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Williams Apologizes to Lee for "Cotton Field" Comment

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. --   Two Warner Robins City Council members, at odds over a comment about a "cotton field," shook hands Monday night.

John Williams publicly apologized to Daron Lee for the exchange that happened two weeks ago during a pre-council meeting.

Lee said he forgives Williams but can't forget the remark.

Speaking to the audience and Lee, Williams said, "Mr. Lee, I apologize for interrupting you. I apologize to America and the people of Warner Robins for my part in it. Nothing racial intended."

Williams told Lee he was "sorry" for a comment he made two weeks ago. During that exchange at the last council meeting, Lee told Williams he wasn't in a "cotton field."

Williams replied, "You should be."

Williams said Monday night, "I'm sorry for it, and I apologize." Then he reached out to shake Lee's hand.

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WRHS Seeks Donations for Demon Dress Drive

Warner Robins High School (WRHS) is holding its fifth annual Demon Dress Drive to collect formal wear for young women.  The Student Council seeks donations of gently used formal wear, bridal wear and semi-formal attire.

Donations may be dropped off at the Warner Robins High front office between the hours of 7:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through Jan. 21, 2011.  No items will be returned to the donor. 

The dresses will be offered for sale to the public on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the WRHS Rockin’ R Cafe. The prices will be much lower than one might find elsewhere.  Refreshments will also be served.  All proceeds will benefit a Middle Georgia children’s charity. 

Warner Robins Police Investigating Accident

Warner Robins police are investigating an accident involving an overturned truck and another car, at the intersection of Watson Boulevard and Willie Lee Parkway that happened Saturday afternoon, said Tabitha Pugh, Warner Robins Police Department. 

Houston County E-911 said they received the call at 2:30 p.m.

Pugh said the driver of the overturned truck and car were both taken to the hospital.  She said there were no serious injuries.



8-Year-Old Injured in Warner Robins Hit-and-Run

A Warner Robins girl is in stable condition after police say she was involved in a hit-and-run accident Friday evening.

Warner Robins Police Department spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh says it happened on King Drive just before 7 p.m.

She says 35-year-old Reginald Smith was driving his truck down the road when the girl ran out in front of him.

Pugh says Smith hit the girl, left the scene, and returned an hour later.

She says he was arrested and charged with hit-and-run, leaving the scene, and failing to report an accident with injuries.

Pugh says the 8-year-old is in stable condition at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

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Toddler Killed in Kathleen Driveway Accident

A 21-month-old toddler in Kathleen was killed after deputies say she was run over by her grandfather's truck.

Michael Crean, age 52, was working outside the family's home at 200 Martin Terrace Thursday when he decided to move his 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, according to Captain Robert West.  

West said Crean was unaware that his granddaughter, Lily Elizabeth Crean, had come outside. He said the toddler was killed accidentally when her grandfather backed up his sports utility vehicle and ran her over.

Authorities say Lily Crean was killed immediately.

West said the 911 call came at 9:42 a.m. and by 10 a..m., police were on the scene but the toddler was already dead.

No charges are expected against Michael Crean, according to West.

85-Year-Old Robbed Outside Galleria Mall

Centerville police have charged a Macon man with robbing an 85-year-old woman and snatching her purse outside the Galleria Mall.

A police news release says it happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say the woman had finished shopping and was returning to her car when a man approached her, grabbed the purse and ran away.

On Thursday, police say, they arrested Curtis Dowl of Shi Place, Macon, the news release says. He is in the Houston County jail, charged with robbery by force, aggravated assault and battery.

It's the second time in about seven months that a woman in her 80s was assaulted in broad daylight outside the mall. In March, an 87-year-old woman was kidnapped and carjacked. Her arm was broken in the robbery.

Chief Anthony Cooper says a suspect in that case was later arrested in North Carolina. The state Department of Corrections says David Lee Cunningham is now in a state prison after being convicted of several charges.

Suspicious Object Found at Houston High

Right now, police and fire crews are gathered at Houston County High School, where someone found a suspicious object.

Spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin says the object was found outside the school and classes are proceeding as normal.

She wouldn't describe the object, but she says emergency crews are examining it and investigating.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.