Robbie Watson

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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…

"Three Generations Wiped Off The Face of The Earth"

Three generations were wiped off the face of the Earth because a local trucking company failed miserably to enforce their own safety and training policies a Muscogee County Jury heard Monday. Attorneys opened…

Central Class President Had A "Spirit of Joy"

The Central Class President who died tragically Tuesday is being fondly remembered on school campus today. The students at Central High School are in a state of shock according to the Senior Class…

1st SFAB Is Not Your Father's Army

This is not your father's Army. The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade was built from scratch two years ago and is now comprised of 800 Soldiers, the Army's "A Team". They are the…

Popular Central Student Critical After Bus Crash

A popular Central High School student continues to fight for his life after colliding with a Phenix City School bus Friday afternoon. The 17 year old driver and his teen passenger were coming…

Killer Taunts Victim's Family On Facebook

A convicted killer taunts friends and family of his victim on social media after being sentenced for the crime of murder. Mariah Farrow's family thought they might move toward the healing process after…

Killer Spared Death After Plea Deal

It was the day of reckoning for convicted killer Demetrius Dorsey who has never expressed remorse nearly four years after he made good on a promise to murder Mariah Farrow. The 19 year old…

Suspect Confesses To Quadruple Homicide

The suspect accused of repeatedly stabbing his partner and three small children has made multiple confessions to Homicide Detectives and sent letters of confession to family members. Those stunning details were revealed after…

Fatal Harris County Crash In Construction Zone

A Harris County crash claimed the life of a Columbus woman during the rush hour commute Monday. A stretch of River Road is currently under construction and will be for many months to…

Victims Stabbed Repeatedly In Quadruple Murder

Patrol Officers responding to a welfare check at the Elizabeth Canty Apartments stumbled on the ghastly scene in South Columbus. Four victims were stabbed to death including three children ages three, one and an…

Dispute Over Cow Prompts Deadly Bickerstaff Shooting

A dispute over a cow allegedly prompted the deadly shooting of a popular Harris County man. Homicide investigations in Harris County are rare in fact Sheriff Mike Jolley reports less than 10 homicide…

Task Force Weighs River Enforcement

There has been plenty of talk about how exactly to address this public safety issue where people continue to ignore the dangers of the Chattahoochee River. Less than one hour after a six year…

Phenix City Pays $100,000 For Officer Involved Shooting

Phenix City has settled a Federal lawsuit alleging Excessive Force during a 2017 officer involved shooting. The Phenix City Police Department has always maintained the Police Officer did nothing improper or outside…

Vicious Dog Attack Warrants Misdemeanor Charge

A vicious dog attack prompted one local woman to question a new Alabama law created to address such attacks. Sandy Vogts was taking an early morning stroll in her Fort Mitchell neighborhood…

Whitewater Responds To Backlash

The popular rafting company Whitewater Express is responding to public backlash after rafters were seen near search teams looking for a drowning victim. Whitewater's decision to open for business before searchers located a child…

Fingerprints Identify Suspect In Child's Assault

The Columbus Police Department's Special Victim's Unit testified Friday they were able to crack a three year old cold case using fingerprint technology. Investigators have been looking for the suspect who broke into…

Local Voters Sound Off On First Debate

Local voters had plenty to say in response to this past week's first televised debate. Half of the two dozen candidates vying for the democratic nomination took the stage in South…

Drowning Victim Buried With Military Honors

  It took a month to hammer out firm arrangements for Ron Cyr but those closest to the former Staff Sergeant who served in Vietnam were determined to give him a proper military…

Police Radio Scanner Encrypted Soon

Local police radio traffic will soon be off limits to the public including members of the media thanks to a system upgrade for the Columbus Police Department. The Computer Aided Dispatch system or…

Boat Slams Into Lake Oliver Marina

A boat accident sent seven people to the local hospital Tuesday Afternoon. Mutliple Law Enforcement Agencies responded to the scene at the Lake Oliver Marina just after 3:00 pm and just as heavy…

Suspects Arrested For Ladonia Double Homicide

Two suspects are in police custody in connection to a fatal house fire in Phenix City including the boyfriend of a woman named as a person of interest who was allegedly spotted casually…

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…

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…

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…