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  • He wanted McNuggets, then 200 hashbrowns — but got a charge for drunk driving instead, cops sayHe wanted McNuggets, then 200 hashbrowns — but got a charge for drunk driving instead, cops say

    It was around 5 a.m. last Saturday, and one Australian man really wanted some McDonald’s chicken nuggets. So much so, that police say he allegedly drove around the fast food … Click to Continue »

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  • Holsey Chapel C.M.E. members love their annual breakfast and turkey giveawayHolsey Chapel C.M.E. members love their annual breakfast and turkey giveaway

    The women of Stepping Stones Ministries served fresh coffee, doughnuts and hot soup to Liberty District residents before handing out more than 250 turkeys to grace Thanksgiving tables in the neighborhood … Click to Continue »

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  • Hospital under investigation after nurses say they were forced to dance suggestivelyHospital under investigation after nurses say they were forced to dance suggestively

    A South Korean hospital is under investigation after allegations that some of its nurses were forced to perform suggestive dances in front of hospital officials and patients, according to local … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 55 min. ago
  • ‘Old love just rusts’: He couldn’t remember where he parked... for 20 years‘Old love just rusts’: He couldn’t remember where he parked... for 20 years

    “Honey, where’d we park the Passat?” It sounds like the jumping-off point for a 30-minute sitcom. But for one 76-year-old German man, that question went unresolved for two decades — … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 57 min. ago
  • AC/DC co-founder, guitarist Malcolm Young dies - WTVMAC/DC co-founder, guitarist Malcolm Young dies - WTVM

    AC/DC co-founder, guitarist Malcolm Young diesWTVM(RNN) - Malcolm Young, a founding member of AC/DC died Saturday at age 64. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. Poll. What is your favorite AC/DC song? Highway to Hell. Back In Black. You Shook Me All Night Long. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Hells Bells.and more »

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  • He wanted to go to the strip club — so his baby and toddler had to wait in the car, cops sayHe wanted to go to the strip club — so his baby and toddler had to wait in the car, cops say

    Here’s something not to do when you want to get your strip club fix on: Leave the kids in the car. A Fort Myers man somehow missed that memo on … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 3 h. 43 min. ago
  • New farmers market hopes to change neighborhood from food desert into food oasis New farmers market hopes to change neighborhood from food desert into food oasis

    A new farmers market started Wednesday afternoon at MercyMed of Columbus. The North Highland Pop-Up Farmers Market offered clients of MercyMed and residents of the surrounding neighborhoods a convenient way to shop for fresh, nutritious food. Local medical, agricultural and outreach experts came together to start the market in an effort to improve healthy food options in the area, which has limited access to fresh produce. … Click to Continue »

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  • A university’s beloved bulldog mascot was dying, so the school held a graduation for himA university’s beloved bulldog mascot was dying, so the school held a graduation for him

    As a final parting gift for his seven years of service, one Southern California university gave its beloved mascot the chance to graduate. Thurber the Bulldog is the mascot for … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 4 h. 28 min. ago
  • Murder victim's brother remembers his younger sister as shy and goofyMurder victim's brother remembers his younger sister as shy and goofy

    Sgt. Michael Franks remembers his sister Dennetta Franks, 17, as shy, goofy and a bit of a diva. She was shot and killed in Atlanta after running away from foster care … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 4 h. 53 min. ago
  • Missing girl's brother recalls the last time he saw herMissing girl's brother recalls the last time he saw her

    Dennetta Franks, 17, was found shot and killed in September on a road in Atlanta. Her brother Michael Franks talks about the last time he saw her … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 4 h. 58 min. ago
  • Brother of murder victim recognizes his sister through a news alertBrother of murder victim recognizes his sister through a news alert

    Sgt. Michael Franks received a call about a news alert regarding an unidentified girl murdered in Atlanta. He knew the moment he saw the photo that it was his younger sister Dennetta Franks … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 5 h. 1 min. ago
  • Murder victim's brother responds to his sister's call for helpMurder victim's brother responds to his sister's call for help

    Dennetta Franks, 17, was found dead in Atlanta. Days earlier, her brother Michael Franks had answered her call for help in Columbus … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 5 h. 6 min. ago
  • Spotted at the Let’s Grow STEAMx ExpoSpotted at the Let’s Grow STEAMx Expo

