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Latest in-game and final high school football scores from across the Chattahoochee River valley area.

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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>>

Welders talk keeping cool during the extreme heat Video included

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As we sweat through the Dog Days of Summer, you're probably wondering the best way to keep cool. News 3's Naomi Keitt asked that question to a group that deals with some scorching temperatures every day. More>>

Pedestrian struck and killed on 13th Street bridge

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Authorities are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle on a bridge in Columbus. More>>

Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout Video included

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News 3 has obtained surveillance video showing the deadly shootout at a south Columbus gas station a few weeks ago.Police say on July 31st, Chandler Saxton, 35, fired several shots at John Jones, 31, at the Big Cat Gas Station on Buena Vista Road. The video captures the entire incident, from the initial shooting - to the victim returning fire.In court testimony, police say the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Authoritie... More>>

Former Russell Co. HS band director accused of having sex with students Video included

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Authorities tell News 3’s sister station WKRG that Jeffery Gainous, the former band director at Russell County High School from 2005-2008, was arrested Wednesday for having inappropriate sexual contact with at least 8 high school girls over the last three years during his time at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama. More>>

Baby, mother found dead after "suspicious" Columbus house fire Video included

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A mother and her baby were killed in a house fire in Columbus early Thursday morning. More>>

Ice bucket challenge raises awareness for terminal disease Video included

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It's hard to ignore the ice bucket challenge videos as they have completely taken over social media. But what is ALS and are these challenges helping? News Three's Naomi Keitt looked into these questions and spoke to a Columbus man whose brother passed away from the disease. More>>

Elderly Columbus man missing

88-year-old Emory Gilbert is reported missing and believed to be driving somehwere in the Chattahoochee valley. 88-year-old Emory Gilbert is reported missing and believed to be driving somehwere in the Chattahoochee valley.
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Emory Gilbert, Sr., 88, suffers from dementia and diabetes and is driving a car with license plate is PCA 4775. More>>

VIDEO: Michelle Nunn, David Perdue meet in their first Georgia senate debate

Democrat Michelle Nunn and republican David Perdue meet for their first Georgia Senate debate in Macon in August. Democrat Michelle Nunn and republican David Perdue meet for their first Georgia Senate debate in Macon in August.
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The two candidates for Georgia's open United States Senate seat met for their first political debate in Macon Thursday. More>>

Seale man burned after explosion

Russell County man suffered burns to his arms and face after aerosol can exploded in fire. Russell County man suffered burns to his arms and face after aerosol can exploded in fire.
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A Seale man is recovering from injuries he sustained during a small explosion in his yard Thursday morning. More>>

Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia Shoe Box Recycling Project

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Over 300 million shoes end up in landfills, so now the Girl Scouts of HistoricGeorgia are asking for you to donate your shoes for their Shoe Box Recycling Project. Girl Scout Ella McCall came on News 3 Midday to talk about the project. More>>

Doctors: Atlanta Ebola patients released, no public health risk

A patient hospitalized in Atlanta with Ebola is expected to be released today. A patient hospitalized in Atlanta with Ebola is expected to be released today.
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Two Ebola patients being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta have been released. Doctors say they do not pose a health risk.

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Truck, train collide in Troup County

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Traffic is being rerouted in Troup County after a reported crash between a truck and train Wednesday night, according to information from the Troup County Sheriff's Office and LaGrange Daily News. More>>

Health Watch: Sleep Apnea patients shocked by disturbing video

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It's estimated more than 20-million Americans have sleep apnea. Many of them may have been given a C-PAP mask wear overnight to help them breathe. Though they are highly effective, research shows more than half the patients who have them don't use them. But doctors have found a way to change that. In a sleep study by National Jewish Health, researchers recorded patients sleeping without the mask. They were disturbed a... More>>

Muscogee County gets new Deputy Coroner Video included

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Death can come at any time. It's why Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan says the new addition to the department will ease the workload. So far this year, his office has handled 410 death investigations. 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>>

Medical manufacturer to create 200 new jobs in Opelika Video included

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Gambro, a medical supply manufacturer under Baxter International, announced a $300 million investment in its Opelika factory. 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>>

