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Independence celebration kicks off 4th

The party started early for some in Warner Robins.

Pat Kopecky stood in line at the gate of McConnell-Talbert Stadium since 2:30 Thursday afternoon.

"38 Special is playing," says Kopecky.


It's the annual Independence Day Concert that draws tens of thousands to Warner Robins.

"My friends were coming and I heard it was going to be fun so I thought I should come," Harley Snellgrove said.

"I came all the way from Eastman," David Phelps said.

Do not fire guns into the air to celebrate the holiday season.

The Bibb Sheriff's office says not only is shooting a firearm into the air to celebrate dangerous, it is also illegal. In a press release, authorities warn that when you fire a weapon into the air, the bullet must come down. Stray bullets can damage property and hurt or kill people. Shooting a firearm 50 yards from a public street or highway is also against the law.

Experts at the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Technology say a bullet fired into the air can reach speeds up to 219 mph before it hits the ground. The sheriff's office wants people to be mindful that celebratory fire can be easily avoided.

Deputies will be on patrol, monitoring reckless conduct as well as drinking and driving. If you hear or see gunfire, they ask that you please call local law enforcement.

4th of July fireworks around Central Georgia

Fourth of July events in Central Georgia begin this weekend throughout the area.

Check out where and how you can celebrate the red, white, and blue!

Thursday, July 3:

Forsyth fireworks at Monroe County Recreation Park

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Admission is $3 for everyone over 6 years old.

Warner Robins Independence Day Concert

at McConnell-Talbert Stadium featuring 38 Special.
Free show starts at 6 p.m.

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.