Tuesday news roundup: Officer resigns; officer cleared; new BTW plans; and a teacher's criminal charges cleared

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comMay 14, 2013 

In case you missed it, here were the headlines from a busy Tuesday:

• A veteran Columbus Police officer has lost his job after lying about overhearing a restroom conversation in which he claimed Chief Ricky Boren used a racial slur in reference to Marshal Greg Countryman.

Read that story by clicking here.

• It's taken more than a year and a half but a Muscogee grand jury conducting a "civil investigation" has cleared of any criminal wrongdoing the officer involved in the 2011 shooting of a suspected bank robber and a Fort Benning fire inspector, authorities said today.

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• Remember the Phenix City teacher who taped two students' arms together to teach them a lesson? Well, P.C. school superintendent Larry DiChiara said a Russell Court Grand jury announced a "no bill" verdict, meaning Pettway will not be indicted with any charges.

Read more about that story here.

• After a tumultuous recent attempt to combine the Booker T. Washington apartments revitalization with an attempt to resuscitate the old historic Liberty District crashed and burned recently, Columbus Housing Authority CEO Len Williams retreated, regrouped and brought forth a new plan for the blighted public housing project. Len Williams gave Columbus Council a preview Tuesday of his new plan for revitalizing the Booker T. Washington Apartments, a plan that steers clear of the Liberty District.

Read more about that story here.

• The Muscogee County School District had two public hearing Tuesday with one each at Edgewood Elementary and Marshall Middle schools. At Marshall, students gave officials their point of view, and at Edgewood, an official with the district said the school was chosen based on location and not test scores.

Read the Marshall story here and read the Edgewood story here.

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