Eyewitness News at 11: June 16, 2013

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

Tonight's top story at 11, 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 or by the drink but that could soon change.
Judy Le looks at how adding one more day of sales could affect at least one business.
Every Sunday Manuel Interiano sends half his customers away
"Being in this kind of business, the last thing you want to tell them is no I can't serve."
In Jones County, liquor sales are not allowed in restaurants or stores.
"Did you think this law was going to be troubling for you when you first started?) I didn't at the beginning because I didn't put much attention to it until I got here and saw how much it affected us."
That's been a constant for the past two years since he's opened his doors but a signature might change it all. Well, 6000 of them. There's a petition to get Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot in November.
"This is the 10th filled out page. The others have been collected already."
For now, Interiano keeps most of the alcohol signs off to not confuse his customers.
Some people still make their way into the restaurant looking for a drink. And that's thousands of dollars he's letting walk out the door.
"It was going to be 4500 dollars I was expecting that day with the lunch crowd."
That was Superbowl Sunday. A reservation for 150 people.
"But they cancelled it."
It's like that for every sporting event and he's expecting the same for the NBA finals. Instead, people take their business across the border to Bibb or Baldwin County.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
Those opposed to the petition say 6 days of liquor sales are enough and that the seventh day should be the Lord's day.
The Jones County Commission and Gray City Council are working to bring Sunday alcohol sales to the ballot.
Click on this story at 13wmaz-dot-com to find out where you can see the petition.

The search is on tonight for the person who fired shots into a large crowd in Warner Robins injuring two teenagers.
Police 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 is 478-302-5386.

Three people including a child were taken to hospital after a boat caught fire on Lake Lanier.
Gwinnett County fire investigators say it happened on a wooden boat this afternoon.
The boat's occupants managed to escape and the fire department says they should recover.
Officials say they are trying to determine what caused the fire.

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.

More than half of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado is now contained and people in the area are getting their first look at the destruction.
Evacuees have been allowed to return home and stay there.
Bigad Shaban caught up with two homeowners who came home to totally different circumstances.
THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE BLACK FOREST FIRE HOPE TO HAVE IT FULLY CONTAINED BY THURSDAY.
IT'S DESTROYED CLOSE TO 500 HOMES, INCLUDING DARRELL FORTNER'S HOUSE.
(BIGAD) What do you do now?
(DARRELL) We start over and build a new life.
FORNTNER TOOK THIS VIDEO.
HIS CHIMNEY IS ALL THAT'S LEFT STANDING
HIS HOME WAS ALSO THE BASE FOR HIS TREE TRIMMING BUSINESS, BUT THE FIRE DESTROYED ALL HIS VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT.
Darrell Fortner: "I couldn't believe it. I uh, I didn't want to believe it."
FORTNER WAS OUT OF TOWN WHEN THE FIRE STARTED.
BY THE TIME HE RETURNED, AUTHORITIES WOULDN'T LET HIM GET ANY BELONGINGS.
Darrell Fortner: "But I want to thank for them from the bottom of my heart for not letting me because if I had gone in the house, I would have stayed."
"we look for things called smokers."
CREWS ARE GOING LOT BY LOT, PUTTING OUT HOT SPOTS, BUT COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE URGING DISPLACED RESIDENTS TO BE PATIENT.
Sheriff Terry Maketa/El Paso County: "I don't want to create a false belief that tomorrow everybody is going home. That's not gonna happen.
BUT THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO RETURN...INCLUDING BRUCE LOCKWOOD, WHO'S SPENDING HIS 48TH BIRTHDAY - AND FATHER'S DAY - AT HOME.
(Bigad) What was your fear?
(BRUCE) That we wouldn't have a house to come back to.
ON SATURDAY, HUNDREDS IN COLORADO SPRINGS SHOWED UP TO THANK FIREFIGHTERS.
4 YEAR JOHN WAYNE WAITED TO CATCH THE FIRST GLIMPSE OF HIS DAD IN 3 DAYS.
"We have to give him a big father's day kiss real quick!)
CROWDS WAITED FOR HOURS TO OFFER CHEERS....AND HIGH-FIVES.
BS CBS NEWS. COLORADO SPRINGS.

Heavy rain is causing major flooding in the border town of Eagle Pass, Texas.
Dozens of homeowners in one neighborhood are dealing with rising water after a creek overflowed it's banks..
It's a situation that some have dealt with before.
One woman has lived there for 36 years and this is the sixth time her home has been flooded.
Diana Agular: "This is our home -- move where? You can't just..."
The woman says she asked the county several times to beef up flood control measures but so far it hasn't happened.

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.

