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Houston Co. contractor charged with worker's-comp fraud


A state agency has charged a Houston County contractor with committing workers-compensation fraud.

According to a news release from the State Board of Workers' Compensation, Mark A. Brannen, 50, was arrested Tuesday.

He's been charged with insurance fraud and first-degree forgery, both felonies. He also faces one felony count of providing a fraudulent document to a government agency.

Brannen owns Brannen Construction Co., which does carpentry, painting and tile work in Central Georgia, the news release states. The state agency says Brannen recently was a successful bidder for a government-housing contract in Macon County.

He allegedly created and presented a bogus certificate showing that his business is covered by workers' compensation insurance.

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Robins Federal Credit Union Sponsors Forysthia Festival

Forsyth, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union will be the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Forsythia Festival.

The festival will take place from Saturday, March 14th through Sunday, March 15th. If you would like more information, please visit www.forsythiafestival.com.

Robins Federal Credit Union is a local non-profit financial cooperative with nineteen branches in central Georgia. Robins Federal currently provides financial services to over 159,000 members, with assets exceeding $1.9 billion. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the 16 counties Robins Federal serves.

Bonaire couple accused of robbing and kidnapping visitor


A Bonaire Couple is accused of robbing and kidnapping a man who visited their home.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office says a fight broke out after Andrew Lobzun visited Matthew London and Kristy Moore at their Second Street home Wednesday morning.

Robins Federal Credit Union Sponsors Cherry Blossom Pins

Macon, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union will once again sponsor the Cherry Blossom pins for the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Beginning in mid-January, Cherry Blossom pins may be purchased for $10 each. Pins are available at the following Robins Federal Credit Union locations:

Downtown Branch – 577 Mulberry Street Suite 100, Macon (Lower level of the Fickling Building); Hartley Bridge Branch – 4066 Hartley Bridge Road, Macon; Log Cabin Branch– 4245 Log Cabin Drive, Macon; Riverside Branch– 2930 Riverside Drive, Macon; Zebulon Branch– 5999 Zebulon Road, Macon; Gray Branch– 287 W. Clinton Street, Gray; Houston Lake Road Branch – 502 S. Houston Lake Road, Warner Robins; Base Branches – Building 20166 Cochran Street and Building 646 (Corner of 9th & Page Streets)

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Bikers rally to raise money for Warner Robins boy


A local bar held a benefit for a five-year-old boy Sunday.

That's where a jar full of donations for his medical bills was stolen last week.

It happened at Jus One More while dozens of motorcycles took a ride around Warner Robins to raise money for Matty Hancock.

The boy has two rare blood disorders, requiring expensive treatment.

His mother, Leah Hancock, says the amount raised today was surely more than the $200 stolen last Sunday. She says the turnout for Matty's benefit was overwhelming.

"Incredible, like, so blessed. So blessed. Because God works in so many mysterious ways, and now all these people will know about Matty and about his hemophilia and Von Willerbrand, and maybe we can help somebody with that," says Hancock.

Police: man stolen donations for child in Warner Robins


UPDATE: Warner Robins police got a warrant Friday for a Florida man, Daryl Thomas, age 24, on charges of theft by taking the jar with the money collected for a sick 5-year old.

While the bar manager told 13WMAZ she's had conversations with the suspect about not pressing charges under certain conditions, police advised Daryl Thomas to turn himself in.

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EARLIER: It's not every day you hear about someone caught on camera stealing nearly $200 meant for a sick 5-year-old.

The jar was apparently stolen last Sunday at Jus One More, a bar in Warner Robins.

"You can see the whole jar right there. He's carrying it out," said JoAnn Sulack while watching the surveillance video.

Woman, 86, killed in Kathleen fire


An elderly woman died Friday morning in a house fire in Kathleen.

The Houston County coroner's office identified her as Opal Alford, age 86.

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A burning house, a trapped woman, and three virtual strangers were trying to help.

It happened in a neighborhood in Kathleen in Houston County.

Jason Hamm's morning got off to a scary start.

"I just noticed there was a lot of smoke coming out of the house," he says.

He was driving to work when he saw a neighbor's home on Lonesome Doe Circle was fully engulfed in flames.