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Albany man accused of firing shots at Warner Robins bar

An Albany man is in jail after allegedly trying to rob a Warner Robins bar and firing some shots.

According to a police news release, it happened around 9:30 a.m. at Smokes 2 Bar and Grill, 1249 Russell Parkway. Police say Leroy Wilson tried to get inside when an employee was opening the bar. Wilson, according to the release, at some point fired the gun. No one was injured.

Wilson took off across the road and jumped several fences before police caught him. According to the news release, he's charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, entering an auto, criminal damage and being an convicted felon possessing a weapon.

Police said no further information was available on the attempted robbery.

Happening in Houston County

From a partnership with The Middle Georgia Economic Alliance to spotlight what Houston County has to offer, to a concert with 'Tops in Blue', and a change of command. April Bragg with the Robins Regional Chamber stopped by the 13WMAZ studio to talk to Lorra Lynch Jones about what's happening in Houston County.

Housing market on the rise in Houston County

Recent numbers show the housing market is looking lucrative in Houston County.

"Warner Robins and Houston County continue to lead the region," Dale Washburn, a real estate broker and professor, says this is a positive indication for the Central Georgia economy. "Any time we hear houses are selling, that's good news."

Lightning strike causes Houston County home to catch fire

It was actually lightning during that line of storms that caused a house fire near Perry Tuesday night.

The fire happened around 6 p.m. on Highway 41 in south Houston County.
Houston County fire crews worked the fire and Chief Jimmy Williams says the two-story home is a total loss.

No one was hurt.

He says the fire is out, but his crews will remain on scene for hours dousing hot spots.
This is the second time in a week a fire caused by a lighting strike destroyed a Houston County home.
That one happened off Birdie Drive in Bonaire.

Warner Robins man dies after car catches fire

A man died after losing control of his car on Hwy 96 in Warner Robins around 2 a.m. Saturday.

According to Houston County Coroner Daniel Galpin, 25-year-old Christopher Carter lost control of his car, rolled into an embankment and the car caught on fire.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Warner Robins Police Department runs for Special Olympics

If you live in Houston County, you may have had some brightly-dressed company on the way to work Friday morning making their own commute.

Officers with the Warner Robins Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff's Office took part in a Special Olympics torch run.

They started in Perry around 8 a.m. at the Houston County Courthouse and made their way down Houston Lake Road.

They bolted down Feagin Mill Road before capping off their journey at the Warner Robins Police Department on Watson Boulevard.

John Wagner, assistant chief with the department, says it's a camaraderie-building tradition.

"We've had a really good bond with them. I've been doing this for... I've worked for the police department for 24 years and I believe I only missed one of them. This is something I enjoy doing. I take it personal, and a lot of our other folks do," says Wagner.

Mentally Ill Inmates Crowd Houston Co. Jail

Houston County detention officers say about a quarter of the people they take in need a hospital, not a jail cell.

They say the jail has become a holding tank for the mentally ill, and they're not equipped to treat them.

It's costing Houston County taxpayers thousands of dollars each day to keep the mentally ill off the streets.

During a recent class for new detention officers, chief detention officer Capt. Beth Shafer told them, "A lot of us don't have experience. We're not physicians."