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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.


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.


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.

Students watch performance of 'Peter and the Wolf'

Central Georgia students got to step out of the classroom to learn Friday with a trip to the theatre.

Around 1,800 second graders from Houston County schools were invited to the Homer J. Walker Civic Center in Warner Robins to enjoy performances of 'Peter and the Wolf.'

Students from the Academy of Dance performed a ballet adaptation of the play.

Peter and the Wolf is a Russian folk tale about a boy who protects his wildlife friends from from a hungry wolf.

Organizers say the purpose is to teach the children the arts are a part of life.

"It touches, not only just going to a performance, but it can instill character, it can instill purpose in life, it can help children be able to see the good things that are out there," said Richard Gonzalez.

Historic cemetery to get a facelift

A cemetery in the backyard of a Warner Robins neighborhood is in need of restoration and volunteers.

Lester Holleman grew up a member of Shiloh Methodist Church in Warner Robins.

"Didn't have church but once a month, it was a circuit church," says Holleman.

The Holleman family plot makes up a large portion of the Shiloh Cemetery today.

"My great-granddaddy, his children, and my granddaddy are all buried in that lot there."

The cemetery is a living piece of Central Georgia history.

"There's slaves buried back here and people back all the way from 1831," says Holleman.

And a lot larger than originally believed.

Man stealing donation jar for sick boy caught on camera

It's an act many would consider unthinkable.

Someone stole a donation jar from a Warner Robins bar containing money that was meant for a sick 5-year-old.

Manager, JoAnn Sulak at Jus One More Bar and Grill, says it happened on early Sunday morning, before they closed.

She says her and boyfriend Robert Sarpy, who owns the bar, are always trying to lend a helping hand.


Houston County Students Compete on Lake Tobesofkee

A fishing competition between the five Houston County high schools kicked off its season with a tournament on Lake Tobesofkee on Saturday.

The battle is heating up to see which pair of anglers will become bass masters.

"So this is a competitive bass fishing league. This is really the inaugural tournament with all 5 high schools in Houston County." says Director of the Houston County Student Bass Angler Federation Ike Thompson, "The students, they go out and they fish for about 4 hours. They fish for large-mouth bass primarily and they can way in up to 3 bass. The most weight out of those 3 bass wins the tournament. And the person who caught the biggest bass of the tournament, we also give a prize to."

This week, the biggest bass went to Mason Blackmon for his 3 pound 11 ounce monster bass. And with two other good sized fish, he and partner Carson Brannan took home first prize as well.

Water main break delays traffic in Warner Robins

A water-main break is slowing traffic in Warner Robins. It's near the intersection of Moody Road and Russell Parkway, according to the Warner Robins Police Department.

It's in front of Hughes Honda, says Jennifer Parson, police spokeswoman. She says traffic is being \detoured to Leisure Lake Road.

"For the next two days the northbound lanes on Moody Road, in front of Hughes Honda, will be closed while they fix the water main break. So expect delays at the intersection of Russell and Moody," said Parson via text message.

13WMAZ has a crew headed out there and will keep you updated.