Eyewitness News at 11: June 2, 2013

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Thank you for joining us.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

There have been several accidents across central Georgia. Some due to the thunderstorm, which may have contributed to one man falling asleep at the wheel, near Arkwright road in north Bibb county.
Clinton Harper fell asleep while he was driving, which caused him swerve off the road to avoid crashing into a barrier on I- 75 south.
Harper did not suffer any injuries and was the only person in vehicle during the crash.

The Children's Miracle Network ended strong, raising over 620-thousand-dollars
The Children's Hospital of Central Georgia will use the money to buy wheelchairs and other tools that will help them treat patients. As tradition... 13wmaz's Frank Malloy and Suzanne Lawler got pied in the face several times to close out a great telethon
Cody Honeycutt: "If we didn't have it, we couldn't treat the kids.what people don't know is that when people come into the hospital, they're not asked for any kind of money. Those kids are treated no questions asked."
At the telethon former children's hospital patients and their families shared their stories.
We will do this again next year.

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.
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. He also provides transportation. Groups will be dropped off about 4 miles up stream.
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. I'm a senior I just graduated. Got to live life."
Launches end at 3 pm.
Rentals range from 12 to 45 dollars. Transportation is $8 and parking is free.

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.
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.

Former Atlanta Hawks star Mookie Blaylock faces two charges after a deadly crash in Clayton county.
Jonesboro Police Chief said Blaylock is charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane more charges may be possible.
He remains in the hospital tonight in fair condition. Investigators hope to speak to him about the crash tomorrow.
A Gwinnett county woman was killed in the crash on Friday.

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.
Fred Meyer is recalling their Dan-Dee Chicken Dance easter chicks because the toy's music can reach decibel levels that can damage a person's hearing.
The company hasn't received any reports of injuries from the toy.
The dan-dee dancing chickens were sold at select Fred Meyer stores from february to march 20-13 for around 20 dollars.
For more information call 1-888-247-4439.
Pottery Barn kids is recalling their sweet lambie crib bumpers because the thread in the decorative stitching can loosen... And can pose an entanglement hazard to infants.
The company has received two reports of the stitching coming loose... And entangling children including reports of the thread wrapping around a child's neck... No injuries were reported.
The crib bumpers were sold at pottery barn kids stores from April 2009 through July 20-12 for around 150 dollars.
For more information call 1-855-323-5138.
H and M re-announces their recalling their children's water bottles because the spout can break off... Posing a choking hazard to children.
The company has received one report of the spout breaking off in a child's mouth... No injuries were reported.
The water bottles were sold exclusviely at H and M stores with children's departments from July 20-12 through March 20-13 for around five dollars.
For more information call 1-855-466-7467.
That's it for this week's recall wrap for more information on recalled products visit our website 13wmaz dot com...look for the features dropdown menu on our homepage and select recalls.

Wildfires north of Los Angeles continue to grow with high winds challenging the containment effort
Adrianna Diaz has the latest.
Helicopter crews are trying to contain a California blaze that more than tripled in size Saturday into Sunday
The fire 60 miles north of Los Angeles has engulfed roughly 25-thousand acres...charring at least 6 structures, and damaging 15
Deputy Chief David Richardson LA Fire Dept: "Currently we have our resources in place. As you can see the weather we 're challenged with. We're hopeful later this evening the wind will die off."
Erratic winds and triple digit temperatures pushed the flames dangerously close to two communities.
John (no last name) / Elizabeth Lake Resident: "Its overwhelming. Ive been up here almost 30 years. This ain't my first fire but this one is the worst that I've seen"
A mandatory evacuation of approximately 3000 people remains in effect and at least 1000 homes are still at risk. Firefighters say they're focusing on perimeter control and structure defense.
Jennifer Stewart, Lake Hughes CA Evacuee: "Homes have been saved I mean these guys are amazing. I'm completely humbled. Its really hard to see your community like this."
Residents said the fast moving fire sounded like a freight train. it left behind these embers and the blaze's heat alone melted this golf course fence.
The fire started Thursday close to a municipal water and power plant. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.
Crews are also trying to contain wildfires in New Mexico. Blazes in Thompson Ridge and near Santa Fe have turned the sky into a blanket of smoke.
Because of poor visibility due to thick smoke, officials plan on using infrared technology to assess the size of the blaze.

The death toll from the tornadoes that tore through Oklahoma last week is rising.
Officials now say 13 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 with the latest.
The tornado that tore through El Reno, Oklahoma left a trail of death and destruction. Among those killed- three veteran storm chasers, including Tim Samaras.
(FILE VIDEO)(NATS) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
He was a respected chaser and researcher who documented storms for outlets like National Geographic.
CARYN HILL/ Friend of Samaras: "IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER OF HAPPENED TO HIM."
(FILE) Friends say Samaras, his son Paul and chasing partner Carl Young died Friday when the tornado took a sudden turn.
CARYN HILL/ Friend of Samaras: "HE WASN'T IN IT TO SEE HOW CLOSE HE COULD GET OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. HE WAS THERE FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES. ALWAYS HAD AN ESCAPE ROUTE. HE HAD ONE THAT DAY IT JUST GOT CLOSED OFF."
(FILE)Samaras' family says his passion was studying storms.
Jim Samaras/Tim's Younger Brother: "IF I HAD TO HAVE A WAY FOR MY BROTHER TO DIE. IT WOULD BE DOING WHAT HE DID CHASING TORNADOES."
Officials say the death toll from Friday's violent weather could rise.
They're searching for missing people in areas that flooded.
Five twisters touched down around Oklahoma city during the tornado outbreak. People here in El Reno are still assessing the damage.
A church group traded in their Sunday service for Community service to help find precious items blown away in the latest round of tornadoes.
DANIELLE PATERSON/Helping Friend: "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.
WHAT IS THAT? WE FOUND ANGELA'S WEDDING VEIL
CHANDY CAMBIO/Helping Friend: "WE'RE OUT JUST TRYING TO GATHER PICTURES AND ANY KINDS OF PERSONAL ITEMS THAT WE CAN FIND OUT IN THESE FIELDS FOR THEM."
Oklahoma's Governor says her state is strong and will recover quickly.
The storm threat has moved east.
Today people from Washington D-C up through Maine are keeping an eye to the sky for the possibility of violent storms.

An estimated 74 thousand roaring fans bid farewell to "King of Country" George Strait during an electric show inside the Alamodome.
The South Texas native has said for months that the concert will be his final on-stage appearance in San Antonio.
Since releasing his first album in the early 1980s... Strait has sold close to 70 million records worldwide.
Tickets to Saturday night's concert sold out within minutes.
The concert was part of Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away" tour, which is expected to resume in 2014.
No formal dates or locations have been announced for next year's performances.

For the second consecutive weekend, The Fast & Furious 6 flew past the competition, holding on to the number one spot at the box office this weekend.
Universal Pictures
The action thriller featuring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwanye Johnson raked in $34 point 5 million.
The magic-heist thriller "Now You See Me," starring Morgan Freeman and Jesse Eisenberg is number 2 at the box office with 28 point 1 million.
And in third place is the futuristic adventure "After Earth," featuring father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith earning $27 million on its opening weekend.

That is the show for tonight. We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com....
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