GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.. I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.
MACON POLICE SWAT AND STRIKE TEAMS SPENT HOURS OUTSIDE A HOUSE ON THE CORNER OF RUTHERFORD AVENUE AND HOUSTON AVENUE... AFTER SOMEONE SAID A GUNMAN HAD RUN INSIDE.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET.
SHE SAYS POLICE FIRST CAME TO THE AREA... TO CHECK OUT REPORTED GUNSHOTS.
OFFICERS WENT INTO THE BACK DOOR OF THE HOUSE... AFTER REPORTS THAT THE PERSON THEY WERE LOOKING FOR... WAS INSIDE.
GAUDET SAYS OFFICERS FIRST TOLD THE MAN TO OPEN THE DOOR... BUT HE REFUSED.
THE HOME OWNER GAVE POLICE PERMISSION TO GO INSIDE... BUT WHEN THE SWAT TEAM SEARCHED... NO ONE WAS THERE.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION... YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
WARNER ROBINS FIRE OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT CAUSED A FIRE AT THE HOME DEPOT ON WATSON BOULEVARD.
LIEUTENANT SCOTT DURHAM WITH THE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE FIRE STARTED JUST BEFORE 7 P.M.
HE SAYS STACKS OF ROLLED INSULATION CAUGHT FIRE... BUT FIRE INVESTIGATORS DON'T KNOW HOW.
DURHAM SAYS IT TOOK THEM ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO PUT OUT THE MAIN FIRE... BUT THEY SPENT ABOUT THREE HOURS EXTINGUISHING SMALLER PATCHES OF SMOLDERING INSULATION.
HE SAYS THE DEPARTMENT IS STILL INVESTIGATING.
TEN YEARS AGO... A FAMILY'S LIFE CHANGED 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 WITH FAMILY MEMBERS ABOUT THEIR LOSS.
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.
MACON POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO ROB A WARNER ROBINS BUSINESSWOMAN LAST WEEKEND.
57 YEAR OLD LUISA CAMPBELL SAYS SHE SHOT AND WOUNDED ONE OF TWO ARMED MEN WHO TRIED TO ROB HER OUTSIDE HER DAUGHTER'S HOUSE IN MACON.
POLICE SAY THE WOUNDED MAN.. BRENTON SPENCER.. REMAINS UNDER 24 HOUR WATCH AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
POLICE RELEASED SEVERAL NEW PICTURES OF HIS ACCOMPLICE.. DANTRE SHIVERS.
SPOKESPERSON JAMI GAUDET SAYS.. THERE ARE "NO LIMITS TO THE SEARCH" FOR SHIVERS AND THEY'RE DEPENDENT ON CITIZENS FOR INFORMATION.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON SHIVERS' WHEREABOUTS OR THE ROBBERY ITSELF.. SHOULD CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
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 PATH OF DAMAGE ACROSS MONROE COUNTY DESTROYING HOMES... BUT NO ONE WAS KILLED.
THE IMAGES OF DESTRUCTION ARE UNFORGETTABLE... AND TODAY MANY COMMUNITIES WHICH ENDURED THE TRAGEDY.... HELD PRAYER VIGILS OR CEREMONIES TO REMEMBER WHAT WAS LOST.
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.
THE ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW LIFTS OFF IN JUST OVER 12 HOURS.
IF YOU PLAN TO CATCH THE HIGH-FLYING ACROBATICS... WE'VE GOT SOME ESSENTIALS RECOMMENDED BY THE BASE T O MAKE SURE YOU GET THE FULL EXPERIENCE.
FIRST... BE SURE TO PACK SUNSCREEN... ESPECIALLY FOR THE KIDS.
ROBINS SAYS TEMPERATURES ON THE FLIGHT LINE ARE HIGHER THAN NORMAL... AND BEN SAYS WE COULD SEE NEARLY 90 DEGREES TOMORROW.
ALSO BRING A CAMERA AND A PEN.
MANY OF THE PERFORMERS WILL GIVE YOU A SHOT AT AN AUTOGRAPH OR PHOTO DURING AND AFTER THE SHOWS.
ANOTHER THING TO ADD TO THE CHECKLIST... EAR PLUGS.
ROBINS SAYS LOUD NOISES ON THE FLIGHT LINE CAN DAMAGE YOUR EARS.
AND DON'T FORGET THE FOLDING CHAIRS.
THE FLIGHT LINE HAS LIMITED SEATING... SO IF YOU WANT TO SIT AND WATCH LONGER DEMONSTRATIONS... A LIGHTWEIGHT PORTABLE CHAIR CAN COME IN HANDY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHOW SCHEDULE... PARKING PROCEDURES.. AND WHAT NOT TO BRING.. VISIT THE ROBINS WHERE YOU LIVE PAGE ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THE SHOW RUNS THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
THE PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL OF GEORGIA KICKED OFF ITS SWEET 16 CELEBRATION TODAY.
THIS YEAR... THE EVENT IS AT A NEW LOCATION... THE CHERRY STREET PLAZA NEAR THE TUBMAN MUSEUM.
TONIGHT PEOPLE CAME OUT TO TAKE PART IN ALL THE FESTIVITIES.
