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Grandmother says she still can’t believe her grandson is dead

Nancy Sorrells, maternal grandmother and legal guardian of Christian Andrew Redwine, and Freddy Levins, who helped raise Christian and shares a home with Sorrels, talk Tuesday afternoon about his death.
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Nancy Sorrells, maternal grandmother and legal guardian of Christian Andrew Redwine, and Freddy Levins, who helped raise Christian and shares a home with Sorrels, talk Tuesday afternoon about his death.

1. Columbus police officer shoots, kills suspect after car chase

A Columbus police officer shot and killed a suspect involved in an alleged stolen car chase that ended in Phenix City early Sunday, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said. Christian Redwine, 17, was killed and Hunter Tillis, 19, and Hannah Wuenschel, 19, were both wounded.

Video: Attorney plans to pursue civil case related to recent officer-involved shooting

2. Attempt to thaw tax freeze goes down in flames

The attempt to thaw the property tax assessment freeze at the ballot box failed by a margin of about 60 percent to 40 percent Tuesday, according to unofficial results. With all 26 precincts and the early vote counted, No votes totaled 31,966 while Yes votes totaled 20,910, again, in unofficial numbers.

Video: What's next? Effort to thaw the freeze defeated

3. Muscogee sheriff’s race goes to Dec. 6 runoff

Incumbent John Darr and challenger Donna Tompkins will face off in a Dec. 6 runoff for Muscogee sheriff. Unofficial results Wednesday morning had Tompkins leading with 29,686 votes to Darr’s 21,517, or 44 percent to 32 percent.

4. Redwine’s grandmother:‘If you hadn’t reported it, he might still be alive’

In an exclusive interview with the Ledger-Enquirer, Nancy Sorrells, Christian Redwine’s maternal grandmother and legal guardian who raised him, recounted the hours before her grandson’s death. She said Freddy Levins, who helped raise Redwine, noticed a car missing from the residence and called Columbus police.

Video: Grandmother says she still can't believe her grandson is dead

5. Costco, Bass Pro, Cheesecake Factory top large wish list in Columbus

Readers were asked recently to decide which businesses — not already with a local presence, of course — they would desire, and perhaps comment on why that is the case. While the overall list heavily skewed toward chain retailers and food establishments, there naturally were some people who believe the area already has enough of everything, with the exception of more independent, mom-and-pop-style businesses.

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