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Warner Robins Police Department runs for Special Olympics

If you live in Houston County, you may have had some brightly-dressed company on the way to work Friday morning making their own commute.

Officers with the Warner Robins Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff's Office took part in a Special Olympics torch run.

They started in Perry around 8 a.m. at the Houston County Courthouse and made their way down Houston Lake Road.

They bolted down Feagin Mill Road before capping off their journey at the Warner Robins Police Department on Watson Boulevard.

John Wagner, assistant chief with the department, says it's a camaraderie-building tradition.

"We've had a really good bond with them. I've been doing this for... I've worked for the police department for 24 years and I believe I only missed one of them. This is something I enjoy doing. I take it personal, and a lot of our other folks do," says Wagner.

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Beginners motorcycle class to be held

Beginners motorcycle class to be held

Want to learn how to ride a motorcycle?

The Warner Robins Police Department's Traffic Division is holding a beginner's motorcycle safety course Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Georgia Technical College on the Warner Robins Campus, located at 80 Cohen Walker Drive, according to a news release.

Attendees will learn in a classroom and a parking lot, where they will learn motorcycle driving skills. 

Mentally Ill Inmates Crowd Houston Co. Jail

Houston County detention officers say about a quarter of the people they take in need a hospital, not a jail cell.

They say the jail has become a holding tank for the mentally ill, and they're not equipped to treat them.

It's costing Houston County taxpayers thousands of dollars each day to keep the mentally ill off the streets.

During a recent class for new detention officers, chief detention officer Capt. Beth Shafer told them, "A lot of us don't have experience. We're not physicians."

Warner Robins man indicted in 1994 murder case

A Warner Robins man was indicted for murder Tuesday, 21 years after the crime was committed.

The indictment charges 45-year-old Homer Ridley III with one count of malice murder and two counts of felony murder, according to a news release from the Houston County District Attorney's office.

Summer Gleaton was found dead at her home on Terry Street on Dec. 1, 1994, the release states. Ridley is accused of drowning her in a bathtub while her wrists and ankles were bound, according to the indictment.

Ridley has been currently serving life in Calhoun State Prison since 1995 for an unrelated 1988 rape case, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website.

District Attorney George Hartwig wouldn't say what led to a break in the case. Both he and Warner Robins police chief Brett Evans declined further comment.

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Robins Federal Credit Union Continues Support of Habitat for Humanity

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union recently made a corporate donation of $1,500 to the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to the corporate donation, a team of 12 Robins Federal Credit Union employees met at a home on Stratford Drive for Habitat’s “Women Build Day.” The team consisted of 11 females and one male from several Robins Federal Credit Union branches and departments.

Robins Federal Credit Union has partnered with the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity since 2008, and employees have frequently donated their time to construct Habitat homes.

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 160,000 members, with assets exceeding $2.0 billion. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the 16 counties Robins Federal serves.

Roads to be blocked following funeral procession for retired officer

A large funeral procession for retired Warner Robins police officer Capt. Charlie Sadlo will cause roads to be blocked Wednesday morning.

According to a news release, around 11:30 a.m., the procession will start at McCullough Funeral Home, travel east down Watson Boulevard and will proceed right onto South Pleasant Hill Road at Magnolia Park Cemetery.

S. Pleasant Hill Road, between Sunset Drive and Shirley Drive will be blocked during the full service, which will include a 21-gun salute and a low flying helicopter flyover.

Bonaire home burns after lightning strike

A Bonaire home was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike just before midnight Monday.

It happened at 106 Birdie Drive, off Sandy Run Road.

Jennifer Powell of the Warner Robins Fire Department says a man was watching TV when he heard the lightning hit, and his power went out. When he smelled smoke, he checked in the attic and saw the fire spreading.

He and his wife escaped the home. Powell says it took about 20 minutes to put out the fire. The home was destroyed, and a house next door suffered minor damage from the fire.

No one was injured.