Eyewitness News at 11: June 15, 2013

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   Hello, everyone.

   I'm Austin Lewis. Thank you for joining us.

   Jennifer Moulliet has the night off.

     We begin tonight with the next chapter...in the life of a former Marine... who lost his legs during a call to duty 2 years ago

     A day before father's day.. The father of one...received a special gift.

     A new home...equipped to meet the needs he now has...because of what he sacrificed for his country.

     Marine Corporal Tony Mullis received the keys during an official ceremony today.

     8th district Congressman Austin Scott...volunteers for Homes for Troops....and a whole group of well wishers gathered to honor the veteran.

     Homes for Troops has built and donated 132 houses like the Mullis's.

     He reflected today...on a sort of second homecoming.

< Tony Mullis, Hawkinsville:  When we first come through the door, it was just overwhelming that everything is so open that I can only imagine what kind of mobility that I actually have.>

     Mullis will have a fellow marine...as his neighbor.

     Homes for Troops is involved in another project right next door.

      For others in service to the military...out of uniform... Forced federal cuts have made for a challenging 2013.

     Civilian workers at Robins Air Force Base are facing furloughs.

      But companies around Warner Robins have banded together to help out where they can.

<i still have a mortgage and all the necessities to be able to keep up with but I don't want to fall behind so im here to see what anyone can do to can help>

     A spokesperson for the 21st Century Partnership...an organization representing the needs of Central Georgia's Defense Community...  says the furloughs equal about a 20-percent drop in pay for the rest of the fiscal year.

     They estimate that reduction will have a 50 million dollar impact on Central Georgia's economy.

     Still no arrests tonight... In the shooting of two teenagers.

     Police think it happened while a large group of people were involved in a fight outside a Warner Robins Motel.

     In a news release...Police Chief Brett L. Evans says it happened outside the Ramada Inn on Watson Boulevard in the early hours of the morning.

     Evans identifies the victims as 17-year-old Shaquez Jackson...and 18-year-old Daverea Sandifer.

     Investigators don't know who fired the shots into the crowd.

     Both Jackson and Sandifer were taken to the hospital...but police don't think their injuries were life threatening.

     If you have any information for investigators...you're asked to call 478-303-5386.

      Again that number... 303-5386.

      Lawmakers in Georgia and several other states are trying to make it harder for police to seize money and property...but some law enforcement leaders are pushing back.

      Earlier this year...during the legislative session...one senior Republican lawmaker dropped a bill that would have required more proof... before investigators could take property from people not convicted of a crime...in the course of investigations.

     That bill also would have punished law enforcement agencies that didn't follow state rules about disclosing the value of the property they took.

     But stiff resistance from elected sheriffs caused sponsors to drop the legislation.

     The idea's not dead yet.

      It's currently backed by the Institute for Justice...a libertarian group that's trying to revive it here and in other states.

     Signs of relief tonight in Colorado Springs...where firefighters are trying to push back the most destructive wildfire in state history.

     It's killed two people...and destroyed nearly 500 homes.

     But a turn in the weather...is working in firefighters' favor tonight.

     Bigad Shaban caught up with displaced residents...some of whom have no idea what they'll find...or when they return.

<

THE BLACK FOREST FIRE IS NOW 55 PERCENT CONTAINED, AND NO MORE HOMES OR STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.

THE WEATHER IS ALSO COOPERATING... WITH SUN, AND THEN RAIN.

 

((SOT Rich Harvey))

The weather is not creating those super dangerous conditions

 

(----WALKING SHOT---)

(BIGAD) "Do you know at this point if your house is still there?

(Kenneth) "No, I don't."

 

76 YEAR OLD KENNETH LITTLE WAS ONE OF HUNDREDS OF COLORADO SPRINGS RESIDENTS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS AT THIS TOWN HALL MEETING.

HE RECEIVED CONFLICTING REPORTS ON WHETHER HIS HOUSE IS STILL STANDING.

 

(---SOT: Kenneth Little----)

"My life is in that house, I've got all of my memories, and it's lost. I think, I don't know."

 

OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE MAKING PROGRESS ON DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.

MANY RESIDENTS ARE STILL DISPLACED - (--- DOG BARKING---) AND PET SHELTERS IN COLORADO SPRINGS REMAIN PACKED.

 

(---BRIDGE: Bigad Shaban, CBS News---)

"This is one of three area pet evacuation centers. Veterinarians estimate it could at least be another week before all the animals are reunited with their owners."