Attwood Recalls Kayak and Watersports Storage Hanger

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About 10,000 Kayak and Watersports Storage Hangers are being recalled. Attwood, the company that makes the product says the length adjustment buckles release unexpectedly, causing the item being stored to fall and injure people nearby. No injuries have been reported.Consumers are advised to stop using the product and return it to the store where the item was purchased for a full refund or replacement.Model number 1191... More>>

Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

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Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday. 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>>

Update: Smiths Station school evacuated after gas leak

No injuries reported after gas leak at Smiths Station Freshman Center. No injuries reported after gas leak at Smiths Station Freshman Center.
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The Smiths Station Freshman Center was evacuated Wednesday morning after a gas leak on campus, a Lee County schools spokesperson confirmed. No injuries were reported. More>>

Opelika police will not release report, video of officer-involved shooting

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The Opelika Police Department announced Tuesday they will not release the investigative report or dash cam video from the officer-involved shooting in March.20-year-old Michael Davidson was shot by an Opelika Police Officer Philip Hancock after a traffic stop on Interstate-85. Authorities say Officer Hancock was responding to a call on the interstate about an erratic driver. Hancock shot Davidson in the stomach when Hancock “perceived a threat” after asking Davidson to put his hands over his ... 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>>

Local businesses help increase comments to save Fort Benning jobs Video included

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More than 500 letters have been written to the Army encouraging the federal government not to cut the 10,800 proposed jobs. 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>>

Fort Benning: Louder than normal heavy weapons training this week

Fort Benning will be conducting firing training from tanks and other heavy weapons this week. Fort Benning will be conducting firing training from tanks and other heavy weapons this week.
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Residents in the Chattahoochee Valley area can expect to hear louder than normal weapons training this week, More>>

Brita Recalls Children’s Water Bottles Due to Laceration Hazard

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Brita is recalling about 242,500 hard-sided water filter bottles for kids. The company says the lid can break into pieces with sharp points, posing a laceration hazard. Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking. No injuries have been reported. Consumers are advised to stop using this product and contact Brita to receive a postage-paid shipping package to return the bottles for a full refund. Cons... More>>

Power restored after Moon Road neighborhood outage

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Electricity is restored to a north Columbus community after a piece of Georgia Power equipment triggered an outage Tuesday afternoon. 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>>

Najee Dorsey Exhibit Comes to Columbus

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Najee Dorsey is bringing his first solo museum show to The Columbus Museum this Thursday, August 21st and it will run until January 4th.The show is called "Leaving Mississippi: Reflections On Heroes and Folklore Works". We did a live interview with him on News 3 Midday to talk about his upcoming exhibit. More>>

Overturned gasoline tanker leaked gallons of fuel after Phenix City crash Video included

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A gasoline tanker carrying between 3,5000 and 7,000 gallons of fuel overturned and leaked gasoline along Summerville Road in Phenix City. As of late Monday night, portions of the road are still closed as crews work to clean-up the spill. More>>

News 3 Neighbors: Fore Kids Columbus

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There is a par-3 golf course in Columbus that has been the training ground for many a young golfer down through the years.Today you can find middle and high school golfers volunteering to teach little tikes what they know...all for the love of the game. Godwin Creek Par-3 Golf Course is home to Fore Kids Columbus, a not-for-profit organization that is focused on providing golf instruction to youngsters, but it goes well beyond that. 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>>

Georgia Transportation group learns from Columbus TSPLOST Video included

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The Georgia Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding came to Columbus Monday to learnhow local tax dollars are being used. The group is made up of 13 state legislators and transportation gurus, and their main goal is to find out how best to save the state money while also improving mobility. Columbus is the second stop on the committee's tour of the state.The focus of the meeting was how the TSPLOSTpenny-tax is funneling $300 million intothe city's infrastructur... 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>>

Longtime Phenix City Councilman Arthur Sumbry, Sr. dies

Arthur Sumbry, Sr., who died Monday, spent nearly 30 years on the Phenix City council. Arthur Sumbry, Sr., who died Monday, spent nearly 30 years on the Phenix City council.
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Arthur Sumbry, Sr., who served as a Phenix City councilman for nearly three decades, has died at the age of 73, the City of Phenix City announced Monday. 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>>

"Peaceful Rage" rally sheds light on gun violence Video included

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Ferguson may be more than 600 miles away, but distance didn't stop a group of Columbus natives from hosting a peaceful rally to shed light on gun violence in Columbus and across the country. It was a sea of red Sunday afternoon, as dozens of people came to Carver Park to join in on the "Peaceful Rage" rally.

