Eyewitness News at 6: June 2, 2013

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I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

The childrens hospital in Macon serves 73 counties and is also the only Childrens Miracle Network hospital between Atlanta and Jacksonville Florida. Today 13wmaz wrapped up a telethon to raise money for the kids.
Cody Honeycutt - "I love coming here to do this ..."
Frank - "We'll gladly do it again next year. See you next year."
Thanks to your donations... We helped raised over 620-thousand dollars for the children's miracle network.

Authorities have caught the man who carjacked an ambulance from Emory University hospital saturday while a paramedic and an EMT were in the back.
The paramedics and just dropped off a patient at the hospital and were doing paperwork in the back of the vehicle when Officers say 36 year old Frank Ponquinette dressed in a hospital gown and rubber gloves stole the ambulance.
The ambulance sped through decatur and crashed into a chiropractor's office several miles from the hospital.
Ponquinette then got out and ran the two emergency responders in the back suffered bumps and bruises.
Ponquinette is charged with two counts of kidnapping and interference with government property.

Peaches are all the rage in Peach County...
The Georgia Peach festival kicked off in Byron, Saturday.
Close to fifty vendors set up shop at North Peach Park offering everything from fair foods to arts and crafts and for the first time in years a Peach baking contest.
Board members say even at its 27th year the festival continues to draw large crowds for the fireworks show and free concerts.
Sandee Davis, Sponsorship Director, Georgia Peach Festival: "Next weekend we're supposed to have twice as many vendors as we've ever had, so everything seems like it's way bigger this year."
The Georgia Peach Festival will continue next weekend in Fort Valley.
There will be a fireworks show, a parade and live music.

Some local quilters set up shop at the Georgia Peach Festival as a way to support their quest to Newtown, Connecticut.
Comforting Quilters' organizer Julie Love says her group will deliver handmade quilts to family members of Sandy Hook victims.
She says volunteers are in the process of finishing the quilts.
The group is selling raffle tickets to benefit their project.
The winning ticket holder will win a quilt of their own.
Love says they will travel to Connecticut this fall to present the quilts that they've been working on since January.
Julie Love, Comforting Quilters: "We've made one for each victim's family and they each have their individual names on them and we've personalized each quilt."
Tickets are 1 dollar.

There's more than fried green tomatoes in Juliette, a business just opened that allows you to enjoy spending time in the river even if you don't have water gear.
Judy Le has more.
There's a new adventure in Juliette
Zakary Ford, Gray - "I never heard of this place or never even thought about wanting to kayak and one of my friends introduced this to me and I said why not."
Bryan Charron started Mid Georgia River Adventures two months ago.
There are kayak rentals for those who want to muscle down the Ocmulgee river.
... and tubes for drifters. Even the youngest explorers ... Like 3-year-old Cheyenne .. Can become an expert floater
Before providing service ... Charron says people would park on the side of the highway and risk their car getting towed as they float downstream.
Rentals range from 12 to 45 dollars... Transportation is 8 ... and parking is free.
You can also bring your own gear ride the river.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
For groups of ten or more ... Prices drop from 12 to 10 dollars.

This wildfire has destroyed at least six homes in los angeles county since it started on Thursday.
Officials say the powerhouse fire, as it's called, doubled in size in 12 hours and has burned at least 19-thousand acres of land.
Around a thousand people had to evacuate their homes overnight.
The U.S. forest service says the fire is around 20 percent contained.
It says high temperatures, shifting winds, rugged terrain and downed powerlines are making it hard to fight.

The death toll from the tornadoes that tore through Oklahoma last week is rising.
Officials now say ten people died and more are missing.
Three of the victims are storm chasers who tracked these violent storms for a living.
Edward Lawrence is in El Reno and reports as the search for victims continues so does the clean-up.
A church group in Oklahoma traded its Sunday service for Community service to help find precious items blown away in the latest round of tornadoes.
DANIELLE PATERSON: "WE CAN WORSHIP GOD ANYWHERE. WE LOVE TO GO TO CHURCH. WE LOVE TO HAVE SERVICES THERE BUT TODAY WE ARE HAVING IT HERE."
They searched a field about a half mile from the destroyed home of one of their members.
CHECK IN THAT FIELD BACK THERE. WOW
Friday's twister in El Reno ripped apart the house and scattered years of memories.
WHAT IS THAT? WE FOUND ANGELA'S WEDDING VEIL
WE'RE OUT JUST TRYING TO GATHER PICTURES AND ANY KINDS OF PERSONAL ITEMS THAT WE CAN FIND OUT IN THESE FIELDS FOR THEM.
Five tornadoes touched down around Oklahoma City Friday destroying homes and businesses.
For the second week in a row Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin was out surveying the damage around her state.
GOVERNOR: "THE SPIRIT OF OKLAHOMA IS STILL ALIVE AND WE'LL RECOVER AND GET BACK ON OUR FEET."
"While people are assessing the damage here in El Reno - Governor Fallin says emergency crews are out searching hard hit areas for several people still missing."
We're starting to learn about those killed during Friday's storms - - including veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras.
He died tracking the El Reno twister with his son Paul and partner Carl Young.
Samaras has documented violent weather for National Geographic. He was well respected for his efforts to better understand storms and to help warn people about their dangers.
His brother said Samaras and his team died doing what they loved best - chasing storms.

 

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