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2 arrested after teen killed in South Columbus shooting Video included

Updated: Aug 22, 2014 12:16 PM

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a death at the intersection of Winston Road and Head Street in South Columbus. More>>

UPDATE: Coroner rules deaths of Columbus mother, baby a homicide

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Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 that they are now calling the fire that claimed the life of a Columbus mother and her infant a homicide.As news 3 reported --the bodies of 32-year-old Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old boy Dylan Conner- were found in a back bedroom of their Winifred Lane home after a fire around midnight Thursday.Detectives previously told News 3 they were collecting and analyzing evidence from the scene to determine whether accelerants may have been used to start the fire.... More>>

Columbus police officer attacked in Smiths Station again Video included

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The same Columbus police officer was attacked near his home in Smiths Station for the second time in two months, authorities confirm to WRBL News 3. More>>

Columbus police investigating reported Gould Street shooting Video included

A man was hospitalized after being shot in the hip along Gould Street in Columbus Wednesday. A man was hospitalized after being shot in the hip along Gould Street in Columbus Wednesday.
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Columbus police have established a crime scene at a home on Gould Street after a reported shooting. More>>

Computer security breach at Columbus UPS Store

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Malware virus found on UPS Store computer in Columbus. Information such as card numbers, postal and email addresses could have been taken. More>>

VIDEO: Columbus police stop stolen car on 13th Street

Columbus law enforcement investigate a stolen car stopped along 13th Street Wednesday, an officer onscene tells WRBL News 3. Columbus law enforcement investigate a stolen car stopped along 13th Street Wednesday, an officer onscene tells WRBL News 3.
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Numerous Columbus-area law enforcement agencies were involved in a traffic stop involving a stolen car Wednesday. More>>

Jury selection underway in Columbus murder retrial Video included

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60 potential jurors will have to report back to a Columbus courtroom tomorrow as jury selection continues in the retrial of the man accused of killing then-Muscogee County Superintendent Dr. Jim Burns in 1992.Kareem Lane was 17-years-old when prosecutors say he stabbed Burns inside his home. 20 years later, in 2012, he went on trial for the crime. A hung jury resulted in a mistrial and earlier this year, prosecutors announced plans to retry lane.Today, about 100 potential jurors were ushered ... More>>

Thousands of dollars of construction equipment stolen in Opelika - again

This is the second time this month thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment stolen in Opelika. This is the second time this month thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment stolen in Opelika.
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More construction equipment stolen from an Opelika college construction site, police announce. More>>

Three arrested for Auburn car break-ins

Three arrested in Auburn are accused of breaking into at least one car along Frazier Street Sunday, police announced Tuesday. Three arrested in Auburn are accused of breaking into at least one car along Frazier Street Sunday, police announced Tuesday.
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Auburn police have made more arrests following a string of car break-ins, authorities announced Tuesday. On Sunday, three teens were arrested for breaking into at least one car on Frazier Street Sunday. More>>

Auburn police arrest two for shoplifting within hours of each other

Samaria Vanderbilt, of Tuskegee, and Christopher Cottrell, of Auburn, are accused of trying to shoplift in seperate incidents that happened in the same Auburn neighborhood Friday. Samaria Vanderbilt, of Tuskegee, and Christopher Cottrell, of Auburn, are accused of trying to shoplift in seperate incidents that happened in the same Auburn neighborhood Friday.
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Auburn police arrested two shoplifters after the two individuals hit the same neighborhood within three hours of each other. More>>

Police: Loachapoka man enters Auburn home, confronts residents

George Armstrong, of Loachapoka, is accused of breaking into an Auburn home, demanding cell phones from those inside before forcing homeowners into a room. George Armstrong, of Loachapoka, is accused of breaking into an Auburn home, demanding cell phones from those inside before forcing homeowners into a room.
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George Armstrong, of Loachapoka, is accused of breaking into an Auburn home, demanding cell phones from those inside before forcing homeowners into a room. More>>

