This is Eyewitness News at 11.
Good evening and thanks for joining us for this late edition of eyewitness news at eleven. I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
A man died this morning after his vehicle went off an embankment.
Around 1:30 this morning a Georgia State Patrol Trooper tried to pull over a speeding SUV.
According to an email from the GSP, the driver, 27-year-old Herbert Bruce Simpson the Third did pull over but once the Trooper got out of his car the SUV took off going over 100 miles per hour.
The chase went through a construction zone and Simpson eventually exited to Bass road.
That's when the trooper was able to perform what's called a PIT maneuver or a precision immobilization technique.
The release says the SUV then went off the roadway and flipped over.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says Simpson died at the scene.
I spoke with Gordy Wright, Director of public information for the Georgia Department of Public Safety by phone to ask him why the state patrol officer used a PIT maneuver.
Wright- "The rolling road block was not available, he was the only unit involved, the stopsticks were not available since there were others en route to assist him but were not in the area, but you also has a vehicle that was moving toward a heavily populated area so the pit maneuver was an option there and the trooper had to take action to end the pursuit."
Wright says the officer was not injured but will be offered counseling.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident along with their Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.
Wright says the investigation could take several weeks.
Some of you who subscribe to Cox Communication have called asking us why their email has been down since Friday.
Here's what we found out... According to David Deliman, Director of public affairs for Cox's southeast region, this was a result of a platform issue.
He says their servers in Atlanta went down Friday and affected email addresses with Cox.Net on the end of them.
The good news is they're slowly coming back up. All of your emails should be available in the cue.
Deliman says this wasn't a cyber attack. It was simply a technical issue and they're reviewing what exactly caused the outage so they can prevent it from happening again.
It's been a day for memorials and masses all around Newtown, Connectitcut.
The community is coming together as residents try to cope with the massacre of 26 people, mostly children at a local elementary school.
Ines Ferre (E-Naz Fa-Ray) has the latest from Newtown.
Hundreds of mourners at a vigil in Newtown gave first responders a standing ovation.
President Obama is there to help this community deal with the tragedy
PRESIDENT OBAMA- "I come to offer the love and prayers of nation ///very mindful words cannot match depths of sorrow or heal wounded hearts."
This tight-knit community came together to remember the 20 first graders and six adults gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.
RELIGIOUS LEADER- "WE ASK GOD TO GRANT THOSE LOST A SPECIAL PLACE IN PARADISE AND WE ASK THEIR FAMILIES TO BE GRANTED THE STRENTH TO ENDURE THE UNENDURABLE."
As people here in Newtown grieve, investigators say they have the best of the best working to gather evidence so they can determine a motive for Friday's shooting.
Lt Paul Vance, CT State Police- "WE HAVE TO HAVE THE WHOLE PICTURE, BEFORE WE CAN SAY HOPEFLLY WHY AND HOW THIS OCCURED AND THAT'S NOT GOING TO COME VERY QUICKLY."
Police say the gunman, Adam Lanza shot his mother in the head as she laid in bed, then drove to the school.
Investigators say the 20-year-old had hundreds of unused bullets on him - and used a high powered rifle to shoot all the victims in one hallway and two classrooms..
BOB JOSEPH/CT RESIDENT- "TO PICK ON SIX AND SEVEN YEAR OLDS - IT IS JUST HORRIFC."
Sources tell CBS News the massacre may have gone on longer, but Lanza shot himself in the head with one of his handguns when he heard police coming.
Grief-stricken residents of Newtown, Connecticut gathered at church services Sunday morning to remember the victims of Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
There was a brief scare at St. Rose of Lima Church Sunday morning causing the church to be evacuated after a phoned-in threat but police found no danger.
Police on the scene gave the all-clear after an hour during which armed police in SWAT gear searched the church and adjacent buildings.
President Obama attended a vigil in Newtown Sunday and said this was the forth time since he's been in office that we've come together to comfort a grieving community after a mass shooting.
Obama- "There have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country almost daily reports of victims most of them children in small towns in big cities across america victims who most of the time were in the wrong place at the wrong time we can't tolerate this anymore these tragedies must end and to end them we must change."
Governor Dan Malloy was also there to show support and to comfort the people of Newtown Connecticut at Sunday's vigil.
