Eyewitness News at 11pm, July 21, 2012

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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M CANDACE ADORKA.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

WE'RE CONTINUING TO BRING YOU UPDATES ON THE SITUATION OUT IN AURORA COLORADO... WHERE A MASKED GUMAN OPENED FIRE IN A THEATER JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT FRIDAY... KILLING 12 AND INJURING DOZENS
POLICE THERE HAVE REMOVED ALL THE EXPLOSIVES... AND OTHER DANGEROUS MATERIALS... FROM THE APARTMENT OF THE MOVIE THEATER MASSACRE SUSPECT.
WE ARE ALSO LEARNING MORE ABOUT WHO JAMES HOLMES IS, AND HOW POLICE SAY HE ACQUIRED SUCH A DEADLY ARSENAL.
TERESA GARCIA HAS THE LATEST FROM AURORA.
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BOMB CREWS IN COLORADO SAFELY DETONATED THE CHEMICALS AND ACCELERANTS THEY SAY JAMES HOLMES LEFT FOR POLICE IN HIS AURORA, COLORADO APARTMENT.

SOT - chief

"this apartment was designed - I say, based on everything I've seen - to kill whoever entered it.

POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT'S FRONT DOOR WAS FITTED WITH A TRIP WIRE... NEARBY, AT LEAST 30 SHELLS - DESCRIBED AS FIREWORKS THE SIZE OF SOFTBALLS. SATURDAY AFTERNOON, A CONTROLLED EXPLOSION DISABLED A BOMB INSIDE.
BOOM NATS

INVESTIGATORS ALSO COLLECTED EVIDENCE OUTSIDE THE APARTMENT... INCLUDING A SHIPPING LABEL FROM AN INTERNET STORE CALLED BULK-AMMO.COM. AND INVESTIGATORS ARE SAID TO HAVE A SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF HOLMES PICKING UP ABOUT 160 POUNDS OF AMUNITION AT A FEDERAL EXPRESS OUTLET. THEY SAY HOLMES SPENT 15-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BUILD HIS ARSENAL OF GUNS, CHEMICALS, EXPLOSIVES AND AMMUNITION.

STANDUP BRIDGE:

JAMES HOLMES IS BEING HELD IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AS HE AWAITS A MONDAY MORNING COURT APPEARANCE.
MEANWHILE, AUTHORITIES RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE 12 PEOPLE KILLED IN THE SHOOTING. THE YOUNGEST, ANNIE DALTON'S 6-YEAR OLD GREAT-NIECE, VERONICA MOSER.. WHOSE MOTHER REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
SOT

"her whole has changed in a flash, for what? Ya know? I mean, she still doesn't know her daughter's gone."

BUT AURORA WONT LET HER OR THE OTHERS BE FORGOTTEN.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL VISIT AURORA TOMORROW TO EXPRESS HIS CONDOLENCES.

 

 

IN BIBB COUNTY... THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED EARLY THIS MORNING.
SHERIFF'S SPOKESMAN SEAN DEFOE SAYS 18-YEAR-OLD KENDRAY WALDEN WAS AT A PARTY AT THE TRAVEL LODGE HOTEL AROUND 4 A.M.
A WITNESS TOLD DEPUTIES... WHEN WALDEN WENT TO THE PARKING LOT TO LOOK FOR HIS GIRLFRIEND... HE GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WITH SEVERAL MEN... AND ONE OF THEM SHOT HIM IN THE BACK OF HIS LEFT KNEE.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE SHOOTING IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE BIBB SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-746-9441.
AGAIN THAT'S 478-746-9441

 

 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE IS WEIGHING IN ON A CONTROVERSIAL BIBB SCHOOL DISTRICT AUDIT.

PART OF THE AUDIT LOOKED AT BOARD MEMBER EMAILS... AND THE RESULTING REPORT FEATURED 26 EMAILS THAT THE AUDITING COMPANY SAYS VIOLATES BOARD POLICIES... OPEN MEETING LAWS... AND OTHER RULES.
IT RELATED SOME OF THE EMAILS TO BID RIGGING... AND USING THE POSITION ON THE BOARD FOR PERSONAL AND POLITICAL REASONS.
BOARD MEMBER GARY BECHTEL SAYS HE SENT ALL THE EMAILS... AND ONE OF THEM INCLUDED SUE SIPE... ANOTHER BOARD MEMBER.
BECHTEL BELIEVES BOTH OF THEM ARE BEING PUNISHED BY DISTRICT LEADERSHIP FOR CONSISTENTLY OPPOSING SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND AND HIS POLICIES.

