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Warner Robins church raises money with afternoon tea


All Saints Episcopal Church in Warner Robins is keeping its fundraising tradition alive for the 18th year.

The church hosted its annual English afternoon tea fundraiser Sunday. Those who attended enjoyed the tastes of England.

The money raised will go towards buying backpacks and school supplies for students at Westside Elementary School, along with other local outreach projects.

"We like to serve four sorts of sandwiches, traditional things like sausage rolls, cheese straws, scones, and a variety of sweets," Anne Sanders, the chair of the fundraiser said.

Guests were also able to sample three different kinds of English tea. Sanders has organized the event for many years and believes it is so successful because it's so different from other fundraisers.

Houston Co. D.A. to seek death penalty in 1994 murder case


A Houston County district attorney is seeking the death penalty on Homer Ridley III, the man accused of murdering a Warner Robins woman in December 1994.

According to a news release, George Hartwig, the Houston County district attorney for the Judicial Circuit, has filed notice of intention to seek the death penalty and notice of statutory aggravating circumstances on Ridley.

Ridley was indicted by a Houston County grand jury on May 19, 2015. Ridley is being charged with one count of malice murder and two counts of felony murder.

Ridley is accused of drowning her in a bathtub while her wrists and ankles were bound, according to the indictment.

Former WRALL vice president facing more charges


New charges have been brought against the former president of the Warner Robins American Little League.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office says Joseph Stella now faces seven counts of fiduciary theft. Police say those charges involve as much as $6,500 missing from the league's cash fund.

Captain Jon Holland said they've found evidence Stella used the money for personal gain. Last week, Stella was charged with 26 counts of felony theft by taking.

That was for alleged unauthorized purchases he made, including items bought for his home and a renovation project. The league's former vice president Darin McDowell also faces six theft-by-taking charges in the case.

Stella's being held without bond in the Houston County jail.

Houston Co budget proposal shows employee pay raise


Houston County is looking at a proposed $110 million budget for the next fiscal year.

That is about $150,000 more than the current year.

The proposed general fund is about $2 million more than it is now at $54 million.

Commissioner Chairman Tommy Stalnaker says Fiscal Year 2016 will include a pay raise for county employees.

"We are going to give the employees a three percent cost of living raise, and that is directly attributed to the cost savings the employees in the departments have created, not only in the current fiscal year, but in previous fiscal years that we're able to do that."

He also notes a couple of large-scale projects that can be expected.

Warner Robins man accused of domestic violence


Houston County Sheriff deputies arrested a man Tuesday night around 7:15 after he was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute with his wife.

According to a news release, Keith Hanson locked himself in his home with an assault rifle.

Deputies learned that Hanson had fought with his wife, and she had injuries to her head, face and neck. Along with the GBI and Warner Robins Police Department, deputies made it into the home and arrest Hanson accordingly, the release states.

He faces aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges. Other charges are also pending, according to the release.

Anyone with information on this case can call Sgt. Pat Lange or Lt. Dave Carrick at (478) 542-2080 or (478) 542-2085.


More tickets to be released for Darius Rucker concert


If you missed out on tickets to the Warner Robins Independence Day Celebration, you're in luck. Organizers plan to release more tickets this weekend.

Chrissy Miner told 13WMAZ that you can add your name to a ticket waiting list beginning Saturday morning. She couldn't specify how many tickets will be released, but says it will be more than 1,000.

To sign up, visit hometowncelebration.org. At 9 a.m. Saturday, there will be a red button that says, 'Click here for IDC tickets.' Click the button and fill out the form to register. Miner says you will know within four business days whether you receive the tickets.

Two Warner Robins girls make a large toy donation


Two Warner Robins girls are making patients days a little brighter with the help of their customers.

Sisters Catherine and Christian Jefferson recently opened a lemonade stand near their home as a way to raise money to buy toys for the children at Children's Hospital Navicent Health.

The sisters opened their stand known as "ChrisCat Snacks, Lemonade, Cookies, and More."

Christian is a former patient at the hospital, and with their profits, the girls bought more than $1,000 worth of toys.
They donated those toys to patients on Monday, along with an additional donation from Wal-Mart. Patients were able to choose from a variety of toys including dolls, Legos and more.
One of the young patients was thankful to receive one ahead of her upcoming surgery.