 

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Blind motorcyclist competes in Bonneville race Video included

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He wasn't born blind, but after a drag racing accident left him completely sightless, he didn't let his condition stop him. Dan Parker has been racing all his life. More>>

Hundreds honor Dorothy Height's memory at school dedication Video included

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The first public school in the country to be named after activist Dorothy Height was dedicated in Columbus Saturday. Hundreds came to the ceremony to honor her legacy. "A legend. An icon. A humanitarian," Lois Keith. 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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Racial slurs and gang signs spray-painted on Meriwether County home Video included

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It's usually pretty quiet and everyone gets along in the small community of Greenville, Georgia. That's why what one family saw painted on their home came as such a big surprise.

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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>>

Georgia Officials urge former students to "Go back. Move ahead." Video included

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As college students prepare to go back to school, Colleges across Georgia are encouraging students who started on their degree but didn't finish to go back as well. Columbus State is one of those schools offering a new program to make it easier for returning students. 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>>

Tuberculosis case reported at Auburn University

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Testing to begin on students and staff near Auburn University individual now sicken with TB.

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State transportation committee coming to Columbus

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The public is invited to attend an upcoming state transportation committee meeting in Columbus Monday. 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>>

Community holds candlelight vigil to end gun violence in Columbus Video included

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Over a hundred lit candles, prayed and remembered the life of 20-year-old Robert “Marael” Brooks, who was killed in a drive by shooting last Friday at his home on Gleason avenue. The shooting occurred early in the morning in the 2900 block of Gleason Avenue.  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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Motorcyclist "okay" after Fort Mitchell crash

A motorcyclist escaped serious injury after a crash in Fort Mitchell Thursday afternoon. A motorcyclist escaped serious injury after a crash in Fort Mitchell Thursday afternoon.
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A motorcyclist is alert and okay after a Fort Mitchell crash late Thursday afternoon, an Alabama State Trooper on the scene of the crashtells WRBL News 3. More>>

Alabama Power: Don't be scammed

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Alabama Power has taken to social media to warn customers not to fall for a new scam with a new twist. More>>

Brain surgery cures Columbus boy of seizures

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A 5 year old Columbus boy has bounced back from brain surgery.Xavier Davies was initially diagnosed with a condition called Cortical Dysplasia, a malformation of the cortex of the brain which can lead to pediatric epilepsy conditions. He had suffered a seizure when he was three years old. But two years later, the parents learned that was not the diagnosis after all, it was something much more serious. Doctors found a ... More>>

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>>

Mentally disabled teen beaten at Columbus playground, mother says Video included

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A Columbus woman says her mentally disabled teenager was beaten, stripped and robbed at a local playground. More>>

DQ Miracle Treat Day to Benefit Children's Miracle Network

Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat day is August 14, 2014. Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat day is August 14, 2014.
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All Dairy Queen locations in the area will celebrate their eighth annual Miracle Treat Day. 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>>

Auburn company adding thousand regional jobs

Auburn office of national event company looking to add a thousand jobs in an expanded regional operation to now include Montgomery, Tuskegee and Columbus. Auburn office of national event company looking to add a thousand jobs in an expanded regional operation to now include Montgomery, Tuskegee and Columbus.
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The Auburn office of a national event organization and logistics company is expanding and expected to add a thousand jobs to the Montgomery, Tuskegee and Columbus region, a company official announced Wednesday. More>>

