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Ruby Holmes Named to Warner Robins PR Job

At Wednesday morning press conference, Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen named a current city employee to take on the duties of city public relations and media requests.

Ruby Holmes is currently the Program Director for the Warner Robins Recreation Department. Shaheen says she will take on the new role, in addition to her current duties.

Shaheen said Holmes is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. He says her experience as a former Miss Clark University, along with skills in writing grants, qualifies her for the position.

Holmes will handle open records requests from the media, organize press conferences, and use social media to promote the city.

This spring, Shaheen asked council to hire a full time public relations employee, but council did not agree to the request. He wanted to pay that person about $43,000.

Council agreed to set aside $15,000 to compensate a current city employee for the additional duties.

Houston Healthcare Hepatitis Investigation

According to the Associated Press, a federal prosecutor in New Hampshire says he expects to bring more charges against a former hospital technician accused of infecting patients with Hepatitis C.

13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet explains that the technician also worked at Houston Medical Center.

According to a press release, David Kwiatkowski was a former contract employee at Houston Medical Center.

Kwiatkowski was arrested Thursday at a hospital in Massachusetts.

Officials in New Hampshire say Kwiatkowski was engaging in drug diversion and reusing syringes on patients. They're accusing him of infecting thirty people with Hepatitis C.

13WMAZ asked Joseph Perz, an Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control, to explain Drug Diversion.

Robins AFB Employee Investigated For Sexual Battery

A man who works at Robins Air Force Base faces charges of sexual battery and eavesdropping.

A press release from the Warner Robins police department says officers started investigating 24-year-old Jordan Monarch of Warner Robins, in relation to sexual battery incidents.

The release says, so far, investigators have determined that Monarch used his cell phone camera to take nude pictures and videos of intoxicated women without their knowledge or consent.

Police arrested Monarch on Thursday, July 19 in connection with two known incidents. He faces charges for sexual battery, and eavesdropping, surveillance, or intercepting communications in connection with two known incidents.

He is currently out on bond.

Warner Robins police spokeswoman, Tabitha Pugh, says Monarch works at Robins Air Force Base and the base is also conducting an investigation.

Families with Children Battling Cancer Come Together

More than 18 families with children battling cancer came together at Lane Southern Orchard in Fort Valley Sunday, for an event hosted the Jay's Hope Foundation.

"If you didn't see her walker, you'd think she was normal," says Dave Seitz about his eight-year-old daughter.

The Director of Jay's Hope, Cindy Gaskins, says it's a chance for families to forget their child's diagnosis for a few hours. The Seitz family, who is also a part of the 13WMAZ family, brought Kylie. She had a type of bone cancer, but is now in the clear.

As of July, Dave says she has come off her treatment. Like Kylie, Salaam Goins shares a story of success. "I'm a cancer survivor," says Goins from Warner Robins.

Jay's Hope sets up events once every month.

If you want to volunteer, visit the Jay's Hope website.

WR Shooting Victim Not Pressing Charges

A man who was shot Saturday afternoon says he won't press charges against his shooter.

Warner Robins Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh says it was a domestic dispute and the victim is not cooperating, therefore, no charges will be filed. They are treating it as a self-defense claim and will continue to investigate.

According to a news release, officers were called to 805 Olmstead Street around 3:30 p.m.

The man was shot in the lower abdomen. He was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and is in stable condition.

Pugh was not able to give 13WMAZ the name of the victim or the shooter.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Edwards at 478-929-6911.

Lightning Strike Sets Two Fires to the Same House

A lightning strike on Tuesday set fire to the attic of a Warner Robins home. Firefighters successfully put out the flames, but three days later, the house caught fire again. This time it was a total loss.

What used to be a three-story house is now covered in ash. Lightning struck the Campbell's home in Hatcher Estates Tuesday evening, but the family thought they got off lucky.

"I said, honey I think that was pretty close," says Marvin Campbell.

The flames from the lightning strike were confined to the attic. "So we went up to the attic and the attic was on fire. We called 9-1-1. Within minutes they came out here and put it out," he says.

The Campbells moved into a hotel. Three days later, the house caught fire again.

"I turned the corner on the main street there and I noticed my home was up in flames. All I could do was cry," says Stephanie Campbell. 

Child Hit By Car In Critical Condition

A 4-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was hit by a car Friday night.

Warner Robins police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh says the boy was walking with a parent on North Davis Drive around midnight on Friday when he ran into the road and was hit by a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier. Pugh says 52-year-old Sammie Dinkins was driving the car.

The child was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and is currently listed in critical condition.

Police are still investigating the accident. Anyone with information about this incident can contact Investigator Tim Pippio at 478-293-1037.