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Balloon Release For Houston Teen Killed in Accident

This weekend, friends of Houston teen Kyle Hillock, who was killed in an accident earlier this week, will release balloons in his memory.

The commemoration will take place at the student parking lot at Veterans High School Saturday, August 25th.  The release will be promptly at 11 a.m.  Anyone who would like to participate should bring balloons with a personal message written on it.

Seventeen-year-old Hillock was killed Monday in a crash involving a tractor trailer at the intersection of Thompson Mill Road and Highway 96 in Houston County.

WRPD Receives Grant for New K-9 Camera

The Warner Robins Police Department Canine Unit received new tactical electronics through the SPA-National Tactical Officers Association Grant Program.

They applied for the grant back in June of this year.

The tactical electronics K-9 back-mounted camera straps to the back of the dog wearing a harness.  The device allows the handler to view in real-time video feeds on a wrist monitor.

"The camera system is designed for when we deploy our police canines to conduct what we consider our normal base of operation. That could be building searches and open area searches for suspects that could pose a risk to ourselves, the public, and the community as a whole," said Sergeant Wayne Fisher.

Sergeant Wayne Fisher with the canine unit says the system will give the perspective from the dog's point of view.

Robert Sybert Takes Stand in Clements Trial

Robert Sybert, the man that Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig described as the getaway driver, took the stand late Wednesday afternoon in the James "Eddy" Clements trial.

Clements is being accused of hiring Sybert and his son Richard to kill his wife, Joni Clements.

Sybert came into the courtroom in an orange jumpsuit with hands cuffed.

The prosecution, led by Hartwig, questioned Sybert.

Hartwig asked Sybert if he was literate and he said he wasn't, but he acknowledged that he could sign his name, which he had on the plea deal.

Sybert told jurors that Clements asked him several times about shooting Joni and that Clements offered him money--$5,000 to $10,000, depending on how much insurance he could get.

Hartwig also asked him about a house key to the Clements home. Sybert told jurors that he saw James "Eddy" Clements give Richard, the man who investigators say shot Joni, the key. 

Man Testifies About Talks With Clements

James Clements had no reaction and just kept on talking when his daughter told him that his wife had been shot.

That was according to a Warner Robins police detective, who testified today in Clements' murder-for-hire trial.

He's accused of hiring two men to kill his wife, Joni Clements, back in February 2011.

The prosecution brought more witnesses today on the second day of testimony.

One of them was Jonathan Sybert, whose father and brother also faces charges in the case.

The jury heard three recorded conversations between Sybert and James Clements.

In one, Clements apologized for what he'd done to Sybert's family, but did not explain.

In another, Jonathan Sybert accused him of knowing about the killing in advance., James Clements ended the phone call abruptly.

Austin Lewis will have more on today's court proceedings tonight on Eyewitness News at 6 and 11.

Northside High School Cuts Ribbon on New Farm

Northside High School Cuts Ribbon on New Farm

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce joined with Northside High School and the Houston County Board of Education to cut the ribbon for the NHS farm, complete with large barn and livestock.  The farm was on display on August 20th and pre

Lucas Defeats Paris in State Senate 26 Runoff

In the State Senate District 26 runoff, incumbent Miriam Paris and David Lucas battled it out in a tight race throughout the evening.

Lucas came out on top, but wanted to wait to declare victory until he received confirmation from the Georgia Secretary of State's Office.

Shortly after 1 a.m., the Secretary of State website reported that results from all seven counties in the 26th district were in. The final numbers give Lucas the seat by 221 votes.

Lucas finished with 8649 votes to Paris's 8428 for a 50.65-percent to 49.35-percent victory.

Paris conceded the race earlier in the evening to Lucas, although she says she plans to run again in two years.

As Lucas took a definitive lead, he celebrated with friends, family and supporters outside his Forsyth Street headquarters.

He told them, "We got plenty more to do."

After winning the runoff, Lucas will face Republican candidate Bobby Gale in the November general election.

Sheriff: Truck Driver Had Green Light When He Struck Teen's Car

A Bonaire 17-year-old was killed when he drove into the path of a tractor-trailer.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Kyle Hillock, 17 years old. He was a junior at Veterans High School.

Sheriff Cullen Talton told 13WMAZ's Lorra Lynch Jones that the truck driver had a green light and the right-of-way when Hillock drove into the intersection. The sheriff said "it was just really unfortunate."

A sheriff's news release says Hillock was driving a Ford Mustang north on Thompson Mill Road around 6:30 p.m. Monday when it was struck in the intersection with Highway 96. The tractor-trailer was heading eastbound on the highway, according to the release.

Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin pronounced Hillock dead at the scene. 

The truck driver was identified as Saint Jean Ismael, 33, of Naples, Fla. The truck is owned by Heartland Express of Atlanta.