ORGANIZERS SAY THE FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT FEATURES FOOD... CLOTHING... ARTS... CRAFTS AND LOTS OF MUSIC AND DANCE.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT TONIGHT'S KICK OFF IN SUPPORT OF THE TUBMAN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM.
WE CAUGHT OF WITH A FEW FOLKS WHO SAY THEY LOOK FORWARD TO THE FESTIVAL EVERY YEAR.
"I'm all about promoting the Tubman. We want to see tham move into their new space and I'm just so glad to be here today."
"We are three years running in the Pan African Festival. We've been here for three years now and we love it and we love the scenery. It's a great festival. One of the best festivals of the year."
FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE SCHEDULE FOR THE PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL... CHECK OUT THIS STORY AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.
STUDENT LOANS HAVE BECOME AN ELECTION-YEAR BATTLEGROUND BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND THE WHITE HOUSE.
AS TARA MERGENER SHOWS US... THE BATTLE FOR THE YOUTH VOTE IS HEATING UP.
Millions of students like Howard University Sophomore Derrick Simmons could graduate in more debt if Congress allows the interest rate on federal student loans to double on July 1st.
(SOT Derrick Simmons, Howard University Sophomore)
"It's so hard being a college student, it's so hard trying to pay for college//I hope it doesn't happen.
During campus visits this week President Obama pushed lawmakers to take action - Friday the House did.
(nats - House floor)
"The bill is passed"
Republicans pushed through a bill that eliminates a preventive care fund in President Obama's health care law.. to pay for the rate cut extension.
(SOT Rep. James Langevin D-RI)
"It is unconscionable that Republican leadership is forcing us to choose between education and health care."
(Stand-up bridge Tara Mergener/CBS News/Washington)
"The White House has promised to veto the GOP bill saying it will hurt women who need preventative care. The House Speaker accused Democrats of picking a campaign fight."
(SOT - Speaker of the House John Boehner R-OH)
"Nobody wants to see student loan interest rates go up//People want to politicize this because it's an election year but my God do we have to fight about everything."
Campaign watchers say the real battle may be for the youth vote - key to President Obama's election in 2008. Howard freshman Calise Belin (Bee-lin) says she's keeping a close eye on the student loan rate issue.
(SOT Calise Belin, Howard University Freshman)
"Money is money and it's very tight right now so hopefully... Congress gets it right."
She knows the outcome could affect her long after the 2012 campaign is over.
SENATE DEMOCRATS WILL BRING THEIR VERSION OF THE BILL UP FOR DEBATE IN MAY.
IT PAYS FOR THE RATE CUT EXTENSION WITH A TAX HIKE ON BUSINESSES - AN APPROACH REPUBLICANS OPPOSE.
REBUILDING MACON IS FIXING UP TWENTY HOUSES THIS SATURDAY. THE WMAZ TEAM IS TAKING OVER ONE OF THEM.
( NAT 7 secs : they said they would were going to put down...on the floor)
MINNIE GARRET'S HOUSE ON CLINTON STREET NEEDS SOME SPRUCING UP...
THE LONG LIST OF TO-DOS INCLUDE FIXING THE TUB FAUCET...CLEANING UP THE PORCH...AND WEEDING THE FLOWER BEDS.
THE 75-YEAR-OLD HAS BEEN LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSE FOR MORE THAN 24-YEARS.
156 very very excited. im very grateful that god is aiding them to do this for me202
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED...CHECK OUT OUR WEBSTORY AT ....13WMAZ-DOT-COM
SOME RESTAURANTS MEASURE UP WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR STOPS.. IN WHILE OTHERS CAN SOMETIMES FALL SHORT OF THE REGULATIONS THEY'RE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW
HERE'S BRITTINY BARBER... WITH THIS WEEKS 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.
AND NINJA JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE ON MULBERRY ST LANE... GOT AN 82... A "B"... COMING AFTER AN 92... AN "A"... ON THE LAST INSPECTION.
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 AVE 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.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES' PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
THE MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL ON VINEVILLE... WITH A FIVE SCORE AVERAGE OF 98 POINT 6.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE AT MOE'S....
TUNE IN NEXT WEEK TO FIND OUT MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS. BRITTINY BARBER... 13 WMAZ...E EYWITNESS NEWS.
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CLICK ON "RESTAURANT RATINGS" UNDER THE FEATURES TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.
FROM THERE... YOU CAN SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE AND CHECK OUT INSPECTION SCORES FROM *YOUR* COUNTY.
IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE YOU LIVE... AND TONIGHT WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE CRAWFORD-PEACH PAGE.
THE BATTLE OF BYRON RETURNS FOR CINCO DE MAYO.
THE EVENTS RUN ALL DAY NEXT SATURDAY.
YOU CAN HEAD OUT TO WATCH THE BED RACE, RUN THE 5K RACE, CHECK OUT THE ARTS AND CRAFT VENDORS, GAMES, PINATAS, MUD VOLLEYBALL AND MORE...
THE EVENTS WILL BE HAPPENING FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL 7 P.M.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE BATTLE OF BYRON, HEAD OVER TO THE PEACH COUNTY WHERE YOU LIVE FEATURE FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOMEPAGE.
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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.