Eyewitness News at 11:00; November 24, 2012

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This is Eyewitness News at 11.
Good evening and thanks for joining us for eyewitness news at eleven, I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

 

A section of Russell Parkway in Warner Robins was closed for a couple of hours this afternoon because of a traffic accident with injuries.
According to the Warner Robins police department... 2004 Ford Ranger turned left onto Russell parkway and collided with a 2006 Chevy Tahoe
Both the driver and passenger were ejected from the Ford Ranger and are listed in critical condition at the Medical Center.
The driver of the Tahoe was also taken to the hospital.
The collision happened near the 9-hundred block of russell... That's near the ford dealership.
Police ask Anyone with more information about this incident to call Investigator Tim Pippio at 478-929-1170.

 

 

GBI agents have now joined the investigation into the death of Valdosta State University student Jasmine Benjamin.
Police say the 17-year-old's body was found on a couch in a campus dorm Sunday.
Detectives say she may have been dead for several hours before anyone called 9-1-1 because classmates initially thought she was just sleeping.
Police say evidence uncovered during the autopsy strongly suggests her death was a homicide.
Benjamin's family says they just want answers.
"We pray that someone with some type of answers comes out and says what happened we want to find out who did this not next year not three years from now we want to know now this family needs closure."
Jasmine's family says she was studying to be a nurse.

 

 

Many Central Georgians hit the stores on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and the rest of the weekend.
But how about a day dedicated to supporting local small business?
Well that's what today is.
Austin Lewis went to different stores in Macon to talk about Small Business Saturday.
Amanda Meadows says everyday she does what she loves making cakes and cupcakes for Central Georgians.
And that passion is what brought Cristen Carter here to pick-up a birthday cake that will truly stand out.
Cristen Carter, Griffin: "It has three layers and each layer has a different flavor I think one is strawberry one is lemon and one is vanilla so um you know you just can't get that at Publixs."
That's the idea behind Small Business Saturday...to bring attention to what local mom and pop shops offer the consumer.
American Express will give card users a one-time 25 dollars back...if you spend 25 dollars or more at a small business.
While Amanda Meadows thinks this is a good idea to draw people in...she hopes that customer support carries on throughout the rest of the year.
Amanda Meadows, Amanda's Cakery: "I think having a small business saturday is helpful to kind of let people who want to support small businesses give back to them on that day, but we want it all year round."
Grace Anderson, the co-owner of Ginger Michelle says she loves making sure everything is perfect at her store.
Anderson says while sometimes it's harder to compete with bigger stores in terms of quantity but she says the clothing in her store is unique...and Small business saturday highlights that.
Grace Anderson, Co-owner Ginger Michelle: "Small businesses are kind of like what makes each town unique cause not everybody has a ginger michelle so um I defintely think it's good to support small businesses and keep them in business."
Anderson says while small business saturday is still growing here in Central Georgia...they hope it will add to Ginger Michelle's...and other local businesses' bottomline.
Austin Lewis 13wmaz eyewitness News.
This is the third year that there has been a small business saturday event across the country...and it's always after Black Friday.

 

 

Nearly 500 bikers gathered in Byron to raise money... and lift the spirits of unfortunate children for the holidays.
The bikers also celebrated the memory of their friend Delmar Singleton... Who was killed in an accident last week.
Videojournalist Claudia Taylor was there to witness the toy run that Singleton once devoted his time to.
Funeral Services for Delmar Singleton will be Tomorrow at Macon City Auditorium.
Members of the ABATE club say donations can be made to the Georgia Industrial Children's Home.

 

Actor Larry Hagman, who is best known for playing J-R Ewing on the long-running 80s T-V show "Dallas" has died.
Visitors had their pictures made with Hagman's likeness and left notes in a guest book offering condolences and tributes.
Hagman was once scheduled to be here yesterday for a private family Thanksgiving reunion.
And while fans remember him for the "wicked good way" his character charmed and swarmed the TV screen, people who know him say he was a funny man who very quietly gave back to the Dallas community.
JANIS BURKLAND/DALLAS FILM COMMISSION: "He also was very giving, particularly to underprivileged youth in the community. He had several different programs he helped with, particularly with children in the arts and education."
ALEJANDRA ROMAN/GREW UP WITH "DALLAS" IN PUERTO RICO: "We thought it was a fitting tribute to come here and pay our respects especially as when we grew up we remember the show; who shot J.R. and all that."
DIANE BUTLER/RICHMOND, VA: 53:21 Sad, it's really sad. Don't make me cry.
Larry Hagman is survived by his wife of 59 years... two children and five grandchildren.

