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Warner Robins Police Department opens firing range to public


Every third Saturday of the month, the Warner Robins Police Department opens their firing range to the public.

13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo went out to see why the department and the public think it's a good way to safely get practice in.

Gunshots are all you hear every third Saturday of the month at the Warner Robins Police Department's training facility, but the shots aren't coming from police officers.

Captain John Clay is the training commander for the police department he says, "We open our firing range, both the pistol and the rifle side for citizens to come out and shoot."

Clay says there's not many firing ranges around central Georgia, so, they offer their facility to the public once a month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Work backlog at Houston Co. clerk's office


Houston County officials say the state court clerk has not been to work in over a month, due to health issues.

They say her sporadic attendance over several months has caused work to pile up and could be costing the county.

County commissioners say the absence is preventing the state court from running effectively.

State court clerk, Kendra Simons, says she would be at work if she was physically able.

The four other clerks are crunching, going through files and taking care of stacks of papers that had fallen by the wayside.

"The clerk's office has gotten behind due to a manpower shortage," says Houston County state court judge, Jason Ashford.

Tuesday afternoon this sign was posted on the clerk's office door saying "closed per judge Ashford until further notice."

Guilty verdict in Houston County contract killing trial


A guilty verdict for a man who hired a hit-man to kill someone.

Devasko Lewis was found guilty on five charges Friday afternoon, which include malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Last year, prosecutors said Lewis hired Jamarcus Clark to kill a partner in his trucking company, Corey Daniels. However in a case of mistaken identity, the hit-man ended up killing the wrong man, Kerry Glenn.

Daniels told police he believed Lewis wanted to harm him because he planned to testify against Lewis in a separate federal case. The two had been indicted for a scam involving their trucking company.

Robins Federal Credit Union to host free shredding event


Robins Federal Credit Union is hosting a free community shred day event Wednesday and Thursday.

The event will take place at the following credit union locations:

Wednesday

  • 9 a.m. to noon, 803 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 599 Zebulon Road, Macon

Thursday

  • 9 a.m. to noon, 960 Bluebird Blvd., Fort Valley
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 321 Perry Pkwy., Perry


Darius Rucker to play Warner Robins' Independence Day event


Darius Rucker will be the headlining act at this year's Warner Robins Independence Day celebration.

The announcement was made Monday by city officials at the Museum of Aviation.

The free event is July 3 at the Museum of Aviation.

Rucker became famous during the 1990s as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish.


Community supports Houston Co. teacher battling cancer


A Houston County teacher has received an outpouring of support after she was diagnosed with cancer in January.

Thursday afternoon, her family busily sorted through boxes and boxes of donations for a yard sale fundraiser.

People brought everything from furniture, to clothes, to toys and ornaments, all in support of local teacher, Crystal Wisecup.

"We've just had to focus on me getting better," says Wisecup.

The twenty-four-year-old is a first-year teacher at Thomson Middle School, where she used to attend.

"I could help other people," she says about why she wanted to be an educator.

Her lesson plans had to go on hold in January, when diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the immune system. But she had a bigger concern than chemotherapy.

Perdue Farms donates land for new Houston Co. fire station


Houston County citizens might be seeing a new fire station soon.

According to a news release, The Board of Commissioners will sign a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Perdue Farms, which will accept the company's donation of almost five acres of land to build a new fire station along Hwy 247.

The Houston County Fire Department operates on mostly volunteers through eight stations located throughout the county.

"The fire station is needed because of the industry in the area and the large number of homes," Tommy Stalnaker, the chairman, said. "It's in an area that's a long way from any coverage. It's going to help emergency response (in this area) a lot."

Wally Hunter, a director of operations for Perdue in Perry, said the company has a tradition of making a difference in communities where servicemen work and conduct business.