    Spotted at the Let’s Grow STEAMx Expo Friday, November 17, 2017. … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 6 h. 8 min. ago
  • Hovercraft Project brings STEM lesson to Columbus schoolHovercraft Project brings STEM lesson to Columbus school

    Thanks to a serendipitous convergence of circumstances, Double Churches Elementary School students got an unusual hands-on lesson in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math — along with collaboration and communication — as they built hovercrafts and rode them across the gym floor Friday. “It really felt like we were flying,” said fifth-grader Luke Norsworthy, 10. “It was really cool.” His teacher, Eric Crouch, learned about the Hovercraft Project through one of his friends, Chaz Ingle. Ingle is a supplier of PVC material, which Matthew Chase uses in the Hovercraft Project, an initiative from Chase Educational Consulting, a nonprofit organization based in Sarasota, Fla. … Click to Continue »

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  • Columbus police locate 42-year-old missing woman - WTVMColumbus police locate 42-year-old missing woman - WTVM

    Columbus police locate 42-year-old missing womanWTVMCOLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department has located a 42-year-old woman who went missing. MOREAdditional LinksPoll. According to police, Alisa Archibold had been missing since September 2017. No other details were released.

    Google News / 14 h. 6 min. ago
  • Eight men charged in operation targeting sex predators appear in Columbus Recorder's CourtEight men charged in operation targeting sex predators appear in Columbus Recorder's Court

    Earlier this month, area law enforcement agencies launched Operation Guardian, which focused on catching sexual predators who target children and resulted in 21 arrests. Eight of the men, ages 22-55 years old, appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court.

    Columbus News / 15 h. 28 min. ago
  • Eight men charged in operation targeting sex predators appear in Columbus Recorder's CourtEight men charged in operation targeting sex predators appear in Columbus Recorder's Court

    Earlier this month, area law enforcement agencies launched Operation Guardian, which focused on catching sexual predators who target children and resulted in 21 arrests. Eight of the men, ages 22-55 years old, appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court. Bonds were set ranging from $25,000 to $40,000. … Click to Continue »

    Ledger-Enquirer / 17 h. 7 min. ago
  • Callaway Gardens' Fantasy in Lights officially open for the HolidaysCallaway Gardens' Fantasy in Lights officially open for the Holidays

    COLUMBUS, GA It's the most wonderful time of the year as Callaway Gardens' Fantasy in Lights is now open to the public. Fantasy in Lights is National Geographic's Top 10 light Displays.

    Columbus News / 17 h. 50 min. ago
  • New CSU mural shines light on Columbus landmarks - WTVMNew CSU mural shines light on Columbus landmarks - WTVM

    New CSU mural shines light on Columbus landmarksWTVMThe name of the Mural is 'What The Water Gave Us' and it shows key landmarks in Columbus like the Clock Tower on the CSU campus and the water as a connecting piece and trains. The paint is expected to last decades. The main takeaway is to give the ...

    Google News / 18 h. 5 min. ago
  • The social media wedding of the year is right here in #ColumbusGa - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (blog)The social media wedding of the year is right here in #ColumbusGa - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (blog)

    Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (blog)The social media wedding of the year is right here in #ColumbusGaColumbus Ledger-Enquirer (blog)Let's hope they are all using #ColumbusGa or #ColGa this weekend. If they are, we will be trending. Hopkins has been posting this week about the wedding to Instagram story, a feature within the platform in which photos and videos disappear after 24 hours.

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  • Columbus man pleads not guilty to 2015 murder - WTVMColumbus man pleads not guilty to 2015 murder - WTVM

    Columbus man pleads not guilty to 2015 murderWTVMCOLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's been two years since Marcus Bowden was found shot to death along Cusseta Road in Columbus, but the man suspected of firing the fatal shot appeared in court on Friday.

    Google News / 21 h. 3 min. ago
  • Columbus foster girl found fatally shot in Atlanta listed as suspect in carjackingColumbus foster girl found fatally shot in Atlanta listed as suspect in carjacking

    Dennetta Franks, the 17-year-old Columbus foster girl found dead in Atlanta nearly two months ago, is listed as a suspect in an attempted carjacking along with two teens now being charged with her death. The incident occurred on Sept.

