Happy Mother's Day Central Georgia... Thank you for staying up with us this evening.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that designates the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
The idea was conceived as a singular intimate holiday where children honored their mothers.
But today here in Macon, families gathered at Washington Park for a more public Mother's Day celebration on this Second Sunday.
The event lasted from 6 to 8 this evening.
Over 70 countries around the world also celebrate their mothers on the second Sunday in May.
A man who became famous in Macon for his barbeque passed away early this morning.
Douglas Fincher Junior, current owner of Fincher's Barbeque died at his home on Wesley Circle.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says Fincher was sixty-six years-old and died of natural causes.
Watson-Hunt Funeral Home in Perry, Georgia will be in charge of the arrangements for Fincher's Funeral.
One man died in a car crash on the Hartley Bridge Road Overpass in South Bibb County last night.
Eighty-seven year old Robert Gamble was killed in the accident.
Gamble was a 20 year employee at Hart's Mortuary in Downtown Macon.
He was more commonly known as Mr. Bob.
The emergency call came in around eight forty-five last night and officials say the wreck involved two vehicles.
The Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate the accident.
We continue this broadcast with a story we have been following since last October.
There will be a murder plea in the Gail Spencer case this Monday.
Spencer is the 58-year-old woman who was found dead in her home last October.
Her car was found in a church parking lot in South Macon.
Michael Kelly, one suspect in the case was charged with aggravated sodomy in addition to the murder.
Kelly and three other suspects were indicted on murder charges last fall.
They were allegedly involved in an embezzlement scheme at the law firm of Macon attorney Calder Pinkston and killed Spencer when she refused to go along.
We will have more updates on Monday.
In news from around the state of Georgia a task force says Jekyll Island may have exceeded how much land it can develop.
The task force was appointed to make recommendations on the future of the coastal state park.
The Jekyll Island Authority who governs the island asked Attorney General Sam Olens for a second opinion. When they received the conclusions from the task force.
The task force says officials wrongly included marsh when calculating the island's total acreage for decades.
A 1971 state law restricts development on Jekyll Island to 35 percent of its land area.
If marsh is not included, then the task force says 38 percent of the island's acreage was developed.
A spokesman for Jekyll Island says the state authority will accept or reject suggestions from the task force once they know if the task force complied with state law.
Three states have been in a long standing battle over waterways from Metro Atlanta and now Congress is getting involved.
A bill that allows the government to construct and manage river and harbor projects also includes a rule threatening north Georgia's ability to take water from Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona.
Senators from Georgia were able to remove a part of the bill where Congress gives its approval anytime U-S authorities earmark 5 percent or more of stored reservoir water for new purposes.
But senators from Alabama and Florida want it in there.
The threshold has been exceeded at Lake Lanier which supplies water for metro Atlanta and lake Alatoona.
Tragedy struck in Louisiana today.
Gunfire erupted during a Mother's Day parade in one New Orleans neighborhood.
The shooting happened just before 2 this afternoon, during a second-line parade.
Police say 18 people are wounded, two of them were ten-year old children.
A release states two people had to undergo surgery, but no deaths have been reported.
Many of the victims were grazed and most of the wounds were not life-threatening.
FBI spokeswoman Mary Beth Romig says three suspects were seen running from the scene but no arrests have been made.
It appears that these two or three people just for a reason unknown to us started shooting at towards or in the crowd. It was over in just a couple seconds. Police were everywhere. We hope that anybody who saw anything will give Crime Stoppers a call to help us get to the bottom of this case as quickly as possible."
Romig also says federal investigators have no indication that the shooting was an act of terrorism it appears to be street violence.
The two brothers of Ariel Castro - the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and raping three women he allegedly kept as prisoners for more than a decade - were cleared by authorities of any involvement in the case.
But the Castro brothers say they still have to live in hiding.
Cristina Mutchler has more.
VIDEO CAPTURING THE HARROWING MOMENT POLICE BROKE DOWN ARIEL CASTRO'S FRONT DOOR--
AND STORMED INTO WHAT SOON BECAME KNOWN AS A "HOUSE OF HORRORS."
WHEN CASTRO WAS ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF KIDNAPPING AND RAPING THREE WOMEN HE HELD CAPTIVE IN HIS CLEVELAND HOME...
