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Woman dies after accident in Warner Robins

A Warner Robins woman died this afternoon after her car was struck by a driver who was allegedly under the influence of drugs.

It happened around 9:25 WEdnesday morning at Russell Parkway and Burns Drive.

Police say the car driven by Emmalee Formica, age 22, was struck by a pickup truck.

They say the pickup driver Jason Pitzer of Perry failed to stop for a red light.

Formica died this afternoon at the Medical Center-Navicent in Macon.

Police say Pitzer, age 34, faces several charges, including failing to obey the red light and driving under the influence of drugs.

Formica's mother was also injured and is reporteldy in critical condition at the Medical Center.

Shirley Hills announces memorial for Sgt. Schoenhoff

In a release, Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins announced they will be having a memorial for Staff Sgt. Joshua Schoenhoff.

He is one of three Robins Air Force Base airmen who died after being swept away to sea while serving at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

The memorial will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins.

The church is at 615 Corder Road in Warner Robins.

City reacts to complaints about local park

After receiving many complaints about the condition of a local park in Warner Robins, council members say they're going to fix it.

We first brought you the story last month when one vocal citizen, Alvin Robinson took us around Sewell Circle park, and showed us the damages.

Monday evening, Warner Robins council members discussed the need to revitalize the park.

Mayor Randy Toms said "It's just a park that's been neglected for a long time and it's time to focus some attention on it and get it back."

Haunted house raises money for museum

It's that time of the season when people are seeking spooky sights. For its second year, The Museum of Aviation is having "Nevermore Hills Haunted Trail." But this year organizers are offering you a new scare inside an old home, or haunted house.

"Reportedly there was an elderly woman who was murdered on the front porch of the property.That has not been substantiated," said Nicole Bissette, organizer.

Bissette said an inspector gave the around 150-year-old house the go ahead, allowing it to open for thrills and chills.
She said lot's of spooky things have been happening during prep time. "We've also had things that fall, and things that are misplaced in different areas then they should be in," she said.

There's also troubling talk outside of the dreary dwelling. "It's the hanging tree where they hung other soldiers, prisoners of war, things like that," said Bissette.

Warner Robins Police to host "Haunted House" in October

The Warner Robins Police Department will host a "Haunted House" at the old police station on Young Avenue, during the last two weekends in October.

The Haunted House will run from 7 to 11pm from Oct. 23- Nov.1, at the old Warner Robins Police Station, located at 800 Young Avenue, behind Warner Robins City Hall.

On Halloween night, from 6 to 7 pm, the Haunted House will allow children to Trick-or-Treat through a "not-so-haunted" version of the Haunted House.

Tickets at the door for adults and children will cost $10 per person, but pre-sale tickets are available for $8 at several local businesses: Circle Ace Hardware on Commercial Circle, The Costume Shop of Georgia on Watson Boulevard, Daylight Donuts on Russell Parkway, and Martin's Barbecue on Watson Boulevard and S. Houston Lake Road.

All proceeds from this year's Haunted House will go toward Special Olympics.

Neighbors disturbed after police standoff

Neighbors are still bothered after a man fired shots during a standoff.

It began around 8 p.m. on Briarcliff Road in Warner Robins on Tuesday night. A SWAT team was dispatched, and took the alleged shooter Robert Calhoun into custody.

One neighbor across the street told us there was trouble at the house before, but never this serious.

"There was one instance before where I thought there was an issue over there and I did call the ambulance," said neighbor Dionne Sales.


Festival revives downtown Warner Robins

The International City Festival pulls attention and businesses to an area that's been dead for years.

Years ago, drivers passing by Commercial Circle would have done just that, pass by. Nowadays, more turning signals are flashing.

"Bring in new businesses and revitalize and revive the area," said International City Festival Chairman and owner of Chic Boutique in Commercial Circle, Gena Deboe.

Deboe says in the 1950s, this area was the heart of the city. Over the past few decades, she says the area died. Now she's part of a movement restore the roots of Warner Robins.

"You can see the trees and the shrubs and the light post. We have beautiful sidewalks come in since the last festival."

For Deboe, it's an effort that's taken time, and with the help of the festival, more attention and money is pulled to the areas businesses.