Auburn election voter registration ends Friday

Anyone looking to vote in Auburn's August 26 election that is not already registered has until Friday to file forms. Anyone looking to vote in Auburn's August 26 election that is not already registered has until Friday to file forms.
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Friday is the deadline for new voters who still need to register for Auburn's upcoming municipal election. 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.
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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 police respond to reported shooting at Cross Keys Apartments

Columbus police are back at Cross Keys Apartments after a reported shooting. Columbus police are back at Cross Keys Apartments after a reported shooting.
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Columbus police respond to reports of shooting at  Cross Keys Apartments. More>>

Little public response to proposed job cuts at Fort Benning Video included

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Only 50 people have sent public comments to the Army so far in response to the proposed 10,800 job cuts at Fort Benning.There are two weeks left in the public comment period ending Aug. 25, and an Army public affairs spokesperson says more than 15,000 comments have been sent in from around the country supporting other installations. The ones in favor of keeping jobs at Fort Benning make up a fraction of that.Last year Fort Benning made up 1,100 of the 8,000 comments sent, helpingkeep the 3rd ... More>>

Woman caught on camera stealing package from Phenix City home Video included

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A Phenix City homeowner says a woman swiped a package off his front porch and he's got the video to prove it. 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>>

Muscogee schools to expand "relationship skills" class Video included

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Classes teaches abstinence and other relationship skills, officials say. The program will be expanded to include sixth graders. More>>

Muscogee schools dropped from state's list of "alert schools"

Muscogee schools removed from state list while Meriwether and Troup county schools added to Georgia list of schools falling behind on state test assessment standards. Muscogee schools removed from state list while Meriwether and Troup county schools added to Georgia list of schools falling behind on state test assessment standards.
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Troup and Meriwether county schools added to list of schools falling behind on test assessment standards.

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Doctors advise getting help during depression

Robin Williams was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. Robin Williams was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide.
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The US Health Department says about one in 33 adults had serious suicidal thoughts in the past year.Locally, counselors and doctors at the Pastoral Institute help people with these problems regularly.Dr. Bobby McGowan says people with high-energy jobs that rely on making others happy often have a hard time leading normal lives. He says, like Robin Williams, having to act one way in public, then facing depression in private can be devastating without help."Whoever they can really be honest wit... More>>

Couple sentenced to life without parole in 2010 Valley murder

Opelika man, Valley woman sentenced to life without parole in 2010 Lee County murder. Opelika man, Valley woman sentenced to life without parole in 2010 Lee County murder.
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John Bradley Limes and Leslie Lea King have plead guilty to the 2010 killing of Kathleen Lucile Landino of Valley, according to Major Mike Reynolds of the Valley Police Department. More>>

Robin Williams hanged himself with belt, official said

Robin Williams was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. Robin Williams was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide.
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Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself with a belt at his San Francisco Bay Area home, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. More>>

Columbus man wins one million dollars in Georgia Lottery game

Columbus' Wolfgang Gant has claimed a one million dollar lottery ticket. Columbus' Wolfgang Gant has claimed a one million dollar lottery ticket.
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Wolfgang Gant bought the winning 20th Anniversary Extravaganza instant game ticket at the Publix on Woodroof Farms Road, lottery officials said. More>>

Moral Monday movement calls for change in Columbus and Georgia Video included

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Local and state activists demanded change Monday at Columbus's first ever Moral Monday. More>>

News 3 Neighbors: Coach Sonny Clements

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This story is about how a simple piece of wood was used to bring a smile to the face of a local basketball icon, at a time in his life when he could use a smile. Tonight's News 3 Neighbor segment focuses on Coach Sonny Clements.Greg Kunkel had never met former Columbus State University Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Sonny Clements. The two were brought together by a slat of wood. Not long ago the flooring at CSU's Lumpkin Center had to be replaced. Greg asked for a piece of the f... More>>

Comedian Robin Williams dead in apparent suicide

Robin Williams was found dead from an apparent suicide Monday. Robin Williams was found dead from an apparent suicide Monday.
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Robin Williams was found dead from an apparent suicide Monday. 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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Red Cross holds disaster shelter drill Video included

