1. ‘Innocent people being affected’: deadly police chases raise concerns: The death of a 72-year-old man killed in Phenix City during a recent police chase raises new questions about the Columbus Police Department’s pursuit policy, some in the community say. Frank McLemore, a beloved husband, father and grandfather from Smiths Station, died June 3 after a stolen vehicle being chased by Columbus police slammed into his car at the intersection of Crawford Road and 17th Street.
2. Two men face public indecency charge after found behind business: Several people saw two men having sex Wednesday afternoon behind a mental health organization in Columbus, according to testimony Thursday in Recorder’s Court. Willie May Evans, 58, and Ronald Barksdale, 56, pleaded not guilty to one count of public indecency. They were both ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under a $250 bond. Judge Julius Hunter bound the case over to State Court.
3. Columbus school among 10 in Georgia with most fights: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week that, based on the Georgia Department of Education’s discipline data for the 2015-16 school year, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary had 226 fights, the fifth-most out of the state’s 2,272 public schools. And when measuring the number of fights per 100 students, MLK ranked sixth in Georgia with 37.
4. Country club chef and Bulloch House owner to open Columbus restaurant: A restaurant that will boast a fine-dining menu is locating in the Old Town neighborhood of north Columbus, with it being launched by a former country club chef and the owner of The Bulloch House in nearby Warm Springs, Ga. It is expected to open in August. The 2,800-square-foot Morten’s at Old Town Restaurant will be at 3580 Massee Lane in a commercial area inside the mixed-use development off Veterans Parkway, north of Williams Road.
5. Locos Pub & Grill in midtown Columbus closes on short notice: A midtown restaurant that has been in operation since 2006 closed unexpectedly over the weekend, said the developer who owns the building. Locos Grill & Pub in The Village on 13th Street closed Saturday night, said Will Burgin. The owner, Nick Davis of Auburn, Ala., approached Burgin last week and indicated he was about to shut down the restaurant.