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Investigators: Suspect's Family Helped Solve 1995 Murder

The Houston County District Attorney's office says investigators have charged a man with a 15-year-old cold-case murder.

According to a news release from DA Rabb Wilkerson, the Houston grand jury today indicted 43-year-old David Ray Hallmon, a Texas prison inmate, with murdering Diane Campbell.

Her body was found in June 1995 in woods behind the Admiral Benbow Inn on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins. Campbell, 42,  died from a blow to the head.

Hallmon today was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Wilkerson's news release credited the work of Sgt. Al Elvins and Lt. Jon Holland of the Houston County sheriff's department.

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My Teacher Is Tops

Some students at Miller Elementary School in Warner Robins say their teacher is all fun and games.

Michael Bloom, a first grader at Miller Elementary School, says his first-grade teacher Rita Tucker thinks outside the box when it comes to learning.

"I'm gonna put a smiley face in the box because we are a happy class today," says Mrs. Tucker.

After 37 years of teaching, her students say she brings fun into the classroom.

"We play puzzles and we play nouns," says Tonna Williams.

"Nouns" is a Mrs. Tucker special, and one of the kids' favorites. It's a flashcards game.

Republican Leader Boehner Campaigns For Scott

House Minority Leader John Boehner stopped in Houston County today to rally support for 8th Congressional District candidate Austin Scott, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall.

In a speech at Centerville City Hall, Boehner promised more support for veterans and Robins Air Force Base, if voters help Republicans gain the majority. Boehner stands to replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the U.S. House if that happens.

"If you elect Austin Scott to the U.S. House of Representatives, it's going to be my commitment to do everything I can to make sure he's the next member of the Armed Services Committee," Boehner said.

Marshall currently sits on the Armed Forces Committee.

Boehner promised to remember Robins Air Force Base in Washington, if voters remember Scott in the polls.

After the event, Scott said he was "excited" to hear about the Ohio representative's "commitment for armed services."

NY Father Runs In Daughter's Honor, Stops In Warner Robins

A New York man made his way down to Warner Robins to take on a challenge with his own two feet.

54-year-old Guy Fessenden says he's running 100 marathons in 140 days.

He says it's all for his daughter, who has spent the last seven years in a psychiatric hospital.

Fessenden says one out of every four Americans has a form of mental illness.  He says he wants to raise money to improve their quality of life.

He started at Tybee Island on Oct. 2, and says he plans to finish up in Santa Monica, California on Feb. 19.

Fessenden says he runs a marathon each day for three consecutive days and then rests on the fourth day.

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Marshall, Scott Clash in GPB Debate

13WMAZ will re-broadcast Sunday night's Eighth Congressional District debate tonight at 5:23 p.m., right after Eyewitness News at 5.

Central Georgia congressional candidates questioned each other and fielded questions from journalists at Sunday's Atlanta Press Club debates in Atlanta.

13WMAZ's Frank Malloy moderated the meeting between incumbent Democrat Jim Marshall and Republican challenger Austin Scott.

Scott says the economy takes top priority and he wants the government to do more to create private sector jobs.

He said, "Stop the discussions about cap and trade." That's the proposed plan to limit greenhouse-gas emissions and allow companies that exceed the limits to trade with each other for credits.

Marshall says he supported efforts like the stimulus bill and thinks efforts to prevent economic collapse are working. Now, he says he wants government to back off on spending. 

Two Men Rob Warner Robins Shop

 

Two men with a gun robbed a Warner Robins business Monday.

 

Police says it happened around noon at Gifts and Gifts, 813 N. Houston Road.

 

Two men came in, showed a handgun and ran out the front door with the money, a news release says.

 

The clerk was not injured.

 

Anyone with information on the case can call police at 478-929-1956 or submit information through the department's website.

 

Warner Robins 'Concerned Citizens' Political Group Grows

Houston County voters can learn about their local candidates Tuesday night at a forum hosted by the group that calls itself "Warner Robins Concerned Citizens."

A handful of women started the group about a year-and-a-half ago, to get people to vote in the 2009 city election. 

Since then, the "concerned citizens" have gained members and political ground.

They say they have been contacted by several Houston political candidates, asking for their support in the November election.

Betty Roberts helped found the group. She said, "Our prayer is for it to get bigger, not black, not white, but as people. We want it to grow."

Tim Thomas joined the group in January, after the new city administration took office. Thomas said Mayor Chuck Shaheen asked him to serve on the G-RAMP committee. That's the group working with the city's Redevelopment Authority on a project to create jobs at Robins Air Force Base.