Robbie Watson

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Severe Weather To Saturate Viewing Area

Severe weather has descended on our area and weather forecasters have been talking about this weekend's winter storm system for several days now but not everyone heeds their warnings, why not? That depends…

Love Triangle Sparks Phenix City Shootout

A love triangle reportedly sparked a deadly shooting on the Phenix City Riverwalk Monday. According to a source familiar with the case, the gunfire erupted on 1st Avenue and 19th Street where a…

Couple Parking Led To Hurtsboro Murder

A couple parking prompted a deadly confrontation in Hurtsboro. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor initially said he thought a Hurtsboro murder case was personal, indeed it was.  Deontra Jones was allegedly engaged in…

Teens Kill Man For $70 Worth of Marijuana

Two Columbus teens allegedly killed a man for $70 dollars worth of marijuana according to court testimony.  17 year old Dequarius Richarson and his 16 year old accomplice appeared in Recorder's court charged…

Female Store Workers Helped Burglary Suspect

A Burglary suspect romanced female employees who worked at local cell phone stores to gain access to the store's security information according to court testimony. A police detective with the Columbus Police Department's…

Fatal Crash Didn't Curb Teen's Reckless Conduct

Johnston Taylor appeared in court after a petition was filed by Prosecutor Brandon Hughes detailing the teen's stunning behavior since the fatal crash that killed Rod Bramblett, the beloved Voice of the Auburn…

Local Social Media Sensation Wanted For Murder

A local man went from social media sensation to a suspect wanted for murder in a matter of minutes according to the Lagrange Police Department. Tierre Williams first appeared on the public's radar…

Police Target Lime Green Money Gang

In one of the single most horrific acts of violence in Columbus, five people were shot near a notorious apartment complex early Sunday morning. One man died on the scene and four others…

Police Slow Their Roll On Pot Possession

Local published reports sent the people into a frenzy suggesting Columbus Police will no longer arrest people for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Columbus Police tell First News, not quite. "Ah that's kinda true but…

Exclusive Video Shows Circle K Killer

Daequavian Solomon is being detained in Russell County exactly where he belongs according to court documents which reveal the alleged Circle K Killer has a penchant for Armed Robbery and was on probation…

Body Of Aniah Blanchard Recovered

  The body of Aniah Blanchard has been recovered in Macon County, Alabama. Evidence made public earlier in the investigation of Aniah Blanchard's disappearance, including the discovery of a life threatening amount of…

Prosecutor Suggests Ibraheem Yazeed "Handles" Witnesses

A Lee County Prosecutor told a Judge there is a reason Ibraheem Yazeed has been able to beat the rap on multiple previous violent charges.  Brandon Hughes' revelations came during Yazeed's preliminary hearing…

City Denies Responsibility For Fatal Crash

The family of a popular local businessman killed by a city truck driver is preparing for a legal battle with the city at the taxpayers expense. The City truck driver, Lewis Triester was…

Case of Missing Teen Resonates With Community

The case of missing Auburn teen Aniah blanchard has prompted all kinds of theories from social media to psychics weighing in on who might be responsible. What we don't have are many facts…

Wife Sentenced For Murder of Daniel Brown

  This was the real life horror story of Daniel Lee Brown. The 44 year old Fort Mitchell man served for 26 years with the National Guard deploying three times including a tour…

Pay Raise For Marshal's Employees In Consolidation Plan

Deputy Marshals will get a pay raise according to a presentation on consolidation during a City Council work session this morning.  Local Legislators are weighing the option to combine the Marshal's office with…

Man Charged With Felony Animal Cruelty

A man charged with animal cruelty made his first court appearance this afternoon. Edward Bailey appeared in Recorder's Court where a Columbus Police Officer testified the man said he bit "Annie" because the…

Double Murder Witnesses Lead Police To Suspect

Witnesses to a double murder inside a Mellon Street apartment led police to suspect Earl Johnson and now they fear for their own safety according to court testimony Friday. Two months after the…

Suspect Wanted After Three Dozen Break Ins

A suspect wanted in connection to a rash of car break ins is still on the loose according to jail records Saturday.  Nearly three dozen incidents were reported to police at the end…

Conference Tours "Ugly" Side of City

  A city conference focusing on "the good, the bad and the ugly" in Columbus continued with a bus tour Wednesday morning of some of the city's most notorious crime scenes in recent…