    Columbus News / 22 h. 28 min. ago
  • Pregnant woman set fire to her ex-boyfrienda s Columbus apartment, police sayPregnant woman set fire to her ex-boyfrienda s Columbus apartment, police say

    A suspect has been charged and arrested in connection with two fires and one fire attempt in Columbus. The first was a car fire at the Bradley Park Publix, the second was a fire at an apartment in Chase Homes and the third was an attempt at a home in the 1300 black of 16th Avenue.

    Columbus News / 22 h. 28 min. ago
  • Columbus police searching for missing teen last seen near Walnut StreetColumbus police searching for missing teen last seen near Walnut Street

    Preston Boggs, 16, was last seen in the area of Walnut Street on Nov. 2. He was wearing a red shirt and blue jean shorts, according to a release from the Columbus Police Department Special Victims Unit. He is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.

    Columbus News / 1 d. 3 h. 23 min. ago
  • Rothschild Middle School student arrested for having gun in lockerRothschild Middle School student arrested for having gun in locker

    COLUMBUS, GA The Muscogee County School District received a report that an unloaded gun was found in a student's locker at a middle school. According to the Muscogee County School District, around 3:00 p.m. ET an unloaded gun was found in a Rothschild Middle School student's locker.

    Columbus News / 1 d. 8 h. 23 min. ago
  • Charges changed to aggravated child molestation after court hearingCharges changed to aggravated child molestation after court hearing

    A Recorder's Court judge changed three molestation charges against a Columbus man to aggravated child molestation after a detective testified the man had sex multiple times with a 12-year-old girl. Michael King, 62, was charged with three counts of molestation after an Oct. 24 investigation into the improper touching of the child at a Benning Hills home.

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  • Jeep crash near Abbeville, Ala., leaves Columbus man dead, 3 others injuredJeep crash near Abbeville, Ala., leaves Columbus man dead, 3 others injured

    Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident Be prepared when you hit the road.

    Columbus News / 1 d. 17 h. 27 min. ago
  • Winston Road murder pushes Columbus homicide total to 37 - WRBLWinston Road murder pushes Columbus homicide total to 37 - WRBL

    WRBLWinston Road murder pushes Columbus homicide total to 37WRBL11/16/17 5:00 p.m. — We now know the victim in Thursday morning's deadly shooting was also the key witness in another murder from November 2014. Former Assistant District Attorney Pete Temesgen says 30-year-old Steve Phillips was the sole witness in ...Man identified in deadly shooting on Winston Rd.WTVMall 5 news articles »

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  • Columbus jobless rate improving amid less-than-robust job creationColumbus jobless rate improving amid less-than-robust job creation

    What goes up must come down, said the late English scientist Isaac Newton, and that would include the Columbus unemployment rate. As the Georgia Department of Labor prepares to release next week the pre-holiday season October figure for Columbus and the state's other 13 metro areas, it's a good time to take a look at how far the city and its workers have come from the double-digit jobless abyss it faced nearly seven years ago.

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  • Sumter County teen behind bars for shattering bus windowSumter County teen behind bars for shattering bus window

    AMERICUS, Ga. — A teen is in a youth detention center after being arrested for shattering a school bus window. According to police, Monday, November 13 at 7:28 p.m. they responded to Rucker Street in reference to an aggravated assault involving a Sumter County school bus on Masonic Street. When officers arrived, they learned from the bus driver that a front passenger side window was shattered from a possible BB gun pellet. No one on the bus was injured The unnamed teen will be charged with aggravated assault, interference with government property and reckless conduct and currently being detained at the Crisp RYDC.

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  • MCSD: Rothschild Middle School student arrested for unloaded gun in lockerMCSD: Rothschild Middle School student arrested for unloaded gun in locker

    COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Muscogee County middle school student has been arrested after a report of an unloaded gun. The Muscogee County School District says they received a report around 3 p.m. Thursday of an unloaded gun found in a locker at Rothschild Middle. All students and staff members are safe.