Columbus man sentenced for enticing two minor girls with gifts for sex

John David Przenkop used gifts and dinner to entice teen girls into having sex with him. John David Przenkop used gifts and dinner to entice teen girls into having sex with him.
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A Columbus man sentenced after admitting to enticing two female teens with promises of gifts, a shopping spree and dinner in exchange for sex. More>>

Cusseta man arrested for threatening neighbors with gun

Marcus Godfrey is accused of threatening his Cusseta neighbors with a gun after a dispute. Marcus Godfrey is accused of threatening his Cusseta neighbors with a gun after a dispute.
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A Cusseta man has been arrested after allegedly threatening his neighbors with a gun Saturday night, Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart told WRBL News 3 Monday. More>>

Chambers County rapist located, arrested for failure to pay fine

Eddie Joe McCurty was convicted of rape and released from jail in 2009. He was ordered to pay a fine but disappeared after making all the initial payment. He has been relocated and arrested for failure to pay. Eddie Joe McCurty was convicted of rape and released from jail in 2009. He was ordered to pay a fine but disappeared after making all the initial payment. He has been relocated and arrested for failure to pay.
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A Chambers County man convicted of rape and released from prison years ago as been located and arrested after years of avoiding paying a fine related to his 2001 conviction. More>>

Jury selection in Kareem Lane case begins Tuesday

Kareem Lane will face a new trial starting August 25 in the 1992 stabbing death of then-Muscogee County schools Superintendent Jim Burns. Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday. Kareem Lane will face a new trial starting August 25 in the 1992 stabbing death of then-Muscogee County schools Superintendent Jim Burns. Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday.
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Lane is accused of killing Muscogee County school superintendent Jim Burns in 1992. He will face a new trial after a 2002 trial ended in a hung jury. More>>

Muscogee County Correctional Officer arrested, will be fired

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The Muscogee County Sheriff says a correctional officer who worked at the Muscogee County Jail was arrested after a domestic issue with his girlfriend.36-year-old Keith Searcy is charged with Aggravated Assault (FV), Kidnapping (FV), and Criminal Trespass.Searcy was arrested after a dispute at a home on 23rd Street in Columbus early Sunday morning. Sheriff John Darr says he turned himself in and has since made bond.Darr says Searcy will be fired. He has worked with the sheriff's office for le... More>>

Columbus police search for teen wanted for several crimes

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Columbus police are looking for a 17 year old man wanted for several crimes. John Murray is described as being 5' tall, 165 lbs., black hair and brown eyes. More>>

Inmate found dead in Lee County Detention Facility

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An inmate was found unresponsive and later died in the Lee County Detention Facility, officials confirm. Around 10:50 pm on Friday August 15, 2014, emergency medical service personnel responded to the detention center to provide assistance to an unresponsive inmate.

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Phenix City police looking for suspected delivery package thief

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The Phenix City Police Department are looking for the woman they say was caught on camera stealing a package from the front porch of a home. Police say 27-year-old Susan Card, also known as Susan Stewart, has a Theft of Property 3rd warrant out for her arrest. More>>

Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

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The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for... More>>

Boyfriend arrested in Opelika cold case murder

Arthaniel Bernard Stanton was arrested earlier this week for killing his girlfriend eight years ago, Opelika police announced Friday. Arthaniel Bernard Stanton was arrested earlier this week for killing his girlfriend eight years ago, Opelika police announced Friday.
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The boyfriend of an Opelika woman killed in 2006 has been arrested for her death, the Opelika Police Department announced Friday. More>>

Webster County fugitive found in Oklahoma

Janice Craft was located in Oklahoma after allegedly ripping off a Webster County company for a million dollars and flleing to Oklahoma. Janice Craft was located in Oklahoma after allegedly ripping off a Webster County company for a million dollars and flleing to Oklahoma.
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A Webster County woman on the run after allegedly deceiving a Georgia company out of a million dollars has been arrested in Oklahoma, the United States Marshals office announced Friday afternoon. More>>

