Robbie Watson

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Grinch steals Christmas from Abused Children

This suspect can best be described as a real life Grinch who stole the children's red chairs, their coolers for treats and even their Christmas tree. "Even paint when we painted the inside of the…

Police : No connection between Witness Testimony and Murders

Police say witness testimony is not necessarily a motive for murder. A disturbing common denominator has emerged after some of the most recent homicides where the victims were actually witnesses in other cases. Detectives tell…

Auburn Fans predict another "Curb Stomping" Saturday

  Auburn Fans are gearing up for the SEC Championship tomorrow. Fans across Alabama and Georgia are getting excited as the Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers get ready to face off with the stakes very…

Driver, Dog Owner Charged for Lakebottom Fatality

  The Driver who struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this month is facing criminal charges. Investigators tell First News all four people involved in the fatal accident on Cherokee Avenue are residents of Lakebottom.…

Thieves Caught on Camera smashing into Gun Shop

  Thieves strike a local gun shop in a brazen attempt to burglarize the business. Retired SFC Rodney Stariha thought opening a gun shop in East Alabama would be a good transition into civilian life…

Grand Jury Clears Phenix City Officer in Deadly Shooting

A Russell County Grand Jury clears a Phenix City Police Officer of any criminal wrong-doing after an officer-involved shooting. Corporal Michael Seavers was responding to loud music coming from Cedric Mifflin's vehicle May 7th at the…

Police: Suspect offered $100 for 5 Minutes with 14 Year old

According to police testimony, suspects caught in an undercover operation were willing to pay for sex with underage kids. New details revealed here in Recorder's Court about that child sex sting, Operation Hidden Guardian and…

Undercover Agents Target Child Predators in Columbus

Undercover agents with a Georgia task force that targets child predators launched Operation Hidden Guardian, a five day undercover sting to round up men seeking sex with children. Agents posing as minor children had 600…

Everyday is Veterans Day for Retired CSM Sam Rhodes

CSM Sam Rhodes has devoted his entire retired life to caring for Veterans and tackling taboo topics like Mental Health. "That's my thought all day long even at my job when I work full time.…

Hurricane Evacuee tipped Police to Bank Fraud and Suspect

Shevon Thomas, the attorney representing Jeremy Pritchett moved swiftly to keep a lid on all the details surrounding the alleged fraud case and former bank worker. According to a police investigator a hurricane evacuee tipped…

Columbus Teen wanted by Police shot Dead

  Police say they were looking to question a Columbus teen, 19 year old Kuamane Ford about any knowledge he may have had regarding the murder of Tequilla Johnson back in September but a killer…

16 Year Old Murder Suspect in Recorder's Court

After multiple delays, 16 year old Anthony King was hauled into adult court charged with felony murder after police testified his family tried to cover for him. A police investigator told the judge an eyewitness…

Suspect in Motorcycle Fatal has Multiple Convictions

Friends and family say Bobby Francis loved to ride his motorcycle and was notoriously cautious and slow when riding. So when he was killed just blocks from his own home his brother knew immediately something…

City Rounds up Coyotes

From North to South coyotes have been roaming around creating a ruckus here in Columbus neighborhoods like this one where residents are recounting horror stories about their family pets being snatched up one by one.…

City to Regulate Short Term Rental Properties

Business is booming for short term rentals here in Columbus on popular sites like Airbnb but the city wants their cut of the profits and they're busy crafting an ordinance to do just that.  Short…

Housing Authority Unveils Extreme Neighborhood Makeover

Well it was once the single most crime ridden area in Columbus called BTW but the Columbus Housing Authority unveiled Columbus Commons an extreme neighborhood makeover. The once notorious eyesore off Victory drive is now…

Pacelli Grad Shot Dead, Former Viking Teammate Arrested

Shock waves are still reverberating through the Pacelli Community after a weekend murder involving three graduates. Joseph McDaniel, nicknamed "Malibu" reportedly gunned down by his own former Viking teammate. Police say McDaniel's former classmates ,…

Judge: Upatoi Murder Defendants to Stand Trial Together

Judge Gil McBride's ruling on Defense Attorneys motion to sever or separate the trials for the Upatoi murder defendants was short and to the point. Denied. Attorneys for Rufus Burks and Raheem Gibson wanted separate…

Educators talk Real World Skills at E3 Conference

Hundreds of local educators, teachers, principals and even the superintendent is attending the E3 Conference at the Cunningham Center this week. The conference which stands for "engage, equip, and energize" is a collaborative effort between…

Upatoi Triple Murder Defendants want Separate Trials

The family members of three people bludgeoned to death in Upatoi are getting close to having their day in court. Pre trial motions from potential sentences for the teen defendants to allowing separate trials for…

8 Year Old Victim Whipped for Reporting Sex Abuse

A Columbus police detective recounted in graphic detail an eight year old victim's testimony about years of sex abuse at the hands of King Edward Rammage. The abuse reportedly began when the girl was in…

Auburn Rape Suspect has Rap Sheet in Columbus

  The  man accused of raping an intoxicated Auburn student on a transit bus is back at home in this unassuming, kid friendly neighborhood here in Columbus. This is where Tony Patillo has spent…

Councilor Skip Henderson Announces Run for Mayor

About 75 people surrounded City Councilor Skip Henderson as he made his bid for Mayor public. Some of those supporters questioning his sanity. "Somebody said if this were an intelligence test, you might not have…

Police Arrest a Dozen Suspects for Criminal Gang Activity

The Columbus Police Department’s Burglary Theft Division has announced the arrest of several suspects with gang ties in the Columbus area.  The suspects were arrested for property and firearm related crimes that occurred over the…

Phony Tag prompted Pursuit Across State Lines

Columbus Police testified in court  they weren't part of the pursuit of Edward Baez. They just showed up to clean up the damage after the suspect plowed into three cars at a busy North Columbus…