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Columbus man in intensive care after assault


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The Columbus Police Department responded to a number of altercations and burglaries over the weekend and chased a dog at-large who threatened an elderly man at his home.  


On Friday night, police were called to 2200 Fifth Ave. S., where they found Kent McGregory sitting on the side of the road in a recliner. At first, they believed he was intoxicated, but then determined he was the victim of aggravated assault.  


McGregory was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle but, due to the severity of his head trauma, he was later taken by ambulance to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he remains in the intensive care unit.  


An argument Saturday night between a male and a female left one bleeding and the other in handcuffs.  


At 8:01 p.m., police were called to 1718 Seventh Ave. N., where they found John Lee Carr and Edith Rush sitting on the porch. Carr, who said he was hit by Rush, was bleeding from his nose and mouth.  


After a brief struggle with police, Rush was arrested and charged with simple assault, domestic violence. 






Police also responded to several burglaries Thursday and Friday. 


Police were called to 416 11th St. S., Apt. 7 at 3:44 a.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, police spoke with Sarah Ellwein, who stated she and her roommate, Leslie Crunkilton, left their apartment around 12:30 a.m. and returned at 2 a.m. to find they had been burglarized.  


The women reported a Nintendo Wii console valued at $250 missing, along with three controllers valued at $150.  


At 7:48 a.m. Friday, police responded to a breaking-and-entering call at a vacant rental property, located at 711 21st St. N.  


Property owner James Cunningham told police he had visited the property Thursday and nothing was amiss, but when he returned Friday, he found the air conditioner and heater covers had been displaced. Nothing was missing.  


Also on Friday, police responded to a burglary at 2202 Third Ave. N. Apt. 3.  


Homeowner Robert Harris reported he left his house at 8 a.m. Friday and returned at 11:30 a.m. to find someone had entered through an unlocked bedroom window. He reported a Playstation 3 game system, valued at $293, was stolen, along with five Playstation games valued at $64 each. 


Sunday was relatively quiet, with the exception of a pit bill, who led police on a brief pursuit.  


At 7:45 p.m., police responded to the 600 block of North Browder Street, where they found an elderly man hemmed in his carport by a pit bull, which was barking at him.  


When the dog heard its name called, it ran to a home at 205 Constance Lane. Homeowner Mattie Austin told police the dog did not belong to her, it belonged to her son-in-law.  


No charges were filed.




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