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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.

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.

 

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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."

Houston DA May Seek Death Penalty in Starved-Child Case

The Houston County District Attorney's office says it may seek the death penalty for a Warner Robins couple accused of starving their child to death.

Tuesday morning, a Houston County Grand Jury indicted 23-year-old Sade King and 25-year-old Williams Davis on charges of murder, child cruelty, and aggravated battery charges. That's according to a news release from the Houston County District Attorney's office.

 

On Sept. 11, medical crews found 2-year-old D'Shawn Davis starved to death inside his Tiffany Place home. Medics say they found the boy dead on the bedroom floor, clearly malnourished. He weighed 12 pounds, 6 six ounces.

 

Public defender Nick White says he's not surprised the DA's office asked for an indicted and the death penalty option for his client William Davis.

Warner Robins Man Appears on 'The Price is Right'

The price was right for a man from Warner Robins.

Thomas Nelson got the call to "come on down" during a recent taping of 'The Price Is Right'.

Nelson and his wife Janice were on vacation with family in Los Angeles, when they decided to attend the popular tv game show.

The retired Robins civil service worker says he never imagined his name would be selected.

Nelson properly bid on a bicycle, then had a chance to win a car but decided to take a $3,000 cash offer instead.

He says the experience was one he will long remember.

"The fifth person they called was called Thomas Nelson. Well, I never saw it," said Nelson. "My sister, my wife and my sister in law saw it and I looked down and said 'Oh no, that is me' and I said 'Oh Snap! That is me!'"

Nelson has already received the bicycle and is still awaiting the cash prize.