    WRBL - Crime / 1 d. 19 h. 56 min. ago
  • CPD investigating shooting on 15th St. - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA ... - WTVMCPD investigating shooting on 15th St. - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA ... - WTVM

    CPD investigating shooting on 15th St. - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA ...WTVMColumbus police are investigating another shooting. That one happening on the 1400 block of 15th Street early Thursday morning.and more »

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  • Columbus' latest homicide victim testified in gangster's murder trial - Columbus Ledger-EnquirerColumbus' latest homicide victim testified in gangster's murder trial - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

    Columbus Ledger-EnquirerColumbus' latest homicide victim testified in gangster's murder trialColumbus Ledger-EnquirerHis body will be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy. Columbus police were called to the scene around 9 a.m. Thursday after someone found the body in a wooded area trail near Winston Road and Benning ...

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  • Body found off Winston Road in ColumbusBody found off Winston Road in Columbus

    The body of a black male was found in a wooded area off of Winston Road Thursday morning, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan confirmed. Bryan pronounced the man dead at 9:35 a.m. after receiving a call about the body shortly after 9:00 a.m. Bryan said the victim died by gunshot wound, but would not indicate where he was shot.

    Columbus News / 2 d. 0 h. 25 min. ago
  • Woman injured in early morning shooting on 15th StreetWoman injured in early morning shooting on 15th Street

    COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus police responded to an early Thursday morning shooting on 15th Street Police activity was heavy in the 1400 block shortly after 2 a.m. Police tell News 3 a woman was shot. The woman’s injuries do not appear life threatening. We are told that no one has been arrested and detectives continue their investigation searching for a suspect. If you have any information regarding this shooting, you are asked to contact Columbus police.

    WRBL - Crime / 2 d. 0 h. 35 min. ago more
  • Arrest made in string of fires across ColumbusArrest made in string of fires across Columbus

    COLUMBUS, Ga. — An arson arrest has been made in a string of fires across Columbus. Fire Marshal Ricky Shores says the following fires are all linked together. Car fire in front of Publix, Wednesday, November 15 at 6:39 p.m. Fire at a 2nd Avenue Apartment, Thursday, November 16 at 12:42 a.m. Attempted fire at a home in the 1300 block of 16th Street, Thursday, November 16 at 3:21 a.m. The suspects name will be released at this point. All three fires are currently under investigation with the Columbus Police Department.    

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  • Winston Road murder pushes Columbus homicide total to 37Winston Road murder pushes Columbus homicide total to 37

    UPDATE: 11/16/17 5:00 p.m. — We now know the victim in Thursday morning’s deadly shooting was also the key witness in another murder from November 2014. Former Assistant District Attorney Pete Temesgen says 30-year-old Steve Phillips was the sole witness in the execution-style killing of Chad Herring. Herring was shot in the back of the head while riding in a car with Phillips and Kevin Babe “Cali” Henderson. Phillips testified he was driving the car when Henderson shot Herring in the back of the head for no apparent reason. Temesgen tells News 3’s Mikhaela Singleton that Phillips knew testifying would put him at risk. However, Phillips and Herring were close friends and Phillips didn’t want Herring to die without justice. “It weighs heavily on my heart,” Temesgen says during a phone conversation. “I grew close to the Phillips family during the trial and I’m sure this is just a devastating loss for them. I was also very shocked to hear of it.” Temesgen says it seems too early to tell if Phillips was targeted just five months after his June testimony and Henderson’s sentencing — a feeling mirrored by Columbus police who tell News 3 they are exploring all avenues in the murder investigation. Phillip’s death marks Columbus’ 30th murder, but the city’s 37th homicide. Homicide numbers are determined by the coroner’s office to signify a death by the hands of another person. However, police classify the city’s murder totals to include killings with malicious intent, not to include cases of self-defense. 11/16/17 11:30 a.m. — Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has released the identity of the man shot Thursday morning on Winston Road. Bryan identified the victim as 30-year-old Steve Phillips. He also says the 37th homicide of the year marks a gruesome milestone in his career. “I don’t know that we’ve seen it this bad. I’ve been in the office five years, and this is the most we’ve had since I’ve been elected coroner,” Bryan says. He adds recent trends in violent crimes lead him to believe there’s been an increase in retaliation attacks. “We know why this is happening,” Bryan says. “Drug related, gang related, type deals. Most of them seem to be execution style, the last five or six, kinda getting rid of witnesses and things of that nature from what I’ve been hearing from detectives. “I think it’s a shame that it’s happening. I don’t see any feasible way to stop it to be honest with you.” The Columbus Police Department has not verified a motive or suspects in Phillips’ death at this time. (ORIGINAL STORY) COLUMBUS, Ga. — Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 a man is dead after a shooting Thursday morning. The incident happened in the 900 block of Winston Road. The body was found in an abandoned lot. The coroner pronounced the victim dead at 9:35 a.m. The coroner also says this is the 37th homicide for 2017. This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.  

