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Shaheen Balances Budget, Cutting and Adding Expenses

Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen presented a revised draft of his 2013 budget to council Monday night. 

Running Camp Sets the Pace in Warner Robins

For the third year in a row, Coach Charlie Santiago is hosting a running camp at the CGSA fields in Warner Robins.

Coach Santiago, who is a current volunteer coach at Houston County High School, with more than fifty years of coaching under his belt, including the likes of Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne and Olympian great Carl Lewis, is looking to improve not only athletes but anyone who wishes to get in shape.

In the past the camp focused mainly on cross country runners and athletes who wished to improve their running form and stay in shape over the summer; however, this year Santiago has broadened his audience to include anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, who wishes to improve their running and strength or just get fit and stay in shape.

The camp starts June 1st at 9a.m. and costs $25 a week. The camp last all summer and is located on the CGSA fields behind the Health Department in Warner Robins.

Services Held For Mother and Baby Killed in Railroad Crash

Family and friends filed into Mount Olive Baptist Church in Macon for the funeral services of Donnelle Reid and 1-month-old baby. They were killed last Sunday when a train hit their car at the Ignico Drive and Highway 247 railroad intersection in Houston County.

About 100 people lined up outside the church waiting for the services to begin. Security helped direct traffic as people made their way to the church.

Church member Cheryl Harden made a statement on behalf of the family to 13WMAZ.

"At this time it's the family's wish and desire for no media attention," said Harden.  "The family is grieving and right now they just need to be comforted and have time for healing so we thank you and we appreciate you honoring their request. "

On Friday we talked to Lisa Harrison, who says she knew Donnelle Reid. Harrison says they worked together at The Gap a few years ago.

Warner Robins Man Injured In 4-Wheeler Accident

A Warner Robins man is in serious condition after his 4-wheeler flip several times when one of the tires got caught in guard rail post on Moody Road.

A Warner Robins police news release says 42-year-old Joe Elam was driving the  2012 Honda Rancher 4-wheeler Saturday afternoon when the accident happened. The release says Elam was going north on the sidewall parallel to Moody Road.

Elam was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia where he remains in serious condition.

31-year-old Jimmy Lester was driving a dirt bike behind Elam at the time of the accident, but Lester wasn't injured.

Warner Robins Police is still investigating the accident.

Group Posts Crosses at Site of Fatal Accident

After the train accident that killed a mother and her infant daughter at a Houston County railway crossing, a Warner Robins woman is working to make people see the need for crossing arms.

Pamela Patten, her son and two of his friends made eight-foot tall white crosses to put at the crossing at Ignico Drive and Highway 247.

"I know if it was one of my children, I wouldn't want people saying they should have looked both ways, " said Patten. "I'd want them to say is there anything we could do to make it safer."

She said she hopes that people take notice of the crosses when they turn onto the intersection.

"By putting up the crosses, people won't forget and they'll notice whether or not there's a gate there and how long it takes to get the gate up," said Patten.

Annual NHS Basketball Camp is Underway

Tip off is underway at the annual Northside Lady Eagles basketball camp in Warner Robins. Every year the tag team of Lady Eagles Coach Cassaundra Wilson and her husband Ron invite teams from across the state to participate in varsity and junior varsity scrimmages and workouts as basketball programs begin their summer training. Coaches get to evaluate younger inexperienced talent against varsity competition in real live game like conditions. This year the camp sports 16 teams across Central Georgia as the road to the 2013 State Finals begin now. The camp is spread out across 4 campuses including Northside Middle School, Thomson Middle, Tabor Academy and the high school on Green Street. If you want in on the action, ball games continue until about 8 tonight, while Saturday squads hit the floor from 9 thru 3 o'clock.

 

Convicted Escapee Banned from Houston County, Given 10 Years in Prison

When Joseph Berdette Johnson, Jr, gets out of prison in 2022, he won't be coming home to Houston County. 

Part of the punishment handed down Friday by Judge Katherine K. Lumsden includes banishment from Houston County and all contiguous counties. 

After escaping almost three years ago, Johnson was sentenced to serve 10 years without parole, which he will serve concurrently with his original eight year sentence for drug charges. The original sentence carried the possibility of parole but that was before he failed to return from a weekend furlough to attend to a family matter prior to reporting to jail. 

A year and nine months later, he was caught during a traffic stop, as a passenger, when he gave Houston County Deputy Patrick Lange a false name: Jonathan Dangerfield. He was booked and his fingerprints revealed his true identity.