Malloy- "Each time the day gets a little longer I will think and dream of the lives that might have been and the lives that were so full of grace and when the flowers start to come out of the ground and when they rise up I will know that we are in touch with those that we have lost in the last few days."
School officials say classes will likely resume later this week but students from Sandy Hook Elementary School won't return to that building anytime soon.
There's an art to making mouth-watering bar-b-que and a couple in Dublin have proved to be the best of the best winning BBQ competitions all across the southeast. Now they're out to get the ultimate prize of Best BBQ in Georgia. And it's all being documented by the hit show BBQ Pitmasters on Destination America. Judy Le has more.
The smell is intoxicating and the succulent taste leaves you wanting more. That's the art of barbecue and Gary and Dionn Lanton are the masters behind Holy Smokes BBQ based out of Dublin.
The Lantons will be appearing on BBQ Pitmasters a television show on Destination America that follows three competitors vying for the title of Best BBQ in Georgia.
Dionn Lanton/ Holy Smokes Bbq- "We watched the show one night and gary got hooked on it and I said, you know, we can do this."
Gary Lanton/ Holy Smokes Bbq- "Two and a half years later, you know, we're going to be on the show. So for us, that's just come full circle."
Holy Smokes BBQ was in a cook-off against Warner Robins' Georgia Bob's BBQ and Lazy Bear BBQ from Gainesville. The episode will air on December 23rd.
Gary- "We're willing to back it up and we're willing to compete against the likes of any of them. All they have to do is get in line."
Dionn- 'They're stick burners and we're more digital. We're kind of the new school and they're more of the old school."
Winning comes down to presentation and taste... the combo of rub, sauces, and smoke.
Gary- "When they bite it, they have to have a tenderness in their mouth and an explosion of favor that makes them go, wow I cannot wait to get another bite of that."
The Lantons took up an expensive hobby, spending upwards of $800 on diesal gas alone. The couple travel to competitions on the weekends with their three daughters and sam their American bulldog.
Gary- "With the girls, seeing us at home practicing and stuff and they see us working at the contest. They see that what you put into work ethic, good things come out of it."
BBQ is the gift that keeps on giving.
To find out who will win the title of best bbq in Ga...the episode will air on Destination America at 9 pm on December 23rd. For more information, check out our webstory at 13wmaz.com
Everyday you trust that the things you bring into your home are safe for you and your family but when those products don't work the way they should the company issues a recall to protect you.
Baby Jogger L-L-C is recalling their city versa strollers because the stroller frame can fail to lock in place and collapse while in use posing a fall hazard to children in the stroller.
The company has received six reports of the strollers frame failing and no injuries were reported.
The strollers were sold at Buy Buy Baby and other juvenile product stores nationwide from July 20-12 to october 20-12 for around 4-hundred and 50 dollars.
For more information call 1-877-506-2213.
Enesco is recalling their Shelly's diner collectible because the power adapter can overheat and melt the plastic housing posing a fire hazard.
The company has received two reports of the power adapters melting due to overheating but no injuries were reported.
The collectibles were sold at holiday stores and gift shops nationwide from July 20-12 to September 20-12 for around 120 dollars.
For more information call 1-800-436-3726.
American Mattress Manufacturing of Atlanta is recalling their rebuilt twin, full. queen and king sized mattresses and mattresses with built-in bunkie boards because they fail to meet the mandatory federal open flame standard for mattresses.
The recalled mattresses have a yellow tag with American Mattress Manufacturing Company on them and were sold at various mattresses stores in georgia including A and R Furniture and Mattress-for-less in Macon... For between 30 and 200 dollars.
No incidents have been reported and for more information call 1-855-628-6344.
That's it for this week's recall wrap.For more information on recalled products visit our website... 13 WMAZ.com. Look for the features drop down menu on our homepage and select recalls.
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Hundreds of cyclists made their way around Rome to help raise money for a good cause and a shot at setting a Guinness World Record.
More than 300 cyclists dressed up as Santa Clause, tried to set a world record as they helped raise money for children's charities.
Word spread quickly on social media sites. Crowds gathered on the street to catch a glimpse of the biking Santa's as they passed by.
The Santa cyclists weren't sure if they'd managed a new World Record but they were happy to share their good spirits by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.
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