Eyewitness News at 6: June 16, 2013

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Thank you for joining us.
I'm Austin Lewis.
Jennifer Moulliet has the evening off.

Our top story tonight at 6, Jones County voters may get to decide if they can buy liquor on Sundays.
Right now, it's against the law to buy alcohol by the bottle but that could soon change.
The chamber of commerce needs 6-thousand signatures to get liquor sales on the ballot this November.
There are petitions stationed at various restaurants around the county for people to dine and sign.
Agave Azule off Clinton Street is one of the places you can find a petition but this venture to change this old law isn't sitting well for everyone.
Gary Thomas: "As a pastor and as a leader, i'm going to encourage them to don't vote for it. you've got a six days a week to already do it. Do it then if you want to but leave that seventh day up to god and not to be involved with it there."
But it will be a boost for restaurants around the county.
You can learn more about the petition on our website at 13-wmaz dot com.

Warner Robins police are looking for the person who shot into a large crowd, injuring two teenagers.
Investigators say it happened around 1-30 yesterday morning outside the Ramada Inn on Watson Boulevard.
17-year-old Shaquez Jackson and 18-year-old Daverea Sandifer were hit.
Both were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover.
If you know anything about the shooting call 478-302-5386. Again that number... 478-302-5386.

If your daily commute involves I-75 and I-16, get ready for construction slowdowns.
Starting tomorrow morning workers will close one lane on the northbound side.
They are doing maintenance work on the bridge.
The lane closure will be from 9-30 a-m until 4-30 p-m each day through Thursday.
Drivers also need to look for construction tomorrow night on I-75 north near the Pierce Avenue exit.
Crews will shut down one lane from 9 p-m to 6 a-m Monday and Tuesday nights.

Things may be turning around for the timber industry in Georgia.
Nearly 70 thousand people worked for the forestry industry before the housing bubble burst during the recession.
The number of jobs fell to less than 45 thousand after the housing crisis and has slowly risen.
But there are signs of improvement. A Canadian company is investing in three Georgia sawmills including one in Thomaston.

Local bands will rock out this Saturday in Peach County and it's all for a good cause.
They're raising money to help support tornado relief in Moore Oklahoma.
The "Battle of Byron Raises Moore Music Fest" will happen in North Peach Park next weekend.
Organizers say 7 bands will hit the stage.
Food, a silent auction and 50/50 raffles will also happen during the day.
Tony Elmore, Byron: "What we do is going to be a drop in the bucket as far as what finances and everything is going to be needed to bring the community back together, but I really believe that this is going on all over the nation."
Admission to the music fest will run you five bucks.
And it will all kick off at 10 am.

The wildfire burning near Colorado Springs has taken at least two lives and damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings.
One of the decisions facing firefighters on the front lines is whether to save a home.
Martin Savidge talked to one crew about making tough calls.
NO FIRE FIGHTER WANTS TO LET A HOUSE BURN... BUT SOMETIMES THERE'S NO CHOICE.
And that's the hard part.
I mean its a gut check doing this job.
You know going to a home there might be some you just can't save.
OTHER THAN LIFE OR DEATH, ONE OF THE HARDEST DECISIONS A FIREFIGHTER MAKES IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN SAVE A HOME.
AND IN A BIG FIRE LIKE THIS, IT'S A DECISION THEY HAVE TO MAKE A LOT.
Nat sound of radio chatter.
TODD LEGLER HAS TO MAKE THAT CALL FROM HIS TRUCK WHILE RIDING IN THE FIRE.
IT'S BASED ON TRAINING, EXPERIENCE AND HOW HE READS THE LAND.
Reporter: You can quickly read that terrain potentially dangerous for fire fighters?
Legler: Correct.
Reporter: This terrain over here simply different topography, safer?
Legler: Correct.
Reporter: That house can be saved?
Legler: Correct.
Reporter: This one you might have to let go?
Yup.
MIKE GARMAN, ALSO HAS A SAY... IT'S HIS CREW FIGHTING THE FLAMES. HE READS THE HOUSE ITSELF.
Stucco, wood, wood roofs, tie roofs if its combustible materials it's definitely going to be a a harder home to defend.
THAT MAY SOUND COLD OR INSENSITIVE... BUT IN THE PAST FIRE FIGHTERS HAVE STAYED TOO LONG SIMPLY BECAUSE IT WAS A HOME... AND DIED TRYING TO SAVE IT
ANOTHER DECIDING FACTOR IS THE BIG PICTURE, BALANCING SAVING A HOME VERSUS SAVING A COMMUNITY.
THAT'S JAMES SHANEL'S CALL.
Although a single resident and his property is dear to that person, we have to look at the over all picture of the community in general.
AND REMEMBER ALL OF THIS FROM TODD, TO MIKE TO JAMES... IT'S ALL DONE IN JUST MINUTES IN THE HEAT AND CHAOS OF A ROARING BLAZE... AND THEY SAY IT'S NEVER, EVER EASY.
Reporter: It's gonna be the difference in come cases of whether a home owner comes home to a home or not.
Legler: It is a tough decision to make because you don't ever want to see anyone lose their home, but the tougher decision is will all of the fire fighters come home at the end of the day.
IF THEY COULD FIRE FIGHTERS SAY THEY WOULD SAVE EVERY HOME... THE GREATEST PAIN IS KNOWING THEY CAN'T.
MARTIN SAVIDGE. COLORADO SPRINGS

