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Columbus Teen Appears in Court on Murder Charge

Murder suspect Dominique Collins appeared in Muscogee County recorder’s court on charges of aggravated assault and murder. Collins is one of four suspects police linked to the November 6, 2016 slaying of Vatsel Patel at the 5 Corner Lotto convenience store. Collins,…

Pionera storm damage

Savannah, Ga (WTOC) - At least seven people were injured when a fast-moving storm system moved through south Georgia early this morning. High winds and a possible tornado downed trees and power lines. Three mobile homes were destroyed another home…

Jimmy Carter cuts ribbon for solar panel project

Plains, GA (WSB) - Former president Jimmy Carter did the honors for the ribbon-cutting of a new solar project in Georgia. Carter leased a 10-acre portion in his hometown of Plains, Georgia to Sol-America. It will eventually provide 50% of…

FEMA Grants Public Assistance to 11 Counties

Governor Nathan Deal has some good news from the federal government. He has received notice from the white house and the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 11 counties impacted by the severe weather January 21st and 22nd have been approved…

Murder Suspect Named in 5 Corner Lotto Shooting

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — Last November, Columbus police responded to a liquor store where they found two victims — a father and a his son. The father survived — but his son didn’t make it. Tuesday night, CPD named a…

Standoff at West Point Motel in Troup County Has Ended

WEST POINT, GA (WLTZ) — A standoff between law enforcement and a man and woman ended Tuesday evening at a local motel. Around 4 p.m. authorities were in conversations with William “Billy” Boyette, 44, and Mary Barbara Craig Rice, 37,…

Child shot, killed in Fort Valley

Fort Valley, GA (WGXA) - A child is dead after an accidental shooting in Fort Valley. Authorities responded to Indian Oaks Apartments on Monday night. It was reported that a five-year-old was accidentally shot. The child was pronounced dead at…

MCSD Puts Out New Survey to Improve Mission, Vision and Valu

What is Muscogee County School District's mission, vision and value? The district wants to know what you think? It's developing a new statement that will guide the work and decisions the school district will make. Officials want you to go…

Falcons return to Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (WSB) - Rainy weather at Hartsfield-Jackson airport marked the return of the defeated Atlanta Falcons. The football team suffered a devastating loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday. Atlanta's team dominated the game's first…

Columbus, Georgia Man Is Missing

Gary Mayes, age 41, went missing today. Mayes was last seen walking at the Country Club near Hamilton Avenue. Columbus Police Department say he needs constant medical attention and they need help locating him. Mayes is 5-feet 9-inches tall. He…

One man killed after house explosion

White County, GA (WSB) - One man was killed Friday morning in a house explosion in north Georgia. The blast and fire destroyed the home in White County and scattered debris. About only thing that was left intact was the…

Fraternity Foots the Bill for Some Who Get Good Grades

The local Columbus, Georgia chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has stepped up in a big way to offer financial assistance to several Columbus Technical College students. At a special presentation the Alphas handed over a check for $3,000…

Georgia House Explosion

      (WXIA)Habersham County, Georgia Officials are investigating the cause of a house explosion today in Habersham County, Georgia. Firefighter responded to the home, but it was completely destroyed by fire. Members of the Habersham County Sheriff’s office said…

Deal proclaims February 3 as "Falcons Friday"

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today proclaimed February 3 as “Falcons Friday” ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl LI faceoff between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. The governor encouraged state employees and all Georgians to show their support…

Fatal DUI suspect sentenced to 30 years

Atlanta, GA (WSB) - An Atlanta man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday for a 2016 crash that killed a nine-year old boy and seriously injured two others. Ryan Lisabeth pleaded guilty to charges he was high on…

Suspects ram a police cruiser during a high speed chase

Just after 9:40 Thursday morning officers with the Hogansville,Georgia Police Department were pursuing a vehicle on Interstate 85 southbound that had fled from a traffic stop. During the pursuit deputies with the Troup County Sheriff's Office deployed stop sticks on…

Police Chief weighs in on Crime Statistics

The report showing the crime rate in Columbus is at a ten year low was initially met with some skepticism but Police Chief Ricky Boren tells First News the report…

Atlanta Falcons honored in block party

Atlanta, GA (WSB) - Atlanta, Georgia, threw a giant block party Tuesday to honor its Atlanta Falcons ahead of their Super Bowl appearance. The event was organized by Fulton County Superior Court Clerk Che Alexander, who was deemed the Falcons'…

Couple sentenced for locking child in basement

Lawrenceville, GA (CNN) - A judge sentenced a Georgia couple Monday for keeping their oldest son in a basement room for 18 months. They also did not seek medical care for another son for a cancerous tumor. Recardo Wimbush, a…

