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Convicted Escapee Banned from Houston County, Given 10 Years in Prison

When Joseph Berdette Johnson, Jr, gets out of prison in 2022, he won't be coming home to Houston County. 

Part of the punishment handed down Friday by Judge Katherine K. Lumsden includes banishment from Houston County and all contiguous counties. 

After escaping almost three years ago, Johnson was sentenced to serve 10 years without parole, which he will serve concurrently with his original eight year sentence for drug charges. The original sentence carried the possibility of parole but that was before he failed to return from a weekend furlough to attend to a family matter prior to reporting to jail. 

A year and nine months later, he was caught during a traffic stop, as a passenger, when he gave Houston County Deputy Patrick Lange a false name: Jonathan Dangerfield. He was booked and his fingerprints revealed his true identity.

There's An App for Base Events

There's An App for Base Events

Now, you can look for on-base events from your phone! 

On your iPhone, search "My Military Communities." 

"MyMc2" will appear as an option. Download the app.

Once you have the app, you can pick your Air Force Base, including Robins.

You'll be able to view a calendar of events on base as well as an online directory.

Central Georgia Counties Rated by Health, Economy

A recent study commissioned by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation ranked Georgia counties based on the combined factors of health status and economic vitality.

RELATED |Macon County Tries to Climb Economic Ladder  

Among central Georgia counties, Houston County received the top ranking, followed by Monroe and Jones Counties.  Pulaski and Putnam round out the top five. 

Macon County was ranked dead last not only Central Georgia, but in the state as a whole.  The bottom five in central Georgia also include Wilkinson, Wilcox, Crisp and Telfair counties.  A complete list of the power ratings for Central Georgia is featured below. 

1)     1.  Houston (Score: 15.5; State rank - 10)

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Robins Family Has Surprise Memorial Day Reunion

One local Air Force family received a Memorial Day reunion they'll never forget.

Master Sergeant David Sims of Centerville surprised his wife Robin and their four children at Turner Field. The act was a part of the Hometown Heroes effort by the Atlanta Braves. Sims served a six-month tour in Afghanistan on a NATO installation.

He says his surprise wasn't a spur of the moment deal. He had been working with the Braves and Public Affairs since February. Monday afternoon, his family had no idea why they were called onto the field.

Sims says, "Everyone cheered for them, then they played my message that I had pre-recorded."

The family thought they were seeing Sims via satellite, until he said, "You know I can't wait to be home with you. In fact, wait just one minute."

Then, Sims walked off camera and onto the ball field. "They saw me, and I saw them. We all ran towards each other and the hugging and kissing commenced," he explained.

Houston County Railroad Crossing Has No Safety Gate

Houston County Railroad Crossing Has No Safety Gate

An incident report shows a Houston County officer could not hear the train warning in his car at the site of Sunday's accident. 

But he could see the flashing crossing lights. Some Warner Robins residents say the lights are not enough.

"People are losing their lives there," says Shirley Reeves.

Before she crosses the tracks, she says she stops, even though there isn't a stop sign. 

"A lot of people be in a rush and they don't even stop; they just shoot on out there," says Reeves.