Your Houston County Weather: Mostly cloudy, some light rain possible, highs in the mid 60’s.
Thursday in Houston County Superior Court 27 year old Marquis Lowe was found guilty of gunning down Dajohn Milton in an apparent drug robbery turned bad. It happened behind an apartment complex off Ignico Drive last March. In addition to malice murder and felony murder Lowe was also found guilty of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and use of a gun by a convicted felon. He’s expected to be sentenced later today by Judge Katherine Lumsden; meanwhile defense attorneys say they’ll appeal. A co-defendant in the crime, Trey Dinkins, is scheduled to be tried later in the year.
A two day planning retreat for members of Warner Robins City government starting this afternoon. The event taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn on Willie Lee Parkway here in town – this afternoon’s sessions focus on insights from selected area leaders; Saturday’s agenda features in depth briefings by municipal department heads. The retreat is open to the public.
Mary Therese Tebbe, the Executive Director of the 21st Century Partnership, will be leaving that organization to take on a new position. She’ll be stepping into the role of Director of Public Affairs for the Georgia National Guard.
We now know a little more about that death Thursday morning on Robins Air Force Base. According to a Houston County Coroner’s report, the victim was a 51 year old man from Fort Valley who worked as a mechanic with the 402nd Maintenance Wing. The cause of death was a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
A former Robins Federal Credit Union employee sentenced to three years in prison. Kimberly Brown found guilty of identity theft after she applied for loans and credit cards using stolen information.
Two men arrested in a Perry drug raid yesterday. Cornelius King and Terrence Joiner charged with possession of over a pound of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Thursday a busy day at the State Capitol; among other things it was Georgia Literacy Day. To help stress the importance of full family, including adult, literacy efforts a group of students and teachers from Middle Georgia Technical College taking time to visit with local representatives under the Gold Dome. Among items discussed – the need for increased funding, the impact of community learning centers, and a recognition of the 2012 Georgia Adult Literacy Advocate’s Legislative Honor Roll. Local inductees include State Representatives Larry O’Neal, Willie Talton, Buddy Harden, and Robert Dickey, as well as State Senators Ross Tolleson and Cecil Staton.