Eyewitness News at 11, 3-8-13

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One of these...on the side of a stationary bus...doesn't just mean stop.

It means you're going to pay up... If you don't.


Good evening everyone.

I'm Frank Malloy.

Leah Johnson has the evening off.

The Houston County school system is in the process of installing cameras on the sides of 20 buses...that will snap pictures of drivers who pass when their stop arm is out.

Lorra Lynch Jones tells you what you need to know... So you don't get fined.

Houston County schools announced last fall they were coming ...

Now... They're here... Ready to stop what Transportation director Frank Scott calls a problem.

<too many motorists are passing our stop arms during the time we load and unload students.>

Here's how they work.

<for demonstration purposes if that stop arm is out and I go past it, it will start a chain of events>

The cameras flash... Capturing the car and its plates...

<they're live and very accurate.>

An offsite company collects the images... Sends them to the sheriffs office for review... Then.. The mailman could deliver a ticket to your mailbox.

<the citations will not be reported to your insurance company.>

But a first time offense will cost you $300. Here's some tips on how to avoid that.

If you're on a two lane road... Stop when the stop sign is out... whether you're behind or coming toward the bus.

Same goes for all roads with a center turn lane... And no median... Like Watson Boulevard.

<as long as the lanes are connected or paved all the way across, you should stop>

It's different for roads with median... like this area of Highway 247. Only the traffic following the bus must stop.

Scott says he can't make it any clearer... Obey what's written in lights.. Or pay technology's price.

In Warner Robins Lorra Lynch Jones 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.>>

Scott says they'll start issuing citations for people who pass bus stop arms... The last week of March.

The tickets can be paid on-line... By mail... Or drivers can dispute them in court.

Family and friends of two Houston County sisters lost in a traffic accident...will gather on the second anniversary of their death to raise money for a scholarship fund in their honor.

11 year old Bridget Sullivent and 17 year old sister Leslie were killed in a car crash on Highway 96 in March 2011.

The girls were softball players who excelled on the field.

That passion was clear at their funeral two years ago.

Now, a scholarship fund in their memory... Will pay for little league registrations and uniforms for those who can't afford it.

The fundraiser includes a car wash and bake sale...

That's happening tomorrow between the hours of 8a.m. And 2 p.m....at the Waffle House....at 1287 Houston Lake Road in Warner Robins.

The 73-year-old man...accused of shooting a woman to death at a Macon gas station in December...will have to pay 100-thousand dollars in bond if he's to leave jail before trial.

Frank Reeves is accused of shooting 65-year-old Linda Hunnicutt after her car and his motorized wheelchair collided...while she stopped at the Gray Highway Murphy's express to get gas.

Today... District Attorney David Cooke said Judge Edgar Ennis also set these conditions:

Reeves has to wear an electronic tracking bracelet on his ankle...

and...an adult family member will have to supervise him at all times.

Reeves would also have to stay in his home...with a few exceptions like doctor's appointments.

As of 5 this afternoon... The Bibb County Jail's website shows he's still there.

We spoke to Veronica Brinson...the lawyer for Frank Reeves.

She said his family hopes they'll have the bond money to bring him home within a few days.

Bibb investigators are looking for a pastor who is accused of raping a 16 year old girl.

Investigator Jamey Jones with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says the victim came forward early this week and said Pastor Yohandry Bravo assaulted her two times in January.

The victim's family was living with Bravo - he apparently asked members of his congregation at Ministerio Internacional Jesus es el Senor to move into his home after the death of his 15 year old son last November.

Bravo is charged with aggravated child molestation and rape because the victim was 15 and 16 years old when the alleged attacks occurred.

Anyone with information on Bravo's whereabouts can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Again, that's 877-68-CRIME.

Bo...Luke...and Daisy are leaving Hazzard County behind...and coming to Peach for a Dukes of Hazzard reunion.

Organizers say they expect thousands to come through the Middle Georgia Motor Speedway...not just for the reunion...but for music...helicopter rides...and ziplining.

Austin Lewis has more on what that may mean for drivers.

<i am austin lewis and i am the middle georgia motorspeedway....Reporting in Byron Austin Lewis 13wmaz eyewitness news.>

For more information on traffic and the schedule at the Dukes of Hazzard Reunion, go to our website 13wmaz-dot com.

The Atlantic Sun Tournament continues on with day-three of action from Hawkins Arena.

Courtney Lyle is there... As the Mercer men play in the semifinals.


Frank... Just behind me the Bears are facing USC Upstate... Just two games away from their first NCAA Tournament birth since 1985....


A win for Mercer tonight means they move on to the championship game tomorrow at noon.

Their opponent will be decided when Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast tip-off later at eight.


The new Peach Regional Medical Center hospital Byron is set be completed by this summer.

And a new luxury apartment complex...just yards away from the new hospital's site...could start construction soon.

It will be set on 20 acres...and will be called Hawk's Ridge.

Developer Ben Jones...says they did a market study on Peach...and determined there was a need for a project like this.

Jones says they will build 172 units of one...two...and three bedroom apartments.

The prices for a unit haven't been determined yet...but the project will cost up to 16 million dollars.

Some of the amenities will include a tennis court...pool...and dog park.

<Ben Jones, Developer: We considered a few spots in this area, um obviously with the new construction of Peach County Regional Medical Center, we thought this would be a great fit >

Jones says they plan to start construction in the next three months and he hopes they can finish the project within 15 months.

The Red Cross is known for keeping people safe and helping others when the worst happens ... But now, *they're* asking for help ... And as Tom George found, it's help the group's leaders say is needed desperately.

<this is what we hand out during the floods and things>

When disaster strikes, they drop everything and go...

< We go to house fires and help the victims, make sure they have a place to stay and food and clothes and we support the firemen and all the other volunteers. >

They were quick to respond to last month's downtown fire in Eastman, that destroyed two businesses ... And to the fatal wreck on I-16... But it's a tough job for the American Red Cross crew based in Laurens County ... When they're sent to disasters in smaller rural counties, they often have no little to no help

< On average there are at least two to three fires a week, and these guys between training and having to go out, they are being run to pieces. >

< Now in disaster situations, trucks like this are crucial for getting people the food and resources they need, but depending on where you live, if there's no volunteers or more of these trucks, it could be a few hours before it even gets there. >

In fact, 13 Middle Georgia counties -- Baldwin, Bleckley, Hancock, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Taylor, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson all have zero volunteers. Others, like Bibb are short too.

< We need more in each and every one of our 22 counties, I mean we're desperate. >

But although, they're stretched thin, it's still a labor of love for those volunteers hard at work.

< I just get a blessing out of helping people...>

< And they come up and they hug you and they tell you thank you for being a bright point in their disaster and when you know you're giving back to your community, that's best part. >

In Dublin, Tom George, 13WMAZ, Eyewitness News.

If you want to volunteer, you can contact the American Red Cross offices in Macon, Warner Robins, and Dublin... Just look for the web story on our website at 13WMAZ.com

This week... We've had a different look...as we bring you more of the information you need...in a way that's easy to watch.

We also introduced some new music...that's all about where you live.

We'll see you back here at eleven...but as we say goodnight until then... Check this out. This is Home.


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