Week in Review: March 9-March 15, 2014

March 15, 2014 

1. 'Wife-beater' on trial for child molestation: Carlton McKissic is on trial for allegedly molesting three girls, giving them beer and forcing them to watch a sex movie. McKissic's fate is now in the hands of a six-woman, six-man jury, which spent about five hours deliberating Friday. They'll resume Monday.

2. Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados joins Cottonmouths: Fresh off her Olympic performance in Sochi, Szabados arrived in Columbus Wednesday night. She was scheduled to start Saturday night's game, making her the first woman to play in the SPHL and just one of a few females to ever play professional hockey.

3. Trailer park owner not happy with mayor's letter: A few weeks ago, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson sent a letter to Victory Mobile Home Park telling its owners to clean up their property or they'd be shut down. The owners responded and weren't pleased with the way the mayor handled the situation.

4. Lonnie Jacob Ragan sentenced to life without parole: Convicted of murdering his sister-in-law Holly Hearn over a heated custody battle, Lonnie Jacob Ragan was sentenced to life without parole after emotional pleas from Hearn's family. Ragan also received 50 more years for several other charges.

5. Council to rethink $244,000 RiverWalk bathroom: Although the project would be funded nearly 80 percent by the Georgia Department of Transportation, folks were not too happy to learn the price tag for a bathroom underneath the pedestrian bridge. But a lot of the prep work for this project appears to have been completed. Either way, council decided to delay the decision.


A 55-year-old woman's dental crown was knocked out inside Butler's Cabin Saturday after she attempted to confront the man who slapped her boyfriend, according to a Columbus Police report. Read more at ledger-enquirer.com

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