Cousin arraigned in murder of Russell County teen

Christian Grissom, accused of killing his 19-year-old cousin in Russell County on August 8, made his first Alabama court appearance Friday after returning from New York. Christian Grissom, accused of killing his 19-year-old cousin in Russell County on August 8, made his first Alabama court appearance Friday after returning from New York.
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Christian Grissom, the man accused of murdering his second cousin Keonte Chavis before fleeing to New York, was arranged this morning in a Russell County courtroom on one count murder. More>>

St. Louis Alderman, Auburn alumnus Antonio French arrested in Ferguson

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St. Louis Alderman and Auburn alumnus Antonio French arrested in Ferguson as protests continue.

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Home videos helping law enforcement fight crime Video included

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Almost every singe day local citizens are posting about crimes in our area on social media sites and recently more and more are posting home surveillance video and pictures of criminals in the act. But is it actually helping law enforcement? News 3's Naomi Keitt talked to local law enforcement personnel to find out. More>>

PHOTOS: Lee County car break-in suspects caught on camera

Lee County investigators release video showing car break-in suspects. Lee County investigators release video showing car break-in suspects.
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The Lee County Sheriff's Department has released video of multiple people wanted for breaking into cars in portions of Smiths Station, Phenix City and other areas of the county. More>>

Two women attacked with metal rod at Columbus party

Two women told Columbus police party crashers attacked them with a metal rod Sunday. Two women told Columbus police party crashers attacked them with a metal rod Sunday.
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Columbus police are searching for a group of woman accused of crashing a housewarming party and then attacking two other women with a metal rod, according to a Columbus police report. More>>

Suspects wanted following Opelika police chase

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Opelika police are searching for suspects after a high speed police chase earlier this week, Opelika Police Department announced Tuesday. More>>

Columbus school bus driver: Man had his pants down

A Columbus bus driver told police Wednesday morning there was a man without pants standing near the bus. A Columbus bus driver told police Wednesday morning there was a man without pants standing near the bus.
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Columbus police are investigating a claim that a man was seen with his pants down near a school bus Wednesday morning. More>>

Cousin arrested in Russell County missing teen murder case Video included

Christian Grissom has been arrested for killing his cousin Keonte Chavis, who was reported missing in Russell County Friday. Christian Grissom has been arrested for killing his cousin Keonte Chavis, who was reported missing in Russell County Friday.
Updated: Aug 11, 2014 06:28 PM

Christian Grissom has been arrested for killing his second cousin Keonte Chavis, who was reported missing Friday and found dead Saturday. More>>

Russell County murder suspect returning to Alabama

Christian Grissom is on his way back to Alabama to face a murder charge after the death of his 19-year-old cousin. Christian Grissom is on his way back to Alabama to face a murder charge after the death of his 19-year-old cousin.
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Christian Grissom, accused of murdering his second cousin Keonte Chavis before fleeing to New York, is on his way back to Alabama, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells WRBL News 3. More>>

Columbus dad arrested for DUI with 3-year-old child in the car, police say

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A Columbus man has been arrested for D.U.I. with his 3-year-old child in the car, according to a police report. More>>

Missing Russell County teen found dead in Seale

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Missing Russell County teenager Keonte Chavis was found dead in Seale Saturday, county Sheriff Heath Taylor told WRBL News 3 Sunday.

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Columbus police chief responds to spike in gun violence

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In the past 8 days, there has been at least 6 shootings in Columbus, 3 of them have been murders. News 3 spoke exclusively with Chief Boren about the recent increase in gun violence. More>>

Columbus police: Gleason Avenue shooting kills one Video included

One is dead after a shooting on Gleason Avenue in Columbus early Friday Morning. One is dead after a shooting on Gleason Avenue in Columbus early Friday Morning.
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One dead after an early morning shooting on Gleason Avenue in Columbus, police said.
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Man shot at Hunter Haven Apartments in Columbus, witnesses say Video included

Columbus police are investigating a possible shooting at Hunter Haven Apartments. Columbus police are investigating a possible shooting at Hunter Haven Apartments.
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Columbus police are investigating a possible shooting at Hunter Haven Apartments in Columbus. More>>