Deal announces Georgia’s Older Adults Cabinet

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal this week announced the creation of Georgia’s Older Adults Cabinet, a committee working to enhance the state’s capacity to serve older adults. The Older Adults Cabinet seeks to identify ways for Georgia to improve the…

State lawmaker shot at adult cinema

The incident happened in South Columbus where State Representative Gerald Greene's office initially reported he was robbed and shot at a local gas station but witnesses tell a different story. Robbie…

Deal: FEMA grants individual assistance to six counties

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Deal Nathan Deal received notice from the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that six counties impacted by the severe weather on January 21 and 22 have been approved for individual assistance. Deal has…

Weekend Forecast: January Temps To Stay

January has been missing for weeks, but just before the month comes to an end, January shows up. Colder air continues to filter into the Southeastern US as our jetstream has turned out of the northwest compared to out of…

Columbus Technical College Names 2017 Top Student

NEWS RELEASE Of the estimated 3,000 students currently enrolled at Columbus Technical College, 45-year-old single mom Melissa Forsythe stands out as the best-of-the-best and, as such, has been named the College’s GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for 2017.…

GA couple serves as own counsel during child abuse trial

Gwinnett County, GA (WGCL) - A former college football player and his wife are serving as their own counsel during their criminal trial. Ricardo and Therian Wimbush asked questions in court as jury selection began Monday in metro Atlanta. The…

Chaplain: Just say no to Casino

As legislators prepare to debate this idea of casino gambling and whether or not to allow citizens to vote on the issue, one of the largest business owners in South Columbus…

Deal expands and extends state of emergency for nine additional counties

NEWS RELEASE Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies, Gov. Nathan Deal is expanding his emergency declaration for nine additional counties in South Central Georgia impacted by severe weather…

Deal declares state of emergency for seven South Central Georgia counties

NEWS RELEASE Following the recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies (EMA), Gov. Nathan Deal is declaring a state of emergency for seven South Central Georgia counties impacted by severe weather…

GBI weighs in on Arreola Investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's decision to release those 911 calls Hector Arreola made pleading for help shed some insight into the highly publicized case and what exactly was going…

Severe weather on track for the weekend

More showers will kick in by Saturday morning with strong to severe thunderstorms developing Saturday afternoon that will continue through Sunday afternoon. One last slug of showers and thunderstorms will push in Sunday night and…

Dog owner charged after fatal attack

Atlanta, GA (WSB) - An Atlanta man is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge after his dogs mauled two children walking to the school bus Tuesday. Cameron Tucker is jailed on a $70,000 bond. Police say his two dogs attacked a…

Man charged in deadly alleged DUI crash

Cleveland, GA (WSB) - A Georgia man is facing DUI and vehicular homicide charges after he allegedly hit and killed a toddler in a grocery store parking lot. The suspect, James Holcomb, appeared in court Thursday. Police say Holcomb was…

NFC Championship Game Governors’ Challenge

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal accepted a friendly wager from Gov. Scott Walker ahead of the NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons face off against the Packers Sunday, January 22 at the…

Sinkhole swallows truck

Hall County, GA (WSB) - Scary moments for the driver of a large truck near Atlanta Tuesday. The driver was parked outside an auto shop in Hall County Tuesday morning when a sinkhole opened up, causing this 55,000 pound truck…

Boy killed, girl injured in pit bull attack

Atlanta, GA (WGCL) - A man is facing charges after authorities say his dogs attacked two children, killing one of them. Authorities say six-year-old Logan Braatz and five-year-old Syrai Sanders were walking to their school bus stop in Atlanta on…

Deal announces winners of Innovation in Teaching Competition

PRESS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the three winners of the 2016-2017 Innovation in Teaching Competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who implement innovative instructional strategies to advance student achievement. This year’s competition rewarded teachers focused on…

Megachurch Pastor Bishop Eddie Long dead

(CNN) - Megachurch Pastor Bishop Eddie Long has died. The senior pastor of Georgia's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church passed away early Sunday morning according to a news release from the church. The statement says long died from 'an aggressive…

Kids severely injured in car crash near schools

Jackson County, GA (WSB) - Three siblings were seriously injured in a crash near a cluster of schools outside the Atlanta area Thursday morning. A witness said a car with the three kids in it tried to cross a highway,…

Midtown Medical Center penalized for Hospital Acquired Infections

Columbus, GA (WLTZ) - Columbus Regional's Midtown Medical Center was penalized under the Affordable Care Act program tracking Hospital Acquired Infections, something one local family tells First News they are all too familiar with. The year was 2007, well before…

AAA: 75% of Georgians will travel in 2017

PRESS RELEASE ATLANTA, Ga. (January 12, 2017) – All signs are pointing to a busy year for vacationers and the travel industry. According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, 75 percent of Georgians are planning to take a vacation in 2017 –…

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