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POLICE: Warner Robins death possible suicide

UPDATE: Warner Robins police have identified the man found dead at a business Tuesday.

In a news release, they said he is Rick Jones, owner of the DT&W Auction Co.

Earlier, Wednesday, the business posted a picture of Jones and wrote, "Rick loved everyone of his employees and his customers. Please keep all of us in your prayers as we try to make sense of this tragedy."

Police say they're treating the death as an apparent suicide. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.


UPDATE: Warner Robins police said a death they're investigating on Moody Road is a possible suicide.

The death happened Tuesday at DT&W Auction Co. at 2211 Moody Road.

Gang violence forum held in Warner Robins

Residents of Houston County and its law enforcement sat together to talk about gangs Tuesday evening.

According to investigators, the county does have gang activity.

People asked officials questions about how to combat and prevent the problem.

"What can I do to make my community safer?," asked mother and grandmother Shanta Wright.

800 participate in Special Olympics Georgia's Masters Bowling Tournament

"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

That's the motto of Special Olympics, whose athletes strive everyday to do the best they can, regardless of disability.

This weekend, Special Olympics Georgia's masters bowling tournament was held in Warner Robins. The tournament was for athletes ages 22 and up.

WWII Veterans honored in Warner Robins

Theirs has been called "the Greatest Generation."

They remember Pearl Harbor, they've seen D-Day, and watched several major U.S. conflicts abroad.

Friday evening, eleven World War II veterans were honored for their service with their family and friends gathered around.

"I'm 91 years of age now," said veteran Dr. Dan Callahan.

He turned back to the days he was a medic on the battlefield.

"Go out and drag somebody in that's been hit, hurt, or shot," said Callahan.

Many of the men honored Friday night can recall getting treated by medics like Callahan. One vet says he was even pronounced dead.

Houston Co. forum aims to shed light on gang crime

Some Houston County leaders want to address concerns about gang violence.

In a forum next Tuesday, August 25th, police officers and even a former gang member will answer questions.

"Everybody should be concerned when it comes to gang awareness " says organizer Jerome Stephens.

He is chairman of the Houston County Community gang task force, which he started it back in 1996.

"A community should be safe," Stephens explains. "When you're not safe in your environment, it brings about chaos."

Detective Justin Clark with the Warner Robins Police Department investigates gang-related crimes.

He says he has seen a range "from the vandalism, to the graffiti, property damage, and things like that, to assaults between gangs fighting with each other."

Training Center for vets to open May '16

Veterans from around Georgia can look for career advice in Warner Robins starting next summer. That's when the Military Academic Training Center opens across from Robins Air Force Base.

It's located behind Huntington Middle School, off Wellborn Road.

Patricia Ross, Director of Military Affairs for the Technical College System of Georgia said, "It's a one-stop shop for veterans and their families." 

Accident leaves Warner Robins woman critically injured

A Warner Robins woman is listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Navicent Health after her involvement in an accident on Leisure Lake Court Wednesday around 5 p.m.

According to a news release, 26-year-old Courtney Welchel was driving her 2006 Cadillac CTS when she veered into oncoming traffic, hit two mailboxes, continued 1,000 feet and crossed back into oncoming traffic. The car then hit a tree, went airborne and rolled, the release states.

Investigators are working to determine if alcohol contributed to the crash. The release also states Welchel was driving with a suspended license.