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Dozens of people from around the valley will be better prepared to help out in the event of a natural disaster after a Red Cross training seminar Saturday afternoon. More>>

Hundreds attend inaugural Back to School Bash

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Hundreds of people from across the Chattahoochee Valley lined up early Saturday morning for News 3's inaugural Back to School Bash at BMW of Columbus. It was a day filled with fun and free events for children and their parents. More>>

VIDEO: TriColumbusGa Olympic Triathlon finish line camera Video included

Watch live and replay TriColumbusGa race finishes. Watch live and replay TriColumbusGa race finishes.
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Watch live or replay a TriColumbusga Olympic triathlon finish with the WRBL.com finish line camera live from Broadway in Uptown. More>>

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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Columbus firefighters extinguish Macon Road car fire

An eyewitness captures firefighters battling a Macon Road car fire Friday. An eyewitness captures firefighters battling a Macon Road car fire Friday.
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A car fire is causing traffic delays along Macon Road just west of Interstate 185. More>>

Former Columbus police officer arrested, accused of hitting and choking juveniles Video included

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John Allen Jr., a former Columbus police corporal and son of former Muscogee County Superior Court Judge John Allen, has turned himself into police after a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe says he hit and choked two juveniles in custody. More>>

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>>

President Carter meets with Sumter Co. students, Japanese delegates

President Jimmy Carter met Thursday with a delegation from Japan and students from Sumter County schools. President Jimmy Carter met Thursday with a delegation from Japan and students from Sumter County schools.
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President Carter met with a group of twenty-five Japanese high school students Thursday during an event hosted by the Sumter County Schools. 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>>

Garrard Center locks doors for good on first day of school Video included

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On the first day of school, some Columbus girls had to adjust to a new routine. The closing of the Garrard Center affects more than 100 girls and their families.The sole community center in the Winterfield area has been around for more than 40 years, but is closed after parents and supporters failed to raise $100,000 to keep it open. When Girls, Inc. announced in May that the Elizabeth and Gardiner Garrard Memorial Girls Club would close without the money, elected officials and community lead... 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>>

Auburn University scientists develop drug for Ebola virus

A new Auburn drug could be used to help treat Ebola, the school announced Thursday. A new Auburn drug could be used to help treat Ebola, the school announced Thursday.
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Scientists from Auburn University have produced a new drug that may one day be used against the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

GBI completes investigation into CSU officer-involved shooting

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation into the Columbus State officer-involved shooting and has sent the case to the District Attorney, GBI Special Agent in Charge Fred Wimberley announced Thursday. More>>

Muscogee students head back to school Video included

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After a months' long summer break, Muscogee County students started their new school year Thursday morning. News 3's Naomi Keitt was at Dorothy Heights Elementary School as teachers and school administrators welcomed student to the brand new campus. More>>

Local gynecologist performs full hysterectomy through belly button

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The area of robotic surgery is growing.Dr. Sylvester McRae of St. Francis OBGYN in Columbus has become the first in this area to perform a full hysterectomy by using the Single Site Robotic method.The FDA had already approved the use of the procedure for gall bladder surgeries, now the area has opened up for gynecologists to expand their field.Using the Da Vinci Robotics, doctors can perform a full hysterectomy by goi... More>>

Tennis event to raise funds for patients with blood cancers set for Saturday

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A tennis event is planned for this weekend to help patients with blood cancers. Many people with blood cancers require a bone marrow transplant to survive.Game, Set, Be The Match will be held Saturday, August 9, from 2 pm until 7 pm at the Columbus State University tennis courts.A $25 dollar admission includes a tennis round robin (mixed doubles), a t-shirt and a meal. A$15 dollar admission includes a t-shirt and a me... More>>

Former UGA Coach Vince Dooley revs up Rotary crowd

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Former University of Georgia Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Vince Dooley was the speaker at Wednesday's weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Columbus at the Trade Center. Dooley is in his 50th year in Athens, having moved from Auburn University in 1964 to accept the head coaching job at Georgia. Coach Dooley reminisced about the early days of his distinguished career, talked about being the author of numerous books, and addressed the changes taking place in college football today.D... More>>

$17,000 worth of tools stolen from Opelika construction site

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Opelika police say more than $17,000 worth of tools were stolen from the construction site at Southern Union Community College in Opelika. 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>>

Driver hospitalized after SUV drives into Phenix City office

A tow truck crew attempts to remove a vehicle that crashed into a Phenix City office Wednesday. A tow truck crew attempts to remove a vehicle that crashed into a Phenix City office Wednesday.
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Two being treated for injuries after SUV drives into Phenix City office.

