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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.

 

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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.

Daron Lee to Step Down from Redevelopment Authority

Council member Daron Lee said Tuesday night at a meeting of the Warner Robins Redevelopment Authority, that he plans to step down as a member of that board.

Daron Lee is the brother of the RDA's Executive Director, Gary Lee. 

The RDA board is made up of the mayor and council. Council member Mike Daley serves as the chairman of that board.

Lee said he had been thinking about stepping down for some time, and that he wanted to "get the ball rolling."

Daley confirmed that Daron Lee will step down, but said during the meeting, that the city would have to review the RDA's bi-laws, before appointing a member of the community to the board.

Daron Lee recommended that the RDA board replace him with Tim Thomas, a current member of the G-RAMP committee. That's a joint effort between the city and Robins Air Force Base to create jobs in the area. Mayor Chuck Shaheen appointed Thomas to that board.

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Warner Robins Turns Out to Honor Fallen Marine

A fallen Marine Corporal who was killed in Afghanistan this month began his final journey home Thursday morning.

21-year-old Cpl. Stephen "Coty" Sockalosky of Cordele was killed in action on Oct. 6.

His body landed at Robins Air Force Base around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Many people turned out to pay their tribute as the funeral procession traveled down Watson Boulevard to Highway 41.

Robins officials asked anyone who wants to pay their respects to Sockalosky to line Watson Boulevard.

Possible Explosives in Warner Robins Turn Out to Be Road Flares

The GBI's Bomb Squad worked the scene of a home on Alma Avenue for possible explosives.

According to Tabitha Pugh with the Warner Robins Police Department, a resident found what seemed to be possible explosives in a yard on Alma Avenue.

Pugh said the call came in around 5:45 Monday night.

Pugh said at around 7:30pm, the GBI determined that the objects were actually road flares. She said they were removed from the scene and disposed of by the bomb squad.

According to Pugh, police blocked off Pleasant Hill Road at Crestwood Terrace and Joseph Avenue for about an hour and a half.

 

Warner Robins City Attorney: Deal With Stan Martin to Perform Audit is Not Binding

Warner Robins City Attorney Jim Elliott says the city council's offer to hire former city clerk Stan Martin isn't specific enough to be a binding contract.

But he said the council has the authority to hire Martin for a study of city businesses practices and could make the deal official by making it more specific.

Elliott wrote an opinion on the legality of a contract between Martin and the City of Warner Robins.

Elliott wrote in the Oct. 1 letter to the mayor and council, "Several of you have asked for my legal opinion on the purported contract with Stan Martin. While there is very little case law directly on point, I have been able to find some relevant authority."