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Houston sheriff asks judge to reject 'conspiracy theory' in teen's shooting

The Houston County Sheriff is asking a federal judge to ignore a "conspiracy theory" filed by the mother of a man shot and killed by a deputy in 2011.

In a brief filed this week, the sheriff's attorneys argued, again, that Deputy Steven Glidden acted properly when he shot Robert Chambers in the back of the head.

They also argue that Judge Ashley Royal should not reopen the case, because there's no new evidence. Glidden fatally shot Chambers, who was 19, in January 2011.

The sheriff's office says Chambers had just burglarized a nearby home, off Feigin Mill Road. They also say he pulled a gun and struggled with the deputy. They say Chambers had a gun that was stolen from the home and that his own cell phone was found left at the burglary scene.

St. Jude Dream Home breaks ground


The St. Jude Dream Home giveaway is back for another year.

St. Jude families, community partners, and construction crews were on hand today as they broke ground in Warner Robins Tiffany neighborhood off Lake Joy Road. Trinity Built Homes takes over construction of the dream home for the first time.

"We're excited about building a fantastic five bedroom four bath house that's gonna have a custom kitchen and very nice features," Trinity Home Builders partner Ben Hobbs said.

He said they are excited to get started, after seeing the St. Jude Children's Hospital first hand in Memphis.

"There's hope. There's hope there," he said. "I think seeing it first hand really changed things and put the why behind what were doing."

Warner Robins Police to give whistles to trail walkers for safety

The Warner Robins Police Department will kick off its 'Whistles for Walkers' program Friday at 9 a.m. at Dry Lake Park.

Free whistles will be handed out to those walking the trails at the park, according to a news release. Police say they encourage the public to stay vigilant when walking/running, using the buddy system and telling a family member or close friend where they are if alone.


WRPD hosting 5-K to support officer fighting cancer

The Warner Robins community is rallying around a police officer fighting stage-four kidney cancer.

Back at work now, Officer Pratt Martin says the support from his law enforcement family has gotten him this far.

He has worked in the property and evidence division at Warner Robins Police Department for almost 10 years.

Martin is keeping busier than ever these days.

His wife, Susan, who works as the patrol administrative secretary, says work is his escape.

Back in March, they got some frightening news.

"They told us it's cancer," Susan says. "From that moment on, our whole world was pretty much flipped upside down."

The diagnosis is something Officer Martin just cannot talk about.

"It's been very hard on my family," says Susan, unable to hold back the tears.

Two Houston Co. men charged in sex-trafficking ring

Two Houston County men were among more than 100 adults arrested nationwide as part of a federal crackdown on child sex trafficking.

That's according to an FBI news release that says nine Georgians in all face pimping charges.

Last week's federal sweep was part of a nationwide anti-human trafficking operation called Operation Cross Country IX.

According to the FBI, Perry police arrested 30 year-old Christopher Pudwill, of Kathleen and 40-year-old Billy Dewayne Denson of Warner Robins.

The FBI says 149 underage victims in all were recovered nationwide, some of them as young as 12.

Here is the complete FBI statement on the case:

FBI Announces Results of Nationwide Human Trafficking Operation

Houston church needs community's help for renovations

One Warner Robins church building is coming full circle. Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist is transforming the building back into a church after being a home for the mentally ill for many years. While renovations are already under way, some challenges do loom ahead.

Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist wants to give their old sanctuary a face lift and restore it to its original purpose.

Pastor David Wynn says he spent many of his younger years between these four walls when it was Springfield Missionary Baptist Church.

"I grew up out of this building back in 1976. I was baptized of this building, so it's a homecoming celebration for me, so to speak. I feel like I'm going back to the place where I first believed," Wynn said.

He said they have made a lot of progress with the framing thanks to Habitat for Humanity and a contractor, but they still need a lot of help to finance the rest the project.

Spinning for a cure for Alzheimer's

It was a fundraiser to bring awareness to a disease that is the sixth-leading cause of death in America.

Sunday, the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated teamed up with Edge Fitness in Warner Robins to host a Spin-a-thon to raise money for Alzheimer's patients and their families in Central Georgia.

During the the 2-hour fitness event, those in attendance were also entertained by weight loss testimonials, healthy cooking demonstrations, and a boot camp provided by the gym.

It was a chance for people to break a sweat and learn more about Alzheimer's disease.