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Phenix City police arrest two of three people wanted for armed robbery on 16th Place
PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Two of three people believed to be involved in an armed robbery on 16th Place in Phenix City have been taken into custody. An armed robbery was reported in the 1900 block of 16th Place on Nov. 22.
Murder trial underway for Columbus teen charged in Wickham Drive deadly shooting
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Trial is underway for a Columbus teen charged with murder after a deadly shooting on Wickham Drive in 2017. Robert Furr was called to the stand first. Furr hesitated then refused to testify against Clayton Perry who allegedly shot and killed James Francesconi.
Valley teen dies from multiple injuries in November accident
A 19-year-old Valley man has died from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Nov. 26, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said in a press release Wednesday afternoon.
Community gathers for vigil in honor of Columbus man killed on MLK Jr. Blvd.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Friends and family gathered in Columbus Wednesday night to remember the life a homicide victim. People lit candles, released balloons, and expressed their heartfelt sympathy for the family of 34-year-old Derrick Scott and for the community as a whole. Scott was shot and killed
CPD investigating home invasion, assault, armed robbery on Victory Dr.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department is currently investigating an early morning incident on Victory Dr. Officers were dispatched to the Colony Inn located in the 4300 block of Victory Dr. just before 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.
Minnie’s Uptown restaurant in Columbus to have product sold at wholesale grocer
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A restaurant in Columbus will soon have one of its dishes sold in a store. Minnie’s Uptown Restaurant has partnered with Phenix Food locker in Phenix City to sell its macaroni and cheese. The restaurant’s one-pound serving will go on sale Wednesday morning.
CPD arrests man on multiple counts of child pornography, exploitation
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police have arrested a man and charged him with multiple counts of child pornography and exploitation. 48-year-old Phillip Anthony Smith was taken into custody by the Special Victims Unit on Dec. 11.
Culver’s, ALDI add to growing development in Phenix City, officials say
PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - An ALDI supermarket and Culver’s eatery are two of the latest names set to make a new home in Phenix City, says city council. Truck loads of dirt is the scene off Highway 280 in Phenix City where Halpern Enterprises is working on new developments.
Columbus police searching for missing, runaway 15-year-old
COLUMBUS, GA WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department is asking the public’s assistance locating a missing teen. According to police, 15-year-old Shelby Summey ran away from DFCS custody. She was last seen around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Jordan high School on Howard Ave.
Phenix City PD looking for armed robbery suspect caught on camera
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Phenix City Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect. The man is wanted in connection with a robbery on Dec. 10th at the Chevron on Summerville Rd. Police say he was armed with a handgun during the robbery.
Columbus police searching for burglary suspect seen on surveillance camera
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department is looking for a suspect believed to have taken part in burglary activity. A home in the 6200 block of Cape Cod Dr. has been reported to have been burglarized several times in the last six months.
Phenix City lands restaurant not in Columbus market and grocery store for U.S. 280 site
A prime piece of Phenix City real estate will soon be home to a new restaurant that is not currently in the Chattahoochee Valley and a grocery store, News 3 has learned. Dirt -- and lots of it -- is being moved on the 19-acre site near the WalMart on U.S. 280. When work is done there will be a Culve
Five Things From Friday: Central-Phenix City removes all doubt with championship
For a team entering a state championship game undefeated, there was still a lot of doubt surrounding the Central-Phenix City Red Devils. By the game’s end, however, no one watching had any questions about who the best team in Class 7A was.
Trial for man accused of killing James Francesconi begins in Columbus
COLUMBUS (WRBL) - A jury was seated Monday in the murder trial of Clayton Perry Jr., in Muscogee County Superior Court. Perry is accused in the 2017 homicide of 26-year-old James Francesconi. The Columbus man faces malice murder and felony murder in addition to armed robbery, aggravated assault and
Clayton Perry's attorney claims client's murder charge based on 'rumors, lies'
COLUMBUS - The attorney for a Columbus teenager charged with murder in a 2017 homicide told Superior Court jurors on Tuesday that his client is innocent and the state's case is purely circumstantial.
Which Columbus stores were busted for selling alcohol to minors?
Columbus police, using undercover volunteers, made 10 arrests over the weekend of merchants who reportedly sold alcohol to minors. The sting occurred on Saturday when the Special Operations Unit targeted 28 package stores and convenience stores. The minors would go into an establishment attempt to m
Wagging & Bragging: Zoom to Groom to expand beyond eastern Lee County
Zoom to Groom, where the “tails are wagging & pets are bragging,” is extending its mobile pet-grooming service to the Smiths Station-Phenix City-Columbus area. Based in Auburn and founded by Steve and April Harper, the pet-grooming business already expanded once this year when Bruce and Brandy Pearl
Hearing for two facing child enticement charges delayed
A Columbus man and woman appeared briefly in Recorder's Court Monday afternoon on charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes. Melvin E. Balkcom Jr., 39, and Gracie Johnson, 32, were arrested Sunday, according to a release from Columbus police. The initial court hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m
Community Warriors help neighbors in Phenix City by handing out bags of food
PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The Community Warriors and Feeding the Valley Food Bank are partnering together and serving the community to make sure everyone has a meal on their table this holiday season.
One dead following overnight shooting on MLK Blvd. in Columbus; police investigate
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police are investigating a shooting on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. that left one man dead. Officers responded to the call of a shooting in the 1200 block of MLK Blvd. just before 11:00 p.m. on Dec. 9.