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Four arrested in Warner Robins gas station murder

A man shot to death at a Warner Robins gas station in January was targeted by Atlanta-area gang members.

Warner Robins police today announced that four people were arrested and charged in the killing of Monnie Brabham.

Michael Gooden of Atlanta is charged with murder and participation in criminal street gang activity, according to a release.

Clifton Roberts, Ameshia Cosby and Deondray Yarn are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and participation in criminal street gang activity.

12 Central Georgians honored as heroes

Jason Patrick is a hero, but he doesn't like to think of himself that way.

"My Facebook blew up. All my friends were calling me thanking me, and it's actually....I mean I didn't want to come to this," Patrick said outside of the American Red Cross "Hometown Heroes" celebration. "My friend said 'No, you need to come be recognized.' To me, it's embarrassing. I'm just a guy. I'm just a roofer," says Patrick.

His modesty didn't keep the Red Cross from recognizing Patrick for his disaster relief efforts.

In February, he was traveling to Bonaire from Atlanta during a snow storm that left the city in gridlock, and thousands stranded in their cars for hours.

"It was very hectic. A lot of people were stuck. Didn't really know how to drive in the snow so I had to push a bunch of cars," says Patrick.

71 Georgians arrested in nationwide child sex trafficking bust

ATLANTA -- The FBI says 71 people across the state were arrested as part of a national effort to bust child sex traffickers.

According to a release, the FBI Atlanta Field Office, along with its Macon, Augusta, and Savannah Resident Agencies and their associated Child Exploitation Task Forces, participated in Operation Cross Country VIII.ID=11311053

In Georgia, 11 juveniles who were being victimized through prostitution or other computer based exploitation were rescued, and 71 people were arrested on various state charges to include pimping, criminal attempt child molestation/enticement of a minor, prostitution, and solicitation.

Roadshow highlights alternative fuels in Georgia


The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins was the first stop on the 4th annual Alternative Fueled Vehicles Roadshow.

The tour highlights ways to implement alternatives to gas, such as electric, propane, ethanol and biodiesel.

Commissioner Tim Echols says Georgia is becoming a leader in solar energy, and in electric cars. In additional to a federal tax credit of $7,500 for purchasing an electric car, Georgians can get an additional $5,000 in state tax credits.

Warner Robins family wants changes after kennel attack


A Warner Robins couple wants a kennel to make some changes after their dog was fatally attacked by other dogs while in the kennel's care.

The Cuppett family headed out of town to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, and left their dog in the care of a kennel in town. They never would have predicted it would be the last time they'd ever see their Lab, Roscoe.

"He had the bluest eyes, he really was an angel, he followed my side he was my baby." says Kylie Cuppett.

Michael Cuppett gave his wife, Kylie, Roscoe as a wedding present just over a year ago.

Warner Robins council approves utility rate increase

The city of Warner Robins has approved how to spend its money in the coming year.

Council opened the Monday night meeting with a tribute to Houston County High's baseball team for winning the state championship.

Mayor Randy Toms also swore in seven new police officers for the city. That makes twelve total officers he's sworn in since he's taken office.

"One of the biggest joys I have is swearing in police officers, because I know that we have crime. I understand that and the only way we're going to combat that is to put police officers on the street," said Mayor Randy Toms.

Council voted to increase the utility rates for consumers, something councilman Tim Thomas said needed to happen to fund improvements to the city's water plant. He said he preferred an increase in the utility rates, instead of increasing the millage rate.

Starbucks offers employees free college tuition

Starbucks offers employees free college tuition

(The Arizona Republic) TEMPE, Ariz. — Starbucks employees nationwide will be eligible for a free college education through Arizona State University's online program beginning this fall.

The new initiative, touted as the first of its kind, will allow many of Starbucks' 135,000 workers to graduate debt free from ASU with no requirement to repay or stay on with the company. The funding will come from a partnership between ASU and Starbucks.

ASU President Michael Crow is scheduled to appear in New York on Monday with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to launch the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, as it is called.