CPD Looking for Missing Man

The Columbus Police Department is asking for assistance in locating a missing person. James Ryan Taylor, 39, of Plymouth Road, Columbus was reported missing by family members. He was last seen by his family on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. He was last seen driving a silver Ford Fiesta with tag number LTE 7723. A family member talked to him via phone later that night (next morning) between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. A family friend said they saw him approximately 2 a.m. that same morning but did not indicate where he was seen....

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AG Drops Charges Against Boykin in Ball Shooting

Colom: “We cannot allow this case to disappear in darkness” BY BRIAN JONES Attorney General Lynn Fitch is dropping manslaughter charges against former Columbus Police Department officer Canyon Boykin. Boykin was indicted by a Lowndes County Grand Jury for manslaughter in 2016 for the October 16, 2015, shooting death of Ricky Ball. Boykin, along with then-officers Max Branch and Yolanda Young, pulled over a car in which Ball was a passenger. Ball fled, and Boykin shot him – he alleged that Ball pointed a gun at him. Ball continued to run, despite his injuries, eventually collapsing between several houses...

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Golden Glow Sues City Over Virus Closure

Golden Glow Tanning Salon in Columbus has filed suit in federal court against the City of Columbus over the city’s COVID-19 closure order. Golden Glow, owned by Steve Pyle, is represented by Jim Waide of Tupelo. The suit was filed in the Northern District of Mississippi on May 20. Pyle is arguing that the ordinance was unconstitutional, that his business did not present increased risk of infection with the coronavirus, and that he suffered financial damage by the closure, among other things. According to the complaint, which is one side of a legal argument, Golden Glow argues that, while...

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Columbus AFB to Salute Local Frontline Heroes with Flyovers

In honor of the American heroes on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Columbus Air Force Base will be providing dissimilar formation flyovers May 9 over several local communities in northeast Mississippi. The following is a list of times and locations where the flyovers will occur: 1:49 p.m. – North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo 1:54 p.m. – Gilmore Memorial Hospital, Amory 1:57 p.m. – Pioneer Community Hospital, Aberdeen 2:01 p.m. – NMMC-West Point 2:04 p.m. – OCH Regional Medical Center, Starkville 2:12 p.m. – Baptist Memorial Hospital, Columbus 2:14 p.m. – Koritz Clinic, Columbus AFB The flyovers over will consist...

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Council Limits Gatherings, Restaurant Service, Sets Curfew

BY BRIAN JONES brian.jones@packet-media.com The Columbus City Council has banned gatherings of more than 10 people, required restaurants to serve curbside, to-go or delivery only, and set a 10 p.m. curfew, effective at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. A number of specific types of businesses were also ordered closed outright. The penalty for violations will be $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail. Each violation of the order will be a separate offense. The order stands until it is revoked by the council. The resolution declaring a civil emergency, and an amendment to city ordinance to allow...

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