Crime

Crime

Suspended corrections officer accused of sexually assaulting inmate

Phoenicia Hill, 29, of Columbus, Georgia, is suspended with pay at the Muscogee Youth Development Campus on Chattsworth Road after she was accused of sexual assault against an underage inmate. She was arrested September 21, 2016, and charged with one count each of violation of oath by a public officer and sexual assault against a person in custody.

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Four more teens arrested in investigation of Northside student’s death

Four individuals between age 15 and 16 were charged after further investigation into the death of Justin Patrick Johanson, the 15-year-old Northside High School student who was fatally struck by a vehicle September 4, 2016 on Bradley Park Drive. Their charges include curfew violation, minor in possession of alcohol and obstruction by lying to police.

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Alert issued for stolen PTSD service dog

Police are still searching for Whiz, a PTSD service dog that was stolen September 7, 2016 from a Winifred Lane home in Columbus, Georgia. The dog was described as a brindle pit bull that’s between 105 and 110 pounds with stripes on the top of its body. It has a white stripe down the middle of his face with white paws.

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Arrest made in ‘Kaleb Klown’ social media threats

Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Opelika Police Department arrested a 16-year-old Beauregard High School student and charged her with multiple counts of terrorist threats involving three schools in the Beauregard area and Opelika High School. The threats were made in the early morning of September 21, 2016 on social media under the username “Kaleb Klown.” Hundreds of students were checked out of sachool by worried parents after the posts by Kaleb Klown said “blow it up” in reference to the schools.

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"Where's your attorney?" Hearing postponed for suspect in Labor Day barbecue killing

The preliminary hearing for the man suspected of killing a Northside High School janitor at a Labor Day barbecue was postponed. Merrick Emory Redding, 51, was scheduled to appear in Columbus Recorder’s Court Tuesday at 9 a.m. The judge postponed the hearing until Wednesday at 9 a.m. Redding turned himself in to Columbus police Monday night. He is accused of striking Joseph Davis unconscious at a Labor Day barbecue on Bond Avenue. Davis, 47, was taken to Midtown Medical Center and later airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he was treated for intercranial bleeding. He died the next morning.
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"Where's your attorney?" Hearing postponed for suspect in Labor Day barbecue killing

Ulysses Wiggins sentenced to 30 years in prison 1:01

Ulysses Wiggins sentenced to 30 years in prison

Defense attorney says he has videotape evidence that his client was not at the scene of Deonn Carter shooting 1:15

Defense attorney says he has videotape evidence that his client was not at the scene of Deonn Carter shooting

Jury still out on man’s 2nd murder trial for 2008 fatal shooting 1:01

Jury still out on man’s 2nd murder trial for 2008 fatal shooting