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  • Car catches fire at Publix parking lot on Bradley Park DriveCar catches fire at Publix parking lot on Bradley Park Drive

    COLUMBUS, GA An SUV burst into flames as one woman was going inside the grocery store at a busy North Columbus shopping center. According to The Columbus Fire Department, a woman driving a 2001 Chevy Trailblazer got out of her SUV to go inside the store.

    Columbus News / 2 d. 5 h. 16 min. ago
  • Most Wanted: September 2017 drive-by shooting on Ewart AvenueMost Wanted: September 2017 drive-by shooting on Ewart Avenue

    COLUMBUS, GA Columbus police are on the lookout for a man they believe witnessed a murder and they need your help finding him. Moody says Crittenden may or may not be wearing the black patch over his right eye as seen in a prior mug shot, but what they do want you to focus on are his tattoos- "Death B4 Dishonor" on his neckline, "Loyalty" on the side of his neck, and a marijuana leaf with "Smoke Now" on his chest.

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  • An important demographic was missing from Columbusa a On the Tablea conversationsAn important demographic was missing from Columbusa a On the Tablea conversations

    The inaugural On the Table event in the Columbus area clearly was successful. More than 6,500 folks gathered last week at 35 public sites plus dozens of private ones to share a meal and share ideas about improving our community.

    Columbus News / 2 d. 14 h. 24 min. ago
  • Police: Man charged in fatal motorcycle crash says he had two beers before crashPolice: Man charged in fatal motorcycle crash says he had two beers before crash

    A Columbus man accused in the Nov. 4 fatal motorcycle crash on Floyd Road had two beers before the crash at Booth Street, a police officer testified Wednesday in Recorder's Court. Daniel Voss, 58, pleaded not guilty to one count of homicide by vehicle first degree, driving under the influence and following too closely in the 4:38 p.m. crash at Booth Street that left 72-year-old Bobby Francis of Columbus dead.

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  • Man arrested after admitting to inappropriately touching girlMan arrested after admitting to inappropriately touching girl

    COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Columbus man has been arrested after inappropriate contact with a minor. 62-year-old Michael King was booked into the Muscogee County Jail Tuesday, November 14. King was arrested on three counts of child molestation after admitting he touched a 12-year-old girl inappropriately. According to the police report, the incident occurred at a home on Comer Avenue back on October 24. King will have a court date appear Thursday, November 16 at 2 p.m.

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  • Infant found dead in trunk of car in southwest AlabamaInfant found dead in trunk of car in southwest Alabama

    JACKSON, Ala. (WKRG) – The Jackson Police Department confirms to News 5 that the body of an infant was discovered in the trunk of a car Tuesday afternoon. Deputy Chief Richard Harvey says officers discovered the child during a traffic stop on Highway 43. One person, the child’s mother, is in custody.  The car was pulled over for expired tags.  Jackson Police Chief Jerry Taylor said a woman in her 20’s was arrested for giving false information to a police officer.  More charges could be pending.  The false information arrest prompted a search of the car which led to the discovery of the deceased child. The age of the child and cause of death remain unknown at this time.  The child is described as a newborn but the child’s sex was not released. They are awaiting the results of an autopsy. The woman’s name has not been released but she is in custody with Jackson County Police.

