Dear Packet Editors and Readers,
I would like to take the time to personally, and publicly, thank the former editor of The Packet, Roger Larson, for his assistance Sunday morning. I came out of my home, heading to Sunday School, only to find my drivers door window broken out and a piece of concrete in the driver’s seat. I went in to get my phone, and realized I must have been so tired when I got home on Saturday evening that I left it in the car. So I went back outside and was trying to decide which one of my neighbors might not be at church so as to help me call the police. Roger was walking down the street and let me use his phone to call 911. He then let me keep the phone for a few hours to make any follow up calls necessary. He also came by a couple of times during the incident to check on the situation and offer assistance.
I also want to thank the quick work of the Columbus Police department on the retrieval of the phone, I know I am going to leave some names off of here because Officer Frost told me it was a team effort, but here are the ones I know to thank…Officer Hackler, Investigator Josh Vandiver, and Officer Bradley Frost. I also want to thank Chief McQueen, as I know he was keeping tabs on the situation.
I also want to thank my neighbors, and my friend Deana Kelly for being so supportive.
I know we in Columbus are very concerned about the uptick in crime, but the police are doing their part. Let’s all continue to work together for a better Columbus. Edmund Burke once said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.
Response to Packet #1048, Woman Drowns At Gilmer Inn
I grew up in that area and have most of my family still there. As of now my eyes have been opened to what kind of paper you really are. I feel you are lower than low. You take a little of the truth and spin it in a way to help you sell you junk. When someone dies it does no good to hurt the family. It is cruel. Look up the meaning of the word and maybe you will think twice before hurting anyone else. You added word that the Coroner never said. By the way he’s a friend of ours, I asked. And you found info apparently you didn’t verify. Truth is she was on meds provided by a MD. She had a lot of problems after being raped when she was young and never recovered. She had been having seizures for a few years that got worse after her baby was born. Being alone swimming wasn’t a good idea. But I guess that don’t matter, that don’t sell papers. She was trying to get herself together and wasn’t on any street drugs only what she was on from her Doctor and it was a problem for her. Before you slam anyone that dies think of there family that still lives. How would you feel losing someone then getting a call from a very upset brother that read your trash.
Tracie Shelnut via Facebook
(Here is what Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant was quoted as saying: “The call (regarding Shelnut’s drowning) came in shortly before seven,” Merchant said. “She died at the hospital at 8:31. An autopsy has been performed and a toxicology will be done. I have suspicion to believe drugs were a contributing factor in her death.”
There would be no way to verify what drugs, if any, were in Ms. Shelnut’s system at the time of her unfortunate drowning until the results from a toxicology report are released.
However, many prescription drugs could have been a factor in her death. Merchant did not speculate as to what kind of drugs, street or legal, may have been involved.
In a conversation with Merchant via telephone Tuesday, Merchant said he stood behind his original statement that he suspected drugs were a contributing factor in the death of Niki Shelnut.