A jury found Lavento Shamon Fox, 28, not guilty on all five counts Wednesday. A 12-person jury including nine women and three men deliberated for around one hour Wednesday morning before returning to the Lowndes County courtroom to deliver the verdict.
The Christmas season is in full swing, and area police expect property crime to increase. "Crime goes up as a result of human nature," Interim Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said. Downtown store owners also recognize the possibility of shoplifting to spike during the Christmas shopping season.
One of two things will happen on the Mississippi University for Women campus Wednesday: Dr. Jim Borsig will be named the next president of The W, or the state College Board will announce that the search continues.
Thanks to two firefighters, a 93-year-old woman was saved from a burning home Tuesday morning. A family escaped a house fire in south Columbus, but two received enough injuries to go to the hospital for treatment.
An abandoned Superfund site in the city may see new life as a solar energy producer. The city of Columbus is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to consider a solar panel farm at the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant. The EPA announced earlier this month it will study the site to determine what kind and whether a renewable energy facility can be built on the property at 2300 14th Ave. N.
A West Virginia journalist with more than 20 years experience has joined the staff of The Dispatch. Nerissa Young assumed the role of news editor Monday, replacing former news editor Garthia Elena Halbert-Burnett, who was promoted to managing editor earlier this month.
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office cleared Lt. Steve Hatcher to return to duty Wednesday after firing his weapon at a suspected burglar almost two weeks ago.
'Tis the season. And he's always jolly. St. Nick will make his annual appearance at the downtown Columbus Y on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Mrs. Claus also will be on hand.
City police charged a Columbus man with burglary of a commercial building after he was found at the scene. Police said someone attempted to break into Atmos Energy at 1423 Main St. next door to the Columbus Police Department at 12:24 a.m. Sunday. Anthony Gaige Handley, 19, of 901 Gatlin Road is charged in the incident.
The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office reported the following felony arrests:
Columbus police are looking for a Columbus man and a Macon man believed to be responsible for a Wednesday-night home burglary caught on video.
Usually, the visits take around five minutes. You stop at the house, introduce yourself, tell why you are there and hand over a warm Thanksgiving meal in an act of kindness.
Aside from a Black Friday shopping incident, Columbus police responded to a couple of additional disturbances during the early hours of this morning.
Area stores are experiencing brisk sales for the official Black Friday launch of the holiday shopping season. Store representatives said shoppers were well-behaved. The only reported problem was outside the Belk store on Highway 45 North before the store opened.
The Columbus-Lowndes Political Action Committee showed its giving side and offered to provide up to $3,000 for travel expenses for the three out-of-town finalists for Columbus police chief.
National chain Walmart is starting its Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day, but Columbus department stores are sticking to the traditional early-morning Friday openings.
The last time Dr. Jim Borsig visited Mississippi University for Women, he was working with the College Board to answer questions about the presidential search process. He arrives on campus next week as MUW's possible next president.
Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, said political gridlock is making it difficult for legislators to achieve progress in budget discussions and job creation.
Outside, the rain poured thick and fast. Inside the Golden Triangle WIN Job Center, a handful of job seekers crouched in front of computer terminals, hoping for a bit of promise on an otherwise dreary Tuesday.
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