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Columbus teen found not guilty to all murder charges
Columbus, GA (WRBL) - After a unanimous vote from a Muscogee County Superior Court jury, jurors found Clayton Perry Jr. not guilty to all charges. Perry was on trial in the August 2017 shooting death of 26-year-old James Francesconi at a residence on Wickham Drive. Francesconi was shot while in his
Bond set for Columbus man facing child porn charges
COLUMBUS (WRBL) - A Columbus man accused of possession of child pornography had his bond set at $50,000 Thursday by a Recorder's Court judge. Phillip Anthony Smith, 48, made his first court appearance since he was arrested on Tuesday by the Columbus Police Department Special Victims Unit. Smith is c
Jury reaches verdict in Wickham Drive murder case against Clayton Perry Jr.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) - A Muscogee County Superior Court jury found Clayton Perry Jr. not guilty on murder charges Thursday afternoon. Perry Jr. was on trial in the Aug. 15, 2017 shooting death of 26-year-old James Francesconi at a residence on Wickham Drive. Perry, now 18, was 17 at the time of his
‘I could not believe this is happening’: Family remembers latest homicide victim at vigil
A Columbus man known as Derrick “Heavyset” Scott was remembered Wednesday as a good person who wouldn’t bother anybody. Demetria Stewart, a first cousin of the victim, joined relatives and friends for a candlelight vigil in the parking lot in the 1100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard three
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
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.
Home surveillance cameras helping Columbus police solve more cases
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -Surveillance cameras and home security systems are becoming crucial tools for fighting crime, slowly replacing the neighborhood watch, according to police.
5 suspects wanted in deadly shooting on MLK Blvd. in Columbus
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Five suspects are wanted in a deadly shooting that happened on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Columbus. The shooting happened Dec. 9 at the Sands Apartments and left 34-year-old Derrick Scott dead.
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.
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.
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.
Family and Friends gather for MLK Blvd Murder Victim
COLUMBUS, Ga - I'm here at a candlelight vigil for Derrick Scott right across from the sands apartment where there was a shooting last Sunday night. Loved ones gathered at a candlelight vigil for Derrick Scott right across from The Sands Apartment where there was a shooting last Sunday night. Family
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.
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.
New restaurant coming to Main Street Village in Columbus
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A new restaurant is coming to Main Street Village in Columbus. Business partners of Trevioli Italian Kitchen are teaming up to bring Hudson’s to replace a former tavern grill and bar. The restaurant is set to open in mid-January 2019.
48-year-old man arrested on child pornography charges
COLUMBUS, Ga. - (WRBL) A 48-year-old man has been arrested by Columbus police and charged with five felony counts of Computer Pornography Child Exploitation. Phillip Anthony Smith was arrested on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Special Victims Unit. He is currently being held in the Mu
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.
Star witness in Wickham Drive murder trial refuses to answer questions
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) - The prosecution's star witness in a Columbus murder trial refused to testify Wednesday morning as the case moved into its third day. In opening statements on Tuesday, Chief Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker told the jury that defendant Clayton Perry appeared to confe
New Hampton Inn coming to Uptown Columbus
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A demolition is underway in Uptown Columbus. A new Hampton Inn will fill the location of the old Raymond Rowe Furniture building on Broadway. Raymond Rowe closed its doors after 80 years of business.
City of Columbus releases government holiday schedule
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With Christmas and New Years’s right around the corner, the City of Columbus is planning on an altered schedule for some of it’s services including waste management, bus systems, and animal control.