Robbie Watson

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Stolen Gun Used In 9 Year Old’s Shooting

A nine year old Columbus boy is in critical condition after being shot with a stolen gun according to a Police Investigator. What exactly happened inside the home in East Columbus where the child…

Post Housing Under Scrutiny Because of Mold

As the debate rages over recent reports the government is considering housing migrant children at Fort Benning, one active duty soldier tells First News, he knows first hand the housing on Post is not…

Report: Teen Fell Asleep Before Bramblett Crash

    Clarification: The teen driver involved in the fatal crash with Rod and Paula Bramblett allegedly told First Responders he fell asleep at the wheel at the time of the crash.  The Official…

911 Operator’s Revenge Porn Post Prompts Felony Charges

A Columbus 911 Operator is accused of tapping into secret law enforcement computer systems to obtain information on her husband and his family members. Heather Henslee is facing multiple felony charges including Communicating Criminal…

Sucker Punch Kills Former Eufaula Football Player

It was a sucker punch, not a fight that led to the death of a former Eufaula Football player according to Investigators. Thomas Jackson and his alleged killer Michael Mayo are both Eufaula natives…

Police Testify Dad, Toddler Knew Their Killer

A Police Detective testified in Recorder’s Court this morning Joseph Banks and his accused killer Antonio Willis had both stayed at various times at the Colony Inn on Victory Drive. Willis was described as…

Stop Saying Happy Memorial Day

Deborah Tainsh has a simple message for the people this Memorial Day and it’s on display for anyone driving by her neighborhood. Stop saying “Happy Memorial Day”. “For us, the word ‘Happy’ left a…

Alabama Guardsman Charged With Police Shooting in Court

The Alabama Guardsman charged with Capital Murder for killing an Auburn Police Officer made his first court appearance Tuesday. Shackled and surrounded by a slough of Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies, Grady Wayne Wilkes was…

Suspect Used Video Games To Molest Victim

A suspect accused of multiple counts of child molestation allegedly used video games to prey on his young victim. According to court testimony , it was a school principal who tipped police off to…

Shoplifting Suspects Target Local Stores

Multiple shoplifting suspects have been arrested in connection to a massive shoplifting ring which spanned several cities in the Southeast. Retail shops in Columbus, Auburn, Opelika, Lagrange and Montgomery were targeted in the scheme.…

Masked Gunmen Hijack Vehicle In North Columbus

Masked gunmen suspected of hijacking a vehicle overnight in North Columbus are now in police custody thanks to an alert citizen. The victim in this case was sitting under his carport , unwinding after…

Alabama Lawmakers Weigh Pot Penalties

Alabama lawmakers are considering two separate marijuana bills that have already cleared the Senate. One bill makes medical marijuana legal for people suffering from certain conditions, the other would reduce the penalty for recreational…

Teen Murder Suspect Caught On Camera

A teen murder suspect charged with killing a homeless man for his bicycle was back in Recorder’s Court Wednesday. A Columbus Police Detective testified a slough of evidence was found at the murder scene…

Judge Lowers Bond For Northside Teacher

A Northside teacher facing criminal charges appeared in Recorder’s Court for the second time in 72 hours. Kristin Davenport is charged with sexual assault by a person who has supervisory or disciplinary authority over…

Police: Teen Killed Man For Bicycle

A Police officer testified in Recorder’s Court Saturday that a Columbus teenager shot and killed a 60 year old man for his Bicycle. The officer was testifying during a bond hearing for 17 year old Tellious Brown. Brown allegedly shot…

Northside Teacher Latest School Employee Arrested

A Northside Teacher was arrested and charged after inappropriate contact with a student. The Muscogee County School District says it was an anonymous tip that led to the investigation of the 26 year old…

Family Says Suspect Not Monster Portrayed In Reports

The family of a Phenix City mother charged with murder says Ashley Nicole King is not the monster being portrayed in recent news reports. Phenix City Investigators say King intentionally set the fire that…

Two Murders Hours Apart in Columbus

Two Murders took place just hours apart in Columbus. Police are still searching for the suspects after the rash of gun violence. The incidents are unrelated and homicide detectives have not yet said if…

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…