GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M CANDACE ADORKA.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
A JONES COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER DIED OF A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK TODAY AS HIS RIDING MOWER FLIPPED INTO A POND.
THE JONES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS DAVID MCNEAL WAS MOWING ON A STEEP EMBANKMENT AT HIS LITE-N-TIE ROAD HOME... WHEN HE AND THE MOWER FLIPPED INTO THE POND.
THAT WAS AROUND 2 THIS AFTERNOON.
CREWS PULLED HIM FROM THE WATER... AND HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT COLISEUM HOSPITAL IN MACON.
COUNTY CORONER JEFF BRIDGES DIDN'T KNOW IF MCNEAL SUFFERED THE HEART ATTACK BEFORE OR AFTER HE FELL INTO THE POND.
MCNEAL WAS A FORMER CHIEF OF A DISTRICT FIRE STATION.
A 35-YEAR-OLD MAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER SOMEONE SHOT HIM AT A WEST MACON HOUSE THIS EVENING.
MACON POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS SYLVESTER FOSTER III WAS SITTING ON A PORCH ON STRAIGHT STREET WITH ANOTHER PERSON WHEN A MAN WALKED UP TO THEM AROUND 6:45.
SHE SAYS THE PAIR RAN INTO THE HOUSE AND THE MAN FOLLOWED... SHOOTING FOSTER IN THE HEAD.
HE WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION... YOU CAN CALL THE MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME.
A PERRY HOME HAS BEEN REDUCED TO ASHES AFTER A FIRE TOOK BROKE OUT THIS EVERNING.
CHIEF FIRE INVESTIGATOR WILLIAM SMITH SAYS A CALL CAME IN AROUND 6-20 THAT A HOUSE AT 315 LAKE JOY ROAD WAS ON FIRE.
HE SAYS BY THE TIME CREWS RESPONDED... FLAMES WERE ALREADY SHOOTING THROUGH THE ROOF.
SMITH SAYS NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE BLAZE... THE PERSON WHO LIVED IN THE HOME WAS AWAY WHEN IT HAPPENED.
IT TOOK 20 HOUSTON COUNTY FIRE FIGHTERS ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF TO GET THE BLAZE UNDER CONTROL.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE CAME OUT FOR THE FUNERAL OF A FORMER AUBURN FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO WAS SHOT TO DEATH LAST WEEK.
ED CHRISTIAN'S FUNERAL WAS HELD IN VALDOSTA.
HE WAS ONE OF THREE 20-YEAR-OLDS KILLED AT A POOL PARTY A WEEK AGO.
FUNERALS FOR THE OTHER TWO VICTIMS WERE HELD YESTERDAY IN ALABAMA.
THE SHOOTING ALSO WOUNDED THREE OTHER PEOPLE.
DEMONTE LEONARD IS IN JAIL ON CAPITAL MURDER AND ASSAULT CHARGES IN THIS CASE.
GEORGIA IS ONE OF THE WORST STATES IN THE COUNTRY FOR STAFFING NURSES IN SCHOOLS... BUT STATE EDUCATION LEADERS HOPE A NEW LAW WILL HELP CHANGE THAT.
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER... THE STATE WILL FUND NURSES BASED ON STUDENT ENROLLMENT.
THE LAW SETS ASIDE MONEY FOR ONE NURSE PER 750 ELEMENTARY STUDENTS OR 15-HUNDRED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.
RIGHT NOW... THE RATIO SITS AT ONE NURSE PER 23-HUNDRED STUDENTS.
THAT HAS GEORGIA RANKED FORTY-SIXTH AMONG ALL STATES AND WASHINGTON D-C.
THE LAW ALSO PROHIBITS MONEY ALLOCATED FOR SCHOOL NURSES FROM BEING SPENT ON ANYTHING ELSE.
IT TAKES EFFECT JULY FIRST.
THEY MAY NOT BE FILMING THIS WEEKEND... BUT THE CREWS OF "42" ARE STILL KEEPING BUSY.
TODAY... THEY PREPARED PART OF THIRD STREET FOR FILMING ON MONDAY.
THEIR PLANS INCLUDE A SCENE AT A WATER FOUNTAIN IN FRONT OF BLAIR'S FURNITURE... .WHERE A BLACK WOMAN TRIES TO TAKE A DRINK.
ACTOR CHADWICK BOSEMAN... WHO PORTRAYS JACKIE ROBINSON IN THE MOVIE... IS EXPECTED TO BE AT THAT FILMING.
OWNER DIANA BLAIR SAYS THE CREWS ASKED HER AND HER WORKERS TO BE IN THE STORE BY 6 A-M MONDAY MORNING.
HER HUSBAND BRYAN SHOWED OFF ONE OF THE ADDITIONS TO THE STOREFRONT DISPLAY.
