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Russell County inmate found dead in cell, sheriff said

Nearly a month after arriving at the Russell County Jail on a second-degree burglary charge, an inmate was found hanging from his bunk late Thursday, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said Friday.James Francis Devitt, 33, of Phenix City was pronounced dead of possible hanging at 11:20 p.m. inside

LEDGER-ENQUIRER - 2018-08-17 13:18:00

Two men had sex with 13-year-old girl from Cusseta, Columbus police say

The second of two men accused of doing “nasty things” to a 13-year-old Cusseta, Ga., girl in April pleaded not guilty to a series of charges Thursday in Recorder’s Court.Markeith Rone, 23, faces one count each of sodomy, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and Intern

LEDGER-ENQUIRER - 2018-08-16 16:21:00

Cusseta teen charged with murder of Opelika man

The arrest was made by the Opelika Police Department with the assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Office, the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Camp Hill Police Department.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - 2018-08-17 14:42:00

Five-year-old mysteriously dies after coming home from school

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DOTHANFIRST.COM - 2018-08-17 03:41:43

Woman sought after car attempted to strike officer on Buxton Drive and Winifred Lane

Columbus police are searching for a woman after she intentionally attempted to strike an officer late Thursday at Buxton Drive and Winifred Lane.Warrants have been obtained to charge Rayshawndria Gardner with aggravated assault on a peace officer, police said Friday.A patrol officer conducted a traf

LEDGER-ENQUIRER - 2018-08-17 00:00:00

CPD investigating accident involving pedestrian near Buena Vista Rd.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -Columbus police and Fire/EMS are on the scene of an apparent accident with injuries involving a pedestrian.The accident took place near Buena Vista Rd. and Pembrook Dr.There is no word yet on the severity of the injuries sustained or the victim's condition.Police are asking you

WTVM - 2018-08-17 00:00:00

CAUGHT: Escaped Troup County inmate taken into custody

TROUP COUNTY, Ga (WRBL) -UPDATE: 08/17/2018According to the Troup County Sheriff's Office, escape inmate Eric Bell was just taken into custody on Hamilton Rd.Stay with News 3 for more details.ORIGINAL STORY: 08/16/2018Officials are actively searching for two inmates that escaped from the Troup Count

WRBL.COM - 2018-08-17 14:02:25

Minister accused of taking ‘Beyond Blessed and Thankful’ picture from Columbus home

A Columbus minister is accused of breaking one of the Ten Commandments when he was captured on video taking a religious picture Saturday from the front stoop of a Dirk Way home in the neighborhood.Tramaiz Lavar Taylor, 34, was charged with misdemeanor theft of a picture with the words ,” Beyond Bles

LEDGER-ENQUIRER - 2018-08-16 13:33:00

‘Pure evil’: Torture victim takes stand, describes being raped, sodomized, shot, burned

The woman was 36 when she was kidnapped at gunpoint, sodomized with handguns, raped, burned, tortured for hours and shot repeatedly in a desolate field behind a trailer park in the early dark of Jan. 1, 2014.For 90 minutes Wednesday, the Columbus woman testified to that ordeal in the trial of three


Man accused of shooting woman three times linked to car theft, burglary at Chevron

A man accused of shooting a woman three times in front of her 3-year-old child on Forrest Road last month has been linked to the theft of a car and burglary at a Chevron station, Columbus police said Wednesday.Mario Smith, 32, of Columbus was taken into custody Monday near Wilson Apartments and held


There is a ‘powerful’ reason for the large crane that is blocking 10th Street in downtown Columbus

If you trying to travel 10th Street in downtown Columbus today, good luck.Georgia Power crews have the road blocked between Second Avenue and First Avenue in front of the Springer Opera House.The work is part of a $10 million investment Georgia Power is making to improve service reliability in the d

LEDGER-ENQUIRER - 2018-08-16 13:33:00

Woman blocks repo man inside gate after her vehicle repossessed on Laurel Drive

They were pointing fingers in Recorder’s Court Wednesday when the repo man said a woman blocked him inside a gate on Laurel Drive Tuesday while the woman’s attorney said the tow truck driver committed a crime by unlocking a back yard gate.Kisha Golden, 39, of Columbus was released on a $2,500 recogn


Stabbing suspect expected in court Thursday

Georgia NewsChildren sickened in poolA malfunction at an Atlanta-area gym pool has sent at least eight children to the hospital.Read More »KIA, Georgia workers brace for impact of tariffsCongressman Drew Ferguson explained to News 3 the importance of the auto industry on Georgia thanks to investment

WRBL.COM - 2018-08-15 22:16:53

Three suspected members of Zohannon gang identified by Task Force after pot seized

Three young men were identified Wednesday as gang members after the Metro Narcotics Task Force was called to assist the U.S. Marshals in an investigation Tuesday on Luna Drive police seized marijuana valued at $8,435, Columbus police said.They were identified as Jessie Harper, 20, Sayvone Truitt, 17


Valley student arrested after police say teen brought gun to high school

Valley police confirm with WRBL News 3 on Tuesday, August 14th, they received a report a student had a gun at Valley High School. Chief Tommy Weldon says officers located the student and a .38 caliber pistol. The student was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Other charges may be

WRBL.COM - 2018-08-16 00:37:48

Two inmates on the run after escaping Troup County Jail

TCSOTwo inmates remain on the run after escaping from the Troup County Jail.Thomas Christopher Cuddington, 28, and Eric Calvin Bell, 28, are believed to have climbed down from a drain pipe in the front of the Troup County Sheriff’s Office around 11 p.m. last night and were last seen running up Sam W

NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD - 2018-08-16 00:00:00

Parent accused of fighting two students at Arnold Middle School on 3rd day of school

The mother of the two students reportedly attacked says it was something so simple that led, to the all out brawl, on the third day of school.


Police reports from Aug. 15

Opelika Police Department>First-degree theft of property occurred Tuesday at Golden Cherry Motel, located at 1010 Second Avenue.Lee County Sheriff’s Office>First-degree theft of property was reported Tuesday in the 100 block of Lee Road 346 in Salem.>Two counts of possession of a controlled substanc


Phil Savage, Rachel Baribeau bring 'Gridiron Girls' to Birmingham, Nashville, Phenix City

Phil Savage, the general manager of Alliance Phoenix and former member of the Crimson Tide Sports Network, is teaming with SiriusXM and ESPU college football analyst Rachel Baribeau on Thursday - and through the month of August - to bring women a crash course in football.


Mark Jones closes one Columbus restaurant as he continues recovery from spinal cord injury

As he works daily in an Atlanta rehab center to recover from a serious spinal cord injury,Columbus restauranteur Mark Jonesis continuing to make business decisions back home.Last month, Jones closed one of his five downtown restaurants,The Poultry Company. Jones opened The Poultry Company, which fea