THIS MORNING ALLEN PEAKE SPOKE OUT ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER... SUPPORTING GARY BECHTEL.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH HIM THIS AFTERNON, AND ASKED WHY.
"i know Gary Bechtel. I've known him all my life. I know he has impecable character. I know he's a man of integrity, I know he would never do anything o benefit himself personally by using his elected position. So that's the premise i'm coming from I know the man. He's a good solid public servant and we need more public servants like him so there was no doubt that I needed to defend gary."
PEAKE SAYS HE AGREES WITH BECHTEL... SIPE... AND ANOTHER BOARD MEMBER LYNN FARMER THAT THE REPORT UNFAIRLY SINGLED OUT TWO BOARD MEMBERS.
BOARD PRESIDENT TOMMY BARNES SAID THURSDAY THAT WASN'T THE CASE, BECAUSE ALL BOARD MEMBERS E-MAILS DATING BACK TO 2008 WERE AUDITED.

 

 

CONVICTED MURDERER WARREN HILL IS SET TO BE EXECUTED WEDNESDAY... AND THIS MONDAY... AN ANTI-DEATH PENALTY GROUP PLANS TO SHOW THEIR OPPOSITION.

HILL HAD BEEN SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE FOR SHOOTING HIS GIRLFIREND, WHEN HE KILLED HIS CELLMATE AND WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH.
HE HAS AN I-Q OF 70... WHICH IS IN THE RANGE OF SOMEONE WITH MENTAL RETARDATION.
IT'S AGAINST STATE LAW TO EXECUTE THE MENTALLY DISABLED... BUT THE DEFENDANT HAS TO BE PROVEN SO BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT... AND HILL HAS NOT.
ON MONDAY THE STATE BOARD OF PARDONS DENIED CLEMENCY FOR HILL... AND THE GROUP, GEORGIANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY... SAYS THAT WAS THE WRONG DECISION.
THEY WILL HOLD VIGILS IN 11 CITIES AROUND THE STATE THIS MONDAY TO SUPPORT HILL.
IN MACON... THE VIGIL WILL BE AT CITY HALL AT 6:30.
IN AMERICUS... IT WILL BE HELD AT THE POST OFFICE OFF PRINCE STREET AND FORSYTH STREET AT NOON.
AND IN ATLANTA... THEY'LL MEET ON THE WASHINGTON STREET SIDE OF THE STATE CAPITOL AT 6:30
FOR MORE CITIES AND TIMES... YOU CAN LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

 

 

THEY SAY LIGHTNING DOESN'T STRIKE THE SAME SPOT TWICE... AND IN THIS CASE... IT DIDN'T HAVE TO.
A LIGHTNING STRIKE ON TUESDAY SET FIRE TO THE ATTIC OF A WARNER ROBINS HOME.
FIRE FIGHTERS SUCCESSFULLY PUT OUT THE FLAMES... BUT THREE DAYS LATER ...THE HOUSE CAUGHT FIRE AGAIN.
THIS TIME IT WAS A TOTAL LOSS. JUDY LE SPOKE TO THE FAMILY.
nat - it was white, with london tan seats.
THE JAGUAR WAS ONE OF MANY CASUALTIES.
nat - but it's material...it can be replaced.
WHAT USED TO BE A THREE-STORY HOUSE...IS NOW COVERED IN ASH.
LIGHTING STRUCK THIS HOUSE TUESDAY EVENING... BUT THE CAMPBELLS THOUGHT THEY GOT OFF LUCKY....
marvin campbell -i said, honey i think that was pretty close
THAT'S BECAUSE THE FLAMES FROM THE LIGHTING STRIKE WERE CONFINED TO THE ATTIC
marvin -so we went up to the attic and the attic was on fire. we called 911. within minutes they came out here and put it out.
THE CAMPBELLS MOVED INTO A HOTEL. THREE DAYS LATER...THE HOUSE CAUGHT FIRE....AGAIN.
stephanie campbell -turned the corner on the main street there and i noticed my home was up in flames. all i could do was cry.
marvin -each day we've been coming back to the house and i didn't really notice anything. i mean it was hot. but i thought it was because it was hot outside.
RANDY DAVIS OF THE WARNER ROBINS FIRE DEPARTMENT...SAYS THE LIGHTNING STRIKE DAMAGED WIRES...WHICH LIKELY RE-IGNITED FLAMES.
stephanie -it just seems like a dream, surreal. it didn't seem real at all and it still don't
marvin -you hear a person gets struck by lightning, a house gets struck by lightning but you never think it's going to be you.
THE CAMPBELLS WERE NOT ABLE TO SALAVAGE ANY BELONGINGS IN THE FIRE.
JUDY LE...13WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THE CAMPBELLS OWN ANOTHER HOUSE IN TOWN AND THEY SAY THEY PLAN TO MOVE INTO THAT ONE NEXT WEEK.

