Friday, April 27, Eyewitness News at 6

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Dorothy Lester, Henderson: 03:39 I saw them bring the bodies out and I knew that it was real.
A DECADE LATER... FAMILY MEMBERS SAY THE MURDER OF A UNADILLA COUPLE... IS STILL FRESH IN THEIR MINDS.
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

TEN YEARS AGO...A FAMILY'S LIFE CHANGED FOREVER WHEN A UNADILLA COUPLE WAS SHOT AND KILLED... WHILE CLOSING THEIR STORE.
THEIR LOVED ONES HOLD A REUNION AT THE CEMETERY ON THE FOURTH SATURDAY OF APRIL TO HONOR O-W AND ROXIE COSBY AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS.
THIS YEAR...THE REUNION FALLS ON THE DAY THE COUPLE DIED.
AUSTIN LEWIS TALKED TO FAMILY MEMBERS ABOUT HOW LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE THAT DAY.
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nats of crime scene of top....
THE MEMORY OF APRIL 28TH 2002 BURNS IN THE MINDS OF THE COSBY FAMILY.
Dorothy Lester, Henderson: 03:03 When I saw the crowd of people, I knew something had happened, you know, and I just stood and I was just shaking in my boots, I tell you the truth, I got so weak in the knees
O-W AND ROXIE COSBY WERE CLOSING UP THEIR BUSINESS...ROXIE'S CLUB...
WHEN TWO MEN BURST THROUGH THE DOOR AND SHOT THEM.
Dorothy Lester, Henderson: 03:39 I saw them bring the bodies out and I knew that it was real.
Ethel Harris, Unadilla: 01:39 2nd clip I was just waiting for somebody to tell me something different, I mean I just didn't take it in right then.
nats of crimescene video....
Dorothy Lester, Henderson:03:14 And then I couldn't breathe, my lungs, part of my lungs collapsed, they had to take me to the emergency room
INVESTIGATORS SAY THE MURDER WAS A GANG INTIATION.
THE THREE MEN RESPONSIBLE ARE IN PRISON
ANTHONY PRINCE MCGREGOR FOR TEN YEARS.
LOVEION DECARMO AND TIMOTHY REEVES FOR LIFE.
Ethel Harris, Unadilla: I just wished they could have thought about that they not only hurt my parents that night but they hurt a lot of people becuase they had loving family members that loved them and they had aunts, and sisters and brothers that loved them, they just took a lot from us that night.
quick nat of cemetery
TEN YEARS...LATER...O-W AND ROXIE'S DAUGHTER...ETHEL HARRIS SAYS IT DOESN'T GET EASIER.
Ethel Harris, Unadilla:00:38 2nd clip I had to ask myself several times are both of my parents gone, you know it was just hard to believe that both of them died.
DOROTHY LESTER...ROXIE'S LITTLE SISTER...SAYS SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO COME HERE TO BE REMINDED OF HER SISTER
Dorothy Lester, Henderson: 01:06 She loved a yellow, a golden yellow apple, a lot of times now, I go by the store and get me and apple when I think of her.
THE FAMILY STILL OWNS ROXIE'S CLUB....BUT NOW IT'S CLOSED.
Ethel Harris, Unadilla:I will always you know just like to keep it. For the memories, because you know, all of us grew up down there that was my daddy's living, that's how he provided for his family.
nats of from Ethel "My daddy was so in love with his wife when he opened his business he decided to name it after her."
AND THAT LOVE...IS WHAT THEY HOLD ONTO.
Dorothy Lester, Henderson: 02:06 when you say you were as one that's what they were
quick nats of cemetery.
IT WILL ALSO BE FULL OF LOVE HERE...WHEN THEIR FAMILY COMES TOGETHER ON SATURDAY FOR THEIR REUNION TO HONOR O-W AND ROXIE.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>
THE REUNION IS TOMORROW AT THE LESTER CEMETERY IN ELKO.
HARRIS SAYS FAMILY MEMBERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY PLAN TO ATTEND.

