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Lowndes sheriff's office makes arrests in burglaries

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County authorities have a second suspect in custody from a mid-December burglary. Billy Ross Petty Jr., 35, of 1124 Sixth Ave. N. in Columbus, was taken into custody Sunday after a deputy saw him walking along Sixth Avenue North in Columbus, Lowndes County Chief Deputy Greg Wright said.

 

Police looking for sexual assault suspect (Video)

Posted 1/18/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Police are looking for a man believed to be responsible for a sexual assault incident that occurred at a Columbus laundrymat.

 

Columbus teachers honored for life of service

Posted 1/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words in 1957, and Monday, people gathered at Mississippi University for Women's Nissan Auditorium to pay tribute, not only to King but to two local educators who have dedicated their lives to this principle.

Lesson from King: Lay a foundation for future

Posted 1/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Otis Moss III asked for one thing: for those listening to "make a way" for future generations. Moss, the senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, was the keynote speaker during Monday's Dream 365 Commemorative Breakfast Program, which is the culminating event in a five-day celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Accused murderer says shooting was an accident

Posted 1/17/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus woman is in jail for murder after a Sunday-morning shooting. And police are interviewing a second person associated with the incident.

 

Update: One dead, one arrested after gun discharged in Columbus

Posted 1/15/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An incident early this morning in Columbus resulted in one man dead and one female behind bars.

 

 

TOPSoccer program coming to Columbus

Posted 1/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Thomas Velek's desk could serve as a makeshift soccer field.

 

 

'The whole thing is outrageous'

Posted 1/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Prosecutor, victim's grandmother disagree with medical release of murderer

 

 

Commission to consider recruiting by current rank

Posted 1/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Columbus Civil Service Commission meeting next week could change the rank system when the Columbus Police Department hires experienced officers.

 

 

Wright: Increased communication will help combat burglaries

Posted 1/14/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A recent law enforcement meeting has local agencies on their toes and ready to combat crime by working together. Lowndes County, Columbus and other nearby law enforcement agencies met Thursday afternoon regarding the recent outbreak of burglaries.

 

 

Lowndes man accused of having sex with teen

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A 25-year-old New Hope man was arrested after authorities received information accusing him of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl. Nathan Page, of 519 Oswalt Road in the New Hope area, was arrested Jan. 5 and charged with statutory rape. Lowndes County Chief Deputy Greg Wright said the investigation started almost one month before the arrest.

 

 

Pizza deliverer robbed at gunpoint

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A Domino's delivery man told police he had a gun put to his head Wednesday night. According to Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen, a Domino's chain in Columbus received a delivery order to 2212 26th St. N. The deliverer went to the location a little after 11 p.m. when two males approached the delivery man.

 

Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Malone: It's all worth it

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Few could have predicted that the girl sitting in a New Hope High School chemistry class two decades ago would grow up to teach chemistry at her alma mater. She didn't even like chemistry. But she was planning to go to medical school, so she struggled through it.

 

Tempers flare at Lowndes County school board meeting

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County school board started the year on an eventful note during Friday morning's monthly meeting.

 

 

UPDATE: New Hope High bomb threat cleared

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Law enforcement personnel responded to New Hope High School to evacuate students and faculty from the school after a student found a box with a note attached to it.

 

 

Lowndes inmate one of 21 whose release is challenged by AG

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Twenty-one inmates who received pardons or other reprieves from former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour remain in custody until a court battle is resolved over whether Barbour properly handled their orders to go free.

 

Second suspect sought in rash of Lowndes County burglaries

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County authorities are making headway in the investigation of recent burglaries.

A decade later: Was No Child Left Behind the answer?

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a solution to the nation's education woes when signed into law in 2002. The legislation was complex, but the desired outcome was simple: better teachers, better schools and better education, particularly for minorities and underprivileged children.

 

Local convicts among Barbour pardons

Posted 1/13/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man serving a life sentence for his murder conviction in Lowndes County Circuit Court is among those who would have been given a reprieve when former Gov. Haley Barbour granted more than 200 pardons.

 

Lowndes County arrest report

Posted 1/12/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests Jan. 4 through Jan. 10:

 

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