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Second Substitute Teacher Arrested In Columbus

A Substitute teacher who was employed by the Muscogee County School District is facing criminal charges for the second time in less than a week. The second arrest of another substitute teacher comes after an alleged physical confrontation at Midland Middle School.


Columbus man facing second murder charge

Columbus Police have charged a man with a murder who is also a suspect in a separate killing. Police have charged 33-year-old Curtis Williams III with the murder of Steve Phillips Jr.


Phenix City man covered in blood arrested after allegedly committing burglary, kidnapping with machete

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A Phenix City man was arrested after allegedly being involved in three incidents over the course of a single day. David Wisniske allegedly burglarized a residence on Opelika Rd. using a machete on Apr. 17 at approximately 11:20 a.m. The suspect left after the resident confro


Lee County Sheriff's Office searching for missing Smiths Station woman

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Smiths Station woman. Brittany Leanne Mitchell, 28, was discovered missing at about 3:45 a.m. on Tuesday by family. The family then filed a missing person report to police, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said in a


Phenix City police apprehend machete-wielding suspect

Phenix City police have arrested and charged a machete-wielding suspect following two incidents on Wednesday. David Wisniske was arrested on Wednesday evening following a foot chase and was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, felony false information and several other misdem


Alabama teen once charged with killing his parents claims sheriff is still looking for ways to put him in jail

An Alabama teenager who was charged in the 2016 murder of his parents only to have those charges dropped last year says he believes the town sheriff is still looking for ways to put him in jail.


Mistrial declared in Alabama murder case

DOTHAN, Ala. — An Alabama jury failed to reach a verdict in a capital murder case this week, resulting in a mistrial. The Dothan Eagle reports prosecutors will consider whether to retry Herman Cunningham Jr., of Abbeville, who faces charges in the 2011 slaying of 21-year-old Apolinar "Poli" Perez Jr


Chattahoochee River rises quickly then begins to fall in downtown Columbus

COLUMBUS (WRBL) - The heavy rains that moved through the Columbus region earlier today have left the Chattahoochee River swollen and raging. At its peak Friday morning, eight gates on the Oliver Dam were open and more than 61,000 cubic feet of water per second pour through the dam and made its way d


Former Alabama police officer pleads guilty to repeatedly assaulting handcuffed man

A former Alabama police officer pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges after he repeatedly assaulted a handcuffed suspect several years ago. Michael Brandon Smirnoff, 27, was a former Tallassee police investigator. He was initially arrested in 2016.


Columbus Police search for missing 11-year-old

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 11-year-old child. Alexzander Mitchell was last seen around 9:00 AM this morning near 12th St. and 15th Ave. in Columbus.


Storms kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.


356 makeshift weapons, drugs, cellphones seized during Alabama prison raid

More than 350 weapons were among the items found during a massive contraband raid at an Alabama prison. More than 300 law enforcement officers descended upon an Alabama prison Thursday morning in a joint operation targeting contraband. The Alabama Department of Corrections led the predawn raid at Wi


Convicted killer of north Alabama jeweler dies after extended illness in prison

A man serving life without parole for the 1990 shooting death of a north Alabama jeweler has died. James David Beard, 59, died at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center after being transferred there from William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility. Beard was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. Thursday from


Attorney General Steve Marshall gets restraining order against North Alabama massage businesses

MONTGOMERY — The Madison County Circuit Court has granted a request by Attorney General Steve Marshall for a temporary restraining order against a chain of North Alabama massage businesses. Marshall said these businesses were actually operating a human-trafficking enterprise. This is the first civil


Ware returns home to help gather supplies for tornado victims

TROY, AL (WSFA) - Former Troy University football standout DeMarcus Ware spent the afternoon collecting donations for those affected by this year’s Lee County and Pike County tornadoes.


Alabama can’t keep correctional officers - here’s why

Alabama has been losing correctional officers in its prisons since 2010. Why?. That question - and reversing that trend - was the subject not only of proposals in the Legislature this week, but an exhaustive study commissioned by the Department of Corrections that has been unsealed in court.


Not Out Of The Woods Yet For Severe Storms

Most thunderstorms earlier Thursday night bypassed Columbus to the north and west. However, additional heavy storms are forming across portions of Alabama as a tropical warm front surges northward in advance of a western cold front. As these storms merge, damaging wind gusts will develop in areas. A


Opelika police investigating use of forged check, theft

The Opelika Police Department is investigating a criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft from an area business. On Feb. 14 a suspect purchased multiple items using a counterfeit check at Home Depot, 2190 Tiger Town Parkway, police said in a release on Friday afternoon.


Columbus police investigating armed robbery at Zaxby’s on Auburn Ave.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police are investigating an armed robbery at a restaurant Thursday night. The robbery happened and Zaxby’s on Auburn Avenue. According to police, the suspect entered the restaurant with a gun and demanded money. The suspect fled in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount


First Look as Walmart plans an estimated $69 million in Alabama Store Renovations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - The following is a press release from Walmart Inc. Building on its commitment to save customers time and money in new ways, Walmart expects to spend an estimated $69 million this year in Alabama through the remodeling of 14 stores, as well as the launch and continued expans