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Ignico Drive Crossing Gates Could be Set by August

Site work is under way, four months ahead of schedule, for railroad crossing arms at the Ignico Drive railroad crossing in Warner Robins.

An email from Norfolk Southern spokeswoman Susan Terpay says the state and the company have "expedited" the gates, which should be in place by the end of August.

Today, a bulldozer was doing ground work at the crossing, which was the scene of a Memorial Day weekend fatal accident

On May 27, Donnelle Reid, 31, and her 7-week-old daughter, Kinsley
Reid, were killed when the car they were in was hit by a Norfolk
Southern train. The state says over the last five years, there have been five accidents and four fatalities at the crossing.

The latest accident caused protests by people who said the state and Norfolk Southern should install crossing gates.

Shaheen Takes First Tour of Law Enforcement Center

Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen took his first tour of the long- awaited, new law enforcement center Wednesday.

He says its on time for a January 2013 completion date.

Two years ago, Mayor Chuck Shaheen envisioned what's taking shape at the corner of Watson Boulevard and Armed Forces Boulevard. Finally, he can touch it and see it becoming a reality.

Shaheen said, "This is the first site you'll see if this is your first time to Warner Robins. You see a beautiful looking building."

It's far from finished, but the shell is in place, and crews have started installing the duct work.

Shaheen says the LEC is the first building project for the city since 1972, when City Hall was built. He said 100 Watson Boulevard is also the location where the first Warner Robins Police Department was built in 1951.

Gearing Up for Operation Back to School

The first day of class is inching closer, which means it's time for 13WMAZ's Operation Back to School.

This year, the Mary Persons softball team will jump on board to help kids gear up for the year.

The players say it's important to have the full line-up of back to school supplies.

Eighth-grader Alexis Passmore says, "It just helps you with individual subjects, like the right kind of paper helps you for what you need and it's how you can get through school."

That's why the team plans to step up to the plate and help out with Operation Back to School.

"It kind of just makes me proud to help because they might now know what to get and I'll just help them out to get to school and be successful in what they do," says Passmore.

On Thursday, 13WMAZ's employees will stack their coverage and stand out at Walmarts all across central Georgia.

Highway 96 Closed for Movie Shoot

Part of Highway 96 in Houston County will be closed this afternoon for a movie shoot. The Georgia Department of Transportation expects heavy congestion and advises drivers to stay away from the area during the road closure.

Highway 96 will close at 1:30 p.m. and remain closed until 3 p.m. near Bear Country Boulevard.

The road closure comes as a filming crew works in the area. Local law enforcement will stop traffic for no more than three minutes at a time.

GDOT says in a release that speed limits have been reduced and will be strictly enforced.  Message boards, signs and blue lights will be utilized to alert and channel motorists through the area.

Color Green Films is working on a film about Rich Mullins, a gospel musician who touched thousands across the country.

It's working title is "Rich Mullins: A Ragamuffin's Legay, and it will be a full-length feature film with a budget of $1.5 million.

Warner Robins Fire Investigators Looking Into Apartment Blaze

Warner Robins Deputy Fire Chief Ross Moulton tells 13WMAZ Eyewitness News that a woman was taken to the Houston Medical Center for observation late Tuesday night.

A firefighter was able to help the woman out of her Shadowood apartment located in the 200 block of Engracia Drive in Warner Robins.

Moulton said the unidentified woman's apartment was the only unit damaged by the blaze that appeared to have started in her kitchen.

Her condition isn't known, but we do know she was treated for smoke inhalation.

Little League Scores For July 17

Here are your Little League scores reported to 13WMAZ for Tuesday, July 17:

10-11 Boys Little League @ Richmond Hill, Georgia

WR American 9  Murphy-Candler Blue 1

(WR American 3-0 in Pool Play)

10- Under Boys Little League @ Rockmart, Georgia

Dudley 17  Midway Heights 7

(Dudley plays in State Semi-finals on Thursday)

11-12 Girls State Softball @ Rabun County

Western LL 12  Bartow Co. 3

(Western plays in State Final Thursday @ 2 PM)

Houston County Schools May Add Cameras to Buses

The Houston County School Board will decide in its meeting Tuesday whether to install cameras on the stop arms of some of its school buses.

The cameras would be used to take pictures of motorists who break the law by driving past a school bus loading or unloading students.

 The move comes after school data shows during 2011 and 2012, an average of 61 stop-arm violations occurred each school day in Houston County.

If approved, the school district would hire a contractor to install the cameras.

The school district says the cameras would cost the district nothing. A contractor would pay to install and maintain the cameras and would receive part of the ticket revenue.

The school board will consider a  bid from an Arizona company, American Traffic Solutions, to install the cameras.

The district spokeswoman said the district is interested in installing the cameras to improve student safety on bus routes.