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I Was Going To The House

I Was Going To The House

Just before 6:30 p.m. last Thursday, Columbus Police Officer Christopher Smith attempted to make a traffic stop with a white Dodge Avenger near the intersection of 13th Street and 3rd Avenue North. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Tyrone Pratt, declined to stop. Instead, he…

Frog Bottom Nightmare

Frog Bottom Nightmare

COLUMBUS  A legacy of violence continues to follow a group of friends on the Columbus Northside. Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, emergency responders were called to the intersection of Peach Street and Cherry Street in the Frog Bottom community for a reported shooting with one…

Racial Slurs Lead To Smack-Down, Arrest Of Father/Son Duo

Racial Slurs Lead To Smack-Down, Arrest Of Father/Son Duo

A heated late night exchange sent a father and son to jail, with a pit stop at the hospital. Witnesses told Columbus Police that the incident occured when Steven and Michael Pierce entered the Huddle House on Military Road. Thepairallegedlyspoutedoffseveral racial slurs, insulting and arguing…

West Point Man Brutally Assaulted in Race Related Fight

West Point Man Brutally Assaulted in Race Related Fight

West Point is a seemingly idyllic community nestled not far from the banks of the Tombigbee River. But as the town prepares for its annual Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival and the Prairie Arts Festival, both longtime attractions of Labor Day Weekend in Clay County, a…

Heidi Ho, Mate! — One Arrested In Heidiho Shootout

Heidi Ho, Mate! — One Arrested In Heidiho Shootout

Suspect facing 13 charges Debbie Milliern \ The Packet A Southside man could face some serious jail time after he ran from police following a shootout at a popular Columbus club Sunday night. Travon Roby, 24, of 901 11th St. S., was among three men…

Two Charged In Drive-By Shooting

Two Charged In Drive-By Shooting

Colin Krieger/The Packet Two Columbus men are in custody and facing charges for their involvement in a Monday drive-by shooting near Stokes Beard Elementary in Columbus. Christopher “Sweetie” Armstrong, age 22, of 805 10th St. N., and Antonius Williams, 23, of 803 Spruce St., have…

Man Assaulted Before Having Throat Cut

Man Assaulted Before Having Throat Cut

Just before 9:30 pm Monday, Columbus police and medical responders rushed to 2206 8th Avenue South after a caller to E-911 reported that a man had been assaulted before having his throat cut. The caller also stated that the assailant fled the home in a…

House Party Shoot ‘Em Up

House Party Shoot ‘Em Up

BY JOHN DOUGLAS AND COLIN KRIEGER Just after midnight Saturday, a house party in eastern Lowndes County turned violent after an argument broke out. Lowndes County deputies, Columbus police officers and medical responders rushed to the 4500 block of Highway 182 East in response to…

Hampton In Trouble After Checking Out

Hampton In Trouble After Checking Out

Colin Krieger/The Packet Notorious local malefactor Damien “Thug” Hampton is still at large after he escaped capture and crashed his runaway car on Ridge Road Sunday morning. The incident began around 10:30 a.m. Sunday when E-911 operators dispatched Lowndes County Deputy Mark McGairty to a…

Gotta Have That Beer

Gotta Have That Beer

BY THE PACKET Photos By Debbie Milliern The mother-and-son Packeteer team of Debbie Milliern and Big Mike helped bring a shoplifter to justice on the evening of Wednesday, July 23. According to Milliern, the dynamic duo were in Sprint Mart #4103 (formerly Tina Watkins) on…

Shooting of Family Dog Leads To Lawsuit

Shooting of Family Dog Leads To Lawsuit

Colin Krieger/The Packet An unfortunate incident between neighbors looks like it will end up in court after a family dog was shot and killed early in the morning of July 4. Columbus Police were dispatched to the 300 block of Sylvan Rd. around 7:45 a.m. Friday after…

Tazed on Tape

Tazed on Tape

Police Arrest Bystanders After Northside Arrest Exclusive Video of Late Night Tazing On The Packet Website Packet Staff Report [UPDATE: Video referenced in this article can be seen below]. [UPDATE: This version has been edited to reflect the fact that Robert Mitchell did not post…

Two Arrested For Assault On Southside

Debbie Milliern/The Packet An alleged Wednesday night assault has led to the arrest of two Columbus men.Columbus police were dispatched to 14th Street South and 10th Avenue South when a call came in from a male subject who claimed he had been “stabbed.” Upon arrival,…

Columbus Police Chief Retires From Force

OPINION Colin Krieger Publisher The worst-kept secret in Columbus has finally come true, as multiple reliable sources have confirmed that Columbus Police Chief Selvain  “Lightning” McQueen has officially retired from his post after less than three years in office. McQueen allegedly turned in his letter…

City Beat — McQueen’s Still Here

City Beat — McQueen’s Still Here

Chief Says “I Ain’t Filed S@*t!” BY JEFF CLARK jeff.clark@packet-media.com Amidst a rumor that he has filed his retirement papers, Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen told me that he has not filed anything, although his word was a much more colorful one of the vulgar…

The Night The Lights Went Out On Northside

The Night The Lights Went Out On Northside

The Night The Lights Went Out On Northside BY COLIN KRIEGER columbuspacket@cableone.net A violent wreck on 14th Street North left several Columbus residents without power Monday night and police wondering looking for the culprit. Witnesses told police they saw a silver 2006 Nissan Sentra blow…

Huge Wreck on Hughes Road

Huge Wreck on Hughes Road

Colin Krieger/The Packet columbuspacket@cableone.net     Power was temporarily disconnected and four vehicles were damaged early Friday morning when a Columbus man left the roadway and wrecked his pickup truck on Hughes Road. E-911 operators dispatched Lowndes County deputies to a home at the corner of…

Murder on 21st Street

Murder on 21st Street

BY COLIN KRIEGER columbuspacket@cableone.net Pictures by Debbie Millern and Colin Krieger A suspect is in custody and funeral arrangements have been set in the shooting death of a local man early Friday morning near the Frog Bottom neighborhood of Columbus. Randall Carl Cooper, 31, turned…

Please be on the lookout

Please be on the lookout

Columbus police are asking for the public’s help in locating the chief suspect in a fatal shooting Friday morning. Randall Carl Cooper Jr., 20, is wanted for questioning in the death of 23-year-old Virgil Harris of Crawford at about 1:20 this morning near the Frog Bottom neighborhood…