And in Missouri, heavy rains pounded Springfield Saturday dumping as much as nine inches of rain in some areas.
The national weather service issued a rare flash flood warning.
Storm waters covered the roads taking cars in their wake.
And reports came in of flooded homes and water rescues throughout the day.

A Cobb County judge rules against a woman who secretly taped herself having sex with the former CEO of Waffle House.
According to the ruling, the woman a former housekeeper for Joe Rogers violated his privacy.
She accused Rogers of forcing her to perform sex acts in order to keep her job.
According to court documents the woman made 15 audio recordings of the encounters and kept a towel with Rogers' DNA on it.
Rogers' lawyers say they hope the ruling leads to the charges being dismissed.

A robbery victim in Texas turns the tables on her attacker.
Police say a man armed with a knife hid inside the woman's van.
But this mom fought back and sent her attacker to the hospital.
Kevin Quinn has the story.
THIS IS THE TWO-YEAR-OLD BOY WHICH POLICE SAY WAS INSIDE THIS VAN WITH A FIVE-YEAR-OLD SIBLING.
THEIR MOTHER HAD JUST LEFT THIS BAYTOWN C-V-S, WHEN POLICE SAY THIS MAN, ISMAEL MARTINEZ, POPPED UP IN THE BACK OF THE VAN.
HE HAD A KNIFE.
"Guy pulled a knife on her, had a knife on my son."
THAT'S CHARLES FLUGENCE, THE FATHER OF THE CHILDREN -- THE WOMAN'S HUSBAND.
HE SAYS SHE TOLD HIM SHE STRUGGLED WITH MARTINEZ, HONKED THE HORN, AND SOMEHOW CALLED 9-1-1 WHILE GETTING THE KNIFE.
"She got the knife. She's got a cut that goes across her chest. She grabbed the knife, and he bit her hand."
POLICE SAY SHE RAN HER VAN INTENTIONALLY OFF THE ROAD, TRYING TO DISORIENT THE ATTACKER, THAT SHE PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE, AND WHEN SHE STOPPED, HE THEN JUMPED OUT OF THE VEHICLE, BEFORE SHE THEN TURNED THE TABLES AND RAN HIM OVER.
BACK AT THE C-V-S WHERE THE MOTHER HAD BEEN SHOPPING, FOLKS ARE APPLAUDING HER FOR DOING WHAT IT TOOK TO PROTECT HER CHILDREN.
"That's scary. It's really scary, but good for her!"
"She's trying to protect herself and her kids. I'd do the same thing."
Martinez was air-lifted to a hospital with serious injuries to his back.
The children weren't harmed.
The mother is expected to be okay.

If you're looking for an officer in Savannah don't go to the police station. You heard me right.
That's because police say air conditioning problems forced officers to work from other buildings and their patrol cars.
The a-c went out on Thursday causing temperatures inside the building to climb to the mid-90's by Friday.
The department leases the building where the precinct is housed from a local church.
They say it will take about two weeks to get it fixed.

Now this is an unusual sight at the Vatican tens of thousands of Harley Davidsons.
Pope Francis blessed the bikers as they celebrated the American motorcycle maker's 110th anniversary.
The Harley owners are in Italy taking part in an unrelated two-day pro-life rally.

Thank you for joining us for Eyewitness News at 6.
We'll see you back here tonight for Eyewitness News at 11.
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