When man accused of opening fire inside a Colorado movie theater goes on trial as many as 35 hundred potential jurors will be summoned.
The judge in the case included that estimate in a ruling Friday.
The order grants a defense request to have prospective jurors fill out questionnaires before lawyers can question them.
James Holmes is scheduled to go to trial in February.
Police say Holmes planned the mass shooting inside the theater in Aurora last July killing 12 people and injuring 70 others.
He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

In Washington, D-C the National Security Agency is defending its collection of phone and internet records.
The N-S-A's take on the debate is in a document released to Congress.
Cristina Mutchler takes a closer look.
THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS SAYING THERE IS NO CONSPIRACY TO LISTEN IN ON THE PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS.
"It would mean the NSA would have to conspire with the FBI, would have to conspire with both parties in Congress on the intelligence committees and the oversight functions in the executive branch to do something beyond what the law very narrowly allows. I just find that implausible."
IN A DOCUMENT RELEASED TO CONGRESS, THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY ARGUES THAT IN RECENT YEARS, DOZENS OF TERROR PLOTS IN MORE THAN 20 COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN DISRUPTED.
AND DESPITE HAVING BILLIONS OF PHONE RECORDS, OFFICIALS SEARCHED THE DATABASE FEWER THAN 300 TIMES LAST YEAR.
THE AGENCY HAS REPEATEDLY SAID THAT IT ONLY COLLECTS METADATA --
PHONE NUMBERS, PHONE CALL DURATIONS AND LOCATIONS OF THE TWO PARTIES.
NO NAMES OR ADDRESSES.
BUT DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MARK UDALL OF COLORADO DOESN'T THINK COLLECTING THIS METADATA IS MAKING AMERICA SAFER.
"I think it's ultimately, perhaps, a violation of the Fourth Amendment."
WHILE THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T "UN-RING" THE BELL THIS SECURITY LEAK HAS SET OFF, A MAN WHO HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF BOTH THE N-S-A AND C-I-A SAYS HE HOPES AMERICANS WILL ULTIMATELY FEEL SAFER WITH THE INFORMATION THAT DOES COME OUT.
"It's an opportunity to explain to the American people why this is done, broadly how effective it has been, and raise their comfort level."
I'M CRISTINA MUTCHLER REPORTING.
Colorado Senator Mark Udall says he plans to introduce a bill this week that will limit the NSA's authority in certain areas of the Patriot Act.

Former President George W- Bush is back home in Dallas tonight after a bit of scare in the air.
Mister Bush was on a flight from Philadelphia to Dallas when the pilot smelled smoke in the cockpit.
The plane landed safely in Louisville so the situation could be checked out.
So far, there's no word on what caused the problem.

A Seattle- area woman thought she was looking at a large dog in her front yard but soon found out it was a much bigger and wilder animal.
Her reaction was all caught on camera.
When Daniella Mathews realized the animal in her yard wasn't a dog but a massive black bear she and her mom jumped into the car and followed the animal.
It ran around the corner until it reached a neighbor's fence and climbed over.
Daniella called animal control but by the time they arrived the bear had gotten away.
Daniella Mathews: "I jumped out of the car and I pounded on the people whose house it was, and I was like, There's a bear in your backyard. I don't think they believed me at first, but I was kind of freaking out."
The family believes the bear may have been attracted to livestock in their backyard.

There was rolling thunder in Vatican City today and it wasn't from the heavens.
Tens of thousands of Harley Davidsons converged on Saint Peter's Square where Pope Francis offered a "bike blessing".
Anna Matranga explains what brought the bikers to Italy.

Thousands of bikers from around the world thundered through The Vatican Sunday turning areas near the sacred city into a Harley-Davidson parking lot as they gathered to receive a special blessing from Pope Francis.
The riders cheered as the Pope took a surprise detour in his pope mobile to greet them.
These Harley owners from Germany were moved.
SUSAN SELINGER FROM MUNICH, GERMANY: "THE HAIRS ARE STANDING UP. IT WAS, YEAH, BEAUTIFUL."
MICHAEL SELINGER FROM MUNICH, GERMANY: "I DIDN'T EXPECT THE POPE TO BE SO NEAR...IT WAS REALLY SOMETHING, AMAZING."
The leather clad and tattooed motorcycle crowd mingled with nuns and other faithful as the Pope celebrated mass.
SOT VERONICA BETTINELLI, LEGNANO, ITALY
THE ATMOSPHERE IS FANTASTIC AND WE ARE ALL BROTHERS HERE
The bikers are in Rome for 4 days of celebrations marking Harley Davidson's 110th anniversary.
Earlier this week, the Milwaukee based company gave Pope Francis two classic Harleys and a motorcycle jacket.
ANNA MATRANGA, ROME: "35000 BIKERS ARE IN ROME FOR THE CELEBRATIONS BUT ONLY 1400 WERE ABLE TO OBTAIN PERMISSION TO PARK THEIR BIKES NEAR ST. PETER'S SQUARE. MANY SAY THIS IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THEIR TRIP HERE."
Harley owners say riding is also about brotherhood.
PAUL HUNTER biker from London
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE FROM A CERTAIN RELIGION, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE FROM A CERTAIN COLOR OR CREED, YOU JUST GOTTA HAVE A HARLEY, THAT S ALL IT IS.
A message of fellowship bringing bikers and the Catholic Church together.
AM CBS NEWS THE VATICAN.

"Man of Steel" soared into box office gold this weekend.
The Warner Brothers superhero movie earned 113-million dollars it's opening weekend at the box office.
Thursday screenings of the movie brought in 12 million bucks bringing the grand total for the Superman movie to 125 million dollars.
Rounding out the box office are "This is the End" the apocalyptic comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco it earned 20 and a half million.
And "Now You See Me" came in third earning 10 million dollars.

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.
Law call is next. We'll see you tomorrow

 

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