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Tuskegee students stuck in Africa following Ebola outbreak returning home

Six Tuskegee University students stuck in Africa following the Ebola outbreak will be returning home August 17. Six Tuskegee University students stuck in Africa following the Ebola outbreak will be returning home August 17.
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Six Tuskegee University students stuck in Africa after the Ebola outbreak will be returning home. 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>>

Chattahoochee Valley celebrates National Night Out Video included

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Law enforcement agencies across the country spent Tuesday night visiting local communities to heighten awareness of crime and meet members of the community. More>>

Touring the newly renovated Opelika High School Video included

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School is back in session for most students in the Chattahoochee Valley this week. And when Opelika High School starts back on Thursday, teachers and students may feel like they're walking through the halls of a whole new school. More>>

PHOTOS: Loyd Elementary back to school

Students and staff returned for 2014 classes at Fort Benning Tuesday. Students and staff returned for 2014 classes at Fort Benning Tuesday.
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Snapshots as WRBL News 3's partners in education Loyd Elementary School returned for classes. More>>

Burglar allegedly steals beer, dishwashing liquid

Police say a burgular allegedly stole beer and dishwashing liquid. Police say a burgular allegedly stole beer and dishwashing liquid.
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A burglar allegedly broke into a home Sunday, taking some beer and dishwashing liquid.
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Muscogee County Marshal defends travel expenses Video included

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In a News 3 investigation, we take a look at Columbus city departments spending your tax dollars on travel. Our investigation led us to take a closer look at the Muscogee County Marshal's Office after finding out the department took 18 trips to conferences or training sessions within the past year. More>>

News 3 Neighbors: Back to School Festival

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How do you get kids fired up about heading back to school? Saint James AME Church in downtown Columbus decided to give kids a jump start with a back to school festival over the weekend. Church member Jaleesa Caldwell came up with the concept. "Every year we do something for back to school to get the children ready, and I thought...why not a festival?" says Caldwell.The looks on the children's faces let you know the event was worth the effort. Kids enjoyed bouncing on inflatables, getting thei... More>>

PHOTOS: Back to school

A look at back to school photos from across the area and around the Web. (Photo Courtsy: b_klotz / Instagram) A look at back to school photos from across the area and around the Web. (Photo Courtsy: b_klotz / Instagram)
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WRBL News 3 want to see your back to school photos! Your image may even be used on television. More>>

Teen drowns in Opelika hotel pool

An 18-year-old from LaFayette drowned Sunday in an Opelika hotel pool. An 18-year-old from LaFayette drowned Sunday in an Opelika hotel pool.
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An 18-year-old from LaFayette drowned while swimming in an Opelika hotel pool Sunday. More>>

Columbus murder suspect surrenders to police

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Columbus police say Chandler Saxton, 35, turned himself in Sunday afternoon after police say he shot a man at a south Columbus gas station Thursday night. More>>

Man wanted for stealing more televisions from Phenix City Walmart

Police are trying to identify a suspect who they say commited a second theft after stealing TVs from Walmart. Police are trying to identify a suspect who they say commited a second theft after stealing TVs from Walmart.
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Phenix City police are searching for a suspect who they say committed a second theft after stealing televisions from Walmart. More>>

Air show donates thousands to local organizations

Thunder in the Valley donates thousands to local organizations. Thunder in the Valley donates thousands to local organizations.
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Thunder in the Valley Air Show donated $37,000 to 8 local youth organizations and programs this morning. 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>>