Man Shot In Deadly Police Chase Involved In Standoff

Hunter Tillis was shot in the face and lived to tell about it after a notorious Officer Involved Shooting nearly three years ago. According to court testimony this morning, PTSD from that incident…

12 Year Old Killed Over Bicycle

  This report has been updated from an earlier version to include the 12 year old victim allegedly did not want to part with his bicycle at the home of the shooter instead…

Attorney General To Weigh School Bus Crash Charges

The Alabama Attorney General will decide if criminal charges are appropriate in the case involving a  a Phenix City School Bus crash. Nearly two months after a Phenix City school bus was involved…

Police: What Crime Increase?

Have things gotten so bad you can't stop for gas here in Columbus? Police tell First News they don't think so in fact they're not even sure the recent crime spree fits a…

$10,000 Cash For Circle K Coward

The Columbus Police Department is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the male suspect who shot and killed an Army Veteran during a Circle K store robbery…

Murdered Circle K Employee Was Ex Military

The grief stricken family of the Circle K employee brutally gunned down Monday has one question for their son's killer. "Why? Why did you have to kill him? You could have just took…

Upatoi Killer Requests New Trial

Convicted Upatoi killer Rufus Burks is asking for a new trial in Columbus. Burks was the only one of three defendants charged with the triple slaying of the Short Family to actually stand…

Former Police SGT Charged With Murder Wants Bond

A former police officer charged with murder is asking the court for bond. William Talley was shuttled out of solitary confinement in the Muscogee County Jail for the first time in four months to…

Suspect Indicted Twice For Sex Charges Free on Bond

A Russell County suspect indicted twice by a Grand Jury for sexual offenses involving a child remains free on bond. Law enforcement officials tell First News these allegations of child sex abuse are…

Veteran's Accused Killer Wants Bond Reduction

The suspect accused of killing a Three War Veteran in his own home wants the court to reduce his bond. Darius Travick barged into John Dawson's home last September after a assaulting a…

Countryman Surrenders License To Boys Home

A controversial boys home owned by Greg Countryman is now closed according to DFACS, the state agency in charge of overseeing the home.  Invictus Transformational Mental Health and Wellness Home closed late last…

Russell County Deputy Fired For Choking Inmate

According to Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor a 34 year old inmate making his first court appearance for felony theft started calling Deputy Stephon Parker obscenities as they left the Judicial Building last…

A Call To Action In Columbus

People of Faith in the Chattahoochee Valley are issuing a Call to Action in Columbus in response to  recent violent crimes. Sometimes people just need love. They need to know that people care.…

Teacher's Aide Busted For Tampering With Evidence

A Harris County teacher's aide busted for tampering with evidence after the murder of a rising rap artist is part of a mother daughter duo now charged in connection to the case. A…

Rapper's Friends Charged With His Murder

Police tell First News a local rapper's own friends are in custody for his murder.  All three suspects charged with murder were so well acquainted a detective testified Jaylin Williams was easily coaxed…

Triplet Charged With Brother's Murder

Kenneth Jernigan appeared to break down just seconds after appearing in front of a judge for one count of murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime A police…

Convicted Sex Offender Targets Bus Stops

A convicted sex offender is in police custody after multiple kids and parents allegedly saw the man identified as Javonte Oden engaging in similar acts that first landed him in jail. According to…

Hamburger Steak and Hot Topics For Congressman Mike Rogers

In a room full of local movers and shakers, Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers gathered for some hamburger steak and hot topics. Representative Rogers dismissed any public perception about a  "contentious congress"  blaming the…

Police Investigate Triple Shooting

Police investigators are working to determine what exactly happened inside a Mellon Street Apartment where two men were shot multiple times. The Homicide Unit responded to a person being shot at 10:23 Sunday…

Record $280 Million Judgement Against Schnitzer

A record $280 million dollar judgement was handed down by a Muscogee County Jury Friday in response to a fatal truck crash that killed five members of one family in East Alabama. Attorneys from…

Jury Hears About Catastrophic Loss

Correction: A statement under oath by the truck driver's former attorney about visiting a crash scene and not finding fault was referencing a previous collision in 2013 involving Kenneth Cathey not the fatal…