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Stalnaker: SPLOST Extension Could Lower Property Taxes

Houston County's Commission Chairman says if voters extend a penny sales tax in March, there's a "good chance" property taxes will be lower in the future.

Tommy Stalnaker said that at a meeting of the Warner Robins Rotary Club Tuesday.

As the guest speaker, Stalnaker told the group that the estimated $155 million sales tax collection could pay for some of the projects currently paid for with property taxes.

He said voters shouldn't expect to see taxes go down immediately. After a few years of collections, Stalnaker said he will do everything in his power to lower the property tax rate.

13 Arrested In Warner Robins For Video Game Gambling

Warner Robins Police say there are more arrests to come in an ongoing investigation into commercial gambling.

Friday, police arrested 13 clerks and owners of stores for enabling gambling on video gaming machines. Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh says having the machines isn't illegal in itself.

"However when a person wins a jackpot or wins one of the games because of the machines," she said, "and they are given cash money by the clerk or the owner, that's when it becomes illegal."

Pugh says, Georgia law only allows non-cash prizes like merchandise or store credit.

Warner Robins police executed search warrants at 11 stores, including one on Elberta Road. Pugh says the arrests result from months of work by the narcotics unit.

"It does take several months for investigators to gather their evidence as well as create a solid case," she said.

Local Plumber Appears on CBS' Undercover Boss

Several plumbers from Mr. Rooter came together to watch one of their own on the small screen.  Wayne Huff appeared as an employee on CBS' 'Undercover Boss' Sunday night. We caught up with him at his viewing party.

Wayne Huff started working for Mr. Rooter at twenty-four. He says he loves the show Undercover Boss and he's never missed and episode, but he never thought he would be featured.

"I'm a plumber. I'm not a t.v. person," says Huff

He says he was asked to be on a television show called 'Keep Your Day Job', so he wasn't surprised when a caravan of camera crews showed up. "It's about a woman that's been in the same career for twenty years, and she was looking to switch careers. And they were going to have her ride around with different people, and at the end of the week she would decide if she wanted to keep her day job or switch careers." says Huff.

He didn't know until the big reveal on the show that 'Keep Your Day Job' was fake.

13 Accused of Illegal Gambling in Warner Robins

Warner Robins police say they arrested 13 people who are accused of allowing illegal gambling at convenience stores.

The arrests happened after police served search warrants at 11 stores Friday.

A police news release says the raids came at these stores:

7 Star Food Mart, 699 North Davis Drive;
Phone Sweep- Gifts, Games, & Billiards, 836 North Houston Rd;
Bargain Shop,1505 B Elberta Road;
Gift Shop, 1500 B Watson Boulevard;
OM Food Mart; 700 Feagin Mill Road,
Seanna's Lucky Cabin, 1801 B Watson Boulevard;
Frank's Gifts, 2607 D Moody Road;
DJ's Gifts, 789 West Highway 96;
Dev's Food Mart, 413 Belmont Drive;
S&P Food Mart, 1009 South Houston Lake Road;
Gift Shop, 800 Elberta Road.

These people were arrested, according to the release:

Local Groups Sponsor Free Showing of "Red Tails"

Several eighth grade students walked the red carpet in Warner Robins.

The Warner Robins Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Major Robert McNeil Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, sponsored a full theater for the new film Red Tails.

The honorary movie goers filed in with popcorn in hand to watch the movie based on the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The middle schoolers were chosen by their schools to take part in the sorority's art project program.

Shelly Holmes, president of the alumni chapter of Delta Sigma Theta says renting out a theater for kids in the community is something they do often.

"There's a lot of media attention on the negatives of society but this is something that is positive and uplifting and we would like for our students to know that they can make a difference," said Holmes.

Vietnam Ace Visits Museum of Aviation

The Museum of Aviation welcomed the Vietnam War's top Ace. A title given to those with five aerial victories. We spoke with retired Colonel Charles Debellevue who has six.

Colonel Debellevue says he had a degree in Physics and an offer from his college for an essential industry draft deferment, but turned it down.

"I don't want that's not in my makeup sorry so I went through ROTC, joined the Air Force, went through training, and got in the F4," says Debellevue.

He says he always wanted to fly the F4 Phantom fighter and says he practically lived in the cockpit.

"It kept me alive, it was a great airplane to fly."

He disagrees with the phrase, "Don't make friends in combat."

"You make your best friends in combat that's the guy or gal keeping you alive." says Debellevue.

Crimestoppers Tips Lead to More Arrests in 2011

More than 450 wanted people were arrested in 2011, thanks to tips made through Macon Regional Crimestoppers.

Officials say that's the most since the non-profit was created in 2000.

When the red phone rings at Crimestoppers, the staff talks with someone who could provide valuable information to help catch a criminal.

"December 1, 2011, a man walked into the BB&T bank at 2535 Mercer University Drive in Macon. He wrote a note to the teller asking them for money and walked away," said Executive Director Robert Martin. "The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Donald Carswell."

Tips from the anonymous line led to the arrest of 466 people in 2011, 428 in 2010 and 449 the year before said Martin.

"We contribute that success to the community for one, relying more on our program," he said.

Martin said several factors encourage people to call with information.