1. Crawford, Ala., homes destroyed in Tuesday's tornado: Dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed in a tornado that carved a nearly half-mile wide, 10-mile-long path through Russell and Lee counties in the predawn hours. The storm system that hit the Crawford area was responsible for more than 30 deaths as it worked its way across the South.
2. Columbus dentist gets year in prison for tax evasion: A federal judge sentenced a Nigerian-born dentist to a year in federal prison for tax evasion, leaving the man's Columbus practice in jeopardy. Dr. Dayo Obebe of Moon Road Cosmetic & Family Dentistry pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion based on allegations he over three years concealed $500,000 in income from the IRS, avoiding nearly $190,000 in income taxes, prosecutors said.
3. Four Muscogee County schools honored by U.S. News top schools list: U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Columbus High School among the best in the state and nation. And for the first time, the magazine "recognized nationally" Carver High School, Early College Academy of Columbus and Kendrick High School. Columbus High was ranked the fourth-best school in the state.
4. Kendrick High students charged after alleged assault: A 17-year-old victim told police that Joshua Key and Timothy Hamilton lifted him off the ground, punched his stomach repeatedly and injured his nose when he was dropped. Hamilton was arrested at the school. Police are looking for Key, who is described as an 18-year-old, dark-skinned black man around 5-foot-8.
5. Fort Benning soldier dies Saturday after ruck march: A Fort Benning soldier died early April 26 at St. Francis Hospital after he was stricken during a ruck march. A post spokeswoman identified the soldier as Aurek Shayne Rardin, 20, of Tennessee. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said the soldier was on a ruck march when he became ill.
The local Fraternal Order of Police announced Wednesday it is endorsing challenger Colin Martin in this year's mayoral race. The organization contains more than 600 law enforcement personnel. Read the mayor's reaction on our website, ledger-enquirer.com