 

 

 

FUELING UP FOR THAT ROAD TRIP IS STARTING TO GET LESS BEARABLE FOR YOUR WALLET.
GAS PRICES ARE UP 11 CENTS A GALLON FROM THE START OF JULY.... AND ECONOMISTS SAY IT COULD GET WORSE.
GASOLINE FUTURE PRICES ARE UP 40 CENTS A GALLON SINCE LATE JUNE.
EXPERTS SAY COST INCREASES OR DECLINES ARE RARELY PASSED ALL THE WAY TO THE CONSUMER.
THEY SAY DRIVERS COULD SEE ANOTHER NICKEL OR DIME HIKE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A... THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR GAS IN MACON SITS AT ABOUT 3-23... THAT'S UP 7 CENTS SINCE LAST WEEK.

 

 

WE HAVE SOME LANE CLOSURES TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF FOR YOUR COMMUTE NEXT WEEK...

IN MONROE COUNTY BEGINNING MONDAY... A SINGLE LANE WILL BE CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE ON I-75 NORTH... JUST NORTH OF BASS ROAD AT EXIT 172.
IT'LL BE CLOSED FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL 4 P.M.... THROUGH THURSDAY.

IN DOOLY AND HOUSTON COUNTIES... THE GEORGIA D-O-T WILL HAVE NIGHTLY LANE CLOSURES ON I-75 SOUTH... BETWEEN EXITS 127 AND 117... BEGINNING MONDAY.
ONE RIGHT LANE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 P.M. UINTIL 7 A.M.

AND IN TWIGGS AND BLECKLY COUNTIES... G-DOT WILL HAVE THREE DAYS OF LANE CLOSURES ON INTERSTATE 16... STARTING ON MONDAY.
A WESTBOUND LANE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 29 AND 26.... FROM 8 A.M. THROUGH 7 P.M... UNTIL WEDNESDAY.

G-DOT ASKS ALL MOTORISTS SLOW DOWN IN THESE AREAS... AND BE MINDFUL OF THE PEOPLE WORKING ON THE ROADS.

 

 

 

SNAKES, TURTLES, AND MANY MORE REPTILES WERE ALL IN ATTENDANCE AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS OF SCIENCE ANNUAL FAMILY DAY EVENT.
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FAMILIES FILLED THE LOBBY AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES FOR THEIR ANNUAL "REPTILE RENDEZVOUS".
THE FAMILY FUN EVENT OFFERED ARTS AND CRAFTS, A REPTILE SHOW, A SNAKE SNACK SHACK FOR THOSE ADVENTUROUS EATERS, AND OF COURSE A COLLECTION OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS.
Beth Cooper, Macon "That rattle snake rattled at them the entire time at that is really the first time, I mean when do you really get to see a rattle snake and hear it. I have never heard one and now they have, so you know what to listen for"
Sharron Wilhelm, Curator of Living Collections "It's a lot of fun. It's a family activity and a lot of things for families to do, but also very educational"
REPTILE RENDEZVOUS ENDED TODAY BUT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES HAVE MANY EXHIBITS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC LIKE THEIR AGE OF DINOSAURS EXHIBIT.

 

 

 

THE GEORGIA FALCONRY ASSOCIATION, AND SOME OF THEIR WILD BIRDS, SWOOPED INTO BASS PRO SHOPS SATURDAY.
A GROUP OF FALCONRY HUNTERS CAMPED OUT TO SHARE THEIR LOVE OF THE SPORT WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD LISTEN.
BUSTER BROWN WITH THE GFA SAYS FALCONRY IS A SPORT THAT DATES BACK 4,000 YEARS.
BUT THE PEOPLE OF 20-12 GOT A CHANCE TO ASK QUESTIONS, SEE A PRESENTATION, FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO BECOME A FALCONER... AND MEET SOME OF THE FALCONS IN PERSON.
Rob Barnett "From the way they take a wild bird and domesticate it and the whole process they go through is amazing"
Buster Brown, "Its a thing where all of us are involved with raptors. We love watching them work. Some people call are sport extreme bird watching because we literally just watch what they do"
BROWN SAYS THERE ARE ABOUT 200 LICENSED FALCONERS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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