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Randall Kinard's friend remembers his life and spirit

Friends of one Macon man are remembering his life and spirit.

Randall Kinard was killed on Wednesday after investigators say he was abducted by Christopher Dukes, who then took his own life.

Friday night, Kinard's former coworker, Amber Whitley, shared why she treasured their friendship.

UPDATE: Houston fire deaths were murder-suicide

"He could cheer you up, anybody, no matter what you're going through," said Whitley.

She says his smile and thoughtfulness for other people's feelings are what she'll miss most about him.

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Houston Co. deputy facing sex charge


A Houston County deputy is accused of soliciting sex from a woman while on duty.

That's according to J.T. Ricketson, agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office.

He said 34-year-old Christopher Sawyer turned himself Friday around 9 a.m. to face charges of soliciting sodomy and violating his oath.

According to a press release, Sawyer had allegedly sought sexual favors from a woman while on duty as deputy sheriff. Sawyer, on two separate occasions, reportedly paid for and received oral sex from the woman. Capt. Jon Holland with the Houston County Sheriff's office said that the encounters were not forced.

Friends of murder-suicide victim to hold candlelight vigil

Houston County murder-suicide victim Randall Kinard will be remembered in a vigil being held Sunday.

According to a Facebook post, it starts at 9 p.m. and will be at Macon's Coleman Hill on Spring Street.

Kinard was fatally shot Wednesday, according to the Houston County's Sheriff's Office, by Christopher Dukes, who then turned the gun on himself and set a Houston County home on fire. Kinard worked at a Macon salon, Azul, where co-workers called him a good friend and someone who greeted people every day with hugs.

Police believe Dukes kidnapped Kinard from Azul Wednesday around lunchtime, in a Jeep Battle owned. They say Dukes likely shot and killed Kinard as they drove along I-75 to the house. Investigators later found Kinard's drivers license and cell phone along the highway.

UPDATE: Fire-deaths were murder-suicide

ID=30920581UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: The Houston County Sheriff's Office says one of the men whose body was found in a burned home in Warner Robins was shot on the way there.

They believe his body was then carried inside, and the shooter committed suicide after setting 10 fires throughout the house, according to a news release.

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UPDATE: Houston Co. fire victims identified

The two men who died in a Houston County fire Wednesday afternoon have been identified as Randell Kinard, 33, of Macon and Christopher Michael Dukes, 41, of Warner Robins.

The fire happened at about 12:30 p.m. at 513 Heritage Drive near Dunbar Road in north Houston County.

16 Houston County Schools qualify for free lunches


This school year, all students at 16 Houston County schools will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost.

It's called the "Community Eligibility Provision".

For a school in Houston County to qualify, 40 percent of its students must be eligible for free lunch under federal rules.

That means they must receive assistance from government programs or must be considered a foster child, migrant, homeless or a runaway child.

Houston County Schools' nutrition director, Meredith Potter, says some families are on the edge of poverty and may not qualify for reduced lunch, even though they may need it.

Man reunites with firefighter who saved his life

At Serenity Adult Day Health, a very special reunion was planned.

For the first time in 22 years, Jody Melvin and his mother Judy Culpepper meet his rescuer.

Now Captain, Danny Williams with the Warner Robins Fire Department was there to surprise them.

"This man right here," says Culpepper to her son, "He saved your life."

Melvin can only say a few words, his brain permanently damaged from the accident, but the joy was all over his face.

Melvin presents Williams with a card that says "Danny, thank you for saving my life," a plaque, and a big hug.

Culpepper's friend, Phyllis Corley arranged the surprise get-together, to thank Williams properly.

"I always wondered about the family and wondered how he was," says Williams.

He remembers March 19, 1993 like it was yesterday.