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Brother of Local Attorney Charged with Theft

The brother of a local attorney who is on the run from police after allegedly stealing millions of dollars from his personal injury clients is also in trouble with the law. According to court…

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Teenager Charged after Shooting in Traffic

A Columbus Teenager charged after police catch him randomly shooting in traffic is facing multiple charges for several incidents. In less than one month, 17 year old Markel Ervin has been arrested three times…

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Twenty Year Old Affair Haunts State Senate Candidate

Details of a twenty year old affair involving a local candidate are circulating online. With days to go before Tuesday’s Republican Primary in Georgia, tales of the two decade old affair that prompted an…

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Columbus Police Department 88 Officers Short

Columbus Police Chief appears in front of the Budget Committee this week where just one week before the election Public Safety is at the top of everybody’s priority list. Police Chief Ricky Boren appearing…

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Funeral Planned for Alta Vista Murder Victim

The Funeral for a Columbus man shot and killed while sitting in his garage is planned for this weekend. A source with first hand knowledge of the case say police were tipped off to troublemakers…

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Local Rapper Killed for 16 Pounds of Pot

Police testify a local rapper was shot dead over a drug deal gone bad. Family and friends listened intently as a police detective told the court that there was surveillance video that showed exactly what…

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Smiths Station Toddler Drowns in Backyard Pool

A Smiths Station toddler was pronounced dead Friday afternoon after being discovered in a back yard pool. Sheriff Jay Jones says it was an alarming 911 call that tipped off Lee County deputies to the…

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Ex Con Shot by Police has Violent Past

The ex con shot by Columbus Police while they were attempting to serve a warrant has had multiple violent encounters with Columbus Police officers according to court documents obtained by First News. This new information…

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Couple Grew Pot for Cancer Patients

The defense attorney representing jailed couple Robert Jones and his wife Mikelle Jones lashed out at Columbus Police outside the courtroom after he says they confiscated his client’s belongings and grossly overestimated the value…

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Random Gunfire Kills 74 Year Old Columbus Dad

Investigators tell First News 74 year old William Meadows was minding his own business sitting in his parked car in his own garage when he was shot dead. William Meadows liked to sit in…

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Pranksters Trash Smiths Station High

Lee County Law Enforcement tells First News this was no high school prank in Smiths Station where vandals littered school property with paint , toilet tissue , even wild animals. Parents and students arriving to…

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9 Year Old Critical after Accidental Shooting

A 9 Year old is hospitalized after an accidental shooting, the second in 48 hours in Columbus. Police are calling the incident here at the Warren Williams Apartments a “freak accident”. The child’s father’s gun…

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Grand Jury Clears Driver who Hit Northside Teen

  The Grand Jury returned a no bill against Christine Mennona, the driver charged over a year ago with DUI and homicide by vehicle for running over Justin “JP” Johanson who was lying in…

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Three Fishermen Killed on Lake Eufaula

52 year old Timothy Evans truck and boat trailer are exactly where he left them last Wednesday night at Thomas Mill Creek. His wife says he and his friends learned to respect the Lake…

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Rescue Diver: We Are Committed Until The End

  The Search for the 4 year old boy in it’s 7th full day and rescue workers blew off their morning briefing and got busy with that state of the art sonar technology. “We’ve been…

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Report: School Altercation Did Not Cause Leg Amputation

Report: School Altercation Did Not Cause Leg Amputation The School District’s dismissal from that lawsuit means, in short, nobody’s getting a $25 million dollar paycheck as a result of the incident. In fact, First…

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Ex Military, Doting Dad Dies trying to Rescue Son

Officials here say they brought out every resource available to help locate the missing 4 year old. In the meantime a portrait of the victims has emerged in this heartbreaking tragedy. Ryan Rabon was a…

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Local Mother Disappears from South Columbus Home

Investigators tell First News Ebony Giddens was devoted to three things: work , church and most of all her children. When the 27 year old disappeared without a trace earlier this month they deemed…

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Widow: Retired MSG shot dead was a “Saver”

The family of Lorenzo Freeman Sr spoke publicly for the first time since the retired MSG was gunned down in the parking lot of the Dollar General in Fort Mitchell. Their attorney asking the public…

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Local Mother Shot in Murder-Suicide

Police performing a wellness check at this upscale apartment complex used forced entry to gain access inside the residence of 27 year old Casey Clark. It was then they discovered the young mother of two…

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Convicted Killer “Stocking Strangler” Executed

Condemned killer Carlton Gary was executed at the Jackson State Prison last Thursday night. Gary appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal and the US Supreme Court but all…

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Stocking Strangler Expected Last Minute Stay

According to Carlton Gary’s wife, Debra the convicted killer was expecting another last minute stay of execution. Debra Gary appeared at the Federal Court Building in Columbus to file an emergency petition for a…

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CHS Students Defy Orders and Walk Out

  Some students just weren’t down with the School District’s alternative plan to engage legislators with preapproved questions so they stuck with the original idea regardless of the ramifications. To cheers from a retired local…

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Homicide Suspect Nabbed by Fugitive Squad

Raheem Mcclam was just released on bond when he slammed into Claudia Johnson  at 84 miles an hour. The 37 year old Kendrick graduate was a passenger in a car near her own driveway when…

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10 Year Old Brings Loaded 9mm to School

  School officials say a real tragedy was averted here at the Reese Road Leadership Academy after a student tipped off educators a 5th Grader came to school armed with a loaded gun.  A ten…

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Sheriff: Use of Force on Inmate Justified

  Eight of the 16 defendants singled out in a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit are employed by the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Donna Tompkins distancing herself from the lawsuit citing a previous administration…

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Shaw High Student Solicits Hit Man on Snap Chat

According to court testimony Killian Storm took to social media in search of a hit man. Storm approached a juvenile on Snap Chat who posted an arsenal of firearms messaging “I need someone gone. Is…

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Attorney: “Barbaric” Abuse inside Muscogee County Jail

Courtney Jackson was processed inside the Muscogee County Jail on charges of obstruction of a police officer, theft by receiving stolen property and a pedestrian darting into traffic. His attorney tells First News Jackson’s…

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Policeman adopts K9 Partner after Cancer Diagnosis

“Rik” The Police K9 stole the hearts of his coworkers after several years on duty and when the 9 year old Belgian Malinois was forced into early retirement, his partner answered the call. For the…

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Local Gun Advocates: “We are not the Villains”

The debate over gun violence, it’s root causes and what exactly to do about it reached a fever pitch this past week. Local supporters of the 2nd Amendment say it is passed time to have…

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Eufaula Police Rescue Amber Alert Victim

  It’s hard to imagine anything slipping through school security in South Florida right now but Police say that’s exactly what happened when a little girl was handed right over to a man posing as…

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Remembering Reverend Billy Graham

You don’t have to be a Southern Baptist to appreciate the iconic Reverend Billy Graham, the man generations of people turned to in times of trouble. “Sometimes they call him “America’s Evangelist” or “America’s Pastor”…

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Burks Guilty of Murder of Caleb Short

For the first time in nearly three weeks of court proceedings Rufus Burks’ calm demeanor appeared to crack as Burks sat nervously shaking as he awaited the Jury’s verdict. The Jury had spent more time…

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Upatoi Jury Deadlocked on Murder Charges

After the Jury reported here they were deadlocked on the most serious charges including Malice Murder, Judge Gil McBride issued an “Allen Charge” sometimes referred to as a “Dynamite Charge” and that is a polite…

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