Robbie Watson

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Second Substitute Teacher Arrested In Columbus

A Substitute teacher who was employed by the Muscogee County School District is facing criminal charges for the second time in less than a week. The second arrest of another substitute teacher comes after…

Hardaway Teacher Charged With Sex Crimes

A Hardaway High School substitute teacher used the school campus to engage in an inappropriate sexual relationship during regular school hours according to stunning court testimony this afternoon. It was an alert parent who…

Triggerman Who Executed Seale Couple Revealed During Hearing

The triggerman responsible for the execution of a Seale couple was revealed during a preliminary hearing in Russell County Tuesday morning. Co defendants Joshua Pickard and Daryus Sullivan were escorted inside the courtroom where…

Woman Dies In Group Home Fire

A group home resident in Columbus reportedly made it out of her burning home to safety with her roommates but somehow ended up back inside where she was discovered by fire investigators. Firefighters were…

Local Democrats Hold Legislative Town Hall

Local Democrats discussed everything from women’s reproductive rights to transportation at the Columbus Public Library Tuesday evening. A small but vocal crowd braved the weather to talk with State Lawmakers during a Legislative Town…

Columbus State Worker Struck And Killed Uptown

Columbus State University’s Uptown campus is reeling after a popular employee and graduate was struck and killed attempting to cross the street in his wheelchair. Columbus Police responded to the scene and stunned onlookers…

Accused Killer Taunts Victim’s Family Again

  Accused killer Vickie Perez appeared for a bond hearing with a new claim she shot John Allport in self defense. A witness told First News Allport was actually cowering in the closet before…

Police Recreate Fatal Crash Involving City Truck

Police Investigators spent Friday morning reconstructing a deadly collision involving a city owned waste disposal truck. Jimmy Gibson of Columbus was killed in the crash. The driver of that city truck was charged with…

North Highland Vision Becomes Reality

North Highland is about to get an extreme makeover. The kickoff for the redevelopment here sounded a lot like a pep rally where the project is expected to be a major game changer for…

Invoices Show Invictus Boys Home A Money Maker

DFACS Invoices show the Invictus Boys home was a booming business venture. If you follow the money trail, the State’s mental healthcare homes are a rather lucrative business and almost anybody who can obtain…

Disabled Veteran Missing From Smiths Station

Eddie Watson is a disabled Navy veteran described as a true homebody after a traumatic brain injury. His wife of 40 plus years tells First News he has never strayed far from his Smiths…

Teen Crashes Rushing Dad to Help

A Columbus teen crashed while he was reportedly rushing his Dad to get medical help. The heartbreaking scene unfolded in front of Applebee’s on the Airport Thruway just after lunch. The local Boy Scout…

Majority of Victims From One Beauregard Neighborhood

One Beauregard neighborhood was decimated by Sunday’s Tornado. Beauregard High graduate Krystal Garrett told First News Lee Road 39 has always been home. “Yeah this was a family street so most of the people…

Names, Faces of Tornado Victims Emerge

The Coroner has identified the Tornado Victims from Sunday’s catastrophic storm. The pictures tell the story. The 23 victims of Sunday’s deadly storm include those just beginning life:¬† kids, parents , grandparents and three…

Beauregard Mourns 23 Dead After EF4 Tornado

Beauregard, Alabama suffered a catastrophic loss in a matter of minutes. The EF4 tornado stretching a mile wide tore through the tiny East Alabama community of Beauregard reducing entire neighborhoods to mounds of rubble.…

Jury Views Tiger Transit Bus Video of Alleged Rape

  A Lee County Jury started day two of the Tiger Transit Rape trial viewing video surveillance from inside the bus. The State’s case is based largely on critical video evidence taken from inside…

Murder Suspect Smiles At Grieving Family

A murder suspect appeared all smiles during a probable cause hearing in Recorder’s Court. The lead homicide detective testified in halting detail how he was struck by Vickie Perez’s demeanor immediately following the shooting…

Public Warning Follows Pedestrian Fatalities

  Police issue a public warning after two pedestrians are hit near the same intersection. The fine for jaywalking will set you back about two hundred dollars and some change. Pedestrians who choose to…

Murder Victim On Cell Phone During Shooting

The city’s latest murder victim was talking on his cell phone when he was shot and killed. Vickie Perez initially told Police she was acting in self defense when she shot Allport and she…

Deadly Police Encounter Prompts Civil Lawsuit

The family of Hector Arreola tells First News exclusively they are still waiting on the City to acknowledge his death after an encounter with local police. Now armed with their own medical expert and…

Judge Denies Road Rage Suspect’s Motion for Immunity

An East Alabama Judge shot down a murder suspect’s plea for immunity from prosecution. Justin Davidson was using Alabama’s version of the stand your ground law to avoid prosecution for the murder of retired…

