1. 2 Columbus pools promised ready for summer won’t open. Here’s what the city is offering instead.: City Parks and Recreation Director Holli Browder made the announcement to Columbus Council Tuesday during a regular business meeting. Browder said the expense to assess the conditions at the Psalmond Road and Shirley Winston pools cost more than originally estimated.
2. Columbus man thought taunting missing mother’s family was ‘a small joke,’ detective says: The police were not amused, nor was the Recorder’s Court judge who ordered Travis Gardner held on $20,000 bond on charges of making terroristic threats and attempted extortion. It started with a Facebook post from a cousin of Ebony Giddens, 27, whose family still is searching for her. “I just want you to come back home,” the cousin wrote.
3. Diamond Interchange coming to Buena Vista Road to ease traffic bottleneck at I-185: More than two decades after considering plans to improve the traffic bottleneck on the Buena Vista Road bridge over Interstate 185, the Columbus Consolidated Government is closer than ever to making necessary improvements.
4. Jury reaches confusing verdict in Wilson Homes murder trial: After two hours and 45 minutes’ deliberation Friday, the jury reached a verdict in the murder trial of Lernard “Baby” Bonner, accused of fatally shooting Lakeisha Moses in the face at Columbus’ Wilson Homes apartments. But Judge Ben Land did not immediately accept the verdict, which found Bonner guilty of involuntary manslaughter, felony murder and aggravated assault.
5. Is revenge behind Phenix City Council’s ouster of school board president?: During its March 20 meeting, the five-member council voted 3-2 to appoint the Rev. Samuel Estrada to replace Paul Stamp on the seven-member school board. Voting for Estrada were Mayor Eddie Lowe, Councilmembers Arthur Day and Vickey Carter Johnson. Voting no were councilmembers Steve Bailey and Griff Gordy.