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  • School: 6 elementary students involved in pill distributionSchool: 6 elementary students involved in pill distribution

    ROCHELLE, Ga. (AP) — The superintendent of a Georgia school district says six elementary school students were involved in the distribution of prescription medication. WMAZ-TV reports Wilcox County Schools Superintendent Julie Childers says a child brought the pills to Wilcox Elementary School and distributed it to classmates. She said the child who brought the pills to school could be charged with a felony, while the children who accepted the medication could be charged with misdemeanors, but the district hopes to avoid criminal charges. Rochelle Police Chief Mickey Barfield says his office is not investigating. In a letter sent home to parents Monday, Childers said no one suffered serious effects from the pills. Parent Amanda Felton said her 9-year-old son was one of the recipients of Risperidal, and was suspended for a week.

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  • Man shot in hand and leg Monday eveningMan shot in hand and leg Monday evening

    COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus police detectives are investigating a shooting that injured a man Monday evening. According to a police report the man was shot in the hand and leg. The incident happened in the 400 block of Central Circle near the intersection of Hickory Avenue. No arrests have been yet and the case remains under investigation.

    WRBL - Crime / 3 d. 20 h. 2 min. ago
  • PCPD seeking person of interest in South Railroad St homicide investigationPCPD seeking person of interest in South Railroad St homicide investigation

    PHENIX CITY, Ala. — Phenix City police are seeking help in finding a person of interest in a homicide investigation. 31-year-old Derek Thomas is wanted for questioning by the police in the death of Jennifer Chambers. As News 3 has reported, Jennifer Chambers was found deceased around 1 a.m. on November 8 in the 1700 block of South Railroad Street from a gunshot wound. According to Phenix City police, Thomas had been involved in a dating relationship with Chambers prior to her death. Thomas is also wanted for bail jumping on a prior domestic violence case from 2014 that did not involve Chambers. If you have any information about this shooting or the whereabouts of Derek Thomas you are asked to contact the Phenix City Police Department at 334-448-2800.

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  • Man recovering after being shot in the leg near Fox Elementary School Monday nightMan recovering after being shot in the leg near Fox Elementary School Monday night

    UPDATE 11/14/17 4:30 p.m. — Columbus police were dispatched to the area of 6th Avenue and 32nd Street for a possible shooting. No arrests have been made in the case and remains under investigation. COLUMBUS, Ga. — According to Columbus Fire and EMS a man was shot just before nine Monday night. Officials say, it happened behind Fox Elementary. The man who was shot has since been transported to Midtown Medical Center for his injuries. Columbus Fire and EMS say he was shot once in the right leg. When we arrived on scene around nine thirty, we did attempt to get more information from Columbus Police. No details were provided at that time.     According to CFEMS, the man who was shot is said to be in stable condition at this time. Among other things, we’re working to learn the identity of the victim and whether any arrests have been made.    

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  • For law enforcement, Project Lifesaver lives up to its nameFor law enforcement, Project Lifesaver lives up to its name

    LEE COUNTY, Ala. & TROUP COUNTY, Ga. — When a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Dementia or a different condition goes missing, every second is critical during the search. The Lee County (Ala), Troup County Sheriff’s Offices along with other agencies uses a tool that can help in that search process. The tool is called Project Lifesaver. The device can be worn as either a bracelet on the wrist or ankle. Each bracelet (transmitter) has a specific frequency. When law enforcement learns that a person wearing the device is missing, law enforcement uses a radio receiver that picks up the signal from the device. Once a signal is found, officers can narrow down the area to find the person. “When we have had to employ it, we have been able to locate the individual with that device in less than an hour,” Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said. The devices have a range of one to two miles depending on the terrain. The batteries in the devices must be replaced every four to six weeks. Troup County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Stewart Smith said the devices are not a replacement for constant care. “People with altered mental status, sometimes they can revert back to their younger days, and they’ll have a mission in mind of where they want to go,” Sgt. Smith said. “We don’t know where that mission is.” Law enforcement members said searches for missing persons can use a lot of resources, but the devices can cut down on the time and resources immensely. “It just gives them one more tool, one more comfort, having something in place that would hopefully allow us as public safety servants to help them locate and be able to return their loved one to the family,” Sheriff Jones said. If you feel a family member may be a candidate for the device, you are urged to contact your local law enforcement office.  

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  • 21 arrested across Columbus in online child predator sting21 arrested across Columbus in online child predator sting

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