GBI Investigates Invictus Boys Home

The GBI is investigating the Invictus Boys home owned by the Muscogee County Marshal. The Office of the Child Advocate is responsible for independent oversight of the Invictus Boys home and their agency has…

City Driver Charged With Homicide

  A City Driver is facing criminal charges after a fatal crash in January. The deadly crash occurred on River Road near the intersection of Willett Drive in North Columbus. The 72 year old…

British Soldier Charged After Downtown Crime Spree

The British are coming! 26 year old Adam Taylor told Columbus Police he spent the first weekend in February drinking alcohol downtown. The British Soldier had been in town only one week for training…

Sheriff Responds To Violent Jail Fights

Four inmates have been stabbed in the eye in less than two months inside the Muscogee County Jail. Sheriff Donna Tompkins tells First News exclusively the incidents are a direct reflection of what is…

Agents Raid Southeast Regional Pain Center

  Agents from the Inspector General’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration swooped in just after 9am huddling the staff with clients in the main lobby while a search warrant was executed. According to…

Protestors Turn Heads on Manchester Expressway

The phone here at First News was ringing off the hook. People of all ages were asking what pray tell is this bloody protest all about? The non profit known as the Bloodstained Men…

Domestic Dispute Prompts Deadly Gun Battle

Investigators report it was a domestic dispute that sparked a full on shootout inside this Castlegate Apartment building. It ended with the death of Columbus native Johnny Wells. Residents in this Windsor park neighborhood…

Country’s Cook Barbecues Bank Account

A Country’s BBQ worker is in jail after court testimony she was prepping more than pork platters. Scott Ressmeyer, the popular co owner of Country’s BBQ who is well known for his giving spirit…

Police Reports Document Abuse at Boys Home

The Invictus Transformational Mental Health and Wellness Home has become such a source of controversy here in East Columbus neighbors literally rushed up to our cameras hoping somebody, anybody would pay attention to what…

Murder Suspect Nabbed 34 Years After Killing

A murder suspect on the run from law enforcement for nearly 34 years is back in the custody of law enforcement. David Anthony Pike made bond after he was charged with the murder of…

Seale Couple Killed For Beer, Used Car

A Seale Couple was shot dead for their used Honda and food and beer according to the Russell County Sheriff. The stunning new details about the double murder were revealed during an afternoon press…

House Fire Sparks Double Homicide Investigation

A deadly house fire initially reported as accidental has now caught the attention of homicide investigators. Emergency Responders were called to the home on Silver Run Drive in East Alabama Sunday night. Once the…

Emotional Skip Henderson Sworn In

An emotional Skip Henderson shared tears of joy as he was officially sworn into office this morning in front of a standing room only crowd. Dozens of well wishers, including five former Mayors crammed…

Trailer Park Controversy Lands in Court

A trailer park controversy in South Columbus landed in Superior Court Friday afternoon. The City put residents of the Fort Benning Estates on notice over the Christmas holidays telling them they had to relocate…

Standoff Suspect Appears in Court

The standoff suspect who shot at police and her own husband forcing an hours long standoff appeared in front of a Judge this morning. Rhonda Crute appeared here on eleven different charges after that…

Snapchat Suspect Lures 13 Year Old For Sex

A police detective testified Todd Jones used Snapchat to send nude photos and videos of himself to a thirteen year old boy he met in October. Messages on the social media site led to…

Domestic Dispute Leads To Shots Fired, SWAT Standoff

Patrol officers were responding to a domestic dispute here when they rolled up on the scene they were greeted by an armed woman and the situation escalated quickly. Columbus Police were called to 1309…

Former School Custodians Facing Child Sex Charges

Two former school custodians were arrested this past weekend for felony sex charges. People¬† familiar with the couple who worked locally as school custodians were shocked to hear of the arrest and the nature…

Shooting Victim Gives Facebook Live Update

A shooting victim took to social media to let friends and family know he was okay after a triple shooting late Thursday. Police and emergency personnel responded to the Hood Street Apartments around 9:30…

Friends Watch Victim Overdose, Dump Body In Cemetery

Friends of a local woman watched her overdose and then dumped her body according to a Police Detective. 34 year old Michelle Chambers was discovered dead and partially clothed at a local cemetery in…

Realtor Recovering After Robbery, Stabbing

A popular realtor is recovering after being robbed and stabbed repeatedly. Dan Parker was coming out of the Rosehill Seafood Restaurant when the suspect approached him on foot and stabbed him multiple times. Blood…

Local Voters Flock to Polls for Runoff

Local voters head back to the polls for a December runoff and statewide showdown for Georgia’s Secretary of State. The race for Georgia’s Secretary of State and Public Service Commissioner not normally a barn…