Columbus Police make arrest in Dogwood Avenue shooting

Eronjavel Davidson pleaded not guilty in court Thursday for a shooting Sunday on Dogwood Avenue. Eronjavel Davidson pleaded not guilty in court Thursday for a shooting Sunday on Dogwood Avenue.
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 Eronjavel Davidson pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to shooting and injurying a man on Dogwood Avenue Sunday. More>>

Update: Arrest in Muscogee County Sheriff's Department phone scam

John Dewberry is accused of impersonating a Muscogee County Sheriff's Office employee when he called people asking for payments. John Dewberry is accused of impersonating a Muscogee County Sheriff's Office employee when he called people asking for payments.
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John Dewberry made calls asking for payment, Sheriff John Darr said on Facebook Thursday afternoon. More>>

Man dies after Columbus shooting Video included

Markeese Hodge, 27, died after a shooting at Cross Keys Apartments Markeese Hodge, 27, died after a shooting at Cross Keys Apartments
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A 27-year-old has died following a shooting at an Columbus apartment complex Tuesday night, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan tells WRBL News 3. More>>

Lutzenkirchen blood alcohol nearly five times legal limit

Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen had a blood alcohol level of 0.377 at the time of the June crash that killed him in Troup County, a state report released Wednesday said. Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen had a blood alcohol level of 0.377 at the time of the June crash that killed him in Troup County, a state report released Wednesday said.
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Both Philip Lutzenkirchen and driver Joseph David were drunk during a June fatal crash in Troup County, state report obtained by WRBL News 3 said. More>>

Car Stolen at Gas Station with Child Inside

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Breaking news this morning... A baby is safe and sound after police say a suspect stole a woman's car with the child inside it late last night. More>>

Police investigate two Columbus shootings Sunday

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Columbus police are investigating two, unconnected shootings Sunday afternoon. More>>

Husband dead, wife injured in murder-suicide attempt at Phenix City apartment Video included

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One man is dead and a female is injured after a shooting at Carriage Hill Apartments in Phenix City, police say. Police say they got a call around 2:30 pm, when they arrived at the scene they found a deceased male in the upstairs apartment and a female who was injured. More>>

Gas station shooting victim passes away

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Columbus Police officials confirm the 31 year old victim of the Big Cat Gas Station shooting died of his injuries Saturday afternoon. As News 3 has previously reported, patrol units responded to the Big Cat Gas Station on Buena Vista road in reference to a shooting. More>>

Columbus gas station shooter suspect identified, still at-large Video included

Columbus police have identified Chandler Saxton as the shooter. Columbus police have identified Chandler Saxton as the shooter.
Updated: Aug 01, 2014 10:44 AM

Columbus police identify Chandler Saxton as the man who opened fire and injured one at a gas station Thursday night.

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3 Russell County corrections officers arrested Video included

The three Russell County correctional officers are accused of trying to bring items such as marijuana or cigarettes into the county jail, Sheriff Heath Taylor announced Friday. The three Russell County correctional officers are accused of trying to bring items such as marijuana or cigarettes into the county jail, Sheriff Heath Taylor announced Friday.
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Investigation revealed plan to bring marijuana into Russell County jail, Sheriff Heath Taylor said. More>>

Opelika credit card suspects caught on camera

A camera at the Target store in Opelika caught two who allegedly tried to use a fraudulent credit card. A camera at the Target store in Opelika caught two who allegedly tried to use a fraudulent credit card.
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The Opelika Police Department says they are looking for two who tried to use a fraudulent credit card. More>>

Only on 3: Sheriff talks about deputy arrest Video included

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A Muscogee County Sheriff deputy was arrested for bringing in contraband and some other things into the county jail. More>>

POLICE: theft of $20,000 worth of NASCAR memorabilia

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Police are investigating a theft where more than $20,000 in NASCAR memorabilia was stolen. More>>