 

(--NATS: "Hey Mona"---)

 

THE BUSSELL FAMILY COULDN'T WAIT TO PICK UP THEIR TWO CATS...MONA AND MAX.

THE FAMILY OF 8 VOLUNTARILY LEFT TUESDAY. THEY NOW HAVE THE OKAY TO RETURN HOME.

 

(---SOT: Nicoli Bussell, 13, 7th grade, Colorado Springs---))

(BIGAD) What was it like to have to leave your pets?

(NICOLI) it was scary and also nervous, but it was fine me because I knew they were safe."

 

SOME MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN LIFTED.

BUT MANY RESIDENTS ARE ONLY ALLOWED BACK HOME FOR A FEW SHORT MINUTES... JUST TO INSPECT THE DAMAGE.

     A crew of about 20 people...are now going lot by lot...to find out how badly some of the homes are damaged.

     In some spots...there's little left but foundations to go on. 

     And many of the structures don't have mailboxes or numbers to help show what kind of building once stood there.

     A passenger jet from Cairo to New York was diverted to the United Kingdom earlier today... after a threatening message was found onboard.

     The flight left Egypt for John F. Kennedy International Airport...with a fighter jet escort that caught up to it after passengers made the frightening discovery three hours after takeoff.

     The Egyptair jet ended up landing on a remote section of the tarmac at Prestwick Airport in Glasgow... Scotland.

     The note was reportedly found in a lavatory by a news producer for BBC UN.

     She claimed that the note read, "I'll set this plane on fire seat 46D."

     The note was written in pencil on a napkin...reports said.

     She told the crew immediately...causing the plane to change course...and setting off fears for family members waiting in the U.S.

<were you scared?

Well, of course I was scared. It's my country, man.

Who's on that plane?

My mom and my kids and my wife.

Is it frustrating?

Yeah.

It's better now that we know they're flying again.

>

     Investigators as of Saturday evening had recovered the pencil...which might yield fingerprints.

     They also interviewed all 326 passengers on the plane...resulting in very long delays for nervous passengers and relatives.

     Before taking off again....the plane was checked by a technical team that includes bomb disposal experts.

     About 300 people turned out in Hong Kong today... to rally against extraditing N-S-A leaker Edward Snowden.

     The event was organized by civic groups... and a much larger crowd was expected.

     But organizers say rainy weather kept a lot of people away from the U.S. Consulate there.

     Snowden... a former contractor for the national security agency .... provided documents to journalists on the existence of secret u-s government programs to collect email and phone records of Americans

     Manavee Anderson is a friend of snowden's and says she never expected he was capable of something like this.

     Tech giants Facebook and Microsoft say they received *thousands* of requests for user data from the u-s government in the second half of last year.

     Facebook says it had between 9 and 10-thousand requests....targeting up to 19-thousand accounts.

     A Facebook attorney says the requests included assistance finding missing children....tracking of federal fugitives...local crimes... and even terrorist threats.

     Facebook says a tiny fraction of its more than one-billion users were affected.

     Microsoft says it received between 6 and 7-thousand similar warrants...subpeonas... and orders,

     That affects up to 32-thousand consumer accounts.

     Both companies say they released the information with permission from the government.

     Father's Day is tomorrow... So hopefully you have that gift picked out for the father figure in your life.

     USA today... Owned by 13WMAZ's parent company Gannett...gathered some facts about how America celebrates.

     In one poll done for the National Retail Federation.. Researchers wanted to find out how many adult americans celebrate Father's Day?

     78 percent say they do.... While 86 percent celebrate mom the month before.

     The next questions's a fun one.

     Pollsters asked parents to put a dollar amount...on the chores the fathers in the household do around the home.

     Both moms and dads were asked to rate the fathers.

     Dads' responses are in blue.

    Now  41 percent said  less than 30 thousand.

     34 percent said... Between 30 and 59 thousand.

     But 25 percent... Said they'd have to pay somebody 60 thousand or more...to do the same tasks they do around the house.

     Now when moms were asked to put a price on their partner's contributions... 58 percent of them say...dad would earn less than 30 thousand.

     Only 19 percent...would pay their husbands and partners 60 thousand or more.

     And what's the average amount those polled spent or expected to spend on their parents come May and June?

     Respondents said... About 169 bucks on mom... A 120 bucks on dad.

     Father's Day came a little early for Kanye West this year.

     E-News and People magazine have confirmed that Kim Kardashian gave birth today.

     The reality TV star delivered a baby girl by C-section at a Beverly Hills hospital.

     The big day came a bit early...her due date was reportedly not until next month.

     No word yet on what Kardashian and West have named the baby.

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