CV Pride opens first of its kind community center

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A first of its kind community center has opened its door right here in Columbus. The Chattahoochee Valley Pride organization had the grand opening celebration for their community center Saturday afternoon. More>>

United Way of Lee County "Stuffs the Bus" Saturday

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The United Way of Lee County is asking shoppers to pick up a couple of extra school supplies this tax free weekend as they support local children heading back to school. More>>

Ebola victim arrives in Georgia

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ATLANTA (AP) -UPDATE: The doctor infected with Ebola in Africa has arrived in Atlanta for treatment.-----------------------------------------------An Air Force spokesman says a patient infected with Ebola in Africa arrived at a military air base outside Atlanta and is being brought to a hospital in the city.Dobbins Air Reserve Base spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson said the first of two Americans who worked for missionary groups arrived on a flight that landed Saturday.Samaritan's Purse mission... More>>

Teen who drowned in Chattahoochee River laid to rest Video included

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Justin Thomas, the 14-year-old boy who drowned in the Chattahoochee River last weekend, was laid to rest Friday. More>>

PetSmart Recalls Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters

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PetSmart is recalling about 33,000 Aquarium heaters. The company says the heaters are insufficiently grounded, posing a risk of electrical shock to the consumer. No injuries have been reported.Consumers can get a refund by returning the product to any PetSmart. This recall involves all 50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt Top Fin brand plastic aquarium heaters. The heaters are black cylinders about 1 1/2 inches in diame... 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.
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Columbus police identify Chandler Saxton as the man who opened fire and injured one at a gas station Thursday night.

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Auburn's Nick Marshall will not start in game one

Auburn's Nick Marshall will not start in game one after being cited for marijuana possession. (File image) Auburn's Nick Marshall will not start in game one after being cited for marijuana possession. (File image)
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Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall will not be starting for the Tigers against Arkansas on August 30, @WRBLSports tweeted during a news conference with Coach Gus Malzahn Friday. More>>

LIVE: Auburn University summer graduation ceremonies

Auburn University will be live streaming their summer graduation ceremonies Saturday. (Photo Courtesy: Auburn University / File) Auburn University will be live streaming their summer graduation ceremonies Saturday. (Photo Courtesy: Auburn University / File)
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Auburn University will be live streaming their summer graduation ceremonies Saturday and you can watch them live on WRBL.com. More>>

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>>

Free school supplies to be given away at Back to School Bash

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Free school supplies to be given away at BMW of Columbus on August 9.

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Tax-free weekend kicks off today in Alabama and Georgia Video included

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More than a dozen states are offering sales-tax-free shopping this month. Starting Friday - both Alabama and Georgia kick off their sales tax holiday.About 30 to 40 shoppers lined up at Best Buy on Manchester Expressway in Columbus before the store opened for what some call the second biggest shopping season of the year.“I love shopping,” says Jackie Hall. Hall is just one of the many shoppers that lined the aisles at Best Buy to take advantage of the tax-free weekend.She came all the way fro... More>>

Auburn police repairing 911, phone outage

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is answering Auburn 911 calls after a phone outage at police headquarters. The Lee County Sheriff's Office is answering Auburn 911 calls after a phone outage at police headquarters.
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The Auburn Police Department is making repairs to their phone system after an technical outage left them without communications Friday morning. More>>

MI mega-millions winner plans to open no-kill animal shelter

Kelsey Zachow, 24, of Port Huron, is a Mega Millions jackpot winner. (credit: Ron Dewey/WWJ) Kelsey Zachow, 24, of Port Huron, is a Mega Millions jackpot winner. (credit: Ron Dewey/WWJ)
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(WWJ)-Friday the 13th turned out to be lucky for a 24-year-old Michigan woman who picked that day’s winning Mega Million ticket worth $66 million. More>>

Big changes coming to the Auburn Mall Video included

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The next time you go to the mall in Auburn, you will see a lot of changes. A new ownership group is renovating the inside and outside of what was the Village Mall. The name is changing to "the Auburn Mall.”   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>>

