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VIDEO: Blood, sweat and tears: Crime lab leads with forensic technology to test antibodies

Posted 8/11/2011 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Columbus Police Department is the first department in Mississippi to implement new technology that will revolutionize forensics, according to Columbus crime lab technicians.


Columbus may sue security firm over Riverwalk cameras

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After realizing some cameras along the Columbus Riverwalk are ineffective at night, officials said the city may sue for a refund.


Man arrested for May 23 BB assault, robbery

Posted 8/10/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 28-year-old man was charged Tuesday with shooting a woman's eye with a BB gun, five counts of armed robbery and one simple assault.


Columbus tourism agency tightens reins on event funding

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A leaner, meaner Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board dissected festival funding Monday, putting a $16,000 grant for the Juneteenth festival on hold after a heated debate.


Police: Girls cut, beat 12-year-old in fight

Posted 8/9/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two girls, 14 and 12, broke into a Columbus house early Sunday and cut a 12-year-old girl's hand with a knife after an argument about a boy.


Nancy Carpenter tapped as full-time director of Columbus tourism bureau

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board voted 7-1 Monday to give interim director Nancy Carpenter the top job at the CVB.


Copper burglars hit another Columbus business

Posted 8/8/2011 in Business

A Columbus concrete-mixing business reported Saturday that it had been raided by copper burglars, according to police.


Man shot four times with BB gun during Columbus island robbery

Posted 8/8/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Two suspects shot a man four times with a BB gun during an attempted armed robbery early Sunday at a Columbus island motel, according to police.


Tourism board to talk finances, festivals at Monday retreat

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board will review its finances and vote on upcoming festivals Monday at a retreat.


Columbus mayor: Compromise on ninth CVB pick near

Posted 8/6/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Mayor Robert Smith said Friday he expected the stalemate over the vacant seat on the nine-member Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board to end "soon."


Profile: St. John to start private investigation, marketing businesses

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

He may be fired, but former Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John is nowhere near gone. When the City Council voted 5-1 to oust him July 18 for reportedly missing a Civil Service Commission hearing because of alcohol use, his supporters packed the meeting.


Columbus officials: Riverwalk cameras ineffective at night

Posted 8/5/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Months after installing costly surveillance cameras along the downtown Riverwalk, Columbus officials said they've recently discovered some of the cameras don't work at night.


Columbus to examine driveway valley work

Posted 8/4/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After receiving numerous complaints, Columbus city councilmen voted Tuesday to take a closer look at how the Public Works Department decides which driveways get new street connections.


Teen convicted of rape ordered to get treatment

Posted 8/2/2011 in Area

A 16-year-old boy who was recently convicted in Clay County Circuit Court of sexually assault a then-8-year-old West Point girl has "borderline intellectual function," according to a court-ordered psychoanalysis.


Boy, 14, sentenced for molesting 8-year-old West Point girl

Posted 7/30/2011 in Area

A then-14-year-old Amory boy pleaded guilty in Clay County circuit court July 20 to statutorily raping an 8-year-old West Point girl.


Lt. governor candidates argue game plans

Posted 7/30/2011 in State

Bringing a close to a heated and costly race, Republican primary voters go to the polls Tuesday to pick the next lieutenant governor.


Recording: Mayor was angry with police lt. prior to breaking tie to suspend him

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Now-retired Columbus Police Lt. John Pevey released a recording Wednesday that, according to him, is evidence Mayor Robert Smith voted out of spite to suspend him Feb. 22.


Arrest Report 7-28-11

Posted 7/28/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Local law enforcement agencies reported these felony arrests over the past week:


Stamped for review: Downtown Columbus post office in danger of closing

Posted 7/27/2011 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloomy night -- instead, technology is turning out to be the U.S. Postal Service's Achilles' heel. After losing $8.5 billion last year, the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing 3,653 locations nationwide, including the historic downtown Columbus office, the USPS reported Tuesday.



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