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Controlled burn Wednesday at Robins Air Force Base


There will be a controlled burn of piles of logs at Robins Air Force Base on today.

Base officials say environmental personnel and the Georgia Forestry Commission officials will burn six to seven piles of logs on the south side of the Base.

Officials say the Robins Air Force Base fire department will supervise the controlled burn, and also say the burn may produce smoke in the area for a few days.


Kids slip and slide on the slopes in Warner Robins


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It wasn't in the forecast, but there was snow in Warner Robins Saturday and Sunday.

Not real snow, of course. The Winter Wonderfest took over the Museum of Aviation and kids got to have fun tubing and playing in the snow.

"We're trying to bring a little bit of winter back to the community here in middle Georgia," says museum director of finance Jenny Maas.

"Well, I don't think that they see it very much at all. We had a lot of kids, I was up there helping them on the ride this morning and they would touch it when they were about to get on and they were like, 'Is this real snow?' And it is real ice." says Maas.

Houston Co. contractor charged with worker's-comp fraud


A state agency has charged a Houston County contractor with committing workers-compensation fraud.

According to a news release from the State Board of Workers' Compensation, Mark A. Brannen, 50, was arrested Tuesday.

He's been charged with insurance fraud and first-degree forgery, both felonies. He also faces one felony count of providing a fraudulent document to a government agency.

Brannen owns Brannen Construction Co., which does carpentry, painting and tile work in Central Georgia, the news release states. The state agency says Brannen recently was a successful bidder for a government-housing contract in Macon County.

He allegedly created and presented a bogus certificate showing that his business is covered by workers' compensation insurance.

Bonaire couple accused of robbing and kidnapping visitor


A Bonaire Couple is accused of robbing and kidnapping a man who visited their home.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office says a fight broke out after Andrew Lobzun visited Matthew London and Kristy Moore at their Second Street home Wednesday morning.

Bikers rally to raise money for Warner Robins boy


A local bar held a benefit for a five-year-old boy Sunday.

That's where a jar full of donations for his medical bills was stolen last week.

It happened at Jus One More while dozens of motorcycles took a ride around Warner Robins to raise money for Matty Hancock.

The boy has two rare blood disorders, requiring expensive treatment.

His mother, Leah Hancock, says the amount raised today was surely more than the $200 stolen last Sunday. She says the turnout for Matty's benefit was overwhelming.

"Incredible, like, so blessed. So blessed. Because God works in so many mysterious ways, and now all these people will know about Matty and about his hemophilia and Von Willerbrand, and maybe we can help somebody with that," says Hancock.

Police: man stolen donations for child in Warner Robins


UPDATE: Warner Robins police got a warrant Friday for a Florida man, Daryl Thomas, age 24, on charges of theft by taking the jar with the money collected for a sick 5-year old.

While the bar manager told 13WMAZ she's had conversations with the suspect about not pressing charges under certain conditions, police advised Daryl Thomas to turn himself in.

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EARLIER: It's not every day you hear about someone caught on camera stealing nearly $200 meant for a sick 5-year-old.

The jar was apparently stolen last Sunday at Jus One More, a bar in Warner Robins.

"You can see the whole jar right there. He's carrying it out," said JoAnn Sulack while watching the surveillance video.

Woman, 86, killed in Kathleen fire


An elderly woman died Friday morning in a house fire in Kathleen.

The Houston County coroner's office identified her as Opal Alford, age 86.

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A burning house, a trapped woman, and three virtual strangers were trying to help.

It happened in a neighborhood in Kathleen in Houston County.

Jason Hamm's morning got off to a scary start.

"I just noticed there was a lot of smoke coming out of the house," he says.

He was driving to work when he saw a neighbor's home on Lonesome Doe Circle was fully engulfed in flames.