"This here's the Speed Queen, and what you do is, you put your clothes in here and wash your clothes and then when they're finished washing you have to take them and run them through them rollers. And this is a fancy model, it's all electric."
FOR A LOOK AT ALL OUR VIDEOS AND PHOTOS FROM THE FILMING OF "42"... JUST LOOK FOR THE LINK IN THE CHECK IT OUT BOX AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
ALL WEEK.. .TWO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN HOSTING EVENTS TO COMMEMORATE JUNETEENTH... WHICH MARKS THE END OF SLAVERY IN AMERICA.
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TORCHLIGHT ACADEMY AND THE KWANZA CULTURAL ACCESS CENTER PUT ON THEIR 20TH ANNUAL JUNETEENTH FREEDOM FESTIVAL.
THE EVENT AT TATNALL SQUARE PARK FEATURED REANACTMENTS OF BLACK UNION SOLDIERS USING BLACK POWDER RIFLES... AN EXHIBIT FEATURING THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN ... ALONG WITH VENDORS, ARTS, CRAFTS, AND MUSIC.
ORGANIZERS SAY THE THE PARK WAS THE PERFECT PLACE TO HOLD THE EVENT.
George Muhammed (Co-Organizer)-"Tatnall square park in the 30s, 40s,50s,60s, was a place that black people, African Americans could not walk or go through without likely being beaten or arrested. And so we started out saying that because of the struggle our ancestors went through to just give us the opportunity to walk through the park, we will celebrate freedom in this park."
TOMORROW JUNETEENTH EVENTS WILL WRAP UP WITH A SPIRITUAL UNITY AND FATHER'S DAY TRIBUTE.
IT'S A FREE INVITATION FOR MEDITATION... PRAYER... AND INSPITATIONAL MUSIC.
A MACON CHURCH CALLED ON FAMILIES AND CAR LOVERS TODAY... TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR YOUTH GROUP MISSION TRIPS.
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MOUNT PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH'S FIRST ANNUAL CAR SHOW OFFERED A DAY OF GAMES... FOOD... DOOR PRIZES... MUSIC AND OF COURSE... CARS.
THE CAR SHOW GOT OFF TO AN EARLY START AT 8 A-M... AND MORE THAN 40 CARS WERE ON DISPLAY.
JUDGES RATED THEM ON THEIR INTERIOR... TIRES... ENGINE... PAINT AND MUCH MORE.
Thurman Hall, Macon "They got a lot of different cars. They got cars from the 40's, I saw some new cars. They got some brand new mustangs and i think they have a really good selection"
Jeremie Frasure, Youth Pastor "Here in Macon we like to get out into our community so every three months we get out in our community and do something for our community so this is a way to earn money to go do those missions"
YOUTH PASTOR JEREMIE FRASURE SAYS THEIR GOAL IS 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR A MISSION TRIP TO NORTH CAROLINA.
THE AREA OF BOWDEN GOLF COURSE THAT USED TO BE AN EXECUTIVE THREE-HOLE COURSE SAT UNUSED AND OVERGROWN FOR YEARS.
NOW... IT'S THE SECOND LONGEST DISC GOLF COURSE IN GEORGIA... AND THE HOST OF THIS WEEKEND'S PEACH BASKET INVITATIONAL.
MORE THAN 90 PLAYERS SIGNED UP FOR THE EVENT... INCLUDING 35 PLAYERS WHO MADE IT TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.
TOMORROW WILL BE THE FINAL AND DECIDING ROUND OF THE COMPETITION... BUT FOR ONE DISC GOLFER... PART OF THE THRILL IS SEEING THE DORMANT FIELD GET SOME ACTION.
John Harrison: Its been fantasic, I mean this has been a vision to see it come into play it has been spectacular and the pros love it. Because instead of going out to a place where they score fourteen or fifthteen under, here they just trying to be Par and this is a really challaging course and we are thrilled to be able to have them in action.
THE WINNER OF THIS WEEKEND'S INVITATIONAL WILL BECOME GEORGIA'S CHAMPION OF DISC GOLFING... AND BE ABLE TO COMPETE IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA NEXT MONTH.
FORMER PENN STATE ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH JERRY SANDUSKY IS EXPECTED TO BE EXAMINED BY A PSYCHOLOGIST TOMORROW.
HE'S ON TRIAL FOR ALLEGATIONS THAT HE SEXUALLY ABUSED AT LEAST TEN BOYS OVER 15 YEARS.
A SOURCE WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CASE SAYS PROSECUTORS SCHEDULED THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAM AFTER THE JUDGE ALLOWED THE DEFENSE TO INTRODUCE TESTIMONY ON SANDUSKY'S MENTAL HEALTH.
THE TRIAL IS STILL SCHEDULED TO RESUME MONDAY... WHEN PROSECUTORS ARE EXPECTED TO WRAP UP THEIR CASE.
THE SAUDI ROYAL FAMILY SAYS CROWN PRINCE NAYEF ABDULAZIZ DIED THIS WEEKEND.
