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Warner Robins Tightens Dangerous-Dog Law

The Warner Robins City Attorney says one word in the city's law on dangerous dogs makes it difficult to enforce.

Jim Elliott says city council talked about taking out the word "suture" at Monday night's council meeting.

A change in the vocabulary could make a difference to a citizen's safety.

Elliott says the problem came to their attention after at least four people reported being attacked by dogs since May.
Linda Carnes says a pit bull attacked her and her dog, Kawaii, while they were on a walk last month.

The dog died as a result of its injuries, and Carnes has scars on her arm.

Carnes said, "That's what I want to see is the law change, where when something like that happens, these dogs aren't let loose to go do it again."

The change to the law classifies "dangerous dogs." Right now, the city ordinance says dogs are considered "dangerous", if their bite causes the victim to have to get sutures.

Chamber Receives 5-Star Accreditation from U.S. Chamber

Chamber Receives 5-Star Accreditation from U.S. Chamber

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber is pleased to announce that after a comprehensive self-review, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded us with 5-Star Accreditation.  This prestigious honor puts the Robins Regional Chamber among the top 1% of chambers nationwide – only 75 of the 6,936 chambers in the United States have earned this distinction.  The Chamber was awarded for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community.

“This accomplishment is a testament to the hard work of our Chamber Chairman, John Howell, Chamber staff, Accreditation Committee, Members, Ambassadors, Board of Directors and Community Partners,” said Steve Williams, Accreditation Chairman.  “It was a great team effort and speaks so much about the Robins Region’s standard of excellence.”

Brothers Injured in Car Accident Released from Hospital

Two brothers from Centerville were injured in a car crash early Sunday in Warner Robins.

A Medical Center of Central Georgia representative says they were both released as of Sunday evening.

Tabitha Pugh with the Warner Robins Police Department says 20-year-old Trenton Williams lost control of his car driving northbound on Carl Vinson Parkway.

The car crashed and Williams was thrown from the vehicle.

The passenger, 23-year-old Joshua Williams, was also injured.

Pugh says the police department is investigating the crash.

Marine Corps Ball Celebrates 236 Years

Service men and woman came together Saturday night to celebrate the birth of a branch of the U.S. military at the Marine Corps Ball.

November 10 marks the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps, and at the celebration several guest speakers took to the stage including Warner Robins Air Logistics Commander Bob McMahon.

As the night continued, guests enjoyed dinner and dancing.

Williams' Cell-Phone Case Postponed Until 2012

 

Warner Robins City Council member John Williams won't face an election-week court trial after all.

The Houston County District Attorney's office says a trial on charges of filing a false police report has been postponed until at least February.

That trial was scheduled to begin Monday, a day before the city election. Williams faces two challengers for his Post 6 seat.

In June 2010, police responded to a Warner Robins Waffle House where Williams allegedly accused a woman of taking his city cell phone. He says he didn't, but he was indicted for making false statements to police.

Williams is also currently facing federal charges of extortion, making false statements and trying to influence a witness in connection with the city purchase of a truck for the police department. Federal prosecutors say Williams tried to take a $1,720 commission on the truck.

Officials Downplay Robins Job Cuts

Some Central Georgia officials downplayed the impact of job cuts at Robins Air Force Base after hearing this morning's presentation by Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon.

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue of Bonaire said the jobs lost in the new round of cuts -- an estimated 500 positions -- are just a fraction of those gained at Robins in recent years.

Perdue and state Sen. Cecil Staton both cited McMahon's presentation as saying that the cuts do not reflect poorly on Robins' productivity.

And they said Warner Robins and the Central Georgia community have done a good job of supporting the base.

Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen said the cuts are "minimal" and typical of what's going on nationwide. He said Warner Robins is resilient, and the community will bounce back and continue to support the base.

 

Around 10:30 a.m., McMahon wrapped up an hour-long announcement on the cuts coming to Robins.

McMahon: 'Many Unanswered Questions' on Robins Job Cuts

The commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center is telling his base that there are "many unanswered questions" about national cuts that will eliminate 516 jobs at Robins.

In a statement to base employees on the Robins Air Force Base web site, Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon promised that base senior leadership would meet with employees to update them on the process and keep focused on the base mission.

McMahon's statement:

11/2/2011 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Today the Air Force and Air Force Materiel Command announced a number of initiatives to help meet our current fiscal challenges.

These changes are designed to help both the service and command reduce overhead, increase efficiency, and align their limited resources with their most important priorities.

At Robins, the changes will mean the elimination of approximately 500 civilian authorizations across the Warner Robins Air Logistics and the Global Logistics Supply Centers.