Robbie Watson

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Miracle Man Survives Tree Topple On Truck

Meet Mike Johnson. The Columbus man is a walking, talking miracle after a 150 foot Oak tree landed in his lap during the morning commute Thursday. The tree fell on the roadway hours…

Court: Deputy Tried To Save Inmate

A Muscogee County Sheriff's Investigator told Municipal Court Judge Steven Smith that a Deputy rushed inside the bloody cell where he personally witnessed Jayvon Hatchett on top of inmate Eddie…

Missing Autistic Teen Arrested

  A local autistic teenager who was reported missing by police 24 hours ago appeared in front of a Recorder's Court judge this morning.  The 17 year old was charged as an…

Court: Advocacy Worker Did Not Report Child Rape

A detective with the Columbus Police Department's Special Victims Unit recounted in halting detail court testimony that is too disturbing for our television viewers. The young victim told investigators about years…

Biker Speeding Over 100 mph Before Crash

  A motorcycle driver died and another man continues fighting for his life after a high speed collision in Columbus Friday night.  The incident occurred at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and the Manchester…

Public Safety Proposal Prompts Fiery Response

"I am calling for the immediate resignation of Chief of Police, Rick Boren immediately," Justin Allen said in response to a recent video published on social media showing the arrest of two men…

EXCLUSIVE: Hector Arreola's Death Changed To Homicide

In a stunning reversal, the state's medical examiner has officially ruled Hector Arreola's death a homicide.  The amended report comes three and a half years after he called local police for help and…

Good Samaritan Killed Helping Woman

Richard Watson was one of ten children and described as a quiet man who stayed in his own lane. When the Good Samaritan allegedly saw a woman being pummeled outside a Cusseta Road…

Local Election Showdown On Democratic Ballot

Two of the most important races in Muscogee County are partisan races and voters have to choose Democratic, Republican or Nonpartisan ballots during the primary election June 9th. Nat "Good morning, thank you."…

BWP Cares Delivers to Frontline of Deadly Pandemic

BWP Cares feeds thousands of local healthcare workers one week after launch. Brooke Peak told First News she was sitting around her house like a lot of other people wondering what she could…

Criminal Citations For City Employees Shooting Hoops

Phenix City Police doled out criminal citations to two City employees for violating the shelter in place order. TJ Bryant and Quadarius Woods were cited for violating a health code after pictures surfaced…

Keep Calm And Carry On....From A Distance

Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson urged people not to panic after word spread that the city officially recorded it's first case of the Coronavirus. "There's no shortage of food. The shelves are getting restocked. Just…

Debt Collector Posed As Cop To Harass Clients

A local debt collector was hauled into court this morning charged with impersonating a police officer. Jason Lovegrove posed as law enforcement on Facebook targeting clients from his work place and others according…

It's About To Get Real

It's about to get real as they say and as this pandemic spreads to our little corner of the Universe. The question everybody has is how will I know if I'm sick and…

Driver, Inmates Pick Up Reefer On Garbage Route

A garbage truck driver is behind bars tonight after a scheme to get prison inmates marijuana behind bars. Taurean Steele is employed by the city's Public Work's Department and is now facing felony…

City Worker Arrested For Sex Crimes Wants Bail

 A City worker wants a Muscogee County Judge to set bail so he can return to work. Patrick Conway's defense attorney told the court during last week's hearing that the 53 year old…

"It's Still Very Tough" One Year Later

Sheriff Jay Jones says even though a year has passed, the worst natural disaster in Alabama's history is still fresh on the minds of people in Lee County. "It's just still even after…

Veteran Guilty of Combat Medic's Road Rage Murder

Lorenzo Freeman Sr. and Justin Davidson were both army veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder when their worlds collided according to court testimony. Davidson was hurling racial slurs at Freeman's son during…

Victim Dies After Driving Through Street Basketball Game

A Columbus man who was severely beaten after driving through a street basketball game has died. Danny Jones never regained consciousness after the altercation on Wimbish Court last Thursday according to his family.…

Dispute Over Construction Payment Ends With Murder

A business dispute over money ended with one man dead and another claiming he fired his weapon in self defense. The incident happened February 9th a home on Rice Street. Trey Campbell was…

Drive By Shooting In Broad Daylight Leaves One Dead

Columbus Police are investigating a drive by shooting that left one man dead. The incident happened just a few miles from our Buena Vista Road studio on Brighton Road.  Patrol officers responded shortly…

Attorney: Million Dollar Drug Figure Is Fuzzy Math

An attorney representing Autumn Tillery says the million dollar figure cops assigned to the amount of drugs found in her Upatoi home was formulated using some fuzzy math. Tillery is now facing multiple…

The Miraculous Comeback of Mark Jones

A local businessman who weathered his own storm is making a miraculous comeback after a near fatal crash. Mark Jones has spent two years recovering since that crash. You might recognize his name…

FBI Honors Providence Baptist Pastor

  The FBI and Lee County Sheriff's Department teamed up to honor one Beauregard Citizen who has gone above and beyond they said since the deadly tornado ripped through that Community last March.…

Drug Deal Prompts Deadly Shootout

A drug deal gone bad ended with the death of a Central High School student and another teen fighting for his life. The Lee County Sheriff's Department responded to shots fired in the…

Defense Attorneys Target Mom In Deadly Home Invasion

Columbus Police Investigators identified the armed bandits arrested for a deadly home invasion as members of the FNG Gang and testified that these same suspects showed up at the house in Upatoi just…

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…