THE STATEMENT FROM KING ABDULLAH SAYS HIS BROTHER WILL BE BURIED TOMORROW... BUT IT GAVE NO OTHER DETAILS.
ABDULAZIZ ... CONSIDERED CONSERVATIVE EVEN BY SAUDI STANDARDS... HEADED SAUDI ARABIA'S CRACKDOWN ON AL-QAIDA'S BRANCH IN THE COUNTRY.
HE WAS NAMED CROWN PRINCE IN OCTOBER.
THE KING AND FAMILY COUNCIL WILL LIKELY START WORKING TO APPOINT ANOTHER OF THE KING'S BROTHERS AS CROWN PRINCE.
ABDULAZIZ HAD BEEN RECEIVING MEDICAL TREATMENT IN GENEVA FOR AN UNKNOWN PROBLEM.
HE WAS IN HIS LATE SEVENTIES.
A CONCERT BY ROCK BAND RADIOHEAD WAS CANCELED AFTER PART OF THE STAGE COLLAPSED BEFORE THE SHOW... KILLING ONE PERSON AND INJURING SEVERAL OTHERS.
AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED.
IT HAPPENED DURING REHEARSALS AND SOUND CHECKS BEFORE TODAY'S SHOW.
INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY'RE STILL NOT SURE WHAT CAUSED THE COLLAPSE.
RADIOHEAD WAS NOT ON STAGE AT THE TIME.
THE ALTERNATIVE ROCK GROUP LED BY SINGER THOM YORKE IS KNOWN FOR HITS SUCH AS "CREEP" AND "PARANOID ANDROID."
THEY'RE ON AN INTERNATIONAL TOUR THIS SUMMER.
UNITED NATIONS OBSERVERS IN SYRIA HAVE SUSPENDED THEIR PATROLS BECAUSE OF THE ESCALATING VIOLENCE.
REBELS FORCES ARE TRYING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT BUT THEY ARE FACING VIOLENT OPPOSHAS THE LATEST FROM THE U-N IN NEW YORK.ITION FROM TROOPS WHO REMAIN LOYAL TO EMBATTLED PRESIDENT BASHAR AL-ASSAD.
(Locator: Damascus, Syria)
The United Nations says it's too dangerous for its 300 unarmed monitors to work in Syria. On Saturday, the UN suspended the operation launched after envoy Kofi Annan brokered a cease-fire.
sot: Burhan Ghalioun/Political Bureau Chief, Syrian National Council (:14-:21)
THE MISSION HAS FAILED--EVEN THE WHOLE INITIATIVE OF MR. ANNAN HAS FAILED. IT HAS FAILED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.
Patrol vehicles have been riddled with bullets, roadside bombs make even short-distance travel treacherous.
Sot: Gen. Robert Mood/Head of U.N. Observer Mission (:28-:34)
OPERATIONS WILL RESUME WHEN WE SEE THE SITUATION FOR FOR US TO CARRY OUR OUR MANDATED ACTIVITIES.
Observers have spent most of their time verifying government attacks on civilians . In one town more than 100 people were slaughtered, mostly women and children. Both rebels and government troops have ignored the cease-fire.
(Standup Bridge: Duarte Geraldino, CBS News, the United Nations) (:55-:58)
Members of Syria's opposition are now urging the UN Security Council to take new action. Some are calling for military intervention
And on the same day UN operations were suspended...Internet video said to be shot in Syria shows explosions in a built up area near the city of Homs.
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More amateur video shows protestors chanting after the funeral of three people killed on Friday.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad blames the violence on terrorists and shows no sign... he'll bow to international pressure to step down.
THE UN SAYS SYRIAN FORCES HAVE KILLED ABOUT 10 THOUSAND PEOPLE IN A CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTS.
A LIGHTNING-SPARKED FIRE HAS BURNED THROUGH 181 HOMES IN COLORADO... AND OFFICIALS SAY THAT'S THE MOST HOMES DESTROYED IN A FIRE IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE.
MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE THE 85-SQUARE-MILE FIRE 20 PERCENT CONTAINED.
THEY SAY IT COULD TAKE TWO TO FOUR WEEKS TO FULLY CONTAIN THE BLAZE.
COLORADO GOVERNOR JOHN HICKENLOOPER URGED PEOPLE NOT TO BE DISCOURAGED.
"I do want to emphasize, as I've done from the beginning of this fire, it's grown to be -- were over 55,000 acres now -- but we have public lands in Colorado over 23 million acres between the Forest Service and the DLM. Places where people from all over the world come to hike and recreate. We're talking about .2 percent of that having born. So this is something we've been through before. We know how to handle it."
HOT.. DRY WEATHER IN THE AREA IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE... AND FIREFIGHTERS ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS THAT COULD BRING MORE LIGHTNING TO THE AREA.
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