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Swartz, Paschal funerals to be held this week


Funeral services will be held Friday and Saturday for two of the three Robins Air Force airmen who died in Okinawa last week.

The funeral Mass for SMSgt. James Leonard "Jimmy" Swartz will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warner Robins. A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Church in Perry,followed by visitation until 8 p.m.

Swartz. age 51, was a propulsion flight superintendent in the 116th Air Control Wing of the Georgia National Guard.

A funeral service for MSgt. Daniel Adair Paschal will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the McCullough Funeral Home on South Houston Lake Road, Warner Robins. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Paschal, age 34, served with the U.S. Army in Iraq and later joined the Georgia Air National Guard.

Both men will be buried with full military honors.

Pedestrian killed in Warner Robins accident


A man died in a hospital after he was hit by a car in Warner Robins on Monday night.

According to a press release from the Warner Robins Police Department, at around 10:30 p.m., Richard King, 77, was trying to cross Houston Lake Road at the Esplanade Drive intersection, when he was hit by a 1997 Honda Civic driven by Jerry Chambers, 62.

Chambers was driving northbound on Houston Lake Road when his car hit King.

King was taken to the Houston Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.

No charges have been filed at this time.

The accident is still under investigation.


Memorial Service for Sgt. Schoenhoff


Today family, friends, and loved ones gathered to remember the life of Staff Sergeant Joshua Schoenhoff.

He and two other airmen, both from Robins Air Force Base, were killed last week in Okinawa, Japan, when a wave crashed on shore, and swept them out to sea.

The memorial service for Schoenhoff was held at Shirley Hills Baptist church in Warner Robins.

Fellow JSTARS were there to show their respects.

Shirley Hills' Pastor, Andy Cook, spoke at the brief service, and the ceremony ended with a flag folding and presentation to Schoenhoff's family.

"I saw his face everyday, and now that I don't see his face everyday, it's heartbreaking," says fellow JSTAR, Chad McLaughlin.

Commanders give update on airmen


Military leaders say with an investigation that's expected to last for weeks, it's still unclear what actually happened Sunday when three Robins Airmen died in Okinawa, Japan. They'll be looking into whether one or more of the men may have jumped into the water trying to save others and exactly who was there at the time.

"There's probably some eyewitness account. Although we don't know if anyone saw or observed all of it," he said.

But we are learning what Colonel Clotfelter, who led and Swartz and Paschal, is calling this a loss that will likely be especially tough, for some members of the 116th.

Senior Master Sergeant Swartz does have a young lady, his daughter who's in our unit. Master Sergeant Paschal's father retired from our unit, so there's deep family connection,"

Woman dies after accident in Warner Robins


A Warner Robins woman died this afternoon after her car was struck by a driver who was allegedly under the influence of drugs.

It happened around 9:25 WEdnesday morning at Russell Parkway and Burns Drive.

Police say the car driven by Emmalee Formica, age 22, was struck by a pickup truck.

They say the pickup driver Jason Pitzer of Perry failed to stop for a red light.

Formica died this afternoon at the Medical Center-Navicent in Macon.

Police say Pitzer, age 34, faces several charges, including failing to obey the red light and driving under the influence of drugs.

Formica's mother was also injured and is reporteldy in critical condition at the Medical Center.


Shirley Hills announces memorial for Sgt. Schoenhoff


In a release, Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins announced they will be having a memorial for Staff Sgt. Joshua Schoenhoff.

He is one of three Robins Air Force Base airmen who died after being swept away to sea while serving at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

The memorial will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins.

The church is at 615 Corder Road in Warner Robins.


City reacts to complaints about local park


After receiving many complaints about the condition of a local park in Warner Robins, council members say they're going to fix it.

We first brought you the story last month when one vocal citizen, Alvin Robinson took us around Sewell Circle park, and showed us the damages.

Monday evening, Warner Robins council members discussed the need to revitalize the park.

Mayor Randy Toms said "It's just a park that's been neglected for a long time and it's time to focus some attention on it and get it back."