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Warner Robins police solve 25-year old cold case


Warner Robins police chief Brett Evans and Houston County district attorney George Hartwig announced they've solved a cold case from 1989.

They say they've indicted James Milton Happoldt in the killing of James Runyon and Daniel Easler, who both died of multiple gun shot wounds in a shed behind Runyon's home.

13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet went to that home on Sunset Drive in Warner Robins where the murders took place 25 years ago.

Eighty-one year old Joan Cumpton was in her mid 50's when her neighbor, Jimmy, and his friend were murdered right next door. She remembers getting a phone call from a worried wife, because her husband hadn't returned home. She asked Cumpton's husband, Pierce, to check on her husband.

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Warner Robins police have no new information on gas station shooting after three months.


It has been three months since a man was murdered at a Murphy USA gas station in Warner Robins, and police say they still don't have anything new to report on the case.

Social media has been buzzing that law enforcement has a photo of the shooter but is not releasing it.

Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans says that is not true.

"The only pictures that we have, have already been put out. We had one surveillance photo of the vehicle. Outside of that, we don't have anything else," says Chief Evans.

He says rumors circulating on Facebook and other social media sites are false.


Less than 10 tickets left for Dream Home


$100 could buy you a house, but only if you act fast: Really fast.

There's less than 10 tickets left for a chance to win the St. Jude Dream Home, located in Warner Robins.

If you want a ticket, you have to go to the house to buy it.

It's in the Tiffany neighborhood. The address is 104 Kinley Ann Court, which is near Lake Joy Road.

The house will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. this week, until the tickets are gone.

The 1-800 number for tickets is no longer in service.

13WMAZ will announce the winner of the house and a dozen other prizes this Sunday, live on 13WMAZ.

The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway starts at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.


BREAKING: Charges filed in 1989 Warner Robins 'cold case'


Warner Robins police say they've brought charges in a 1989 'cold case' double-murder.

At a news conference, police Chief Brett Evans says two men were found murdered in a woodshed behind a home on Sunset Drive. James Runyon and Daniel Easler both died of multiple gunshot wounds

He said a grand jury today indicted James Milton Happoldt in the case.

Happoldt, who was born in 1953, is current serving a life sentence for a murder committed in Monroe County in 1994.

Evans and District Attorney George Hartwig made the announcement at a news conference today.

Evans called it a "great day" for the department.

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Spring Fling Day 22: Pet Supplies

Spring Fling Day 22: Pet Supplies

Today let’s fling Fido and Fluffy’s stuff.  It’s time to fling those too small collars and bowls, treats that the cat just will not eat and the frayed leashes. If you have supplies from a long gone pet, like an aquarium or a hamster habitat, today is the day to let those go.

 

Now go flinging!  Please come back and tell me how many pet supplies you were able to fling today.

 

Court upholds Warner Robins woman's murder conviction


Georgia's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Warner Robins woman convicted of killing her husband three years ago.


In 2011, police said Ebony Passion Smith shot Brian Smith to death in their Jay Road home. Then she tried to kill herself with medication.

According to her appeal, Ebony Smith wanted to be tried by a judge rather than a jury. But prosecutors refused.

Warner Robins' Snellgrove Drive to reopen at noon Tuesday


The Warner Robins mayor said the road that goes to the Little League park would reopen by noon Tuesday.

Randy Toms says Little League officials closed Snellgrove Drive for more than two weeks.

Toms said Little League thought they had the right to do that, but did not. He said they're fully cooperating in getting it back open.

The road is a cut-through from Cohen Walker Drive to Hunt Road.

Toms said Little League closed it, because of problems with speeding, loitering and vandalism to some buildings - mostly graffiti.

He said Little League didn't file police reports on the problems, and tried to handle the issues on their own by closing the road at both ends with gates.

The gates are in place for the Southeastern Little League Tournament, held every July and August.