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY... THE DEADLIEST LINE OF TORNADOS SINCE 1955... TORE THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST.
THOSE STORMS KILLED 316 PEOPLE.. WITH 122 CONFIRMED TORNADOS IN ALABAMA... TENNESSEE... GEORGIA AND VIRGINIA.
TUSCALOOSA ALABAMA BORE THE BRUNT OF THE DAMAGE.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAID OF THE 15 VIOLENT TORNADOES THAT DAY.. MEANING E-F FOUR OR FIVE ON THE SCALE.. EIGHT OF THEM WERE ON THE GROUND FOR MORE THAN 50 MILES.
IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... TWO PEOPLE DIED IN BARNESVILLE AFTER THEIR HOME COLLAPSED.
THE TWISTERS ALSO CUT A WIDE PATH DAMAGE ACROSS MONROE... COUNTY DESTROYING HOMES... BUT NO ONE WAS KILLED.
THE IMAGES OF THE DESTRUCTION ARE UNFORGETTABLE... AND TODAY MANY COMMUNITIES WHICH ENDURED THE TRAGEDY.... HELD PRAYER VIGILS OR CEREMONIES TO REMEMBER WHAT WAS LOST.

FEDERAL RESEARCHERS SAID TODAY THAT AT LEAST HALF OF THE PEOPLE KILLED IN THOSE STORMS... DID GET A WARNING TO SEEK SHELTER.
THE REPORT FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTRIOL SAYS DESPITE THE WARNING... THE STRUCTURE IN WHICH THEY TOOK SHELTER THAT DIDN'T HOLD UP TO THE STORM'S STRENGTH.

CHEIF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IS JOINING ME NOW.
BEN... IT SEEMS THE SILVER LINING IN THIS BIT OF INFORMATION WOULD BE THAT IT APPEARS THE WARNINGS ARE REACHING THE PEOPLE WHO NEED THE INFORMATION.

- Ben talks about the ways people recieve the information and leads into statistics about the NWS being more accurate with their warnings--- Talks about frequent warning desensitizing people to the information.

SOME DATA FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY SHOWS THAT IN 2010... NEARLY 92-PERCENT OF THE TIME... TORNADO WARNINGS ISSUED BY THE SERVICE WERE WRONG. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT?

- Ben talks about warnings increasing awareness and at the very least, they encourage people to assess personal risk.

WHAT KIND OF TECHNOLOGY IS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WORKING ON TO LOWER THAT FALSE ALARM RATE?

- Ben talks about latest research and dual pole technology

WERE IN TORNADO SEASON NOW. GO OVER SOME WAYS TO RECIEVE THIS INFORMATION.

- Quick rundown of tv, weather radio, sirens. Touch on some of the new apps that give warning.

THANKS, BEN.
LEAH?

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS.. HOW DO YOU GET SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS?..
SO FAR.. 18 PERCENT OF YOU SAY FROM A WEATHER RADIO..
56 PERCENT GET YOUR ALERTS FROM T-V..
15 PERCENT OF YOU USE PHONES..
5 PERCENT OF YOU DEPEND ON SIRENS..
AND 6 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU DON'T GET THOSE WARNINGS.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

A WARNER ROBINS STORE CLERK SAYS A GUNMAN ROBBED HIM...THEN TAZED HIM THIS MORNING.
A MASKED MAN ENTERED UNIQUE GIFTS AND GAMES ON RUSSELL PARKWAY AROUND 11-30..... AND DEMANDED MONEY.
THE CLERK TOLD VIDEOJOURNALIST CLAUDIA TAYLOR THAT THE MAN HELD A GUN AGAINST HIM...THEN TAZED HIM...THEN RAN AWAY WITH THE MONEY.
AFTER THE SUSPECT RAN AWAY...THE CLERK RAN NEXT DOOR FOR HELP.
WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY THE ROBBERY MAY BE CONNECTED TO VIDEO GAMING MACHINES IN THE STORE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE ROBBERY... CAN CALL WARNER ROBINS POLICE AT 478-929-6911. AGAIN...THAT NUMBER IS... 478-929-6911.

THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR HAS RETURNED TO CENTRAL CITY PARK... THIS TIME UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP.
THAT'S WHERE WE FIND KATELYN HECK... WITH A LOOK AT SOME DAY ONE FESTIVITIES.
KATELYN... WHAT'S IT LOOKING LIKE?
katelyn talks about the first day of the fair
... EARLIER TODAY... AMY AUBERT TALKED TO THE FAIR'S NEW OWNERS... ABOUT THEIR PLANS FOR A REVAMP.
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Nats, truck pulling up

CREWS AT THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR ARE CLIPPING

Nats, stapler

...LAST MINUTE TOUCHES... FOR OPENING DAY.

Nats, Mark Lovell, Universal Fairs: " I think he's got four Kodiak grizzly bears."

THIS YEAR... UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP.
MARK LOVELL... OWNS UNIVERSAL FAIRS... AND SAYS HE HOPES TO BRING IN AROUND 70 THOUSAND PEOPLE TO THE ATTRACTION.

