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Warner Robins Army Reserve Center rededicated

A ceremony was held Saturday to honor the memory of a former Warner Robins High football player, U.S. Army Specialist Daniel Gomez.

He graduated from Warner Robins High School in 2003. Gomez enlisted in the army in 2005 and served as a platoon combat medic in Iraq.

Randall Kinard's friend remembers his life and spirit

Friends of one Macon man are remembering his life and spirit.

Randall Kinard was killed on Wednesday after investigators say he was abducted by Christopher Dukes, who then took his own life.

Friday night, Kinard's former coworker, Amber Whitley, shared why she treasured their friendship.

UPDATE: Houston fire deaths were murder-suicide

"He could cheer you up, anybody, no matter what you're going through," said Whitley.

She says his smile and thoughtfulness for other people's feelings are what she'll miss most about him.

Houston Co. deputy facing sex charge


A Houston County deputy is accused of soliciting sex from a woman while on duty.

That's according to J.T. Ricketson, agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office.

He said 34-year-old Christopher Sawyer turned himself Friday around 9 a.m. to face charges of soliciting sodomy and violating his oath.

According to a press release, Sawyer had allegedly sought sexual favors from a woman while on duty as deputy sheriff. Sawyer, on two separate occasions, reportedly paid for and received oral sex from the woman. Capt. Jon Holland with the Houston County Sheriff's office said that the encounters were not forced.

UPDATE: Fire-deaths were murder-suicide

ID=30920581UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: The Houston County Sheriff's Office says one of the men whose body was found in a burned home in Warner Robins was shot on the way there.

They believe his body was then carried inside, and the shooter committed suicide after setting 10 fires throughout the house, according to a news release.

UPDATE: Houston Co. fire victims identified

The two men who died in a Houston County fire Wednesday afternoon have been identified as Randell Kinard, 33, of Macon and Christopher Michael Dukes, 41, of Warner Robins.

The fire happened at about 12:30 p.m. at 513 Heritage Drive near Dunbar Road in north Houston County.

16 Houston County Schools qualify for free lunches


This school year, all students at 16 Houston County schools will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost.

It's called the "Community Eligibility Provision".

For a school in Houston County to qualify, 40 percent of its students must be eligible for free lunch under federal rules.

That means they must receive assistance from government programs or must be considered a foster child, migrant, homeless or a runaway child.

Houston County Schools' nutrition director, Meredith Potter, says some families are on the edge of poverty and may not qualify for reduced lunch, even though they may need it.

Bonaire man reports home invasion, robbery

A Bonaire man says three men invaded his home as he slept, punched him, held a gun to his head and robbed him.


That's according to an incident report from the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, it happened around 11:30 p.m. at a home on Granville Street.

The victim, Rahul Raval, age 24, says the three men entered his bedroom, shined his cell phone in his face. One punched him in the face and said, "Where's the money? Give me the money."

Raval said one of the men then placed a handgun to his head and said, "Give us the money or I will kill you."