHT HERE IN MACON.
THE EXHIBIT FEATURES 4 THOUSAND PIECES OF POTTERY... FROM NEARLY 70 ARTISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
THEY'RE SHOWCASING EVERYTHING FROM BOWLS... TO MUGS... TO WALKING DEAD ZOMBIE HEAD JUGS.
MACON ARTS ALLIANCE DIRECTOR... JONATHAN DYE SAYS THEY'VE ALREADY GOT A CROWD... COMING TO CHECK OUT THE ART.
HE SAYS SATURDAYS... THEY HAVE A WORKSHOP FOR KIDS.
Jonathan Dye, Macon Arts Alliance: "Most everyone likes to get a really ncie presentation bowl for when they entertain. A lot of people come in for plates and mugs. I know of a few people who every year they come in and get new plates. Because over the years they've gained a collection of plates and mugs and different things that they serve food on."
THE EXHIBIT IS OPEN 9 TO 5 ON SATURDAYS... 12 TO 4 ON SUNDAYS... AND 11 TO 6 ON WEEKDAYS... THORUGH APRIL 27TH.





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