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Celebrating Veterans Day

Celebrating Veterans Day

A Tuesday evening wreck landed a Columbus man in jail. Henry Briggs, 53, of Columbus, was traveling down Yorkville Road Tuesday night when he apparently lost control of his vehicle. Briggs went into a ditch and hit a mailbox before the vehicle came to rest…

Highway 12 Hit and Run

Highway 12 Hit and Run

A Columbus woman was arrested after a November 3 hit and run on Highway 12 near Sand Road. Shikenwa Sherman, 26, of Columbus driving a black 2012 Nissan Versa east on Highway 12 with a 11-month old infant. Tanya McGrew, 38, of Columbus was driving…

Riverhill Bandit Busted

Riverhill Bandit Busted

COLUMBUS – A Columbus man accused of robbing two Columbus convenience stores was arrested Thursday, Oct. 16 by investigators with the Columbus Police Department. According to CPD Commander of Investigations Brent Swan, Marshal Porter, 36, of 104 McHall Drive in Columbus, has been charged with…

Know Your Candidates

Know Your Candidates

The special election to fill the senate seat in District 17 left vacant by the death of New Hope native Terry Brown will be Tuesday, Nov. 4. The following have qualified for the election: William (Bill)  Canon held the district 17 senate seat for years before he…

CPD Investigating Two Shootings

Investigators with the Columbus Police Department are looking into two shooting incidents that occurred less than 48 hours apart. The first shooting happened just before midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 24. Columbus police responded to a call at 1515 21st Street North regarding “several shots fired.”…

Over The Limit Under Arrest

Over The Limit Under Arrest

Just after 7:00 pm Saturday, Lowdes County first responders were dispatched to Jess Lyons Road near the intersection of Champion Road for a wreck involving a rollover. On scene, they found Jeremy Hayden trapped inside his Volkswagen Passat. Hayden was quickly freed from the demolished…

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…