Mark Lovell: "That's pretty much where we found our little niche, find struggling fairs and come in there and jazz them up."

HE PLANS TO DO THAT... BY BRINGING IN LIVE MUSIC... ANIMAL SHOWS...

Nats, goat

CIRCUS ACTS... AND AROUND 40 RIDES.

HE SAYS UNDER HIS OWNERSHIP... A COUNTY FAIR IN SEATTLE... MORE THAN DOUBLED IN ATTENDANCE... IN ONE YEAR.

HE HOPES TO DO THE SAME... FOR THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR.

Nats, Lovell

LOVELL SAYS HE SAW POTENTIAL IN THE STRUGGLING FAIR... AND SPENT AROUND 500 THOUSAND BUCKS... TO JAZZ IT UP.

Lovell: "The Georgia State Fair, to have that kind of history, and so many people have had memories at this place, I think it's a cryin' shame."

HE SAYS THIS YEAR... THE THINGS TO DO... ARE ENDLESS.

Lovell: "Over here we pretty much have the more adult rides, you know, like the Ring of Fire."

LOVELL HOPES A REVAMPED LOOK... ENCOURAGES THOUSANDS... TO TAKE A RIDE... TO THE NEW GEORGIA STATE FAIR.

AMY AUBERT 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
THE FAIR CONTINUES UNTIL MAY 6TH.
ADMISSION IS 7 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS... 5 DOLLARS FOR SENIORS OR CHILDREN AGE 5 TO 13... AND FREE FOR CHILDREN 4 AND UNDER.

WITH A WEEKEND JAM PACKED FULL OF EVENTS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.. YOU MAY DECIDE TO STOP WITH THE FAMILY TO GRAB A BITE TO EAT... WHILE YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT.
BUT BEFORE YOU DO THAT.. YOU MAY WANT TO FIND OUT HOW A FEW RESTAURANTS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA STACKED UP WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR ARRIVED.
BRITTINY BARBER HAS THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK... STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES....
LITTLE CAESAR'S PIZZA AT 610 NORTH AVENUE... SCORED AN 83.. WHICH IS A "B"... THAT'S AFTER A 99 OR "A" ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
THE REPORT SAYS ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WERE NOT SUPPLIED & ACCESSIBLE.. WHICH IS A KNOWN RISK FACTOR FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESSES.
AND NINJA JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE ON MULBERRY ST LANE... GOT AN 82... A "B"... COMING AFTER AN 92... AN "A"... ON THE LAST INSPECTION.
IT SAYS FOOD WAS NOT SEPARATED AND PROTECTED.. AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES WERE NOT PROPERLY IDENTIFIED.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK..
PANERA BREAD WHICH IS ON TOM HILL SENIOR BLVD.. BROUGHT IN A 100 OR AN "A"... THAT'S AFTER ANOTHER "A"... A 96 ON THEIR LAST REPORT.
MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL AT 31-11 VINEVILLE AVENUE RANKED IN A 100... THAT'S AFTER A 97 OR "A" ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
AND AMERICAN FEEL AND WINGS ON SPRING STREET... SCORED A 98.. OR AN "A"... COMING IN AFTER A 97 ... ALSO AND "A" ON THE PREVIOUS REPORT.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THE WINNER OF WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA.. BACK TO YOU
FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND IT UNDER THE FEATURES TAB IN THE MENU BAR.

THIS WEEKEND MARKS THE 16TH YEAR FOR THE PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL IN MACON.
FOR THE FIRST TIME... THE CELEBRATION WILL BE AT CHERRY STREET PLAZA..
(NAT 3 SECS - coem get their smell goods)
FROM THE MUSIC TO THE MARKET WHERE YOU CAN FIND BRIGHT CLOTHES...VINTAGE JEWLERY...AND EVEN SCENTED ROCKS...
VENDORS STARTED SETTING UP SHOP AND HANGING UP BANNERS THIS AFTERNOON AHEAD OF TONIGHT'S FESTIVITIES.
GEE JONES FLEW DOWN FROM DELAWARE TO SET UP A BOOTH AT THE MARKETPLACE WHERE SHE SELLS SCENTED ROCKS.
BUT THE TRIP WON'T BE ALL WORK FOR JONES.
31 that's why i brought my mom...so i can play hookie. because is she wasn't here id have to work the whole time.but when i rbing my sidekick i can disappear a little, you know. she just looks for me...like..where'd you go? 46
THE FESTIVAL IS ALREADYY UNDERWAY.
FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE SCHEDULE... CHECK OUT THIS STORY AT...13WMAZ-DOT-COM.

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