1. Bounty hunters took the wrong woman into custody at Columbus Walmart.: A jury awarded her $950,000.: After about four hours of deliberations late Thursday, a Muscogee County State Court jury returned a verdict of almost $1 million against a Columbus bail bonding company in a case of mistaken identity. The jury awarded Jasmine Hayes $350,000 in compensatory damages and $600,000 in punitive damages against John F. Law, doing business as Ace Bonding Co., said Hayes’ attorney David Rayfield of Waldrep Mullin & Callahan LLC.
2. Your info was probably stolen in the Equifax hack. Here’s what you need to know.: A monumental data breach at credit reporting company Equifax led to the theft of a huge mix of social security numbers, credit card numbers, drivers license numbers, birth dates and home addresses for about 143 million people in the U.S. That’s about 45 percent of the U.S. population. Equifax is a credit reporting agency that collects and manages data about millions of consumers and businesses worldwide.
3. Coroner releases names of 3 killed in two separate Columbus shootings: Three people were killed in two separate overnight shootings in Columbus, Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said. Luis Moreno, 29, was pronounced dead at 10:42 p.m. Monday at the Columbus Midtown Medical Center. He was wounded multiple times in a shooting at 1024 50th St., officials stated. Datrell Roberson, 23, and Xavier Scott, 28, were wounded in a shooting at 1422 24th St.
4. Longtime Columbus shoe store closing its doors as Shoe Station enters the market: A shoe store that has done business in the Columbus market just over two decades — referring to itself as “The Home of Happy Feet” — is preparing to close its doors on Saturday, with a larger footwear chain called Shoe Station filling the vacated 14,000-square-foot space.
5. What’s with the weird fencing on the 13th Street Bridge? The Inquirer found out.: A growing question about the odd screen fencing on the east side of the 13th Street Bridge and none on the west side finally has been answered. The question was directed to the Georgia Department of Transportation after a reader noticed the discrepancy on the west side of the bridge entering Phenix City. Fencing runs a few hundred feet west from Broadway and 13th Street but suddenly stops near the Chattahoochee River.