Columbus police searching for armed robbery suspect

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Columbus police need your help identifying a man who they say robbed two businesses Saturday evening. They say a black man was wearing all black but no mask when he pulled a silver handgun on the cashier at Weems Food Mart on Weems road just around 7 p.m. Saturday night. More>>

PayPal to refund donors in GA hot car case; dad also fired

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The online payment site PayPal says it will give refunds to people who donated to a fundraising campaign for a Georgia family whose toddler died in a hot car.PayPal spokeswoman Adriana Higuera tells The Associated Press the company will soon be issuing refunds to customers who used PayPal to donate to the campaign at YouCaring.com, where a total of more than $22,000 was given.Justin Ross Harris faces murder and child cruelty charges in the June 18 death of his son, 22-month-old Cooper Harris.... More>>

Real loaded gun found among the toys at Target in Myrtle Beach Video included

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A Target employee found a loaded hand gun in the toy aisle of the store -- and police have now released a photo of the man linked to the firearm. Myrtle Beach Police say they want to find David Dennis for unlawfully carrying a handgun.
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Georgia's law that keeps secret the source of its execution drug is constitutional, the state's highest court ruled Monday. More>>

Amber Alert canceled after toddler girl found; parents arrested

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An Amber Alert has been canceled after 2-year old Maliah Harris was found safe in Georgia. Her 7-month-old sibling, Alyssa, was found dead and Maliah disappeared from a Mississippi home which prompted authorities to issue the alert. The girls parents, Donald Boyd Harris,34, and Allison Studdard, 31, are now in custody. More>>

Russell County couple indicted for alleged Securities Act violations

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A Phenix City couplehas been indicted on alleged violations of the Alabama Securities Act.Jose Roberto Torres and Tammy Torres were arrested on March 5 and taken to the Russell County jail. Jose Torres' bond was set at $750,000. Tammy Torres' bond was set at $50,000.The indictment alleges that Jose Torres offered and sold unregistered investment contracts for ATM/EPS, Inc. to Alabama investors. The couple reportedly told the investors that their funds would be placed in automatic teller machi... More>>

Update: Suspect dies after Phenix City police-involved shooting

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Three officers on administrative leave while state officials investigate shooting. More>>

Troup County: Photo shows tobacco inmate tried to smuggle in to jail

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Tabasco and other products photographed were found on an inmate wanting to smuggle them back in to the jail, the Troup County Sheriff's Offfice says. More>>

Update: Body found in Meriwether County is missing Harris County woman

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Authorities dug up a body in Meriwether County on Wednesday afternoon. More>>

Arrest made in November Columbus Winston Road homicide

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Arrest made in Columbus' 19th homicide of the year. More>>

Auburn automobile burglary arrest

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On December 7, 2013, officers of the Auburn Police Division responded to a residence located in the 1300 Block of North College Street, Auburn, Alabama in reference to an automobile burglary that had just More>>

Three Phenix City men arrested on counterfeit charges

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Phenix City police have arrested three residents on counterfeit currency charges. Twenty-one year old Johnquez Barnes, 26-year old Marquez Ellison and 22-year old Azavria Hayesall face charges of possessing a forged instrument. Police executed a search warrant at their residence in the Central Highlands Apartments on 22nd Avenue. Officers recovered counterfeit U.S. currency. The suspects are accused of presenting counterfeit bills at several businesses throughout Phenix City. More>>

Dawson city leaders have voted against providing 24-hour police protection for the mayor after he was shot at his house on Halloween night. More>>

Auburn burglary arrest

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On Monday, November 4, 2013 the Auburn Police Division arrested Shaheyne P. Thomas, age 19 from Tuskegee, Alabama on felony warrants charging him with Burglary Third Degree, Theft of Property Second Degree More>>

Former Auburn police officer who claims he was fired after complaining about a ticket quota will have his day in court next fall. More>>

Christopher Wright was found outside his home Thursday night. More>>

Dothan man is the 14th person arrested in a federal dog fighting investigation that stretches across four states. More>>

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