Eyewitness News at 11 July 4, 2013

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There are many ways to celebrate the fourth of July. Bibb County deputies say shooting guns into the air shouldn't be one of them. That's after a Macon woman was hit by a bullet. According to the Bibb County Sheriff's office... 29 year-old Jenni Rowe was getting off her porch to go back inside her home on Mogul Road. She and her family heard a combination of fireworks and loud popping. That's when Rowe realized she had been hit by a stray bullet in her shoulder. She's now in stable condition at a local hospital. Deputies are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information on the case can call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-crime. Again that's 1-877-68-crime.

The Telfair County Sheriff's office is investigating a body found in the Ocmulgee River. Sheriff Chris Steverson says a white female body was found around 11 this morning... downstream from a boat landing near Jacksonville in Telfair County. He says the woman hasn't been identified, but described her as middle aged with short hair, black capris, and a khaki shirt. The Sheriff's Department with working with the GBI and is treating it as a homicide case. They're planning an autopsy for tomorrow. If you have any information on this case, you can call the Sheriff's office at (229) 868-6621. That number again.. 229-868-6621.

Centerville Police are searching for a 15-year-old girl they say went missing yesterday from the Galleria Mall. Chief Sidney Andrews says Zhane Iman Fuller came to the mall yesterday with her mother. Her mother works in the JC Penny hair salon. The girl left the business to use the restroom around 5-30 p-m. and didn't return. She was wearing Warner Robins High School blue jean shorts... A black and gray checkered hoodie... And gray sandals. Anyone with information that could help to find Fuller can call Centerville Police at 478-953-4222. Again... That's 478-953-4222.

After Mother Nature brought in question Lake Tobo's fireworks, they went on as planned.

In fact, the rain wasn't even a factor as people jumped into the water at the beach. Then came the main event at 9:30 ... A fireworks show. Some said even with the forecast, it was a tradition they wouldn't miss. We've been coming every year that it's been going on ... What keeps bringing you back? The Fireworks! And everybdy having fun, watching the kids and looking at all the beautiful houses that's out here on the lake and feeling the breath of fresh air through God.

It was a peachy Fourth today at Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley... Lane's had live music, waterslides and activities for the kids. And of course, bushels of peaches ready to buy in the shop. Despite the rain, it was an enjoyable Fourth for visitors old and young. Yessir, when you get my age, you look for the rocking chair ... I'm at Lane's and I like to play on the slides and stuff, um it's fun to do the slides and slip and slides ... Just to relax and get away from home for a little while. We also spoke with Duke Lane, Jr, the president of Lane Orchards. He says the rain doesn't just affect the holiday. He's hoping for some drier weather in the next few weeks to help the peach crop.








With the rainy weather we've been having ... a lot of fireworks shows have been cancelled or postponed. The one in Forsyth is no different. Judy Le met a family who still found a way to celebrate independence day. Fourth of July means one thing for Alex Johnson ... i want to go to the fireworks. He was wrapped up in memories of last year's show... it can jump and the fireworks. Even bubbling over with excitement. This year ... His parents -- Josh and Shanna Johnson -- had to find something else to keep the attention of their three-year-old. standup - the fireworks show in forsyth was cancelled because of rainy weather. So the johnsons decided to spend their fourth exploring juliette. The family struck gold when Alex heard a familiar sound ... As trains flew past the Whiste Stop café ... it served as a good distraction from the weather and change in plans. it's just a day to be together and celebrating the freedom that we do have and..look forward to another important celebration.. Alex's birthday ...i remember when people were telling me when I was pregnant with him four years ago that he was going to be my little firecracker and they were right. Before I can get another question in ...hey is that a brown train right there? Alex jets off to catch another train... Not letting rain ruin his 4th of july. Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness. The fireworks show will be rescheduled for some time next week. We will update you when we find out more on our website.. 13wmaz dot com.


There's one more entry in the Macon-Bibb mayoral race. Anthony Harris announced his plans to run for the consolidated government's top spot. Harris has made appearances at several protests in the past few months... Many of them regarding the shooting of Sammie Davis Junior. Police arrested him at this year's Cherry Blossom Festival... After Harris protested during one of the ceremonies. Harris labels himself as an anarchist... And says his views will help move the new government and community forward. anarchy is just straight, no rule. We rule ourselves, we respect ourselves. I think the city has to go back to the people. Once we get the politics out, once we get the money hungry attitude out, once we get the 'you pat me on the back, i'll pat you on the back' out, then the city can finally grow and move into the next century. The Bibb County Board of Elections will open qualifying back up... August 5th through the 7th. Harris says he will either run as a write-in or as a pauper in the September election.

As many as six hundred firefighters are working to stop the spread of the Arizona fire... That took the lives of 19 firefighters. The governor of Arizona has asked that flags throughout the state fly at half mast... For 19 days. People who live in Yarnell may be able to return home this weekend. You can help the victims of the Yarnell fire... At Johnny G's in Warner Robins. The fun center will donate 100 percent of the revenue it collects tomorrow... to the Yarnell Emergency Fire Fund. The donation will be made via the United Way of Yavapai County. Johnny G's Fun Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about the event.. Or other ways you can donate to the cause.. Look for this story on our website.. 13wmaz dot com.


13WMAZ and the American Red Cross sponsor several blood drives throughout Central Georgia tomorrow and Saturday. On Friday, there will be drives at the Galleria Mall in Centerville, Macon Blood Donation Center, and Bass Pro shops in Macon. Those will run from 12 to five o'clock. Saturday, there will be blood drives at the Galleria Mall, Macon Blood Donation Center, and the Milledgeville Mall. Those drives will be held 12 to five o'clock as well. For more information on these blood drives you can go to our website at 13 WMAZ dot com.

On the fourth of July... 1776... 56 delegates met in Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence. The document was the written statement representing 13 colonies ... and would become the basis of forming the free nation known as the United States of America. 2 hundred and 37 years later... the mayor of Philadelphia... Michael Nutter... read the words that lead to the birth of our nation. We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Georgia was one of the 13 colonies. Button Gwinnett... Lyman Hall... And George Walton signed the Declaration of Independence as delegates from Georgia.








The fourth of July means something different for many people across our nation. The common thread... Is freedom. In ceremonies all over the nation today... people celebrated the nation's independence... for the first time as citizens. In North Carolina... The naturalization ceremony took place at a sight that first celebrated the nation's independence in 1783. The mayor of Tampa welcomed new citizens in the state of Florida... Handing out certificates to confirm the completion of the groups' processing and course work.

The oldest commissioned warship in the world... Made it's yearly turnaround today. This year... Thousands of people visited Boston Harbor to see "old Ironsides" make her way with the help of a tugboat. The ship was ordered by George Washington... To protect America's maritime interests. People gathered by land and by sea... To see the U-S-S Constitution go through her paces. The ship will sail from her dock at Charlestown Navy Yard to Castle Island. That was also the site for naturalization ceremonies today.
























Independence Day is a celebration of our rights as an independent nation. And today... some people decided to celebrate the fourth amendment... for the fourth. Supporters for Edward Snowden gathered in Washington D-C... For a "restore the fourth" rally. The fourth Amendment protects americans from unreasonable searches and seizures. Protesters urged people on and off line to protest government surveillance of internet activity. It is one of the most important issues at the center of the controversy surrounding Snowden... Who leaked intelligence documents as a former contractor for the National Security Agency.














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