Several arrested during drug raid at Phenix City home Video included

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News 3’s cameras were the only ones rolling as police from both Phenix City and Columbus swarmed the home on 7th Avenue Thursday afternoon. More>>

News 3 Midday 7.31.14

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A look at your top local stories from News 3 Midday on July 31st, 2014. More>>

PHOTOS: Suspects seen stealing Phenix City Walmart TVs

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Phenix City police need your help identifying the suspects who stole four televisions from Walmart. ? More>>

Delivery person robbed of pizza

Police say a delivery person had a pizza stolen from them. Police say a delivery person had a pizza stolen from them.
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Opelika police say the delivery person was asking directions from an unknown person, when the person leaned into the car and stole a pizza.
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Fallen Columbus police officer honored one year after fatal car crash Video included

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It was a night of celebration and remembrance at Rivertown Church in Columbus. Dozens shared their favorite stories of the late Corporal Keith Slay and came together to lift each other up. More>>

Health Watch: 3D Mammography available in Columbus

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3D mammography is available in Columbus. The images offer radiologists a multi-faceted view of the breast, making for an earlier diagnosis of breast cancer at a more treatable stage.Health officials say the 3D mammography when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.Dr. William Lewis is a radiologist at the Columbus Diagn... More>>

A&K remains open for vendors

The thrift mall owners opened their doors for 8 days to allow vendors to obtain their items. The thrift mall owners opened their doors for 8 days to allow vendors to obtain their items.
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 The A&K Thrift Mall opened their doors again today for their vendors. 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>>

US celebrates National Cheesecake Day

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Today has been declared "National Cheesecake Day" in the United States. More>>

Tax-free weekend this Friday in GA, AL

Georgia and Alabama will participate in the tax-free holiday this weekend. Georgia and Alabama will participate in the tax-free holiday this weekend.
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Are you looking for the right time to shop for back to school items? If you're a Georgia or Alabama resident, this upcoming weekend will bring the best deals. More>>

Crossing arms to be installed at Smiths Station railroad crossing Video included

A Smiths Station High School teacher was hit by a train at an unprotected crossing. A Smiths Station High School teacher was hit by a train at an unprotected crossing.
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The Smiths Station High School teacher whose SUV was hit by a train Monday remains in the hospital in satisfactory condition, but her accident has Lee County officials speeding up the process to install security measures.The Lee County Commission has been trying to install crossing arms, flashing lights and a bell at the intersection across from SSHS since 2011. Coincidentally, the project is slated to begin in less than a month.After Monday's accident, the commission added an item to the age... More>>

AL animal shelters struggling with funds

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Some of Alabama's animal shelters are struggling because of funding problems. More>>

LaGrange police searching for shooting suspects

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LaGrange police are searching for two suspects in relation to a shooting.
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Special Report: Common Core Video included

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Common Core. Those two words are some of the most controversial in education across several states where the curriculum is being implemented. In both Georgia and Alabama, they're called College and Career Readiness Standards. News 3's Education Reporter Naomi Keitt took an in-depth look at the Common Core. More>>

Update: Smiths Station teacher hit by train in good condition Video included

A Smiths Station High School teacher was hit by a train. A Smiths Station High School teacher was hit by a train.
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A teacher was hit by a train near Smiths Station High School. More>>

Update: Kellogg's plant to close by end of 2015, company responds Video included

The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to close by the end of 2015. The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to close by the end of 2015.
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The Columbus Kellogg's plant is expected to be shut down by the end of 2015. 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>>

Community gathers to save Garrard Center in final week Video included

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For more than 40 years, the Garrard Center has been a staple for young girls across Columbus. In a little under a week, it could close its doors for good. The community needs to raise $100,000 to keep it open another year. More>>

Divers recover body of 14 year old swept away by river current Video included

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The body of 14-year-old Justin Thomas, who was swept away by a current Saturday, has been pulled from the Chattahoochee River. More>>

Andersonville National Historic Site brings millions to local economy Video included

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A national historic site tucked inside a southwest Georgia community is bringing big bucks to the area. A new National Park Service report shows Andersonville National Historic site is bringing millions to the area. More>>

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