POLICE ALSO DETAINED HIS TWO BROTHERS -
THEIR MUG SHOTS SHOWN TO THE WORLD.
A FEW DAYS LATER, AUTHORITIES RELEASED PEDRO AND ONIL CASTRO SAYING NEITHER MAN HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE ALLEGED
ABDUCTIONS AND TORTURE OF AMANDA BERRY, GINA DEJESUS AND MICHELLE KNIGHT.
NOW, THE BROTHERS SAY THEY ARE GRATEFUL THE GIRLS ARE FINALLY FREE AND SAFE, BUT ARE RECEIVING DEATH THREATS FOR SOMETHING THEY SAY THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH.
"I was a very liked person, individual. I've never had any enemies. No reason for anybody to think that I would ever do something like that. It's a shock to all my friends."
ONIL AND PEDRO SAY THEY'RE WORRIED PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE THEY PLAYED A ROLE.
"If I knew, I would have reported it. Brother or no brother."
THE THREE WOMEN WHO SURVIVED THIS ORDEAL SPOKE OUT IN THEIR OWN WAY SUNDAY.
IN A STATEMENT READ BY THEIR ATTORNEY, AMANDA BERRY, GINA DEJESUS AND MICHELLE KNIGHT
THANKED THE COMMUNITY FOR ITS SUPPORT, BUT SAY THEY'RE NOT YET READY TO DISCUSS DETAILS OF WHAT THEY ENDURED.
"Ms. Berry, Ms. DeJesus, and Ms. Knight have asked, in fact, have pleaded, for privacy at this time so they can continue to heal and reconnect with their families and their lives.
THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS TWO LAWYERS HAVE VISITED ARIEL CASTRO IN JAIL, BUT IT'S NOT KNOWN IF EITHER WILL REPRESENT HIM.
The three women who were held captive for ten years were able to spend mother's day with their families today and An official in cleveland says 50 thousand dollars has been raised for each woman to become financially independent.
A construction worker in North Charleston, South Carolina is dead after apparently being buried alive yesterday while on the job.
Police say Kenneth Drayton was operating a backhoe and fell into a hole.
The dirt collapsed on top of him.
A co-worker told police Drayton was already dead by the time he realized he was missing and found him in the dirt.
Every day you trust 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.
Toro is recalling their zero turn riding lawn mowers because the idler pulley can rub against the mower's fuel tank... Posing a fire hazard.
The company has received six reports of incidents... But no injuries were reported.
The lawn mowers were sold at Toro dealers nationwide from January 20-12 through April 20-13 for between 77-hundred and 87-hundred dollars.
For more information call 1-855-493-0090.
Family Dollar stores are recalling their optimus tower quartz heaters because they can overheat... Which poses a fire hazard.
The company has received ten reports of the heaters overheating... Including some reports where the temperature knobs melted.
No injuries or property damage was reported.
The heaters were sold exclusively at Family Dollar Stores nationwide from September 20-12 through December 20-12 for 35 dollars.
For more information call 1-800-547-0359.
Meijer is recalling their touch point baseboard convection heaters because they can overheat... Which poses a fire hazard.
The company has received two reports of the baseboard heaters overheating... including one incident resulting in a fire... And property damage.
The heaters were sold exclusively at Meijer stores from September 2011 through February 20-13 for 50 dollars.
For more information call 1-800-927-8699.
That's it for this week's recall wrap for more information on recalled products visit our website 13 wmaz dot com... Look for the features drop down menu on our homepage and select recalls.
According to a new study, mothers tend to have more success in talking to their adult children about financial planning than fathers.
The study showed that there were significant communication gaps between mothers and fathers and their adult children when discussing financial issues such as the ability to cover living expenses in retirement, and health and eldercare.
The study showed that mothers tend to take on the role of the "empathizer."
Sixty-four percent of mothers surveyed say it is "not at all difficult" to start a conversation with their child about savings and investments.
54-percent of fathers see themselves as the "pragmatist" when having financial conversations with their adult children.
President Obama: "I still remember
one time I said to Michelle -- this is back when we just got
married, and I think Malia had just been born, and we were
fussing around Mother's Day -- and said, "You know, how can we
do so much stuff in Mother's Day?" She says, "Because every
other day is man's day."
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