Gang Task Force event set for Saturday in WR

WARNER ROBINS — Former recording artist James “Sonny Spoon” Maxwell is the keynote speaker at the 14th annual Houston County Gang Task Force seminar Saturday in Warner Robins.

The 90-minute event, which includes a free breakfast, is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 210 Garmon St.

Maxwell, who served time for drug convictions, is expected to speak about the dangers of getting involved in drugs and gangs, Houston County District Attorney Jason Ashford said.

Maxwell may also perform at the end of the seminar, Ashford said.

The seminar also will have other speakers — from prosecutors to police gang intelligence officers to educators, Ashford said.

Some of the topics of discussion expected are how to identify gang members and what may make some children susceptible to joining a gang. One of the ways to combat gang activity is to keep the lines of communication open among parents, educators, law enforcement and prosecutors, Ashford said.

The seminar offers a way to bring all those folks together, he said.

“The only way to combat it is to stay vigilant,” Ashford said.

Ashford said attendees are encouraged to sign up for the event in order to help better gauge how much food will be needed, but he said all are welcome even if they did not have the opportunity to RSVP.

To RSVP for the event, e-mail Kacy Rizer at

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.