 

 

A second day of protests in Egypt, where many are angered over President Morsi's power grab.
Now judges are threatening to strike, calling the expansion of Morsi's powers an "unprecedented attack" on judicial independence.
Ines Ferre reports from New York.
DEMONSTRATORS RAN FROM EGYPTIAN POLICE... WHO LAUNCHED TEAR GAS CANISTERS INTO THE CROWD.
IT'S THE SECOND DAY OF PROTESTS OVER PRESIDENT MORSI'S DECREE... GIVING HIM SWEEPING NEW POWERS WHICH EXEMPT HIM FROM JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT.
THERE WERE CLASHES OUTSIDE THE HIGH COURT IN CAIRO.
AND INSIDE --- AT LEAT 150 JUDGES, LAWYERS, AND PROSECUTORS DEMANDED MORSI WITHDRAW HIS DECLARATION.
Khalid Mahgoub/Chief Judge of the Ismailiya Appeals Court: "THIS JUDGE SAYS "WE WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO PLAY WITH STATE INSTITUTIONS."
MORSI'S POWER GRAB CAME ONE DAY AFTER WINNING INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR HELPING BROKER A CEASEFIRE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS.
Robert Malley / Middle East Program Dir., International Crisis Group: "the timing of it - the day after he gets all this international applause would suggest that he was using the cover of the international approval to do something that he knew under other circumstances would have registered stronger criticism."
MORSI SAID THE MOVE IS TEMPORARY WHILE HIS COUNTRY IS IN POLITICAL TRANSITION, BUT THE UNITED STATES SAID HIS ACTIONS "RAISE CONCERNS."
PROMINENT DEMOCRACY ADVOCATE MOHAMED ELBARADEI WARNED THE COUNTRY CANNOT MOVE FORWARD UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES.
MOHAMED ELBARADEI/ OPPOSITION POLITICIAN: "We are not going to get into a dialogue, unless he rescind that declaration."
PROTESTORS ARE GATHERING IN TAHRIR SQUARE -- THE SCENE OF LAST YEAR'S UPRISING THAT ULTIMATELY DEPOSED FORMER PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK.
SOME EGYPTIANS ACCUSE MORSI OF BEHAVING LIKE A PHAROAH.... FEARING THEY MAY HAVE OUSTED ONE DICTATOR... ONLY TO REPLACE HIM WITH ANOTHER.
Morsi's opponents and supporters are calling for nationwide rallies on Tuesday.

 

A group of local artists gathered in Macon Today... to support an art project that could improve alleyways in the downtown area.
The Macon Millennials... A group of young leaders looking to advance the image of Macon... started the project 9 months ago.
It's called Free Walls Macon.
The project will allow local artists to join together to get rid of gang related... and other graffiti in alleyways.
Members say they hope the new outcome will make downtown travelers feel safe.
The first painting is set for Spring of next year.
Bucky Helms/ The Macon Millennials: "The first alleyway that we're gonna do is the Cherry Street Lane and Second Street which is right beside Roasted."
Matthew Jackson/ Artist: "What we're trying to do here is convey that it's not graffiti or gang related. We're bringing public art to the people and open the alleyways as a place for us to paint."
Artists interested in the project can submit an application and sketch to the Millennials.
All proceeds raised will support the Free Walls Macon project.

 

 

A Texas little boy and his mother are giving thanks again tonight...yesterday they narrowly survived a car crash...
6 year old Damian Ortiz thought he'd lost his best friend after the wreck... But a stranger reunited him with his puppy.
Our CBS's drew karedes has that story.
"They were headed to cross the state line into Louisiana on Thanksgiving, when they lost their puppy during the massive pile up.
Thanks to a watchful tow truck driver.. a mother and her son are now on their way back home to Texas with their pet in tow."
He was big enough to scamper away...
but...too small to fend for himself.
"He shows up out of no where.. first time I'd seen him all day. At first, I thought he was just wandering around. Then, I got to thinking. He was way too friendly."
Tow truck driver Blake Jones took a liking to the puppy but he had a feeling the dog belonged to somebody.
So he took some photos...
His girlfriend posted them online and within minutes a rightful owner came forward saying the pup belonged to her 6-year-old son.
"This is a great thanksgiving blessing for him to be able to get his dog back after such a tragic and scary day."
They agreed to meet at the Texas Louisana state line
And it didn't take much waiting.
For a happy reunion to unfold.
Drew: "is this your puppy?"
"yes."
"we lost Bo on Thanksgiving."
Damian Ortiz got a chance.. to meet the man...who brought them back together.
"shake my hand.. congratulations... you glad to have him back?
Damian and his mother... from Dickinson.. were inside this Hummer..
when they spun off the highway... and were hit by a number of other cars.
As they crawled out of the wreckage, mom says their dog, named Bo, scurried into the distance.
"I thought he was going to come back. I looked everywhere for him and couldn't find him.>
Finding him.. like this..was something she never expected.
This family is in tact.. after surviving.. the scare of their lives.
"it wasn't a good day for a lot of people involved but if a handful can come out with something good from it."

 

That is the show for tonight... We'll see you back here at 7 for Eyewitness News Mornin
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com....
Have a good night everyone.

 

 

 

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